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Call for Papers Special Issue journal Virtus: Journal of Nobility Studies – deadline 1 February 2022

Guest editors Dr Ulrike Müller, Professor Ilja Van Damme, and Professor Gerrit Verhoeven call for contributions to a special issue of the academic journal Virtus: Journal of Nobility Studies on the theme ‘Collectioneurs Nobles: Continuity and Change in Aristocratic Collecting Practices in Belgium and the Netherlands (1750-1950)’.

In spite of the recent upsurge in books and articles on collectors and collecting practices in Belgium and the Netherlands, research on this blue blood collecting in the Low Countries after 1750 remains thin on the ground. Who were these highborn collectors? What did they collect? And why? In this special issue we aim to draw a detailed portrait of these  collectioneurs nobles, their changing social profile, and their motivations. In this special issue, the editorial team aims to provide some answers to these questions by sampling the latest research on noble collectors and collections in the Low Countries.

Abstracts (max. 350 words) with an additional short bio are due by 1 February 2022; selected papers are due by 1 October 2022. Mored details can be found in the full call via the button below.

Full call (pdf)