During Lent 2019 I conducted research during the Amsterdam edition of the international project Art Stations of the Cross. The research output will be produced throughout 2019 and 2020, with project funding by the Sormanifonds and a Cotter Scholarship from the Gladstone’s Library.
On ongoing basis, I work on research on the religious and spiritual dimensions in the painting and writing of Piet Mondrian, in which the notion of sight plays a crucial role. This research was awarded the inaugural Postdoctoral Award of the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park, Hornby Island (June 2018).
Together with dr. Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester) I founded the Visionary Artists, Visionary Objects international research network, at the end of 2017. In Februari 2018 we organized a pilot expert-meeting in Manchester. In the future we hope to set-up conference panels and get collaborative research published.
Throughout 2018-2019 I worked as coordinator for the international conference Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe, organized by University of Groningen’s Centre for Religion and Heritage and the Groningen Historic Churches Foundation, in partnership with Museum Catharijneconvent, Future for Religious Heritage (Brussels), and the Jewish Cultural Quarter.
During the spring semesters of 2016-2019, I worked as a lecturer at Tilburg University College, teaching the second-year BA course “Visual Arts in the Public Sphere.”
I wrote an essay collection titled In Pursuit of the Sacred: The Museum as Laboratory in the Contemporary Quest for God. This essay collection was awarded with the 2017 gold honorary medal of the Teylers’ Theological Society (March 2018).
Spring 2017, I received a Faculty scholarship, of the RUG Faculty for Theology and Religious Studies, to deliver a NWO-VENI proposal. This proposal made it to the final/ interview stage.