The proposed project aims to use language studies to better understand medieval translations of philosophical treatises. It therefore wants to investigate whether the combination of a philological study (‘close reading’) and computational data (‘distant reading’) can succeed in objectively ascribing certain currently anonymous translations to known medieval translators, or at least in grouping them as the works of one unnamed scholar. If this ...
Boundary Stones in the Body: Kidney, Bladder and Gall Stones as Markers of Early Modern Concepts of the Human Body and Its Relations with the Outside World, 1525-1675 Ghent University
How did early modern Europeans make sense of painful and uncanny bodily excretions? Rather than dismissing such afflictions as a nuisance to be eliminated by the U+2018life sciencesU+2019, pre-modern patients had many options to make illness meaningful. Over the past decades historians have shown that bodily experience involved medical, natural-historical, scientific, and religious approaches. We can now go further: how did medical, ...
The elaboration of an operational framework for the representation of concepts, their combinations and contextual meaning to improve the automated extraction of semantical information from unstructured documents Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Concepts of "tradition" in the literary theories of Ernst Robert Curtius, Frank Kermode and Antoine Compagnon. KU Leuven
Novel Echoes. Ancient Novelistic Receptions and Concepts of Fiction in Late Antique and MEdieval Secular Narrative from East to West Ghent University
This project offers the first comprehensive reconstruction and interpretation of receptions of ancient novels (1st-4th cent. AD) in (Greek, Arabic and western vernacular) secular narrative from Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Novel Echoes follows up from the ERC Starting Grant project Novel Saints (on hagiography). It does so by taking ancient novelistic receptions towards entirely new, unexplored horizons. Our knowledge about the ...
The Handmaiden’s Balancing Act? The (Re)Presentation of East European Literatures in Weltliteraturgeschichte and Younger ‘World Literary History’ Ghent University
In 1877 the Austro-Hungarian Hugó Meltzl warned his colleagues: “As every unbiased man of letters knows, modern literary history, as generally practiced today, is nothing but an ancilla historiae politicae [‘handmaiden of political history’]”. At the time, Europe was dominated by the five powers of the ‘Vienna System’ (after the 1815 Congress of Vienna): England, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia, whose respective ...
Anchoring the past: A history of the practice and discourse of U+2018sites of memoryU+2019 in the cases of the battlefield of Waterloo and the Berliner Stadtschloss, 1800-2000. Ghent University
This research aims to historicize Western European practices and concepts of U+2018sites of memoryU+2019 as places where
the memory of a specific historical event is anchored. Through the case studies of the battlefield of Waterloo and
the Berliner Stadtschloss an analysis will be made of dominant ideas about historical sites as establishing a
special connection with the past.