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dr. B.S. Hellemans

senior lecturer

Dr Babette Hellemans (Utrecht, NL 1974) has an international background: she spent her childhood in Cameroon (Africa) and studied both in France and the Netherlands. She was appointed to a permanent position in History at the University of Groningen in September 2010. In this position, she specialises in cultural and intellectual history in a diachronical and interdisciplinary context, from 1000-1700 AD.

She is currently project leader of the International Research Project Degree Zero of Sound and Image c. 1000-1800 funded by the Dutch Research Council (running from 2013-2017, see projects). Forthcoming volume with the contributions of four meetings (Wassenaar, Paris, Frankfurt and Bonn). On 5 October 2017 a final and festive symposium will be held in Groningen, see agenda ICOG for more details.

Babette Hellemans has been elected as Visiting Scholar by the Governing Body from Wolfson College Oxford, where she spent a sabbatical in the Winter and Spring of 2015.

In 2015-2016, Dr Hellemans was project leader of the NIAS-Lorentz grant Perspectives on Diversity: The Cultural Life of Absence. This project stresses the dialogue between handicap and society in past and present.

Babette Hellemans is the principal supervisor of two PhD projects:

1) Theo Lap Homesick Monks and Reluctant Bishops: Communicating World Renunciation in Twelfth Century Letter Collections (together with Catrien Santing) running from 2016-2020)

2) Suzette van Haaren Encoded Parchment and Digital Sustainability. How digital materiality affects the representation, reproduction and preservation of medieval manuscripts (together with Ann-Sophie Lehmann and Kate Rudy, St Andrews, Scotland), running from 2017-2021.

In 2017 the Fellowship for Innovative Teaching (FIT) has been awarded to Dr Hellemans for her project on "Reading Fast and Slow".


Babette Hellemans has two PhD degrees: a French PhD in historical anthropology, and a Dutch PhD in the humanities, both with the highest distinction (EHESS and Utrecht University, co-tutelle de thèse).  Dr Hellemans has two French academic teaching qualifications (in the sections of philosophy and history), and one Dutch academic teaching qualification (BKO). Before obtaining her MA at Utrecht University with honors, she completed a BA in French and another BA in History and Museum Studies. Hellemans further was Postdoc at the University of Utrecht (NWO Grant from 2006-2009), visiting scholar at the Humanities Center of Johns Hopkins University, invited professor at Lyon-2 and she worked as a curator in National Museum Catharijneconvent. She taught previously at the universities of Lyon, Utrecht, and Amsterdam.

Outside academia Babette Hellemans is a sculptor, both carving and molding, at the Beeldhouwschool in Amsterdam. She is an avid supporter of theatre, music and visual arts.


PhD (2006) in Anthropological History at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, passed with the highest distinction: avec honneur et félicitations du jury à l'unanimité. Supervisor: prof. Jean-Claude Schmitt.

PhD (2006) in Humanities at Utrecht University passed with the highest Dutch distinction (cum laude). Supervisor: prof. Willemien Otten, now at the University of Chicago.

MA in Medieval Studies, specialization history of ideas, medieval French and islam at Utrecht University (2000, passed with the highest Dutch distinction: cum laude).

BA in French, Amsterdam (1998), incl. license to teach.

BA in History and Museum studies, Amsterdam (1997), incl. license to teach.

DEUG I Histoire et Géographie, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France (1996).


Academic Teaching Qualifications

Qualification from the French National University Council in: Philosophy (2010)

Qualification from the French National University Council in: History and cultures of pre-modern societies (2010)

Dutch Academic Qualification "BKO" Utrecht University (2010).

Working experience (summary)

Elected Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College Oxford (Winter and Spring 2015)

Project leader and main applicant NWO International Grant "Degree Zero of Sound and Image (see projects, 2013-2017)

Invited Professor at University of Lyon in France (2010).

Lecturer in History of Christianity at Utrecht University (2006-2010).

Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (2007).

Postdoctoral Grant funded by the Dutch Scientific Council (NWO) and realized at Utrecht University (2006-09), see: projects

Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam (2005-2006).

Curator National Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht (2001-2005).

Lecturer in History at Utrecht University (2001-2005). 

Teacher in French and History at High School, Almere (2000-2001).

Student-assistent Utrecht University (1997-2000).

Intern Practice Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN): Musée Quai d'Orsay, Musée de Cluny and Versailles (1995-1996). 


Advisory Boards (currently) 

Member of Editorial Board Amsterdam University Press for the Series "Knowledge Communities, c. 1000-1700"

Chair of Board for PhD-Education: Graduate School for the Humanities.

Secretary of the Education Board for Research Master CMRS (Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies).

Member of Board for the International Summerschool "Material Culture", a diachronical joint-project with the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg (Germany)

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