Colloque - The Institutions of the Habsburg Low Countries (16th-18th C.). In honour of Professor Hugo de Schepper

Since the 1970s the institutional history of the Habsburg Low Countries has regained the interest of historians, chief among them Professor Hugo de Schepper, whose prize-winning dissertation on the ‘Collateral Councils’ in the period 1579-1609 has influenced a generation of younger scholars. Professor de Schepper was one of the participants of the first Hispanic-Dutch Conference in 1984 and the organizer of the third one in 1988, which was followed by five more editions. As of 2002, Belgian historians were invited to participate as well.

 

This conference intends to continue the tradition of the Hispanic-Dutch-Belgian meetings and will bring together a number of established and early-career researchers working in the field of the institutional history of the Habsburg Low Countries from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It aims to draw attention to a broad range of political, cultural, religious, legal, and military institutions by focussing on the enriching approaches that have shaped historical research on institutional history in the past few decades. At the same time, it hopes to bring into the limelight some exciting new (and often interdisciplinary) perspectives that characterize current research in the field.

 

The conference will be held in honour of Prof. De Schepper at his last home institution, Radboud University of Nijmegen. Prof. de Schepper is currently in the process of revising and updating his doctoral dissertation, which will be published by the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2016/2017.


Programme

Thursday, 26 May 2016 

Morning

9:30-10:00 Opening of the conference and welcome 

 

10:00-10:45 Opening lecture by Professor Hugo de Schepper and presentation of his book ‘De Regeringsraden naast Landsheren en Landvoogden in de Habsburgse Nederlanden’ / Discurso del profesor Hugo de Schepper y presentación de la edición de su libro ‘Los Consejos de Gobierno a latere principis o de su theniente general en el Flandes de los Austrias’

 

10:45-11:00 Break / Descanso

 

Session Political Institutions I

 

11:00-11:20 René Vermeir (Universiteit Gent) – ‘Statebuilding from below: the case of the Estates of Flanders during the 17th century’’

 

11:20-11:40 Alícia Esteban Estríngana (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) – ‘El príncipe y su sucesión: la alternativa de separar o conservar los Países Bajos en el reinado de Felipe II’

 

11:40-12:00 Bram De Ridder (KU Leuven) – ‘Passports as an institutionalized form of Habsburg-Dutch border control during the Eighty Years War’

 

12:00-12:30 Discussion

 

12:30-13:30 Lunch 

 

Afternoon (13:30-16:40)

 

Session Court Institutions

 

13:30-13:50 José Eloy Hortal Muñoz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) – ‘History and evolution of one Court of the Spanish monarchy: the creation of the Maison Royale de Bruxelles’

 

13:50-14:10 Cristina Bravo Lozano (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla) – ‘Decoro, ejemplaridad y persuasión: la identidad confesional de la real capilla española en La Haya (1648-1702)’

 

14:10-14:30 Steven Thiry (Universiteit Antwerpen) – ‘Gideon’s Tribulation. The Order of the Golden Fleece between Symbolic Dissent and Institutional Reinvention (1559-1581)’

 

14:30-14:50 Discussion

 

14:50-15:10 Coffee break 

 

Session Religious Institutions / Sección Instituciones Religiosas

 

15:10-15:30 José Martínez Millán (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) – ‘La influencia de Isabel Clara Eugenia en la creación de la congregación Propaganda Fidei y la expansión pacífica del Cristianismo en Holanda’

 

15:30-15:50 Julien Régibeau (Université de Liège) – ‘Entre Rome, Bruxelles et l’Espagne: une légation au service de la Monarchie de Philippe II’

 

15:50-16:10 Pierre-François Pirlet (Université de Liège) – ‘Entre Rome, Bruxelles et l’Espagne: le confesseur du gouverneur-général, quelles loyautés?’

 

16:10-16:40 Discussion 

 

 

Friday, 27 May 2016 

Morning 

 

9:30-10:00 Welcome 

 

Session Political Institutions II 

 

10:00-10:20 Manuel Herrero Sánchez (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla) – ‘Colaboración entre la Embajada de España en La Haya y la red de consulados y agentes de la Monarquía en las Provincias Unidas durante la segunda mitad del XVII’

 

10:20-10:40 Yves Junot (Université de Valenciennes) and José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez (Universidad de Murcia)  – ‘Institutions royales et autorités locales: les gouverneurs des villes et la construction de lieux de pouvoir impérial aux Pays- Bas espagnols du XVIe siècle’

 

10:40-11:00 Lourdes Amigo Vázquez (Universidad de Murcia) – ‘Instituciones y gobierno extraordinario: Flandes en tiempos del Grand Condé (1651-1659)’

 

11:00-11:20 Discussion

 

11:20-11:40 Coffee break 

 

Session Commercial and Cultural Institutions 

 

11:40-12:00 Miguel Ángel Echevarría Bacigalupe (Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao) – ‘Sistema comercial e instituciones en los Países Bajos Modernos’

 

12:00-12:20 Bernardo García García (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) – ‘El patronazgo real y La gestión de la gracia a lamencos y borgoñones en tiempos de Felipe III (1598-1621)’

 

12:20-12:30 Discussion

 

12:30-13:30 Lunch

 

Afternoon (12.30-16.20)

 

Session Juridical Institutions 

 

13:30-13:50 Gustaaf Janssens (KU Leuven) – ‘Los privilegios: justificación para la oposición leal y para los rebeldes en sus acciones contra la política de Felipe II en Flandes (1559-1581)’

 

13:50-14:10 Nicolas Simon (Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles) – ‘Legislation and decision-making process in the Spanish Low Countries (1580-1610)’

 

14:10-14:30 An Verscuren (KU Leuven) – ‘Superior court or just the Sovereign’s court? The Great Council of Malines and the Privy Council in the Austrian Netherlands’

 

14:30-14:50 Discussion

 

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

 

Session Military Institutions

 

15:10-15:30 Giuseppe Bertini (Università di Parma) – ‘The successful career of Galvano Anguissola in the Netherlands at the court and in the army of Alessandro Farnese

 

15:30-15:50 Erik Swart (Universiteit Utrecht) – ‘“Volghende het out herkomen van den huyse van Bourgoingen”. Continuity and discontinuity in military institutions between the Habsburgs Netherlands and the rebellious provinces, ca. 1550-ca. 1600’

 

15:50-16:20 Final Remarks - Raymond Fagel and Maurits Ebben (Universiteit Leiden)

Informations pratiques

Organisation

Dr. Dries Raeymaekers (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen); d.raeymaekers@let.ru.nl

Dr. José Eloy Hortal Muñoz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos); joseeloy.hortal@urjc.es

Dr. Gijs Versteegen (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos); gijs.versteegen@urjc.es

Dr. Pierre-François Pirlet (Université de Liège); pfpirlet@ulg.ac.be

 

The Conference is free. Please confirm your attendance : habsburg.institutions@gmail.com

 

Conference Venue

Radboud Universiteit

Nijmegen

Linnaeus Building (room 4)

Heyendaalseweg 137

6525 HD Nijmegen

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