Wednesday, June 20, 2012

End of the story

It started as just a chapter in a proposed book on medievalism and gender, but Simon encouraged me to ditch the other chapters and just work on this chapter on the Order of the Garter. Even back then I knew I wanted to focus on the myth, whether true or no, of the Garter's origin in a embarrassing incident involving a piece of underwear dropping off in public. And I knew I didn't want to write a

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gloria mundi

Yes, yes, I knew all about it. Little black planet looping around the sun. See it now — or eight years ago — and never see it again. Though the 'seeing' would be so heavily mediated you may as well watch it on TV or a computer animation.

Still, once invited to a Transit of Venus party/fundraiser with readings and music, I started to take a bit more interest, not least because Joel would be on

Monday, June 4, 2012

Registration is Open (extended to 25 September!)

Registration is now open, see below. Thanks to the generous support by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the conference fee could be kept to 50 Euro only. The fee, which can be paid on site in cash only, includes coffee, tea and simple lunch for each day, a programme handbook and a copy of the proceedings of the last conference (The Making of the Humanities, Vol. II: From Early Modern to Modern Disciplines, Amsterdam University Press, 2012).

Registration for a single day is also possible, the fee of which is 15 Euro, but this does not include a copy of the proceedings which can be bought at reduced price of 40 Euro at the conference site.

The conference fee will be waived for (PhD) students -- please bring proof of student status. Free student registration includes lunch, drinks and a programme handbook, but it does not include a copy of the proceedings which can be bought at reduced price (40 Euro) at the conference site.

Registration for the conference dinner should be done before 25 September as well, the fee of which is 35 Euro per person.

See the location of the Conference Site (KNIR)


Please send an email no later than 25 September 2012 to with your name, affiliation, full address, and whether you join the full conference or just a single day. Please also mention whether you are a (PhD) student, and whether you want to join the conference dinner on Friday 2 November (35 Euro, please mention any dietary restrictions).


Participants will have to organize accommodation for themselves (except for the keynote speakers). Below follow some hotel suggestions.

Hotels in the neighbourhood of the conference site (KNIR):‎

More expensive hotels:

Cheap accommodation:

Rome's Convents (with curfew and relatively far from conference site)

Or find your preferred hotel via


The conference programme will be announced later this summer.