Monthly Archives: June 2013

CfP: Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815) 26–28 June, 2014, Goldsmiths, London

From their Website:

The Reformation dramatically changed Europe’s religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similarly, Spanish and Italian mystics promoted a spiritual regeneration of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. Prophecies, whether of biblical, ancient or popular origin, as well as their interpretations gradually began reaching a wider audience, sparking controversies throughout all levels of society across Europe. In recent years, new research has eroded the long standing historiographical consensus of an increasing secularisation accelerated by the Enlightenment, which allegedly cast away beliefs in prophecies and miracles as outmoded. The multiplication of case studies on millenarian movements suggests a radically different picture, yet many questions remain. How did prophecies evolve with the politico-religious conjunctions of their time? Who read them? How seriously were they taken?

This three-day, international conference will aim to answer these questions by bringing together scholars from around the world to reassess the importance of prophecies from the Reformation to the French Revolution and beyond. We therefore invite papers and panel proposals on prophecy in Europe and the Mediterranean world between approximately 1500 and 1800. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: apocalyptic predictions, the Antichrist, millenarianism, irenicism, wonders and miracles, astrology and divination, ecumenical movements, religious utopias, mystical networks, enthusiasts and female mystics.

Sounds exciting!

Upcoming: 5 July 2013, 21:00, Presentation in de Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

I will give a short English presentation on my research as Kick-Off of Lost & Found XL in the venerable, 14th c. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Let’s see how the Apocalypse fits with the arts!

Lost & Found XL

An extra large summer night of stray images and sounds in the oldest building of the city with a specialist in medieval literature on apocalyptic prophecy as literary device, Kids with Guns and more.

Friday 5 July 2013, 8.30pm doors open, 9pm start

– reservations
– 10 euro pre sale, 12 euro at the door


Antichrist met tekst Douce apocalypse p.49

The Dragon and the Beast from the Sea

The Douce Apocalypse, Bodleian Library, (Oxford, Great Britain), Ms. Douce 180, p. 48

Tweede Dag van de Medioneerlandistiek/Second Day of Medieval Dutch Literature, 13 June 2013, Utrecht

After the first edition in Antwerp, this year researchers in Medieval Dutch Literature from the Netherlands and Belgium came together in Utrecht to listen to very interesting papers given by Renée Gabriël (RUN) (about performative features in the Dietsche doctrinale), Jonas van Mulder (UA) (about rhymed miracles in the Halse Guldenboek, c. 1428), Remco Sleiderink (HUB) (about the multiple identity of the Brussels rederijkers, and Martine Veldhuizen (UU) (about the ‘danger of the tongue’ in medieval Dutch moralistic-didactic literature).

The afternoon was dedicated to a creative brainstorming session about the future of Medieval Dutch Studies. This was not done in a panel discussion but in small randomly assigned groups, which everybody thought was a great idea, because it made the discussion more lively and enhanced the getting to know each other. In the final panel discussion some preliminary results of the brainstorming were made public. During the following discussion it became clear that many researchers are interested in ‘doing things’ digital, but some expressed fears that in future the texts itself may disappear into the background, that is nobody will engage anymore in close reading, if corpora are analyzed digitally. The underlying tenor was however that traditional philology and Digital Humanities should complement one another, but that this also means that in the curricula there should be enough time left for the students to learn the basic skills (paleography, codicology, book history, medieval languages, reading lists…).

Upcoming: Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School

I am very excited to go soon to Oxford and get hands-on teaching on TEI and hear more about general recent developments in the Digital Humanities. The schedule looks very interesting! And not to forget about the Banquet at Queens College…

I still have to think of the best moment to sneak out and visit the Bodleain Library and have a closer look at ms. Marshall 28 that contains a medieval Dutch translation of the Livre de Sidrac and have a look how the end time prophecy looks like in the real manuscript (the old edition is not really useful in this point)!