Workshop: Good Governance in the Late Medieval City (1200-1600)

Op 1 februari 2023 organiseren Nele De Raedt (UCLouvain) en David Napolitano (Universiteit Utrecht) te Utrecht (Drift 23, lokaal 0.10) een internationale workshop ‘Good Governance in the Late Medieval City (1200-1600)’. Het programma ziet er als volgt uit:

09:45-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 Welcome

SESSION 1: SOURCES

10:15-10:35 Minne De Boodt (KU Leuven)
Debating good governance. The added value of a cross-contextual analysis for the study of late medieval political thinking
10:35-10:55 Frederik Buylaert (Ghent University), Kaat Capelle (Ghent University), Klaas Van Gelder (Universiteit Brussel/State Archives in Brussels)
Comparing “good governance” in town and countryside: the evidence from Flanders, c. 1250-1550
10:55-11:15 David Napolitano (Utrecht University)
From mirrors-for-princes, over the podestà literature, to mirrors-for-magistrates: Preliminary explorations of three modern labels for medieval advice literature on rulership
11:15-12:15 Discussion

Lunch

SESSION 2: METHODOLOGY

13:30-13:50 Nele De Raedt (UCLouvain)
Mirrors for magistrates on building the city
13:50-14:10 Mats Dijkdrent (UCLouvain)
Architectural descriptions as mirrors for good governance in sixteenth-century Antwerp
14:10-15:10 Discussion

Coffee

SESSION 3: IDEALS AND COMPARISON

15:30-15:50 Giacomo Santoro (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Magistratus virum ostendit: a perspective on good governance in the Republic of Siena, between pedagogy and government (1428-1456)
15:50-16:10 Vasileios Syros (Jawaharlal Nehru University & The Medici Archive Project)
Good governance and the city in early modern Italy and India
16:10-17:00 Discussion

Deze interdisciplinaire workshop is mogelijk gemaakt dankzij de financiële ondersteuning van de Dutch Research School of Medieval Studies, Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture and the Built Environment (LAB, UCLouvain), Utrecht University Centre for Medieval Studies (UUCMS) en Research Alliance CITY (Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Prijs Vlaanderen voor Geschiedkundige Wetenschappen

In 2023 reikt Academische Stichting Leuven in samenwerking met de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Campus Kortrijk (KULAK) zijn vijfjaarlijkse Prijs Vlaanderen voor Geschiedkundige Wetenschappen uit. Deze prijs ten bedrage van 3.000 EUR wordt toegekend ter bekroning van een oorspronkelijke, wetenschappelijk verantwoorde studie met betrekking tot de geschiedenis van Vlaanderen, dit is Vlaanderen in zijn ruimste geografische betekenis vanaf het middeleeuwse tot het actuele Vlaanderen. Studies uit alle wetenschappelijke disciplines komen in aanmerking, voor zover ze historisch zijn opgevat of georiënteerd.

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Workshop: The Lexicon of Diseases in the Middle Ages: Languages, Translations, Authors 

Graag brengen wij de workshop ‘The Lexicon of Diseases in the Middle Ages: Languages, Translations, Authors‘ onder jullie aandacht, die op 25 november a.s. in Leuven plaatsheeft:

Fully understanding the disease lexicon of the past is quite complex because it warrants an assessment of more interpretative mechanisms than today. To quote Mirko Grmek ‘Diseases don’t exist. The sick individual exists… disease is but a concept, created in a way which is not logically obligatory and exclusive’. This is particularly true of the Middle Ages when vernacular medical lexicon originated, Latin medical language evolved due to the legacy of the Late Antiquity, and the translations of medical texts from Greek to Latin and from Greek to Arabic to Latin coexisted. If naming a disease implies creating a link between res significans (the name of the disease) and res significata(the grouping of signs, symptoms and conceptions connected with a specific disease), this link may differ across historical periods and text genres. Different speakers present at the workshop will address issues related to the constitution of the disease lexicon in the Middle Ages, its originality and the conceivable polysemy of disease names. There will also be a discussion (round table) of how translations and subsequent transcriptions of disease names from one text to another as well as from one language to another have influenced the constitution of the disease lexicon.

Klik hier voor het programma en de inschrijving. Er zal eveneens de mogelijkheid zijn om de workshop via videostreaming te volgen.

Vacature: ZAP-mandaat KU Leuven Culturele Geschiedenis van de Middeleeuwen (campus Kortrijk)

Aan de KULeuven (campus Kortrijk) staat er sinds kort een vacature online voor een voltijdse functie in het statuut van zelfstandig academisch personeel (tenure track) binnen de onderzoekseenheid Geschiedenis (focus op culturele middeleeuwse geschiedenis). Je kan solliciteren tot 9 januari 2023. Voor meer informatie, surf zeker naar volgende weblink: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60161326

Lezing VUB: ”To dear posterity’: Managing Memory through Tower Ball Deposits in the German Lands

Op 10 November 2022 (11u-12u30) organiseert de Vrije Universiteit Brussel een fascinerende lezing, gegeven door Beat Kümin (University of Warwick, U.K.) op de campus Etterbeek. Voor meer informatie, surf naar de volgende weblink: https://host.research.vub.be/en/public-lecture-beat-kumin-to-dear-posterity-managing-memory-through-tower-ball-deposits-in-the

Since the late Middle Ages, urban and rural communities of different confessions have marked the completion of prominent buildings by placing chronicles and objects into golden spheres located on top of towers. In this liminal position between earth and heaven, the archives remain inaccessible and sometimes forgotten until the next major repairs, when new items are often added by successive generations. How can we make sense of this peculiar, ‘bottom-up’ and regionally circumscribed custom and what can it tell us about local memory cultures more generally? A public lecture, just ahead of an important day of remembrance in Belgium and many other countries, investigates.

Conferentie KU Leuven: “The Dynamics of Devotions: About signposts, Thresholds and Stumbling Blocks in the History of Christian Religious Life”

Op 27 en 28 Oktober organiseert de faculteit voor Theologie en Religieuze Studies de conferentie “The Dynamics of devotions”. Meer informatie zoals het programma en praktische informatie kan u vinden op de website: https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/research_units/ru_pastoral/the-dynamics-of-devotions/

This Conference will be held on the occasion of the establishment of the Chair of Popular Religiosity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the KU Leuven.

According to John of the Cross, statues of saints should draw the attention of the faithful to the imaged saints and through them to the invisible God. He believes the fact that so many saints are venerated and that there are so many statues of saints, has to do with the fact that every person is different and that some are more sensitive than others to a particular devotion. He also points out the existence of numerous pilgrimage sites and other holy places. The place where, according to him, one can best go to pray is simply a place to which one is particularly attracted an at the same time a place where one is not distracted from the way to God (Ascent of Mount Carmel, III). He refers to the Samaritan woman who questioned Jesus about the best place of worship. Jesus’ answer was that true prayer does not depend on the mountain or the temple, but that those who please the Father with their prayers are those who worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:20-24).

The two types of John of the Cross are characteristic of the Christian faith tradition. They have something basic, and at the same time they contain a warning. They are basic, because religion is hard to imagine without observable, material things. Humans are physical, sensory beings, and in the expression of religion, objects, places and images provide a certain hold. It can hardly be otherwise. The warning is that one must realize that one is merely on the way, that one must not cling to the visible because the invisible God is the goal. There is a danger of becoming entangled in ‘ritualism’ in worship and of becoming too attached to devotions in private piety. This conference is about devotions, both their concrete and their risky side.

Many devotions have arisen in the long history of Christianity. As a product of their time, they often gained great popularity only to decline or disappear afterwards. Because of their risky side, concrete devotions are often the subject of fierce criticism. For example, the Church Father Augustine opposes the veneration of saints:

“You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. Do you want to be sure to honor holy angels and martyrs? Glory then to Him, in whom they only want to receive glory. For if they are holy, they will be angry with you if you should honor them individually instead of Him alone from whom they have received the grace of their bliss. Precisely because they are holy, you must not offend them even more by wishing to venerate them, as it were, set apart. For by honoring God, you honor everyone who remains united to God in pious love and holy devotion” (sermo 198:46).

A thousand years later, Thomas a Kempis, in his Imitation of Christ, sneers at the pilgrimage practice of his days: “those who go on pilgrimage rarely become saints” (1: 78). With this sharp criticism Augustine and Thomas did not object to the existence of devotions as such. For example, Augustine is proud of the miracles that are said to have happened in places where a relic of St Stephen is present (De civitate Dei, 22, 8), and Thomas is proud of the statues of Mary in the church of Agnietenberg Priory and the indulgences that can be earned in this church (Chronicle of Agnietenberg).

Devotions have also given rise to the separation of minds within Western Christendom. For example, the worship of the host was rejected by reformers as the worship of a ‘bread god’. Catholics, in turn, made the Sacramental Procession a grand triumphalist event to shame the heretics.

The conference will be held at the University of Leuven, hosted by the Faculty of Theology. Some of the keynote speakers are  Wendy Wauters, Anne Harrison, Rob Faesen, Paul van Geest, and Nicolas Balzamo. The organization consists of Prof Dr Hans Geybels and Dr Charles Caspers. 

Conferentie: ‘Of Foxes and Fish: Interdisciplinary approaches to Medieval Animal Lore and its afterlife’

Van 14 tot en met 17 september 2022 organiseert het ‘Instituut voor de studie van de Letterkunde in de Nederlanden (ISLN)’ aan de universiteit Antwerpen een colloquium rond de rol van dieren in Europese literatuur tijdens de Middeleeuwen. Neem gerust een kijkje naar de website voor meer informatie: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/foxes/

Tentoonstelling & Symposium: De parochiekerk in de middeleeuwen en vroegmoderne tijd (contactgroep Signum)

Tot 2 oktober 2022 loopt in Gouda de tentoonstelling Beleef het Wonder van Gouda (www.beleefhetwondervangouda.nl/) over de glasramen en vele andere kunstschatten uit de Sint- Janskerk die, vaak anders dan elders, bewaard werden. De locaties van deze opzienbarende tentoonstelling zijn Museum Gouda en zijn buurman, de Sint-Janskerk in de monumentale binnenstad van Gouda. In aansluiting bij deze tentoonstelling stelt Signum de middeleeuwse en vroegmoderne parochiekerk centraal in zijn volgende symposium.

De parochiekerk speelde een centrale rol in het religieuze en openbare leven in de stad en op het platteland. De laatste jaren is de parochiekerk dan ook terecht opnieuw in het centrum van de wetenschappelijke belangstelling komen te staan. Tijdens dit symposium zullen een aantal sprekers vanuit recente benaderingen ingaan op de rol die parochiekerken speelden binnen de middeleeuwse en vroegmoderne samenleving.

Programma

10.00: Inschrijven en koffie en thee
10.30: Welkom en korte introductie op het thema
10.45-12.00: Sessie 1
Voorzitter: Patricia Stoop

-Lezing – nog te bepalen.
-Wendy Wauters (KU Leuven), De beroering van de religieuze ruimte. Onderzoek naar de belevingswereld van de Antwerpse kerkganger (ca. 1450-1566)
-Discussie

12.00-12.45: Lunch
12.45-14.00: Sessie 2
Voorzitter: Rombert Stapel

-Anne-Laure van Bruaene (Universiteit Gent), Kerkbreken. Methodologische en historiografische perspectieven op de religieuze materiële cultuur in de zestiende- eeuwse Nederlanden
-Jos de Weerd (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Visualiseren als onderzoeksmethode: de casus Apeldoorn
-Discussie

14.00-14.15: Koffie/thee
14.15-15.00: Ledenvergadering
15.00-17.00: Tentoonstelling Beleef het Wonder van Gouda met rondleiding
17.00: Borrel

Locatie: Streekarchief Midden Holland (Steenlandzaal) in Gouda, Klein Amerika 20, 2806 CA Gouda, Nederland (het archief bevindt zich in de voormalige Chocoladefabriek). Gouda is goed bereikbaar per trein (degenen die uit het zuiden komen kunnen reizen via Rotterdam-Centraal). De Steenlandzaal ligt op een kwartier lopen van station Gouda.

Inschrijvingsgeld:

Signum lid
met bezoek aan tentoonstelling: 25€ /zonder bezoek aan tentoonstelling: 15€

Geen Signum lid
met bezoek aan tentoonstelling: 30€ /zonder bezoek aan tentoonstelling: 20€

Inschrijven vóór 30 juli 2022 door middel van invullen van dit Google-Formulier (https://forms.gle/TdxY5tZyjVuoTBAd6) en storting van het inschrijvingsgeld op IBAN-nummer NL81 INGB 0009 1947 44 (BIC INGBNL2A), t.n.v. R.J. Stapel te Leiden, ovv ‘Symposium Signum 2022’.