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

Foto Cécile de Morrée
12 May 2017 10:30 - 11:45
From an anthropological perspective on the theme of time, Cécile de Morrée shows the songs were arranged according to the different seasons of the year cycle.
© iStockphoto.com/PaulCowan
18 May 2017 15:15 - 17:00
Lecture by Kees Veelenturf with the title 'Enter the Protagonist, The earliest depictions of Christ from the Low Countries'.
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.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present