Leuven viert 500 jaar Collegium Trilingue

De 500ste verjaardag van Erasmus’ Drietalencollege of Collegium Trilingue zal niet onopgemerkt voorbijgaan. De Universiteit Leuven en de Leuvense Universiteitsbibliotheek brengen het roemrijke college in een tentoonstelling voor het voetlicht. Die tentoonstelling loopt van 19 oktober 2017 tot en met 18 januari 2018 in de Centrale Bibliotheek op het Ladeuzeplein 21 te Leuven.

In een multimediale opstelling zullen Busleydens testament, Erasmus’ onvermoeibare inspanningen de moeizame realisatie van deze ‘humanistische droom’ worden belicht. Niet alleen zullen de gekende hoogdagen van de eerste helft van de zestiende eeuw worden verhaald, het verhaal over het gebouw, de lessen, de professoren en de presidenten van het college zal reiken tot de opheffing tijdens de Franse Revolutie. Het vernieuwde onderwijs Latijn, Grieks en Hebreeuws – het magische recept van het nieuwe college en de sleutel tot het Europese succes – zullen bovendien samen aan bod komen. Die nieuwe didactiek zal in detail worden getoond en uitgelegd aan de hand van (vaak onbekend of weinig bestudeerd) archiefmateriaal, geannoteerde handboeken, studentennotities, lesmateriaal van professoren. Download the flyer hier.

Bij de tentoonstelling horen twee publicaties, beide verzorgd door de Leuvense drukkerij-uitgeverij Peeters. Vooreerst is er een wetenschappelijke catalogus, rijkelijk met kleurenfoto’s van vaak ongekend materiaal geïllustreerd, de notities zijn het werk van een team van 40 auteurs:

Jan Papy (ed.), Erasmus’ droom. Het Leuvense Collegium Trilingue 1517 – 1797. Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in de Leuvense Universiteitsbibliotheek, 18 oktober 2017 – 18 januari 2018 (Leuven: Peeters, 2017).

Daarnaast is er een prachtig uitgegeven volume met essays over het onderwijs aan het Collegium Trilingue. Na inleidende hoofdstukken over de stichting, organisatie en het opzet van het Drietalencollege en de bittere tegenkanting van sommige Leuvense theologen tegen het doceren van Grieks en Hebreeuws, volgen hoofdstukken over het taalonderwijs (van het Latijn en de volkstalen) in Europa, en het ‘nieuwe’ onderricht van het Latijn, Grieks en Hebreeuws aan het dan meest gerenommeerde instituut van Europa:

Jan Papy (ed.), Het Leuvense Collegium Trilingue 1517-1797. Erasmus, humanistische onderwijspraktijk en het nieuwe taleninstituut Latijn – Grieks – Hebreeuws (Leuven: Peeters, 2017).


Neo-Latin Scholarship on the Slavs

An international conference organised by

the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

to be held in Bratislava on 5–7 December 2018

Call for Papers

Almost all branches of modern science and scholarship, including humanities, can trace their existence back to at least early modern times when Latin was a common medium of European erudition. Yet, present-day researchers in individual disciplines are largely unaware of the existence of early modern Latin scholarship related to their respective fields of study.

This conference aims to explore the rich corpus of Neo-Latin scholarly texts written about the Slavs, thereby intending to throw light on the early stages of what later became established as Slavistics or Slavonic Studies. We also hope to bring closer together researchers from the fields of Slavistics and Neo-Latin Studies, a combination which we believe carries great potential for future research in both disciplines.

We welcome papers of twenty to thirty minutes in English, German or Latin concerning early modern Latin scholarship on the history, philology, mythology, ethnography, geography, etc., of the Slavs. Publication of a collection of essays based on the conference proceedings is envisaged in 2020. Please send your proposal of ca. 250 words and a very short biographical note to Dr Svorad Zavarský (svorad.zavarsky@savba.sk) no later than 15 December 2017. All authors will be notified by the end of 2017.

website https://neolatinscholarshi.wixsite.com/conference2018

A PDF of the Call for Papers can be downloaded here.

On 5 and 6 October the seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’ will be organised in Utrecht. The organising committee consists of Dr Albert Gootjes, Prof. Piet Steenbakkers and Dr Jeroen van de Ven (all from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies), who finished the NWO research project Spinoza’s Web this summer.


  • Raphaële Andrault (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon)
  • Mogens Laerke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon)
  • Steven Nadler (Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Antonella Del Prete (Tuscia University)


The Spinoza’s Web-project examines the life and work of the Dutch philosopher Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), as well as the networks in which he participated. In the reception and assessment of his thought, scholars have always seen an indissoluble connection between his writings, character and reputation, and the course of his life. Every era thus forms its own impression of Spinoza, and this image plays an important role—more than it does with other philosophers—in the way his thought is understood. This project seeks to develop tools for documenting Spinoza’s life, writings, and work as completely as possible, and will trace out the impact of his philosophy by mapping out the context in which his thought evolved. The project revolves around four research axes, each of which will produce its own output.

For more details and the programme, see programme_seminar_meeting_spinoza. Due to the limited seating capacity please register by email (meetingspinoza@gmail.com) on or before October 1.

For more information about the project, see The Spinoza Web.

Solliciteren kan via www.academictransfer.com/42315:

Job description
We are looking for four researchers (3 PhD candidates and 1 Postdoc researcher) to form the team of the NWO VICI project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100), granted to dr. Els Rose and running from 2017-2022.

The project as a whole explores how the early medieval world employed citizenship terminology inherited from the classical and biblical past, to shape and give expression to the new social, political and religious identities of Europe’s post-Roman inhabitants. The project examines the radical semantic changes to the use of citizenship terminology in a variety of written sources dating to the period 400-1100 and applies discourse analysis to these sources in order to lay bare their social implications.

A full description of the project is available here:

The three PhD researchers will investigate citizenship discourse in the following domains of early medieval culture:

PhD 1 will work on hagiography and apocryphal literature (project P3);

PhD 2 will study liturgy and sermons (project P4);

PhD 3 will examine the role of the Latin language in the process of percolation of citizenship discourse through to all layers of society (project P5);

The Postdoc will concentrate on the legal aspects of citizenship in a Christianising world, both in the centres and the peripheries of the (former) Roman Empire, in urban as well as non-urbanised settings (project P2 shared with the PI; project P6).

We are looking for four excellent and enthusiastic researchers who fulfil the following requirements:
For the PhDs:

  • Master’s Degree in Medieval, Ancient or Classical Studies or a related field;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Latin and the willingness to specialise in Medieval Latin;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both in written and spoken form;
  • Excellent writing skills at an academic level;
  • Preparedness and ability to work both as a creative and independent scholar and as part of an academic team;
  • Ability to speak or willingness to learn Dutch

For the Postdoc, in addition to the above:

  • A completed and approved PhD-thesis in a relevant field of studies;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in researching ancient or medieval legal history is an asset.

Conditions of employment
We offer a position in an ambitious research project, embedded in the rich interdisciplinary tradition of Medieval Studies at Utrecht University. You will carry out one of the sub-projects, in which process you will have the opportunity to choose your own focus and methodological paths, depending on your expertise and choice of sources, all in consultation with the project leader.

You will be based at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC) and participate in the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (www.uu.nl/ucms), which co-ordinates the Utrecht medievalists in the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Research Institute for History and Art History (OGK). Both the department and UCMS provide a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment. As a project member you will take part in the international conferences and other activities the project will initiate. All projects require a limited amount of teaching, which will allow you to build up or extend a teaching record.

We offer

Three PhD-positions at 1.0 fte, starting 1 March 2018, initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining 30 months period (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary will start at € 2,222 in the first year and ends at € 2,840 in the fourth, on a full time basis (P-scale of the Collective Employment Agreement Dutch Universities);


A Postdoc-position at 1.0 fte, starting 1 March 2018 at the latest, initially for a period of one year. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining 24 months period (3 years in total). The gross monthly salary ranges between € 3,238 and € 3,605 for a full-time employment, depending on experience and qualifications.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and and a year-end allowance of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Here you’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University.

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively on major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and teaching in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. Enthusiastic and committed faculty members and excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information
Are you interested? Click here https://www.uu.nl/en/research/utrecht-centre-for-medieval-studies/research/current-projects for the full project description.

For further information, please contact dr. Els Rose via h.g.e.rose@uu.nl

38ste Erasmus Birthday Lecture door Peter Mack (Warwick): ‘Paraphrase, Paradox and Amplification in Agricola and Erasmus’

The 38th Erasmus Birthday Lecture lecture will be concerned with Erasmus’s Paraphrases on the New Testament (1517-24), especially the paraphrases on Romans and Mark. It will consider the ways in which the Paraphrases and their paratexts make use of rhetorical techniques described in De copia (1512) and De ratione studii (1511). It will discuss the ways in which Erasmus reads the Bible texts and makes them available to his imagined audience. It will compare the Paraphrases with Rudolph Agricola’s Oration on Christ’s Nativity (1484) and Philipp Melanchthon’s Loci Communes (1521). The lecture was conceived as a tribute to Fokke Akkermann (1930-2017), teacher of Latin in Groningen, pioneering Agricola scholar, editor and translator of Spinoza, and long-term collaborator of the Erasmus edition.

Peter Mack is Professor of English and Comparative Literature aan de Universiteit van Warwick en voormalig directeur van het Warburg Institute in Londen. Professor Mack is een autoriteit in de geschiedenis van de retorica in de renaissance met een brede expertise op het gebied van de middeleeuwse en vroegmoderne ideeëngeschiedenis en literatuurgeschiedenis. Hij publiceerde ondermeer: Renaissance Argument: Valla and Agricola in the Traditions of Rhetoric and Dialectic (1993), Elisabethan Rhetoric (2002), Reading and Rhetoric in Montaigne and Shakespeare (2010), A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1629 (2011) and Rhetoric’s Questions, Reading and Interpretation (2017).

Datum: 17 November 2017,
Tijd: 16:15-17:15, gevolgd door borrel.
Plaats: VOC-zaal, Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
Toegang is gratis, maar graag aanmelden via https://www.knaw.nl/en/news/calendar/38th-erasmus-birthday-lecture-by-peter-mack-2017.

Voorafgaand aan de lezing geeft Peter Mack een masterclass voor gevorderde studenten en promovendi:


Masterclass door Peter Mack: ‘Rhetoric as a Guide to Interpretation’

This class will examine the possibility of using the doctrines of rhetoric not for generating new texts but for analysing existing texts and images. Rhetoric invites us to think about the relationship between speaker, audience and subject-matter and provides a range of techniques for finding ideas and words suitable for persuading that audience. The class will  consider the possible hermeneutic applications of a range of rhetorical teachings and will discuss the interpretation of a renaissance poem, a scene from Hamlet, passages from Salman Rushdie’s  The Moor’s Last Sigh, and paintings by Rembrandt (Bathsheba, 1654, Louvre) and Cézanne (Mont St Victoire, 1904-6, Zurich) in this light.

The teacher will provide all participants with around 50 pages of material to read in preparation for the class.

For more information and to apply (ultimately by 3 November), see https://www.knaw.nl/en/news/calendar/peter-mack-rhetoric-as-a-guide-to-interpretation.

An der Philosophischen Fakultät der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen ist im Philologischen Seminar zum 01.10.2018 eine Professur (W 3) für Lateinische Philologie / Latinistik zu besetzen.

Der/die Stelleninhaber/in soll das Fach Lateinische Philologie in Forschung und Lehre breit vertreten.

In der Forschung sollte ein Schwerpunkt in der antiken Latinität liegen, weitere Schwerpunkte sind erwünscht.

In der Lehre muss ein Schwerpunkt in der antiken lateinischen Literatur gegeben sein.

Erwartet wird die engagierte Beteiligung an allen Staatsexamens-, B.A./ B.Ed. – und M.A./ M.Ed. – Studiengängen und deren (Fort-)Entwicklung, die Bereitschaft zur Mitwirkung in den interdisziplinären Zentren und Forschungsverbünden der Universität sowie die Beteiligung in der akademischen Selbstverwaltung.

Einstellungsvoraussetzungen sind die Habilitation oder eine gleichwertige Qualifikation sowie nachgewiesene didaktische Eignung.

Die Universität strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils von Frauen in Forschung und Lehre an und bittet deshalb entsprechend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen nachdrücklich um ihre Bewerbung.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtigt.

Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse, Schriftenverzeichnis, Verzeichnis der abgehaltenen Lehrveranstaltungen, Übersicht über die Forschungsschwerpunkte, 5 einschlägige Publikationen in elektronischer Form) sind, möglichst in elektronischer Form, bis zum
30.9.2017 zu richten an das Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät (Dr. Stefan Zauner), Email dekanat@philosophie.uni-tuebingen.de oder postalisch Keplerstraße 2, 72074 Tübingen.

Prof Dr. Anja Wolkenhauer
Eberhard Karls Universität
Philologisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Lateinische Philologie I
Wilhelmstr. 36
72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29 76092

Call for STSM Applications EU COST Action IS 1310: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800.

Call Number 6 for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Applications

6th Call for STSM Applications for missions occurring between October 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018. All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within these dates.

Purpose of a STSM

STSM facilitates researchers from COST Countries participating in COST Action IS1310 to go to an institution or research centre in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform empirical research. Participation of “Early Stage Researchers” (ESR) in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant is considered as an “Early Stage Researcher” when the time that has elapsed between the date of the applicants PhD and the date of the applicant‘s first involvement in the COST Action IS1310 does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs. – The Action is also committed to the overall COST goals of gender balance and encourages applications from COST inclusiveness countries.

Specific information concerning STSM

An STSM can last between 5 days and 90 days (and up to 180 days if the applicant is an ESR – see definition of ESR above). The financial support provided is a contribution to the overall expenses incurred during the STSM and may not necessarily cover all of the associated outgoings. The following funding conditions apply and must be respected:

  1. Travel expenses cannot exceed EUR 500;
  2. For subsistence (accommodation and meals), the maximum allocation is EUR 160 per day;
  3. The maximum award per grantee is EUR 2500; aside from STSMs that last longer than 90 days; in this case a maximum of EUR 3500 can be granted;
  4. STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified in this call.

Financial support is limited to travel and subsistence expenses and is paid as a grant. For this call, the Management Committee of COST Action IS1310 has allocated a total budget of €15500, which can fund c. 6-8 STSMs. Although applicants are invited to request a specified amount and to justify their expenses, the amounts granted for each individual STSM will be determined during the evaluation process by the selection panel. The selection of applicants is based on the scientific scope of the STSM application, which must clearly meet the overall objectives of the Action. Most successful applications will engage directly with some aspect of the tasks and problems outlined in the agendas of the six Working Groups central to Action IS 1310, and should represent a meaningful contribution to the Action.

These agendas are summarized in a separate document available from the STSM Coordinator, and are outlined on the Action website at http://www.republicofletters.net/?page_id=16. Applicants are requested to identify the precise, numbered agenda item(s) to which their proposal is aimed at, and to discuss them before the applications with the respective Working Group Leader, copying Chair and Vice-Chair of the Action in to this correspondence. In addition, the selection of this final set of STSMs will be informed by the need to fill gaps in the Action volume (available on the Slack Forum to Action members).


How to apply for an STSM:

Interested Researchers are advised to follow the directions provided below and submit their application and supporting documents to the STSM Coordinator Vanda Anastácio vandaanastacio@mail.telepac.pt by the deadline of the 31/08/2017.  No extensions will be granted.


  1. All applicants must carefully read the funding rules detailed in section 6 of the COST Vademecum: COST Action -­‐ Short Term Scientific Mission (pages 35-36). This document is available at: http://www.cost.eu/Vademecum .
  2. All applicants must register for an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu/ -­‐ adding their bank account details to their profile.
  3. All applicants must obtain a letter of invitation from the host, AND a letter of support from their home institution confirming that they can undertake the STSM on the given dates prior to submitting an application.
  4. All applicants must complete, submit and download their STSM application online at: https://e- services.cost.eu/stsm.
  5. All applicants must send their submitted STSM application form and the relevant supporting documents to Vanda Anastácio vandaanastacio@mail.telepac.pt for evaluation before the application submission deadline expires.

The list of supporting documents to be submitted for the evaluation are:

  • Letter of invitation to the applicant from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution
  • The submitted STSM application form (downloadable when the online application is submitted – see point 4 above)
  • A motivation letter including an overview of the proposed activities that will be performed which must contain a plan of work for the visit highlighting the proposed contribution to the scientific objectives of the respective COST Action (usually 2-4 pages)
  • A letter of support from the Home Institution;
  • A Full C.V. (including a list of academic publications – if applicable).
  1. The application will then be assessed by the Core Group of the Action IS1310 in terms of the contribution which it proposes make to the objectives outlined in the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding (downloadable at http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/Actions/IS1310 ) and the six Working Group agendas (at http://www.republicofletters.net/?page_id=16 ).
  2. The applicant will be formally notified of the outcome of their STSM application by the STSM Coordinator, Prof. Vanda Anastácio soon after the 15/09/2017.
  3. Within 30 days from the end date of the STSM, the successful applicant must submit a scientific report to the Host institution and to the STSM Coordinator; the report has to be uploaded on the Action’s private forum and ideally on the frontend, too (the STSM abstract will be published on the website in any case). The applicant is also responsible for acquiring an official acceptance letter / E-mail confirmation of acceptance from a senior Researcher affiliated to the Host institution formally accepting the scientific report. This formal acceptance of the scientific report has to be sent to the Grant Holder and the STSM Coordinator for archiving purposes. Failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days from the end date of the STSM will effectively cancel the grant. (Please note that COST can request additional information to substantiate the information contained within the documents submitted by STSM applicants).

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 31/08/2017.

Notification of application outcome: soon after 15/09/2017

Period of STSMs: between 01/10/2017 and 31/03/2018.

Onlangs is Martinus Schoockius’ boek Over de ooievaar, vertaald door Gerard van der Waa en Piet de Bakker, verschenen bij uitgeverij Boekscout.

Over de ooievaar is de vertaling van de De Ciconiis Tractatus (1661) van de Groninger professor Martinus Schoockius. Het boek bevat naast de vertaling ook de originele Neolatijnse tekst, een tiental bijzondere kleurenillustraties en een uitgebreid register van door Schoockius genoemde personen en werken. Op de omslag staat een aquarel van de Terschellinger kunstenares Eke van Mansvelt:

Een mooie uitgave en een prettig leesbare vertaling van een werk van een van de meest ongrijpbare figuren uit de zeventiende-eeuwse geleerdenwereld! Zie voor meer (bestel)informatie: https://www.boekscout.nl/shop2/boek.php?bid=7714.


Tuomo Pekkanen is one of the major Latin poets of our times. He is renowned for the Latin translation of Finland’s national epic poem, the Kalevala. The present book contains a fine selection from his Latin poetry, including a poetic paraphrasis of the St Matthew Passion and a Latin Requiem, set to music by the Italian composer Gregorio Santolla. The score of this Requiem is also enclosed. All texts in this volume are in Latin.

Tuomo Pekkanen, Passio secundum Matthaeum, Requiem Latinum aliaque carmina Latina. Adiectum est Requiem Latinum modis musicis instructum a P. Gregorio Santolla (Lovania, 2016).

See the website of the publisher for more information.