Violet Soen has been selected as the 2018 Pieter Paul Rubens Chair in Flemish Studies at UC Berkeley. She is Associate Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and series editor of Habsburg Worlds at Brepols Publishers. She has published widely about the political and religious history of the Low Countries, the Spanish monarchy and France, and coordinates research in trans-regional history. In the Spring 2018 semester, she will teach in Berkeley a course at the Department of History on the history of the Netherlands, focusing on the questions of barriers and borders in the integration and disintegration of the region along the North Sea, today the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg). She will also be working on her fourth book project on trans-regional noble networks between the Low Countries and France, operating along and across boundaries. Earlier, she has published monographs about the practice of history (Leuven University Press, 2016), peace attempts during the Dutch Revolt (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) and the inquisition in the early modern Low Countries (Royal Academy of Belgium, 2007).
Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco has been selected as the 2018 Gulbenkian Professor in Portuguese Studies at UC Berkeley. She is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and President of the International Council for Traditional Music since 2013. In the Spring 2018 semester, she will teach in Berkeley a course at the Department of Music on Portuguese music and Ethnomusicology. Her main publications include Portugal and Spain: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, in press), Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX (Círculo de Leitores, 2010), Music and Conflict (Illinois UP, 2010) and Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society in Sohar, Sultante of Oman (Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung (2009).