IEMH members will be presenting their work on November 23 and December 20, 2018.
November 23: Kevin Dekoster will discuss “From Dissecting Table to Courtroom. Medico-Legal Expertise and its Impact on the Administration of Criminal Justice in the Early Modern County of Flanders (16th-18th Centuries).” This will take place following the Sweet Sixteen lecture given by Christine Kooi on “Writing the Netherlandish Reformation.”
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm. Place: room 1.3 of the Plateau-Rozier building, UGent.
December 20: Anke Verbeke will present a paper titled “The social demography of old age in Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp at the end of the eighteenth century.” C. Annemieke Romein will present a funding proposal titled “A Game of Thrones? Social Order and Governance in the Dutch Republic and the Swiss Confederation, 1576‐1701.”
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm. Place: meeting room on the third floor of the UFO (room 130.024).
Several IEMH members are participating in the international conference, “Addressing the Public Abroad. Strategies of Cultural and Public Diplomacy in the Early Modern Habsburg World (1550-1750),” taking place in Brussels, December 6 and 7, 2018. This conference is centred on the different strategies that different players in the field of early modern foreign affairs adopted in order to influence public opinion abroad – or to gain influence abroad – and thus increase their success in the diplomatic field. In particular, the conference focusses on Habsburg lands and diplomatic strategies..
For the program and registration, please see the conference website, here.
Jetze Touber and Steven Vanden Broecke, in conjunction with the IEMH, are organising a conference on November 22-23, 2018, titled “Coordinating the Two Books: God’s Word and the Natural World in Early Modern Catholic Europe.”
This conference examines the configuration of confessional interests and epistemic concerns at the interface of hermeneutics and science. Current historiography does not appreciate early modern Catholic endeavours in generating knowledge about the Book of Nature and the Word of God in their own right. At best, they tend to be regarded as a stepping stone to the ‘real thing’, the Protestant study of nature as an act of devotion to God. It is high time to re-integrate early modern Catholic intellectual output in the received history of ways of managing religious and natural knowledge. This conference aims to contribute to studying Catholic’s proper trajectory in aligning natural enquiry and textual authority.
For the final programme, click here.
For a copy of the conference flyer, click here.
To register, please contact Jetze Touber at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that Verzwegen verlangen, co-authored by Jonas Roelens, Wannes Dupont, and Elwin Hofman, has won a prize for scientific communication, awarded by the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België.
The voting for the public’s favourite scientific communicator will, however, remain open until November 25. You can vote at EOSWetenschap.
This academic year, the Ghent University Sarton Chair
was awarded by our faculty to Prof. Robert S. Westman (University of California, San Diego). Prof. Westman’s work on the interaction between Early Modern science (in particular, astronomy and astrology) and broader institutional and cultural contexts, has been one of the most important influences upon the way in which historians have studied Early Modern science for the last four decades. Two lectures mark this occasion.
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 4 p.m. (Aula, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent) Prof. Westman will receive his chair, and his lecture is titled “Either/Or vs. Both/And: Carl Gustav Jung, Wolfgang Pauli and the Kepler-Fludd Polemic”.
On Friday, October 12, 2018, at 4 p.m. (Campus Boekentoren, Aud. Cumont) Prof. Westman will deliver his faculty medal lecture, titled “Science and Survival: Jonas Salk, Jacob Bronowski and the ‘Two Cultures’ Question”.
Both lectures beautifully illustrate the way in which the history of science can shed a different light on the social questions that scientists working in the humanities concern themselves with. You are cordially invited to both lectures, as well as the following reception in honour of Prof. Westman. For more information, or to notify the organisers of your attendance, please contact Prof. Steven Vanden Broecke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual GEMS Lecture will be delivered this year by Prof. Craig Martin (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia). The title of Prof. Martins contribution is “Astrological Debates in Italian Renaissance Commentaries on Aristotle’s Meteorology“. The lecture will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 4 p.m. (Ghent University, Blandijn, room 100.072). You are cordially invited to this reading, as well as the following reception. For more information, please contact Prof. Steven Vanden Broecke at email@example.com .
On 21 September 2018, we want to organise a first workshop on Transkribus. The location will normally be the UGent, pending confirmation, initially planned from 13:00 until 16:00, with the possibility to join us for a drink afterwards (at your own expense).
The aim of this workshop is to offer a hands-on Transkribus session of three hours. It will be delivered by Dr. Louise Seaward (University College London) of the Bentham Project. Transkribus is a free and open platform for automated recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents, using Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The workshop is aimed at scholars who are involved in the transcription and editing of historical documents. It already has promising results, as the Huygens ING has already reached a 98% recognition-rate on printed texts from the 17th and 18th century. Hence our aim to offer some necessary first training to get to grips with the platform and the technology to be able to use and to apply it in our own research.
Participation is not limited to a specific university. Registration is free but please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do remember: you will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop. If you have already registered, there is no need to send us another email.
Please note that for this first workshop the number of participants is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order of arrival. We will work with a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will soon organise another workshop. Let us know if you do not want your data to be stored for this purpose. In addition, a workshop on Transkribus within the framework of the Doctoral Schools is being planned (with the necessary credits for those that need this). Please let us know if you are interested, then we can work together with the Transkribus team to get such an event organised.
Thank you for your interest,
Nina Lamal (FWO post-doctoral researcher, University of Antwerp)
Annemieke Romein (NWO-Rubicon post-doctoral researcher, Ghent University/Erasmus University Rotterdam)
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