Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Letters

The conference host, Ghent University was established in 1817, and is celebrating its 200th birthday. It is the first Flemish-speaking university in Belgium, and its motto is “Durf Denken” – “Dare to Think.” The Faculty of Arts and Letters, or “Letteren en Wijsbegeerte” comprises nine different departments, and offers bachelor and master’s degrees in languages, philosophy, and history, among others.

KU Leuven – KADOC

It is difficult to think of any area in our society where religion has not had an influence: education, health care, social action, art, youth movements and development aid, as well as politics, the press, agriculture and economics have all been touched by it. KADOC – the Documentation and Research Centre for Religion, Culture and Society of the KU Leuven – is dedicated to the safeguarding, optimal management, dynamic retrieval and study of the historical heritage that has emerged from the interaction between religion, culture and society in Flanders, in its national and international context.

KADOC is especially focused on so-called ‘shared patrimony’ – that is to say, patrimony that relates to non-European regions and/or transnational importance. This patrimony is also of value to its ‘source communities’, and documents the historical realities of other cultural contexts or intercultural (inter-religious) encounters and confrontations. A classic example of this ‘shared patrimony’ is KADOC’s archives, film collections and (periodic) publications of missionary religious institutions and their members.

IEMH – Institute for Early Modern History

The Institute for Early Modern History is a research alliance linking historians of the Early Modern Period from Ghent University with those from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel by regularly organizing scientific gatherings and acting as a forum for the Ph.D. students of Early Modern history at both universities. The study of the transformational processes marking the beginning and end of the period, and developments in specific social areas across the era, forms the common thread in members’ investigations.

TAPAS – Thinking about the Past

TAPAS is an interdisciplinary forum for reflection on society’s past and present relations with the past. The aim of this forum is to bring together young researchers from different disciplines who work on the reflection on our relationship with the past, whether or not this relation is popular, literary or scientific, or whether or not it comes from a historiographical, philosophical, post-colonial, anthropological or sociological agenda.