Anchoring Innovation - Ancient and Medieval Studies

On Friday, March 11th, 2016, the Graduate Schools OIKOS and Medieval Studies co-organise a meeting on the OIKOS-research agenda ‘Anchoring Innovation'. Researchers in Ancient and Medieval Studies are cordially invited to join this meeting.
Our guest is prof. Patricia Clare Ingham (Indiana University). She just published her new book The Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2015). In this book she discusses the preoccupation with newness and novelty in literary, scientific and religious discourses of the twelfth through sixteenth centuries. Moreover, she demonstrates the relevance of the Middle Ages to today's assumptions about newness.


The program consists of two events:
11.00-12.30h.; Location: Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06.
Discussion by ReMa and PhD students with Prof. Patricia Ingham about her new book.


14.00-17.00 h.: location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21.
14.00-14.20 Prof. Ineke Sluiter: introduction to ‘Anchoring innovation’
14.20-15.20 Prof. Patricia Ingham: ‘Sustaining the Humanities in an Age of Innovation’.
15.20 – 15.40 Response: Prof. Marco Mostert and Prof. Catrien Santing
15.40-16.00 break
16.00 dr Katell Lavéant (Vidi: Uncovering Joyful Culture: Parodic Literature and Practices in and around the Low Countries (13th-17th centuries) and
16.15 Arie van Steensel (Veni: Age of Trust and Cooperation? The Social Fabric of Urban Communities in England, Italy and the Low Countries, c. 1350-1550) will present their research, tying in with the Anchoring innovation-theme.
16.30 General discussion of Prof. Ingham’s views on innovation.


If you wish to attend (one of) these meetings, please send an e-mail to before March 8.

 Friday March 11th.
Time and location:
 11.00-12.30 h. (Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06)
 14.00-17.00 h. (Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal)