Call for Applications ReIReS School in Leuven

KU Leuven is inviting scholars, librarians and others to its ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents, 16-21 February 2020 (adjusted date). Applications are welcomed by January 15, 2020.

The school in Leuven will make scholars familiar with the special features of libraries which were either twice destroyed in the 20th century (Central Library) or founded after the split of the KU Leuven into two universities (one French speaking, the other Dutch speaking), as is the case with the Maurits Sabbe Library (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies). The Maurits Sabbe Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the world (more than 1.3 million books and 1200 journals), is partly constructed on the basis of holdings which were given by diocesan seminaries and religious orders and congregations of Flanders and the Southern Netherlands. Therefore, the Maurits Sabbe Library offers a unique survey of religious intellectual life in these regions.

The school in Leuven will focus on the presence, preservation, restoration and inventorization of these diversified collections, and on how such diversity can be adequately made available to the international academic community.

Updated Program

Here you can read the updated program. Please note the adjusted date: 16-21 February 2020 (was: 15-20 February 2020).

Specific Learning Goals

Participants will be able to:

  • understand how “recently (re)constructed” libraries still offer a coherent set of holdings (libraries as testimonies of the KU Leuven and its history in the context of the Low Countries);
  • discover the specificity of particular collections;
  • become familiar with new research tools and full text data;
  • understand how heritage and new technical developments need each other: from heritage to heritage lab;
  • make use of the LIMO-library system and its facilities on the level of locations, descriptions, additional information;
  • understand the inherent coherence between collections preserved and developed in different settings;
  • comprehend the challenges of digitization and document delivery for future study and research;
  • gain insight in the complexity of a conciliar event such as Vatican II on the basis of archives preserved;
  • contribute to lemmata in the DHGE as part of the development of their research skills.

Common Objectives and Standards

The school meets ReIReS common objectives and standards.


D. Bosschaert, K. Christiaens, S. Corbellini, W. De Pril, W. François, R. Hoff, M. Lamberigts,  A. Smets, K. Smeyers, H. Storme,  B. Tops, Y. Van Loon, D. Van Ysacker, B. Vandermeulen, L. Watteeuw.


Application is closed now.


Contact for more information: Dries Bosschaert.

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