Bram Van Oostveldt is Associate Professor at the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Studies at Ghent University. He studied Theatre Studies and Art History at the University of Ghent. There, he wrote and defended his PhD thesis (2005) on the concept of naturalness in eighteenth-century theatre and theatre theory. From 2005-2007 he was Postdoc researcher at Ghent University. From 2007 until 2019 he was Assisitant and later Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam. From 2013 until 2017 he co-directed with Stijn Bussels (Leiden University) as Senior Researcher the ERC-Project Elevated Minds: The Sublime and the Public Arts in Seventeenth-Century Paris and Amsterdam at Leiden University. He has published widely on seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth-century theater history, often related to the visual arts and early modern art theory. His articles appeared in leading journals such as Art History, Forum Modernes Theater, and Theatre Survey. With Stijn Bussels was the guest editor of a special issue on the sublime in the Dutch Golden Age in the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art in 2016, and of Lias, Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources in 2017 and has written two monographs on Brussels theater life in the eighteenth century (Verloren: Hilversum, 2013, Academia Press, Ghent, 2001). With Caroline van Eck and Stijn Bussels, he co-edited a book on the historical reactions to the Amsterdam Town Hall (The Amsterdam Town Hall in Words and Images. Constructing Wonder, Bloomsbury, 2021). With Stijn Bussels he is currently involved in a research project on the effects of style in neoclassical arts and with Caroline van Eck (Cambridge University) he started up a project around Camouflage and Art. He is associated member of Group of Early Modern Studies (GEMS) at Ghent University and the Winckelmann Gesellschaft. He is co-director of the research center S:PAM (Studies in Performance Arts and Media) at Ghent University and editor in chief of Documenta, tijdschrift voor theater. He teaches courses on theatre and theatre history in the Bachelor and Master in Art-, Music- and Theatre Studies. Since 2021 he founded with Jürgen Pieters (Ghent University, Literarry Department) a new post-academic program in Art and Cultural Critique in the Humanities Academy.
Vanaf het academiejaar 2021-2022, organiseert Bram Van Oostveldt samen met Prof. dr. Jürgen Pieters de post-academische opleiding Kunst- en Cultuurkritiek.
- Editor in chief of Documenta, tijdschrift voor theater
- Member of the artistic board of NTGent
- Chairman of the board of Gouvernement