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Dirk Schoenaers

Postdoc / Marie Curie fellow

Dr. D.J.C. Schoenaers
+31 71 527 2123

Dirk Schoenaers is a researcher and Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for History.

More information about Dirk Schoenaers

My research mainly focuses on regional historiography and the history of translation in the medieval Low Countries. I will combine these interests in ReFraMed Histories, the project I will carry out as Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for History (funded under H2020-EU.1.3.2.). Point of departure is the oeuvre of Jan van Boendale, municipal clerk in Antwerp and the author of a several narrative and didactic works in the first half of the 14th century. In this project, I will show how Boendale’s work was reframed by subsequent scribes and authors bent on suiting the needs and expectations of new political and social circumstances at the time of writing. This research will present a first in-depth investigation of the Livre des cronicques de Brabant,  a compilation of Middle Dutch historiographical texts translated into French at the behest of Philip the Good by the Brussels ‘amman’ (‘sheriff’) Jean d’Enghien. It will also strive to offer new perspectives on the dynamics of medieval textual culture, pre-modern modes of historiography and engage with multilingualism and complex identities in composite states.

Alongside this project, I am currently coauthoring a book on the history of translation in the Low Countries (to be published in 2020), together with Ton Naaijkens, Cees Koster (both Universiteit Utrecht), Theo Hermans (University College London) and Inger Leemans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Huygens Instituut).

I am a member of the redaction of Queeste, a Journal for Medieval Literature in the Low Countries, for which I coedited a special issue on multilingualism (2015).

Curriculum Vitae

2016-2019: University Colleges Leuven-Limburg, lecturer in Dutch and English Communication & Information Skills.

2018: Universiteit Antwerpen, teaching assistant Medieval and Early Modern Dutch literature.

2015: University of St. Andrews, research fellow (The ‘Jacquerie’ and Late Mediaeval Revolts, PI: Justine Firnhaber-Baker).

2011-2015: University College London, research fellow (Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France, PI: Simon Gaunt, CIs: Bill Burgwinkle, Jane Gilbert)

2005-2010: University of Liverpool, PhD-student (supervisor: Godfried Croenen). Dissertation on the Middle Dutch translation of Froissart’s chronicle by Gerijt Potter van der Loo.

Grants and awards

2012 : Association for Low Countries Early Careers Researcher Essay Prize for article ‘The Middle Dutch Translation of Froissart’s Chronicle (c. 1450): Historiography in the Vernacular and the Ruling Elite of Holland’.

Main publications

Nicola Morato & Dirk Schoenaers, ‘Medieval Francophone Literature and its Path to Universality, Nicola Morato & Dirk Schoenaers (Eds), Medieval Francophone Literary Cultures Outside France. Studies in the Moving Word, Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

Dirk Schoenaers, ‘Frenchified: French Loans in Middle Dutch (Literary) Texts’, Adrian Armstrong and Elsa Strietman (Eds.), The Multilingual Muse: Transcultural Poetics in the Burgundian Netherlands. Cambridge: Legenda, 2017, p. 12-41.

Dirk Schoenaers, ‘United We Stand? Representing Revolt in the Historiography of Brabant and Holland’, Justine Firnhaber-Baker with Dirk Schoenaers (Eds), The Routledge history Handbook of Medieval Revolt, London: Routledge, 2016, p. 104-129.

Dirk Schoenaers,‘The Middle Dutch Translation of Froissart’s Chronicle (c. 1450): Historiography in the Vernacular and the Ruling Elite of Holland’, Dutch Crossing 36 (2012), p. 98-113.


Postdoc / Marie Curie fellow

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.72a


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