Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Master's ("Doctoraal"), Rijksuniversiteit Leiden; main subject: classical and mediaeval philosophy

  • 1987 – 1988
    Lecturer in Logic, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (0,5 fte, fixed-term)

  • 1988 – 1992
    Junior Research Fellow (A.i.O), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Dept. of Philosophy (1,0 fte, fixed-term)

  • 1994
    Doctorate (cum laude), Universiteit van Amsterdam

  • 1995 – 1998
    NWO-Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dept. of Art History (1,0 fte, fixed-term)

  • 1998 – 2003
    NWO-Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dept. of Art History (1,0 fte, fixed-term), supervising a research programme ("beknopt programma") on the role of rhetoric in early modern art and architecture, including one PhD student and one post-doctoral fellow

  • 2000
    Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, Dept of the History of Art (1,0 fte, fixed-term)

  • 2003 – 2005
    Guest Associate Professor in Architectural History and Theory, University of Ghent (Belgium), Dept of Architecture and Urbanism (0,4 fte fixed term)

  • 2004 – 2005
    Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture, Dept. of the History of Art and Architecture, Groningen University, Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2006
    Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture, Dept. of the History of Art and Architecture, Groningen University, Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2011
    Director VICI-Programme "Art, Agency and Living Presence", initially at Groningen University, from September 2006 at Leiden University

  • Since 2006
    Full Professor, History and Theory of Architecture, Leiden University

Selected publications

  • Organicism in Nineteenth-Century Architecture. An Inquiry into its Theoretical and Philosophical Roots. Amsterdam, 1994.

  • With J.W. McAllister, R. van de Vall (eds.), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge, 1995.

  • Classical Rhetoric and the Arts in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge, 2007.

  • With Stijn Bussels (eds.), The Arts, the Theatre and Theatricality in Early Modern Europe (London: Blackwell 2011).

  • François Lemée et la statue de Louis XIV sur la Place des Victoires: les débuts d'une réflexion ethnographique et esthétique sur le fétichisme (Paris , 2013)

  • Figuration, Tectonics and Animism in Semper's Der Stil, Journal of Architecture 14/3 (2010), pp. 153-70.

  • "Living Statues: Alfred Gell's Art and Agency, Living Presence Response and the Sublime", Art History 33/4 (September 2010), pp. 642-660.

  • "Aby Warburg?s Mnemosyne and the Life of Art", in U. Fleckner, I. Wenderholm and H. Ziegler (eds.), Bildmagie . Hamburg: Warburghaus 2011 [in press].

Selected projects

  • Art, Agency and Living Presence, 2006 – 2011

  • From Idols to Museum Pieces: alternative histories of Sculpture 166-1815

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • ERC Starters Grants SH 5 panel

PhD committees:

  • Promotor of 8 PhD students at Leiden University, of which four have defended their thesis

  • Co-promotor of three PhD dissertations (two at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, one at the Universiteit Gent)

  • Committees for Dutch, British, Belgian and Australian PhD theses in art history and aesthetics, also as an "externe referent" (external examiner)

External Reviews:

  • External reviewer for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historian, Art History and Architectural History, for Yale University Press, Penn State University Press and Routledge, for research proposals submitted to the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO), The European Research Council and the European Science Foundation, and for tenure reviews at Rutgers University, Department of the History of Art, North Western University, Department of Art History, the University of Singapore and the University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of Art History.


  • Member of the Scientific Board of Perspective. La revue de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, 2013

  • Editorial advisor of special issue of Perspectives. Revue de l'Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art, Paris on art history in the Netherlands, 2011

  • Series Editor, together with Uwe Fleckner, of Art and Agency/Kunst und Wirkmacht, a subseries of the Publications of the Warburg-Haus in Hamburg published by Akademie Verlag and Leiden University Press, 2011

  • Member of the scientific board of Studiolo. Revue de la Villa Médicis à Rome, 2010

  • Series Editor of The Classical Tradition in Architecture for Routledge, 2004 – 2010

  • Member of scientific committee for the exhibition Une image peut en cacher une autre, Paris: Grand Palais, 2008

  • Series Editor of Histories of Vision, published by Ashgate in London, 1999 – 2004

  • Series Editor of Classicism in the Arts and Architecture: Reception and Reinterpretation, published by Ashgate in London with financial support by the Getty Center, 1997 – 2004


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