Activities 2022-2023

16th of February at 14:00: visit to the exhibition Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps

The Groeningemuseum in Bruges is now home to the exhibition Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps. On the 16th of February, Jan Trachet, archaeologist and man behind the exhibition, will give us a tour. We meet at 14:00 at the Groeningemuseum. As a participant, you will be able to visit both the exhibition and the permanent collection of the museum. Afterwards, we will conclude the day with a reception at the City Archives of Bruges.

Do you want participate in this event? Become member of the VWM and confirm your presence before the 10th of February with a mail to

30th of March at 12:30: Visit KMSKA and Lecture honorary doctorate Daniel Lord Smail

On Thursday March 30 at 12.30 pm we will visit the recently reopened KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts) in Antwerp, where Jan van den Maagdenberg (art history, UGent) and Leen Bervoets (history, UGent) will provide some information about the medieval collection, from the perspective of their own research. Afterwards, at 15:00, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp grants an honorary doctorate to Daniel Lord Smail, professor at Harvard University and specialist in medieval urban history and deep history. You are welcome to follow his masterclass ‘The Imagined Space of the Late Medieval Urban Household’. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 16:30.

The program of the afternoon:
12:30 Visit medieval collection KMSKA
15:00 Honorary doctorate and masterclass Daniel Lord Smail at University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, Paardenmarkt 94, 2000 Antwerpen
16:30 Reception

Do you want to participate in this event? Become member and confirm your participation for the KMSKA before the 24th of March via To attend the masterclass and the reception: subscribe via this link.

31st of May at 13:30: Medievalist speed date in Leuven

On the 31st of May in the afternoon, we organise a networking day for all members of the VWM. We use the format of a speed date to get to know each other and each other’s research. During more or less two hours, you will talk each 10 minutes with someone from outside your department and/or university. With this day, we not only address young researchers, but also postdocs and professors. We hope to restore the medievalist network in Flanders after the covid period and give the opportunity to get familiarised with expertise at the different universities and in the different disciplines.

Moreover, on this networking day, a workshop will be given by Sarah Haas on writer development. Dr. Haas is an expert in supporting academic writing and for her PhD, she developed several models that can support writing.

13:30 – 14:30: Workshop Sarah Haas
14:30 – ca. 16: speed date
Reception afterwards

Everything takes place in the Erasmushuis in Leuven (Blijde Inkomststraat 21). The specific locations will be communicated later, for it depends on the number of participants.

Do you want to participate in this event? Become member and confirm your participation via, before the 24th of May.