Charlotte Bigg

Charlotte BIGG - PARS

Charlotte Bigg is a historian of science at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and a member of the Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris. Previously, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and at ETH Zurich.

Kurt Vanhoutte


Kurt Vanhoutte is professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), where he is also the director of the Research Centre for Visual Poetics (, a research group in theatre, film and related artistic media. Previously, he was affiliated to the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the University of Ghent (Belgium). Vanhoutte’s basic line of research investigates processes of intermediality emerging under the cultural and technological conditions of modernity and late modernity. His interest more specifically concerns the effects of science and technologies on narrative and stylistic characteristics of performance art as well as the ensuing impact on contemporary notions of theatricality, performance and text.

Eric Joris

Eric-Joris PARS

Eric Joris is the artistic lead of CREW, a Brussels-based art collective that operates on the boundary between art and science, between performing arts and technology. CREW has been a pioneer in the development of immersive media and has an outspoken fascination for how technology is changing us and the understanding of our embodied selves in an increasingly digital world. CREW creates in hybrid forms and presents in various settings (performance arts, visual arts, large public events, scientific conferences,..) across Europe, China, Canada and the U.S. CREW is structurally funded by the Flemish Government.

Sébastien Soubiran

Sébastien Soubiran - PARS

Sébastien Soubiran is deputy-director of the Jardin des sciences, a cultural department of the University of Strasbourg in charge of a Planetarium, the coordination of the preservation and the valorization of the university’s museum and collections and the development of general public scientific outreach. He trained as historian of science in Paris and Oxford. His research combines the social history of twentieth century physics and earth science (in particular the relationship between science, industry and the military) and the relationship between scientific communities and their heritage. He has co-published a book and written eight articles related to academic heritage. He teaches history of science, history of museums and scientific heritage in master classes in Strasbourg. He joined Universeum network in 2005, was elected secretary of the interim executive Committee in 2010 and Secretary of Universeum executive Committee in 2011.

Nele Wynants

Nele Wynants-PARS

Nele Wynants is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles (THEA Joint Research Group) and the University of Antwerp (Research Centre for Visual Poetics). Her current research focuses on the interplay of performance, media history and science. She is editor in chief of FORUM+ for Research and Arts (, and is preparing a volume on media archaeology and theatre.

David Aubin

David Aubin -PARS

David Aubin is Professor for the History of  Science at Sorbonne Universités / université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He heads the history of the mathematical sciences research group at the Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive gauche.

Maaike Bleeker

Maaike Bleeker - PARS

Maaike Bleeker is a professor and chair of Theatre Studies in the Department of Media & Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on processes of embodied and technologically mediated perception and knowledge transmission in performance, dance, and theatre, as well as in science. Her monograph Visuality in the Theatre: The Locus of Looking was published by Palgrave (2008). She (co) edited several volumes including Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008) Performance & Phenomenology. (Routledge 2015) and Transmission in Motion. The Technologizing of Dance (Routledge, 2016).

Pieter De Buysser

Pieter de Buysser - PARS

Pieter De Buysser (b. 1972) is a Brussels-based Belgian theatre and film director and writer. He studied philosophy in Antwerp and Paris and since then has been writing fiction and non-fiction, theatre and nontheatre and performs his own work on stage – as a non-clown, speculative realist and transformatador in one. In 2015, with Thomas Bellinck, he set up a new production company, ROBIN.

Pedro Raposo

Pedro Raposo -PARS

Pedro M. P. Raposo, DPhil, is curator of the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. He holds a doctorate in the History of Science from the University of Oxford. He has published on topics such as the history and heritage of nineteenth-century astronomy, the history of colonial observatories, and the circulation of knowledge in eighteenth-century Europe. Raposo is responsible for the use and research of the Adler Planetarium’s varied collections of historic scientific instruments, rare books, and works on paper. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar.

Artemis Willis

Artemis Willis PARS

Artemis Willis is a curator of film and media arts, a documentary filmmaker, a film and media historian, and an educator. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, where she is currently completing a dissertation on the international history, practice and aesthetics of the magic lantern. She has published and lectured extensively on lantern culture and style, organized film tributes and retrospectives, and presented or given lantern performances at various museums, festivals, and conferences in the U.S. and overseas.

Natalija Majsova


Natalija Majsova is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp (Research Centre for Visual Poetics). She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Ljubljana. Her current research project examines the aesthetics of the beginning of the space age in Soviet cinema.