In September 2018 my colleague Robbert Stiekwold and I were filmed making a dragon out of a ray according to instructions from the sixteenth century scholar Conrad Gessner (1516-1565). Our dragon was subsequently presented at the opening of the Fish and Fiction exhibition in Leiden.
With the New History of Fishes research group at Leiden University I am currently organising an exhibition centring around books on fish in books and culture from the Early Modern period. The exhibition Fish & Fiction will open on September 20 2018 and will be on view until January 13 2019.
Interview on the honours course Things to do with Texts that I coordinate and teach at the Leiden University Humanities Lab. December 2016 Eeuwenoude boeken in de collegezaal
Talk (in Dutch) on Fantastische roggen, smakelijke haring en vreemde beesten (fantastic rays, tasty herring and strange creatures) for the Week van het Oude Boek (week of the antiquarian book) at Leiden University Library in November 2015.
Interview for the newspaper Leidsch Dagblad about my talk “Fantastic rays, tasty herring and strange creatures” for the Week of the Antiquarian Book at the Leiden University Library in November 2015. Interview in Dutch: De oorsprong van het onderzoek naar vissen