Public defense PhD Thomas D’haeninck

In the context of the TIC-project, Thomas D’haeninck has defended his doctoral dissertation on the 16th of October in Het Pand (Oude Infimerie, 15h30).

In “Social reformers in search of a moral revival. A social historical and transnational study of the attendance of Belgians at international reform congresses (1850-1914)”,  Thomas studied the “culture of international congresses” via a relational and actor-centred approach by applying SNA techniques to a large sample of congress attendees (> 7200 people). An answer is given to question why Belgian reformers attended international congresses and to what extent this contributed to their pursuit to uplift society morally.