News and Updates

Julie Wynant and Bram De Ridder discuss COVID-19 for the Flemish noteriat  (25-9-2020)

Although the biannual 'conclave' of the Royal Federation of the Belgian Noteriat (Fednot) was postponed due to Covid-19, the notaries invited Corvus to share their insights into the pandemic during a digital prep-session.

Corvus-founder Bram De Ridder was invited by Metaforum KU Leuven to discuss his recent Covid-19 research. Set in the beautiful 17th century 'Holland's college, Dr. De Ridder discussed the risks of historical references with Prof. Dr. Koenraad Matthys.

Corvus to hold its annual steering committee meeting today (24-9-2020)

In his op-ed for the Dutch-language publication De Tijd, Bram De Ridder warns that companies should not underestimate the risk of identity politics based on the past. Several organisations already saw their products or branding targeted as racist or colonial, whereas others faced disadvantages due to the resurgence of nationalist historical myths.

In Transregional Territories, the early modern Low Countries are chosen as a ‘laboratory’ for studying border formation and border management through the lens of transregional history. Eight different cases highlight the impact of boundaries on the actions and strategies of individuals and governments. Crossing borders in early modern times was not merely an act of negating a territorial division, but rather a moment of intimate interaction with the separation itself.

During the KNHG online lunch seminar on applied history, the Corvus members explained their approach to applied history

Bart Willems discusses the archives of the Belgian Merchant fleet, particularly their background and how to gain access.

Bram De Ridder interviewed by Peter Van de Veire on MNM radio (14-5-2020)

As part of a TEDxKULeuven interview series, Bram De Ridder discusses the relevance and role of history during this crisis. Make sure to also check out the teaser for the interview, which discusses the historical precedents for viruses escaping laboratories.

Bram De Ridder's article 'When the Analogy Breaks. Historical References in Flemish News Media at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic' has been published in open access in the Journal of Applied History.

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.