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Research per university

What follows is a survey of existing programs and current projects for each of the participating universities.


Most research in Leiden in the field of medieval studies fits into two research clusters or programs.

Two research clusters

Most research in the fields of medieval history, art and architectural history, historical linguistics and literary history fits into two separate research clusters or programs, namely:

  1. Europe 1000-1800: Collective Identities and Transnational Networks
  2. Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The first program is organised with the Institute for History, while the second cluster is to be situated within the Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS).

Both programs testify to the choice made by the departments of history, art history and Western languages to combine the late medieval and early modern periods into integrated master and research programs.

Some research projects

Within these two programs individual researchers (tenured staff, postdocs and PhD candidates) engage with widely different subjects (see their personal webpages for more details).

Externally funded are at the moment: Leaving a Lasting Impression. The Impact of Incunabula on Late Medieval Spirituality, Religious Practice and Visual Culture of VENI-laureate Anna Dlabacova; Hoven in Holland (Manors in Holland) led by Hans Mol and Robert Stein; and Land, adel en boeren in middeleeuws Friesland (Land, Nobility, and Peasants in medieval Friesland) that is conducted in collaboration with the Frisian Academy in Ljouwert under the supervision of Hans Mol and Gilles de Langen.

Other research

In addition, various other departments in the Leiden Humanities Faculty which do not participate in the Research School host renowned specialists who focus in their research on the period 500-1500. Worth mentioning are the islamologist-medieval Egyptologist Petra Sijpesteijn; the Iran specialists GabriĆ«lle van den Berg and Ashgar Seyed Gohrab; sinologist Hilde de Weerdt; Korea specialist Remco Breuker, and philosopher Frans de Haas.

Outside of the Humanities Faculty the Middle Ages are also prominently covered by the Faculty of Archeology,amongst others in the research conducted by emeritus professor Frans Theuws, by Byzantologist Joanita Vroom, and by VENI-laureates Roos van Oosten and Rachel Schats.

Research output

Under these circumstances, regular cooperation creates added value for both teaching and research. This cooperation takes shape, among other things, through the co-teaching of courses, collaboration in symposia and publications, and contributions to the Leiden Medievalists Blog.

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