18th Medieval Studies Day / Mediëvistendag, 30 November 2012

On 30 November 2012, the Research School for Medieval Studies, together with the Flemish Medievalist Association, will be holding the annual Medieval Studies Day, this time in Amsterdam. The organisation is in the hands of the medievalists from the Art Historical Institute of the University of Amsterdam and the secretariat of the Flemish Medievalist Association.

In the morning and early afternoon three lectures that address the topic ‘medieval court and communication’ are scheduled. The emphasis is on the High Middle Ages. Later in the afternoon (newly appointed) PhD students will present their research projects. With these presentations the Research School aims to stimulate young researchers to get in touch with established medievalists. Moreover, the presentations offer the opportunity to receive feedback. The day will be closed with a short presentation about CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network) and the possibilities this network offers medievalists. A more detailed program can be found on the next pages.


We hope that this varied program will stimulate you to come to Amsterdam. Both the organizing parties and the PhD students would highly appreciate your presence.


With kind regards,

Wendelien van Welie and Jitske Jasperse       Tjamke Snijders and Bram Caers

Kunsthistorisch Instituut UvA                                    Vlaamse Werkgroep Mediëvistiek


Practical information


• 30 November 2012, 10.30-18.00 hrs

• Amsterdam CREA building, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, 1018 WV Amsterdam

• Register before 15 November with Jitske Jasperse (t.g.jasperse@uva.nl)

• Costs 10 euro (incl. lunch and reception), transfer to 78 48 80 107 in the name of T.G. Jasperse stating ‘Medieval Studies Day 2012’. IBAN: NL21 TRIO 0784 8801 07; BIC: TRIONL2U

• All lectures will be held in English



Program Medieval Studies Day, 30 November 2012

Amsterdam, CREA, cultureel studentencentrum UvA, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, 1018 WV


Registration and coffee, 10.00-10.30 (CREA café)


Welcome and lectures, 10.30-13.45 (CREA theater)


10.30-10.45, word of welcome


10.45-11.15 Prof. Remke Kruk, Leiden University

From Court to Coffeehouse: The Changing Ambiance of Middle Eastern Heroic Tales

This paper will address heroes and courts as narrated in Arabic epic.

11.15-11.30 discussion


11.30-12.00 Therese Martin, Ph.D., Instituto de Historia at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

The Palace is the Emissary: Display and Directive in Spain and the West (9th-12th c.)

Central in this paper are the ways in which western Christian rulers in Spain made use of their residences to communicate with and command their subjects and visitors.

12.00-12.15 discussion


Lunch (CREA café)

12.15 -13.15


Lectures continued (CREA theater)


13.15-13.45 Prof. Paul Stephenson, Radboud University Nijmegen

Byzantine Court and Communication in the Age of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos

The paper will focus on the ‘Book of Ceremonies’, the development of court ritual and the despatch and reception of ambassadors.

13.45-14.15 discussion (including all speakers)


14.15-14.25 introduction presentations by PhD-students


Three parallel sessions of presentations by PhD-students, see below

(CREA theater, studio 2.01 and studio 2.03)


14.30-14.45 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions

14.45-15.00 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions

15.00-15.15 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions

15.15-15.30 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions3

15.30-15.45 break, possibility to change location and take a coffee on the way

15.45-16.00 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions

16.00-16.15 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions

16.15-16.30 presentation by PhD-student followed by questions


Presentation on CARMEN and closing of the day (CREA theater)


16.30-16.45 Simon Forde about CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network)


16.45-17.00 closing words


Reception, 17.00-18.00 (CREA café)




Presentations PhD students


Session 1: The Church (CREA theater)


Nelleke IJssennagger (RU Groningen) – started October 2011

Breaking up the Mirror: Changing Contact and the Perception of the Other in the Frisian, Viking and Anglo-Saxon World, 8th-11th Centuries

Ortwin Huysmans (KULeuven) – recently started

De houding van de 'pre-gregoriaanse' bisschoppen uit de kerkprovincie Reims tegenover monastieke en kanonikale hervormingsbewegingen (ca. 900-1050)

Koen Vanheule (UGent) – started October 2011

Monastic leadership in the post-charismatic age: constructing a new paradigm for the study of reforms before the emergence of the great Orders (Western Europe, tenth-early twelfth centuries)

Jelle Lisson (KULeuven) – recently started

The authority of the Bishop in the Post-Carolingian and Pre-Reform Age (c.900-c.1050): an inquiry into the lives and deeds of episcopal leaders in Western Francia and into the nature of their authority (Ecclesiastical Province of Rheims)

Kor Bosch (RU Nijmegen) – started 1 October 2012

At the Pontiff’s feet. European visitors to the Papal court, 1200-1500

Valentina Covaci (UvA) – started September 2012

The Franciscans of Mount Zion in Jerusalem and the Representation of the Holy Land (1333-1516): The Power of Rituals

Marianne Ritsema van Eck (UvA) – recently started

The Franciscans of Mount Zion in Jerusalem and the Representation of the Holy Land (1333-1516): The Power of the Visual


Session 2: Nobility and cities (studio 2.01)


Xavier Baecke (UGent) – recently started

The sacralisation of knighthood. A study of religious knightly identity in the Southern Low Countries during the High Middle Ages

Johan Van der Eycken (Rijksarchief Hasselt) – started 2010

Condottieri aan de Maas. Adel in het graafschap Loon (1300-1519)

Anne-Maria van Egmond (UvA)- started September 2011

The artistic climate of the Low Countries, on artisans, artists and merchants traveling around, producing and selling luxuries during the period 1345-1435

Valerie Vrancken (KULeuven) – recently started

Politiek, herinneringscultuur en ideologie in de late middeleeuwen. De ‘Blijde Inkomsten’ van de hertogen van Brabant (1356-1515)

Frans Camphuijsen (UVA) – started September 2011

Boundaries of Disorder: the Societal Narratives of Late Medieval Law Courts

Tineke Van Gassen (UGent) – recently started

Stedelijke archieven: collectief geheugen, identiteit en zelfbewustzijn.

Focus op laatmiddeleeuws Gent in comparatief perspectief.

Elien Vernackt (KULeuven) – started July 2012

De laatmiddeleeuwse en vroegmoderne topografie van Brugge op basis van een diepgaande analyse van de stadsplattegrond van Marcus Gerards


Session 3: Devotion (studio 2.03)


Lianne van Beek (RU Groningen) – started September 2011

Worshipping Miraculous Marys. A socio-historical analysis of the cults of populist Marys in the late medieval Netherlands

Ine Kiekens (UGent) - recently started

“Vanden twaelf dogheden”: een exemplarische studie naar de functies, verspreiding en doorwerking van Middelnederlandse mystieke geschriften

Christel Theunissen (RU Nijmegen) – started April 2012

Brabant heritage rediscovered: a reconstruction of the Aarschot choir stalls and the oeuvre of the sculptor and joiner Jan Borchmans

Ad Poirters (RU Nijmegen) – recently started

Books for the Divine Office in the Soeterbeeck Collection: A Contextual Analysis

Soetkin Vanhauwaert (KULeuven) – recently started

Caput Johannis in disco. Iconologie van de Johannesschotel in de Lage Landen: object – functie – medium

Marta Bigus (UGent) - recently started

De Tien Geboden en het ideaal van introspectie en individuatie in de Late Middeleeuwen (ca. 1300 - ca. 1550)

Marjolijn Kruip (RU Nijmegen) – started Juni 2012

Kunst, devotie en reizen: materiële getuigenissen van geografische netwerken in laatmiddeleeuws Europa