PhD Defense Michel van Duijnen

On Thursday 19 December 2019, Michel van Duijnen successfully defended his dissertation titled A Violent Imagination: Printed Images of Violence in the Dutch Republic, 1650-1700. A Violent Imagination analyses the role of violence in late seventeenth-century Dutch print culture and discusses the uniquely explicit images produced during this period, which ranged from botched beheadings to…

Reflection on a successful program

The month of March has been very exciting for the ITEMP team. On March 21-22, we organised the conference Imagineering Violence. Spectacle and Print in the Early Modern Period. The conference took place in Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, which was also the location for an evening debate on 21 March with…

Masterclass by Benjamin Schmidt: ‘Violent images, violence against images: the visual culture of violence in the in early modern period’ – 23 March 2019 (& 21 March Lecture)

This masterclass takes place in the context of the ITEMP conference in Amsterdam on 21-22 March 2019. In cooperation with the Huizinga Institute, Inger Leemans and Michel van Duijnen have invited Benjamin Schmidt to give a masterclass on the relationship between visuals and violence. The venue will be Vlaams Cultuurhuis Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. Using…

Strange, bizarre, and wondrous

ITEMP’s own Michel van Duijnen keeps a blog on the most peculiar prints he encounters during his research. It is definitely worth a visit! Michel explains: During my research, I come across countless strange, bizarre, and wonderful prints. Only a small number of these works can be discussed in my thesis and academic articles, which…

ITEMP on RSA 2018 NOLA

On March 23rd, 2018, Inger Leemans organised the panels Early Modern Knowledge Societies as Affective Economies I and Early Modern Knowledge Societies as Affective Economies II at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans. Karel Vanhaesebrouck presented his paper The Spectacle of Dissection: Early Modern Theatricality and Anatomical Curiosity in the Low Countries in…

ITEMP conference call for papers

After months of planning, the ITEMP conference is taking shape. Our call for papers is ready for distribution. Download the PDF here. Call for Papers Imagineering violence – A conference on the spectacle of violence in the early modern period. Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond Date: 21-22 March 2019 The early…

Book release

July 2017 saw the release of the book The Hurt(ful) Body. Performing and beholding pain, 1600-1800. Pain and suffering in early modern performance and visual arts. Kornee van der Haven and Karel Vanhaesebrouck were co-editors. Karel Vanhaesebrouck also wrote the chapter To travel to suffer. Towards a reverse anthropology of the colonial body. Inger Leemans wrote the chapter The Economics of…

Book release

In September 2017, Frans-Willem Korsten will publish his new book, A Dutch Republican Baroque: Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event,  with Amsterdam University Press, in the serie Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age. Find more information and reserve your copy here.

UPDATE Visualisation of a ‘siege’ tableau vivant

After some previews, the ITEMP team is proud to introduce the finished (hypothetical) reconstruction of the tableau vivant from Govard Bidloo’s The Conquest of Buda (1686). Find the image below. When researching theatrical techniques, the visual is of key importance. Especially tableaux vivants had a large share in the seventeenth-century Netherlandish theatre, they bloomed in all genres…