Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt (°1995) is a PhD Student at Ghent University (2018-2023, FWO aspirant) working at the intersection of historiography, the theory of history, 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 held a Fulbright Student Grant and B.A.E.F. Baillet Latour Fellowship (2017-2018). Marie-Gabrielle has also been awarded the André Schaepdrijver Prize (2018) and received a Vibeke Sørensen Grant from the European University Institute (2021).
Marie-Gabrielle's general research interests lie in the history of late 20th and 21st century historiography; in short, asking how historians' study of the past has changed over the past seventy years in practice, form, and function. Her current work touches on those questions by focusing on European Union sponsorship of historical research between 1970 and today. She is especially interested in the production and institutionalization of ideas about valuable knowledge and ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways of knowing the past through peer review and selection mechanisms, as well as the changing relationships between the academy, funding organizations, and the state. Since March 2020, she has also been working on a collaborative side-project on ‘populist historicties’, analyzing the specific ways populists deal with the past and the way populists think about "knowing" history.
Marie-Gabrielle is currently assisting in the course Research Project (A004062) lectured by Frederik Buylaert in the Master Program in History. This course aims to familiarize advanced MA students who have an outspoken interest in academic research with the practice, management and societal outreach of academic research.
Dring the academic year 2020-2021, Marie-Gabrielle co-taught Historical Practice III: Bachelor paper (A004034) with Berber Bevernage (BA Program in History). Their module focused on the way populist groups and movements engage with the past and taught 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, Bachelor Program in History). 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, among other things, a doctoral school series on practicing of history in super-diverse societies as well as an online reading group series on history and responsibility. The current INTH focus is on populist engagements with the past. For INTH, Marie-Gabrielle is also editor of the book reviews.
Marie-Gabrielle is also member of the Sarton Centre for the History of Science at Ghent University. For activities of the Sarton Centre, click here.
Marie-Gabrielle is an elected representative for the AAP staff (doctoral and postdoctoral staff) for the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (mandate for 2020-2022). As representative, she is seating in multiple commissions:
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Marie-Gabrielle is also serving as President of the Board (2020-2022) and was previously Member of the Board (2018-2019) of the Alumni Association of Ghent University’s History program (Oud-Studenten Geschiedenis Gent). The association organizes lectures, museums visits, et al. for its members, facilitates networking between current students and alumni, and awards prizes for excellent Master's dissertations. As President, Marie-Gabrielle is currently managing the organization of the Association’s 75th Anniversary which will take place in 2022. With the board, she also launched an online discussion forum about the Flemish Government’s initiative to establish a Canon of Flemish History (Canon Van Vlaanderen), and is co-leading an interview project about historian’s professional experience called “Historici uit de boeken” in collaboration with Faculty Alumni Administration.