Groningen, Netherlands

Medieval Religion

blended course
when 22 June 2023 - 27 June 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 180

In society today, medieval religion is omnipresent. This is not only true in European city- and village-scapes, where medieval churches are still dominant features, but also in popular media such as games and television as well as in politics, where the Middle Ages are invoked either as the epitome of backwardness and cruelty, or as the golden age of white supremacy, true spirituality, and selfless heroism (to name but a few of the widely diverse images that the phrase ‘Middle Ages’ gives rise to).

In the summer school students will be challenged by specialists in the field of medieval religion to position and develop their own research in relevant scholarly and cultural contexts. The instructors will give masterclasses from their own specialties (e.g. intellectual history, heretical and reform movements, interreligious relations, liturgy, gender and diversity). Groningen is an eminent place for a school on medieval religion, not only because of the unique expertise of the staff, added to with lecturers from the USA (funded by Fulbright) and Nijmegen, but also because its land- and cityscapes offer a clear example of the presence of the Middle Ages.

The school will be offered on site and hybridly.

Course leader

Dr. Mathilde van Dijk, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

Target group

This summer school is designed for Graduate Students (Master and Research Master students) and Postgraduate students (PhD students and postdocs).

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this summer school:

- Students can situate medievalist research, especially their own, in current scholarly, societal and cultural debates.
- Students can critically reflect on the uses of contemporary theories of religion to the study of the Middle Ages and, if helpful, apply these creatively in their medievalist research.
- Students can critically reflect on the contemporary relevance and topicality of medieval studies.
- At an advanced level, students get to be trained in the setting up of medievalist research projects and the study of sources, with an eye to publication and acquiring funding.
- Students can assess sources and literature in the interest of their own projects as shown in a presentation and a reflection paper.

Fee info

EUR 180: includes lunches, coffee, a dinner, and excursions.
EUR 150: only online participation.

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