Every year three professors from Flemish universities can work as guest professors in the United States. Read here more about the different professorchips, where the projects comes from and which professors are currently holding a position.
Under the Rubens, Van Dyck and Brueghel professorships, each year, three professors from Flemish universities can work as guest professors in America for a couple of months. The initiative is a collaboration between the Flemish universities, the Flemish department of Education and Training, and three top universities in the U.S.The guest professors go to the U.S. for at least 10 weeks, and provide courses in the Dutch Studies curriculum to make culture, literature, history and art from the Southern Low Countries visible. They will also give a public lecture on a topic that is closely related to their field of research.
History of the project
The professorchips started in 1982 with the Peter Paul Rubens chair at the University of California in Berkeley, in 1985 with the Pieter Brueghel chair at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2006 with the Anthony Van Dyck chair at the University of California in Los Angeles.
In the academic year 2019-2020, Prof. Dr. Hans Cools was selected for the Pieter Brueghel chair as lecturer at the Faculty of Literature of KU Leuven. As from 1 October 2020, prof. dr. Cools is senior lecturer of the Research Unit ‘History’.
During his stay in Philadelphia, he lectured the course ‘Politics and Societies in the Early Modern World’ at the University of Pennsylvania. Moreover, at 6 December 2019, he organised the Breughel- Colloquium in collaboration with the ‘Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures’ of the University of Pennsylvania. This colloquium was titled ‘Amsterdam-Based Slave Trade within Early Modern Atlantic Trade Networks’. Prof. dr. Cools was also invited by the Department of History of Louisiana State University to give a lecture on 15th November 2019. This lecture was about Francesco Feroni and called ‘the practices of a 17th century Amsterdam Slave Trader’. Prof. dr. Cools organised two lectures at the University of Pennsylvania:
- The 17th September 2019 for the Graduate Research Seminar of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. This lecture was titled ‘The Counts of Egmont and Hornes in the collective memory of the Low Countries’.
- The 24th October 2019 for the Center of Italian Studies. This lecture was titled ‘Communities of Strangers. Italian Merchants in 17th century Amsterdam’.
A third public lecture took place the 22nd November 2019. This lecture was sponsored by the Flemish representative in New York and was titled ‘Longing for a Second Golden Age in Antwerp and Amsterdam: Comparing the Rubens and the Rembrandt House Museums’.
Antoon Van Dyck-chair
In the academic year 2019-2020, Prof. Dr. Ilja Van Damme was selected for the Antoon Van Dyck chair, he was attached to the History department of the University of Antwerp.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Antoon Van Dyck-chair will be delayedin the academic year 2020-2021. In the academic year 2021-2022, the Antoon Van Dyck chair will be held by Dr. Bart Lambert, affiliated with the History department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Peter Paul Rubens-chair
In the academic year 2019-2020, Prof. Dr. Pieter Uyttenhove, professor of Theory and History of Urbanism at the University of Ghent, was selected for the Peter Paul Rubens-chair. Professor Uyttenhove was in the past head of the department of Architecture and Urban Planning and he was chairman of the Master in Urbanism and Spatial Planning for years. He is director of Labo S, a research laboratory for urbanism and urban design.
During his stay in Berkeley, he lectured the course ‘Views and Visions: Representing Flanders’ Landscape and Built Environment’ at the Department of Architecture of the University of California. Due to COVID-19, a public lecture and an exhibition have not taken place.
In the second half of 2020, Prof. Dr. Wouter Ryckbosch, attached to the History department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will hold the Peter Paul Rubens-chair. This has been postponed to 2022 due to the Corona crisis. In 2021, the Peter Paul Rubens chair will be held by Prof. De Munck, attached to the History department of the University of Antwerp.