Stijn Van Rossem, John Carter Brown Fellow in the History of the Book

Before joining the IHR, I held teaching positions at the University of Antwerp (Literature of Modernity) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Art History). I am a visiting professor at the School of Arts in Ghent, where I teach courses on the history and theory of graphic design. In addition, I am a visiting professor in book history at the Plantin Typographic Institute in Antwerp and in 2013 I was director of the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Brussels.

I graduated from KU Leuven with Masters degrees in History and Education, and in 2014, I completed my PhD in History at the University of Antwerp with a dissertation on the publishing strategies of the Verdussen family, printers in Antwerp from 1589 to 1689, for which I received the Menno Hertzberger Encouragement Award in 2015. In 2014, I had the honour to chair the international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing held in Antwerp. Last year I was invited to do research at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University (Rhode Island) as the Reese/John Alden Memorial Fellowship.

Research and publications


  • Het gevecht met de boeken: de uitgeversstrategieën van de familie Verdussen (Antwerpen, 1589-1689). Proefschrift, Universiteit Antwerpen, 2014, 321 p. POD: ISBN 9781304944733)
  • (ed.) Schildersbrieven, Brussel: Museum voor brieven en manuscripten, 2013, 192 p.
  • Revolutie op de koperplaat. Repertorium van prenten tijdens de Brabantse Omwenteling (1787-1792) (Miscellanea Neerlandica 40). Leuven: Peeters Publishers 2012, 580 p.
  • (ed.) Portret van een woordenaar. Cornelis Kiliaan en het woordenboek in de Nederlanden. Antwerpen, 2007, 232 p


  • ‘La imprenta de los Verdussen y la comercialización de sus libros en el mundo ibérico e iberoamericano’ in Antonio Sanchez del Barrio, Comercio del libro entre los Países Bajos y España durante los siglos XVI y XVII, el, Ediciones Universidad Valladolid, 2016, p. 67-106
  • 'Em Antuérpia: Os Verdussen e a Comercialização de seus Livros no Mundo Ibérico e Ibero- americano’ in Werner Thomas, Eddy Stols, Iris Kantor & Júnia Furtado (eds.), Um mundo sobre papel: Livros, Gravuras e Impressos Flamengos nos Impérios Português e Espanhol ‘(séculos XVI-XVIII), São Paulo, 2014, p. 197-214
  • ‘The Verdussens and the International Trade in Catholic Books (Antwerp, Seventeenth Century)’ in Natalia Maillard Álvarez (ed.), Books in the Catholic World during the Early Modern Period, Library of the Written Word - The Handpress World 33, Leiden: Brill, [2014], p. 1-50
  • ‘Les Verdussens - Imprimeures et libraires flamandes (Anvers XVIIe-XIX siècle)’ in Béatrice Didier; Antoinette Fouque; Mireille Calle-Gruber; Sonia Rykiel; Irina Bokova (eds.), Le dictionnaire universel des créatrices, Paris 2013, p. 4479-4480
  • ‘Book history in Belgium. Who harbours the harbourless?’ in Jaarboek Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging, 2013, p. 95-106

Research interests

  • book history
  • history and theory of graphic design
  • curatorship
  • editorial strategies
  • political imagery
  • humanism

Other positions held

  • President of the Flanders Book historical Society: 2008-2014
  • Member of the editorial board of Quaerendo. A Quarterly Journal from the Low Countries Devoted to Manuscripts and Printed Books (Brill Leiden)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of the Low Countries, Institute of Historical Research