Charles van den Heuvel

Senior Researcher

Charles van den Heuvel (1956) finished his study Art History and Archeology at Groningen University with a specialization in the history of architecture, town planning and planning sciences in 1982. Between 1984 and 1992 he lived in Italy, where he worked for five years as a librarian/university teacher at the Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte in Florence. In the same period he wrote his PhD on the dissemination of knowledge of Italian engineers in the Netherlands and their role in the dissemination of the “renaissance” culture in the Netherlands. He defended this dissertation with the title: ” ‘Papiere Bolwercken’, De introductie van de Italiaanse steden- en vestingbouw in de Nederlanden (1540-1609) en het gebruik van tekeningen” at the University Groningen in 1991. Between 1992-1997 he worked as a senior-researcher for the universities of Groningen and Utrecht on several research projects, subsidized by NWO and the KNAW. Between the end of 1997 and December 2000 he was as an Inspector of Cultural Heritage for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences. After his stay at the ministry Charles returned to university.

In the years 2001 and 2002 Charles worked as a senior researcher digital culture within the Maastricht McLuhan Institute at the University of Maastricht. Here he studied the impact of new media on culture from an historical point of view and more practical problems related to the digitization of cultural heritage. Since the closing down of this institute Charles worked halftime at the University Library of Leiden, as the curator of its cartographical collections. In the other half of his time he continued his research at the University Maastricht within the department Technology and Society Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Culture. Since 2003 he works for 0.4 fte as teamleader of/senior researcher on a research programme entitled: “Paper and Virtual Cities. New methodologies for the use of historical sources in virtual urban cartography”,financed by (NWO). This project (together with researchers of Humanities Computing of the University of Groningen) will be continued within the context of the Virtual Knowledge Studio. The rest of his time at the University of Maastricht, Charles spent on a research with the title Architecture of Knowledge. European Antecedents of the World Wide Web (together with Library and Information Sciences of the University of Illinois and Ghent University). This research deals with metaphors of knowledge and scientific communities on a global level in the first half of the 20th Century.


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