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

Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
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27 February 2019
Five out of six ICON research groups scored ‘very good’ on research quality. The quality of the Gender Studies group was even rated ‘excellent’.
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.
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Events

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.
Book of Saint Albans: Page with the Royal Arms of England. Bron: Wikimedia/Cambridge University Library
23 May 2019 13:00 - 17:15
The two-part seminar is jointly organised by the 'Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS)' and the 'Technical Art History Colloquium (TAHC)'.
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Areas of expertise: texts | visual culture | music | philosophy | religion | Latin | vernaculars | manuscripts | long term perspective |
connection with the present