Upcoming GEMS Events

Both GEMS-members and other colleagues with an interest in the early modern period are invited to come to these meetings and to participate in the discussions. 

Academic year 2019/2020

4 December 2019, h. 14:00-15:00, Camelot Room (Blandijnberg 2, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Fauve Vandenberghe (UGent)
Hyenas in Petticoats: A Poetics of British Female-Authored Satire, 1670-1820.

19 December 2019, h. 12:00-13:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Sabrina Lind (UGent)
Between Art and History.
Multimedia Art and its Commissioning Process. The Case of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain’s Joyous Entry into Antwerp (1635)

8 January 2020, h. 14:00-16:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Renée Vulto (UGent) & Kornee van der Haven (UGent) inspired by…. Monique Scheer

16 January 2020, h. 12:00-13:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Elwin Hofman (KU Leuven)
Psychological knowledge and where to find it

20 February 2020, h. 12:00-13:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Thomas Velle (UGent)
Writing a Transnational History of an Untranslatable Genre. The Case of Latin Epigrams in the Republic of Letters (17th and 18th C)

4 March 2020, h. 14:00-16:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Steven Vanden Broecke & Michiel Van Dam inspired by… Philip Sheldrake

19 March 2020, h. 12:00-13:00, Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)
GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Gwendoline de Mûelenaere
Between Words and Images: Disseminating Science in Early Modern Education in the Southern Netherlands

The GEMS Seminars provide the opportunity to members of our research group and other scholars with an interest in the early modern period to meet and discuss current research issues. In the schedule (see menu) you will find two categories of these meetings. First there are the Ateliers during which GEMS-members or guests present their research projects, recent publications or ideas for future projects. Secondly we will have three meetings this academic year with specialists of the early modern period who will introduce to you the work of a famous scholar by whom they are inspired in their own scholarly work (Inspired by…). People who are interested to spotlight his or her current or future research projects during one of these meetings are cordially invited to get in contact with the organization (andrew.bricker@ugent.be).

Van lijkzang tot strijdlied

Studienamiddag over gebruiksfuncties van Nederlandstalige poëzie door de eeuwen heen (event in Dutch)

Tijdens deze studiemiddag staat publieks- en gebruikspoëzie centraal. Door de eeuwen heen heeft poëzie een sociale functie in de samenleving en in de publieke ruimte. In de lezingen presenteren specialisten in de historische en moderne Nederlandstalige literatuur hun onderzoek. Vervolgens gaan zij met elkaar en met het publiek in gesprek over de sociale gebruiksfunctie van poëzie vanaf de renaissance. Er wordt aandacht besteed aan lyriek en liedcultuur, het gelegenheidskarakter van poëzie (zoals hommage- en opdrachtgedichten) en aan rouwpoëzie. Dit gebeurt aan de hand van gevalstudies uit verschillende perioden van de Nederlandse literatuurgeschiedenis waarbij overeenkomsten en verschillen tussen literaire fenomenen van vroeger en vandaag aan bod komen.

Elke lezing vertrekt vanuit een specifieke casus:

  • Strijdliederen (Renée Vulto en Laurens Ham)
  • Lofdichten/hommages (Nina Geerdink en Carl de Strycker)
  • Funeraire gedichten (Kornee van der Haven en Bram Lambrecht)

Vrijdag 28 februari van 13u30 tot 17u00

Zaal De Blauwe Vogel, De Krook, M. Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent

Inschrijven via deze link: https://dekrook.be/activiteiten/studienamiddag-gebruikspoezie

De studienamiddag is een samenwerking tussen de afdeling Nederlandse Literatuur, onderzoeksgroepen GEMS en POWEZIE (Universiteit Gent) en De Krook.

GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Sabrina Lind

Between Art and History.

Multimedia Art and its Commissioning Process. The Case of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain’s Joyous Entry into Antwerp (1635)

Date: Thursday, 19 December 2019, 12 AM – 1 PM

Place: Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent)

19dec_Between Art and History

Take wooden architectural structures draped with sculptures, paintings, festoons, flags, and candles, theatrical and music performances, a very important guest, as well as a cheering crowd and we get a Netherlandish joyous entry in the early modern period. Especially the multimedia decorations might arouse interest of art historians who are following interdisciplinary approaches.
The focus of this talk will be on the decoration program for the joyous entry of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain into Antwerp on 17th April 1635. On the one hand, the accomplishment of the production and the installation of these complex decorations was a challenge – also because of the short processing time and the scale of the project. On the other hand, the commissioning process which generally precedes the production might not have been simple either. How were the various types of artists – carpenters, sculptors, and painters – charged by the civic commissioner? Which extra conditions were caused by the multimedia character of the decorations? These questions can only be dealt with an interdisciplinary approach which exceeds the more ‘traditional’ art historical aspects such as artistic practices by incorporating questions from, for instance, Legal and Economic History. By making use of this interdisciplinary approach, this talk will shed new light especially on the organization of such a civic artistic large-scale project.

Speaker

Sabrina Lind studied Art History (and Philosophy) at the University of Hamburg, the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, as well as the LMU Munich and graduated in 2015 with a Master of Arts. Since 1 October 2018, she is working as a doctoral researcher at the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences at Ghent University, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Her Joint PhD project about the joyous entry of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain into Antwerp in 1635 wherein she focuses on socio-economic aspects such as the practical organization and the production of the multimedia decorations designed by Peter Paul Rubens as well as on what this project can tell about the art production and power structures in Antwerp is supervised by Prof. Dr. Koenraad Jonckheere (Ghent University), Prof. Dr. Bernard Aikema (University of Verona), and Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner (Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design). She is currently also working as a Visiting Scholar at the Rubenianum in Antwerp.

 

Image reference: detail of Theodoor van Thulden, Cathedral of Antwerp with Firework, in: Jan Gaspar Gevaerts (i.a.), Pompa introitus […] Ferdinandi […]. Antwerp: Jan van Meurs, 1641. Holding institution: Biblioteca Nacional de España (digitised copy available on Biblioteca Digital Hispánica)
Poster

GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Fauve Vandenberghe

Hyenas in Petticoats: A Poetics of British Female-Authored Satire, 1670-1820

Date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019,  14:00-15:00

Place: Camelot Room (Blandijnberg 2, 3rd floor, lokaal 130.007)

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In this presentation, I will present the preparations for my PhD applications and I will briefly discuss some of the preliminary findings of this research. My project aims to offer the first systematic study of British female-authored satire of the long eighteenth century, an era often hailed the Golden Age of Satire. Until now, scholars of eighteenth-century satire have invariably defined the satiric production of this period based on its most enduring, and predominantly male, practitioners. Hyenas in Petticoats, on the other hand, intends to devise a counter-canon of female satirists. By considering women’s satiric writings in light of commonplace conceptions about Augustan satire, this project attempts to shun narrow definitions of satire and, instead, opens up the full potential of satiric form during this era. In addition, I also focus on how such writers negotiated the satirical aspects of their works with their identities as female writers. In this way, this research will not only contribute to our understanding of the history of satire, but will also shed new light on the complex workings of eighteenth-century female authorship.

Speaker

Fauve Vandenberghe obtained her MA in English literature and linguistics and is enrolled in a second master’s in historical literature and linguistics, where she is specializing in women’s writing of the eighteenth century. She is currently preparing a PhD project on eighteenth-century female satirists.

Image reference: detail of James Gillray, New morality; or The promis’d installment of the high priest of the Theophilanthropes, with the homage of Leviathan and his suite (1798). Print.

GEMS Seminar: Atelier with Merit Hondelink (Elizabeth Vandeweghe will respond)

What’s for dinner? Early modern food consumption analysed using cesspit samples and culinary texts

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019, 12 AM – 1 PM

Place: Simon Stevin Room (Plateaustraat 22, Gent): https://soleway.ugent.be/routes/2373

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We cannot live on air and sunshine alone, the human body needs food and fluids to survive. It needs it now, it needed it in the past. But what did our ancestors’ diet consist of? When we want to find out what people ate in the past, we have to look at their refuse. Not only their kitchen waste, but also their excrements. Archaeologists find these waste-products in a variety of archaeological contexts, such as hearths, middens, pits, landfills, trash deposits and, for Medieval and Early Modern urban areas, cesspits. Cesspits are constructed to contain cess or human excrements, and as a secondary filling these pits often also contain kitchen waste, household rubbish and garden waste. Within this research project, cesspits form the primary context of analysis. Bio-archaeological samples are studied to understand what people ate. However, not everything we eat is conserved: organic remains do decay due to pre- and post-depositional processes. Additionally, they rarely tell us how a food product was consumed. Studying historical culinary texts, such as cookbooks and kitchen account books, helps to better understand the range of what was available for consumption. These documents provide lists of foodstuffs purchased and prepared that might be absent in the archaeological record. However, they only offer a glimpse of what was eaten, as cookbooks represent what was potentially consumed by the higher social classes and account books often only list (dried) bulk goods, excluding the fresh produce bought at the market. Each research discipline has it biases. Combining the results of bio-archaeological and culinary historical research is therefore a must. They complement each other and provide a more nuanced picture not only of what Early Modern citizens ate and how it changed through time, but also of the socio-economic positions of the consumer.

Speaker:

Merit Hondelink, a PhD-candidate at University of Groningen/Antwerp University, is a trained archaeologist, specialised in archaeobotany (the study of plant remains present in archaeological sites). Her research focuses on the changes in food preparation and consumption by Delft citizens in the course of the Early Modern period, between 1500-1800. She wants to know if and how the daily diet changed in the course of these centuries and how this reflects social stratifications within a city. Did the intensifying global trade and the influence of foreign food fashions effect what food was consumed and how it was prepared? Or did people stick to what was known and continued to eat what had been available for decades or even centuries? Merit studies these past food practices by analysing archaeobotanical samples from cesspits and studying historical documents (cookbooks and institutional account books). Additionally, she brings an experimental approach to her research. She recreates historical recipes to study the differences in kitchen and consumption waste and to better understand which biases occur after the deposition of food remains.

Respondent: 

Elizabeth Vandeweghe

Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, Technicum Blok 4, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium Elizabeth.Vandeweghe@UGent.be

After getting my master’s degree in Art History in 2004 (University Ghent), I worked for seven years in the exhibitions department of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), where I was responsible for all publications of the exhibitions, such as Het Verboden Rijk (2007), The World of Lucas Cranach (2010). In 2012, I started working as an assistant at UGent, Department Art, Theatre and Music Sciences, while working independently for cultural institutions such as the Centrum Rubenianum and the Centre for Fine Arts. As a part time assistant to Prof. dr. Martens and Prof. dr. Jonckheere, I further developed my knowledge of and interest in the arts in the Low Countries, in particular in the 16th and 17th century. Since September 2015, I am enrolled as a PhD candidate under the title “The Art Historical Meaning of Culinary Representations in the Visual Arts of the Early Modern Low Countries” (working title), with a joint Phd at the University of Verona.

Image reference: Adriaen van Utrecht, Pronkstilleven (1644). Holding Institution: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)

GEMS Seminars 2019-2020 (1st semester)

This academic year we will launch a new series of GEMS meetings (see the schedule below). Both GEMS-members and other colleagues with an interest in the early modern period are invited to come to these meetings and to participate in the discussions. Our website will be regularly updated with detailed information about each meeting (https://gemsugent.wordpress.com).

Seminars are mostly scheduled on Wednesdays (2 – 4 PM) or Thursdays (12 AM – 1 PM). They take place in the Simon Stevin meeting room (Plateaustraat 22, heading left through glass doors and then on the left): https://soleway.ugent.be/routes/2373

N.B.: the second seminar (GEMS Atelier with Fauve Vandeberghe; December 4th, 14-15h) will exceptionally take place in the Camelot Room (Blandijnberg 2, 3rd floor).

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The GEMS Seminars provide the opportunity to members of our research group and other scholars with an interest in the early modern period to meet and discuss current research issues. In the schedule (see menu) you will find two categories of these meetings. First there are the Ateliers during which GEMS-members or guests present their research projects, recent publications or ideas for future projects. Secondly we will have three meetings this academic year with specialists of the early modern period who will introduce to you the work of a famous scholar by whom they are inspired in their own scholarly work (Inspired by…). People who are interested to spotlight his or her current or future research projects during one of these meetings are cordially invited to get in contact with the organization (andrew.bricker@ugent.be).

What was personhood?

Lecture by Kevin Curran (University of Lausanne)

Date: 23 October 2019,  5 – 6:30 pm

Place: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent), room 120.083

Guest lecture organized by the NARMESH research project in collaboration with prof. Andrew Bricker (UGent).

Curran flyer

 

Abstract: What did it mean to be a “person” in Renaissance England? We know there was a basic legal conception of personhood available at least since Magna Carta (1215), a baseline guarantee that no free man could be harmed save in accordance with the law of the land. The idea was, and still is, that humans possess some fundamental degree of liberty and that communities work better when that liberty is protected. But personhood does not simply enshrine liberty. More precisely, it instrumentalizes it through basic legal transactions such as litigation, property transfer, and contract. It also balances it off with a set of responsibilities and obligations. This means that personhood is never just about the individual subject and their freedom. Instead, personhood denotes a relationship to one’s lived environment; a form of liberty that only makes sense in a transactional context. Personhood describes an interface between self and world and provides scripts of consent, entitlement, and responsibility for managing that interface. With these insights in mind, this talk aims to recover the way in which Renaissance personhood was shaped by ideas about the material world, both human and nonhuman. It offers a reminder that one of the core legal fictions of liberal modernity, a legal fiction that we now tend to associate with Enlightenment notions of agency, subjectivity, and individuality, has other sources in the physical experiences, creaturely lives, and material encounters of the Renaissance.

Bio: Kevin Curran is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and editor of the book series “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy.” He is the author of Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies: Law and Distributed Selfhood (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court (Ashgate, 2009). He is the editor of Shakespeare and Judgment (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and Renaissance Personhood: Materiality, Taxonomy, Process (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming Dec. 2019), and co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on “Shakespeare and Phenomenology” (2012). In 2017, Curran was named Distinguished International Visiting Fellow at the Center for the History Of Emotions in Australia. He is also the founder and Director of the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival.

Contacts: NARMESH

Call for New Members, Proposals and Ideas

The Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMS) at Ghent University is currently recruiting new members, both inside and outside of the UGhent community, and is interested in hearing both formal and informal expressions of interest for how you might want to participate in our upcoming events. GEMS strives for an inclusive community of scholars at all stages of their careers and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (please see below for our Mission Statement). GEMS hosts a variety of talks, workshops and gatherings, including traditional lectures; works-in-progress ateliers; book launches; and “inspired by…” sessions, in which one member leads a discussion around a given theorist, text or object that has been central to his or her thinking as a scholar and/or teacher. We remain open, however, to other ideas and approaches. We would be especially pleased to hear expressions of interest from junior scholars working on early modern topics from different disciplinary perspectives who might be interested in discussing and presenting their research. 

Please send an email, containing a bit about yourself, your research interests, and how you might like to participate or contribute (e.g., through an abstract or informal proposal), to Prof. Andrew Bricker (Dept. of Literary Studies, UGent: andrew.bricker@ugent.be) by Monday, 28 October 2019.

GEMS Mission Statement
The research carried out in the Group for Early Modern Studies is marked by its focus on the early modern period, by its interdisciplinary engagements, and by a shared concern for methodological reflection. Central in this respect is the historical tension that we perceive between the early modern phenomena that we study and the late-modern framework guiding our research questions and methodologies. The historical relationship between the past and the way we address it (a relationship that works in both directions) is one of the central concerns of GEMS. We welcome senior and junior scholars at Ghent University and from other institutions. Junior researchers play an important role both in shaping the group’s direction and by participating in its activities.

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‘The Country-Round’: Dance, Theater, and the Emergence of England’s Political Parties.

Lecture by prof. Seth Stewart Williams (Columbia University).

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4-5 PM. 
Location: Plateau-room, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Ghent

 

De buitenpartij

This talk explores how politicized choreographic material from seventeenth-century masques and plays circulated beyond courts and theaters in manuscript verse miscellanies and printed music. It argues that as the textual ephemera of theater culture reached rural communities, where it was reanimated in household performances, it cultivated sensorial political affiliations during the very decades when England’s factions crystallized into its first political parties.
 
Seth Stewart Williams is assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, and affiliate faculty of the Barnard English Department and the Columbia PhD Program in Theatre and Performance. His research focuses on the interrelation of dance and literature, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He was a 2019 Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and is at present a Long-Term Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library. He received his PhD in English literature from Columbia in 2017. In an earlier performance career, he appeared with the dance companies of Seán Curran, Donald McKayle, Mark Morris, and with the New York Baroque Dance Company.

This lecture is organised by THALIA (Interplay of Theatre, Literature & Media in Performance), Literary Studies Department (English) and GEMS (Group for Early Modern Studies)

Illustration: David Vinckboons, De buitenpartij (ca. 1610). Holding Institution: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

GEMS in portraits: Christophe Madelein

Last Thursday, I had my very own Madelein moment, although not in the way Marcel had it in À la recherche du temps perdu. I got the opportunity to sit down with Christophe Madelein for an interview and some coffees at Vooruit. Christophe did both his PhD and his Postdoc at Ghent University. He also worked as a guest professor at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Arteveldehogeschool Gent, and was Brueghel Chair at the University of Pennsylvania. Although Christophe is currently unaffiliated, he is still very busy doing research, especially on the poetry of Hubert Korneliszoon Poot. Moreover, he is one of the editors of the Jaarboek Achttiende Eeuw and a jury member for the study group’s thesis prize. We talked about theatre, his book discussion club in Lokeren, and our shared interest in providentialism. And of course, I also had some by now familiar questions to ask.

Hubert Kornelisz. Poot – Op de hoge watervloed, omtrent het einde des jaars MDCCXVII
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