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Cultural History

The research group ‘Cultural History since 1750’ of the University of Leuven seeks to cover many aspects of the cultural landscape of the past, ranging from the history of science and universities, the history of historiography and historical culture, heritage and history education to the development of cultural infrastructure and the history of cultural transfers.

Its members study the development of the humanities and the social sciences, the history of modern laboratory culture and of scientific practices in medical societies, the history of hypnosis, the public function of history education, the history of art patronage, shopping culture and many other cultural-historical topics. They aspire to do so in a broad-minded way, considering the various shapes and meanings of scientific and cultural practices.

Kaat Wils,

head of the research group