The Hanse, an extensive medieval mercantile network, has a continuous presence today – think, for example, of Lufthansa, Hanse cities, and the company Hansaplast. In this blog, Suzie reflects on the importance of studying the Hanse and the pivotal role of art in its development.
The University has long fostered the study of the decorative arts and domestic culture and has produced several notable specialists in this field. A new series of public lectures on the eighteenth-century interior organised by Alexander Dencher continues this tradition.
In a previous post, I mentioned the slow-pace of working with archives. Reading through metres of paper is however anything but boring. Besides finding material for our research we often find extremely interesting stories. Think of it as a paper telenovela of people that lived hundreds of years ago.
The documentary Les fantômes de Lovanium commemorates the 1969 and 1971 student revolts against Mobutu. While Congolese painter Sapin Makengele visualizes the tragedy that took place, students and other bystanders start to share their stories. Through their stories, the spirit of Antigone emerges.
A significant number of the LUCAS PhDs are so-called “external PhDs”: PhD researchers not employed by the institute. Why would someone decide to conduct research while unfunded? And what are their experiences while doing so? Time for some honest conversations.
Where have all the women gone? It can be difficult, sometimes, to find evidence of female participation in the arts and culture of the early modern period. Catherine Powell explores how we can locate women and their participation by asking different questions.
With the arrival of autumn, the weather has become rainier. Complaining about such bad weather seems to be a Dutch tradition. How would you have complained about it, though, if you had lived in the year 900? Sander Stolk explains how you can find out using newly available digital tooling.