Christophe Schellekens is a historian working at the intersection of teaching, research and research management. Since August 2020, he serves as a lecturer at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), where he teaches a variety of courses in the section Economic and Social History.
Since 2022, Christophe co-coordinates the research seminar of the section of Economic and Social History.
He holds a PhD from the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). He has been a researcher at the EUI from 2013 to 2018. From May 2018 to April 2020 he worked as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz, Germany) in the H2020 RETOPEA project.
Schellekens' 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). Throughout his PhD trajectory, he published a peer reviewed article. He has presented parts of his doctoral research at conferences and workshops in Belgium, Germany, Austria, the United States and Canada. His doctoral research was funded by a grant from the Belgian federal service of foreign affairs (2013-2016) and a completion grant from the European University Institute (2016-2017).
Apart from doing research, he has gained substantial teaching experience throughout his career. Before his doctorate, Christophe Schellekens 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 the tutor for the Zotero research managment software package at EUI.
Christophe Schellekens is strongly interested in cross- and interdisciplinary dialogues. This interest has developed because of his training and work experience in Leuven’s faculty of Arts, where scholars of literature, linguistics, art history, archeology and area studies are the closest neighbours of historians, as well as his time at the European University Institute, where lawyers, sociologists, political scientists and economists regularly were his interlocutors. In Utrecht, his teaching in the interdisciplinary BSc in PPE program is informed by these experiences, and offers the opportunity to continue a dialogue with colleagues from other fields.