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Lancement du cycle de séminaires transpériodes Genre et guerre : première rencontre le lundi 23 mai 2022 avec Brian Sandberg

Le 23 mai 2022 à l’Agora 12 (UCLouvain) à partir de 15h et sur Teams

“Un Courage viril. Le genre et la violence en France pendant les Guerres de Religion” par Brian Sandberg

Beaucoup de femmes françaises, comme les résidentes féminines de La Rochelle qui ont exercé des « actes martiaux » pour défendre leur ville, participaient à la violence généralisée des Guerres de Religion (1559-1629). Mon projet du livre, Un courage viril : Le genre et la violence pendant les Guerres de Religion concerne la nature genrée de la violence et de la culture politique à la fin du seizième siècle et au début du dix-septième siècle. Un des buts de ce projet de recherche est d’insérer les femmes dans la narration des Guerres de Religion comme des actrices historiques qui participaient pleinement aux reformes confessionnelles, aux programmes politiques et aux guerres religieuses.

Brian Sandberg est professeur d’Histoire à la faculté de l’Université de l’Illinois du Nord, spécialiste de l’histoire de la religion, de la violence, du genre, et de la culture politique pendant les Guerres de Religion en France. Il a publié Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (2010), War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700 (2016) et de nombreux articles et essais. Il est actuellement résident à l’IMéRA à Marseille.

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Appel – Bourse de doctorat DE LA FONDATION PÉRIER-D’IETEREN

La Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren attribue chaque année une bourse de doctorat pour réaliser une thèse à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles ou en co-tutelle, dans les domaines de l’art des Pays-Bas méridionaux (XIVe-XVIIIe siècles) et de l’histoire de la conservation-restauration.

Les candidatures pour l’année 2022 devront être rentrées au plus tard le 30 juin à minuit.


CFP – The Material Culture of Magnificence in Early Modern Cities

Annual Meeting of the RSA, The Material Culture of Magnificence in Early Modern Cities, 9-11 March 2023, San Juan. 

This session proposes to study the material culture of magnificence in early modern cities as a specific topic. Magnificentia, by its definition as a virtue, is very much concerned with the individual. By making appropriate expenditures to create grand works, the individual manifests his or her virtuousness, thus making it visible to a broader community. This manifestation occurs on multiple scales; in clothing, coachwork, tombs, city palaces, churches, as well as the design of urban space. Moreover, the virtue of magnificence necessarily requires an audience. This audience is needed to judge whether the expenditure is appropriate to the person, the object, and the circumstance in which it occurs, as well as to show admiration for the great works achieved.

The session departs from the hypothesis that the urban environment creates specific opportunities, but also imposes proper conditions and restrictions on the performance of magnificence. The community for which the virtue is externalized in a city is not only diverse in socio-economic position, but also in political affiliation. The performance of magnificence thus inscribes itself in a complex moral, social and political world, and one that is particularly dense and intense in an urban environment. What preconditions does this create for the performance of magnificence? How richly can (or should) one live in an environment where power struggles, economical rivalries, and personal disputes operate on a daily basis?

Moreover, the session specifically wishes to study how the material culture of magnificence functions in a daily context. The performance of magnificence in temporary events of social, political or religious importance, such as royal entries or religious ceremonies, has already been extensively studied. The particular nature of celebrations creates a temporal realm in which the virtue can be actualized, performed and recognized. But how does magnificence operate on an everyday basis? How does it function as a modus vivendi? And what traces does it leave in the material culture of the city?

We invite proposals that study the material culture of magnificence in early modern cities, and this at multiple scales and from multiple disciplines. Authors can focus on a specific type of object (such as clothing, coachwork, tombs, buildings…) or on the patronage of a specific (type of) patron. We invite proposals that focus on cities in early modern England, the Low Countries and Italy in specific, but are also open for papers that focus on other geographical areas. 

Proposals can be sent to by 25 June 2022. The proposal should include a title, 150-word abstract, and one-paragraph biographical cv. The Annual Meeting of the RSA 2023 will take place in San Juan from 9-11 March 2023.

This session is organized by Anne-Françoise Morel (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Nele De Raedt (UCLouvain, Belgium) and is sponsored by the European Architectural History Network.

Appel – Practices of Copying & Imitation in Early Modern Architecture (1400-1700)

Working Group Proposal

Practices of Copying & Imitation in Early Modern Architecture (1400-1700)


Nele De Raedt, Elizabeth Merrill


This research project takes as its premise the notion that practices of imitation and direct copying were integral to architectural design and production in early modern Europe. Architectural theory of the time posited that architecture was an art in constant evolution based on the practice of imitation. In such theories, the imitation of models, in order to create new designs, necessarily included an element of invention, which allowed architecture to evolve and perfect itself. Central to this discussion were questions such as the choice and number of models, and the license one could take adopting them. Yet how was imitation performed in practice? How were models studied, copied, used, and transformed in creating new designs? In other words, how did the practice of direct copying and imitation in both the workshop and on the building site shape the production of architecture in the early modern period?

By focusing on specific techniques and instances of copying and imitation, this research project critically expands upon the existing scholarship, in which extensive focus is granted to the Italian Renaissance, and specifically the conscious imitation of classical architecture, and the intellectual discussions surrounding the parallels between literary and architectural theory. Within this, the literary concepts of invenzione, capriccio, mescolanza, licenza, and decorum have been extensively studied in relation to contemporary thinking on architecture. By contrast, this research initiative directs attention to actual practices and material documentation of imitation in the workshop and on the building site, and how this evidence sheds new light on the production of architecture. The project hypothesizes that the strong focus on invention in the theoretical discussions on imitation has drawn attention away from more mundane and everyday practices of tracing, the casting of models, and the reproduction of ornamental details, which were often routine and direct, driven by needs of economy, efficiency, and scale. The project thus supposes that the rich and varied architectural culture of the period was undergird by the ties forged by direct replication and imitation. It aims to bring to the fore the very practice of copying and imitation as a driving force behind the production of architecture in the early modern period.

In terms of its approach and methodology, the project encourages research that extends the traditional boundaries of architectural history of the Early Modern period, granting attention to overlooked projects, places and archives, structures and designs of utilitarian nature, and material that is otherwise contained with the history of construction and technology.

Individual papers might address the following subjects/themes:

  • Workshop traditions, including the use of drawings, technical manuals and plastic models
  • Those aspects of architecture that are routinely studied, copied and imitated (for example: the architectural orders, building plans, ornamental details)
  • The relationship between imitation, building materials, and construction methods
  • The relationship between model and imitation; examples of specific buildings that were perceived as being conceived or built “in imitation of” another building
  • The organization of the building industry and degree to which the building industry contributed to architectural production based on copying and imitation 
Details & Organization

In terms of intellectual production, the project’s aims are twofold: the hosting of an international conference in Ghent or Brussels, scheduled for June 2023, and the publication of a peer-reviewed edited volume. The working group will include approximately 10-12 scholars active in the fields of Architectural History, Art History, and the History of Science and Technology.   

In November 2022, members of the group will meet via Zoom to introduce themselves and their projects, and exchange preliminary ideas for the conference and edited volume. In May 2023, participants will be asked to circulate complete drafts of their papers. The actual meeting of the group will take place over the course of two days in June 2023. The first day will be organized as an open conference, during which participants will present their papers. During the second day, the working group will meet alone, to further discuss the content of individual papers, the project’s major themes and the production of the publication. Participants will receive an allowance for travel expenses and accommodation.

Paper Proposals

Please submit abstracts of research papers (500-1000 words), along with paper title and C.V.  to Elizabeth Merrill  ( and Nele De Raedt (

Deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is 15 July 2022.

Preliminary Project Timeline
  • 15 July 2022: deadline for paper abstracts
  • 15 August 2022: confirmation of working group participants
  • early December 2022: virtual introductory meeting
  • May 2013: due-date for circulation of papers
  • June 2023: conference in Brussels or Ghent, venue TBD
  • August 2023: submission of book proposal
  • October 2023: (internal) due date for revised papers
  • Spring 2023: submission of manuscript to press
  • 2025: publication of edited volume


Colloque – De Tours 1500 au portail ARVIVA : 10 ans de recherche et de développements numériques sur l’image en Val de Loire à la Renaissance

Le colloque « De Tours 1500 au portail ARVIVA : 10 ans de recherche et de développements numériques sur l’image en Val de Loire à la Renaissance » est organisé par Marion Boudon-Machuel et Pascale Charron. Il se déroulera du 22 au 24 juin à Tours, au Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance.

En 2012, l’exposition Tours 1500 et le colloque Art et société à Tours au début de la Renaissance ont marqué un temps fort de la recherche sur les arts en Val de Loire. Dans le sillage des nombreuses manifestations sur la première modernité en France, tant les corpus que les méthodes ont été renouvelés, et de nouvelles voies esquissées. Par sa pluridisciplinarité et son ouverture aux humanités numériques, le CESR s’imposait comme l’un des lieux privilégiés pour développer des projets collectifs sur l’image en Val de Loire. Depuis dix ans, six dossiers de recherche ont été lauréats de financements par la Région Centre-Val de Loire. Ils ont été menés en partenariat avec plusieurs institutions patrimoniales, laboratoires de recherche et chercheurs. Ce colloque présente une décennie de production scientifique et de valorisation du patrimoine peint et sculpté, et la recherche en cours sur ce foyer majeur de la Renaissance.

Programme du colloque

Conférence – New Methodological Approaches in Leonardo Studies

Lecture by Annemie Leemans, “New Methodological Approaches in Leonardo Studies”.

Popular imagination regards the early modern artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) as one of the most extraordinary human beings who ever lived. Researchers tend to agree with this statement and are potentially responsible for this line of thought. An extensive bibliography of 13.000 references has treated a wide scale of different topics and aspects related to Leonardo and his work. In this seminar I will demonstrate how I disentangle myths and how I propose new research methods regarding Leonardo da Vinci, a topic with a longstanding and respectable research tradition.

Annemie Leemans is an assistant professor at the University of Antwerp and is a Guest Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is an art historian of the University of Bologna, where she specialized in the early modern history of portraiture, artistic networks and gender studies. She graduated from the Advanced Master in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at KU Leuven, where she worked on the artistic construction of the ideal human body in early modern visual arts. She obtained her joint PhD degree through the Erasmus Mundus degree TEEME (Text and Event in Early Modern Europe), at the University of Porto and the University of Kent, with a thesis on the early modern history of knowledge and book history. Leemans received several EU-funded scholarships and funding, among which the scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus joint PhD degree and the Compete 2020 funding, together with Portugal 2002 and FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Technologia) support, which led to the publication of her book, Contextualizing Practical Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (Peter Lang, 2020). Currently, Leemans is devoted to the study of Leonardo da Vinci. She is interested in the histories of medical and anatomical knowledge, healthcare and healthcare crises, privacy, artistic literature and networks, historiography, gender studies, art psychology and artists’ biography.

Date : 30 May 2022, 11h00

Place : Vergaderzaal 3.30 “Camelot” (Campus Boekentoren, 05.03 – Blandijnberg 2)




Conférence – The Art and Nature of Glass. A Material in the Early Modern History of Knowledge

Sven Dupré (Utrecht University) : The Art and Nature of Glass – A Material in the Early Modern History of Knowledge

Today, glass is ubiquitous, from window glass to tableware, and from eyeglasses to glass fibres. I am currently writing a history of glass, and in this lecture, I will reflect on the opportunities of a focus on one material – glass – in writing the history of knowledge. Such a history cuts across the worlds of art, science, craft and technology, and across the various properties of glass as a material: its malleability when it is hot, its translucency and brilliant colours, its transparency which allows us to look through it, and its fragility and brittleness. One theme is how important imitation has been to the development of glass; not just the imitation of historical glass and techniques, but the imitation of nature. The visual qualities  of translucency, light and colour just mentioned were the most important elements in the description of gemstones as well as in the description of their imitations in several crafts, especially glass-making, since Antiquity. However, the other way around, the art of glass-making had a major impact on our knowledge of nature. In this lecture I will show how the making of glass is closely intertwined with the way we experience and know the world. Without glass we would live in a different world, and certainly understand it less.


Boekentoren (Rozier 9, 9000 Gent) : Belvédère

Registration (before 27 May) : 


Conférence – Matriarchal economies: women inheriting from women in eighteenth-century wills, courts, and fiction

Le lundi 16 mai 2022 à 11h00 se tiendra la conférence Matriarchal economies: women inheriting from women in eighteenth-century wills, courts, and fiction  de Jolene Zigarovich (NIAS; U Northern Iowa).

Lieu : Simon Stevin (Plateaustraat 22 – Vergaderzaal 0.1) – Gent

While acknowledging that a gendered economy was clearly harmful to women, my talk explores the fact that women can regard property in a similar fashion as men, and that in eighteenth-century wills and courts women do find forms of economic agency. Despite the legal tradition of primogeniture in eighteenth-century English culture, women did in fact inherit money, land, and property. Further interrogating issues involved with primogeniture, my talk will illuminate the little examined practice of female-to-female inheritance. Novels in the period depict several women who inherit, distribute, or are gifted money and property from other women, as seen in Frances Burney’s Evelina and Cecilia, Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House and Emmeline, and Charlotte Lennox’s Henrietta. But how rare was this cultural practice? Are these fictional cases imaginative fantasies of female economic independence and power? Utilizing regional case studies of wills and courts, this talk will examine how matriarchal economies emerged in wills where women wielded their power by directing their own inheritances to deserving daughters and female relatives. I argue that fiction will react to legal developments restricting heiresses’ rights by propelling the heiress from the margins of legal discourse to the center of novel plots. By comparing the types of female relatives and friends involved, as well as the types of property willed and inherited, I magnify and complicate women’s roles in the transmission of property, claiming that in both actual and fictional cases women’s financial legacies and bequests could successfully navigate patriarchal economic structures that often disenfranchised them.

Jolene Zigarovich is associate professor of English in the Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the author of Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel: Engraved Narratives, and she is editor of Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature as well as TransGothic in Literature and Culture. Her monograph Death and the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel had the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is forthcoming in 2022 at the University of Pennsylvania Press. In Spring 2021 she was a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and is currently a fellow for the academic year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam. Her talk stems from her current work in progress tentatively titled Legal Bodies: Women, Economies, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction.




3-year PhD position within the ERC Project SenSArt.

PhD Course: History, criticism and preservation of cultural heritage University of Padua, Department of Cultural Heritage
Contract: Limited duration, 3 years, starting from 1 October 2022 Occupancy rate: 100%

Deadline: 13 May 2022, 01.00pm, GMT+2 

We invite applications for one PhD position within the ERC Starting Grant Project “The Sensuous Appeal of the Holy. Sensory Agency of Sacred Art and Somatised Spiritual Experiences in Medieval Europe (12th-15th century)”, Grant Agreement number 950248, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali, Pl Zuleika Murat. The Project Art moves the eyes. However, is sight the only sense we use to appreciate it? This is a crucial question for Western culture, dominated today by the hegemony of vision and the suppression of the other senses. By challenging the current ocularcentric paradigm and assimilating notions on the cultural values of sensation, SenSArt provides an examination of medieval sacred art from the unconventional lens of its sensory agency. Between the 12th and the 15th century, Europe underwent an extraordinary artistic evolution and an impressive cultural revitalization, which sparked a reassessment of the role of sensory perception in systems of knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. SenSArt explores and compares different social environments in six selected regions, pursuing three groundbreaking objectives: A) it will analyse quantitatively and qualitatively the perceptual schemes that oriented the reception of sacred art, scrutinizing how art solicited its beholders through multiple sensory inputs; B) it will investigate the notion of ‘sensory agency’ of art, establishing sacred art as a primary actor capable of exerting, through sensorial stimulation or deprivation, a social agency on its audience; C) it will provide an overall phenomenology of experiences on a European scale, by comparing the diverse patterns that different social groups lived on a local, regional and supranational scale. SenSArt will achieve its goals by developing a new combined approach at the crossroads of Art History, Philosophy and Text Studies; it will establish a multidisciplinary team of scholars to delve into a comparative set of materials, including normative texts on the senses and works of art.


We are looking for one highly motivated and creative PhD candidate with an art-historical profile. They will work in team with the Principal Investigator and associate researchers. In line with the objectives and methodologies of the ERC project SenSArt, the PhD candidate will focus on the Low Countries (12th-15th century). They will examine the types of artworks adopted in the Socio-Sensory Environments of the region surveyed, considering both the surviving works of art and those cited in the archival documents and now lost, together with relevant immaterial practices. The study of objects will contemplate different aspects and will focus on two features in particular:

  • the mechanisms through which the artworks stimulated the senses of the beholder;
  • the procedures by which the beholder activated the multisensory potential of the objects, through multimodal devotional practices. In addition to works of art, and in relation to the specific materials of investigation, the PhD candidate will also examine texts about the senses in practice, including records of people’s daily lives and archival materials.

The PhD candidate will be involved in seminars and conferences, and in all the scheduled internal workshops and team meetings. They will present papers and produce on a regular base journal articles and book chapters as envisaged by the project outline. Moreover, they will provide raw data, entries and reports for the envisaged digital archive and website.

Qualifications and Required Skills
MA degree in Art History or relevant field, with a focus on the Middle Ages. Sufficient knowledge of French or Dutch, and English. Candidates are expected to be familiar with the major historical, artistic, spiritual, and socio-cultural phenomena of the region under examination in the selected period.

Preliminary Time Line

  • 13 May 2022: Application deadline
  • 7 June 2022: Shortlisting is complete, results published online, together with the date and time of the interviews;
  • 15-16 June 2022: The interviews take place, either in person or via Zoom.

How to Apply
Applications should be made via Pica:

Applicants should submit:

  • A Curriculum vitæ, with list of the modules/exams undertaken and the marks obtained, list of publications (if any), clear indication of the degrees obtained, and any other relevant information;
  • Digital copies of university degrees
  • Copy of their MA thesis, with a 10.000 world-length abstract detailing the topic, methodology and achievements (either in English or in Italian)
  • A maximum of five publications (appeared between 2019 and 2022, or accepted for publications) can be submitted
  • A research project of maximum 20.000 characters (in English or Italian).

Further instructions on how to complete the applications, and on the materials that need to be submitted, are available at:

Séminaire du GEMCA – Le mécénat de la duchesse de Bourgogne Isabelle de Portugal (1397-1471) : démarche heuristique, corpus et premières découvertes

Isabel Barros Felix (GEMCA/UCLouvain) présentera ses recherches lors d’un séminaire intitulé : “Le mécénat de la duchesse de Bourgogne Isabelle de Portugal (1397-1471) : démarche heuristique, corpus et premières découvertes”.

Date : 05 mai 2022, 14h-16h

Lieu (comodal) : UCLouvain, FIAL, c.228

Appel – Conservator oude drukken en manuscripten bij Museum Plantin-Moretus

Museum Plantin-Moretus neemt op wereldvlak een unieke positie in op het vlak van erfgoed. Ben je op zoek naar een unieke job? Word conservator bij het museum. Je werkt mee aan de ontsluiting en terbeschikkingstelling van de gerenommeerde collectie aan de (internationale) erfgoedgemeenschap én aan de bewaring voor de volgende generaties.

Wat doe je

  • Je bouwt kennis op zodat je dé internationale expertisedrager bent over de collectie oude drukken en de Officina Plantiniana. Je ontwikkelt projecten om je kennis te delen.
  • Als conservator sta je in voor de goede zorg van de collectie op het vlak van behoud & beheer, inventarisatie en digitalisering en ontsluiting naar onderzoekers en bezoekers.
  • Je versterkt de internationale positionering van het museum:
    • Je initieert overleg en neemt deel aan samenwerkingsverbanden op lokaal, nationaal en internationaal niveau.
    • Je onderhoudt en verbreedt een relatienetwerk binnen en buiten Antwerpen.

Meer informatie over Museum Plantin-Moretus

Het Museum Plantin-Moretus is het woonhuis en de drukkerij-uitgeverij van de drukkersfamilie Plantin-Moretus. Weinig andere erfgoedsites verbeelden op een duidelijker manier de idee van baanbrekend vakmanschap. Het is de enige nagenoeg volledig in situ bewaarde pré-industriële drukkerij ter wereld en de getuige van een iconisch uitgeversgeslacht.  De bibliotheken huisvesten unieke handschriften en pronkstukken uit de Europese drukkunst. Het archief verhaalt van 300 jaar bedrijvigheid en (woon)cultuur. 

Wat mag je van ons verwachten

  • Je verdient een minimum bruto maandloon van 3.364,17 euro (bij geen ervaring) dat ook hoger kan zijn als je relevante ervaring kan voorleggen (tot 3.702,89 euro bij 5 jaar relevante ervaring en tot 4.164,79 euro bij 10 jaar relevante ervaring).  Jouw loonpakket kan je berekenen met de loonsimulator.  Gebruik hiervoor je officiële functietitel: A1-consulent.  
  • De stad biedt daarnaast een werkweek van 38 uren, een mooie work/lifebalans, opleidingen, werk in de Antwerpse regio, en ruimte voor flex- en thuiswerk.
  • Je gaat aan de slag bij Talentontwikkeling & Vrijetijdsbeleving in het Museum Plantin-Moretus: Vrijdagmarkt 22-23, 2000 Antwerpen.
  • Je wordt in dienst genomen met een contract onbepaalde duur.

Wat verwachten we van je

  • Je hebt een goede kennis van pré-industriële boekdrukkunst, boekgeschiedenis en mentaliteitsgeschiedenis van de lage landen in het ancien regime. Je hebt je kennis al op erfgoedmatige wijze ingezet in eerdere projecten .
  • Je hebt kennis van en inzicht in het museaal collectiebeheer, van de behoud & beheerproblematiek van papieren erfgoed en van presentatie.
  • Je hebt kennis van oud-Latijn en bij voorkeur ook Grieks. Daarnaast heb je een goede kennis van het Engels en Frans.
  • Je bent op de hoogte van CEST, inventarisatiesystemen en digitalisering. Kennis van of inzicht in de structuur en aandachtspunten van Adlib, Brocade en DAMS is een meerwaarde.
  • Je hebt kennis van en ervaring met informatietechnologie en e-communicatie.
  • Je hebt zin voor verantwoordelijkheid, werkt georganiseerd en resultaatgericht, en een teamplayer die collega’s motiveert en ondersteunt om de doelstellingen te bereiken.
  • Je bent een organisatietalent met een analytisch denkvermogen.
  • Je bent een netwerker met warme contacten in de internationale onderzoekswereld.
  • Je wilt op de hoogte blijven van nieuwe ontwikkelingen en instappen in vernieuwende visies op het maatschappelijk belang van de collectie.
  • Je bent bereid om af en toe ’s avonds of in het weekend te werken.
  • Je bent iemand om op te bouwen, iemand die zich wil inzetten voor een betere stad.

Aan welke voorwaarden moet je voldoen

  • Je hebt een masterdiploma, bij voorkeur in Geschiedenis, Boekgeschiedenis, Filologie – klassieke talen of een andere gelijkaardige richting, en kan je diploma voorleggen bij contractering.
  • Je voldoet aan de sollicitatievoorwaarden.  

Selectiedata en -procedure

De selectie bestaat uit een CV-screening, abstract redeneertest, thuisopdracht en interview. De gesprekken vinden plaats op vrijdag 3 juni.

Hoe solliciteren

  • Solliciteren doe je online en is mogelijk tot en met 22 mei.
  • Je voegt een CV toe, en beantwoordt enkele online sollicitatievragen.
  • Heb je een arbeidshandicap die een aanpassing aan de selectie of op de werkvloer vereist? Voeg een kopie van je attest toe in je sollicitatie.
  • Als je correct hebt gesolliciteerd ontvang je meteen een automatische bevestiging in je mailbox.

Heb je alles grondig gelezen en heb je toch nog een vraag ?


Of contacteer :

  • voor inhoudelijke vragen: Laura Kas – recruiter – 0494 37 50 62
  • voor vragen over de selectie zelf: Franka Leicher – dossierbeheerder – 0490 58 65 31


Séminaire – Le travail des retraites. Perspectives sur la congrégation de Catherine de Francheville (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle)

Dans le cadre du séminaire “Genre et catholicisme” co-organisé par le CIERL et le STRIGES (ULB), Sarah Barthélemy donnera une conférence intitulée “Le travail des retraites. Perspectives sur la congrégation de Catherine de Francheville (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle)”.

Date : 02/05/2022, de 12h à 14h

Lieu : Maison des Sciences Humaines – I, rue Antoine Depage (ULB)


Publication – At Home in Renaissance Bruges. Connecting Objects, People and Domestic Spaces in a Sixteenth-Century City

Julie De Groot, At Home in Renaissance Bruges. Connecting Objects, People and Domestic Spaces in a Sixteenth-Century City, Leuven University Press, 2022.

320 pages – ISBN : 9789462703179 – Anglais

How did citizens in Bruges create a home? What did an ordinary domestic interior look like in the sixteenth century? And more importantly: how does one study the domestic culture of bygone times by analysing documents such as probate inventories? These questions seem straightforward, yet few endeavours are more challenging than reconstructing a sixteenth-century domestic reality from written sources. This book takes full advantage of the inventory as a source and convincingly frames household objects in their original context of use. Meticulously connecting objects, people and domestic spaces, the book introduces the reader to the rich material world of Bruges citizens in the Renaissance, their sensory engagement, their religious practice, the daily activities of men and women, and other social factors. By weaving insights from material culture studies with urban history, At Home in Renaissance Bruges offers an appealing and holistic mixture of in-depth socio-economic, cultural and material analysis. In its approach the book goes beyond heavy-handed theories and stereotypes about the exquisite taste of aristocratic elites, focusing instead on the domestic materiality of Bruges’ middling groups. Evocatively illustrated with contemporary paintings and images of furniture and textiles from Bruges and beyond, this monograph shows a nuanced picture of domestic materiality in a remarkable European city.

Ebook available in Open Access.


CFP – Eerste gezamenlijke Jaarcongres van de Werkgroepen Zeventiende Eeuw & Achttiende Eeuw

“Emoties hebben we allemaal en soms is er sprake van een conflict. Dat kan een conflict zijn tussen emoties of conflicten die emoties veroorzaken. In dit eerste gezamenlijke jaarcongres van de Werkgroep Zeventiende Eeuw en de Werkgroep Achttiende Eeuw op vrijdag 26 augustus 2022 willen we verkennen hoe mensen individueel of in groep in de vroegmoderne tijd omgingen met emoties, of dat nu conflicterende emoties waren of emoties in conflictsituaties.

Abstracts van circa 300 woorden kunnen worden ingestuurd tot 1 mei 2022 naar het algemene mailadres: Lezingen duren 15 minuten zodat er voldoende tijd overblijft voor discussie. Het is ook mogelijk om een abstract voor een panel in te sturen. Bijdragen zijn bij voorkeur in het Nederlands, maar Engels is ook toegestaan.”


CFP – Slavery, Law and Religion in the Early Modern Period

Workshop “Slavery, Law and Religion in the Early Modern Period” UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, 8-9 March 2023

Colonial slavery and the global slave trade recently have received much attention in the historical disciplines. This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together junior researchers – PhD candidates and early-stage postdocs – working on early modern colonial and Christian slavery in the fields of cultural, intellectual, religious and legal history.

Particularly regarding the 18th century, scholars have compared the transatlantic with the Indian ocean world. Researchers have also identified shifting attitudes to the institution of slavery as well as the extent to which sources reveal the agency and actions of enslaved human beings, and they have examined distinctions between various forms of dependency, servitude and slavery.

For example, European intellectuals at the time offered justifications as well as criticisms of enslavement and the slave trade, sometimes unquestioningly supporting the former, while rejecting the latter, sometimes rejecting colonial aspirations but not the enslavement that came with such endeavours. Furthermore, notions of an assumed self-evident nature of slavery that required no justification at all were articulated.

In the legal sphere, research has revolved, among further issues, around the legal status of not being able to own property, the agency of Europeans and non-Europeans in legal procedures, the role of contracts, and observable differences between theory and practice. The extent to which enslaved human beings claimed rights or took legal recourse has been a topic of research.

Besides the intellectual and legal dimensions, the cultural and political contexts of various governing entities such as trading companies, mission stations, and indigenous political powers have been analysed, including a range of motivations, from commercial interests to competing claims to political authority. Moreover, scholars increasingly have begun to turn to religious source material from Christian missions. For example, the extent to which slave holding pertained to religious settings of conversion, education and the membership in Christian communities has been reconstructed from the archival evidence.

The call for papers addresses researchers in the fields of cultural, intellectual, religious and legal history and is equally interested in methodical as well as empirically focused contributions. The aim is to address this topic by responding to a series of questions:

  • To what extent does slavery offer a perspective on the entanglement between trade, colonial rule, and Christian mission?
  • How did political culture motivate change in social formations that included slavery?
  • What narrative figures and discursive patterns did individuals employ in order to communicate about slavery and servitude? What specific terms did they use?
  • How did local colonial circumstances affect legal practices?
  • What was the impact of intellectual texts, such as scholastic tractates or theories of empire, war and peace, on social practices of enslavement and slave trading?
  • To what extent were the rules of natural law and classical Roman law, such as selling oneself or enslaving enemies, relevant in early modern colonial settings?
  • In how far was the enslavement of Christians different from that of non-Christians?
  • Did legal treatments coexist with supposedly scientific, anthropological assertions of inferiority, particularly of non-Europeans?
  • What role did the Christian confessional perspective play? Was there a difference particularly between Catholic and Protestant practices of slavery?
  • Can we consider a cross-confessional approach to early modern colonial slavery by way of a comparative analysis?

Proposal submissions
The workshop “Slavery, Law and Religion in the Early Modern Period” invites junior scholars studying for a PhD degree or having recently completed their dissertation to submit a proposal of 200-250 words for a 20-minute presentation by 31 July 2022 to Dr. Christoph HAAR via email ( The primary conference language will be English. Proposal submissions in French are also welcome.

Registration and accommodation
There is no registration fee. Travel and lodging will be paid for, as well as breakfast at the hotel, refreshments during the discussions and two conference gala lunches. A publication volume of revised papers represents the planned output of the conference. The conference and the publication are sponsored by UCLouvain, Institut Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Juridiques, and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement number 101029867.