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Conference Dinner

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The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday July 11, 2018, 19:30 at the KULeuven Faculty Club, located in the charming and historical surrounding of Leuven's Grand Beguinage.

Participation fee: 80€

Special dietary requirements will be dealt with if you leave a note during the registration process.

If you are already registered for the conference, and you would want to participate in the dinner, please use the button below. You will access to your registration with your email and your registration number.

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Shuttle transportation to and from Leuven will be organised.

Detailed map available here


The Grand Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site

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The Grand Beguinage Faculty Club in Leuven is a unique event location. The breathtaking setting of the restored buildings of the Grand Beguinage make it the ideal place for the conference dinner. There is a good reason why the site was made UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

The dinner will take place on the ground floor of the Infirmary building, and is accessible to wheelchairs.

The Infirmary complex: A little history

From way back, this complex, which was similar to a hospital, was one of the important components of the Flemish Beguinages which usually go back to the 13th to 14th century. Most of the patients were sick and infirm Beguines, but women from the city who lacked the means of subsistence were apparently also looked after there. The Infirmary complex was closed off from the other sections of the Beguinage, and had its own entrance. It was a completely self-supporting institution: farms, forests, agricultural land, a dairy, a bakery and a cheese dairy all belonged to the Infirmary. The main source of income, however, was bequests and legacies. Everything was managed by two infirmary mistresses, who submitted accounts at regular intervals to the prioresses and the pastor. In the Infirmary room were 13 alcoves where patients were looked after. The roof truss which is now exposed dates, like the room itself, from the mid-16th century.


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