École d’été – The Plantin Press and the Religious Book. Summer School Books and Culture 2022

International expert speakers will explain the unique position of the world-famous Antwerp-based printing and publishing house founded by Christopher Plantin in 1555. They will discuss how it developed the production and distribution of religious books and related illustrations and prints in the following centuries.

Introductory presentations will familiarize the students with the central role of Antwerp as a printing center from the 16th century onwards, with the religious context in the Southern Netherlands, and with the role and position of the religious book therein.

Most lectures are conceived as workshops and hands-on sessions zooming in on different aspects, including: the world-famous Antwerp Polyglot Bible, the trade in religious books with Spain, illustrated religious books and catholic emblem books, and the link between manuscripts and printed books. Demonstrations will focus on the production of type, typesetting, composition, and printing.

Lecturers will use the holdings of the Ruusbroec Institute and of the library and archival records of the Museum Plantin-Moretus. Students will be invited to handle historic materials. In line with this setup, admission to the Summer School will be limited to 15 Master students, PhD students and postdocs. The presence of staff and lecturers during the course should stimulate the interaction and spark questions and discussions.

Sessions will be held on campus of the University of Antwerp at the Ruusbroec Institute’s library specialized in devotional holdings, and at the Museum Plantin-Moretus, recognized by Unesco for the historic site, its historical and research libraries and its unique series of business papers dating back to the 16th century.

Guided tours will take participants to the Plantin-Moretus Museum, to the stylish Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, and to the Special Collections Department of the University Library specialized in, amongst other subjects, Jesuitica and Antverpiensia.

An unforgettable experience for every researcher who wants to learn more about manuscripts, books, and prints, and the role they played in Western European culture.

Programme provisoire :

Sunday 26 June 2022

  • Informal welcome drink

Monday 27 June 2022

Ruusbroec Institute Library

  • 09.00 – Registration
  • 09.45–10.00 – Kees Schepers (Ruusbroec Institute, University of Antwerp), Welcome and Introduction
  • 10.00–12.00 – Pierre Delsaerdt (University of Antwerp), A powerful medium in uncertain times: the Antwerp book trade 1481-1550
  • 13.00–16.30 – Theodor Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge), Jewish traditions in Christian books: Christopher Plantin’s Hebrew projects and his Polyglot Bible
  • 16.30–17.30 – visit to the University of Antwerp Library (Special Collections)

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Museum Plantin-Moretus

  • 09.00–11.15 – Virginie D’haene (Museum Plantin-Moretus), Designs for book-illustrations and title-pages in the collection of Museum Plantin-Moretus
  • 11.30–12.00 – Printing demonstration
  • 13.00–14.45 – John Lane, t.b.a.
  • 15.00–16.45 – Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus), Preparing Manuscripts for Print

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Ruusbroec Institute Library

  • 09.00–12.00 – Susanna De Schepper (University of Antwerp), Delving into Books: Understanding the Hand Press Book in Flanders
  • 13.00–14.45 – Guido Marnef (University of Antwerp), Christopher Plantin: a Handy Businessman in a Period of Religious Turmoil
  • 15.00–16.45 – Hubert Meeus (University of Antwerp), Printing in Antwerp after 1585: dead end or new beginning?​

Felix Warehouse

  • 17.30-19.30 – Antwerp Summer University Reception

Thursday 30 June 2022

Museum Plantin-Moretus

  • 09.00–12.00 – Walter Melion (Emory University, Atlanta, GA), From Oratorium to Sanctuarium: Mimesis and Sacramental Allegory in Petrus Bivero’s Sacrum oratorium of 1634
  • 13.00–14.45 – Zanna Van Loon (Flemish Heritage Libraries), Crossing the North Sea for books. The sixteenth-century English book trade with Christopher Plantin
  • 15.00–16.45 – Ad Stijnman (independent scholar), It Can’t Be That Austere!: Plantin and Printing Colour

University Club

  • 19.00 – Summer School dinner

Friday 1 July 2022

Museum Plantin-Moretus

  • 09.00–12.00 – Jan Storm van Leeuwen (former keeper bookbindings, Royal Library The Hague), What about the religious bookbinding?

Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library

  • 13.15–15.00 – Walter Melion (Emory University, Atlanta, GA), Emblems as Spiritual Exercises: Jan David, SJ’s Four Emblem Books
  • 15.00–16.30 – Steven Van Impe (Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library), Liturgical Books from the Officina Plantiniana, Three Centuries of Ecclesiastical Practice
  • 16.30–18.00 – Farewell drink

Informations pratiques :

Location: University of Antwerp

Date: 27 June – 1 July 2022

Partners: Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus Museum Antwerp, Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

Source : Universiteit Antwerpen

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