Research and education in the field of medieval studies at Utrecht University is carried out at the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS). The Utrecht-based medievalists share their knowledge of medieval culture with a wider audience in various ways.

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.

News

19 December 2017
"Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination" approaches the early modern republican political imagination from a fresh perspective.
8 December 2017
This work explores the relationship between law and drama in Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Co-edited by Katell Lavéant.
29 August 2017
Het boek van Martine Veldhuizen is verschenen in de serie Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (USML 36)
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Events

23 January 2018 16:15 - 18:00
Prof. Kate Rudy (University of St Andrews) will give a lecture entitled ‘Rubrics, Images and Indulgences in Late Medieval Netherlandish Manuscripts’.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
The conference is devoted to current research in manuscripts and printed books of the premodern and early modern period (c. 650 - 1600).
Cassiodore teaching a student in the margin of Cambridge, Trinity College, B.5.4, fol. 84v. Bron: voicesfromtheedge.huygens.knaw.nl
28 May 2018 12:00 - 13:00
The UCMS organises a lunch meeting each block. This time Mariken Teeuwen will present her research on techniques of argumentation in manuscript margins.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present