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  • Publication Gothic Revival Worldwide. A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence, 2016
  • Call for Papers Progressive Catholicism in Latin America and Europe 1950s–1980s. Social Movements and Transnational Encounters, 27-29/5/2018
  • Call for papers Christian Democracy and Labour after World War II, 26-27/10/2017
  • Exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser. The magic of reflecting cylinders, 17/2 > 19/3/2017
  • Film review collection online
  • Appel à communication In partibus fidelium. Missions du Levant et connaissance de l’Orient chrétien (XIXe-XXIe siècles), 27-29/11/2017

Publication Gothic Revival Worldwide. A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence. Leuven University Press, KADOC Artes, 2016

Leuven University Press has published the latest KADOC publication Gothic Revival Worldwide. A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Timothy Brittain-Catlin (University of Kent), Jan De Maeyer (KADOC-KU Leuven) and Martin Bressani (McGill University Montréal) in the series KADOC Artes.

In this volume, sixteen leading scholars from across the globe discuss the direct influence of A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852) on church architecture and furnishing. Beautifully illustrated it reveals how Pugin’s ideas played a profound role in the changing face of material reform in church architecture as an expression of the evolving identity of the churches across the world from North America to Mongolia and the South Pacific.

More information on the contributors and the content: http://kadoc.kuleuven.be/publicaties/artes/artes16

Call for Papers Progressive Catholicism in Latin America and Europe 1950s–1980s. Social Movements and Transnational Encounters. Leuven, 27-29/5/2018

This conference on progressive Catholicism in Latin America and Europe, organized on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, intends to investigate and cast new light on the transnational transfer of ideas and encounters between religious and secular progressive movements on both sides of the Atlantic during the period ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s. Critically, it wants to assess the role of progressive Catholicism in the broader context of expanding social and cultural relations between Latin America and Europe, and to stress its relevance to other burgeoning research fields, such as the history of "1968", human rights, transnational activism, and the Cold War.

See http://kadoc.kuleuven.be/pdf/studiedagen/cfp-progressive-catholicism-20180527.pdf

Call for papers Christian Democracy and Labour after World War II. Milan, 26-27/10/2017

Radical changes have taken place on the international and European scene since the end of WWII. In the Fifties and Sixties, the constant and significant increase in wealth and the broader demand for individual and common welfare redefined the forms and contents of political and social citizenship. The cultural, political and economic turbulence of the Seventies was a test for the self-regenerative qualities of an increasingly global-oriented capitalism which took advantage from the ruinous collapse of Communist regimes. In the last decades of the 20th century, as political representation through parties was undergoing a crisis, formal or substantial realignments of the democratic system emerged.

This sequence of radical changes was marked by considerable discontinuities in the productive structures and in the relationships between the State, the market and the social players. In the meantime, the political system and the Welfare state organization of the Western countries fell into a deep crisis. Industrial capitalism structurally changed in a few decades, with repercussions on working conditions and on the quality of workers’ and their families’ life. In politics, Christian values and the traditional Christian Democratic model were put to the test by new Labour issues. All the Christian-inspired associations (political parties, movements, trade unions and cooperatives) tried to face the chance by promoting new political and social projects that combined capitalist economy and the democratic participation of citizens and workers.

Starting from the overview traced above, this conference is meant to gather papers to discuss some questions concerning socio-political action and socio-economic action. The workshop, organized by CIVITAS – Forum of Archives and Research on Christian Democracy, and Mario Romani Archive, will take place in Milan on 26th-27th October 2017 and it is especially addressed to young researchers who are working on this topics. Participants are invited to send proposals with title, abstract, methodology, sources (no longer than 1000 characters) and curricula to archivio.romani@unicatt.it by no later than February 28, 2017.

See http://civitas-farcd.eu/events/callforpapers/cfp-christian-democracy-labour-20171026.pdf

Exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser. The magic of reflecting cylinders. Leuven, KADOC, 17/2 > 19/3/2017

In his practice-based PhD in the arts, Rudi Knoops focuses on cylindrical anamorphosis, an analogue media technology that has its origins in a seventeenth century context of natural and artificial magic. In cylindrical anamorphosis an extremely distorted representation can be observed in correct proportions through the mediation of a cylindrical mirror. In his research Knoops is especially interested in what this seemingly obsolete media technology signifies for the experience of the observer when it is embedded in a present-day digital media context. The installations Mirror Mirror (2014) and Speculum Musurgica (2015) allow the visitor to experience how cylindrical anamorphosis also now works its magic.  

In the installation Mirror Mirror (2014) the visitor interacts with his own mirror image. But the laws of reflection do not seem to work as they should. This incompossibility invites to explore the mechanisms of the quasi-impossible telltale mirror that Mirror Mirror is, and of one’s own visual perception system.

The installation Speculum Musurgica (2015) has as content two seven-voice compositions from Petrus Alamire’s (1470-1536) music manuscripts, performed by Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble. The Renaissance polyphony is brought to life, both visually and auditory, in a large spatial structure integrating seven cylindrical anamorphoses: each anamorphosis shows one of the musical performers, the voice is projected a speaker behind the cylindrical mirror. When entering the semi-enclosure of Speculum Musurgica seven separate voices that be individually approached surround the visitor in a very penetrating way. In addition to the sound there is the double image of the performer: a near circular stretched projection, and its reflection in the cylindrical mirror suspended underneath. The phantasmagoric power of the mirror to generate a reconstituted image exerts an irresistible attraction, also in a contemporary digital media context. The reflected images of the performers, as if they are ghosts trapped in cylindrical containers, possess a strong illusion of three-dimensionality. Following the laws of reflection, they seem to address the visitor during his exploration of the installation, and create the impression—for the visitor—of taking in a privileged position between the musical performers. The mysterious magical workings of cylindrical anamorphosis gives the performers a penetrating presence and makes the experience of the music a very personal one.

After its première in 2015 in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal of Antwerp, Speculum Musurgica is now exhibited in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Koorts chapel of KADOC. Matthaeus Pipelare (ca.1450-ca.1515) could not have dreamed of a better location for the performance of his motet Memorare Mater Christi—one of the seven-voice compositions—with as theme the Seven Sorrows of Mary. 

The exhibition is part of the public defense of the doctoral research of Rudi Knoops: Cylindrical Anamorphosis. Thaumaturgical origins and contemporary workings.

KADOC, Vlamingenstraat 39, B-3000 Leuven; http://kadoc.kuleuven.be/
Mon > Fri 10 > 17 and Sun 13 > 17 h

Film review collection online

The Flemish Catholic Film League, the current Filmmagie, built since the 1930s a huge archive for its informative  and forming task. For every movie released in Belgium press cuttings of comments and reviews from all possible periodical publications were collected. This resulted in an archive of more than 60,000 files (movie titles) or 10 million documents. Because a storage space for such a huge collection was no longer available, it was decided to digitize them. The Flemish government gave resources, a digitization company cleared the job and KADOC offered his expertise and systems. The paper documents were destroyed, with the exception of the valuable (press) pictures.

Currently, the digital copies can be consulted via LIAS. There you can search by movie title. Once on the file of the desired movie, click on the link under Archival Storage, and you can access the scanned documents. The collection is of great historical importance for the history of film and the release films in Belgium in general and for the assessment and reception of those films in particular. Through a few clicks, they are available to any interested party.

Appel à communication In partibus fidelium. Missions du Levant et connaissance de l’Orient chrétien (XIXe-XXIe siècles). Colloque international, École française de Rome, 27-29/11/2017

Ce colloque international se penchera sur l’assimilation en Europe de connaissances relatives aux cultures chrétiennes-orientales, à partir surtout du dernier tiers du XIXe siècle, et sur le rôle que les missions ont joué dans ce processus. Ces connaissances nouvelles sont fondées en grande partie sur les travaux menés sur le terrain, au Moyen-Orient, en particulier sur les manuscrits conservés dans les monastères et les patriarcats, et plus généralement sur le patrimoine littéraire, linguistique, archéologique, cartographique et musicologique, des communautés chrétiennes installées. Un savoir circule et se transforme de part et d’autre de la Méditerranée : recueilli et développé dans les grandes bibliothèques et universités européennes, il est aussi intégré par les structures de gouvernance des Églises, notamment à Rome, mais retourne encore bien souvent dans son espace d’origine, où il est réapproprié et nourrit une prise de conscience patrimoniale interne. Les missions chrétiennes, naturellement situées à l’interface entre le "monde occidental" et le "monde oriental", se retrouvent au coeur de cette dynamique. Dans le contexte d’un second XXe siècle marqué au Moyen-Orient par la décolonisation et les guerres, ainsi que par le nationalisme arabe puis l’islam politique, différents processus – affirmation identitaire des communautés chrétiennes, recrutement local accru des missions, révision des barrières confessionnelles – renouvellent les enjeux et les mécanismes de cette circulation des savoirs chrétien-orientaux.