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Karel Vanhaesebrouck is a professor and chair of theatre studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he teaches courses in the MA program “Arts du spectacle vivant”. Prior to coming to Brussels, Vanhaesebrouck was an assistant professor at Maastricht University and worked as postdoctoral researcher at the VUB. Karel Vanhaesebrouck is a member of the “Jonge Academie” (2015-2020). He acts as a co-director of the THEA Research Group, a cross-institutional (VUB, ULB, RITS) research group facilitating artistic and scientific research within the broad fields of theatre and performance studies. In 2013 Vanhaesebrouck’s research was awarded the Prize “Laureaat van de Koninklijke Vlaamse academie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten in de Klasse van de kunsten” by the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgium). Since November 2016 Vanhaesebrouck is a visiting professor at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. In January 2017 he resided as a Descartes fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam.

Karel Vanhaesebrouck teaches cultural history and theatre history at the Brussels-based film and theatre school RITCS (www.rits.be), the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound of the Erasmus University College, where he directed the theatre department from 2010 up to 2016. In 2015 the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, discerned the Flemish Cultural Award for Performing Arts 2014 to this department. He is also a guest professor of theatre history at ESACT Liège and collaborates on the “Certificat en dramaturgie circassienne” organized by the renowned circus schools ESAC and CNAC.

He published the book-length study Le mythe de l’authenticité (2009) and (co-)edited volumes on David Mamet (Willen jullie in zo'n wereld leven? David Mamet in Vlaanderen en de wereld, with Ronald Geerts and Klaas Tindemans) (VUBPress), on tragedy (Oedipe contemporain? Tragédie, tragique, politique, with Christian Biet and Paul Vanden berghe) (Editions Entretemps), on art and activism (Art and activism in the age of globalization, with Lieven De Cauter and Ruben De Roo) (NAI Publishers, 2011) and on violence in early modern spectacular culture (The Hurt(ful) Body. Pain and suffering in early modern performance and visual arts, with Kornee Van der Haven and Tomas Macsotay, forthcoming with Manchester University Press). Recent book publications include: Kleine Vlaamse Mythologieën (met Jan Baetens, Uitg. Het Balanseer, 2014; French translation forthcoming with La Lettre volée in 2017), Spectacle et justice. Regards croisés sur le système pénal en Belgique. (avec Christine Guillain en Yves Cartuyvels, Lannoo Campus, 2015) en Theater. Een visuele geschiedenis (met Thomas Crombez, Jelle Koopmans, Frank Peeters, Luk Van den Dries, LannooCampus, 2015). Together with Lieven De Cauter and Rudi Laermans he recently published Klein lexicon van het managementjargen. Kritiek van de nieuwe newspeak (2016). He is also the editor of the 3-volume book series De Grieken (Bebuquin 2016-2017), bringing together Johan Boonen’s translation of 11 Greek tragedies.

His scholarly work has been published in journals such as Poetics Today, Textyles, Phrasis, Theatre Topics, Image & Narrative, Contemporary theatre, Critique, Etudes Théâtrales, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Théâtre/Public, Cahiers naturalistes Crisis & Critique e.a. He occasionally works as a dramaturge for Theater Antigone (Tribuna(a)l, Oeps) and Abattoir Fermé (Colossus).

Current research projects:

Promotor FNRS 22368212 Mandat Chargé de recherches (post-doc, 3 years, fulltime): Nele Wynants: The Optics of Performance. An archaeological approach to intermediality in Theatre and Performance.

Promotor FNRS 22521421 Mandat Aspirant (pre-doc, 4 years, fulltime): Amin Zamani, Le fonctionnement performatif de l’espace théâtral en Iran de 1979 à present: pour une etude du rapport du théâtre au pouvoir aux volontés totalitaires.

Innoviris Research project The diversity of work in the creative and cultural industries: making it work for Brussels. Funding: Innoviris. Prospective Research for Brussels 2014. Supervisor: Bas Van Heur (VUB), Walter Ysebaert (VUB), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB), Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Christine Schaut (USL), Judith Le Maire (ULB).

Main applicant G0A0715N FWO/NOW Research project Imagineering Violence: Techniques of Early Modern Performativity. Co-applicants Kornee Vanderhaven (Ghent), Inger Leemans (Amsterdam), Frans-Willem Korsten (Leiden) [2 fulltime PhD Researchers]

Working Group “Knowledge and the market: commercialization, commodification” (coordinated by Inger Leemans) as part of the International Collaboration Project The Global Knowledge society. Coordination by Sven Dupré (Max Planck) and Wijnand Mijnhardt (Utrecht University).

Collaborating researcher "Care for the future, Passé dans le présent - Situationnisme et Performance" Funding: AHRC (Great-Britain) and ANR Labex (France).

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ARTC-B-400 Histoire du spectacle

ARTC-B-405 Dramaturgie et codes de la représentation

ARTC-B-406 Dramaturgie et codes de la représentation (Atelier)

ARTC-B-415 Sémiologie du spectacle vivant

ARTC-B-420 Atelier pratique et séminaire pluridisciplinaire Erasmus mundus

ARTC-B-450 Etude approfondie du spectacle contemporain

ARTC-B-455 Sensibilisation à la pratique du spectacle vivant

ARTC-B-460 Histoire et esthétique de la danse

ARTC-B-500 Séminaire : lectures critiques du spectacle vivant

ARTC-B-515 Le spectacle vivant en Belgique

Publication(s) récente(s)

Vanhaesebrouck, K., Macsotay, T., & Van der Haven, K. (2017). The Hurt(ful) Body. Pain and suffering in early modern performance and visual arts.

Vanhaesebrouck, K., Cartuyvels, Y., & Guillain, C. (2015). De Rechtbank een schouwtoneel.: Het spektakel van het strafrecht in België. Leuven: Lannoo Campus.

Vanhaesebrouck, K., Cartuyvels, Y., & Guillain, C. (2015). Spectacle et justice. Regards croisés sur la justice pénale en Belgique. Bruxelles: Editions Racine.

Vanhaesebrouck, K., Crombez, T., Van Den Dries, L., Peeters, F., & Koopmans, J. (2015). Theater. Een visuele geschiedenis. Leuven: Lannoo Campus.

Vanhaesebrouck, K., & Baetens, J. (2015). Hybrid Europeana. Notes on theatre (photo) archives. Image & narrative.

Vanhaesebrouck, K., & Baetens, J. (2017). Petites Mythologies flamandes.

Vanhaesebrouck, K. (2017). Ecrire pour le théâtre en Belgique. Théâtre/Public,(223), 10-30.

Macsotay, T., Van der Haven, C., & Vanhaesebrouck, K. (2017). The hurt(ful) body : performing and beholding pain, 1600-1800. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Wynants, N., & Vanhaesebrouck, K. (2016, juin 30). ‘The constant critique of the state can end up colluding with intensively conservative neoliberal models’.: Shannon Jackson on art, politics and labour. Documenta, 224–233.

Vanhaesebrouck, K. (2016). De Griekse tragedie als echokamer. Een kleine inleiding. In K. Vanhaesebrouck & J. Boonen (Eds.), De Grieken. Deel 1: Oorlog (pp. 11-23). Antwerpen: Bebuquin.