Research School for Economic and Social History


Introducing new Confidential Advisor Torsten Feys

A few months ago, Heidi Deneweth announced her retirement, which also implied her farewell as Confidential Advisor (vertrouwenspersoon) for PhDs enrolled in the Posthumus PhD Training Programme. We thank Heidi very much for her conscious fulfillment of this position.

We are happy to inform you that Torsten Feys, affiliated researcher at Flanders Marine Institute and Antwerp University has agreed to take over the position of Confidential Advisor in Flanders as of 1 March 2024. We thank Torsten for accepting this position.

Torsten Feys works as of 2020 as research coordinator at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). His research focuses on tourism, migration and maritime history. He is also affiliated with the University of Antwerp as visiting professor. Torsten obtained his PhD from the European University Institute (Firenze) on a thesis on the Holland Amerika Lijn and the commercialisation of transatlantic migration (1830-1914). As a postdoc, he worked at Ghent University on the impact of transport companies on migration policies and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on the functioning of the Belgian foreigners’ police and its expulsion policies before 1914.

As Confidential Advisors, both Torsten Feys and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (in the Netherlands) may be contacted by any Posthumus PhD candidate or (R)MA student who may have concerns or complaints about inappropriate behaviour within the context of Posthumus teaching activities. The confidential advisors will explore possible solutions together with you, and will point out appropriate institutional support if necessary. The advisors will also register complaints and report to the Executive Committee and the Scientific Director, so appropriate action can be taken. It goes without saying that every step in this process will occur in consultation with you and is based on anonymity. You can find more info on the website via the button below.