donderdag 27 maart 2014

Conference: The Turbulent Mind: Madness, Moods and Melancholy in the Art of the Nineteenth Century, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 16-17 May 2014

Registration for the conference is now open:

Email to (mentioning your institutional affiliation), and transfer of the registration fee to: 
AGB Kunsten en Design – Botermarkt 1 – B-9000 Ghent – Belgium
IBAN BE11 0910 1974 1448
Mentioning name of participant and ‘The Turbulent Mind’ 

Confirmation of registration takes place only after receipt of the conference fee.

Book presentation M - collecties Beeldhouwkunst - 29 April 2014

On Tuesday 29 April 2014, M - Museum Leuven will present its newest publication: M Collecties - Beeldhouwkunst, the long-awaited catalogue of the sculpture collection of the museum. Along with the exhaustive catalogue of almost 1000 objects, there are also 50 notes on highlights from the collection and two essays on the museum's late gothic and 19th century sculpture collections.

Authors: Peter Carpreau, Marjan Debaene, Ko Goubert, Goedele Pulinx and Eline Sciot
Coordination and editing: Marjan Debaene, Ko Goubert and Eline Sciot
Language: Dutch / Pages: 224 / Hardcover / Highlights: Full Colour / Catalogue: Black & White Price: 29 € - You will be able to buy the catalogue at a reduced price on April 29th.

M will celebrate the launch of the book with an afternoon of lectures regarding the publication and M's future plans regarding her sculpture collection, a sculptural tour in the permanent collection of the museum and some celebratory drinks afterwards.
Start: 13h End: 18h
Price: Free
Please register by sending an e-mail to Closing date for registration: April 23rd. Please save the date. A detailed program will follow.

This book presentation is the first of a series of network days we will be organizing. M wants to bring together a network for mediaeval and renaissance sculpture of researchers, curators, restaurators and other interested parties on a regular basis, so do not hesitate to forward this e-mail to everybody who might be interested.

maandag 24 maart 2014

CFP: Bodies Beyond Borders, 1750-1950

Call for Papers: Bodies Beyond Borders. The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge, 1750-1950 
Leuven, 7-9 January 2015 

How does anatomical knowledge move from one site to another? Between 1750 and 1950 the
study of anatomy underwent great changes, as a part of the development of scientific medicine, through public anatomies, as well as in the interplay between the two. How did these changes spread geographically? How did knowledge about newly discovered lesions travel from one hospital to another? What was the role of anatomical models in the spread of the public consciousness of syphilis, for example? Was the spread of this knowledge hindered by national borders, or did anatomical knowledge cross those borders easily? These questions are concerned with what James Secord terms ‘knowledge in transit’. To seek an answer to these questions, a conference focusing on the circulation of anatomical knowledge between 1750 and 1950 will be organized in Leuven from 7-9 January 2015. Confirmed speakers are Sam Alberti, Sven Dupré, Rina Knoeff, Helen MacDonald, Anna Maerker, Chloé Pirson, Natasha Ruiz-Gómez and Michael Sappol.

Knowledge does not move by itself – it has to be carried. To better understand how anatomical knowledge moves from place to place, we will seek to trace the trajectories of its bearers. Some of those bearers were tied very specifically to the discipline of anatomy: wax models, preserved bodies (or parts of them) or anatomical atlases, for example. These objects are polysemic in nature, tending to have different meanings in different contexts and for different audiences. It makes the question of how anatomical knowledge travelled all the more pertinent if, for example, wax models that went from a Florentine museum to a Viennese medical training institution underwent a shift in meaning en route. But bearers of knowledge less specifically tied to anatomy were equally important: articles, books and individual persons to name but a few examples.

For our conference we welcome contributions regarding the geographical movement of anatomical knowledge between 1750 and 1950. We are equally interested in ‘scientific’ and ‘public’ anatomy – as well as in exchanges between the two domains. Therefore, we encourage contributions about bearers of anatomical knowledge as wide-ranging as persons (scientists, students, freaks), objects (models, preparations, bodies or body parts), visual representations (films, atlases, wall maps) and practices (dissections, travelling exhibitions), as well as their (transnational and intranational) trajectories.

Paper proposals must be submitted by 1 June 2014.

Please send a 300-word abstract to

Notification of acceptance: early July, 2014.