The Engaging Margins conference takes place at the Université catholique de Louvain.  Participants are warmly invited to attend the talks either in person or through live streaming. Registration is mandatory. All presentations will be in English or French. The hours of the program are expressed in the local time of Belgium. The program is subject to small changes, so please consult the program shortly before the conference.



Louvain-la-Neuve, 8-9 October 2020

Salle du Conseil (Collège Érasme), Place Blaise Pascal, 1 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


Download here the program in PDF (version of 29 September 2020)

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Thursday 8 October 2020

9.30-9.50: Gwendoline de Mûelenaere (UGent) and Sophie Suykens (UGent), Welcome and introduction

9.50-10.45: Thierry Lenain (Université libre de Bruxelles), Cadrer / encadrer l’image fixe




Session 1: Theories and practices of framing

Chair: Elizabeth Vandeweghe (UGent)

11.15-11.45: Moe Furukawa (University of Tokyo): “Reliques of his own hand”: Vasari’s Libro de’ Disegni as a Reliquary Shrine (live-stream)

11.45-12.15: Maja-Lisa Müller (Universität Bielefeld): Mimetic Transgressions. The Frame as a Hybrid Operator (live-stream)

12.15-12.45: Steffen Zierholz (University of Bern): Framing Jesuit Imagery in Andrea Pozzo’s Corridor of Saint Ignatius (live-stream)




Session 2: Margins in manuscripts

Chair: Aline Smeesters (UCLouvain)

14.00-14.30: Orsolya Mednyánszky (Johns Hopkins University): Framing Meditation: Marginalia and Miniatures in the Vita Christi

14.30-15.00: Ingrid Falque (UCLouvain): Image and Contemplation at the Charterhouse of Nieuwlicht: the ms 358 of the University Library of Utrecht

15.00-15.30: Elli Doulkaridou (Université Paris 1): Manipulating the Margins: Vincent Raymond in the Service of Paul III




Session 3: Margins and geographical space

Chair: Abigail Newman (University of Antwerp)

16.00-16.30: Radu Leca (University of Heidelberg): Cannibals, Japan, and the Geographic Periphery of Early Modern European Cognition

16.30-17.00: Hayley Cotter (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Mare liberum, Mare clausum, and the Framing of Maritime Space (live-stream)


19.30: Conference dinner with speakers


Friday 9 October 2020

Session 4: Margins and education

Chair: Agnès Guiderdoni (UCLouvain)

10.00-10.30: Naïs Virenque (UCLouvain): Au-delà des catégories de la marginalité: La figure arborescente de la Logica parva (XIVe siècle), un outil cognitif rhizomatique?

10.30-11.30: Archives of the Université catholique de Louvain

10.30-11.00: Françoise Hiraux (UCLouvain): Présentation des collections des Archives de l’UCLouvain

11.00-11.30: Gwendoline de Mûelenaere (UGent): Overview of illustrated lecture notebooks from the Old University of Louvain




Session 5: Framing and iconography

Chair: Ingrid Falque (UCLouvain)

13.30-14.00: Mateusz Kapustka (University of Zurich): Framed by Flesh. Pieter Aertsen’s Meat Stall as Anti-Idolatrous Apology (live-stream)

14.00-14.30: Elizabeth Vandeweghe (UGent): Off the Table. The banquet as a framing device for cognitive processes in the Allegory of Taste by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel

14.30-15.00: Caroline Heering (UCLouvain): Le cadre comme ornement et l’ornement du cadre dans l’œuvre du jésuite anversois Daniel Seghers




Session 6: Framing the body

Chair: Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain)

15.30-16.00: Felix Jäger (Warburg Institute): In the corner of the eye: Seeing the “Iron Duke” of Alba (live-stream)

16.00-16.30: James Clifton (Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation): Vanitas and the Framing of the Ephemeral Image (live-stream)

16.30-17.00: Victor Stoichita (Université de Fribourg): Celebration and / or Protection. Bellini’s Portrait of Mehmed II (1481) (live-stream)


This conference is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), the Fondation pour la Protection du Patrimoine Culturel Historique et Artisanal (Lausanne), the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), and the Institut des civilisations, arts et lettres (INCAL, Université catholique de Louvain).