Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt (°1995) is a PhD Student at Ghent University (FWO aspirant, 2018-2023) working at the intersection of theory of history, historiography, the history of European integration, and the sociology of knowledge. She has obtained her BA in History at the University of Leuven (2016), holds an MA in History from Ghent University (2017) and an MA in the Social Sciences from The University of Chicago (2018), where she was a Fulbright Student Grantee and B.A.E.F. Baillet Latour Fellow 2017-2018. Her current work focuses on the epistemic aspects of EU-sponsored uses of the past between ca. 1970 and today. She is especially interested in the European production and institutionalization of ideas on evidence, objectivity, anachronism, and the selection of ‘appropriate’ forms to transmit various types of knowledge about the past.
Marie-Gabrielle is currently co-teaching the course Historical Practice III: Bachelor paper (A004034) with Berber Bevernage. Their module focuses on the way populist groups and movements engage with the past and teaches students to write a review article about a specific case.
During the academic year 2019-2020, Marie-Gabrielle was one of the lecturers for the course Historical Practice II: Modern and Contemporary History (A004030). Her specific seminar looked at culture and memory politics in the European Parliament since 1970 up to the present day. With her students, she covered various aspects of the historical métier: from source criticism to making a status quaestionis, developing a research problem and question, and finally writing a compelling historical paper.
Marie-Gabrielle is an active member of the research groups TAPAS/Thinking About the PAst and the International Network for the Theory of History. With TAPAS, she co-organized a doctoral school series on practicing of history in super-diverse societies. The current INTH focus is on populist engagements with the past:
Marie-Gabrielle is also an elected representative for the AAP staff (docs and postdocs) for the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.