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CALL. 31.05.2018: Oriental studies at the University of Louvain since 1834: hommes et réalisations -




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)



CALL: Word with bibliography

In 2017, more precisely on August 27th, we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the death of Jerôme de Busleyden, better known to humanists by the name of Hieronymus Buslidius. Born in Arlon around 1470, friend of Erasmus and Thomas More, he initiated the founding in 1517, within the University of Louvain, of the Collegium Trilingue (also called the Collegium Trium Linguarum, Collegium Buslidianum, or the Collegie der Dry Tonghen). The College (whose building still stands in Louvain to this day, redesigned but with certain parts from the period) was inaugurated in September 1518. Anecdotally, Busleyden also almost had a street named after him at Louvain-la-Neuve and has it in principle – which many don’t know… – giving his name to the Council Room of the Faculté de Lettres.

At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a team has been set up, headed by Professor Jan Papy, an exhibition centred on the (Trilingual) College of Three Languages and instruction under the Ancien Régime, in basing itself on the publications or documents of the ancient/former university (Erasmus’ Dream. Collegium Trilingue. 1517-2017, Universiteitsbibliotheek, 19.10.2017-18.01.2018). Cette savant exhibition has been the occasion of two publications renewing and updating earlier research work: a richly illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, as well as a volume dedicated to the teaching methods, often original, perfected for those new lessons.

In the same context, the Archeological Institute of Luxembourg of Arlon (IAL), l’Institut archéologique du Luxembourg d’Arlon (IAL), presently headed by the Luxembourgian orientalist Jean-Claude Muller, has decided to dedicate its first «Luxembourg Study Days» to the theme « (Humanisme régional entre Rhin, Meuse and Moselle (XVe-XVIe siecles) ».

«(Regional Humanism between the Rhine, Meuse and Moselle (XVth-XVIth centuries)».

It might be pointed out that the family de Busleyden was originally from Boulaide, in Luxembourg (Canton of Wiltz), and that the region gave birth to numerous figures in humanism (Ludolf von Enscheringen, Ruterus, Petrus Jacobi, Barthalomaeus Latomus, Mathias Held, Georgius Bock, etc.)

For its part, the Oriental Institute of the University of Louvain proposes taking advantage of these commemorations to take up a domain that has been relatively little studied: the development of the teaching of oriental languages and, more broadly, of oriental studies, at the ‘Université catholique’ restored in 1834. Indeed the history of orientalism at Louvain offers numerous possibilities for studies, studies which will better acquaint us with the personalities who have been involved in them, their publications, their activities, and the many collaborative efforts they have established abroad, etc. Undoubtedly many have encountered one or the other of them in the course of their varied works. This call for contributions wishes to be an occasion to assemble those experiences in a rich and coherent whole.

Your proposals (title and abstract of 5 to 10 lines, in French or English) should be sent by e-mail to the address by May 31, 2018 at the latest, aware that the talks should not exceed 30 minutes.

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