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

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: Rijksmuseum.nl
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.
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Events

25 October 2018 13:00 - 17:30
On Thursday 25 October 2018 a Master Class will take place on Citizenship Discourses: An Interdisciplinary and Diachronic Perspective.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present