Cultures of Belgian Space – Cultures de l’Espace belge (1850-1924)

15 – 16 October 2021
Kasteel D’Ursel (Hingene)
Emile Verhaerenmuseum (Puurs-Sint-Amands)

This conference is organised by Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven), Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University),
Laurence Brogniez (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB), Jason Hartford (University of Dundee,
UK), Claire Moran (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) and Rik Hemmerijck (Emile
Verhaerenmuseum, Puurs-Sint-Amands, Belgium)

Patrick McGuinness (St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK)

DAY 1: 15 October (d’Ursel Castle)
Registration (9:30)
Introduction (10:00- 10:30)

Panel 1: Spaces of Spectacle and Projection
chair: Tatiana Debroux
Margo Buelens-Terryn (University of Antwerp) / Ilja Van Damme (University of Antwerp)
Spaces of Illustrated Lecturing. The Uses of the Magic Lantern in Public Lectures in Antwerp
and Brussels, ca. 1860- ca.1920
Evelien Jonckheere (University of Antwerp) / Davy Depelchin (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of
Belgium – Constantin Meunier Museum)
In shadows. Spectacular Spaces Imagined and Performed by Le Diable-au-Corps in Brussels
Leen Engelen (LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven – University of Antwerp)
A Garden with a View: Visual Culture at the Antwerp Zoo

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Panel 2!: Exporting Cultural Identity and the Transformation of the Exotic
chair: Claire Moran
Maria Golovteeva (Coventry University)
Spaces of Colonial Exhibitions in Nineteenth-Century Belgium
Ole W. Fischer (University of Utah)
Scaring the Skin of Architecture. Notes on the Section Congolaise in Tervueren 1897
Jos Vandenbreeden (KU Leuven)
La nature et les structures dans l’architecture de l’Art nouveau. La réception de la spatialité
japonaise et la conception de l’espace dans l’architecture de Victor Horta.
Charlotte Rottiers (KU Leuven)
Exporting National Identity: The Neo-Flemish Renaissance Castle in Peking (1903-1905) as an
Instrument of Communication or Disruption

15:00-15:30: Coffee, tea and light refreshments

Panel 3: Studios, Staging and Nature
chair: Marjan Sterckx
Laurence Brogniez (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB) / Tatiana Debroux (Université Libre de
Bruxelles – ULB)
Exposer (dans) l’atelier: du lieu de travail au lieu d’exposition
Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven)
Fernand Khnopff’s Studio: A Space of Aesthetic Transformation
Jason Hartford (University of Dundee)
Belgium: Fabricated Natural in the Land of the Anthropocene

16.45-17.15: Coffee, tea and light refreshments

Patrick McGuinness (St. Anne’s College, Oxford)
The Poetics and Politics of Privacy in Belgian Symbolism
(possibility to go back to the hotel)
20.00 Conference dinner at d’Ursel Castle

DAY 2: 16 October (d’Ursel Castle – Verhaerenmuseum)
09.30-10:00: reception with Coffee, tea and biscuits

Panel 1 Travel, Dépaysement and Exile
chair: Leen Engelen
Tom Verschaffel (KU Leuven)
Staging Baudelaire’s Misery: Settings and Supporting Actors of Charles Baudelaire’s Stay in
Belgium (1864-1867)
Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University)
“The Two Bruges:” Travelers vs. Tourists and the Saint-John’s Hospital
Juliet Simpson (University of Coventry / Warburg Institute)
Sensing the Medieval in Fin-de-Siècle Belgian Liminal Spaces: The Beguinage as Work of Art
Ulrich Tiedau (University College London)
Belgian-Space-in-Exile in Interwar Britain

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Panel 2: Collections, Catalogues and Interiors
chair: Ilja Van Damme
Ulrike Müller (University of Antwerp)
The Collector’s Cabinet as a Creative Space between (National) Tradition and Renewal
Zsuzsanna Böröcz (KU Leuven)
The Private Interior as Exhibition Space: The Catalogues of the National Exhibitions of
Brussels in 1880 and the Architect, Archaeologist and Collector Jules-Jacques van Ysendyck
Apolline Malevez (Queen’s University Belfast)
The Interiors of Georges Le Brun and James Ensor: Collection, Display and Identity

14:30: to the Verhaerenmuseum, view of the Schelde

Panel 3: Literature
chair: Jason Hartford
David Gullentops (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB)
L’espace tensionnel chez Rodenbach, Verhaeren et Maeterlinck
Michael Rosenfeld (Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB)
Belgian Queer Spaces: Gay Cruising Areas in the Press and in Georges Eekhoud’s Fiction
Mathilde Régent (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
Les intérieurs de Maeterlinck, de l’idéalisme allemand au perspectivisme animal

17:30 – 18:30/19:00: Beer and wine reception and light refreshments
Concluding remarks
Claire Moran and Dominique Bauer
Presentation of Interdisciplinary Association of Interior Studies

Speakers’ Dinner (in Puurs Lof) , around 20:00

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