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

1 March 2017
Eight Humanities programmes have been ranked best in their field, according to Keuzegids Masters 2017.
Dr. Els Rose
17 February 2017
Medievist dr. Els Rose receives Vici grant worth one and half million euros.
13 January 2017
Mayke de Jong and Irene van Renswoude edited a special issue in which they explore the public debate in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Western society.
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Events

Prof. Thomas F.X. Noble. Source: YouTube (still)
1 June 2017 15:15 - 17:00
On 1 June Thomas F.X. Noble will give a lecture entitled 'Virtual Materiality'. The lecture will be followed by a response from Janneke Raaijmakers.
Excerpt from the Martyrology of Oengus. Source: Wikimedia Commons/National Library of Ireland, MS G10 p. 24
7 June 2017 17:45 - 19:00
Nike Stam analysed the functions of bilingualism in texts by medieval Irish scribes. She will defend her PhD thesis on this subject on 7 June.
22 June 2017 10:00 - 14:30
On Thursday 22 June the fourth Utrecht Colloquium in Medieval Studies will take place. Karl Kügle will give a lecture on new directions in medievalist research.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present