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

29 August 2017
Het boek van Martine Veldhuizen is verschenen in de serie Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (USML 36)
28 August 2017
The book explores the dynamics of Christian ritual practices in their relation to a broader cultural framework.
1 August 2017
Jewish Love Magic is a monograph by Ortal-Paz Saar dedicated to the supernatural methods employed by Jews in order to generate love, grace or hate.
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Events

23 October 2017 12:00 - 13:00
The Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies organises a lunch meeting each block. This time Nike Stam will present her research on bilingualism in medieval Ireland.
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2 November 2017 09:30 - 3 November 2017 17:00
The workshop is organised by Heloise - European Network on Digital Academic History and the Descartes Centre
18 December 2017 12:00 - 13:00
The UCMS organises a lunch meeting each block. This time Martine Veldhuizen will present her research on subversive speech behaviour in the first Dutch books.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present