• Han Baltussen
  • fellow
  • Professor Han Baltussen FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2009
  • Section: Philosophy and History of Ideas / Classical Studies
  • https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/han.baltussen

  • Biography:
  • Han Baltussen hails from Maastricht (the Netherlands) where he grew up in a multi-lingual environment (local dialect, Dutch, German). He started his classical education in ancient Greek and Latin at the Henric van Veldeke College, going on to study Classics and Ancient Philosophy at Utrecht University. He also mastered the basics of English and French. and still speaks Dutch at home with his wife, daughter and son. His PhD thesis, written under the guidance of Professor J. Mansfeld (Utrecht) and Dr H. B. Gottschalk (Leeds) clarified the dialectical method in Theophrastus' De sensibus. After postdoctoral positions in Utrecht, Washington DC and London, he took up a lectureship in Adelaide in 2002, and in 2011 was appointed to the Hughes Chair. He teaches subjects in Classics and Intellectual History, with a focus on Greek philosophical, medical and cultural ideas and their influence.

    He has published on the critical study of sources, intellectual traditions (Aristotle's school), the importance of philosophical commentaries and topics of lasting relevance to modern society (grief and consolation, censorship) with ARC funding. He has held several international Fellowships (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2006; Royal Flemish Academy, Brussels 2010-11; Spinoza fellow, Leiden 2014; Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA Perth, 2017), and is member of editorial boards of Studies in Late Antiquity (California Press) and Rutger University Studies in Classical Humanities (Routledge). He served on the REC (Humanities and Creative Arts) for the ERA 2018 and is currently Head of Section for Classics in the Academy.

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