Friday, March 04, 2016

Antwerp University Summer School

This Summer the Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture – Religious Manuscripts, Hand Press Books and Prints (15th–19th centuries): Collections, Materials and Methodologies – will take place on 27 June – 1 July at the Ruusbroec Institute 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); Daniël Ermens (Antwerp)
Visits to: Ruusbroec Institute Library; University of Antwerp Library - Special Collections; Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience; Carolus Borromeus Church

Fee € 150: including lunches, drinks and Summer School dinner
For registration, please send an e-mail to with the following information:
  • PhD or postdoc?
  • affiliation
  • 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