CfA: Summer School Books and Culture: Religious Manuscripts, Hand Press Books and Prints (15th-19th centuries): Ephemer

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Intensive 5-day programme on book production, dissemination and consumption from the 15th to the 19th centuries.


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The summer school will take place in the Ruusbroec Institute Library, some sessions will take place at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Plantin-Moretus Museum.


2 - 6 July 2018


Master students, PhD students and postdocs intending to integrate book historical approaches into their research (history, literary history, art history, religious and church history...).

External Partners

Plantin-Moretus Museum (Antwerp) and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Antwerp)

Course description

In this summer school, expert speakers will explain the traditional techniques of manuscript, book and print production (printing, lay-out, illustration). This year special attention will be devoted to the production and function of ephemera in all its manifestations. Introductory presentations will familiarise the students with the crucial role Antwerp played as a printing center. Most lectures are conceived as workshops and hands-on sessions zooming in on different kinds of text media and the place of ephemera within them. Lecturers will use the holdings of the Ruusbroec Institute Library and select materials that can be handled by the students. In line with this setup, admission to the Summer School will be limited to 14 Master students, PhD students and postdocs. The presence of staff and lecturers during the course should stimulate the interaction and spark questions and discussions.

Most sessions will take place at the Ruusbroec Institute’s library of the University of Antwerp. Guided tours will take participants to the Plantin-Moretus Museum for a presentation of sixteenth-century printing techniques, to the stylish Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, and to the Special Collections Department of the University Library.

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


Participants who want to acquire official ECTS credits can be awarded 3 ECTS credits upon writing an academic paper related to one of the summer school’s topics.

Registration fee

€ 500

The fee includes course material, coffee breaks, lunches and the summer school dinner and a farewell reception. It does not include accommodation.

Application details

Online through Mobility Online. The application deadline is 19 April 2018. Selection will depend upon the applicants’ research profile and the date of their application. All applicants will be notified about their selection before 1 May 2018.

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