Klaas Van Gelder is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at the History Department of Ghent University. From November 2016 until October 2018, he holds a Lise Meitner position at the University of Vienna. His research focus is on early modern political history and on political and diplomatic culture. In 2012 he obtained his PhD at Ghent University with a dissertation on the establishment and legitimization of the Austrian regime in the Southern Netherlands. This resulted in the 2016 monograph ‘Regime Change at a Distance. Austria and the Southern Netherlands following the War of the Spanish Succession, 1715-1726’, published by KVAB Press/Peeters Publishers. He is currently preparing a new book on the networks of the political advisors of Maria Theresa during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748), the profile changes this group underwent, as well as their influence on foreign policy. A parallel research track constitutes the study of 18th-century coronations and inaugurations and their transformations against the background of Enlightenment thought, revolutions, the pursuit of written constitutions and democratic experiments.