Since the 1970s the institutional history of the Habsburg Low Countries has regained the interest of historians, chief among them Professor Hugo de Schepper, whose prize-winning dissertation on the ‘Collateral Councils’ in the period 1579-1609 has influenced a generation of younger scholars. Professor de Schepper was one of the participants of the first Hispanic-Dutch Conference in 1984 and the organizer of the third one in 1988, which was followed by five more editions. As of 2002, Belgian historians were invited to participate as well.
This conference intends to continue the tradition of the Hispanic-Dutch-Belgian meetings and will bring together a number of established and early-career researchers working in the field of the institutional history of the Habsburg Low Countries from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It aims to draw attention to a broad range of political, cultural, religious, legal, and military institutions by focussing on the enriching approaches that have shaped historical research on institutional history in the past few decades. At the same time, it hopes to bring into the limelight some exciting new (and often interdisciplinary) perspectives that characterize current research in the field.
The conference will be held in honour of Prof. De Schepper at his last home institution, Radboud University Nijmegen (Spinoza building, Montessorilaan 3 (Nijmegen), rooms 1-3). The full programme and information about the venue can be found at http://www.ru.nl/rmems/events/ix-conference-spanish-belgian-dutch-historians/
Attendance of the conference is free, but registration is required via email@example.com
Dr. Dries Raeymaekers (Radboud University Nijmegen)