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Dr. Christophe Schellekens

Member of the academic staff, project RETOPEA
Room: 04-07, Dieter-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 394 18
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Christophe Schellekens was trained as a historian at the University of Antwerp (MA 2009) and took an additional interdisciplinary degree in Medieval & Renaissance Studies at KU Leuven (MA 2011). He holds a PhD from the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute, where he was a researcher from 2013 to 2018. His dissertation focused on the role of the hometown and social background in commercial networks in Early Modern Europe (case of the Florentine merchant community in Antwerp, ca. 1500-1585). The dissertation, supervised by Luca Mola and Regina Grafe, was successfully defended in December 2018.
He worked for two years (2011-2013) as a teaching assistant in the research group of Early Modern history at KU Leuven (Belgium). During his time at EUI, he guest lectured in Belgium and at EUI. In the academic year 2016-2017 He was a tutor for the Zotero research managment software package at EUI.
Since May 2018, he works as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz, Germany) as part of the Horizon 2020 project RETOPEA.

Research Interests:

investigating a corpus of Early Modern peace treaties and regulations of tolerance, with a primary focus on the Low Countries and France.
interdisciplinary dialogues
Merchant communities and long-distance trade


"The Antwerp joyous entry of 1549. The Florentine-Genoese conflict as a window on the role of a trading nation in political cultural Transfers", Incontri. Rivista Europea di Studi Italiani, 30, 2, 2015, (peer reviewed) Open Access
"De Antwerpse republiek en de ontwikkelingen in de nieuwsproductie tijdens de Opstand (1576-1585)", Handelingen van de Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij, 2012, 79-95 (peer reviewed)
"De as Brussel-Wenen 1900: De wederzijdse receptie van de Brusselse en Weense avant-garde in vier tijdschriften", Tijdschrift voor tijdschriftstudies, 30, 2011, 136-145 (peer reviewed), online available at Open Access (17 November 2014)
"Born in the USA: de Italiaanse Renaissance", Culturrgeschiedenis.be (17 November 2014)
"Waarom een tijdmachine pas waardevol is als er ook historici aan de knoppen zitten", review at Knack.be (6 july 2017)


»Religious Toleration and Peace« (RETOPEA)

Narratives on Europe today, are often characterised by conflicting views on the relationship between religion and society. However, historical dimensions of these narratives have often been neglected in sociological research, and at the same time, the voices of religious people remain largely absent from legal and political discourses. The RETOPEA project will carry out both research and innovation activities to tackle this challenge.