Dr. Martine Veldhuizen

Assistant Professor
Medieval Culture

Martine Veldhuizen is fascinated by the power of words in historical perspective and has published on perceptions of speech in the Low Countries in European context from a legal, ecclesiastical and secular-ethical perspective (1300 -1550). Her PhD-project at Utrecht University has resulted in a monograph which was published by Verloren in 2014 and is also in English by Brepols in 2017, Sins of the Tongue in the Medieval West.

She presented her research at the prime time television program De Wereld Draait Door and taught and designed courses on various subjects of cultural and literary history at Utrecht University, William & Mary College, University of Californië Los AngelesUniversity, University of Amsterdam and Radboud University. Martine was awarded the Gerard Brom CRM Humanities Grant at Radboud University, a grant of Fonds Doctor Catharine van Tussenbroek to do a three-month research at the Huntington Library and a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. 

The history of free speech is currently her focus, mainly after the invention of the printing press (1450-1500). She holds a 3-year grant of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO Veni), of which the project title is 'Truth-tellers: The Mentality behind Subversive Speech Behaviour in Narratives in the First Printed books in Dutch'. She also received a NWO Internationalisation Grant to set up the research network Free speech in Europe 1400-1750. She has developed a new line or research towards the theme of privacy, both within her own field as in the context of the interdisciplinary research teams The power of one. 

Veldhuizen was chair between April 2020 until April 2022 of the Utrecht Young Academy, a platform for young academics throughout the university. She is also co-founder and board member of the Centre for Unusual Collaborations (CUCo), part of a strategic alliance between Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University, Utrecht University and the University Medical Center Utrecht.


‘Veldhuizen's work is a pleasant read and offers a refreshing view on ways in which texts may be analysed.’ Review Parergon 35 (2018), p. 208-209.