Challenges and Opportunities for the study of the Middle Ages

Atelier ‘Theory and History of the Field’, 2017, for the School’s PhD and Research Master’s Students
27 January 2017, 13.00-17.00
Coordination: Prof. Catrien Santing/RUG, dr. Rob Meens/UU and dr. Els Rose/UU.
Utrecht, Drift 25, room 105 (entrance through Drift 27)
Deadline for registration: 9 January 2017 (see below).


The theme of this year’s Flemish-Dutch Medievalists Day was “Readjusting the Middle Ages” (See announcement In this Atelier we would like you to participate in this discussion and help us to draw up a broad outline for the future of our field of study.


Also in other countries medieval scholars are not secure which new avenue of research or teaching they should take. Even the famous Medieval Academy refrained from picking a specific topic for next year’s gathering ( and just calls to hand in ideas. Does this mean they lost track­?


For all that the organizers of the introductory day of the Research School would like to follow the American example. Therefore, we ask you to design a programme for  next year’s Flemish-Dutch Medievalists Day.

The programme should meet the following criteria:
- to engender synergy between the various kinds of Dutch medievalists
- to foster engagement with the field under students
- to contain new topics and methods which help to bear away grants at NWO and in Brussels
- to secure the future of the field.


You prepare a short presentation (15 minutes) on a topic from your own research, but in which you also address the points listed above.


The following Medievalists indicated directions. We advise you take take their thoughts into account:


Marcus Bull, Thinking Medieval. An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (Basingstoke 2005), ch 4 Is Medieval History Relevant?, pp. 99-136.

Celia Martin Chazelle e.a. eds, Why the Middle Ages Matter : Medieval Light on Modern Injustice (Abingdon 2012) Introduction, p. 1-15.

Hans-Werner Goetz, “Historical Studies on the Middle Ages in Germany: Tradition, Current Trends, and Perspectives”, in: The State of Medieval Studies, hg. v. C. Stephen Jaeger (= Journal of English and Germanic Philology 105/1, 2006, p. 207-230).

Frits van Oostrom, “Spatial Struggles: Medieval Studies between Nationalism and Globalization”, in: The State of Medieval Studies, hg. v. C. Stephen Jaeger (= Journal of English and Germanic Philology 105/1, 2006, p. 5-24).

You will get access to a Dropbox with the reading material.




To obtain 1 ECTS, you have to send a written version of your paper (app. 3000 words)  to the secretariat of the School ( afterwards, before 4 February 2017.


Programme and Place
Utrecht, 27 January 2017,  13.00-17.00
Drift 25, room 105 (entrance through Drift 27)
13.00 Opening by Catrien Santing, Short Statements by Els Rose and Rob Meens
13.15-14.45 Session I students
15.00 -16.30 Session II students
16.30-17.00 Comments Meens, Rose, Santing


Please register no later than 9 January 2017 by sending an email to the secretariat of the Research School,