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Basic program 2021-2022

The basic program comprises a total of seven courses, organized by the Research School, that have been purpose-developed for training and support of PhD students and Research Master 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 will be an international symposium, co-organized by the Research School, and the yearly Medieval Studies Day, whose active attendance can generate 1-2 ECTS points.

  1. Introduction to International Medieval Studies
  2. Foundations of Research - 1
  3. Foundations of Research -2
  4. Material Culture
  5. Medieval Latin
  6. Archival Sources
  7. Presenting Medieval Research at International Conferences
  8. Medieval Studies Day
  9. International symposium

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 and location: February-March 2022; six course days in total; starting with 2 sessions (of 3 hours each) in Leiden, followed by 4 sessions in several medieval studies departments of other Dutch universities as well as the Huygens/ING.
- Course Co-ordinator: Academic Director of the Research School (Leiden)
- Course load: 5 ECTS

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 – together with 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: 24-27 January 2022.
- Location: course center (with overnight stays).
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr R. Stein (Leiden).
- Course load: 3 ECTS.

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 are expected to turn in a draft of the introductory chapter of their dissertation.

- Aimed at: advanced PhD students.
- Period: June 2022; 1-2 full days (depending on the number of participants).
- Location: Leiden University.
- Course co-ordinator: Academic Director of the Research School (Leiden).
- Course load: 3 ECTS

The course will be dealing with various kinds of material culture as sources for knowledge and research in Medieval Studies. A basic premise is that material sources are of the same level of relevance as other source types, such as written sources. With respect to relics of material culture, the questions of reliability and meaning are particularly fascinating. In addition, various types of material sources will be discussed and analyzed, varying from pictorial to archaeological remains, and from liturgical objects to buildings. Part of the course will be on-site and museum visits.

- Aimed at: Research MA students (and PhD students).
- Period: March-April 2022.
- Location: University of Utrecht.
- Course coordinators: prof. dr. A.F.W. Bosman (Amsterdam), dr. A.J.M. Irving (Groningen) and dr. W. van Welie-Vink (Amsterdam)
- Course load: 5 ECTS

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 is a basic knowledge of classical Latin (secondary school-level).

- Aimed at: Research MA students (and PhD students).
- Period: May-June 2022; weekly class of 3 hours, followed by an exam.
- Location: Utrecht University
- Course coordinator: dr. R. Flierman (Utrecht).
- Course load: 5 ECTS

This course deals with several kinds of archival sources as basis for research on finances and on material and administrative culture in the Late Middle Ages. At one point or another, most of us will have to deal with accounts, charters or other archival material as a source of our research. These sources have many advantages: they can be dated; they can be located; they usually fit within a clear organizational structure; and they have been handed down in relatively large quantities. Nevertheless, the heuristics, the positioning of the sources and their interpretation requires specific expertise. That is what this course is about.

- Aimed at: Research MA students and PhD students.
- Period: May-June 2022, five sessions
- Location: National Archive, The Hague. 
- Course coordinator: dr. R. Stein (Leiden) and dr. M. Hurx (Utrecht).
- Course load: 5 ECTS.

The course coaches the participants in preparing a paper for an international congress on Medieval Studies (e.g. the yearly International Medieval Congress at Leeds).

- Aimed at: PhD students and second year Research MA students.
- Period: June-July 2022 (with introductory session in September 2021).
- Location: Nijmegen University / International Medieval Conference Leeds. 
- Course coordinator: dr. S. Meeder (Nijmegen).
- Course load: 5 ECTS.

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.
- Period: 17 December 2021.
- Location: University of Amsterdam 
- Course coordinator: prof. dr. H.T. van der Velden (Amsterdam).
- Course load: 1 ECTS (for Research MA students only).

The central theme of this international symposium will be urban public space. Starting point will be Street Life in Renaissance Italy, a monograph published in 2020 by Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter), in which the author gives a fascinating picture of the use of public space, architecture, soundscapes, etc. in the Italian city. 

This symposium-linked course will include preparation for and participation in a master class by Fabrizio Nevola, followed by an extensive discussion on the applicability of his concepts and research methodologies in other geographical areas. It may also include active participation in the organization of the symposium.

For interested students, two options are available:

  1. For active participation in the organization of the symposium and in the master class, including the writing of a short paper (2,500 words): 5 ECTS;
  2. For active participation in the master class, including the writing of a short paper (2,500 words): 2 ECTS.

- Aimed at: Research MA students and PhD students.
- Period: May / June 2022
- Location: Groningen 
- Course coordinator: prof. dr. S. Corbellini (Leiden) and dr. R. Stein (Leiden).
- Course load: 2 / 5 ECTS.

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