The next MECERN Book Presentation evening will occur online on

December 7, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. (CET)

on ZOOM:


Cosmas of Prague
The Chronicle of the Czechs
Edited by János M. Bak and Pavlína Rychterová Budapest; New York: Central European University Press, 2019.Presented by Robert Antonín (University of Ostrava)

Wojciech Drelicharz

Unifying the Kingdom of Poland in Mediaeval Historiographic Thought Kraków: Societas Vistulana, 2020.
Presented by Anna Adamska (University of Utrecht)

Piotr Pranke, Miloš Žečević

Medieval Trade in Central Europe, Scandinavia, and the Balkans (10th-12th centuries) Leiden: Brill, 2020
Dariusz Adamczyk, Beata Możejko (eds.)
Monetisation and Commercialisation in the Baltic Sea, 1050-1450 Abingdon, New York, NY: Routledge, 2021.
Presented by Balázs Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University, Central European University)

Ernő Marosi

“Fénylik a mű nemesen”. Válogatott írások a középkori művészet történetéről. I-III.
[“The opus shines nobly” Selected writings on the history of medieval art]
Budapest: Martin Opitz Kiadó, 2020.
Presented by Béla Zsolt Szakács (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Central European University)

Call for Papers: “Power in Numbers. The Role of the Rural Population in Christianisation and State Formation II.”

We are pleased to draw attention to the following Call For Papers:

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Invitation for Conference

Prague, 11-13. May 2022

Venue: Department of Archaeology, Charles University, Prague

Organiser: Department of Archaeology, Charles University, Prague, Mária Vargha Ph.D., doc. PhDr. Tomáš Klír Ph.D.

Application deadline: January 31, 2022.

The meeting introduces a Primus project, “Empowering the Voiceless. The Role of the Rural Population in State Building and Christianisation in East-Central Europe”, started in early 2021 at the Department of Archaeology at Charles University, Prague, and aspires to invite scholars working on similar issues to join the discussion with their papers in the framework of a conference. The proposed meeting is the second of a series that aims to bring together researchers from Europe, dealing with different, yet connected, affairs of the state and church, networks of archaeological and historical heritage and their archaeological, historical and digital investigations.

In the last decade, interest in research into Christianisation has been growing. Diverse approaches in history and archaeology were observable; researchers have investigated the process of Christianisation in the light of state formation, church law, hagiography, and continuing the most traditional theme of research; the development of the ecclesiastical network. The largest segment of the population, thus the widest audience of Christianisation, and the smallest, yet arguably the most influential element of the church network -local churches- were less in focus, as their appearance in written sources is almost nonexistent. Even though archaeology considered the significant impact that Christianisation had on transforming the rural landscape, targeted large- scale investigations are yet to be carried out. Our Primus project focuses on researching the archaeological remains of the earliest network of (rural) local churches and their relation to Christianisation in East-Central Europe, contextualising and analysing them at a regional level by a detailed geospatial and geostatistical analysis.

Accordingly, the conference aims to examine the beginnings of the local churches in the broader context of Europe. Particularly, how and why state politics have interfered in diverse religious affairs; such as the process of Christianisation and the development of the local church system in the early Middle Ages, the promotion and support of certain cults, religious orders, or particular places of pilgrimage, in a Longue-durée perspective.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed volume in 2022.

The conference welcomes papers focusing on the early and High Middle Ages, within the range of the following topics:

– early rural churches, churchyards and field cemeteries
– problem of transitional cemeteries and burial practices
– connection between early state power centres and the ecclesiastical network – monastic networks and Christianisation
– material culture connected to Christianisation
– digital analysis of large scale archaeological heritage

Applicants are asked to send a brief abstract (200-300 words) of their 20-minute project contribution to by January 31st, 2022. Limited travel bursaries will be available for those without institutional funding opportunities.
Please indicate the application for funding along with your abstract.

The conference is supported by the European Regional Development Fund-Project “Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000734) and affiliated with the programme of Charles University Progress Q07 ‘Centre for the Study of the Middpage2image17904224

Call for Papers: Angevins in East Central and Southeastern Europe in the 14th Century



Call for Papers

Angevins in East Central and Southeastern Europe in the 14th Century

4-5 May 2022, Zadar

Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure for us to invite you to take part at the conference Angevins in East Central and Southeastern Europe in the 14th Century which is a part of the project “Angevin Archiregnum in East Central and Southeastern Europe in the 14th Century: View from the Periphery” financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, that will be hosted by the Department of History at the University of Zadar.

The aim of the conference is to gather scholars form Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, and Italy and in such a way create a venue that will enable us to step out of the boundaries set by the contemporary national borders and corresponding historiographies and have a fresh and a more encompassing look at the complex political entity ruled by the Angevins in the 14th century. How was this political entity ruled, how the courts of Charles I and Louis I functioned and how these rulers projected their power on the provinces and more loosely dependent territories? In which ways the political centre tried to establish itself as the place from which the dominant system of symbols, values and beliefs that manage the society spread? What was the role of elites in these processes? What were the administrative structures through which the interactions of the political centre with the dependant peripheries were organized? How the local elites established their power, and how were local and regional noble communities shaped? How were the various networks – personal, regional, diplomatic, religious, economic, etc. – established and maintained across the huge territories ruled by the Angevins, but even further, especially encompassing Italy and the Holy Roman Empire. We hope to provide answers and insights for these and numerous other questions.

Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2022

Please submit the abstracts (max. 250 words for 15-20 minute papers) to, with an indication of your affiliation.

MECERN Book Corner

We are glad to invite you to our second MECERN Book Presentation evening, which will occur online.

When: November 2, Tuesday, 6 p.m. (CET)

Zoom link:


Three presentations will be given on a recently published encyclopedia on Central Europe, named Démystifier l’Europe centrale. Bohême, Hongrie et Pologne du VIIe au XVIe siècle. Paris: Passés composés / Humensis, 2021, edited by Marie-Madeleine de Cevins (Université de Rennes) in collaboration with Enikő Csukovits, Olivier Marin, Martin Nejedlý, and Przemysław Wiszewski

The Speakers are going to be:

Éloïse Adde (CEU, Vienna)
Dániel Bagi (ELTE, Budapest)
Julia Burkhardt (LMU, Munich)

There will also be a respond by the editor.

We would be pleased to welcome you that evening.

Public lecture series of CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies

The Department of Medieval Studies at the CEU invites you to their new edition of the public lecture series.

Suzana Miljan (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) makes the start with her lecture A Unique Source for the History of the Kingdom? – The Analysis of the Court Records from Sixteenth-Century Turopolje.

When: October 13, Wednesday, 5:40 p.m. (CET)

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 967 2058 4787
Passcode: medpub

For more information, please see:

Call for Applications – János M. Bak Fellowship

The Board of the János M. Bak Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe invites applications for its 2022 Fellowship.  

The Fellowship will be awarded to an early- or mid-career researcher (upper limit 15 years from the award of the PhD, excluding periods of maternity/paternity leave) who has already shown significant contribution to the research of medieval Central Europe in any field of study in the period between 800 and 1600 CE. The fellowship is open to scholars of any nationality, irrespective of employment status. While hosted by the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest and Vienna) it will be located at the CEU’s Budapest campus. Janos Bak Fellows will be accommodated in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse. It is required to be resident in Budapest for the duration of the fellowship and to take an active part in the research culture of the Department of Medieval Studies. We particularly encourage projects that make an explicit use of academic, archival, library or museum resources in Budapest. When appropriate, the fellows will also have the possibility to associate themselves with one of the workgroups of the CEU Democracy Institute, and make a medievalist contribution to their themes (such as “the rule of law”, “media and digital technologies”, “inequalities” and, especially, “the history of ideas and practices of democracy”). Fellows will be asked to hold a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation to CEU students.

Application process
Applicants to the fellowship have to submit:

  •  a CV, 
  • a list of publications 
  • a research proposal (c. 800 words) containing the following: 
  • outline of proposed research (in the context of existing scholarship),
  •  why this project will benefit from being conducted in Budapest 
  • how the applicant is going to contribute to the activities of Department of Medieval Studies at the CEU. 

As a part of the selection process the shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview (via video-conferencing), in which they will be expected to elaborate on their research plans during the fellowship and the engagement with the host department at the CEU.    

The duration of the fellowship in 2022 will be three months, from April to June 2022. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend in the value of EUR 2000 (with a possibility of reimbursement of visa costs, if applicable).

Application deadline: 30 November 2021.

Please send your application package to

Contact: Professor Emilia Jamroziak, the Chair of the Board of the Fellowship,

Researchers Interview with Anna Kinde (CEU)

In 2018, Anna Kinde received an MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern studies at CEU, and wrote her thesis about the use of ambulatories in fourteenth-century Central European cathedrals. Her present research continues this theme and focuses on the use of the eastern end of late Medieval cathedrals in Central Europe. We talked with her about her research.
Click here to listen to the whole interview:

Networks – Cooperation – Rivalry Conference

The Fourth Biennial Conference of the Medieval Central Europe Research Network
Online organized by the University of Gdańsk

7–9 April 2021

The conference is open to registered participants. To get information about the registration and get access to the sessions, please send a message to The online conference will be held in Microsoft Teams. In case of any technical difficulty please write also to the above-mentioned email address.