Scientists of the world unite
What is fascinating about Dr. Dendooven’s research is the unique cross-pollination: the themes of his conferences frequently span various disciplines.
“At our conference on the Spanish flu, historians were present as well as medics, virologists and biomedics. It is quite unique to bring these disciplines together. You get to see this fascinating clash between different conference cultures.
We also wanted to organize a conference for historians, art historians, archaeologists and architects on the reconstruction after the First World War. Unfortunately, it couldn’t go ahead due to corona, but the Flemish Government Architect would have been present, alongside policymakers who decide on how to organize the urban space. That is one of the strengths of a museum: you are not bound to a particular field. On the contrary: you have to look beyond the obvious and involve other disciplines.