Heleen Wyffels




book historywomen’s historygenderprinterpublisherbook tradewomen’s work

Heleen Wyffels


Heleen Wyffels (°1992) studied History at the University of Leuven and graduated in 2014 with a dissertation on widow-printers in sixteenth-century Antwerp. The following year, she obtained an MA in Arts and Heritage at Maastricht Universitywith a study on participatory heritage projects. Since 2016, she works in Leuven as a PhD-fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO), preparing a doctoral thesis on female printers in the Habsburg Low Countries (long 16th and 17th centuries) under the supervision of professors Violet Soen and Johan Verberckmoes.

Description of my interests

I am interested in the history of early modern books and prints, in gender and women’s history, especially women’s work, and in heritage studies.

List of publications

Wyffels, H., ‘A window of opportunity: framing female owner-managers of printing houses in sixteenth-century Antwerp’, [in preparation].

Wyffels, H., ‘Weduwen-drukkers in zestiende-eeuwsAntwerpen. Samengebracht in eenbiobibliografischrepertorium’ in De Gulden Passer. Tijdschrift voor Boekwetenschap, [submitted].

Wyffels, H., ‘Behoedsters van het familiebedrijf? Vierweduwen-drukkers in het zestiende-eeuwseAntwerpen’ in Handelingen der Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis, 69 (2016), 285-299.

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