Time: Thursday, 25 October (10-12 AM)
Location: Faculty Library Arts and Philosophy, Magnel wing, Room “Freddy Mortier”.
Fabio della Schiava (UGent / KU Leuven)
Toward a critical edition of Biondo Flavio’s Roma instaurata.
Published in 1446 by Biondo Flavio, one of the most distinguished historians of the Italian Quattrocento, Roma instaurata is an account in Latin of the archeological remains of ancient and christian Rome. Because of its centrality both for scholars of Humanism and Archeology, Roma instaurata has been repeatedly published between the Fifteenth and the Twenty-first century but still lacks a critical edition able to provide the reader with a reliable text and a better knowledge of Biondo’s antiquarian methodology. This edition has been now partially accomplished thanks to a 3 years project sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and undertaken at Bonn University. The paper aims to share the results of this research with a focus on the philological problems which have been encountered and the applied methodology to solve them.
Kevin Dekoster (UGent)
From Dissecting Table to Courtroom. The Professionalisation of Medico-Legal Expertise in the Early Modern County of Flanders (16th-18th Centuries)
Thanks to figures such as Andreas Vesalius and Jan Palfijn, scholars of the early modern Habsburg Netherlands can justifiably claim an important role for this region in the historiography on the professionalisation of medicine. However, the development of medical expertise within a forensic context remains largely unknown terrain. Taking the County of Flanders as its geographical focus, this research project aims to analyse and explain quantitative and qualitative developments in the importance of medico-legal expertise to the functioning of early modern systems of criminal justice. This objective will primarily be achieved by a study of the form and content of autopsy and other medico-legal reports produced by medical experts, such as surgeons and physicians, who were consulted by law courts and other representatives of early modern governmental power. In order to present an analysis that is as multi-faceted and nuanced as possible, evidence from a wide range of legal bodies at different institutional levels (provincial versus local) and with varying territorial jurisdictions (urban versus rural) will be considered.
Image reference: Joos De Damhouder, Pracktycke in criminele saken, seer nut ende profijtelijck allen souverains, bailjous, borgemeesters, ende schepenen etc., Rotterdam, Pieter van Waesberge, 1650. This is the only iconographical representation of a judicial autopsy, that the speaker could find for the Netherlands so far.
The international conference Law & order. The role of the institutions in creating the legislation in the Low Countries (1500-1700) will take place in Brussels on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Please find the PDF with additional information here. The conference is co-organised by GEMS member Annemieke Romein. It is a one-day workshop that aims at shedding light on a phenomenon that is crucial for the early modern period but has remained poorly studied. This day will unite researchers from both Belgium and the Netherlands.
Astrological Debates in Italian Renaissance Commentaries on Aristotle’s Meteorology
Date: Friday, 5 October 2018
Time: 4 PM
Location: Room 100.072 Blandijnberg 2, Gent
From the time of Albertus Magnus, medieval commentators on Aristotle regularly used a passage from Meteorology 1.2 as evidence that the stars and planets influence and even govern terrestrial events. Many of these commentators integrated their readings of this work with the view that planetary conjunctions were causes of significant changes in human affairs. By the end of the sixteenth century, Italian Aristotelian commentators and astrologers alike deemed this passage as authoritative for the integration of astrology with natural philosophy. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, however, criticized this reading, contending that Aristotle never used the science of the stars to explain meteorological phenomena. While some Italian commentators, such as Pietro Pomponazzi dismissed Pico’s contentions, by the middle of the sixteenth century many reevaluated the medieval integration. This reevaluation culminated in Cesare Cremonini, who put forth an extensive critique of astrology in which he argued against the idea of occult causation and celestial influence, as he tried to rid Aristotelianism of its medieval legacy.
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Image: Astrologia (1544) by Giulio Bonasone after Raphael. Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
On Tuesday 21 August, GEMS member Delphine Calle will defend her doctoral thesis “Amour et applaudissements. La passion amoureuse, ses pièges et son succès dans les tragédies de Racine”. The defense starts at 1pm and will take place in Het Pand (room August Vermeylen). Please confirm your attendance to the reception afterwards (around 3pm) via this link.
Unfortunately, the lecture by Michael Moriarty has been cancelled.
Michael Moriarty is Drapers Professor of French at the University of Cambridge, professorial fellow of Peterhouse. He works chiefly on the literature and thought of the early modern period. His publications include a book on Roland Barthes (Cambridge: Politiy, 1992), Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, reprinted 2009) Early Modern French Thought: The Age of Suspicion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003); Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II (OUP, 2006), and Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (OUP, 2011). He has also translated Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy (Oxford World’s Classics, 2008). He was formerly Centenary Professor of French Literature and Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Last week, I had a pleasant and interesting meeting with Thomas Donald Jacobs from the History Department at Ghent University. Thomas is a doctoral student and a teaching and research assistant. He specializes in Early Modern European discourses about the Americas, as well as the politics and diplomacy of that era. His particular interests lie in border-crossing, the negotiation and representation of Jewish and Native American identity, Charles V’s policies towards New Christians, and Anglo-Hispanic relations during the mid-seventeenth century. In April, he co-organized the 39th American Indian Workshop “Arrows of Time: Narrating the Past and Present” together with GEMS member Michael Limberger, and Fien Lauwaerts. The conference was a success and caused “just the right amount of controversy”.
On May 17th and 18th, professor Philip Auslander (Georgia Institute of Technology) was invited as a lecturer at the Doctoral Schools specialist course Studying Past and Present Performances. Find more information about it here. The course was organised and moderated by GEMS-member Kornee van der Haven and Katharina Pewny (THALIA), in cooperation with Tessa Vannieuwenhuyze (UGent/VUB), Sarah Adams (UGent) and Yannice De Bruyn (UGent). The participants to the course formed a very diverse group, whose research interests ranged from performance and theatre studies to conflict and development. At the initiative of Eun Kyoung Shin (UGent), the course was concluded with a group picture, that we are happy to share here. From left to right on the upper row: Kornee van der Haven, Katharina Pewny, Antia Díaz Otero (ULB), Lucas Trouillard (ULB), Kelsey Onderdijk (UGent), Sophie van den Berg (UGent), Sarah Adams, Jeroen Billiet (HoGent), Renée Vulto (UGent), Sreya Dutt (UGent), Tan Tan (Sun Weiwei) (UGent), Julian Kuttig (UGent). From left to right on the lower row: Eun Kyoung Shin, Caterina Mora (A.PASS), Yannice De Bruyn, Philip Auslander, Lieze Roels (UAntwerpen), Tessa Vannieuwenhuyze.
On Thursday 31 May, GEMS will organise a research day. In the morning we will have a workshop for PhD students. In the afternoon there will be an interview with Kate Belsey about the state of scholarship in 2018, and a panel debate about publishing strategies.
More information will follow soon!
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GEMS, THALIA and the Doctoral School of Arts will be organizing a lecture with professor Dr. Philip Auslander, a renowned scholar in the field of media and performance studies. He will discuss performance art and its interconnection with the current surge of celebrity culture. Recent years have seen the incursion of the culture of celebrity into performance art, both in the sense that celebrities from other fields such as music and film are undertaking performance works, and in the sense that performance art has become a platform for the development of a celebrity identity, as in the case of Serbian artist Marina Abramović. In his lecture, professor Auslander will discuss the role of museums in promulgating celebrity and the antagonism toward them from art critics, as well as the structural similarities between the respective relationships between celebrities and their public, and performance artists and their audiences. These similarities can be organized around concepts of representation, originality and narrative, among others.
The lecture will take place on Wednesday 16th of May 2018 at 7pm.
Jozef Plateauzaal, entrance Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent.
Professor Dr. Philip Auslander teaches at the school of Literature, Media and Communication Georgia Institute of Technology where he has been a professor since 1999. In the last decennia, he has published extensively in the field of performance studies, including two of his most influential books Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). Currently he is preparing a new book that will be published in 2018 Reactivations: Essays on Performance and its Documentation.
For the past few years, GEMS member Samuel Mareel has taken on the role of curator for the exhibition Call for Justice, Art and Law in the Netherlands (1540-1650). He worked together with Manfred Sellink and Elsje Janssen. The expo is held in the new museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen, a sixteenth-century Burgundian palace that was restored recently for this purpose. Call for Justice is open from 23 March until 26 June 2018.
The exhibition highlights the rich and fascinating interaction between art, law and justice in the Netherlands from the 15th to the 17th century. In turbulent political and religious times, central institutions such as the Great Council of Mechelen gradually came to exercise more control over the legal process. While the administration of justice became more professional, it also became more unwieldy and less accessible. So it is no coincidence that justice and its administration feature as one of the most prominent themes in the art of the Low Countries in this period.
The exhibition builds on three central themes: justice, jurisprudence and injustice. You will discover prestigious masterpieces by artists such as Quentin Massys, Maarten van Heemskerck, Peter Brueghel the Elder, Maarten de Vos, Peter Paul Rubens, Antoon van Dyck and Philippe de Champaigne. Call for Justice examines the legal, historical and cultural context in which these works were created, gradually revealing one of the most universal human desires, namely the pursuit of justice and the complexity when it comes face-to-face with reality.
Some of the most prestigious museums in the world have loaned works for this exhibition. They include the Prado and the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as well as national and international private collections. Call for Justice is the closing event of the OP.RECHT.MECHELEN city festival.