Jelena Dobbels

Jelena Dobbels (°1988) obtained a Master in History at the University of Antwerp in 2010. Her MA dissertation ‘Towards a heritage policy. The demolition of the Antwerp Burcht as a case study for the changing attitude towards heritage (1863-1900)’ explored nineteenth-century approaches to and ideas on heritage. This research prompted a further specialization in the field of heritage and monument conservation (Master Conservation of Monuments and Sites, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerp, 2011). As of 2011, she is affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (department Art History and Archaeology). Her research focuses on the local actors within the nineteenth- and twentieth-century heritage field in Belgium. She combines this research with a post at the department of Research & Development, where she studies methodologies to measure the impact of culture and creativity on the Brussels-Capital Region.


Core publications

  • Inge Bertels and Jelena Dobbels, ‘Review: Geert Medema, Achter de façade van de Hollandse stad. Het stedelijk bouwbedrijf in de achttiende eeuw’, Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 9 (2012), 1, 11-113.
  • Jelena Dobbels and Inge Bertels, ‘Community involvement and military heritage conservation. Case study of the demolition of the Antwerp sixteenth-century fortifications’, Proceedings Conference on Defense Sites: Heritage and Future 2012, WIT Press, June 2012, 267-278.
  • Jelena Dobbels, ‘Aanzetten voor een erfgoedbeleid. De afbraak van het Antwerpse burchtgebied als case-study voor de veranderende omgang met erfgoed (1863-1900)’, Stadsgeschiedenis, 6 (2011), 2, 139-145.