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Kurt Vanhoutte is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he helped to establish and currently co-coordinates a master’s programme in Theatre and Film Studies. Vanhoutte is founding member and spokesperson of The Research Centre for Visual Poetics. His research investigates processes of intermediality that have emerged 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 notions of theatricality.



MA in Literary Theory at the University of Brussels (1993)

MAres in Cultural Communication and Performance Theory at the University of Antwerp and the Humboldt University in Berlin (1995)
PhD from the University of Antwerp in 2001 – Fund for Scientific Research Flanders: ‘Theatre through the looking Glass of New Media: Walter Benjamin and allegory’
Post-doctoral Researcher University of Antwerp (2001-2003) - Fund for Scientific Research Flanders
Visiting Lecturer University of Gent (2005-2007)
Visiting Lecturer Conservatory of Antwerp (2006-2007)
Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2003-2006)
Professor at the University of Antwerp in Belgium: 2006 – present



Kurt Vanhoutte is Professor of Performance Studies and Visual Arts Criticism at the University of Antwerp, where he helped to establish and currently co-coordinates a Master program in Film and Theatre Studies. Courses include Visual Criticism 1 (Master); Modernity and Criticism (Master); Theatre and Intermedia (Master); The Culture of Modernity (Bachelor) and Theatre Studies: the Basics (Bachelor).



Vanhoutte is participating in A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning (funded by the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage), an international project in collaboration with the universities of Utrecht (central coördination), Exeter, Girona and Salamanca. Vanhoutte supervises the Antwerp research team focussing on the performative context of scientific lantern shows in popular venues. The goal is to deepen the understanding of the cultural value of lantern shows in relation to changing ideas of theatricality, the adaptation of the lantern and its users to suit a certain venue, occasion and audience, and the complex struggle between didactic and aesthetic particularities. Together with a team of artists theatre and film makers, the researchers will also produce examples of how to creatively re-use the thousands of nineteenth century images once more.

Vanhoutte is one of the initiators of Performing Astronomy Research Society (, an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the human, social, and exact sciences as well as artists, visual technicians and planetarium professionals to investigate the history, present state and future of popular astronomical spectacle.


Membership positions in scientific organizations (selection)

Media Supervisory Board Deputy Representative ‘20203D media’ (2008-2010), a large-scale European Research Consortium investigating the possibilities of new immersive technologies, co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and consisting of 16 partners, among them research centres of academic institutes and some of Europe’s most prominent manufacturers of digital technologies.

Member of the Working Group ‘Intermediality in Theatre and Performance’ of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2010-present).

Member of the Expertpanel Cult2 (Art and Literature) of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), evaluating applications for fellowships and research projects and submiting scientific advice to the Senate and the Board of Trustees (2014-present).


Supervision PhD and Postdoc research

- Marqué par une image (Sofie Verdoodt, PhD completed 2012, University of Ghent)
- Being inside the Image: Immersion and Narrative between Theatre and Film (Nele Wynants, PhD completed 2013, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- Re-inventing the Past: Re-enactment in Contemporary Dance and Performance Art (Timmy De Laet, University of Antwerp / FWO completed 2016)
- Building garments. Researching Fashion Design through Architecture (Alexandra Verschueren, PhD completed 2015, University of Antwerp / FWO)
- The Borrowed Gaze (Karin Hanssen, University of Antwerp & Royal Academy of Fine Arts completed 2016)
- Exploring the Multiple in a Cinema of Attractions (Rudi Knoops, University of Antwerp & University of Leuven completed 2017)

- Restoring Gestures: Exploring Aby Warburg’s Method for Theater Studies (Esther Tuypens, University of Antwerp / FWO)

- Alessandro De Francesco: Language Art and Reading Environments (Postdoc, University of Antwerp)

- Sabine Lenk: Magic lantern as European cultural heritage: the performative context (Postdoc JPI Cultural Heritage / University of Antwerp)


A complete bibliography can be found here


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