Lecturer in: 2018
Bambi Ceuppens studied African Languages and History at the State University of Ghent and Cultural Social Anthropology at the Catholic University of Leuven. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and St Andrews and was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University, the Catholic University of Leuven and the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Currently a senior researcher and curator at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Bambi Ceuppens’s research focuses on the colonial history that the Congo and Belgium share, Congolese arts and cultures, Congolese in Belgium, museum representations of Africa(ns) and autochthony.
She has curated the exhibition "Indépendance! Congolese Tell their Stories of Fifty Years of Independence" (RMCA, 2010) as well as africamuseum@matonge2015 and africamuseum@matonge2016 with photographs from the RMCA's photo collections in shop windows in Matonge, the African neighbourhood in Belgium. With Congolese artist and photographer Sammy Balojii she has curated "Congo Art Works: Popular Painting" (Fine Arts Centre, Brussels 2016-2017 and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow 2017) and "Congo Stars" (Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 2018 and Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, 2018). She is general curator (human and social sciences) of the new permanent exhibition of the RMCA and curator of the gallery on the African presence in Belgium, the corner on Representations and the modules dealing with decolonization and postcolonial history of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi in the same exhibition. Since 2018, she teaches Anthropology of the Arts at KASK.