dr. Robert Flierman

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Dr. Robert Flierman received his PhD (cum laude) from Utrecht University. He taught history and medieval Latin at the University of Amsterdam and the Radboud University Nijmegen, before returning to Utrecht. His research interests include barbarian identity, Carolingian historiography, and early medieval letters and letter delivery. He has recently published Saxon Identities, 150-900 AD on the construction of Saxon identity in the Roman and post-Roman West. 


Scientific expertise
late oudheid
vroege middeleeuwen
middeleeuws latijn
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Flierman, R. (2017). Review: Jeroen Wijnendaele. The Last of the Romans. Bonifatius – Warlord and Comes Africae. Res Militares, 17 (1), (pp. 9-10) (2 p.).
Flierman, R. (2017). Review: Robert E. Lerner. Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life. History of Humanities, 2 (2), (pp. 530-533) (4 p.).
Flierman, R. (2017). Review: Shami Ghosh. Writing the Barbarian Past: Studies in Early Medieval Historical Narrative. History of Humanities, 2 (1), (pp. 273-276) (4 p.).
Flierman, R. (2017). Saxon Identities - AD 150-900. (288 p.). Bloomsbury Academics.
  2017 - Professional publications
Flierman, R. (2017). Recensie. Jan J.B. Kuipers. Karel de Grote. Stamvader van Europa. Madoc, 31 (2).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Flierman, R. (2016). Religious Saxons. Paganism, Infidelity and Biblical Punishment in the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae. In Rob Meens, Dorine van Espelo, Bram van den Hoven van Genderen, Janneke Raaijmakers, Irene van Renswoude & Carine van Rhijn (Eds.), Religious Franks. Studies in Honour of Mayke de Jong (pp. 181-201 ) (21 p.). Manchester University Press.
  2016 - Professional publications
Flierman, R. (2016). Dieren in de Middeleeuwen: Krokodil. Madoc, 30 (4), (pp. 224-225) (2 p.).
  2016 - Other output
Flierman, R. (2016). Label or Libel?: The Ethnonym 'Saxo' in the Latin Textual Record, 300-900.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Flierman, Robert (2015). Gens perfida or populus Christianus - The Saxons in Carolingian Historiography. In Clemens Gantner, Rosamond McKitterick & Sven Meeder (Eds.), The Resources of the Past in Early Medieval Europe (pp. 188-205). Cambridge: University Press.
Flierman, R. (03.02.2015). Pagan, Pirate, Subject, Saint - Defining and Redefining Saxons, 150-900 A.D.. (339 p.).
  2014 - Professional publications
Flierman, Robert (2014). In de schaduw van karolingische expansie - Saksische herinneringen aan de Saksenoorlogen van Karel de Grote. Madoc, 28 (3), (pp. 130-39) (10 p.).
  2014 - Popularising publications
Flierman, Robert (2014). Eén Europa onder Karel de Grote. Geschiedenis Magazine, 49 (2), (pp. 20-23).
  2013 - Other output
Flierman, Robert (27.01.2013). Mission from Mainz? Some Notes on the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae.
Flierman, Robert (22.02.2013). The Claim of perfidia in Discourses on the Saxon Wars.
  2012 - Other output
Flierman, Robert (09.07.2012). From Exclusion to Inclusion - The Saxons in the Ninth-Century Textual Record.
Flierman, Robert (26.01.2012). Karl oder Widukind? Disputing the Early Medieval Past in Nazi Germany.
  2011 - Other output
Flierman, Robert (13.07.2011). Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion in Carolingian Society.
  2010 - Professional publications
Flierman, Robert (2010). Tom Holland. De gang naar Canossa. De westerse revolutie rond het jaar 1000. Millennium, 24 (2), (pp. 169-71).
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Citizenship discourses in the early Middle Ages, 400-1100
01.09.2017 to 31.08.2022
General project description 

NWO VICI Grant, awarded February 2017 (2017-2022)

Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100)

Western Europe in the early Middle Ages (c.400-c.1100) witnessed fundamental changes in social, political, and cultural structures due to the fall of the Roman Empire and the development of new political formations. The project studies the use of citizenship terminology in the redefinition of public identity that this complex period required. The early medieval West is not generally associated with ‘citizenship’, as it predates the modern state and lacks large-scale urbanisation. However,written sources from this period employ ancient and biblical citizenship terminology. This continuous use of citizenship terminology is marked by a radical change of meaning. As Christianity assumed the role of dominant religion, it introduced its own citizenship ‘discourse’, one that provided new legal and symbolic meaning and sat often in paradoxical opposition to the ancient definitions. The examination of these shifts in meaning will be our tool to study the formation of identity in Western Europe during the first millennium.

The project will apply discourse analysis, performative theory, and a socio-philological approach to sources that reflect and frame processes of identity formation in the early medieval West. These include accounts on Christian role models (saints), reshaping political and social relationships; prayers and sermons, redefining social and spiritual life in their close interrelation; and legal and theological texts, rephrasing civic identity in accordance with Christian thinking. Civic identity in this period is a dual belonging: both to social and political life in the terrestrial world and to the spiritual community in the hereafter, envisaged as ‘the heavenly city’. The sources under investigation express the tensions and ambivalences this dual belonging caused in human relationships, and use terminology rooted in ancient and biblical citizenship discourse in order to shape new patterns of social in- and exclusion, membership, belonging and participation. The project investigates the social and legal implications of this use of citizenship terminology, which resulted in new citizenship discourses that redefined legal and social alliances and oppositions (e.g. citizen vs. barbarian à Christian vs. non-Christian).

The project’s scholarly and social relevance is in its introduction of citizenship discourse as a new paradigm to research early medieval identity formation, and in its collaboration with social partners (secondary education and urban cultural institutions) in order to discuss present-day approaches to citizenship as a dynamic concept, adaptive to changing cultural circumstances, thus stimulating the discussion about citizenship, religion and identity in a time of political, social and religious transformations.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU

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