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.


Dr. Els Rose
13 February 2018
Els Rose has been appointed Professor Late and Medieval Latin at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication starting from 15 February 2018.
Gerard Dou, Old woman reading (portrait of Rembrandt’s mother), c. 1631-32. Bron:
29 January 2018
From 18 March till 1 April 2018, historian Andrew Pettegree will be in Utrecht as a visiting fellow of the Centre for the Humanities.
19 December 2017
"Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination" approaches the early modern republican political imagination from a fresh perspective.


Cassiodore teaching a student in the margin of Cambridge, Trinity College, B.5.4, fol. 84v. Bron:
28 May 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Irene O'Daly will explore some of the discourse around the use of diagrams in the twelfth- and thirteenth-century medieval classroom
Detail Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), Workshop of Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375-1444, Tournai). The Metropolitan Museum of Art
31 May 2018 15:00 - 19:00
This colloquium brings recent scholarship on the 15th c. architectural practice and explores new approaches to the transition Middle Ages-Early Modern Period.
Source: Wikimedia
7 June 2018 15:15 - 17:00
Organised by the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Vincent Debiais will lecture on 'The definition of silence in medieval thought and its visual figuration'.
Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present