Course description

Religious Manuscripts, Hand Press Books and Prints (15th-19th centuries): Collections, Materials and Methodologies

27 June – 1 July 2016, organized by the Ruusbroec Institute, in cooperation with the University of Antwerp Library


The Summer School 2016 offers an interactive English-spoken training for 12 PhD students and postdocs who intensively use religious texts and visual media as source material for their research. The Summer School focuses on:

  1. the materiality of manuscripts, hand press books and prints;
  2. the way these sources have been gathered to build collections, and
  3. various methodologies which may be used to analyze these sources

The training will focus on the relationship between the physical object and its metadata, and on "big data analysis" and on other techniques used in the Digital Humanities.

Through hands-on sessions in the unique Ruusbroec Institute Library, and visits to three other important Antwerp historic, religious collections, participants will familiarize with religious collections and specific documents.