Curriculum 2018-2019: Course units for PhD and ReMa students

Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies

Curriculum 2018-2019: Course units for PhD and ReMa students





Although many course units are intended for both PhD and ReMa students, some are specifically aimed at one of these categories. The overview below states for which category of students each activity is intended.


28 Sept. 2018                      Workshop “Theory and History of the Field”, Utrecht  (PhD/ReMa, 1 ECTS)

16-19 Oct. 2018                  Autumn School “Medieval Philosophy”, Ghent  (PhD/ReMa, 2 ECTS)

25 Oct. 2018                        Masterclass “Citizenship Discourses”, Utrecht (PhD/ReMa, 1 ECTS)

5 Nov. 2018                         Masterclass “First World Medievalism and Participatory Culture” (PhD/ReMa, 1 ECTS)

16 Nov. 2018                       Fourth PhD Conference”, Utrecht (advanced PhD’s, 4 ECTS)

30 Nov. 2018                       24th Medieval Studies Day, Leiden (PhD/ReMa, 1 ECTS)

13 Dec. 2018                       Masterclass “New Trends in the History of Reading” (PhD/ReMa, 1 ECTS)

28 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2019         Course “Working with medieval sources” (PhD & 2nd year ReMa, 2.5/ 3 ECTS)

April/May 2019                    ReMa Course  “Material Culture” (ReMa, 5 ECTS)

April/June 2019                  ReMa Course “International Medieval Studies”  (2nd-year ReMa, 5 ECTS)

26 -27 June 2019              PhD Course “Foundations of Own Research” (2nd-year PhD, 3 ECTS)

May/June 2019                   Course Medieval Latin (ReMa/PhD, 5 ECTS)





28 September 2018

For PhD and ReMa students (1 ECTS)

Workshop Theory and History of the Field: “The Truth Reconsidered. The study of the Middle Ages in a time of multiple competing interpretations of the past and present”

Venue: Utrecht

All interested scholars are welcome to participate but especially all new members (ReMa, PhD, and up) of the Research School are expressly advised to join to become acquainted with each other and existing members of the School. PhD and ReMa students participating in this workshop as part of their degree programme write a short paper to obtain 1 ECTS.

Organized by the PhD’s from the School’s NWO-Graduate School Project: Pieter Boonstra (RUG), Nathan van Kleij (UvA), Theo Lap (RUG) & Mark Vermeer (UU).


16-19 October 2018

For PhD and ReMa students (2 ECTS)

Autumn School “Influencers and Followers: Medieval Philosophy between the Latin West, the Byzantine Empire and the Islamicate World”

Venue: Ghent

Organized by the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies (Ghent). There will be a maximum of 20 participants (first-come, first-served!). Application deadline: 10 September 2018. The School’s PhD and ReMa students participating in this course as part of their degree programme write a short paper to obtain 2 ECTS.

The programme, filled with international experts, is designed to provide participants with an overview of the philosophical problems, concepts, and debates that are specific to the Middle Ages. Equal attention will be paid to three cultural areas: the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamicate world. The Autumn School 2018 is free for participants of the HPIMS and the Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies. Others pay a fee of EUR 150 (all lectures, activities, lunches & coffee breaks).

Coordination: Dr. Martine De Reu (Ghent).


25 October 2018

For PhD and ReMa students (1 ECTS)

Masterclass “Citizenship Discourses: an Interdisciplinary and Diachronic Perspective“

Venue: Utrecht

This Masterclass is part of the NWO VICI Project “Citizenship Discourses in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, guided by Prof. Els Rose. During the Masterclass the members of the VICI-team will present their individual sub-projects. Their presentations will be followed by responses by four Masters in the fields of (Ancient) History and Sociology of Human Rights. PhD and ReMa students who attend the Masterclass and afterwards hand in a written reflection on the isssues and methods discussed  obtain 1 ECTS.

For further information, see


5 November 2018

For PhD and ReMa students (1 ECTS)

Masterclass & Lecture “First-World Medievalism and Participatory Culture”

with Dr. Andrew Elliott (University of Lincoln)

Venue: Groningen.

For further information, see


15-16 November 2018 (provisional dates)

For advanced PhD students (4 ECTS)

Fourth PhD Conference

During the Conference, each of the participants will hold a presentation on his or her research (30 min.). This will be followed by a response from a referee. Interested parties (for example, ReMa students) are welcome to attend, although as audience and not as participants.

Coordination:  Prof. Catrien Santing (RUG).

For more information, see:


30 November  2018

For PhD and ReMa students (1 ECTS)

24th Medieval Studies Day: ”The Global Middle Ages”

Venue: Leiden

The annual Medieval Studies Day brings together Dutch and Flemish medievalists to share information about recent developments in the field. Conference languages: Dutch and English. A permanent feature of the event is a series of presentations by PhD students who are in the early stages of their research. (Please send in  proposals before 15 September 2018).  ReMa students write a short paper after having attended the Day to obtain 1 ECTS. All participating medievalists are required to register before 15 October 2018 via

Coordination: Prof. Peter Hoppenbrouwers (UL)

For more information, see:


13 December 2018

For PhD and ReMa students (1 ECTS)

Masterclass “New Trends in the History of Reading”

Venue: Museum Plantin Moretus (Antwerp), Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp

The masterclass New Trends in the History of Reading aims at presenting and discussing with ReMa and PhD students the newest development in the study and reconstruction of reading activities in premodern Europe. After a presentation of new theoretical and methodological approaches, the lecturers will engage the participants into a discussion about the approaches selected within the framework of FWO-NWO research project “In Readers’ Hands. Early Modern Dutch Bibles from a Users’ Perspective” (2017-2021), making use of late medieval and early modern printed books from the Plantin Moretus collection. Deadline registration: 1 December 2018, with

Coordination: Prof. Sabrina Corbellini (RUG) & Prof. Wim François (KUL).

Further Information:


Monday 28 January - Friday 1 February 2019

For PhD and ReMa students (appr. 2.5 / 3 ECTS)

Course “Working with Medieval Sources”                                                                                                               

This course unit gives students the opportunity to see a large number and diversity of medieval sources from up close, and teaches them how to approach these sources. The focus is on how various disciplines deal with the sources that are important to them, which answers they look for in these sources and the results that a thorough examination of a source may yield. The course unit will be taught in the form of a five-day block at the Convent of Huissen.

Registration deadline: 15 December 2018

Further information:


April / May 2019

For ReMa students (5 ECTS)

ReMa Course “Material Culture

Venue: Utrecht, 26 April and 3, 10, 17 and 24 May

This course will be dealing with various kinds of material culture as sources for knowledge and research. A basic premise is that material sources are of the same level of relevance as other kinds of sources, like written sources. As with all kinds of sources the reliability of elements of material culture is a fascinating topic that will be discussed. Various kinds of material sources will be discussed and analysed, varying from images to archaeological remains, and from liturgical objects to architecture. Material in Utrecht will be visited and discussed and confronted with scholarly interpretations of material elsewhere, for example in Rome.

Coordination: Prof. A.F.W. Bosman (UvA), Dr. A.J.M. Irving (RUG) & Dr. W.A.W. Van Welie-Vink (UvA).


April / June 2019

For 2nd year ReMa students (5 ECTS)

ReMa Course “International Medieval Studies”

Venue: Utrecht, Leeds

This course is recommended for all Research MA students in their second year who wish to embark on a scholarly career in Medieval Studies. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the Leeds International Medieval Congress (1-4 July 2019, Thematic Strand: Materialities) at first hand. They will present the findings of the research which went into their Research MA theses in papers of 20 minutes. Because proposals for sessions at the Leeds IMC 2019 must be received by the end of September 2018, please register for this course by 10 September at the latest, giving a provisional title for the paper you wish to present, at

Coordination: Dr. Rob Meens (UU),

Further information:


May / June 2019

For PhD and ReMa students (5 ECTS)

Course “Medieval Latin”

Utrecht, 10, 17, 24 May and 7, 14, 21, 28 June 2019

Latin was the main language of communication in the medieval West. The written expression of this language underwent important changes compared to the classical Latin of Roman antiquity, both in the grammatical categories and with regard to text types and genres.

The course provides an introduction to medieval Latin, its linguistic development, the continuation of classical genres, and the development of new types of texts. During class sessions we will read and discuss texts that represent central components of medieval life and culture, while secondary literature will support our reading of these source texts. The course is concluded by a written exam.

The course outline is flexible and can be adapted to the specific needs and interests of the participants. Basic knowledge of the Latin grammar is required. For questions with regard to contents of the course,  please contact Els Rose (

Lecturer: Prof.  Els Rose (UU)

Please register before 1 February 2019. For further information, see



June 2019

For 2nd-year PhD-students (3 ECTS)

Course unit “Foundations of Own Research”

Leiden, 26 - 27 June 2019

This course is intended for PhD students with an employment contract in the second year of their appointment. As a starting point, all participating PhD students turn in the concept Introduction of their PhD theses under construction ultimately one week before the start of the course (guideline for length: 5,000-6,000 words).

The course unit will be taught in Dutch and/or English, depending on the participants. The first meeting will take place in Leiden on two successive days in June. During this session it will be decided if a follow-up meeting will be held a few months later.

Coordination: Prof. dr. Peter Hoppenbrouwers (Leiden University)

Please register as soon as possible, but no later than 15 April 2019, with the Secretariat of the School:

For further information, see:





 Course units for ReMa students

ReMa students must choose 10 ECTS  in  individual course units over a period of two years, from the annually changing range of approximately 25 ECTS presented in the overview above.  Please note that some course units are only open to 2nd-year ReMa students.



Course units for PhD students

PhD students must follow a basic programme that comprises 12 ECTS, spread out over three years. The components of this programme are listed in the overview above.



Workshop: Theory and History of the Field                        1 ECTS

Course unit: Working with medieval sources                     3 ECTS

Course unit: Foundations of Own Research                       3 ECTS

PhD Conference                                                                      4 ECTS

Medieval Studies Day                                                             1 ECTS


Total                                                                                       12 ECTS



Extra activities



In addition to the above programme, the School usually holds a number of ad hoc Masterclasses, depending on the availability of interesting ‘Masters’ to teach them. Each Masterclass has a student workload of 1 ECTS.



If a number of PhD and/or ReMa students are interested in a specialist course in a certain field, they may ask the School to provide such a course. This will mainly concern skills courses. Each Workshop has a student workload of 1 ECTS.



Practical matters

The activities of the School’s curriculum are nearly always open to external PhD and ReMa students  in the Humanities  from Dutch or Flemish universities. In case a course, organized by the  School itself, is overbooked (too many students sign up), the School’s own  ReMa and PhD students will be given priority, unless stated otherwise in the announcement.


Language: teaching is usually in English and/or Dutch, depending on the material and the participants.


The student workload in ECTS of certain components may be raised if the workload is increased.