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Arts and Philosophy PhD Day

Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 09:15 to Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Groene zaal
Rik Vosters
02 629 25 73
PhD activity

On May 28th 2018, the faculty of Arts and Philosophy will organize the second edition of its yearly PhD event. In order to stimulate a vivid exchange of ideas, both within and across disciplines, mostly 2nd and 3rd year PhD students will present their ongoing research to an a audience of peers, fellow researchers and faculty, with time for feedback, questions and comments. 


Program (click names for abstracts):


09:15 – 09:25


09:25 – 09:30

Prof. Dr. Rik Vosters (Chair of the Faculty’s Research and PhD Committee):

Word of welcome 

09:30 – 09:45

Prof. Dr. Karin Vanderkerken (Vicerector Research Policy):

Research policy and PhD research

09:45 – 11:00

Experiences past and present (chair: Prof. Dr. Wouter Ryckbosch):

  • Janna Aerts (CLIC): ‘Mijn dagboek lief…’. Daily life in occupation diaries of literary Flemish writers

  • Anke Verbeke (HOST): Surviving old age in a period of transition: Urban elderly in Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp, 1750-1850

  • Liya Sun (CLIC): The representation of later life love in Chinese and European films

  • Susan Dierickx (RHEA): ‘I am always crying on the inside’. A qualitative study to understand the lived experiences of women with infertility in urban Gambia

  • Frank Schweitser (ETHU): Belgian psychiatrists on euthanasia for reasons of psychic suffering caused by psychiatric illness: a qualitative study

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Art, city and understanding (chair: Prof. Dr. Ann Diels):

  • Eva Janssens (HARP): ‘Teghenstellinghe’. Prints and religious identity in the Low Countries (1555-1609)

  • Maria Knyazeva (HARP): National identity vs. globalization in Russian contemporary art 1990-2015

  • Matthijs Degraeve (HOST): Building Brussels. Brussels city builders and the production of urban space (1830-1970)

  • Paul Letsch (HARP): The meaning of life. The major philosophical aspects hidden behind a fundamental question of human existence

  • Sven Delarivière (CLWF): Explicating Understanding. A conceptual framework and functionalist approach

  • Verdie Dreyer (ETHU): Beyond the dialectic of enlightenment. The epistemology of a new reason

13:00 – 14:00

Walking lunch

14:00 – 15:45

Learning, science and technology (chair: Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Cornelis):

  • Eva Koch (CLIN): Incidental second language grammar learning through dialogue. The acquisition of stem-vowel alternations in German strong verbs by adult native speakers of Dutch

  • Julie Luyckx (BIAL): Assessment of a blended learning program for FSP courses

  • Mohammed Saed (CLIN): Literacy development in English (L2) and Arabic (L1)

  • Pieter Present (CLWF): Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) and the teaching of ‘(Newtonian) experimental philosophy’

  • Thomas Thoelen (CLIC): ‘I have crutches now, I will go faster, all will go faster’. Samuel Beckett and the Prosthesis

  • Richard Lewis (ETHU): Beyond technology as artifact. Making the case for a (post)human technological sense

  • Dan Li (CLWF): How researchers perceive research misbehaviors differently? A transcultural case study on Chinese and Belgian researchers

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 16:25

Best presentation award 2018

(jury: Renée Moernaut, Alyssa Verhees, Jelten Baguet, Koen Lefever)

16:30 – 17:00

Lieven Scheire:

Things that were always there but you never noticed


Sponsored by the Doctoral School of Human Sciences and the faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.