From 21 January 2019 13:00 to 22 January 2019 14:30

Graduate Conference: Better together? Images and realities of community in the Middle Ages

On 21 and 22 January the conference Better together? Images and realities of community in the Middle Ages will take place. During this conference master students will present their research the medieval period. 

The conference focusses on a comparison of medieval conceptions of community and the practicalities involved in living in a group. It departs from the notion that living together is never easy although people have always tried to facilitate living in communities by formulating utopian perspectives and issuing practical guidelines. During this conference we want to look particularly at confrontations between ideals and reality.

Focus Points 

Questions related to feelings of community in specific group will be discussed. How do groups define themselves? Who is included and who excluded? What happens when a group is being threatened through internal or external pressure?


Programme 21 january

13:00: Welcome by dr. Rob Meens

First session chaired by dr. Robert Flierman

13:00 – 13:30: Grigorii Borisov 

Title: Living, Transcribing and Creating in an Imperial Abbey. The Community of Corvey and its Masters in the time of Widukind

13:30 – 14:00: Milena Strümper

Title: Struggling with stories. ‘Saxonness’ in Widukind of Corvey’s Res Gestae Saxonicae

14:00 – 14:30: Shane Cavlovic

Title: A papal stronghold in the ‘East’: monastic activity in Vrana and the shift towards the West in medieval Dalmatia.

14:30 – 15:00: Aron Joosten

Title: A look at a Celtiberian community

15:00- 15:30: Coffee break 

Second session chaired by Merel de Bruin MA

15:30 – 16:00: Kay Boers

Title: The Transformation of City and Church in the Epistola Encyclica of Athanasius

16:00 – 16:30: Isaac Smith

Title: At the edge of the Muslim world: community at Jabal al-Qilāl

16:30 – 17:00: Benjamin Duppui

Title: A tenth century journey to Cordoba: perceptions of Muslims in the vita of Johannes of Gorze

17:00: Reception

Programme 22 January

Third session chaired by dr. Megan Welton

10:30 – 11:00: Lucas Helder

Title: The pauper of Hincmar of Rheims: Brother or Other?

11:00 – 11:30: Johannes Tutzer

Title: Forging a Christian Community: The Vita Eligii, Paganism, and Carolingian Reform

11:30 – 12:00: Sabrina Schauerhammer

Title: Saviour of the West? The use of Charles Martel within contemporary identity debates

12:00-13:00: Lunch break

Fourth session chaired by Prof. dr. Mayke de Jong

13:00 – 13:30: Bart Peters

Title: The Erembalds in Bruges 1127: group or clan?

13:30 – 14:00: Richard Winkler

Title: The Quest for the Common Good: King, Nobility and the ideal Kingdom in Aegidius Romanus’ De regimine principium

14:00 – 14:30: Harry Armstrong

Title: Civilised and Uncivilised Communities in Van den vos Reynaerde

14:30: Closing words by Prof. dr. Els Rose

Start date and time
21 January 2019 13:00
End date and time
22 January 2019 14:30
Entrance fee
Free entry