New publications of sources on the medieval Italian South

A new volume of the Corpus Membranarum Capuanarum: Collana di Studi Samaritana e Capuana – Fonti e studi, entitled Le Pergamene Aragonesi della mater ecclesia Capuana (1439-1442) (Aragon Parchments of the Mother Church of Capua, 1439-1442)edited by Giancarlo Bova, has been recently released by the Palladio Editrice of Salerno, Italy. This comprehensive critical edition of documentary sources related to medieval Capua furnishes students and scholars of medieval history with most valuable, so far unpublished archival evidence about the urban identity of this town, supplementing the series with a variety of new paleographic, diplomatic, archival and historical details related to the early Aragon rule in Capua, Naples and the Italian South.

For further details on the edition and other publications of this series, as well as other publications of its editor, see the attachments.

Pergamene (Catalogo (6)

Capua ai tempi di Alfonso I di Aragona (2)

CEU Condemns Passage of Amendments to Hungary’s Higher Education Law

CEU Condemns Passage of Amendments to Hungary’s Higher Education Law Restricting Academic Freedom, Plans Legal Action

April 4, 2017

Budapest, April 4, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) condemns the Hungarian Parliament’s passage of amendments to the Hungarian national law on higher education today. The new law puts at risk the academic freedom not only of CEU but of other Hungarian research and academic institutions.

The deadlines imposed in the final form of the legislation are even more punitive than earlier versions and the requirement that foreign institutions like CEU receive authorization from US federal authorities appears not to understand the US Constitution. US law clearly gives authority for higher education to the states. We have operated since 2004 on just such an agreement between the Governor of the State of New York and the then Prime Minister of Hungary.
CEU also regards the new legislation as a violation of the clear constitutional provisions in Hungary’s basic law that protect the freedom of scientific research. “We will contest the constitutionality of this legislation,” said CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. “In the meantime, we call on the government to enter into dialogue to see whether an agreement can be reached to resolve the issue. Such an international binding agreement must allow CEU to continue its operations in Budapest and safeguard its academic freedom.”

In reacting to the new law, Rector Ignatieff said, “This legislation has been rammed through Parliament in a single week following a tide of defamatory attacks on the university and its degrees. These attacks have not succeeded. We are deeply grateful for the support we have received from Hungarian faculty, students and institutions of learning. ”

CEU also calls the government’s attention to the wave of support for CEU and for academic freedom received from noted academics in Hungary, Nobel laureates, university presidents, the U.S. Department of State, academic organizations, student groups, and ordinary citizens in Hungary and around the world.
CEU will continue to maintain the integrity and continuity of its academic programs throughout this period and assures all current and prospective students that CEU will remain in continuous operation whatever the circumstances.

Expressions of support for CEU and condemnation of the legislation include:

• 17 Nobel Prize winners and more than 500 European and American academics
• Over 1,000 cognitive scientists including 2 Nobel Laureates
• Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber
• The United States Department of State
• Laszlo Lovasz, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
• Hungarian National Conference of Student Unions
• Eötvös Loránd University
• University of Szeged
• University of Pecs, Faculty of Business and Economics
• Andrássy University Budapest
• Academia Europaea
• 18 Hungarian Colleges of Excellence
• The British Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities
• The Regius Professors of Oxford and Cambridge Universities
• Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson, recently elected to CEU’s Board of Trustees
• The European Society of Cambridge University
• The Canadian University Teachers Association
• European University Association
• Indian Academy of Sciences
• Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
• Others to be found on (as news stories) and here (listing)

Colleen Sharkey | International Media Relations Manager
Phone: +36 1 327-3000 x 2321
Mobile: +36 30 916 2273






The Hungarian government has proposed amendments to the National Higher Education Law that would make it impossible for Central European University – and possibly other international institutions – to continue operations within the country.

These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities to flourish.

It is time for friends, supporters, and educational and academic communities to defend our institution and the independence of higher education institutions around the globe.

How to help

Below are a list of tools that you can use to help show your support and solidarity with CEU.

We encourage you to:

Additionally, below is a list of documents about the proposed legislation and CEU’s response:

CEU Undergraduate Conference: Call for Papers

Tradition and Innovation in Historical Perspective: Undergraduate Conference Central European University, Budapest August 3-6, 2017. The Department of History and the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest invite undergraduate students to rethink the manifestations and roles of tradition and innovation in history. The departments invite proposals for papers from undergraduates around the world who are interested in any aspect of tradition and innovation in a historical perspective. Proposals from all thematic areas (social history, economic history, military history, political history, cultural history, history of material culture, gender history, religious history, intellectual history, cultural heritage studies, art history, archaeology, and more) and all historical periods will be considered. Preference, however, will be given to proposals with interesting approaches and well defined research questions, objectives, and results.

More on the conference can be found in the attachment below.

CEU Undergraduate conference 2017_Call for applications



On repeated occasions, Lino Barañao, Minister of Science of Argentina, questioned the pertinence of human and social sciences.

On February 25th, he gave a supplementary step in statements published by Noticias, a magazine in Buenos Aires.

The Minister proposes to eliminate the funding provided by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet) to medieval studies.

He argues that they do not respond to the needs of the country: the Middle Ages would be oblivious to Argentina’s history and, therefore, it would be a superfluous activity.

In doing so, he attacks the school of Argentinian medievalists in which figures such as Claudio Sánchez Albornoz and José Luis Romero have shone, school which continues today producing research on history, literature and philosophy published by journals and academic publishers in the country and abroad.

Barañao is calling to ignore ten centuries of history promoting the provincialization and the impoverishment of intellectual life in our country.

It seems that the goal is to prevent us to know the genesis of our own history and those legacies without which history is not understood, as if we should play at a scientific level the economic, social, and political worldwide division between those who know and are able, and those who must not know or be empowered.

Let’s add that if this initiative were fulfilled many colleagues would be out of work for the mere reason that universities would not be able to home them. Disappointment would lead to desertification of chairs and of teams dedicated to Ancient or Medieval history and –possibly– to Modern and Contemporary history, were they not related to Argentinean history.

It will so produce a hardly repairable damage in the culture of our country.

We ask therefore for the support of the Argentinean and international scientific community, of historians and in particular of medievalists around the world to stop the offensive against the human and social sciences in general and against medieval studies in Argentina in particular.
To join the petition, please click at:

Proyectan eliminar los estudios medievales/ Intended elimination of medieval studies/Projet d’élimination des études médiévales


For the reaction of Argentinian scholars, please see the article (in Spanish) written by Prof. Dr. Astarita, head of Medieval History at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad Nacional de la Plata, and a researcher at CONICET at:

Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai Historia: call for contributions

For its 2017 issue, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai Historia (ERIH, CEEOL, ProQuest) welcomes contributions on any topic related to the Reformation in central and east-central Europe.  Please send a title and a brief abstract of your paper to the same address by 1 March 2017.

Articles of no more than 9000 words including footnotes in Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing should be submitted by the end of June 2017 to

Colloquia. Journal of Central European History: call for contributions

For its 2017 issue, Colloquia. Journal of Central European History (ERIH, CEEOL) welcomes contributions on any aspect of visual culture at the time of the Reformation (church furnishings, particularly altar decorations, the structure of ecclesiastical space and its relation to the divine service) in central and east-central Europe. A title and a brief abstract of the paper (200 words) should be sent to the editor by 1 March 2017.

Papers of no more than 9000 words including footnotes should be submitted by the end of June 2017 to



Dear MECERN members and friends,

The first issue of our quarterly Newsletter has been just released and you can download it from the attachment below. If you have any material with which you would like to contribute to the upcoming issues, please send it by e-mail to

Also, we would like to inform you that our MECERN Face Book page has been redesigned and active again. We are looking forward to meeting you there!



CEU Medieval Radio Podcast: Past Perfect! with Prof. János M. Bak

CEU Medieval Radio Podcast: Past Perfect! with Prof. János M. Bak

Duration: 56:27 m

CEU Medieval Radio proudly presents our next show on Past Perfect!, featuring Prof. János M. Bak, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, Budapest as well as at the University of British Columbia. He will discuss kingship, coronation ritual, and laws in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary.

Past Perfect! with Prof. János M. Bak

To hear the interview from the CEU Medieval Radio Page, please click here.

CEU Medieval Podcast is a collection of past episodes of the radio’s weekly talk show ‘Past Perfect!’ and recorded public lectures presented at Central European University’s Medieval Studies Department.


NEW TITLE: Medieval Buda in Context

MEDIEVAL BUDA IN CONTEXT. Brill’s Companions to European History, Vol. 10. Edited by Balázs Nagy, Martyn Rady, Katalin Szende and András Vadas. June 2016. ISBN: 9789004307681

Medieval Buda in Context discusses the character and development of Buda and its surroundings between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries, particularly its role as a royal center and capital city of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. The twenty-one articles place Buda in the political, social, cultural and economic context of other contemporary central and eastern European cities. By bringing together the results of research undertaken in recent decades for an English-language readership, this volume offers new insights into urban history and the culture of Europe as a whole.


For more information about the volume, please check the attachment.

Medieval Buda flyer English