Author Archives: Micol Long

Lezing Mariken Teeuwen “Martianus Capella in Gent: laatantiek Afrika in de wereld van het middeleeuwse klooster” (12 Februari, 20 u)

Op dinsdag 12 Februari 2019 organiseert de vzw In Monte Blandinio een avondlezing.  Prof. Mariken Teeuwen  (Huygens ING, Universiteit Utrecht) geeft een lezing getiteld ‘Martianus Capella in Gent: laatantiek Afrika in de wereld van het middeleeuwse klooster’:

Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii  (Over het huwelijk van Philologia en Mercurius) is een fascinerende tekst: het is een handboek uit de vijfde eeuw over de zeven Vrije Kunsten dat de Grieks-Latijnse pre-christelijke geleerde traditie weerspiegelt, gesteld in het gekunstelde Latijn dat de laatantieke geleerde cultuur van Romeins Noord-Africa kenmerkt. Over de auteur weten we weinig, behalve dat hij in Carthago actief was in de vijfde eeuw, en dat hij een boek schreef waarin het christelijke wereldbeeld (dat intussen dominant was) geheel en al onvermeld blijft. Dit boek vat de geleerde traditie samen op het terrein van de grammatica, retorica, dialectica, meetkunde, wiskunde, sterrenkunde en de muziek zoals die uit het Grieks aan de Romeinse wereld is overgeleverd, en hult de geleerde stof in een rijk opgetuigd Grieks-mythologisch geheel.

In de moderne tijd is het werk van Martianus vaak neerbuigend besproken: Martianus was geen groot licht, hij reeg autoriteiten aaneen zonder al te veel begrip van de geleerde inhoud en hij deed dit in een extravagante, over-the-top stijl. In de middeleeuwen, echter, genoot het werk een bijzonder grote populariteit. In de negende-eeuwse kopieën is de tekst meestal voorzien van uitgebreide commentaren op allerlei aspecten van de tekst: zowel de taal, als de wetenschappelijke inhoud, als de dichtvormen, als de mythologische en Grieks-filosofische setting. In deze voordracht zal ik ingaan op die commentaartradities, de aard, omvang en inhoud van de commentaren, de technieken die men gebruikte om de lezer door de stof te leiden, etcetera. Ik doe dit aan de hand van twee handschriften waarvan we weten dat ze in de ieder geval in de elfde eeuw, ten tijde van Abt Wichard, in Gent waren: Vaticaanstad, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat.lat. 1987 en Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, BPL 88.

In diezelfde tijd en ook later waren er in Gent meer handschriften met klassieke en laat-klassieke teksten. In het tweede deel van de voordracht zullen we ook naar enkele andere Gentse handschriften kijken, om zo een indruk te krijgen van de rijke intellectuele activiteit in het klooster.

De lezing (in het Nederlands) vindt plaats in het Blandijn, Auditorium 1 (Jan Broeckx) en gaat van start om 20 uur.

CfP ‘Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ (Dublin, 26-28 April 2019)

On 26-28 April 2019, Trinity College Dublin will be hosting the annual Borderlines conference. The conference is in its 23rd year and attracts a large number of medievalists and early modernists from Europe and further afield.

This year’s theme is ‘Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World’. While the concept of silence may seem antithetical to expression, a knowledge of the elements that serve to either silence narratives or aid in their articulation is integral to understanding any artistic or literary production and the culture from which it originates. In the medieval and early modern periods, silence was inextricably linked to prevailing ideas and ideologies – both religious and secular. The role of sound in the music, prose, and poetry of these periods is also crucial to the proliferation of ideas. Analyses of the roles that sound and silence play in literature and other forms of expression are thus vital to understanding the social, cultural, aesthetic, and political environments in the medieval and early modern world.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers focussing on one or both concepts. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 4th February 2019.

Abstracts should be submitted via the ‘Submit Your Abstracts’ link on our website borderlinesxxiii.wordpress.com

Any questions or queries can be addressed to borderlinesxxiii@gmail.com

Nieuwe workshop ‘Transkribus’, 8 Februari 2019, Antwerpen

After a very successful Transkribus workshop at the UGent in September, we are organising another Transkribus workshop at the University of Antwerp on Friday 8 February 2019. The aim of this workshop is to offer a hands-on Transkribus session of three hours. It will be delivered by Dr. Louise Seaward (University College London) of the Bentham Project<https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bentham-project/>.

Transkribus is a free and open platform for automated recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents, using Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The workshop is aimed at scholars who are involved in the transcription and editing of historical documents. It already has promising results, as the Bentham project has already reached a 95% recognition-rate on printed texts from the 18th century. Hence our aim to offer some necessary first training to get to grips with the platform and the technology to be able to use and to apply it in our own research.

Participation is not limited to a specific university. Registration is free, but please register by sending an email to workshopdh18@gmail.com. Please indicate whether you want to register for the morning session (9-12) or the afternoon session (13-16). You will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop.

Please note that the number of participants is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order of arrival. We will work with a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will soon organise another workshop. Let us know if you do not want your data to be stored for this purpose.

Masterclass “Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his Predecessors: Culture and Visual Arts in the Late 15th and 16th Centuries” (Brussels, 25 januari 2019)

Masterclass Poster

Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his Predecessors: Culture and Visual Arts in the Late 15th and 16th Centuries

Masterclass with Reindert FALKENBURG (NYU, Abu Dhabi) & Michel WEEMANS (ENSA, Bourges)
25 January 2019
Brussels, KU Leuven Campus Brussel
Van Genechtenzaal

Programme

09.30 Introduction
09.40 Jamie EDWARDS (University of Birmingham), Bruegel the Elder’s Scripture Reanimated? Bruegel the Elder’s 1566 Census at Bethlehem.
10.20 Lisa KONING (University of Winchester), Ekphrastic Inspiration for a Writer: Bruegel’s Depictions of Life during the 16th Century.
11.00 Coffee break
11.20 Pachomius MEADE (University of Missouri), Sacred and Sinister Touch in Netherlandish Epiphany Altarpieces.
1480-1580.
12.00 Wendy WAUTERS (KULeuven), De beroering van de religieuze ruimte – Een iconologische studie van ornamenta sacra in de Antwerpse OLV-kathedraal.
12.40 Lunch
14.00 Gaylen VANKAN (ULiège), Circulation et usages de l’image dans les anciens Pays-Bas au XVIe siècle. Réflexions autour de Jan Swart van Groningen.
14.40 Daan VAN HEESCH (KULeuven), Bruegel across Modes and Materials. Thoughts on a Painted Palace in Sixteenth-Century Segovia.
15.20 Coffee break
15.40 Maarten BASSENS (KBR/KULeuven), A Matter of Letters. A Re-examination of Bruegel’s Print Editions from a Typographical Point of View.
16.20 Ruben SUYKERBUYK (UGent), Visual Discourses on Idolatry in the Low Countries (c. 1520-1585).
17.00 Final remarks

People interested to attend can register by emailing to ingrid.falque@uclouvain.be or micol.long@ugent.be

Organization

Réseau des Médiévistes Belges de Langue Française
Vlaamse Werkgroep Medievistiek

The flyer can be downloaded here.

Lezing “Bruegel: onderwerp van speculatie en valkuilen van zien” (Brussels, 24 januari, 18 uur)

Poster_Keynote_Brueghel

De landschapskunst van Bruegel neemt haar toeschouwer mee op een visuele en mentale zoektocht naar de zichtbare wereld, die leidt naar het rijk van het onzichtbare. De lezing zal dit fundamentele kenmerk van Bruegels kunst benadrukken. De werken van Bruegel, zoals gesuggereerd wordt door Reindert Falkenburg en Michel Weemans, zijn opgevat als een oefening van het kijken: ze zijn het onderwerp van speculatie en valkuilen van zien. Lezing in het Engels, met simultane vertaling naar het Frans.

Reindert Falkenburg (New York University Abu Dhabi) en Michel Weemans (École nationale supérieure d’art, Bourges) analyseren de visuele processen die Bruegel aanwendt om onze
manier van kijken uit te dagen en te verstoren.

Op initiatief van burgemeester Éric Tomas en het schepencollege van Anderlecht in samenwerking met: le Réseau des médiévistes belges de langue française, Vlaamse Werkgroep Medievistiek & het Masereelfonds

Maison d’Érasme – Erasmushuis
Rue de Formanoir 31 de Formanoirstraat, Bruxelles 1070 Brussels

Toegang gratis mits plaatsbespreking. Inschrijving online: www.erasmushouse.museum
info@erasmushouse.museum – 02.521.13.83

De brochure  kan hier gedownload worden: Invitation_Bruegel_24.01.2019

Les manuscrits hagiographiques du nord de la France et de la Belgique actuelle à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIVe-XVIe s.) : fabrication, fonctions et usages (21-22 mars 2019, Namur/Louvain)

À la fin du Moyen Âge, la production hagiographique manuscrite se transforme et connaît son dernier âge d’or entre le succès éditorial de la Légende dorée et l’arrivée de l’imprimerie. De nombreux textes anciens sont abrégés pour intégrer de nouvelles collections. Ce phénomène est en partie responsable du relatif désintérêt des historiens à leur égard : à quoi bon s’intéresser à ces abrégés alors qu’il reste tant à découvrir dans les grands légendiers du Moyen Âge central, et qu’on commence à peine à mieux connaître les tout premiers manuscrits conservés ?
L’objectif de ce colloque en deux temps (Lille, 30 novembre 2018 et Namur/Louvain, 21-22 mars 2019) est de mieux saisir la place du manuscrit hagiographique, entendu ici au sens large, dans le nord de la France et l’espace belge à la fin du Moyen Âge, en prolongeant notamment
les réflexions de Guy Philippart sur la fabrique et les usages des légendiers, à une période où la documentation susceptible de les appréhender est plus abondante.
L’objectif est aussi de saisir ensemble les légendiers latins et vernaculaires, en moyen néerlandais comme dans les parlers d’oïl. La journée lilloise est exclusivement consacrée aux manuscrits hagiographiques en langue vernaculaire du nord de la France, en partie exhumés jadis par Paul Meyer. La situation linguistique du nord de la France et de la Belgique induit
nécessairement un travail collaboratif, seul à même de faire réfléchir collectivement à la circulation des modèles et des traductions, aux conditions matérielles de la circulation des textes hagiographiques, mais aussi à l’usage de ces manuscrits, dans le cadre de la pastorale et des pratiques cultuelles collectives comme dans celui de l’affirmation de l’individu à la fin du Moyen Âge.

Comité scientifique
Paul Bertrand (Université de Louvain)
Esther Dehoux (Université de Lille)
Jeroen Deploige (Université de Gand)
Monique Goullet (Paris)
Xavier Hermand (Université de Namur)
Anne-Françoise Labie-Leurquin (Paris)
Charles Mériaux (Université de Lille)
Fernand Peloux (Université de Namur)
Piotr Tylus (Cracovie)
Catherine Vincent (Université de Paris Nanterre)

Contact : fernand.peloux@unamur.be

Voir le programme complet.

CfP “Moving Forms: The Transformations and Translocations of Medieval Literature” (Athens, 11-13 september 2019)

The movement of people and books across space and time – mobility and portability – were driving forces of medieval European literary and intellectual culture. Men and women, clerical and secular, constructed extensive social networks and communities through travel, written communication, and the exchange of texts. Shared literary practices and forms occurred at the regional and transregional levels, defining local identities and forging links between people separated by distance and time. Around the North Sea and Baltic littorals, legends from the Norse sagas, for instance, were taken up by writers. On a larger scale, people from north-western Europe to China exchanged stories of Barlaam and Josephat, while tales of Alexander are found from India to Ireland; in both cases, transmission was facilitated by the movement of people along the Silk Road. Rather than a full picture, often we are left with a set of trails, traces and clues that challenge us to create narratives out of the fragments.

This symposium aims to contribute to the understanding of medieval literature through the development of methodologies which examine the intersection of social networks and communities with literary forms. We welcome papers that attend to the agency of people (men and women), genres (literary, scientific, philosophical, legal etc.), modes (verse, poetry, prose), styles, texts and manuscripts (book types, layouts, images) in creating literary links across space and time. Building on the practices of both comparative literature and entangled history, the symposium will open up connections between literary cultures often considered to be separate. At the same time, and of equal importance, it will be alert to the absence of connections, to discontinuities, exposing the diversities and ruptures of medieval literature, as well as the commonalities.

By following the movement of forms and tracing social connections from Antiquity to the Renaissance, we will interrogate both geographies and chronologies of medieval European literature. Always keeping the intersection of the social and the formal in view, the symposium will move back and forth between small and large scales of time and place: the local, the transregional, the European, and the Afro-Eurasian. Issues of morphology, scale and periodization will be central to discussion, enabling conversations across a wide range of material to gain traction. The symposium will bring together methodological and theoretical contributions, addressing the intersection of people and forms; we welcome papers that work on large scale typological models as well as papers that address broader issues though closely-worked case studies.

Questions to consider include:

  • How do we move from specific examples to writing/formulating larger narratives, from the micro to the macro, from the close up to the panoramic, without falling into generalizations?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of existing methodologies that account for the movement of objects, texts and people through space (e.g. histoire croisée, actor network theory, global history, etc.)?
  • How does medieval Europe fit into a wider Afro-Eurasian space? How does Europe divide into and participate in regional geographies?
  • How conscious were medieval people of new forms as a dimension of cultural exchange?
  • What role does the modern historical imagination have to play in recreating social networks and formal encounters?
  • How do medieval theories of cultural movement (e.g. translatio imperii et studii, spoliation, etc.) enable us to explain the transmission of literary forms?

Format

The symposium will meet over three days, with each day including 3 panels with three speakers. Papers will last 20 minutes and be followed by 45 minutes of discussion per panel. Since the substantial discussion following the papers is as important as the papers themselves, papers will not be allowed to overrun. Each session will have a respondent/moderator who will read papers in advance of the session and launch the discussion of their session through a short reflective invitation. For this reason, we ask that all papers be given in English. Speakers are asked to frame their research in ways which are simultaneously sophisticated and inviting of exchange with colleagues working across the literatures of medieval Europe (including Byzantium, and Islamic Spain and Sicily) and its neighbours. We welcome proposal for individual papers and for panels.

There will be a modest amount of preparatory theoretical reading in advance of the symposium.

Publication

We anticipate publishing extended versions of a selection of papers from the workshop in a special issue of Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures.

Venue

The symposium will take place in the Danish Institute at Athens, conveniently located in the Plaka. There are many tavernas, cafes and restaurants nearby.

Cost

There will be no charge to attend the symposium. There will be a charge to cover the cost of the symposium dinner. Delegates are responsible for covering the cost of their travel and accommodation. A small number of bursaries will be available for PhD students and early career scholars, for further information contact Kristin Bourassa (kristin@sdu.dk).

Abstracts

Please send short abstracts (250 words) and a brief CV (1/2 page) to George Younge (george.younge@york.ac.uk) by 1st March 2019. Panel proposals should include overview (100 words) and abstracts and CVs (as above) for all papers.

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR PAPERS AS A PDF

Emeritaatsviering Thom Mertens 20 december 2018, Antwerpen

De Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte van de Universiteit Antwerpen en het Ruusbroecgenootschap hebben het genoegen u uit te nodigen voor de feestelijke viering ter gelegenheid van het emeritaat van professor Thom Mertens.

De viering vindt plaats op donderdag 20 december 2018 om 16 uur in het Hof van Liere, Frederik de Tassiszaal, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen. Omstreeks 17.30 uur heffen we samen met Thom het glas.

Gelieve uw aanwezigheid te bevestigen voor 10 december 2018 via het inschrijfformulier:

https://www. ua ntwerpen.be/n l/facu lteiten/facu lteit-lette ren-en-wijsbegeerte/n ieuws-en-activiteiten/emeritaten/emeritaatsviering-thom-mertens/inschrijven

(Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt. Om zeker te zijn van een plaats raden we u aan snel in te schrijven).

De uitnodiging kan hier gedownload worden.

CfP “Freedom of speech in the medieval and early modern society” (UGent 17–18 May 2019)

This interuniversity workshop hosted by Ghent University is the first in an alternating series of three on ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern Europe. By drawing together research on several European countries in the period 1300-1700, the series will reveal various perspectives on premodern free speech. Freedom of speech, i.e. ‘the right to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction’, was by no means a fundamental right in the late medieval and early modern period. Yet research has shown that there were several opportunities for the expression of critical opinion towards power holders and that this practice was often widespread. These could be uttered verbally, through the spoken or written word, but also through other sign systems and media, ranging from the sound of musical instruments to heraldic languages. The objective of this workshop is to connect the different segments of research and thereby create a better overall understanding of pre-modern free speech.

We are accepting proposals from a variety of disciplinary angles for 30-minute papers on
• Pre-modern ideas about ‘freedom of speech’
• Juridical practices on free speech and subversive verbal utterances
• Political narratives and lyric
• Non-verbal media of ‘free-speech’ (visual, multimedia, sound…)
• …
Applicants are strongly encouraged to present papers in English. French papers will be accepted as well, if the powerpoint presentation is in English. Please send an abstract of 200 words to
minne.deboodt@kuleuven.be or linde.nuyts@ugent.be by the 10th of january 2019. Applicants will be notified by the 10th of february.

See the website http://www.freedomofspeech.ugent.be/

Freedom of speech in medieval and early modern society. Media, power, politics, and gender (1300-1700): Ghent, 17th-18th May 2019

Organization: Jan Dumolyn & Linde Nuyts (Ghent University), Jelle Haemers & Minne De Boodt (University of Leuven), Martine Veldhuizen (Utrecht University)

This workshop is the first in a series of three on ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern Europe. Drawing together research from several European countries in the period 1300-1700, the series will reveal various perspectives on pre-modern free speech. Although freedom of speech, ‘the right to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction’, was by no means a fundamental right in the late middle ages and early modern period, expressions of critical opinions towards power were always possible and often widespread. They could be uttered verbally, through the spoken or written word, but also through other sign systems and media, ranging from the sound of musical instruments to heraldic languages.

The Ghent workshop will study evidence from literary and prescriptive sources describing the ideals of free speech, and political-historical evidence of cases in which men and women wrote down and orally uttered their opinions within the context of medieval and early modern society. In Europe, urban cultures of ‘subversive speech’ existed from the late middle ages onwards. Cities offered contenders public space in which they could utter conflicting opinions in many different ways. Singers travelled through the countryside to spread news. Public poetry, songs, petitions and the like were popular media to confront ruling elites with contentious thought, but so were bells, musical instruments and visual signs. This workshop invites speakers to present their research into such media and the contents of publicly uttered speech. Case studies about the use of both written and oral, as well as visual media, and their interconnectedness, during the fourteenth until the seventeenth centuries are very welcome.

 

The following questions will be addressed:

  • Which media were used by citizens to express their discontent? What determined the choice of a certain medium?
  • What kind of messages were spread? Were they subversive or did they legitimize power?
  • Were contenders successful in spreading their message? How was the reception and circulation of these messages? How did the urban elite and the authorities react to the utterance of subversive thought?
  • In what way was freedom of speech related to the social class and gender of speakers and listeners?
  • Can a ‘European’ pattern be distinguished? Do we see a trend in the use of media in periods with fundamental political or religious change (such as the 14th or the 16th centuries)?