Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture

(Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp - personal photo from Matt Heintzelman)

Announcement from the Antwerp University Summer School:

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture 2016
27 June – 1 July 2016
Organized by the Ruusbroec Institute
in cooperation with the University of Antwerp Library

The Summer School 2016 offers an interactive English-spoken training for 12 PhD students and postdocs who intensively use religious texts and visual media as source material for their research.

The Summer School focuses on:

(1) the materiality of manuscripts, hand press books and prints;
(2) the way these sources have been gathered to build collections, and
(3) various methodologies which may be used to analyze these sources

The training will focus on the relationship between the physical object and its metadata, and on "big data analysis" and on other techniques used in the Digital Humanities. Through hands-on sessions in the unique Ruusbroec Institute Library, and visits to three other important Antwerp historic, religious collections, participants will familiarize with religious collections and specific documents.

Lectures by:
Erik Kwakkel (Leiden)
David McKitterick (Cambridge)
Falk Eisermann (Berlin)
Evelyne Verheggen (Nijmegen)
Pierre Delsaerdt (Antwerp)
Hubert Meeus (Antwerp)
Kees Schepers (Antwerp)
Goran Proot (Antwerp and Paris)
Tom Deneire (Antwerp)
Daniƫl Ermens (Antwerp)

Visits to:
Ruusbroec Institute Library
University of Antwerp Library - Special Collections
Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience
Carolus Borromeus Church

Check the complete program on:

Fee € 150: including lunches, drinks and Summer School dinner

For registration, please send an e-mail to with the following information:
PhD or postdoc?
current research project
short motivation for your registration

The number of participants is limited to 12 PhD students and postdocs. Admittance will be in order of
registration. Master students can register but will only be admitted when the maximum number of participants is not reached. You will receive a confirmation of your admittance before 15 April 2016, which will include further details. For more information, please contact

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