Monthly Archives: April 2018

Herinnering Pirenne-lezing: Prof. Thomas Noble, 8 mei, 18u30, Het Pand, Gent

De Pirennelezing zal dit jaar worden gehouden door de gerenommeerde Professor Thomas F.X. Noble (University of Notre Dame, USA). Gelieve in te schrijven vóór 16 april.

Sommige vroege aanmeldingen zijn verloren gegaan door een technisch probleem: om zeker te zijn, indien mogelijk gelieve nog een keer in te schrijven.

For about two decades many historians have been making the “material turn”.  That is, they have been incorporating physical objects more often and more effectively into their explanations and thereby building up a sub-field of the historical discipline entitled “material culture.”  This lecture joins that conversation by investigating some different material realities that are today known to us only by textual representations.  The lecture will draw upon different kinds of texts—poems and histories, for example—to ask what these texts actually say and how we might understand their words.  The lecture proceeds from the assumption that the objects described did really exist and that texts give us access to those objects even if their reality for us now can be no more that “virtual.”  The kinds of descriptions that the lecture includes are to be sharply differentiated from the classical genre of ekphrasis which artfully described things that existed in poetic but not in physical reality.

Thomas Noble is emeritus professor geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Notre Dame. Hij is lang directeeur geweest aan het Medieval Institute in Notre Dame. Zijn onderzoek behelst de geschiedenis van de stad Rome, de geschiedenis van het pausschap en relaties met de Karolingische hof, en de contacten en uitwisselingen tussen het Westen en Byzantium.
Een aantal van zijn belangrijkste publicaties zijn The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,1984), Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Envisioning Experience in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages: Dynamic Patterns in texts and Images, uitgegeven in samewerking met Giselle de Nie (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012) en European Transformations: The Long Twelfth Century, uitgegeven in samewerking met John Van Engen Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).

De lezing gaat van start om 18.30 uur in zaal de Oude Infirmerie in Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent. Achteraf wordt er een receptie aangeboden op dezelfde locatie (gratis voor leden van de VWM, 10 euro voor niet-leden). Contactpersoon: Micol Long (

De brochure kan gedownload worden hier: Brochure Pirenne Lezing 2018.

Gelieve in te schrijven vóór 16 april via het onderstaande formulier: 


Lezing Georgi Parpulov: Byzantine Scribes and their Paratexts (Gent, 15 mei 2018)

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams team kindly invites you to a lecture “Byzantine Scribes and their Paratexts” by Georgi Parpulov.


The study of paratexts (additions) in medieval Greek manuscripts has made great advances over the past decade. My paper will discuss some of the ways in which such paratexts were selected and transmitted from one manuscript to another.

Georgi Parpulov studied history at the University of Sofia and art history at the University of Chicago. He subsequently did curatorial work at the Walters Art Museum, the J Paul Getty Museum and the British Museum, and taught at the University of Oxford.​

Monday 14 May
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Ghent University
Jozef Plateaustraat 22 
9000 Gent
Jozef Plateauzaal

How to get there?

Participation is free. No need to register. All are welcome! 

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Cfp “The Medieval Literary Canon in the Digital Age” UGent, 17–18 September 2018

Submissions of abstracts for the international conference “The Medieval Literary Canon in the Digital Age,” to be held at Ghent University from 17-18 September 2018.

An often repeated promise of the digital humanities, in the wake of the “computational turn,” is that the wide availability and accessibility of historical texts would enable scholars to breach the restrictions of a literary canon. The present international conference wishes to explore how exactly the digital humanities can provide such insights for medieval studies, in which such a promise raises critical questions.

(1) In spite of the computational turn, much of the digital scholarship for the Middle Ages still seems to hinge on well-conserved and therefore well-known theological and literary authorities, whose texts have been reproduced continuously in subsequent editions and translations. To what extent does today’s computational research manage to escape the straitjacket of the traditional canon?

(2) Considering that in the past decades, medieval scholars have become increasingly sensitive to the materiality of textual transmission in the Middle Ages, the virtual, normative and reductive character of a digital environment are not always compatible to their research interests.


As the emancipation of the digital humanities from their merely supportive role is proclaimed increasingly, and as the tools for digital medieval studies proliferate (e.g. digital scholarly editing, computational stylistics, digital palaeography, digital stemmatology, …), this conference welcomes papers —based on either case studies or broader research questions— that both problematize the specialized character of medieval literary production and demonstrate the potential for computational criticism to “breach” or “widen” the medieval canon through digital tools.

Full details on the topic and discussion of the conference are available on the conference website:​.


The conference, to which we will accept 8 scholars in addition to the confirmed speakers (cfr. infra) will consist exclusively of plenary sessions, with ample time for discussion. The conference committee encourages proposal submissions by both established and junior researchers. Please send abstracts (ca. 300 words) and a five line biography via email to Jeroen De Gussem ( by the ​10th of May. Participants will receive a notification concerning the acceptance of their application by the end of May.

We expect from our applicants that they have the ability of covering their own travel costs. Accepted speakers are offered lunches and an invitation to our conference dinner. Accepted speakers from abroad (any country other than Belgium) will also be offered up to 3 hotel nights in Ghent.

The following invited speakers have confirmed their participation: Godfried Croenen (University of Liverpool) / Maciej Eder (Pedagogical University of Kraków) / Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago) / Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan) / Karina van Dalen-Oskam (University of Amsterdam) / David J. Wrisley (New York University Abu Dhabi