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Flemish art institutions and universities launch the second edition of the international Summer Course on Flemish art: The Age of Rubens in Context

Several Flemish research centers, universities and art museums collaboratively organize the second edition of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders in the summer of 2016. After the success of the first edition with a focus on Jan van Eyck, this edition zooms in on Peter Paul Rubens and his artistic context. The target group for the course are master and PhD-students in (art) history from all over the world.

Information from the organizers, 23 September 2015

The aim of the Summer Course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a group of 18 select national and international, highly qualified young researchers and to present them with an intensive 11-day program of lectures, discussions, and on-site visits. The theme will vary annually and will focus each year on a different art-historical period. The aim is to provide the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as
into the available and most suited research methods, the state of the research and the research needs. After the course the students will be ambassadors for the Flemish arts abroad.

The second edition of the summer course is titled The Age of Rubens in Context and will take place from June 19 through June 29, 2016. Its content is coordinated by the Rubenianum and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Home base of the second edition is Antwerp and includes excursions to Mechelen, Scherpenheuvel, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Rotterdam and The Hague. The language of the Summer Course will be English. Candidates have earned an MA or are enrolled in a PhD program, with a focus on Baroque art from the Southern Netherlands. Candidates are at the start of their professional career.

Thanks to the generous support of the Flemish Government the participation fee of the Summer Course is now set at €900 per person. The fee includes the full 11-day program, 10 overnight hotel stays (Antwerp) in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the program, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 6 lunches and 4 dinners. Not included in the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium. In order to facilitate students with limited financial means to participate in the program, the organizers of the Summer Course together with the Flemish Government have made available two grants of €450 each. These grants will be awarded (preferably) to one European and one non-European applicant of the Summer Course. The recipients of the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €450 instead of the regular fee.

Apply now through November 30, 2015. Mail your CV, motivation letter, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and (if you apply for the Summer Course grant) the application form to Matthias Depoorter.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in late December.

The Summer Course is a joint initiative of the Rubenianum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, Museum M Leuven, the University of Ghent, the Catholic University of Leuven, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Flemish Art Collection and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (content partner).

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