Category Archives: Conferenties, congressen en workshops

Free speech, religion and political culture in northern Europe, 1400-1750 (Edinburgh, 16-17 April 2020)

Organization: Alasdair Raffe (University of Edinburgh), Martine Veldhuizen (Utrecht University)

This workshop explores aspects of ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern northern Europe.  Freedom of speech was by no means a fundamental right in the late middle ages and early modern period, and yet expressions of critical opinions towards power were always possible and often widespread.  They could be uttered verbally, through the spoken or written word, but also through other sign systems and media, ranging from the sound of musical instruments to heraldic languages.

The Edinburgh workshop will analyse the practice of free speech, paying particular attention to the expression of controversial religious and political ideas.  Much recent scholarship has examined the circulation of news and information, the mobilisation and manipulation of political opinions and the media of public debate.  Other works have broadened our understanding of religious debates and dissent, especially in the two centuries after the Reformation.  Building on this research, speakers at the workshop will examine claims to freedom of religious and political speech.  Some contributors will discuss theoretical arguments in defence of free speech, others the media and linguistic character of ‘free’ utterances.  Papers will assess instances of free speech in historical and literary contexts, and trace the consequences of speaking up for an opinion.  We invite case studies that can help us to address large, pan-European questions regarding free speech.

The workshop will consider the following questions:

  • How did late-medieval and early modern Europeans think about and defend free speech?
  • Which media and forms of language were used to express religious and political ideas? What determined the choice of particular media and forms of language?
  • What kind of messages were spread? Were they subversive or did they legitimise power?
  • How was free speech received? What were the effects of free speech in the development of religious communities, political attitudes and subversive movements?
  • Can ‘European’ patterns be distinguished, or were the practices of free speech determined more by national, provincial and local institutions and norms?

We invite proposals from historians, literary and linguistic scholars.  We would particularly welcome contributions from advanced PhD students and postdoctoral scholars.  Papers should be twenty-five minutes in length and given in English.

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a one-page CV, should be sent to Alasdair Raffe ( by Friday 6 December 2019.

“Vloeibaar Ondernemerschap. De Stedelijke Zoektocht naar Drinkwater voor 1800”: Internationaal symposium (Antwerpten, 28 november)

500 jaar Gilbert Van Schoonbeke

Vloeibaar Ondernemerschap. De Stedelijke Zoektocht naar Drinkwater voor 1800

Internationaal symposium in het kader van 500 jaar Gilbert Van Schoonbeke en Antwerpen 1519-2019


Pomp op de Veemarkt, © Stadsarchief Antwerpen

Water is van vitaal belang voor elke stad. Al eeuwenlang zoeken overheden en inwoners naar oplossingen om de steeds grotere vraag naar drink- of bruikbaar water te beantwoorden.

Vanaf de 16de eeuw wordt drinkwater meer en meer een voorwerp van ondernemerschap en privaat initiatief. Exact 500 jaar geleden werd in Antwerpen Gilbert Van Schoonbeke geboren. Hij liet de eerste waterleiding in de stad aanleggen.

In dit symposium staan we stil bij die vroege zoektocht naar drinkbaar water in de stad, de betekenis van ‘ondernemerschap’ in water en de relevantie van het stedelijke waterverleden voor de watervoorziening vandaag.


Universiteit Antwerpen, Hof Van Liere, de Tassiszaal, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen


Donderdag 28 november 2019 van 9 tot 17.30 uur


Prof. dr. Tim Soens, Universiteit Antwerpen, met de steun van water-link o.v., de Universiteit Antwerpen en de Vrienden van het Brouwershuis vzw



“Ruimte en afstand in de Middeleeuwen”: 25ste Mediëvistendag (8 november 2019, Universiteit Antwerpen)

25ste Mediëvistendag

Vrijdag 8 november 2019

Universiteit Antwerpen

Departement Geschiedenis, “Het Brantyser”, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 13

De 25ste Mediëvistendag zal op vrijdag 8 november 2019 gehouden worden in Antwerpen met als thema: “Ruimte en afstand in de Middeleeuwen”. De dag zal bestaan uit een plenair gedeelte met key note voordrachten, gevolgd door verschillende projectpresentaties.

Voor de projectpresentaties (van 20 minuten) zijn we nog op zoek naar in Nederland en Vlaanderen werkzame promovendi (betaalde onderzoekers en buitenpromovendi) die in de beginfase van hun onderzoek zijn. Daarnaast is er ruimte voor de presentatie van postdoc-onderzoek of van grote koepelprojecten, hetzij in de vorm van posters, hetzij in de vorm van papers. Research Master studenten die deelnemen en een korte paper schrijven, krijgen daarvoor 1 ECTS.

Presentaties graag vóór 25 oktober aanmelden via het secretariaat van de Onderzoekschool:

Inschrijven voor de Mediëvistendag kan via een e-mail aan het secretariaat van de Onderzoekschool, graag vóór 25 oktober:, o.v.v. ‘Mediëvistendag 2019’. De kosten van deelname bedragen 10 euro. Verdere informatie hierover zal zo snel mogelijk verstrekt worden.

Het definitieve programma zal kort na 25 oktober bekend worden gemaakt. Nadere informatie is te verkrijgen bij het secretariaat van de Onderzoekschool (


25th Medieval Studies Day

Friday 8 November 2019

University of Antwerpen

History Department, “Het Brantyser”, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 13

The 25th Medieval Studies Day will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019, at the University of Antwerp. This year’s theme will be: “Space and Distance in the Middle Ages”. The day will consist of a plenary session with key note lectures, followed by various project presentations

For the project presentations we are still looking for PhD students working in the Netherlands and Flanders (both paid PhD students and external doctoral students), who are at the start of their research projects. Post-docs or leaders of large research projects are also expressly invited to present their projects, either as posters or as papers. Research Master students who attend and write a short paper will be awarded with 1 ECTS.

Proposals for presentations have to be sent before 25 October to the administration of the Research School:

Please, register for the day by sending an e-mail to, preferably before October 25. There is an attendance fee of 10 euros, which will cover expenses for coffee/tea, lunch and drinks. More information  about this fee will follow as soon as possible.

The definitive programme will be announced  shortly after 25 October. Further information may be obtained from the administration of the Research School

“Working women in pre-industrial Europe. Perspectives on the gendering of urban labour markets” (Leuven November 14-15)

Scholars have long been debating whether a decline in women’s economic agency took place from the Late Medieval or Early Modern period onwards and what its chronology looked like. Furthermore, historians have argued for a difference in women’s economic opportunities between southern and north-western Europe. Divergent juridical and demographic structures supposedly gave northern women more possibilities for agency than southern women. However, several case studies have shown deviations from these two models. This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on gender and work to compare different regions of Europe and various labour types, spanning both the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. In doing so, this workshop wants to discuss what factors shaped women’s work and wants to further the debate on women’s positions in urban labour markets, the impact of craft guilds, and the importance of gender on the informal markets.

Thursday 14 November 2019
11.00-12.30 SESSION 1
Chair: Andrea Bardyn (University of Leuven)
Romain Facchini (University of Aix-Marseille)
Women in trade: economy and agency in the South of Europe (Provence XVIIth-XVIIIth
Danielle van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam)
Work, space and gender in the early modern city
12.30-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-15.00 SESSION 2
Chair: Maïka De Keyzer (University of Leuven)
Aske Laursen Brock (Aalborg University)
“To be employed in the Company’s work”: Women working with and against the English
East India Company
Nena Vandeweerdt (University of Leuven)
Women’s labour opportunities in Brabant and Biscay, 1420-1550
15.00-15.30 COFFEE BREAK
15.30-17.00 SESSION 3
Chair: Jelle Haemers (University of Leuven)
Charlie Taverner (Birkbeck, University of London)
From fishwife to barrow boy: gender in London’s street food trade, 1600-1750
Anne Montenach (University of Aix-Marseilles)
Working at the margins? Women and the cloth trades in early modern Lyon
Friday 15 November 2019
9.30-11.00 SESSION 4
Chair: Nina Lamal (University of Antwerp)
Heleen Wyffels (University of Leuven)
Women printers and the Antwerp guild of Saint Luke, 16th-17th centuries
Hadewijch Masure (University of Antwerp)
Women’s work in craft guilds, poor relief, health care and beguinages in the Southern Low
Countries in the 13th-17th century
11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK
11.30-12.30 SESSION 5
Chair: Violet Soen (University of Leuven)
Ariadne Schmidt (University of Leiden)
Early modern migration and work in a comparative gendered perspective
12.30-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-15.00 SESSION 6
Chair: Johan Verberckmoes (University of Leuven)
Sarah Birt (Birkbeck, University of London)
Fashion, retail and formal apprenticeships: women working at the Royal Exchange in early
modern London
Saskia Limbach (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Working women in Germany’s printing industry
15.10- DRINKS (optional)

Room 02.10 – Mgr. O. Romerozaal
Collegium Veteranorum (109-20)
Sint-Michielsstraat 2-4 , 3000 Leuven

If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an e-mail to before 20 October. There is no registration fee.

Een pdf met het programma is beschikbaar hier.

Ornamenta Sacra. Late Medieval and Early-Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context (1400-1800) (Brussels/Leuven 24-25-26 octoker 2019)

In oktober wordt vanuit het interuniversitaire project Ornamenta Sacra (UCL, KUL, KIK/IRPA) een gelijknamig symposium georganiseerd over laatmiddeleeuws en vroegmodern liturgisch erfgoed.

International Symposium • Brussels/Leuven • 24-25-26 October 2019
Ornamenta Sacra. Late Medieval and Early-Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context (1400-1800)

24-25.10.2019 KIK-IRPA • Brussels

26.10.2019 KU Leuven (Justius Lipsius) • Leuven


Thursday 24 October 2019
KIK-IRPA Jubelpark 1 Brussels
09:30 Welcoming of participants
09:50 Welcome Speech _ Hilde De Clercq (dir. KIK-IRPA) & Georges Jamart (Belspo)
10:00 Introduction _ Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (KU Leuven) & Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
10:30 Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers), Le Christ énergétique, la spirale et la monstrance
11:00 Discussion
11:20 Break
11:40 Frédéric Tixier (Université de Lorraine), Voir et entendre ou entendre et voir? Les objets liturgiques en procession (XIIIe-XVIIe s.)
12:10 Discussion
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College and Graduate Center CUNY, New York), Reliquaries as Mediation in Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Space
14:30 Frédéric Cousinié (Université de Rouen-Normandie) and Alysée Le Druillenec (Université Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon), Objets de dévotions: figures de la liaison au divin 15:00 Michele Bacci (Unversité de Fribourg), Western Liturgical Vessels and the Byzantine Rite in the Late Middle Ages
15:30 Discussion
15:50 Break
16:10 Sébastien Bontemps (Ecole du Lourvre, Université de Bourgogne), Le trophée d’église: système décoratif et illustration de la liturgie en France au XVIIIe siècle 16:40 Caroline Heering (UCLouvain), Ornamenta Sacra: De l’ornement des objets aux objets comme ornements
17:10 Discussion
Friday 25 October 2019
KIK-IRPA Jubelpark 1 Brussels
09:00 Welcoming of participants
09:30 Herman Roodenburg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Meertens Instituut), The Eucharist and not so sensuous worship: shedding tears among the Modern Devout
10:00 Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (Universiteit Gent), Viglius’s mitre. Clerical self-fashioning in sixteenth-century Ghent
10:30: Discussion
10:50 Break
11:10 Anne-Clothilde Dumargne (Université de Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Ornamenta ou ministeria? Statut et fonction des chandeliers en alliages de cuivre dans l’espace ecclésial de la fin du Moyen Âge à l’époque moderne
11:40 Wendy Wauters (KU Leuven), Smellscapes and Censers: Strategies behind their Ritual Use and Iconographic Meaning
12:10 Discussion
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Marie Lezowski (Université d’Angers), Le corps du délit: les objets liturgiques volés dans les sources inquisitoriales (Italie, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles)
14:30 Emmanuel Joly (KIK-IRPA), Financer et entretenir les ornements liturgiques. Le cas des paroisses rurales du diocèse de Liège (1400-1700)
15:00 Discussion
15:20 Break
15:40 Soetkin Vanhauwaert (KU Leuven), Worthy of imitation. The Holy Sacrament and the relic cult of the Forerunner in Mechelen
16:10 Anne Lepoittevin (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Les Agnus Dei en cire: des objets de culte?
16:40 Nicole Pellegrin (CNRS-ENS, Paris), Chapes en Révolution. Quelques traces d’abandons, destructions, réemplois et mutations (France, 1790-1820)
17:10 Discussion
Saturday 26 October 2019
KU Leuven, Justus Lipsiuszaal, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, Leuven
09:00 Welcoming of participants
09:30 Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto), The Netherlandish Carved Altarpiece as Miniature
10:00 Kamil Kopania (The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art, Warsaw), Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in Context of Liturgical Space, Objects and Gestures
10:30 Discussion
10:50 Break
11:10 Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), The Ritual Use of Memoria Monuments in the Low Countries (c. 1520-1585)
11:40 Charles Caspers (Titus Brandsma Instituut, Nijmegen), Wax and the Ghent Altarpiece. A new interpretation
12:10 Discussion and concluding remarks
12:30 Lunch
14:30 Visit to the exhibition Borman and Sons in Museum M – Leuven

Organising Committee
Barbara Baert (KU Leuven)
Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain)
Veerle Fraeters (U Antwerpen)
Annick Delfosse (ULiège)
Scientific Committee
Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg)
Barbara Baert (KU Leuven)
Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven)
David Burn (KU Leuven)
Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)
Emilie Corswaren (ULiège)
Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain)
Annick Delfosse (ULiège)
Brigitte d’Hainaut-Zveny (ULB)
Bernard Dompnier (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand)
Pierre-Antoine Fabre (EHESS, Paris)
Veerle Fraeters (U Antwerpen)
Jean-Pascal Gay (UCLouvain)
Hans Geybels (KU Leuven)
Marie-Elisabeth Henneau (ULiège)
Arnaud Join-Lambert (UCLouvain)
Carl Havelange (ULiège)
Pierre-Yves Kairis (KIK-IRPA)
Justin Kroesen (University of Bergen)
Michel Lefftz (UNamur)
Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers)
Paul VandenBroeck (KU Leuven)

Meer info over het project en een link om in te schrijven vind je op Een pdf met het programma is beschikbaar hier.

Ambachten en Stedelijke Economieën in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden (12e-19e Eeuw), Ieper 11 oktober 2019

Guilds and Urban Economies in the Southern Low Countries (12th-19th Centuries)

Ambachten en Stedelijke Economieën in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden (12e-19e Eeuw)


Place & date/plaats en datum: Vleeshuis, Boomgaardstraat 3-7, 8900 Ieper, Yper Museum, Friday 11 October 2019/Vrijdag 11 oktober 2019

Organisation/Organisatie: Jan Dumolyn (UGent) & Bart Lambert (VUB), with/samen met Sandrin Corevits (Yper Museum)

Supported by/Met de steun van City Alliantieonderzoeksgroep stadsgeschiedenis UGent – VUB, Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies (UGent) & Yper Museum

Please confirm your attendance before 15 September 2019 at and/or /Gelieve uw aanwezigheid te bevestigen voor 15 september 2019 via en/of



10:00 Welcome and coffee/welkom en koffie

10:30-11:30 Keynote Lecture/keynotelezing

Martha Howell (Columbia University, New York): ‘Artisans and the Civic Whole : Corporative Ethics, Economic Realities, and Sociopolitical Struggle’.

11:30 Coffee break/koffiepauze

11:45-13:15 Morning Session/ochtendsessie

Chair/moderator: Paul Trio (KULAK)

-Jan Dumolyn & Leen Bervoets (UGent): ‘Guilds, Urban Space and Collective Action in Thirteenth-Century Flemish Towns: The Ypres Cokerulle Revolt (1280) Revisited’.

-Peter Stabel (UA): ‘The Real Guild Revolution? Social Hierarchy and the Formalization of Labour Relations: Some Examples from the Ypres Textile Industry’.

-Wim De Clercq, Paulina Biernacka, Dante de Ruijsscher & Jan Trachet (UGent): ‘Ysere ghesleghen niew of hout. Interdisciplinary Research into the Ironworking Activities of the Medieval Harbour at Hoeke’.

-Lise Saussus (LAMOP, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne): ‘Les hommes aux marteaux : productions, ateliers, niveaux de vie et relations professionnelles des métallurgistes douaisiens de la fin du Moyen Âge’.

13:15-14:15 Lunch, Museum Café Yper Museum

14:15-15:45 Afternoon Session/namiddagsessie

Chair/moderator: Jelle Haemers (KUL)

-Ward Leloup (VUB-UGent): ‘From Tanners Square to Tawers Street: The Leather Industry Located in Sixteenth-Century Bruges’.

-Wout Saelens (UA-VUB): ‘Industrial Energy Consumption in Eighteenth-Century Ghent and Leiden (c. 1650-1850’.

-Matthijs Degraeve (VUB): ‘Industrial Districts in the City: Locational Patterns of City Builders in 19th-Century Brussels’.

-Bert De Munck (UA): ‘A History of Anachronisms: Guilds from Bulwarks to Institutions to Commons’.

15:45-16:00 Coffee break/koffiepauze

16:00-16:30 Conclusions/conclusies: Marc Boone (UGent)

16:30-18:00 Opportunity to visit the Yper Museum/Mogelijkheid tot bezoek van het Yper Museum

Call for papers: International Meetings of the Middle Ages (28-29 November, Nájera)

Next Autumn, on 28-29th of November, the city of Nájera (La Rioja, Spain) will once again host the International Meetings of the Middle Ages, organized by the Medieval Research Group of the University of Cantabria.

Historians, PhD researchers and Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for research presentations or posters on topics related to Law and Authority in the Medieval Atlantic city (and beyond).

Abstracts should be no more than 500 characters and should clearly state the purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to be presented. Successful proposals will be published in 2020. All abstracts and a short CV should be submitted electronically to Jesús Solórzano and Jelle Haemers.

The deadline for submissions will be September 1st, 2019. More information about the topic of the conference and practical details can be found in the following file: Najera meetings call for papers 2019.

CfP “The Literature, Literary Culture and Historiography of the Middle Ages” (Paris, 4.-7. November 2019)

The University of Bergen, the Bergen Medieval Research Cluster and the Norwegian University Centre in Paris are happy to welcome all PhD candidates to apply to an interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Paris in 4-7 November 2019. The seminar will be held in English, and will feature a series of leading medieval scholars – including UiB’s professor Leidulf Melve and professor emeritus Sverre Bagge. The full lecture programme will be published in due course.

In addition to the key note lectures from invited lecturers, the seminar will consist of presentations and discussions of the PhDs’ papers. The aim of the seminar is to highlight the role of the Middle Ages in French and Norwegian historical traditions, the changing role, methods, purposes and uses of the humanities, potential problems in reception research and historiographical analysis. While we hope that the workshop will serve to inspire theoretical reflection and to heighten the awareness of the general aspects of the participants’ own projects, the candidates’ papers should primarily be of specific (and specified) use in the PhD applicant’s own projects.

Call for Papers

The Middle Ages have been the object of enduring interest for scholars ever since the Middle Ages were constituted as an analytical framework by renaissance scholars and enlightenment philosophes. The ‘Medieval’ has for all successive generations been simultaneously a term of abuse, a label for primitivism and ridicule, for complexity and abstraction, a space for poetic and spiritual reflection, a caricature of depotism, barbarism and popular liberty, a source for political renewal and golden age-theories, as well as an object of study. The Middle Ages have been a movable feast – a label which has changed its meaning and been applied to different times, places, ideals and problems in posterity. To a wide range of disciplines, the evolving reception of the written texts of the Middle Ages gives a particularly poignant lens through which to view the development of national narratives, political theory and the humanities as academic disciplines.

The seminar will take place at the Centre Universitaire Norvègien de Paris, located close by the old university quarters in Paris at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. The following themes are example of the approaches that could be discussed at the seminar:

– The research history of medieval studies, in particular the Scandinavian and the French traditions.

– The development of a particular historical topic through the course of a literary tradition.

– The changing perceptions of the literary culture, production and contexts in the Middle Ages.

– The development of method(s) in scholarly writing about the Middle Ages.

– The relationship between history-writing and political theory, religious thought, philosophy, law or political rhetoric.

– The use of the Middle Ages in political theory, religious thought, philosophy, law or political rhetoric.

– The Middle Ages in national narratives, in particular the Scandinavian and the French traditions.

– Medievalism in music, literature, architecture, art or aesthetic theory.

– Comparative, methodological or critical perspectives on the given topics.

Apply to participate

Before the course starts, each participant will prepare a paper for pre-circulation. The paper will address your research project in relation to (a) course theme. A paper of no more than 15 pages must be submitted by 1 October. 30 minutes will be allotted to each presentation, followed by comments and a discussion of 15 minutes. The seminar will start with lunch Monday 4 November and end with lunch Thursday 7 November. Participation in the seminar will be accredited by 5 ECTS points. The course is capped at 14 PhD candidates.

We will be able to fund the housing and dining costs of the participants, but travel expenses have to be covered by the home universities. Please send us the preliminary title of your paper and a short abstract of no more than half a page  your PhD project before 15 June, so that we can assess applications to join. We welcome candidates from all nationalities, backgrounds and relevant disciplines!

You can send your application via e-mail to the Bergen Medieval Research Cluster coordinator Dr. Irene Baug and other enquiries to Peter Hatlebakk.

CfP “Les imaginaires dans les villes du monde méditerranéen (XIIe-XVe siècle)”, San Gimignano (Siena), 17-21 juni 2019

Ateliers internationaux de formation doctorale

Pouvoirs, sociétés, imaginaires
dans les villes du monde méditerranéen (XIIe-XVe siècle). Pour une approche
historico-anthropologique de la ville médiévale:

IIIeme Atelier doctoral
San Gimignano (Sienne), 17-21 juin 2019

Les imaginaires dans les villes du monde
méditerranéen (XIIe-XVe siècle)

Appel à candidatures

Cet atelier de formation doctorale s’inscrit dans le prolongement direct de la Scuola di alti studi dottorali qui, de 2004 à 2016, a constitué un lieu de formation de pointe pour les jeunes chercheurs consacrant leurs recherches à l’étude de la culture locale. Promu par le Centro di Studi sulla civiltà comunale de la Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana, l’école s’est signalée comme l’une des « écoles d’été » les plus qualifiées au niveau international : sur plus de 200 participants, plus de 40 provenaient d’universités nonitaliennes.

Depuis 2017, les Ateliers internationaux de formation doctorale sont organisés par le Centro di Studi sulla civiltà comunale de la Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana en collaboration avec le doctorat en histoire (Dottorato di ricerca in Studi storici) des universités de Florence et de Sienne et l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (Centre Roland Mousnier et Labex EHNE). Ils se déroulent à San Gimignano avec le soutien de l’administration municipale locale. Le Comité scientifique est composé d’Élisabeth Crouzet-Pavan (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur (Università di Roma Tre), Giuliano Pinto (Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana) et Andrea Zorzi (Università di Firenze).

L’objectif des ateliers est l’étude des sociétés urbaines du Moyen Âge, en mettant l’accent sur les systèmes politiques et les différentes manifestations de l’imaginaire urbain et en portant le regard sur toutes les villes du bassin méditerranéen – celles de l’Occident chrétien, celles de la zone d’influence byzantine et celles des régions sous domination islamique. Les ateliers offrent un environnement stimulant pour les échanges intellectuels entre spécialistes établis et jeunes chercheurs en formation, pour favoriser, à travers des moments de discussion et d’échange, le renouvellement de la recherche et l’élargissement des perspectives comparatives.

Les ateliers, multidisciplinaires, prévoient des leçons sur des questions interprétatives vastes dispensées par des professeurs spécialisés et des séminaires organisés par les participants sur leurs sujets de recherche.
Les enseignants du deuxième Atelier – consacré aux imaginaires dans les villes du monde méditerranéen -seront les professeurs Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Mario Gallina (Università di Torino), Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université), Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur (Università di Roma Tre), Giuliano Pinto (Deputazione di Storia patria per la Toscana), Flocel Sabaté (Universitat de Lleida), Alessandro Savorelli (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) et Andrea Zorzi (Università di Firenze).

Les participants doivent être des étudiants doctorants, boursiers de recherche et boursiers postuniversitaires dans les disciplines historiques et de « médiévistique » de toutes les universités italiennes et étrangères et de toute nationalité.

La participation à l’atelier est réservée à 14 (quatorze) jeunes chercheurs, choisis à la discrétion du Comité scientifique sur la base d’une évaluation des diplômes et des programmes présentés. Les participants en surnombre ne sont pas autorisés.

Les ateliers ont un caractère résidentiel. Les personnes admises sont tenues d’assister assidûment à toutes les réunions et de conduire durant l’atelier un séminaire sur leurs recherches, selon le programme qui sera rendu officiel au début de l’atelier. Au terme de celui-ci, un certificat de participation sera remis aux participants. Nous nous réservons le droit de refuser un certificat à ceux qui, sans justification, n’auront pas suivi les cours avec assiduité.

L’hospitalité complète est offerte aux candidats retenus, à l’exclusion des frais de déplacement.

Les candidats doivent soumettre :

  • une demande d’admission avec les coordonnées du candidat, l’indication de son niveau d’études et de son statut général et professionnel actuel, une adresse postale, un numéro de téléphone et un courrier électronique, en utilisant le formulaire disponible sur l’URL suivante : < >;
  • une brève description du projet de recherche en cours (en utilisant le formulaire disponible sur l’URL indiquée supra);
  •  un curriculum vitae de deux pages maximum présentant les études suivies et les activités scientifiques ;
  • éventuellement, la copie des publications.

On ne prendra pas en compte les demandes omettant de fournir une description du projet de
recherche ou dépourvue du formulaire de candidature.

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“Dealing with marriage disputes in late medieval Europe” (9-10th May 2019 Leuven)

This workshop brings together a number of scholars to reflect on marriage disputes (partner choice, adultery, violence, ritual…), revealing tensions and conflicts between spouses, relatives or families in late medieval and early modern Europe.
For decades, medievalists have looked at marriage from different perspectives, from socio-political research and studies on law and justice, to research on sexuality and gender. Notwithstanding many ground-breaking publications, the historiography still vacillates between an overly optimistic and an overly negative view. For example, in the debate on marriage formation, scholars agree upon the emergence of ‘modern marriage’ between 1300 and 1700. However the question of whether late medieval society ascribed to the canonical doctrine of consent remains the subject of much discussion. Whilst some historians ascribe a high degree of self-determination to the marriage partners, and defend the existence of love-inspired elopements or the agency of individuals escaping familial pressure, others consider medieval marriage a family matter, defend the subordination of sentiment to strategy, and stress the dependence of children upon their parents, and daughters and wives upon their fathers and husbands. How can these – often contradictory – historiographical views be reconciled?
New trends in research offer fresh perspectives on these ongoing debates and go beyond the dichotomy between individual freedom and structure by touching on other aspects of marital disputes. Firstly, historians have started to compare different cities and regions, pointing out similarities in marriage formation and the settlement of disputes between North-western Europe and more ‘traditional’ Southern European regions (Lightfoot 2013, Titone 2016). Historians have also suggested that marriage formation could have differed in cities with different socio-political structures (McSheffrey 2006) or in rural and urban areas (Goldberg 1992, Donahue 2007). Furthermore, the study of new sources (Armstrong-Partida 2017) and the combination of multiple source types (Vleeschouwers- Van Melkebeek 2011, Falzone 2014) has not only broadened the scope of research but also led to complex new questions. Thirdly, the subject has recently been approached from different historiographical perspectives. Historians have studied litigation narratives in court (Walker 2000, Youngs 2013) and have reflected on the meaning of concepts such as ‘free choice’, consent, and love (Butler 2004, Charageat 2011, Seabourne 2011).

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars, working on marriage disputes in different parts of Europe, using different sources, within different historiographical traditions to consider how these disputes emerged and how individuals, couples, courts and families dealt with them in late medieval and early modern Europe.

For the full programme, see here: Programme_Workshop_May2019

The workshop is open for interested researchers. For registrations, please register by e-mail before April 26, 2019. More information and registration: