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

The Quest for an Appropriate Past in Literature, Art and Architecture (Intersections)
20 December 2018
On 16 October 2018 Brill published 'The Quest for an Appropriate Past in Literature, Art and Architecture', edited by Karl Enenkel and Koen Ottenheym.
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.
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Events

21 January 2019 13:00 - 22 January 2019 14:30
On 21 and 22 January master students will present their research on the medieval period.
17 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
Submit an abstract of your paper about 'Freedom of speech in the medieval and early modern society' before the 10th of January 2019.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present