The 22nd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Antwerp (Belgium), Wednesday 17 September through Sunday 21 September 2014. The programme takes place primarily at the University of Antwerp, in the old centre of the city, but includes events at different venues of book historical interest as well as preconference workshops/tours and excursions.
As part of its commemoration project on the First World War, the Flemish government launches www.2014-18.be. The new website houses information about activities and news about the commemoration. It also provides a platform to professionals and enthusiasts, enabling them to come into contact with each other and exchange information, ideas or tips.
In the most recent issue of the International Journal of Intangible Cultural Heritage, published in English and in Korean in the summer of 2014, special attention is devoted to Flanders.
ICE (with the E from Erfgoed or hEritage) is the Dutch abbreviation of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’: a 21st-century catch phrase that is here to stay. The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) has initiated a worldwide movement. After ten years, the text has been adopted and ratified by no less than 159 states.
The Arts and Heritage Agency publishes a new booklet about safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Flanders. It contains more information about:
- Context: Flanders and/in Belgium
- Cultivating a vision on ICH
- A facilitating government
- Experimenting with 'heritage communities'
- Combining ICT & ICH in a tool for inventory making, networking, sharing and learning
- An ICH-network to support (heritage) communities
- Global challenges
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), which possesses the world's largest and most varied collection of work by James Ensor, recently added some new articles to its Ensor Research Project. The museum strives to become the leading centre of expertise in art-historical and material-technical research into the oeuvre of this Belgian artist.
The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the first edition of its museum research school in 2014-2015.
Together with her colleagues of the German- and French-speaking communities of Belgium, Flemish minister Joke Schauvliege submitted an application to UNESCO, asking to include the Belgian beer culture on the 'representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity'.
The Minister of Culture for Flanders, Joke Schauvliege, has placed the Saint Dimpna Church's Apostle Altarpiece in Geel on the Topstukkenlijst (List of Masterpieces). The Topstukkenlijst contains engaging aspects of cultural heritage of the Community of Flanders that enjoy a privileged protection.