Conference HISTORIES OF HEALTHY AGEING

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HISTORIES OF HEALTHY AGEING, International conference, University of Groningen, 21–23 June 2017

As Western populations grow increasingly older, healthy ageing is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary, successful ageing has a long history. The conference Histories of Healthy Ageing questions concepts and (medical) practices related to health, happiness and longevity.

Many speakers at the conference, such Siglinde Clementi, Fabrizio Bigotti and Sarah Toulalan, focus on health, old age and longevity in the 17th century.

During the conference the exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing – on the history of the six Hippocratic non-naturals – officially opens at the Groningen University Museum.

For more info, please visit: historiesofhealthyageing.nl

 

 

Call for Papers: Literature without Frontiers?

Next year (9-10 February, 2018) a conference will be organised at Ghent University  about perspectives for a transnational literary history of the Low Countries. This conference – Literature without Frontiers? – aims to bring together a number of telling examples that advocate a transnational perspective for the construction and writing of the literary history (histories?) of the Low Countries in the period 1200-1800. We invite scholars of the periods involved to address case studies (authors, texts, translations, mechanisms of textual production, motifs, tropes, genres) that on account of their ‘transnational’ character have fallen outside the scope of the current attempts of literary historiography.

Proposals for a thirty-minute presentation are expected soon, by June 1st, 2017. For more details, see the complete call for papers.

UCEMS-Publieksdag Lof der Zotheid: Humor als tegengif in de vroegmoderne tijd

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Op zaterdag 20 mei 2017 organiseert het UCEMS (Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies) de jaarlijkse publieksmiddag. Of er gelachen wordt op de publieksmiddag van UCEMS? Daar kan de organisatie maar beperkt invloed op uitoefenen. Over de lach zal het in ieder geval gaan: ‘Lof der Zotheid. Humor als tegengif in de vroegmoderne tijd’.

Humor is lang bestudeerd als wapen, bijvoorbeeld in de vorm van satire. Een heel ander effect van humor is dat het ook spanningsverlichtend kan werken. De publieksmiddag richt zich op deze onderbelichte kant van het lachen in de zestiende en zeventiende eeuw. Je kan denken aan de volgende vragen: Hoe werd humor ingezet om mensen te verbinden en ze een gevoel van gemeenschappelijke identiteit te geven? Hoe gebruikte men humor in het omgaan met religieuze angst en onzekerheid? Hoe werd de vredelievende functie ervan omschreven door de vroegmodernen zelf? De middag wordt opgeluisterd met opvoeringen van scenes uit vroegmodern toneel door de ‘Students of Utrecht Drama Society’.

Kijk voor meer informatie over het UCEMS en het complete programma van de publieksmiddag op: https://www.uu.nl/agenda/publieksmiddag-utrecht-centre-for-early-modern-studies

Het promotiefilmpje is hier te bekijken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G85hBnhqc18

UCEMS is daarnaast ook actief op Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCEMS-Utrecht-Centre-for-Early-Modern-Studies-1645467152135610/

We zien u graag op 20 mei!

Aanmelden kan tot uiterlijk 12 mei per mail naar: uu.ucems@gmail.com

Datum en tijd: zaterdag 20 mei, 12:45 – 16:30 uur (+ borrel)

Locatie: Drift 21, zaal 0.32 (Universiteit Utrecht)

Toegang is gratis

 

Maria Sibylla Merian Conference

MSM logo.inddMSMMaria Sibylla Merian was a gifted artist and an unparalleled scientist. Born in Frankfurt in 1647, she died in Amsterdam in 1717. The international conference to be held on 6, 7 and 8 June 2017 in the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, centres on the life and work of this intriguing woman. The theme of the conference is Changing the Nature of Art and Science. Intersections with Maria Sibylla Merian. Three centuries after her death, there is still plenty to discover and discuss about this remarkable 17th-century figure. The conference will explore, for example, the religious aspects of her work, book production in the 17th century, her friends and associates, living and working in the colony of Surinam, and entomological research.

Acclaimed speakers

The speakers at the conference will include internationally well-known experts and researchers such as George McGavin, Redmond O’Hanlon, Kay Etheridgde and Katharina Schmidt-Loske. The conference is being organised by the Maria Sibylla Merian Society and the Artis Library, part of the University of Amsterdam.

Venue and additional programming

The conference will be held on 6, 7 and 8 June 2017. The central venue will be the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

On Friday, 8 June, the sessions will be held in the Artis library and Artis Zoo. The programme will include a visit to the Artis butterfly garden, the Artis Library and a guided tour of Merian’s Amsterdam. On the evening of Thursday, 7 June, there will be a conference dinner at the University of Amsterdam’s Special Collections. If you have any questions, please send an email to j.w.overdijk@uva.nl

For more information, the full programme and registration, check the conference website.

 

 

Call for papers jaarcongres

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De call for papers voor het jaarcongres 2017 staat online. Het thema is dit jaar Geheime Praktijken. Secreten, spionage en stiekem gedoe in de zeventiende eeuw en het congres vindt plaats op zaterdag 26 augustus 2017 aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Abstracts (max. 300 woorden plus een korte biografie) kunnen worden opgestuurd aan Djoeke van Netten, geheimepraktijken2017@gmail.com. De deadline is 1 april 2017.

 

Symposium letterkundige neerlandistiek

Dreef de zwarte bui schaduwend voorbij? Letterkundige neerlandistiek nu en in het komend decennium

Het is alweer meer dan een decennium geleden dat het Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde een themanummer publiceerde over de toekomstperspectieven van de Nederlandse letterkunde. ‘Hoe verder?’, luidde de vraag die samenstellers Ernst van Alphen en Frans-Willem Korsten zichzelf en de medewerkers aan het nummer (2004) stelden. In hun inleidende artikel opperden zij dat de neerlandistiek wellicht stervende was. Die diagnose blijkt anno 2016 niet in een overleden patiënt te hebben geresulteerd, maar het is wel goed weer eens op de gezondheid en vruchtbaarheid van het vak te reflecteren. In ruim tien jaar tijd is het veld immers van samenstelling veranderd, zijn er (dus) nieuwe onderzoeksrichtingen ingeslagen en zijn de infrastructurele randvoorwaarden gewijzigd, zowel financieel als organisatorisch (nieuwe onderzoeksprogramma’s, brede Masters). Genoeg reden voor de leerstoel Nederlandse Letterkunde van de Radboud Universiteit om op 30 en 31 maart 2017 een bijeenkomst te organiseren met en voor vakgenoten, die beoogt de inhoudelijke stand van zaken op te maken rond de nationale en internationale letterkundige neerlandistiek. Wat is de huidige positie van ons vak in landelijk perspectief, vanuit internationaal oogpunt, wetenschappelijk en maatschappelijk?

Het programma en informatie over aanmelden is hier te vinden.

 

 

Summerschool zeventiende-eeuwse kunst

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Rijksmuseum & RKD Summer School

From 13 to 22 August 2017 the Rijksmuseum and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History organise a Summer School which offers a unique, in-depth immersion into 17th-century Netherlandish art and history. The 2017 edition of the Summer School is themed around ‘Dutch art in an international perspective’.

As national institutions, The Rijksmuseum and the RKD share a mission to further develop the understanding of Netherlandish art and history for the future by conducting and facilitating high-level research. Dating back to 1992, the institutions have joined forces to organize a biennial Summer School with the goal of offering the next generation of art historians the opportunity to enrich and deepen their knowledge of Netherlandish art. The exclusive programme enables candidates to immerse themselves within the Dutch art world and museum field, and build up a relevant network.

Theme

Traditionally Dutch art has been studied and shown as a national phenomenon, whereas the current globalization causes a new tendency to explore Dutch art in an international perspective. Only the study of international cultural and artistic exchanges will provide a balanced understanding of the production and collecting of art from the Low Countries. The aim of this Rijksmuseum & RKD Summer School is to give an in-depth immersion into Dutch art of the Golden Age, with a specific transnational focus.

Programme

A series of lectures, presentations, workshops and excursions will provide insight into the latest developments in Dutch art history, research and exhibition projects, as well as methodologies. A number of the sessions have been designed to encourage interactive discussion between the speakers and the course participants. There will be ample opportunity for discussion in front of the original works of art. Moreover, the participants are offered the possibility to build up a network of contacts with prominent scholars and museum professionals in The Netherlands.

Eligibility

The Summer School is primarily intended for young museum curators, recent MA graduates, PhD candidates and professional art historians specializing in 17th-century Dutch art. A total of 15 candidates will be selected based on CV and motivation. The ability to communicate in English is required.

Application and procedure

The closing date for all applications is 19 March 2017, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET), but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we therefore encourage candidates to apply at their earliest convenience.

The Rijksmuseum and the RKD reserve the right to cancel the Summer School should the number of eligible applicants not meet the minimum requirement or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Further information

For more detailed information please visit https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/summer-school

Call for papers: Art and Catholicism in the Dutch Republic

CFP: International Conference of Städel Museum Frankfurt and TU Dortmund

„Art and Catholicism in the Dutch Republic“

Frankfurt am Main, 15.-17.03.2018

Deadline: 20.02.2017

In the Dutch Republic, Calvinism was the officially privileged religion, yet, it never became the state religion. Other denominations were tolerated and a high percentage of the population – the rate varies greatly in different regions – consisted of Catholics. For a long time, art history has considered the Netherlands as an exclusively Calvinist territory having brought forth only secular and moralizing paintings for a private context. However, this narrow understanding of the visual arts has been broadened throughout the last decades.

Until now, Catholicism has been focused on in the context of the furnishings of house churches. In addition, the confession of many artists was determined and individual paintings were analyzed regarding their Catholic message. Recently, the transconfessional element in the works by artists like Rembrandt and Hendrik ter Brugghen was elaborated. Despite a growing awareness of art production in a multi-confessional society, detailed investigations of the relationship between art and Catholicism are still something most desirable.

As a tolerated minority, Catholics could not practice their belief publicly. Often, they had to pay protection money and their processions could only take place secretly and privately. In spite of the restrictions, the number of members increased and a well-functioning church came into existence to which secular and regular clergy as well as spiritual virgins (geestelijke maagden or klopjes) ministered. What was the function of paintings and other visual media in constituting a collective confessional identity? Did they help to formulate and memorize Catholic beliefs? Was there a specifically Catholic iconography and whom was it addressed to? Which images were placed within the religious community, which were generally aimed at a transconfessional group of recipients? Did they address issues of controversial theology? Was there a gradual change in the genres of art and their application?

The conference intends to analyze the relationship between art and Catholicism in the Northern Netherlands from the late 16th until the late 18th century with a thematically and methodically broad approach. Emphasis will be put on visual media, yet, other contributions from the perspective of theology, literary sciences, theater arts, or musicology are welcome.

Papers from the following fields of research are possible:

Theology of image

Catholic devotional books

Paraliturgical imagery

Catholic iconography vs. confessionally “neutral” iconography?

Confessional networks and transconfessional relations

The Orange court as a space of transconfessional exchange

House churches and their furnishings

Art for convents, Beguines, and Catholic hofjes

The conference will take place contemporaneously with the exhibition “Rubens’ Metamorphosis” (working title) in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which deals with the artist’s creative handling of artistic models. Proposals for a 30-minute paper in German, English or Dutch should be max. 350 words in length and must be submitted to Esther Meier and Almut Pollmer-Schmidt until Feb. 20th, 2017.

PD Dr. Esther Meier

TU Dortmund

Institut für Kunst und Materielle Kultur

DFG-Projekt „Nach dem Bildersturm: Die Ausstattung katholischer Kirchen in Augsburg, Antwerpen und den nördlichen Niederlanden. Eine komparatistische Studie“

44221 Dortmund

 

Dr. Almut Pollmer-Schmidt

Städel Museum

Dürerstraße 2

60596 Frankfurt am Main

 

Nieuwe website over Spinoza

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‘The Spinoza Web’ ontsluit bekendste Nederlandse filosoof voor breed publiek

Lancering Op 27 november 2016 heeft een onderzoeksteam van het Departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap aan de Universiteit Utrecht een website over de Nederlandse filosoof Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) gelanceerd. ‘The Spinoza Web’ is een open-access website is gericht op ontsluiting van zijn leven, gedachtegoed en netwerk voor een breed publiek, van niet-ingewijde belangstellenden tot specialisten.

Twee ingangen Centraal in deze bèta-release staat de ‘Timeline experience’, waarin het verhaal van Spinoza wordt verteld aan de hand van rijk grafisch en ander ondersteunend materiaal. De ‘Database search’ geeft toegang tot een enorme hoeveelheid primaire bronnen en andere gegevens. Het streven is om op termijn zoveel mogelijk historische documenten centraal beschikbaar te stellen voor wetenschappers wereldwijd.

Uniek ontwerp Samenwerking met een commerciële partner (reclamebureau Nijgh te Rotterdam) heeft geleid tot een aantrekkelijke website waarin origineel wetenschappelijk onderzoek verwerkt  wordt. Met het huidige ontwerp hoopt het onderzoeksteam ook een model te hebben ontwikkeld voor het digitaal presenteren van historische figuren.

‘Spinoza’s Web’ De website is een onderdeel van het ‘Spinoza’s Web’ project, gefinancierd door NWO (Vrije Competitie Geesteswetenschappen). Het onderzoeksteam bestaat uit projectleider Piet Steenbakkers, en postdocs Jeroen van de Ven en Albert Gootjes. http://spinozaweb.org/