Conference Programme Civil Society and Public Services in Early Modern Europe Friday 30 November 10. 00



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Conference Programme Civil Society and Public Services

in Early Modern Europe

Friday 30 November

10.00 Reception with coffee or tea

10:30 Introduction by Manon van der Heijden (Leiden University)

Chair: Leo Lucassen (Leiden University)

11:00-13:00 Session 1: Bureaucratization and professionalisation

  • Arie van Steensel (Leiden University), ‘The origins of local government intervention. Public services of the Dutch towns of Haarlem and Leiden (ca. 1430-1570)’.

  • Ariadne Schmidt and Manon van der Heijden (International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands/Leiden University), ‘For the benefit of all? Women’s work in public services in early modern Dutch towns’.

  • Dolly Jorgensen (University of Virginia, USA), ‘All good rule of the Citee’: Sanitation and civic government in England, 1400-1600’.

  • Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Leiden University), ‘Professionalization of public services: civil servants in Dordrecht, 1575-1800’.

Comments: Paul Knevel (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 2: Urban finance and policies

  • Marjolein ’t Hart and Michael Limberger (University of Amsterdam/Catholic University of Brussels, Belgium), ‘City government and public services in Antwerp and Amsterdam, 1500-1800’.

  • Claartje Rasterhoff (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), ‘Res Publica. A comparison of public services in two cities in the Dutch Republic’.

  • Piola Caselli (University of Cassino, Italy), ‘Urban welfare as a political tool. Rome in the early modern age’.

Comments: Wim Blockmans (Leiden University)

15:30-15:45 Tea break

15:45-17:15 Urban finances and policies (part 2)

  • Bram VanNieuwenhuyze (University of Ghent, Belgium), ‘The role and structure of the different advising institutions of medieval Brussels (1229-1477)’.

  • Jose Antonio Mateos Royo (University of Zaragona, Spain), ‘Municipal policy, food supply and urban markets in the kingdom of Aragon during the 16th and 17th centuries’.

  • Peter Stabel (University of Antwerp, Belgium), ‘Public services and principles of subsidiarity in late medieval cities, Flanders and Brabant 13th-16th centuries’.

Comments: Wim Blockmans

19:00 Dinner in Indonesian restaurant Surakarta

Saturday 1 December

Chair: Manon van der Heijden

10:00-12.00 Session 5: Conflict regulation and justice
  • Griet Vermeesch/Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Brussels University/Leiden University), ‘Civil litigation in Rotterdam in the eighteenth century’.

  • Jeroen van Bockel (Utrecht University), ‘Professional Bureaucrats or Bureaucratic Professionals?’.

  • Maarten VanDijck (University of Antwerp), ‘The administration of justice in some Brabantine towns (1400-1800). The decentralisation of an important public service’.

  • Catherine Denys (University Charles de Gaulle III, France), ‘The developments of police forces in urban European in the eighteenth century’.


Comments: Marc Boone (Ghent University, Belgium)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Session 4: Medical Care

  • Mary Lindemann (University of Miami, USA), ‘Poor relief, medical care and voluntarism in eighteenth-century Hamburg’.

  • Garielle Robilliard (University of Warwick, UK), ‘Accoucheur - City Council – Midwives - Mothers: Choosing midwives in early modern Leipzig’.

  • Daniela Sechel (Central European University, Budapest), ‘The physician bureaucrat. The professionalization of the medical personnel in the Habsburg Monarchy, Transsylvania: a case study (1770-1830)’.

Comments: Richard Wall (University of Essex, UK)

14:30-14:45 Tea break

14:45-16:45 Session 3: Poor relief

  • Marco van Leeuwen (International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands), ‘Church, town, state and citizen: poor relief 1500-1800’.

  • Charles H. Parker (St. Louis University, USA), ‘The pillars of a new community: conflicts and cooperation over Poor Relief in post-Reformation Holland’.

  • Ad Tervoort (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands), ‘The development of social care and education and their institutions in Dutch towns (1300-1625)’.

  • Katherine A. Lynch (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), ‘Social Provisions and the Life of Civil Society in Europe: Rethinking Public and Private’.

Comments: Maarten Prak (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

16:45-17:15 Synthesis by Karel Davids (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

17:15 Drinks

19:00 Dinner in Het Prentenkabinet



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