U+201CEmpire of PrintU+201D studies the work of four late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century authors in the colonial and postcolonial press. Unlike the little magazine, the newspapers of the British Empire have not yet been fully examined in relation to moderni
Plus que ça change, plus que ça reste la même chose? State-formation, post-colonial violence, and the local from a long-term perspective in the eastern Congo (c. 1850-today)' Ghent University
North and South Kivu, provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been the locus of much violent conflict since the 1990s. This has reiterated colonial imaginations of the Congo as a U+2018heart of darknessU+2019, plagued by irrationality, barbarism,
Turning superstition into science. Atmospheric tides science and the transformation of astrology in Enlightenment Continental Europe Ghent University
The period 1700-1840 witnessed the flowering of a new U+2018atmospheric tidesU+2019 science. The basic
assumption of this science was that Sun and Moon not only generate significant tidal effects in the
earthU+2019s seas, but in its atmosphere as well. These atmospheric tides (henceforth AT) were held
responsible for important weather changes, as well as for a variety of health issues in the human
body (e.g. insanity, ...
The Russian emigration presented itself as the preserver of the cultural heritage that had been lost after the 1917 revolution. As such, it became a source of inspiration for Russia's new national identity after 1991. Emigration culture, however, was a construct, the result of political bias and circumstance, rather than the continuation of imperial Russian society. The present project focuses on the Russian community in Belgium, the only ...
Capitalist globalization and 'Small Power' diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire. A comparative history of Belgian, Italian, and U.S. consuls (1823-1912). University of Antwerp
Consuls between the Nation and Global Capital: A Comparative History of Belgian, Italian, and U.S. Economic Diplomacy in Ottoman Salonika, 1823–1912. University of Antwerp
Sabbatical leave 2018-2019 Prof. Beyen University of Antwerp
Out of the Past. A multi-methodological research project on the role and representation of the colonial past in contemporary news coverage: Africa on Belgium and vice versa. Ghent University
Today, we hear the echoes of the past. This research project is interested in the colonial history of
Europe in the African countries and its ongoing aftermath. In particular, we focus on ex-colonizer
Belgium and its former African colonies the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi to
trace if and how a post-colonial debate and 'living' memory is present in contemporary media, with
a focus on printed press. ...