VNVNG conference: Festivals and Festivities in the Early Modern Low Countries
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Flemish-Dutch Society for Early Modern History (VNVNG) will organise a two-day bilingual conference in 2017 on festivities in the early modern Low Countries. The conference will take place on Thursday 26 October and Friday 27 October in Groningen, NL. Registration and programme can be found on the website of the VNVNG.
Several festive occasions, such as joyous entries or celebrations surrounding the conclusion of peace treaties, have been extensively researched in the past few decades. The same is true for the origins of recurring feast-days in religious calendars, such as carnival and the name days of saints. Scholars have also paid attention to festive events organised by chambers of rhetoric, guilds and confraternities. Nevertheless, the specific meanings of festivities in early modern society still raise questions that justify further research. The main idea of this conference is that early modern festivities functioned as interruptions in a cyclic notion of time. Special attention will go to transformations in the sociability of the early modern period, which were reflected in the ways in which festivities were shaped and organised.
The conference is financially supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Groningen University Fund, Sustainable Society RUG and The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). In collaboration with the latter, VNVNG organises the keynote lecture of Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly.