Professor Barbara Baert honoured with 2016 Francqui Prize and KU Leuven's Pioniersprijs 2016

We are proud to announce that professor Barbara Baert is the recipient of both the KU Leuven’s “Pioniersprijs 2016” and the prestigious 2016 Francqui Prize. The Jury report of the Francqui Prize highlights that: “Professor Baert’s research has promoted an intensive international dialogue between the study of the culture, society, and art of mediaeval Europe with history, philosophy, anthropology, theology, and psychology.

Embassy of Uncertain Shores

Starting this May 2016, the Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain hosts the Embassy of Uncertain Shores, a public programme of lecture-performances, debates, music and happenings by and with artists and researchers. The program, drafted by Nicola Setari, provides a space of encounter and discussion for those who physically, intellectually and diplomatically search for shores beyond the reefs and rifts in Europe and its neighboring lands. The Embassy represents the research of artists and thinkers working on the interrelations between geopolitical transformations and micro narratives.

The Transhistorical Museum: Objects, Narratives & Temporalities

In November 2015 M - Museum Leuven and Frans Hals Museum, De Hallen Haarlem (the Netherlands) organised the first part of the joined research project on the notion of 'transhistoricity'. In Haarlem the colloquium focused on the collection in the transhistorical museum. In Leuven the focus will be on curatorial aspects. The symposium will bring together different perspectives - museological, curatorial, theoretical - on the subject of transhistoricity.

Susana S. Martins

Susana S. Martins is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Art History (FCSH/NOVA), in Lisbon, where she also teaches. Trained as an art historian, she completed her PhD on photography and cultural studies at the KULeuven and she has been mainly working on the intersection of photography, books and exhibitions. Currently, her research focuses on the display of photography in print and exhibitionary contexts. Martins also lectures in the fields of photography, 19th-century visual culture and contemporary art.

Anne Reverseau

Anne Reverseau currently works within the MDRN group ( as an FWO postdoc on her new project on “Collaboration between writers and photographers in portraits of countries and cities”. This research involves francophone photobooks about cities and countries (1930-1970) and focuses on the concrete relationships between publishers, editors, writers and photographers. Two collective books on the subject will follow in 2016: Portraits de pays illustrés. Un genre photo-textuel (Garnier, 2016) and Paper Cities (co-ed Susana S.

Spatial Sublation

Philip Janssens, WIELS resident in 2015, invites artists Léa Belooussovitch, Stefano Faoro and Saori Kuno for a playful inquiry around his own artistic practice. The participating artists are each presented by a different guest curator – Godart Bakkers, Jana Johanna Haeckel, Isabel Van Bos and Charlotte Van Buylaere – resulting in four independently organized solo shows in one space.

Photography Performing Humor

The international conference “Photography Performing Humor” will explore the nature and meaning of the relationship between photography, performance and humor within the field of visual arts and visual culture. Although humor is clearly omnipresent in a wide spectrum of photographic practices — ranging from advertising or art photography to family snapshots with their obligatory ‘smile’ or the classic Tower of Pisa joke — the topic has yet to be fully discovered by researchers.


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