Monthly Archives: August 2019

“Working women in pre-industrial Europe. Perspectives on the gendering of urban labour markets” (Leuven November 14-15)

Scholars have long been debating whether a decline in women’s economic agency took place from the Late Medieval or Early Modern period onwards and what its chronology looked like. Furthermore, historians have argued for a difference in women’s economic opportunities between southern and north-western Europe. Divergent juridical and demographic structures supposedly gave northern women more possibilities for agency than southern women. However, several case studies have shown deviations from these two models. This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on gender and work to compare different regions of Europe and various labour types, spanning both the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. In doing so, this workshop wants to discuss what factors shaped women’s work and wants to further the debate on women’s positions in urban labour markets, the impact of craft guilds, and the importance of gender on the informal markets.

Thursday 14 November 2019
11.00-12.30 SESSION 1
Chair: Andrea Bardyn (University of Leuven)
Romain Facchini (University of Aix-Marseille)
Women in trade: economy and agency in the South of Europe (Provence XVIIth-XVIIIth
Danielle van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam)
Work, space and gender in the early modern city
12.30-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-15.00 SESSION 2
Chair: Maïka De Keyzer (University of Leuven)
Aske Laursen Brock (Aalborg University)
“To be employed in the Company’s work”: Women working with and against the English
East India Company
Nena Vandeweerdt (University of Leuven)
Women’s labour opportunities in Brabant and Biscay, 1420-1550
15.00-15.30 COFFEE BREAK
15.30-17.00 SESSION 3
Chair: Jelle Haemers (University of Leuven)
Charlie Taverner (Birkbeck, University of London)
From fishwife to barrow boy: gender in London’s street food trade, 1600-1750
Anne Montenach (University of Aix-Marseilles)
Working at the margins? Women and the cloth trades in early modern Lyon
Friday 15 November 2019
9.30-11.00 SESSION 4
Chair: Nina Lamal (University of Antwerp)
Heleen Wyffels (University of Leuven)
Women printers and the Antwerp guild of Saint Luke, 16th-17th centuries
Hadewijch Masure (University of Antwerp)
Women’s work in craft guilds, poor relief, health care and beguinages in the Southern Low
Countries in the 13th-17th century
11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK
11.30-12.30 SESSION 5
Chair: Violet Soen (University of Leuven)
Ariadne Schmidt (University of Leiden)
Early modern migration and work in a comparative gendered perspective
12.30-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-15.00 SESSION 6
Chair: Johan Verberckmoes (University of Leuven)
Sarah Birt (Birkbeck, University of London)
Fashion, retail and formal apprenticeships: women working at the Royal Exchange in early
modern London
Saskia Limbach (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Working women in Germany’s printing industry
15.10- DRINKS (optional)

Room 02.10 – Mgr. O. Romerozaal
Collegium Veteranorum (109-20)
Sint-Michielsstraat 2-4 , 3000 Leuven

If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an e-mail to before 20 October. There is no registration fee.

Een pdf met het programma is beschikbaar hier.

Ornamenta Sacra. Late Medieval and Early-Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context (1400-1800) (Brussels/Leuven 24-25-26 octoker 2019)

In oktober wordt vanuit het interuniversitaire project Ornamenta Sacra (UCL, KUL, KIK/IRPA) een gelijknamig symposium georganiseerd over laatmiddeleeuws en vroegmodern liturgisch erfgoed.

International Symposium • Brussels/Leuven • 24-25-26 October 2019
Ornamenta Sacra. Late Medieval and Early-Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context (1400-1800)

24-25.10.2019 KIK-IRPA • Brussels

26.10.2019 KU Leuven (Justius Lipsius) • Leuven


Thursday 24 October 2019
KIK-IRPA Jubelpark 1 Brussels
09:30 Welcoming of participants
09:50 Welcome Speech _ Hilde De Clercq (dir. KIK-IRPA) & Georges Jamart (Belspo)
10:00 Introduction _ Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (KU Leuven) & Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
10:30 Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers), Le Christ énergétique, la spirale et la monstrance
11:00 Discussion
11:20 Break
11:40 Frédéric Tixier (Université de Lorraine), Voir et entendre ou entendre et voir? Les objets liturgiques en procession (XIIIe-XVIIe s.)
12:10 Discussion
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College and Graduate Center CUNY, New York), Reliquaries as Mediation in Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Space
14:30 Frédéric Cousinié (Université de Rouen-Normandie) and Alysée Le Druillenec (Université Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon), Objets de dévotions: figures de la liaison au divin 15:00 Michele Bacci (Unversité de Fribourg), Western Liturgical Vessels and the Byzantine Rite in the Late Middle Ages
15:30 Discussion
15:50 Break
16:10 Sébastien Bontemps (Ecole du Lourvre, Université de Bourgogne), Le trophée d’église: système décoratif et illustration de la liturgie en France au XVIIIe siècle 16:40 Caroline Heering (UCLouvain), Ornamenta Sacra: De l’ornement des objets aux objets comme ornements
17:10 Discussion
Friday 25 October 2019
KIK-IRPA Jubelpark 1 Brussels
09:00 Welcoming of participants
09:30 Herman Roodenburg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Meertens Instituut), The Eucharist and not so sensuous worship: shedding tears among the Modern Devout
10:00 Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (Universiteit Gent), Viglius’s mitre. Clerical self-fashioning in sixteenth-century Ghent
10:30: Discussion
10:50 Break
11:10 Anne-Clothilde Dumargne (Université de Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Ornamenta ou ministeria? Statut et fonction des chandeliers en alliages de cuivre dans l’espace ecclésial de la fin du Moyen Âge à l’époque moderne
11:40 Wendy Wauters (KU Leuven), Smellscapes and Censers: Strategies behind their Ritual Use and Iconographic Meaning
12:10 Discussion
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Marie Lezowski (Université d’Angers), Le corps du délit: les objets liturgiques volés dans les sources inquisitoriales (Italie, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles)
14:30 Emmanuel Joly (KIK-IRPA), Financer et entretenir les ornements liturgiques. Le cas des paroisses rurales du diocèse de Liège (1400-1700)
15:00 Discussion
15:20 Break
15:40 Soetkin Vanhauwaert (KU Leuven), Worthy of imitation. The Holy Sacrament and the relic cult of the Forerunner in Mechelen
16:10 Anne Lepoittevin (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Les Agnus Dei en cire: des objets de culte?
16:40 Nicole Pellegrin (CNRS-ENS, Paris), Chapes en Révolution. Quelques traces d’abandons, destructions, réemplois et mutations (France, 1790-1820)
17:10 Discussion
Saturday 26 October 2019
KU Leuven, Justus Lipsiuszaal, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, Leuven
09:00 Welcoming of participants
09:30 Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto), The Netherlandish Carved Altarpiece as Miniature
10:00 Kamil Kopania (The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art, Warsaw), Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in Context of Liturgical Space, Objects and Gestures
10:30 Discussion
10:50 Break
11:10 Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), The Ritual Use of Memoria Monuments in the Low Countries (c. 1520-1585)
11:40 Charles Caspers (Titus Brandsma Instituut, Nijmegen), Wax and the Ghent Altarpiece. A new interpretation
12:10 Discussion and concluding remarks
12:30 Lunch
14:30 Visit to the exhibition Borman and Sons in Museum M – Leuven

Organising Committee
Barbara Baert (KU Leuven)
Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain)
Veerle Fraeters (U Antwerpen)
Annick Delfosse (ULiège)
Scientific Committee
Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg)
Barbara Baert (KU Leuven)
Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven)
David Burn (KU Leuven)
Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
Emilie Corswaren (ULiège)
Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain)
Annick Delfosse (ULiège)
Brigitte d’Hainaut-Zveny (ULB)
Bernard Dompnier (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand)
Pierre-Antoine Fabre (EHESS, Paris)
Veerle Fraeters (U Antwerpen)
Jean-Pascal Gay (UCLouvain)
Hans Geybels (KU Leuven)
Marie-Elisabeth Henneau (ULiège)
Arnaud Join-Lambert (UCLouvain)
Carl Havelange (ULiège)
Pierre-Yves Kairis (KIK-IRPA)
Justin Kroesen (University of Bergen)
Michel Lefftz (UNamur)
Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers)
Paul VandenBroeck (KU Leuven)

Meer info over het project en een link om in te schrijven vind je op Een pdf met het programma is beschikbaar hier.