In partnership with the OSK - Dutch national research school voor art history - I am hosting an informal bookclub on the topic of 'Global Art History'. We've been active since December 2020 and try to read and discuss a breakthough publication in the field every six weeks. Contact me or the OSK for more information.


Expert appearances:

Op 17 december 2020 trad ik op als voorzitter en gespreksleider van de digitale opening van Godinnen van de Art Nouveau, de nieuwe tentoonstelling in het Allard Pierson. Deze geweldig expositie met prachtige topstukken zal op 20 januari 2021 openen voor het publiek. Ik interviewde gastconservator Yvonne Brentjens -- zie het interview hier op YouTube -- en museumdirecteur Willem Hupperetz, en sprak o.m. over bijbehorende publicatie.



* The Art Newspaper interviewed me about the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum's surrealist collection and a donation they received (The Art Newspaper 20-1-2021): read it here.

* Jelena Stojkovic, a wonderful colleague in Surrealism Studies, asked me to appear as expert respondent at her (online) bookpresentation, hosted by the Daiwa Foundation (9/11/21): Surrealism and Photography in 1930s Japan: The Impossible Avant-Garde. Ca. 240 people from all over the world participated.



For the catalogue of the wonderful show De Tranen van Eros at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht), showing the work of Dutch surrealist Moesman in context with many other surrealists, I wrote the following essay: ‘Eros: Poëzie, Vrijheid en Liefde.’ In: Moesman. Surrealisme en de Seksen, M. Bosma & N. Folkersma (eds). Utrecht: Centraal Museum/Zwolle: W Books, 40-57, 129.

Moesman cover




Together with dr. Gregor Langfeld I guest-edited a special issue of Stedelijk Studies (no. 9, December 2019) on Modernism in migration. Read the editorial here.


More about me? I am a historian of art and culture with a preference for the transhistorical: I was trained as a medievalist but have specialised in the art and cultural expressionis of modernism and the 20th-century avant-gardes. Art, heritage and culture, as well as an abiding passion for knowledge and the sciences are always at the heart of my work, be it advising curators on exhibitions, chairing committees, researching, writing for art lovers or for academic audiences, teaching, coordinating projects, or hosting, chairing and/or organising events.

I am currently (and have been for several years) Chair of the Advisory Committee for the NWO Program Doctoral Grant for Teachers, funded by the Dutch Research Council. Budget:  €9,000,000. 

Detailed information about my publications, lectures and other activitities can be found on Linkedin, Narcis and academia.


Selected publications


         Occult modernism






Currently I am Associate Professor at the Open University, the Netherlands, where I teach courses on (among other things) methods & techniques in the study of Modern Art (Moderne Kunst: Feiten en Visies), and on the remembrance of and memorials to the Second World War (Veranderend Verleden).

In 2020-21 I taught a series of electives on Modern Art, Globally Oriented, including Salon to Jugendstil, Global Avant-Garde and Global Late Modernism a the University of Amsterdam. Among other things, the students and I created a digital exhibition.

I have been teaching at Dutch universities since 2006 (freelance, temporary and otherwise): at the University of Amsterdam, with the departments Art History, Arts of the Netherlands, and Religious Studies/History of Western Esotericism; the Radboud University, Nijmegen, with the departments Cultural Studies and Literary Studies; the VU (Free University), Amsterdam, department of Media, Art, Design and Architecture;  and at the department of History and Art History as well as the International School of Utrecht University for several semesters.

My course portfolio includes BA, MA, and Research MA courses, in Dutch and in English. I have supervised (BA, BA Hons, MA, and RMA) theses; as well as tutorials in the honours programme and student traineeships.

I have developed, coordinated and taught (selection):

  • Art Studies within and across the Humanities;
  • Current developments in Art History;
  • Intertextuality in Cultural Studies;
  • Modernist Periodical Culture;
  • Politics and Images

Other courses I have taught (selection):

  • Introduction to Art History;
  • Methods and Theory in Art History;
  • Modernism in the Arts.

Complete course portfolio available on request.

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