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Senior Research Fellow at CNRS, Paris

Kurt Vanhoutte received a research grant from la Ville de Paris. From February until August 2015 Vanhoutte worked as a visiting scholar at the Alexandre Koyré Research Centre in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales / Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique) on the theatre of science - 'théâtre scientifique' / 'physique amusante' - as it was spectacularly staged in the capital of the nineteenth century.

One of the projects in this context, Spectacular Astronomy, will is presented in Tourcoing December 3-4 2015, 2015:

A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage

Vanhoutte is participating in A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning ( The Antwerp research team will focus on the performative context of these scientific lantern shows in popular venues (


Kurt Vanhoutte & Charlotte Bigg, “On the Border between Science, Performance and the Digital: the Embodied Orrery” In: International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Routledge: New York, 2014), pp. 255-260. Special issue: Hybridities: The intersections between performance and science and the digital.

Kurt Vanhoutte, Dieter Brusselaers, “Of Fairies and Skeletons: A dialectical encounter between the féerie and the phantasmagorie in Benjamin's Passagen-Werk” In: Lendemains. Etudes comparées sur la France (Narr Verlag: Tübingen, 2014), pp. 97-109. Special issue: La Féerie autour de 1900 - une figure de la modernité?

Kurt Vanhoutte,”The Specific Weight of Things” In : De Buysser, Pieter, Landscape with skiproads/Book Burning, two plays. Oberon Books, London, 2014, pp.11-15.

Kurt Vanhoutte & Kaat Debo, “Incunabula. Engineering the Ornament” in 1914, Now. Four perspectives on Fashion Curation. London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, 2014, pp. 39-45.



MA in Literary Theory at the University of Brussels (1993)
MAres in Cultural Communication and Performance Theory at the University of Antwerp and the Humboldt University in Berlin (1995)
PhD from the University of Antwerp in 2001 – Fund for Scientific Research Flanders: ‘Theatre through the looking Glass of New Media: Walter Benjamin and allegory’
Post-doctoral Researcher University of Antwerp (2001-2003) - Fund for Scientific Research Flanders
Visiting Lecturer University of Gent (2005-2007)
Visiting Lecturer Conservatory of Antwerp (2006-2007)
Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2003-2006)
Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp in Belgium: 2006 – present


Kurt Vanhoutte is Professor of Performance Studies and Visual Arts Criticism at the University of Antwerp, where he helped to establish and currently co-coordinates a Master program in Film and Theatre Studies. Courses include Visual Criticism 1 (Master); Visual Criticism 2 (Master); Theatre and Intermedia (Master); The Culture of Modernity (Bachelor) and Theatre Studies: the Basics (Bachelor).


Vanhoutte is founding member and, since 2013, spokeperson for the Research Centre for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp (

His basic line of research investigates processes of intermediality emerging under the cultural and technological conditions of modernity and late modernity. His interest more specifically concerns the effects of science and technologies on narrative and stylistic characteristics of performance art as well as the ensuing impact on notions of theatricality.

He is currently one of the Principal Investigators of a The Embodied Orrery, an Experimental Digital Re-enactment of Planetarium Performances, a research project in close collaboration with historians of science of the CNRS (Paris), the Université Paris-Sorbonne and iCAVS (Interdisciplinary Cluster for the Advancement of Visual Studies, France). For the in situ presentation of the project, including lectures and an artist's performance see:

Vanhoutte is participating in A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning (funded by the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage), an international project in collaboration with the universities of Utrecht (central coördination), Exeter, Girona and Salamanca. Vanhoutte supervises the Antwerp research team focussing on the performative context of scientific lantern shows in popular venues. The goal is to deepen the understanding of the cultural value of lantern shows in relation to changing ideas of theatricality, the adaptation of the lantern and its users to suit a certain venue, occasion and audience, and the complex struggle between didactic and aesthetic particularities. Together with a team of artists theatre and film makers, the researchers will also produce examples of how to creatively re-use the thousands of nineteenth century images once more.

Membership positions in scientific organizations (selection)

Media Supervisory Board Deputy Representative ‘20203D media’ (2008-2010), a large-scale European Research Consortium investigating the possibilities of new immersive technologies, co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and consisting of 16 partners, among them research centres of academic institutes and some of Europe’s most prominent manufacturers of digital technologies.

Member of the Working Group ‘Intermediality in Theatre and Performance’ of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2010-present).

Member of the Expertpanel Cult2 (Art and Literature) of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), evaluating applications for fellowships and research projects and submiting scientific advice to the Senate and the Board of Trustees (2014-2017).

Supervision PhD and Postdoc research

- Marqué par une image (Sofie Verdoodt, PhD completed 2012, University of Ghent)
- Being inside the Image: Immersion and Narrative between Theatre and Film (Nele Wynants, PhD completed 2013, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- Re-inventing the Past: Re-enactment in Contemporary Dance and Performance Art (Timmy De Laet, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- Building garments. Researching Fashion Design through Architecture (Alexandra Verschueren, PhD completed 2015, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- Restoring Gestures: Exploring Aby Warburg’s Method for Theater Studies (Esther Tuypens, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- The Borrowed Gaze (Karin Hanssen, University of Antwerp & Royal Academy of Fine Arts)
- Exploring the Multiple in a Cinema of Attractions (Rudi Knoops, University of Antwerp & University of Leuven)

- Alessandro De Francesco: Language Art and Reading Environments (Postdoc, University of Antwerp)

- Sabine Lenk: Magic lantern as European cultural heritage: the performative context (Postdoc JPI Cultural Heritage / University of Antwerp)



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