Transcending Boundaries? Solidarity in the pre-industrial period

Date: 27 October 2017

Venue: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, E.207 - Grote Kauwenberg 2 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 12:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: Urban Studies Institute

Short description: Workshop with Gervase Rosser (Oxford)

Recent studies have criticised the modernity narrative and the use of ‘nations’ as frame of analysis for studying charity in a historical setting. In a range of research fields ‘entangled history’ or ‘histoire croisée’ approaches have yielded new insights, while in the broader social sciences new conceptual approaches have chosen networks as their basic concept. However, a truly network-based and transnational perspective on charity, assistance and relief is still missing.

In this workshop we want to broaden the view by focussing on networks of charity, assistance and relief, transcending local, regional and/or national boundaries; thus exploring the area of tension between territory, network and transnationalism. Family, religious, commercial and other ties indeed all challenged or transcended territorial boundaries.


12u30: Welcome and registration

13u:00 Keynote lecture by Gervase Rosser (University of Oxford)
Living Together: Contemporary Challenges and the Experience of the Medieval Guilds

13u45: Eline Van Onacker (UA)
An (a)social economy? Peasant communities and the relationship between formal and informal relief during the grain crisis of 1556/57 in the Low Countries

Marjolein Schepers (VUB)
Crossing community boundaries? Territoriality, transnationalism and belonging in eighteenth-century France and Flanders

15u30: Coffee/tea

16u00: Hannelore Franck (KU Leuven)
Reform of outdoor relief in Europe during the 16th century: religious transformation or political opportunism?

Arie van Steensel (RUG)
Solidarity: Modern Theories and Medieval Practices

17u45: Closing remarks by Bert De Munck (UA)

18u00: Drinks and Dinner