Masterclass with prof. Bruce Campbell

The Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies, and the N.W. Posthumus Institute - the Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders – organize a masterclass with prof. dr. Bruce Campbell (Queens University Belfast) on Thursday May 26 in Utrecht. The masterclass is open for Research Master students and PhD candidates.
Deadline for applications: May 1 2016


Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell is a leading scholar in the field of medieval economic history. He is known for his seminal work on the crisis of the later Middle Ages, in which he reconstructs the medieval economic development of England. Recently, Campbell contributed to British economic growth, 1270-1870 (Cambridge 2015). He is furthermore celebrated for his pioneering interdisciplinary work, combining historical research with methods from geography and archaeology. Much of Campbell’s most recent work is dedicated to climate history, focusing on the question how humans interacted with the environment in the later Middle Ages.


Participants are expected to write a short essay (max. 1500 words) on Bruce Campbell’s article: ‘Nature as a historical protagonist’, in which they use the article to reflect on broader themes in medieval and social and economic history, or on their own ongoing research.
Research Master Students can also write a referee report on the article – guidelines will be sent after registration.
Essays should be handed in by May 20 2016.
Credits: 1 ECT
Article: Bruce M. S. Campbell, ‘Nature as historical protagonist: environment and society in pre-industrial England’ (the 2008 Tawney Memorial Lecture), Economic History Review, 63 (2), 281-314 (PDF file here:,206970,en.pdf.


Deadline applications: May 1 2016 via
Deadline essays: May 20 2016 via
Masterclass: May 26 2016, Utrecht University, 15.00-18.00.