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

Lezende Maria Magdalena - Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400 - 1464) Bron: Wikimedia Commons
23 March 2017 15:15 - 17:00
On 23 March Sabrina Corbellini (UG) will give a lecture entitled 'Looking for the Medieval Reader. A spatial Approach to Late Medieval Reading Cultures'.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present