BELVEDERE LECTURE 2023: tuesday, 26 SEPTEMBER 2023, 5-6 PM

The Belvedere Lecture is the Ghent annual lecture on early modern history and culture. It sheds light on the early modern period from a multi-disciplinary perspective. ‘Belvedere’ suggests a bird-eye view on early modern history, which is indeed one of the aims of this annual lecture: to invite international scholars in the field of early modern studies to present their research in the light of bigger questions early modernists are dealing with today.

‘Belvedere Lecture’ refers to the Belvedère of the Ghent famous Boekentoren (Book Tower), an iconic building designed in 1936 by Henry van de Velde (more information about this buildng on https://tour.boekentoren.gent). Belvedere is an architectural structure that was especially popular in the renaissance and baroque, but also in modern architecture. It not only refers to the idea of providing an scenic view on early modern history, but it also connects early modernity with modernity.