News and Updates

Bram De Ridder's recent report on COVID-19 and the Flemish media has been cited on the Flemish political tv-show 'De zevende dag'. Tim Pauwels, ombudsperson for VRT NWS, highlighted that the report showed how VRT NWS had focused too much on the presumed similarities with the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, adding that 'history never repeats, although it may rime'.

Andrea Bardyn and her colleague Chanelle Delameillieure  are scheduled to appear in the Flemish tv-show 'Meer vrouw op straat' on 12 april 2O2O. The show aims to highlight important women in Flemish history by naming streets after them.

Three events cancelled due to Corona (12-3-2020)

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, several events where Corvus would have participated are now cancelled. The ESSHC conference in Leiden is postponed, including the participation of Bart Willems and Bram De Ridder in four panel sessions. Corvus will also not be able to present its work at the University of Oxford; participation in the RETOPEA mid-term meeting in Granada is currently in doubt.

Dr. Andrea Bardyn participates from 21 to 23 January in the Swedish symposium 'Informal Financial Markets: Now and Then. From Pre-Banking to Bitcoins'. Today, she will share her insights on gender inequality and peer-to-peer lending.

Dr. Bram De Ridder and doctoral researcher Alexandra Van den Berghe will discuss the cooperation between Flemish media, Flemish government agencies and Corvus in the field of fake news. They will tackle the role history plays in the political battles waged in the Flemish and international media, for example regarding Brexit.

Corvus invited the Antwerp-based comedian Nigel Williams to the Belgian State Archives in Leuven to discuss comedy, media and censorship. He was joined by professor Johan Verberckmoes, an expert in the history of laughter, and dr. Betto van Waarden, specialist in the political use of the media. The panel discussed new and old forms of humour, the influence of censorship and self-censorship, and the role of historians in on-going controversies about the things people consider funny.