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.


12 November 2018
In November Boydell & Brewer published 'Piety and Polyphony in Sixteenth-Century Holland. The Choirbooks of St Peter’s Church, Leiden', a book by Eric Jas. 
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.


The Maccabees, Wojciech Stattler (1800–1875). Bron: Wikimedia
22 November 2018 15:15 - 17:00
UCMS Lecture by prof. dr. Gordon Blennemann, Université de Montréal.
Philippa of Hainault's coronation. Bron: Wikimedia
22 November 2018 16:15 - 18:00
On Thursday 22 November the next edition of the Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies will take place.
Prof. dr. Maarten Prak. Foto: Kees Rutten
3 December 2018 19:00 - 21:00
The Future of Citizen-Based Initiatives (FOCI) Hub organizes a lecture by Maarten Prak, on the occasion of his newly published book Citizens Without Nations.
Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present