2018 - : Researcher B-magic
Long before social media, cinema and PowerPoint presentations, images were an important means of communication. The magic lantern, or ‘laterna magica’, was a fascinating and instructive tool, which was especially popular in the 19th century. The invention was used to project transparent images onto glass slides on the walls of theatres, schools and people’s homes. Travelling showmen with lanterns on their backs also put on public lantern shows at fairs.
The B-magic project will write the as yet unwritten history of the magic lantern as a mass medium in Belgium. In doing so, it will make an essential contribution to the study of the country’s cultural history as well as to international media historiography. Check our website!
2014 - : Researcher GIStorical Antwerp
GIStorical Antwerp is a project of the Centre for Urban History of the University of Antwerp in close cooperation with the Antwerp City Archives. The project, funded by the Hercules-Foundation and the University of Antwerp, started in September 2012. GIStorical Antwerp uses the potential of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to integrate all kind of historical data (maps, census data, iconography, address books etc. ) at the level of individual houses and households in the city of Antwerp. Check out our GIStorical Antwerp-website for latest updates, news and activities.
2009 - 2014: PhD research
Drowned but not deserted. Interactions between social and ecological processes of estuarine landscapes after flooding. Test-case: the Waasland polders on the west-bank of the river Scheldt (16th-19th centuries).
Supervisor: Tim Soens (University of Antwerp, Dept. History),
Co-supervisor: Stijn Temmerman (University of Antwerp, Dept. Biology)
Abstract: Estuarine landscapes are very dynamic ecosystems which makes it very difficult to model social and ecological adaptations after catastrophic inundations. In this research project the evolution of tidal channels after historical inundations and the human re-occupation of flooded areas in the late medieval and early modern Western Scheldt estuary are used to enhance our knowledge of the long-term interactions between ecological and social processes.