Medieval Latin (part of Greek and/or Latin Studies call)
Feel free to contact Lucie Doležalová should you have any further queries.
Medieval Latin (part of Greek and/or Latin Studies call)
Feel free to contact Lucie Doležalová should you have any further queries.
The Elite Graduate Program in East European Studies provided by the LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg is offered in winter term 2021/2022 for the 18th time.
Qualified students can apply on the online application portal at https://www.efv.verwaltung.uni-muenchen.de/users/sign_in
The application deadline is on June 15th, 2021, AoE.
For more information, please see
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 email@example.com. The online conference will be held in Microsoft Teams. In case of any technical difficulty please write also to the above-mentioned email address.
New Ph.D. programme implemented in collaboration between the Institute of Greek and Latin Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University
and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Application deadline is 30 April 2021, admission examinations take place on 14-16 June 2021.
Every student accepted for regular Ph.D program receives a fellowship of 13,000 CZK/month and may apply for further research and travel support and take part in paid research grants. This particular program offers also paid internships at the Academy of Sciences (see below).
Profile of the programme
The Ph.D. programme investigates the history of Latin literature and European culture that used Latin as its means of expression during the period between the fall of Rome, through transformation of the cultural legacy of antiquity during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Baroque, and all the way into its rebirth into a subject of scientific investigation and part of cultural life of modern European nations. Latin texts are approached from the perspective of linguistics, palaeography, codicology, literary science, and cultural history, with special emphasis on developments in the Czech Lands. This programme is interdisciplinary and touches upon a number of other areas, including intellectual history, history of religion, and history of books. Doctoral students investigate the theoretical and practical aspects of publication of Latin texts written during the period this programme covers and familiarise themselves with the possibilities of digital humanities. This programme can be taken in Czech or in English. For further information, contact the program guarantor, Lucie Dolezalovâ firstname.lastname@example.org
Conditions of admission into the programme
Admission process into this doctoral programme follows the internal regulations of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University. Candidates must meet, among others, the following conditions:
Ph.D. internships at the Institute of Philosophy of the CAS
Persons interested in taking the Latin Medieval and Neo-Latin Studies under the supervision of researchers of the Institute of Philosophy may apply for a paid internship at the Institute of Philosophy of the CAS. These internships are granted always for one year with a possibility of extension. Interns actively participate in research activities of the department they select and in other activities of the Institute of Philosophy. It is assumed that candidates will choose a dissertation subject relevant to projects currently conducted at the Institute of Philosophy:
• For the area of neo-Latin studies (supervisors from the Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History): analysis of various communication media and textual legacy of Early Modern ‘republic of scholars’, including correspondence and various genres of printed production, with emphasis on relations between Latin and vernacular production.
In case you are interested in a Ph.D. internship at the Institute of Philosophy, contact Pavel Soukup (email@example.com), coordinator of applications for the joint doctoral programme on behalf of the Institute of Philosophy. It is essential that you do so sufficiently in advance of application deadline. Application for doctoral internship should be accompanied by a letter of motivation specifying your idea regarding your work at the Institute of Philosophy and explaining the link between your dissertation thesis and research undertaken at the relevant department or centre. Selected candidates will be, on the day of admission examination, invited for a brief interview at the Institute of Philosophy.
Anyone interested in the program should contact their potential supervisor.
Supervisors at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague
I lead dissertations focused on medieval Latin literature (e.g. textual analysis, contextualization, translation). I work on monastic texts, hagiography, texts connected to medieval art. Contact: iva.adamkova@ ff.cuni.cz
I will happily supervise dissertations on medieval literature and manuscripts. Usual dissertation is an edition an analysis of a so far unedited text, or textual transmission and reception of a particular text. I am interested in obscure texts, but also memory, mnemonic aids, library history, Bible reception, parody, proverbs and digital humanities. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava
I focus on analysis of medieval Latin texts, especially from 12th-14th century Bohemia. I especially enjoy monastic writing – historiography, homiletics, biblical exegesis (commentary of the Song of Songs), or spiritual lyrics. I will happily supervise critical editions, literary-historical studies or translations of a text, e.g. from the Zbraslav monastery, a work of Jan of Jenstejn, ort he sermon collection of Robert of Olomouc. Contact: email@example.com.
Supervisors from the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Centre for Classical Studies
My main focus of interest is Late Classical and Early Christian literature written in Latin (including Czech translations), hagiographies, and intellectual currents in Early Church. Dissertations could therefore focus on any of the following subjects:
I would be happy to supervise theses in Middle Latin philology and educational/instructional literature on subjects such as:
Dissertation theses I could supervise should focus on Latin Bohemical literature, especially historiography or dictionaries, eventual Latin vocabulary in the Middle Ages. The following are some suggestions of suitable subjects:
Centre for Medieval Studies
Supervision of dissertations in the area of intellectual history of the Middle Ages with focus on intellectual links and communication channels between centres of education in Central Europe. Theses could also deal with medieval apocalyptic thinking, its sources, spread, and impact on society. Possible subjects include the following:
I would be happy to take on doctoral projects on subjects from late medieval intellectual and ecclesiastical history, especially such that also touch upon contemporary political and social events. I feel especially close to work focused on the study of Latin manuscripts, eventually their publication in print. I offer supervision of theses on the following areas:
I would be happy to supervise doctoral theses on subjects from the intellectual and cultural history of Late Middle Ages with focus on Central Europe. I feel particularly attracted to the subject of heresies, especially Hussitism, as well as controversial theology and preaching. Given this focus, I would consider the following subjects of theses especially suitable:
Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History
I would be happy to supervise dissertations focused on Bohemical literature in Early Modern Era, on subjects such as:
Supervision of dissertations in the field of humanist literature in the Czech Lands and Central Europe in general, as well as intellectual history of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Theses could deal with, for instance, the following subjects:
Supervision of dissertations in the area of intellectual history of Early Modern Era with focus on Bohemical subjects within a wider European context. Subjects may include:
Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Thought
I would be happy to supervise doctoral theses on subjects from late medieval philosophy and theology and, more generally, topics from the intellectual history of Late Medieval Era. Theses could focus on for instance the following subjects:
The University of Pennsylvania and the European University at St. Petersburg have opened admissions for a dual-degree M.A. program in Russian and East European Studies, which will welcome its first cohort of students this coming fall.
The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
European University at St. Petersburg is a non-state graduate university, one of the leading institutions in humanities and social sciences in Russia.
Students in the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES spend one year at Penn, followed by a summer and a year at EUSP, engage in archival or field research leading to a thesis, and undertake intensive language study. In distinction from many area studies programs, in our program each student will pursue a specified academic discipline of concentration represented among our faculty (anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, international relations, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, sociology, etc.). English is the main language of instruction for this program at both UPenn and EUSP. In addition, a wide choice of courses taught in Russian are available at EUSP. At the program’s conclusion, students receive coordinated M.A. degrees from both Penn and EUSP. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to pursue either further study at the Ph.D. level or to go on to careers in government service, think tanks and business in the United States, their home countries or internationally.
Applications for this program are due on March 22. Note as well that fellowships will be available for a number of applicants on a competitive basis, thanks to a generous gift from Polymetal International, Plc. A seed grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York made the launch of this program at Penn possible.
You and your students can learn more about the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES at our websites: https://rees.sas.upenn.edu/graduate/university-pennsylvania-european-university-st-petersburg-dual-ma-program-russian-and-east and https://eupenn.eusp.org/.
January 20, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Ottó Gecser (ELTE, Budapest)
Plague, Religion, and the Fear of Infection in Fifteenth-Century Perugia
February 3, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Tara Andrews (University of Vienna)
February 17, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna)
New Religion – New Society? Aspects of the Impact of Christianity in Late Antiquity
March 3, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Tijana Krstić (CEU)
Comparing Religions and Confessions in Early Modern Ottoman Empire
March 10, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Danuta Shanzer (University of Vienna)
Some Readings of Clerical Masculinity and Violence in the Early Middle Ages
March 17, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Frances Kneupper (Institute for Advanced Study at CEU; University of Mississippi)
Female Prophets Transcending Gender Expectations during the Great Schism –
The Revelations of Constance of Rabastens and Marie Robine
March 24, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Pavlína Rychterová (University of Vienna)
The Hussite Reformation and the Transformation of Social Identities in Late Medieval Bohemia
March 31, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. CET
Judit Majorossy (University of Vienna)
Meeting ID: 981 3811 8684
Online, organized by the University of Gdańsk, 7–9 April 2021
After successful conferences in Budapest (2014), Olomouc (2016) and Zagreb (2018), the Fourth Biennial Conference of MECERN (postponed from 2020 and moved to an online format) will examine the building of networks in Central Europe, as well as between Central Europe and other parts of Europe and the wider world. It will raise the question whether this process was based on cooperation or competition, on solidarity or rivalry, and will trace the short and long-term impacts, and eventual disintegration of these networks. In other words, the conference will explore medieval Central Europe as a conglomerate of structured and interrelated, but often changeable ties. By invoking new paradigms, this approach encourages historians from Central Europe or writing about Central Europe to reject the national perspective and national myths concerning this subject.
Due to the move to the online format, the Organizing Committee has decided to open the
possibility for new applicants to propose papers for a short additional period. We welcome
proposals from scholars at all stage of career, researching all aspects of medieval past, from political, social, cultural, economic, ecclesiastical, urban, artistic, material, literary, intellectual and legal history. Having Central Europe as their starting point, papers and session proposals may address the following issues:
Both individual and panel submissions are encouraged. Papers are twenty minutes long. In
addition, the call is open for poster presentations. A poster session will include five-minute
presentations from each accepted poster presented.
Deadline for submissions: 23 January 2021
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Expected registration fee: 30 EUR, PhD students: reduced fee 20 EUR
Accepted participants will be notified by 15 February 2021
The Mongol Invasion of Hungary and Its Eurasian Context project cordially invites you to the international workshop
The Mongols in Central Europe: The Profile and Impact of their Thirteenth-Century Invasions
the conference will be broadcast on Zoom
26 November https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89821700042…
Meeting ID: 898 2170 0042
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89698677998?pwd=THljQWYxNHIrVEZLWGllck54ZytLZz09 Meeting ID: 896 9867 7998 Passcode: gR1m9B
26 November 2020
12:30–12:45 Balázs Nagy: Welcome
12:45–13:50 Moderator: István Vásáry
Greetings of Batbayar Zeneemyadar, Ambassador of Mongolia to Hungary
Balázs Nagy: The Mongol Invasion of Hungary and its Central European Context
Attila Bárány: The Response of the West to the Mongol Invasion: 1241-1270
13:50–14:00 Coffee break
14:00–15:15 Moderator: Christopher P. Atwood
Stephen Pow: The Historicity of Ivo of Narbonne’s Account of a Mongol Attack on “Neustat”
Konstantin Golev: Crime and Punishment: The Mongol Invasion, the Cuman-Qïpchaq Refugees and the Second Bulgarian Empire
Dorottya Uhrin: Beheading Among Nomads
13:50–14:00 Coffee break
15:30–16:45 Moderator: Konstantin Golev
Adam Lubocki: Mongol Invasion of Hungary
in the Light of Polish Medieval Sources
Tomaš Somer: Sources on the Mongol Invasion of the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1241
Matthew Coulter: Patterns of Communication during the 1241 Mongol Invasion: Insights from the Ottobeuren Letter Collection
16:45–17:00 Coffee break
17:00–18:00 Moderator: István Vásáry
Keynote lecture: Christopher P. Atwood: Mongolian Sources on the Great Western Expedition: Some Analytical Comments
27 November 2020
12:30–13:45 Moderator: Alexander Nikolov
Mirko Sardelić: “Quasi per aerem volans”:
The Mongols on the Adriatic Coast (AD 1242)
Aleksandar Uzelac: The Kingdom of Hungary and Ulus of Nogai: The Contest for Regional Supremacy at the End of the Thirteenth Century
Ágnes Birtalan: Hungarian Oral Narratives (Hung. népmonda) about the Mongolian Campaign
13:45–14:00 Coffee break
14:00–15:15 Moderator: Beatrix Romhányi
Zsuzsanna Papp Reed: Inscribing the Mongol Invasion into History: The Chronica Majora and Beyond
Alexander Nikolov: From the Pontic Steppes to Anatolia: The Cuman Refugees from the “Mongol Storm” between 1237 and 1242Ning Ya: Should the Papal Envoys Bring Gifts for the Mongols? The Role of Polish and Russian Intelligence Information in the Mission of John of Plano Carpini Compared to that of Ascelin of Lombardy
15:15–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:45 Moderator: Mirko Sardelić
Zsolt Pinke: Long-Term Eco-historical Studies for the Wetlands of the Great Hungarian Plain in the Context of the Mongol Invasion
József Laszlovszky: New Archaeological Finds and their Interpretation in the Context of the Mongol Invasion of Hungary
Michal Holeščák: Mongol Invasion of 1241-1242 North of the Danube: Orda Khan´s Trail to Esztergom
16:45–17:00 Coffee break
17:00–18:10 Moderator: József Laszlovszky
Beatrix Romhányi: Traces of the Mongol Invasion in the Settlement Network of the Kingdom of Hungary: Questions, Answers and Doubts
Béla Zsolt Szakács: The Mongol Invasion and the Early Church Architecture in the Szepes/Spiš/Zips Region
Jack Wilson: The Mongols and the Internet: Online Outreach on the Chinggisid Empire, 2018-2020
18:10–18:25 Conclusions and farewell
Leeds (UK), International Medieval Congress 2021: Climates
Date 5-8 July 2021
Deadline: 20 September 2020
Contact: Martin Bauch martin.bauch@
In recent decades, climate history and historical climatology have focused on the economic and social impacts of long-term climatic changes like those which occurred during the Medieval Climate Anomaly or the Little Ice Age. Contemporary worries about global climate patterns have posed new, urgent questions to historians of climate: How did past societies perceive periods of rapid climate change? To what extent were they affected—not only economically, but also in their thinking about the relationship between humans and nature? Traditionally, climate history has focused on reconstruction and impact studies, which implies all too often a one-way relationship: Nature influencing human societies, with humanity merely reacting.
With the emergence of the concept of the Anthropocene, humanity has been recognized as a geological force responsible for fundamental and lasting changes of nature, not least concerning weather conditions via anthropogenic climate change. This raises questions about the degree of reciprocity and interdependence in the relationship between humans and nature. The human ability to reflect about its own agency regarding the course of nature, or the idea that humanity and nature share a common history, have been acknowledged as a postmodern disruption of established explanations of socio-natural relationships (D. Chakrabarty).
However, the distinction between the course of nature and the course of history has been established only since the eighteenth century and recent research made it clear that past societies were already able to think reflexively on their impact on the global environment. Indeed, premodern societies in general and medieval contemporaries in particular, had a very different view: they often assumed that human behavior influenced natural conditions, particularly weather. These assumptions were mediated in religious concepts that crossed into the spheres of politics and economy. Both European and non-European societies accepted the notion that “bad” human actions would backlash in inclement weather while “good” behavior would lead to benevolent conditions. Not only in a Christian context has this relationship often been interpreted by historians rather simplistically as a “retributive theology”. Nevertheless, this cosmological background held much greater social implications, as medieval populations assumed they had a causal influence on weather conditions, and vice versa. A recent example of such an approach has been a new study by Jean-Pierre Devroey on the “righteousness” (droiture) of the Carolingian emperors as a major feature of rulership at that time. Devroey convincingly demonstrates that eighth- and ninth-century thinkers shared a common theory of the “cosmic” dimension of the king that clearly connected good government with the fortune of weather and, consequently, harvests. In the end, he proposes that Carolingian legal-administrative reforms were chronologically connected to bad harvests caused by climate stress and hence constituted a direct political implication of this theoretical background.
The medieval interdependency of humans and nature plays out on at least two different levels: On the one hand, scholars’ written discourses—e.g. treatises, chronicles, letters, and homilies, etc.—give insight into the underlying theories, at least from the point of view of the elites, of the relationship between humanity and nature from Late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe and other parts of the world. On the other hand, sources on economic, infrastructural, and social/institutional history provide information, albeit indirectly, on periods of short-term climate change, as these periods eventually called for specific social adaptation processes. This documentation not only sheds light on the practical reactions of past societies facing abrupt phases of climate change but also enables us to identify underlying theoretical assumptions. Subsequently, this would allow to reconstruct societal adaptions and to examine, at the same time, how specific perceptions of nature shaped these reactions.
To address these issues, we welcome papers dealing with all areas of the globe and from scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The following questions might serve as possible starting points for paper proposals:
Thanks to a generous support by our Leipzig-based home institution, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), we will be able to provide limited funds to reimburse the conference fees and other costs for early career researchers from Eastern and Eastern Central Europe.
A publication of the conference papers is planned. We encourage interested colleagues to submit 300 words abstracts for 20-minute papers by 20 September 2020.
Please submit them by e-mail to: email@example.com
The Board of the János M. Bak Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe invites applications for its 2021 Fellowship. With sadness, we also mark in this way, the passing of Professor Bak and wish to remember and take forward his legacy.
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, 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. 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”).
Applicants to the fellowship have to submit a CV, a list of publications and a research plan (c. 500 words) and to propose an output such as an article, book chapter, exhibition, film, or other form of publication. Fellows will be asked to hold a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation to CEU students. 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 2021 will be three months, from April to June 2021. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend in the value of EUR 2000 (with a possibility of reimbursement of visa costs, if applicable). Please send your application package to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2020. If you have further questions please contact Professor Emilia Jamroziak, the Chair of the Board of the Fellowship at E.M.Jamroziak@leeds.ac.uk .