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Basic program

The basic program comprises a total of five courses, organized by the Research School, that have been purpose-developed for training and support of PhD students and Research MA students who specialize in Medieval Studies (history, art history, and literary history, in particular). The courses have a study load of 3-5 ECTS points. In addition, there are one or two symposia, organized by the Research School, whose active attendance can generate 1-2 ECTS points.

  1. ‘Introduction to Medieval Studies’
    The course wants to offer an introductory survey of what is going on in the field of international medieval studies. It tries to answer such general questions as: what disciplines contribute to medieval studies; how can we get informed on the field; which are the leading international centers of education and research; what are fashionable themes and topics in medieval studies; what’s new in theory and methods of research; and what have Dutch universities to offer in all these respects?

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students and PhD students at the start of their programs resp. research projects.
    - Period & location: September-November 2019; six course days in total; 1 or 2 sessions with various classes in Leiden, followed by a tour along medieval studies departments of the other five participant Dutch universities as well as the Huygens/ING (6 days in total).
    - Course Co-ordinator: prof. dr. P.C.M. Hoppenbrouwers (Leiden)
    - Course load: 5 ECTS
     
  2. ‘Foundations of Research – 1: Sources & Methods of Source Analysis’
    The course offers researchers who are in the initial stage of their project the opportunity to reflect thoroughly on the primary sources they are going to use - in terms of typology, heuristics (theoretical) approaches, and methods of analysis – before specialists who first give short presentations on their own use of the same or similar source types.

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students and PhD-students in the initial stages of their research.
    - Period: 27 - 31 January 2020* 
    - Location: St. Dominicanenklooster Huissen, Stadsdam 1, 6851 AH Huissen**
    - Course Co-ordinator: Prof.dr. P.C.M. Hoppenbrouwers (Leiden).
    - Course load: 3 ECTS

    Registration deadline: 8 December 2019

    *One course week of 3-5 days (depending on the number of participants).
    ** It is possible to spend the night at the Convent during the course week. If you want to make use of this option, please let us know when you register. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided as well. 
     
  3. ‘Foundations of Research – 2: Conceptualization, Research Questions, Composition’
    The course offers PhD-students who are about halfway with their project the opportunity to have the complete lay-out of their project scrutinized by invited specialists in their field who are not their supervisors. A close and critical look will be taken at research questions, the (first, provisional) analysis of research results, and the design of the dissertation in the making. In preparation the participants turn in a complete draft of the Introduction of their dissertation.

    - Aimed at: advanced PhD-students.
    - Period: second half of June 2020; 1-2 full days (depending on the number of participants).
    - Location: Leiden University, Institute for History
    - Course co-ordinator: Prof.dr. P.C.M. Hoppenbrouwers (Leiden).
    - Course load: 3 ECTS
     
  4. ‘Material culture’

    This course will be dealing with various kinds of material culture as sources for knowledge and research. A basic premise is that material sources are of the same level of relevance as other kinds of sources, like written sources. As with all kinds of sources the reliability of elements of material culture is a fascinating topic that will be discussed. Various kinds of material sources will be discussed and analyzed, varying from images to archaeological remains, and from liturgical objects to architecture. Material in Utrecht will be visited and discussed and confronted with scholarly interpretations of material elsewhere, for example in Rome.

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students (and PhD-students).
    - Period: April - June 2020
    - Time: 14.00 - 17.00 h
    - Location: University of Utrecht.
    - Course Co-ordinators: prof. dr. Lex Bosman (Amsterdam), prof. dr. Sible de Blaauw (Nijmegen) en dr. Wendelien van Welie-Vink (Amsterdam)
    - Course load: 5 ECTS

    For more information, visit: http://medievistiek.nl/news/material-culture
     

  5. ‘Medieval Latin’
    The course trains medieval historians, art historians and literary historians in the practical reading of all sorts of source texts/source text types written in medieval Latin. The participants bring in texts from, or related to, their own research projects. Aim of the course is to considerably widen the use of primary sources in the practicing of medieval history, and through that to enlarge its effectiveness. A requirement for participation as a basic knowledge of classical Latin (secondary school-level).

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students (and PhD-students).
    - Period: 17, 24 April; 1, 15 May; 5, 12, 19 June 2020
    - Time: 11.00 - 14.00h
    - Location: Utrecht University
    - Course co-ordinator: prof. dr. E. Rose (Utrecht) (h.g.e.rose@uu.nl).
    - Course load: 5 ECTS

    For more information, visit: http://medievistiek.nl/news/medieval-latin
     
  6. ‘The Medieval Studies Day’
    Yearly open day for all members of the Research School, including Flemish colleagues. By turns organized by one of the participant universities; sometimes by an associated Flemish university. Usually, the program comprises two keynote lectures around a chosen theme, followed (or preceded) by 10-20 short papers on a variety of subjects, presented in a number of parallel sessions by PhD students and/or tenured staff.

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students, PhD-students; other members of the Research School and Flemish associates.
    - Time: 8 November 2019 
    - Place: University of Antwerp
    - Co-ordinators: prof. dr. P. Stabel and prof.dr. T. Soens
    - Course load (for Research MA-students only): 1 ECTS
     
  7. ‘Symposium’ [only to be held if the financial means will be adequate]
    Two-day conference around an important (new) theme in Medieval Studies, e.g. in response to a high-profile new book whose author will be invited to give a keynote, which then will be followed by a number a ‘flanking’ papers and/or a masterclass.

    - Aimed at: Research MA-students, PhD-students; other members of the Research School.
    - Period: second semester 2019-2020
    - Location: to be determined
    - Co-ordinator:
    - Course load: 2 ECTS

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