Bram is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, employed at dr. Daniel Curtis' VIDI-project 'Positively Shocking'. He is mostly occupied with the redistributive effects of epidemic mortality in the seventeenth-century Low Countries. After obtaining an MA in Cultural History at Utrecht University, specializing in the history of hip-hop culture and finishing a thesis on the historical position of L.A. rapper Kendrick Lamar, Bram decided to somewhat radically change direction by working as a research assistant at Bas van Bavel's ERC-project on disasters in early modern northwestern Europe. Bram is specifically interested in the mechanisms and experience of inequality, and the effect of shocks thereon.
B.F.M. Hilkens, B. van Besouw & D.R. Curtis (2020). A Modern Rendition of a Pre-modern Scenario: Imperfect Institutions and Obscured Vulnerabilities. Journal for the History of Environment and Society, 5 (1), 211-221. doi: 10.1484/J.JHES.5.122476