The Vlaamse Werkgroep Mediëvistiek (Flemish Medievalist Association) is an informal organisation uniting medieval scholars from various disciplines: from (art) history, linguistics and literature to archaeologists. At present, it numbers approximately 100 members, mostly based at Flemish universities and heritage organisations. Anyone with an interest in medieval studies may become a member.
The main aim of the VWM is to support medieval studies and promote the multidisciplinary collaboration of medievalists in Flanders and beyond. With this purpose, the VWM organises events and disseminates information.
Each year, VWM organises approximately five activities. Two or three informal excursions to an exhibition, an interesting historical site or a heritage institution with experts giving explanation and tours. One of these excursions is organised together with the Walloon organisation Réseaux des médiévistes belges de langue française. Other events are aimed at giving young postgraduates the opportunity to meet fellows from the other universities and present their research to others. Each year, the VWM is involved in organising the ‘Mediëvistendag’ together with their Dutch partner the Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek. Biannually, the VWM organises a thematic symposium together with the Réseau des médiévistes belges de langue française where several members of both organisation get the floor to talk about their research. The language of the activities and the possibilities for non-Dutch speakers will always be specified in the communication about the activities.
In addition to maintaining this website, the VWM keeps its members informed by distributing announcements, calls and other relevant news to the members by mail and through its Facebook page. It also maintains and distributes a register of members with details on research expertise and interests.
VWM is managed by two ‘secretaries’, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Working Group and the organisation of activities. They also serve to maintain the VWM’s contacts and respond to questions and proposals. The VWM is headed by an advisory board formed by experienced medievalists and a representation of postgraduate students.