Lees nu het nieuwste nummer van EMLC

Het nieuwste nummer van het multidisciplinaire Open Access tijdschrift Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) staat nu online met als thema ‘Knowledge Production in Natural History between Southeast Asia and the Low Countries’. Met de volgende bijdragen:

Knowledge Production in Natural History between Southeast Asia and the Low Countries
Maria-Theresia Leuker, Charlotte Kießling, Anjana Singh

The Importance of Being a Good Employee: Georg Everhard Rumphius, the Dutch East India Company, and Knowledge in the Late Seventeenth Century
Susanne Friedrich

The Serious Naturalist and the Frivolous Collector: Convergent and Divergent Approaches to Nature in D’Amboinsche Rariteitkamer
Gijsbert M. van de Roemer

Repackaging East Indies Natural History in François Valentyn’s Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën
Siegfried Huigen

Southern-Netherlandish Observations and Knowledge Production of Naturalia on the Seas: The Writings of Michael de Febure (1721)
Wim de Winter


book reviews

Dorothée Sturkenboom, De ballen van de koopman. Mannelijkheid en Nederlandse identiteit in de tijd van de Republiek
Feike Dietz

Harriet Stone, Crowning Glories. Netherlandish Realism and the French Imagination during the Reign of Louis XIV
Michele L. Frederick

Jaap Geraerts, Patrons of the Old Faith. The Catholic Nobility in Utrecht and Guelders, c. 1580-1702
Conrad Gietman

Sophie Raux, Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture in the Low Countries, 15th-17th Centuries
Angela Jager

Russ Leo, Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World
Marrigje Paijmans

Marisa Anne Bass, Insect Artifice. Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt
Catherine Powell

Geoffrey Parker, Emperor. A new life of Charles V; Femke Deen, Anna van Saksen. Verstoten bruid van Willem van Oranje
Erik Swart



José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Pierre-François Pirlet, and África Espíldora García (eds), El ceremonial en la Corte de Bruselas del siglo XVII. Los manuscritos de Francisco Alonso Lozano
Dries Raeymaekers

Pierre-François Pirlet, Le confesseur du Prince dans les Pays-Bas espagnols (1598-1659). Une function, des individus
Violet Soen

Rupali Mishra, A Business of State. Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company
Joris van den Tol


EMLC is gewijd aan de studie van de geschiedenis en cultuur van de Lage Landen tussen 1500 en 1800. Het tijdschrift is een initiatief van de werkgroep De Achttiende Eeuw samen met De Zeventiende Eeuw en wordt uitgegeven door Uopen Journals. EMLC verschijnt twee keer per jaar. EMLC is een peer-reviewed tijdschrift. Nieuwe bijdragen kunnen doorlopend worden ingediend. De redactie verwelkomt artikelen op de terreinen van geschiedenis, letterkunde, kunstgeschiedenis en aanverwante vakgebieden. Suggesties voor recensies en signalementen zijn ook zeer welkom. Meer informatie voor aspirant-auteurs is te vinden op de website van het tijdschrift.


CfP: ‘Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to songs and practices of singing (1200-today)’ (deadline 20 dec.)

THALIA en het Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies nodigen onderzoekers uit om deel te nemen aan het congres ‘Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to songs and practices of singing (1200-today)’ dat op 1-3 maart 2020 te Ghent zal plaatsvinden. Onderstaand de Call for Papers:

The singing voice is a medium of expression that is found in all times and cultures. People have always been singing, not only to perform entertainingly, but also to express emotions or to embody identities. This has for example made collective singing (and listening) practices a primary way for people to articulate and embody the identities that are fundamental to the existence of social groups. The bodily and sensory experience of moving and sounding together in synchrony, enables individuals to experience feelings of togetherness with others.

Song is the versatile medium facilitating such processes. Songs can evoke and channel emotions, employing them for specific (or less specific) means. As a multimodal genre, song enables not only the articulation and embodiment of ideas; as an inherently oral and intangible medium, songs can move through space and time, transgressing any material form. Therefore, songs have proven an ideal tool for the distribution of news, contentious ideas, or mobilising messages.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines investigating song (for example musicology, literary studies, history, sociology, performance studies, cognition studies, anthropology, etc.). The focus will be on the definition of possible approaches to the study of this medium (both in its material and performed existence), its performances (in any form) and reception (in any context). Research examples may cover songs written and sung in any culture and language, and any (historical) period. Common ground will be found through concepts, approaches and methodologies, encouraging an interdisciplinary and transhistorical dialogue, breaking ground for a new research field: song studies.

Possible research areas and questions to be explored are:
– how to study the multimodality of the genre, acknowledging both textual and musical characteristics, and its performative nature;
– the sensory/bodily and emotional/affective experience of listening and singing;
– cognitive and/or affective processes of singing (and collective singing practices);
– how to study the performative aspects of songs in historical contexts;
– the ‘power’/agency of song;
– the role of song and singing in social processes and historical developments; etc.

We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers (max. 300 words) or alternative formats (pre-submission inquiry is encouraged). As the aim of this conference is to facilitate dialogue, there will be ample time for discussion and exchange. Please send your proposal, including your name, academic affiliation and a short biographical note, no later than 20 December 2019 to renee.vulto@ugent.be.

CfP: ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars (deadline 10 januari)

ISECS (International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) nodigt jonge wetenschappers uit om deel te nemen aan hun Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars dat zal plaatsvinden op 25-29 Mei 2010 in Lausanne. Het thema van dit jaar is: ‘Memory and (Un)remembrance’.

Uit de Call for Papers:

This year, the International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars will explore the practices of collective and individual memory in all aspects of Enlightenment society, such as distortion, distantiation of the contemporary from the past, and even Damnatio memoriae. The past was a source of fierce debate among the Ancients and the Moderns. It served as a constant frame of reference in matters of morality, arts and literature, politics, law and religion, and largely determined social identity, through right of heritage. But the past was not a static entity. It morphed, was contemporized and continuously (re)invented in the various chronicles, personal or prescriptive writings, songs, folklore, sermons, images, as well as in all manner of rituals (such as oathtaking or annual processions).

From writing to nutrition, landscape, architecture, or the decorative arts, what markers
of the past did the men and women of the eighteenth century embrace? What was discarded, consciously or not? How did the partisans of reform, in radically transforming it, articulate their stance toward the past? And in which circumstances did an event, person or group imprint itself on collective memory, while others faded into obscurity?
Memory, and consequently what is forgotten, is constructed out of discourse, representation and practice. It is the fundamental premise on which archeology, the invention of tradition, the processes of prescribed repression of memory, the “loi du silence”, the perpetuation of archaisms and anachronisms, narration, interpretation, and the material means of remembering, are all founded. In this seminar we therefore invite to interrogate and reflect upon such devotion to – or dependence on – the past, both by the individual and the collective.

Proposal submissions
The proposals should be based on original research (e.g. a doctoral dissertation) which
addresses one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given approximately one hour to present their research, followed by a group discussion. The official languages of the Seminar are French and English. Preference will be given to scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (PhD or equivalent of fewer than six years). The Seminar is limited to 15 participants. Applications should include the following information:
_ a brief curriculum vitae mentioning the date PhD (or equivalent) was obtained;
_ a list of principal publications and scholarly presentations from the last three years;
_ a brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced);
_ one letter of recommendation.
Scholars who have participated in a previous seminar are not eligible to reapply.

Travel and Accommodations
Hotel accommodation will be fully covered and booked by the organizers.
However, participants must cover their own travel costs.

As it is the case each year, the proceedings of the seminar will be published by
Honoré Champion (Paris) in the “Lumières internationales” series.

Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2020. Please email proposals to
the principal organizers of the Seminar, Pascal Bastien (bastien.pascal@uqam.ca) and
Danièle Tosato-Rigo (Daniele.Tosato-Rigo@unil.ch).


Oproep: The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme

Het Rijksmuseum biedt elk jaar enkele fellowships aan bedoeld voor talentvolle, jonge onderzoekers. Voor 2020 werd de oproep zopas gelanceerd:

The Rijksmuseum welcomes international, independent research proposals which open new perspectives on the museum’s collection, its history and activities. The purpose of the Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The programme enables highly talented candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, and offers access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library and laboratories. Furthermore, the programme facilitates opportunities for Fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage exchange of knowledge – both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.

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Jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw

Afgelopen week is het Jaarboek bij onze leden op de mat gevallen – hopelijk bent u met veel plezier begonnen met lezen. Het Jaarboek staat dit jaar in het teken van de driehonderd jaar geleden verschenen Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe (1719). In dit reisverhaal beschrijft een ‘verlichte’ schipbreukeling hoe hij zich weet te redden op een onbewoond Caribisch eiland en, na enkele jaren, wordt bijgestaan door de als vanzelfsprekend onderdanige ‘edele wilde’ Vrijdag. Ter ere van deze verjaardag wijdt het Jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw ​een themadossier aan de niet aflatende productie van edities, vertalingen en bewerkingen van deze roman. Het dossier staat onder redactie van Peter Altena en bevat bijdragen van Carl Niekerk, Rick Honings, Lotte Jensen en Thomas Pierrart. Naast het dossier bevat het Jaarboek afzonderlijke bijdragen over het ontbreken van een auteursportret van Elizabeth Wolff (Lieke van Deinsen) buitenlandse bezoekers van de stadhouderlijke menagerie op Het Grote Loo bij Den Haag (Thomas von der Dunk), trouweloosheid en loyaliteit bij de patriotten (Wijnand Mijnhardt) en  de receptie van Voltaire in de Republiek (Kees van Strien).

Geen lid en toch benieuwd? Als u deze maand nog lid wordt (tegen een gereduceerd tarief van €25 i.p.v. €35 / studenten €10), ontvangt u het Jaarboek van 2019!

CfP: Free speech, religion and political culture in northern Europe, 1400-1750 (deadline: 6 dec.)

Op 16-17 April 2020 zal te Edinburgh het congres ‘Free speech, religion and political culture in northern Europe, 1400-1750’ plaatvinden. Uit de Call for Papers:

This workshop explores aspects of ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern northern Europe.  Freedom of speech was by no means a fundamental right in the late middle ages and early modern period, and yet expressions of critical opinions towards power were always possible and often widespread.  They could be uttered verbally, through the spoken or written word, but also through other sign systems and media, ranging from the sound of musical instruments to heraldic languages.

The Edinburgh workshop will analyse the practice of free speech, paying particular attention to the expression of controversial religious and political ideas.  Much recent scholarship has examined the circulation of news and information, the mobilisation and manipulation of political opinions and the media of public debate.  Other works have broadened our understanding of religious debates and dissent, especially in the two centuries after the Reformation.  Building on this research, speakers at the workshop will examine claims to freedom of religious and political speech.  Some contributors will discuss theoretical arguments in defence of free speech, others the media and linguistic character of ‘free’ utterances.  Papers will assess instances of free speech in historical and literary contexts, and trace the consequences of speaking up for an opinion.  We invite case studies that can help us to address large, pan-European questions regarding free speech.

The workshop will consider the following questions:

  • How did late-medieval and early modern Europeans think about and defend free speech?
  • Which media and forms of language were used to express religious and political ideas? What determined the choice of particular media and forms of language?
  • What kind of messages were spread? Were they subversive or did they legitimise power?
  • How was free speech received? What were the effects of free speech in the development of religious communities, political attitudes and subversive movements?
  • Can ‘European’ patterns be distinguished, or were the practices of free speech determined more by national, provincial and local institutions and norms?

We invite proposals from historians, literary and linguistic scholars.  We would particularly welcome contributions from advanced PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. Papers should be twenty-five minutes in length and given in English.

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a one-page CV, should be sent to Alasdair Raffe (alasdair.raffe@ed.ac.uk) by Friday 6 December 2019.

Organization: Alasdair Raffe (University of Edinburgh), Martine Veldhuizen (Utrecht University)



CfP: ‘Natural, Unnatural, and Supernatural’, (Oxford, deadline 1 nov.)

De Britse equivalent van de Werkgroep 18e Eeuw organiseert 8-10 januari 2020 te Oxford haar jaarlijkse congres met als thema ‘Natural, Unnatural, and Supernatural’. Uit de Call for Papers:

The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe’s largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century. We invite proposals for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for

  • fully comprised panels of three papers (3 x 20 minutes)
  • roundtable sessions of up to five speakers
  • individual papers of twenty minutes duration, or
  • ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.

18 July 2020 marks the tercentenary of the birth of clergyman Gilbert White, author of The Natural History of Selborne (1789), the bestselling account of the flora and fauna of his Hampshire parish. While proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome, this year our plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Natural, Unnatural, and Supernatural’ to mark White’s roles as both naturalist and parish priest. Proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme. Papers may be delivered in either English or French.

Proposals must be submitted on the conference website by Friday 1 November 2019

Website: https://www.bsecs.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference/

Email: conference.academic@bsecs.org.uk