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Crosscurrents in Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800
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1/12/2012 to 1/13/2012
When: 12 - 13 January 2012

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Members of the Departments of Dutch Language and Culture at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Utrecht University organize a two-day conference "Crosscurrents in Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800", on January 12th and 13th, 2012 in Utrecht on the question how various reformatory movements gave a new impetus to the production, diffusion and reception of visual culture in both Catholic and Protestant milieus in the centuries after the Reformation.

Key note lectures by: Mia Mochizuki (Berkeley), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Lee Palmer Wandel (Wisconsin), Walter Melion (Emory) and Ralph Dekoninck and Agnès Guiderdoni-Bruslé (Louvain-la-Neuve).

It is the primary goal of the conference to discuss the developments in the production, diffusion and reception of illustrated religious texts within various religious denominations. We hope to (begin to) chart the delta constituted by crosscurrents of exchange within and beyond confessional and national borders, arguing that illustrated religious texts were the products not only of authors, engravers and publishers, who worked in a field combining the textual and visual arts, but were also formed and shaped by theological debates and confessional traditions and acted as instruments of change. We present papers that explore the issue of changing literacies on a conceptual level, exploring how textual and visual media were used in new ways to shape the relationship between individual citizens and cultural practices and to demarcate social, generational and cultural differences.

Some of the questions we address are: how have workshops and small presses contributed to the spread of illustrated religious texts? What do the surviving copies of illustrated religious texts say about the experiences and aspirations of their makers and readers? How were illustrated religious texts designed to convey information and confessional orientation? What problems arose for those who produced and distributed these texts? In short, how can we understand early modern religious culture from the perspective of the production of illustrated religious texts, in which people were able to cross confessional boundaries and to mingle the literary and artistic traditions which constituted these boundaries?

It is now possible to register for the conference at: or by emailing Lars Kloet at

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