Josephine Hoegaerts


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


Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Review of Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam & Lucy Noakes (eds), New Directions in Social and Cultural History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

    Hoegaerts, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cultural History.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

  2. 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

  3. Bestiarium: een inleiding

    Hoegaerts, J. & Segers, Y., 2018, Bestiarium: Dieren, mensen en hun sociale geschiedenis. Hoegaerts, J. & Segers, Y. (eds.). Lipsius Leuven, p. 7-13 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

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Latest activities

  1. ”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

  2. Science of Singing

    Josephine Hoegaerts (Member of organizing committee)
    22 Mar 2019

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

  3. Learning English at the expense of the Union? The (colonized) voice as a vehicle of knowledge and political transfer.

    Josephine Hoegaerts (Speaker)
    24 Jan 201925 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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