Henk de Smaele (1970) teaches (apart from methodological courses) Modern Cultural History; History of the Body, Gender and Sexuality; and History of Islam. He has published books and articles on Belgian political history in the nineteenth century. His current research interests include the history of body, gender and sexuality (18th-20th centuries) and the history of ‘cultural encounters’. It is his present ambition to combine ‘queer’ and ‘postcolonial’ perspectives in a rethinking of the powerful and omnipresent metanarrative of ‘modernisation’ in cultural and political history.
Henk de Smaele is also Co-President of the Centre d’Archives pour l’histoire des femmes / Archiefcentrum voor Vrouwengeschiedenis (Brussels). Link: