Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies

Research and education in the field of medieval studies at Utrecht University is carried out at the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS).

Present-day importance of the Middle Ages

Many of the discussions we see in society today do not look any further back than a couple of generations at the most. This kind of short-term thinking leads to a limited viewpoint - a ‘provincialism of time’. Focusing on the culture of the Middle Ages in all its facets provides us with a different view on today’s problems: a long-term perspective, which invites a comparative approach.


6 January 2016
Subsidies have been awarded to no less than 4 projects: on Europe, early modern language dynamics, medieval science, and emancipation and religion.
Boek Christine de Pezan in Bruges
10 December 2015
This book focuses on the background of the commissioner, the codicological aspects and the unfinished illumination programme of the manuscript from 1475.
Rederijkers - schilder Jan Steen (1626-1679) - Wikimedia Commons
4 December 2015
Katell Lavéant has received a grant for a research seminar in collaboration with the Université de Grenoble.


UCLA Lecture 2016 by Teofilo F. Ruiz
12 February 2016 15:30 -
The annual UCLA lecture is held this year by Teofilo F. Ruiz, Professor of Medieval History.
texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present

Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies