I studied art history and archaeology at Ghent University and obtained my PhD in archaeology at Ghent in 2005 with Prof. Dr. Ernie Haerinck. My research focussed / focusses on gender and gender matters in the later prehistory of the Near East through human figurines, their contexts and associated finds (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey). From 1998 to 2008 Ghent University appointed me first as academic assistant and later as assistant professor to the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa, later part of the Department of Archaeology. From the start I combined my research with recurring excavation and post-excavation campaigns in the Near East. I have been invited by archaeological research groups from Ghent University as well as other European universities and museums. I excavated several times in Turkey, Syria, Turkmenistan, and later joined missions in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. I initiated and was director of excavation programmes in Bahrain and in the United Arab Emirates. I still publish in these domains.
From 2009 to 2017 I party switched gears and worked in the art publishing business, first as an editor in chief for the monthly magazine Collect and then as executive editor for the art book company MER. In 2014 I combined this with a position as teaching supervisor in modern and contemporary art at the Department of Arts, Music and Theatre Sciences at Ghent University. Since 2018 I am appointed by this department as educational supervisor for all visual arts and architecture students within the Arts Education program. Since 2017 I am also a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where I teach four modern and contemporary art history courses about the long 19th century, historical avant-gardes, neo-avant gardes and postmodernism.
Teaching, research, and publication interest: Modern and contemporary art: 19th century, historical avant-gardes, neo-avant-gardes and postmodernism. Archaeology of the Middle East (excavation campaigns, gender matters, material culture, …).
Teaching supervisor of all classes in the Visual Arts and Architecture program of the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Studies.
Media-Archaeology of Image Strategies (Ma)
Historiography of Art History (Ba)
Methodologies of Art History (Ma)
Visual Culture: Art in Historical Context (Ba)
Occasional or past assistance:
Review of the Arts: 1789-present
Review of the Arts: 1300-1789
Avant-garde and film
Modern and Contemporary art
19th Century art
Research Skills I and Research Skills II
Master research seminar Modern and Contemporary Art
Technology and Conservation of Art
At Royal Academy Antwerp:
Art and Cuture History of the long 19th Century
Art and CUlture History 1900 - 1945$