Boekenbeurs (29/10-31/11, 6/11-11/11, Antwerpen)

Op donderdag 7 november 2019 kan u de boekenbeurs gratis bezoeken op initiatief van GEWU (Groep Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Uitgevers ) tijdens de Nacht van de Kennis. Die dag is de beurs ook ’s avonds open tem 22u.

Als lid van de Groep van Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Uitgevers heeft Brepols Publishers het genoegen om u op deze dag uit te nodigen. Hoewel we dit jaar met een gedeelde stand aanwezig zullen zijn en dus niet ons hele fonds kunnen voorstellen, willen we toch alle leden van de Vlaamse Werkgroep Mediëvistiek de kans bieden om tijdens deze nocturne de boekenbeurs gratis te bezoeken. Een selectie van onze meest recente publicaties kan u komen ontdekken op de stand “9Uitgevers” (standnummer 128, Hal 1).

U kan een ticket aanvragen door te registreren via: Let op, plaatsten zijn beperkt, dus snel reageren is de boodschap. Per registratie zijn er maximum 2 tickets beschikbaar.

Tot op de Boekenbeurs!

Vriendelijke groeten,
Brepols Publishers

Free speech, religion and political culture in northern Europe, 1400-1750 (Edinburgh, 16-17 April 2020)

Organization: Alasdair Raffe (University of Edinburgh), Martine Veldhuizen (Utrecht University)

This workshop explores aspects of ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern northern Europe.  Freedom of speech was by no means a fundamental right in the late middle ages and early modern period, and yet 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 Edinburgh workshop will analyse the practice of free speech, paying particular attention to the expression of controversial religious and political ideas.  Much recent scholarship has examined the circulation of news and information, the mobilisation and manipulation of political opinions and the media of public debate.  Other works have broadened our understanding of religious debates and dissent, especially in the two centuries after the Reformation.  Building on this research, speakers at the workshop will examine claims to freedom of religious and political speech.  Some contributors will discuss theoretical arguments in defence of free speech, others the media and linguistic character of ‘free’ utterances.  Papers will assess instances of free speech in historical and literary contexts, and trace the consequences of speaking up for an opinion.  We invite case studies that can help us to address large, pan-European questions regarding free speech.

The workshop will consider the following questions:

  • How did late-medieval and early modern Europeans think about and defend free speech?
  • Which media and forms of language were used to express religious and political ideas? What determined the choice of particular media and forms of language?
  • What kind of messages were spread? Were they subversive or did they legitimise power?
  • How was free speech received? What were the effects of free speech in the development of religious communities, political attitudes and subversive movements?
  • Can ‘European’ patterns be distinguished, or were the practices of free speech determined more by national, provincial and local institutions and norms?

We invite proposals from historians, literary and linguistic scholars.  We would particularly welcome contributions from advanced PhD students and postdoctoral scholars.  Papers should be twenty-five minutes in length and given in English.

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a one-page CV, should be sent to Alasdair Raffe ( by Friday 6 December 2019.

“Vloeibaar Ondernemerschap. De Stedelijke Zoektocht naar Drinkwater voor 1800”: Internationaal symposium (Antwerpten, 28 november)

500 jaar Gilbert Van Schoonbeke

Vloeibaar Ondernemerschap. De Stedelijke Zoektocht naar Drinkwater voor 1800

Internationaal symposium in het kader van 500 jaar Gilbert Van Schoonbeke en Antwerpen 1519-2019


Pomp op de Veemarkt, © Stadsarchief Antwerpen

Water is van vitaal belang voor elke stad. Al eeuwenlang zoeken overheden en inwoners naar oplossingen om de steeds grotere vraag naar drink- of bruikbaar water te beantwoorden.

Vanaf de 16de eeuw wordt drinkwater meer en meer een voorwerp van ondernemerschap en privaat initiatief. Exact 500 jaar geleden werd in Antwerpen Gilbert Van Schoonbeke geboren. Hij liet de eerste waterleiding in de stad aanleggen.

In dit symposium staan we stil bij die vroege zoektocht naar drinkbaar water in de stad, de betekenis van ‘ondernemerschap’ in water en de relevantie van het stedelijke waterverleden voor de watervoorziening vandaag.


Universiteit Antwerpen, Hof Van Liere, de Tassiszaal, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen


Donderdag 28 november 2019 van 9 tot 17.30 uur


Prof. dr. Tim Soens, Universiteit Antwerpen, met de steun van water-link o.v., de Universiteit Antwerpen en de Vrienden van het Brouwershuis vzw



Postdoctoral researcher on “Historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period” (UAntwerp)

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp  is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History for a

Postdoctoral researcher in an ERC-funded project on historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period

The candidate will be affiliated with the Centre for Urban History. The Centre for Urban History is an international acknowledged research centre focusing on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. The candidate will contribute to the ERC Starting Grant Project “Back to the Future: Future expectations and actions in late medieval and early modern Europe, c.1400-c.1830” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 851053, and supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Puttevils).

To gain more insight in how people in the past thought about the future and how this affected their actions, this project draws on a combination of close and distant reading methods of more than 15,000 letters written in (varieties of) Italian, German, French, Dutch and English by and to European merchants in the period 1400-1830.

The post-doctoral researcher will carry out the analysis of long-term developments in the linguistic expression and rhetoric of future statements on the basis of English merchant letters which cover the entire period and are mostly available in digital form. The researcher will use distant reading methods to find and categorize future statements within the English letters. Through close-reading particular letters (s)he will contextualize these future statements. The researcher will also assist and co-supervise the other team members, especially in the digital text analysis of the project.

Job description

  • You contribute to research in the field of the late medieval and early modern future expectations in general and to the research goals of the project.
  • You co-supervise PhD students and other team members and assist them in digital text analysis.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment. These publications can be co-authored with other project members and external researchers.
  • You are encouraged to apply for research funding, possibly in the role of (co-)supervisor.
  • You manage the project website and the project’s presence on social media.
  • You have a limited teaching responsibility in the History Department related to your own field of expertise and you contribute to research in the History Department and the Faculty of Arts.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or get during the application period) a doctorate degree (PhD) in History, Historical Linguistics or Digital Humanities (with a strong historical component).
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • Command of additional languages that will be encountered in the project’s sources (Italian, Low & High German, Dutch and/or French merchant letters) is an important advantage.
  • You have at least basic skills in text digitization, digital text analysis and text-mining and the willingness to improve these skills within a few months. Familiarity with coding and programming languages such as Python is commendable but not a strict requirement.
  • You have experience in managing large amounts of historical sources and texts.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.

We offer

  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a trial period of one year. After one year and positive assessment the contract can be renewed for an additional three years;
  • the date of appointment is February 1, 2020;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 4.134,93 – € 6.446,00;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online. Applications include a copy of your CV, a cover letter in which you explain your interest in the project and clearly document how your profile matches with it, and an article or working paper which features your previous research. The closing date is November 17, 2019.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Jeroen Puttevils, +32 (0) 3 265 94 02,

The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.

We support the Science4Refugees initiative and encourage asylum-seeking, refugee scientists and researchers to apply for a job at the University of Antwerp.

Twee mediëvisten (Lisa Demets en Jonas Roelens) in de finale van de Vlaamse PhD-Cup

Voor de vierde keer al wordt de Vlaamse PhD-cup georganiseerd, een wedstrijd waarbij gepromoveerde doctores hun onderzoek op een bevattelijke, overtuigende en aantrekkelijke manier voorstellen aan het brede publiek. Bij de eindselectie van acht kandidaten zitten er maar liefst twee mediëvisten: Jonas Roelens en Lisa Demets (allebei UGent)!

Straks staan ze allebei in de finale op zondagavond 6 oktober in BOZAR. Wees erbij en moedig Lisa en Jonas aan! Vergeet ook zeker niet om te stemmen: sinds maandag 30 september staan de filmpjes van de acht finalisten online en kun je Jonas of Lisa aan de publieksprijs helpen:

In hun PhD-Cup-traject schreven zowel Lisa als Jonas een artikel over hun onderzoek in Eos, Lisa over Jan Breydel en ‘fake news’, Jonas over de vervolging van lesbische vrouwen in Vlaanderen.