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Description of research and teaching

My current research focuses on the aesthetics and politics of the voice in the long nineteenth century. Combining methodologies from history, sound studies and musicology, I trace the evolution of the ‘sound’ of propriety, authority and health as it was constructed by various experts on the voice and performed by public speakers in the nineteenth century.

My wider research interests concern the practices of articulation and embodiment that created modern citizenship in the nineteenth century. Whilst my previous research elucidated aspects of the construction of the citizen self (i.e. masculinity, maturity, dignity, notions of authority and rationality), in my current research on the articulation of ‘vocalized’ identities within modern nations (notably in England, the Low Countries and France, and their respective colonies) the politics of location (including nationalized images of the artistic voice), and socio-cultural embeddedness (e.g. through vocal education for adult and younger non-professionals) come to the fore.

Research interests

A list of publications predating 2015 can be found here


  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • cultural history
  • voice
  • gender
  • political history

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2015 2019

Music, Gender, Inequalities: Introduction to special issue

Hoegaerts, J. & Berkers, P., 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Review: 'The Second Sound', Julia Eckhardt and Leen De Graeve

Hoegaerts, J., 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies. 22, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Open Access

Bestiarium: Dieren, mensen en hun sociale geschiedenis

Hoegaerts, J. (ed.) & Segers, Y. (ed.), 2018, Leuven: Lipsius Leuven. 127 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueGeneral public

Projects 2018 2023

Activities 2016 2019

”Men, Women and Tenors”: Masculinity and Maturity Made Audible in 19th century Europe

Josephine Hoegaerts (Speaker)
2 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Cahier voor Literatuurwetenschap (Journal)

Josephine Hoegaerts (Reviewer)
May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Birte Förster

Josephine Hoegaerts (Host)
15 Jul 201920 Jul 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Hedwig Richter

Josephine Hoegaerts (Host)
15 Jul 201920 Jul 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

The "Great White North?"

Josephine Hoegaerts (Scientific Committee Chair), Laura Siragusa (Scientific Committee Member), Tuire K Liimatainen (Member of organizing committee), Elizabeth Peterson (Scientific Committee Member), Peter Gustav Stadius (Scientific Committee Member), Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (Scientific Committee Member)
27 Aug 201928 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars