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LECTIO is devoted to the study of the intellectual history of pre-modern European thought. The centre has been established in 2010 at KU Leuven and it integrates expertise dispersed over three faculties (Arts, Theology and the Institute of Philosophy) and several research units.


LECTIO forms an institutional framework for interdisciplinary research around a common programme (Intellectual History), developed in a more concrete way as research on a common theme (authority) for the coming years, to be followed by other common research themes afterwards. Read more

Laboratory for Critical Text Editing

LECTIO includes a Laboratory for Critical Text Editing, which groups the philological expertise required to carry out our research. Read more








Upcoming events    



Prof. Dr. Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard University - USA)

The Autonomy of Images: The Prayer book of Ursula Begerin and Late Medieval Picture Books

27 May 2014 - 5pm

Promotiezaal, University Hall HAL 01.46, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven (B)

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Doctoral Seminar


Prof. Dr. Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard University - USA)

Latinate nuns and liturgical commentary: the graduals from Paradies Bei Soest, ca. 1360-1425

28 May 2014 10am-5.30pm

Museumzaal, Mgr. Sencie Institute MSI 02.08 Erasmusplein 2, Leuven (B)

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International conference
Towards the Authority of Vesalius. Representations of the Human Body in antiquity, the middle ages and the renaissance

3-4-5 December 2014

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, Leuven (B)

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Conference 'Vesalius 2014' 3-4-5 December 2014

Conference 'Shaping Authority' 5-6 Dec 2013

Shaping Authority Conference Picture