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dr. B.S. (Babette) Hellemans

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dr. B.S. (Babette) Hellemans
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My research is concerned with notions of change and continuity in long-term processes as they appear in religious and intellectual cultures. Since I have a background in historical anthropology, I consider texts, images, architecture, objects, rituals, theatre, and music as part of my source material. I am particularly interested in the way ancient objects and texts have a performative quality in the present that often seems to clash with ideologies about modernity (e.g. the notion of anachronism). This interest has been the topic of several publications,
including books: La Bible Moralisée: une oeuvre à part entière. Temporalité, sémiotique et creation au XIIIe siècle (2010) and more recently the volume Images, Improvisations, Sound, and Silence from 1000 to 1800 - Degree Zero (2018). The latter is the result of an Internationalization Project of which I was the project leader.

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