Dr. Aurélie Daems (° 1976) studied art history and archaeology at Ghent University, where she obtained her PhD in archaeology in 2005. From 1998 to 2008 she combined scientific research at Ghent University with annual excavation campaigns led by several European universities and museums throughout various countries of the Middle East. In both fields she published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, books and catalogues. She was invited for lectures at international congresses, seminars and colloquia. She taught a range of thematic classes and courses at various institutions. In 2009 she opted for a career switch. Aurélie first worked as editor-in-chief for the art and antiques magazine Collect (2009-2011) and then as executive editor for the art book publisher MER. Paper Kunsthalle (2011-2017). Since 2014 she combined this with a position as practice supervisor in modern and contemporary art at the Department of Arts, Music and Theatre Sciences at Ghent University. As of 2017 Aurélie has been a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She teaches the theory classes Art and Cultural history of the 19th century, and Art and Cultural history of the 20th century to the 2nd bachelor, and lectures on Neo-avant gardes and Postmodernism to the 3rd bachelor. In addition, she was appointed by Ghent University in 2018 as educational supervisor for all visual arts and architecture students within the Arts Education program.