List of contributors
in Medical histories of Belgium


Sokhieng Au is a lecturer and interim director of the Global Health Studies Program at the University of Iowa, USA. She writes, teaches and researches on global health and the history of medicine, focusing on interchanges between the Global South and the Global North.

Renaud Bardez is a historian of medicine and university teaching at the research centre Mondes Modernes et Contemporains at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His main area of expertise is medical education in the nineteenth century, specifically focused on the city of Brussels. He is also in charge of the archives and patrimonial collections of ULB.

Tinne Claes is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at the University of Leuven. Her research concerns the history of medicine, gender and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book Corpses in Belgian Anatomy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) reconstructs the stories of the thousands of bodies that ended up in the hands of anatomists in the late nineteenth century. She has published articles on diverse topics, ranging from popular museums to lesbian motherhood.

Anne Cornet is a historian at the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium). Her research concentrates on the history of colonialism in Central Africa (Congo, Rwanda), mainly in the social, missionary and medical domains, with a particular focus on gender issues. She has published, among other works, Politiques de santé et contrôle social au Rwanda, 1920–1940 (Karthala, 2011).

Thomas D’haeninck is a historian at the Social History since 1750 Research Group of Ghent University. His research focuses on social and moral reformers, cultural mobility and transnational networks in the nineteenth century. Other interests include biographical and network analysis and distant reading techniques. He obtained his PhD in history in 2018, studying transnational networks of social reformers in the nineteenth century.

Veronique Deblon studied history at KU Leuven and the Université de Versailles. She is currently involved in a research project entitled ‘Anatomy, Scientific Authority and the Visualised Body in Medicine and Culture (Belgium, 1780–1930)’ at the Cultural History since 1750 Research Group of the University of Leuven.

Gita Deneckere is a full professor in the History Department of Ghent University and currently dean of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. She is a committed historian who combines scholarly depth with an imaginative, narrative style of writing. Her last book was From the Ivory Tower: 200 Years of Ghent University (Ghent, 2018).

Pieter Dhondt is a senior lecturer in general history and head of the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. He has published extensively on the intercultural transfer of university ideas within Europe in the nineteenth century, the history of academic mobility, student revolts and university celebrations. His current research focuses primarily on the history of (dealing with) medical uncertainty in medical training. His recent books include, as editor, University Jubilees and University History Writing: A Challenging Relationship (Brill, 2014), and, together with Elizabethanne Boran, Student Revolt, City, and Society in Europe: From the Middle Ages to the Present (Routledge, 2017).

Jolien Gijbels is a postdoctoral researcher for the Cultural History Since 1750 research group at the University of Leuven. She recently wrote a doctoral dissertation about religion and obstetrics in nineteenth-century Belgium. Her research interests are in the history of women’s health, medical ethics and scientific publishing.

David Guilardian is curator of the Brussels Public Welfare and Hospitals Archives, Libraries and Museum, and is interested in all aspects of local care organisation. He is a member of the SOCIAMM–ULB research group, where he is focusing on the medieval political history of the duchy of Brabant. He is also a member of the board of several scientific journals and societies.

Frank Huisman is a professor in the history of medicine at Utrecht University. He has published on early modern and modern Dutch healthcare. He recently co-edited Leerboek medische geschiedenis (Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, 2018), a handbook on medical history for medical students. He is currently working on a book on the transformation of Dutch healthcare between the 1860s and 1940s.

Valérie Leclercq is a post-doctoral researcher in the history of medicine at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her areas of interest include nineteenth- and twentieth-century medicine, the history of patients, psychiatry and medical ethics. She is currently attached to the BRAIN research project IMPRESS, dedicated to the study of ideological tensions in nineteenth-century Belgian medicine.

Dirk Luyten is a researcher at the Belgian State Archives/CegeSoma in Brussels. One of his research fields is the history of social policy in Belgium.

Benoît Majerus is a historian of medicine at the Center for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg. He has mainly worked on the history of psychiatry in the twentieth century. He recently co-edited Material Cultures of Psychiatry (Transcript Verlag, 2020) with Monika Ankele.

Katrin Pilz is a historian and cultural scientist. After having worked within international projects at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the University of Vienna she is currently working as key researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History within the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project on ‘Educational film practice in Austria’. Her lectures, publications and research projects focus on the visual history of medicine and science, as well as urban history, body politics and educational film history in the twentieth century.

Joris Vandendriessche is a research professor at the Cultural History since 1750 Research Group at the University of Leuven. He works on medical history, history of science and health humanities. He is author of Medical Societies and Scientific Culture in Nineteenth-Century Belgium (Manchester University Press, 2018) and Zorg en wetenschap: Een geschiedenis van de Leuvense academische ziekenhuizen in de twintigste eeuw (Leuven University Press, 2019).

Jan Vandersmissen is a researcher and lecturer at the History Department of Ghent University, for the research group ‘Social History Since 1750’. He has published extensively on issues related to the history of science, technology and medicine in imperial contexts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Tine Van Osselaer is a research professor at the Ruusbroec Institute of the University of Antwerp. She works on the history of religion, gender, emotions and pain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She recently co-published The Devotion and Promotion of Stigmatics in Europe, c.1800–1950: Between Saints and Celebrities (Brill, 2020).

Christophe Verbruggen is director of the Ghent Centre for Digital humanities and associate professor at the research unit ‘Social History Since 1750’. He is currently working on the history of social and cultural reform movements and the development of virtual research environments for the study of transnational and entangled history.

Pieter Verstraete is a historian of education at the Research Unit for Education, Culture and Society (KU Leuven). His research interests are the history of special education in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Currently he is working on a book project about the history of silence from an educational perspective. He is also curator of the annual Leuven disABILITY Film Festival.

Kaat Wils is professor of contemporary European cultural history at KU Leuven. She works on medical history, gender history and the history of education. She co-edited Bodies Beyond Borders: Moving Anatomies, 1750–1950 (Leuven University Press, 2017) and Sign or Symptom? Exceptional Corporeal Phenomena in Religion and Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Leuven University Press, 2017).

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