MECERN at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (Michigan): report

MECERN and its members at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (Michigan), May 11th-14th 2017

Report by Suzana Miljan, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

At the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (MI), that brought together more than 3000 medievalists from all over the world, MECERN participated with a session on Central European Medieval Networks. The first paper in this session, presented by Christian Raffensperger of the Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio), dealt with “Comparative Political Development in the Arc of Medieval Europe.” The second presenter, Katalin Szende of Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), focused on “Urban Networks in Medieval East Central Europe,” giving an analysis of diversified networking processes and complex structures of networks created through urban colonization between the Baltic and the Adriatic (including legal systems, connections between political elites, intellectual and cultural relations, ecclesiastical structures and business and trade networking). The third paper by Damir Karbić and Suzana Miljan of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Zagreb, Croatia) entitled “Complex networks of legal traditions and social structures. A case of Croatia-Dalmatia and Slavonia-Hungary” reflected upon the parallel existence of two contrasted legal cultures: the one, predominantly based on the written pragmatic legal literacy and the tradition of the academic Roman law of Croatia’s southern parts, and the other, that largely grafted upon oral legal traditions of northern Croatia. Apart from lively scholarly debate and exchange, the panel, presided by Prof. Gerhard Jaritz of the Central European University’s Medieval Studies Department, was also an opportunity to alert the US and international collegium about the recent acts of oppression of the Hungarian government towards the Central European University and it values that promote freedom of academic work and open society.

Apart from the MECERN session, the network’s members took part in several other sessions and Congress activities. Prof. Gerhard Jaritz organized a panel sponsored by CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies on “Creating and Transforming the Image of Saints,” in which one of the Department’s doctoral students, Stephen Pow, presented an innovative view on the connection between cults of saints and chivalry literature, while Prof. Gabor Klaniczay spoke about the stigmata of Blessed Helen of Hungary.

A particular interest of the MECERN scholars was expressed in a number of panels on “Archeology of Medieval Europe,” organized by Prof. Florin Curta of the University of Florida. There, one of the speakers was Mario Novak of the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb (Croatia), whose presentation dealt with health, diet and lifestyles of early medieval populations in the East Adriatic area. In the panel on “Rulership in Medieval Central Europe (Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland): Ideal and practice,” Prof. Paul Knoll of the University of Southern California reflected upon various aspects of rulership by comparing three individual cases of Louis the Great of Hungary, Casimir the Great of Poland, and Charles IV of Bohemia. The great interest of MECERN members was also seen in the panel “Beguines and the Transformations of Urban Piety on the Eastern Periphery of Late Medieval Christendom” organized by Michael Van Dusen of the McGill University, where new questions were put to examine the inquisitorial procedures against heretics in Poland and Bohemia by the papers of Tomasz Gałuszka and Pavel Kras.The call for papers for the 53

The call for papers for the 53rd Congress open until June, yet the interested candidates can apply with individual papers until the coming Fall by writing directly to panel organizers. More on the procedures of the application can be seen here.


Book launch: From Hus to Luther -Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380-1620)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
CEU, Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest
Monument Building, Gellner Room

Book launch

From Hus to Luther –Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380-1620) edited  by Katerina Hornicková and M. Šroněk, presented by Béla Zsolt Szakács

The first study representing a little-known phenomenon in Bohemian cultural and political history – the visual culture that grew up in the environment of the Reformation churches in Bohemia from the Hussites until the defeat of the Estates by the Habsburgs at White Mountain in 1620.

This book portrays a little-known phenomenon in Bohemian cultural and political history – the visual culture that grew up in the environment of Reformation churches in Bohemia from the time of the Hussites until the defeat of the Estates by the Habsburg coalition at White Mountain in 1620. It provides the first comprehensive overview of a forgotten era of artistic production over a period of approximately two hundred years, when most of the population of Bohemia professed non-Catholic faiths.

During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries a unique situation arose in Bohemia, with five main Christian denominations (Utraquists, Lutherans, the Unity of Brethren, Calvinists, and Catholics) gradually coming to function alongside each other, with a number of other religious groups also active. The main churches, which had a fundamental influence on political stability in the state, were the majority Utraquists and the minority Catholics. Yet the essays of this book establish that despite the particularities of the Bohemian situation, the religious trends of Bohemia were an integral part of the process of Reformation across Europe.

Featuring over fifty illustrations including manuscript illumination, panel painting, and architecture, the book also presents the surviving cultural products of the four non-Catholic Christian denominations, ranging from the more moderate to radical Reformation cultures. The book also analyses the attitudes of these denominations to religious representations, and illuminates their uses of visual media in religious and confessional communication. The book thus opens up both the Reformation culture of Bohemia and its artistic heritage to an international audience.

Kateřina Horníčková obtained her PhD at CEU Budapest in 2009. She is  a researcher at the FWF SFB 42 research program, Visions of Community, based in Vienna, and lecturer in art history at the University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice. She has published on late medieval art and the Hussites, medieval treasures and piety, and collaborated in several interdisciplinary projects on medieval, and early modern visual and material culture.

Michal Šroněk obtained his PhD at Masaryk University, Brno. He is a researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and university professor of art history at the University of South Bohemia. He specialises in Early Modern painting and visual culture. He is the author of several monographs and studies on sixteenth- and seventeeth-century Bohemian art, and on the connections between art and the Reformation.


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)

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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:



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:

Art History Update: Habsburg and Ottoman Costume Identification, Experiencing Medieval Domesticity, Society for the Study of Church Interiors, Berlin Medieval Art Conference

“Muddling East and West: Costume and Identification in the Early Modern Borderlands of Habsburg and Ottoman Europe

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 5:30pm   Budapest, Central European University


Speaker: Robyn D. Radway

 Budapest, Central European University Nador u. 9, Monument Building Room: Gellner
Date:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 5:30pm

The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, bureaucratic organisms referred to as the “German” and “Turkish” Empires and the massive militaries they supported were conglomerates: patchworks with permeable borders into which entrepreneuring men from the borderlands could always migrate and find exciting and rewarding positions to take up their swords and shields. Local troops, carrying their material culture with them as they moved, frequently joined either imperial army to create relentless and highly variegated war machines. This paper explores the relationship between dress and dynastic affiliation on the military borderland between Habsburg and Ottoman Europe. Using extant objects alongside verbal portraits and visual attempts to pinpoint identities in costume books, it shows how locals of the borderland lived in a world where practices of clothing, draping, and arming the body were just as fluid and permeable as the border itself. While diplomats and travelers were cautious to identify and follow formal dress protocol, locals continued their own mixed practices. We see groups commissioning wearable arts across the border, exchanging textile gifts, and forging multiple self-images in conversation with their surroundings. The question of how to tell the subjects of the Sultan apart from the subjects of the Holy Roman Emperor persists today in cataloguing museum collections of material culture. This muddling of costume and identity is essential to grasping how the two rival empires defy models of cultural exchange and the very categorizations of East and West.

Robyn D. Radway is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University. She specializes in imperial entanglements in politics, culture, society, and the arts in early modern Central and Eastern Europe. Trained as both a historian and art historian, she has worked in a number of international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic, 1400-1600

unnamedThis interdisciplinary conference examines late medieval and early modern experiences ‘at close quarters’. Building on recent research into the architecture and objects that shaped the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies, challenges and constructions of the domestic environment, and its interaction with art, literature and thought.

Register here.

Friday, 3rd March. York. Bowland Auditorum, Berrick Saul Building.

Registration 9.00-9.20
Welcome 9.20

Conference Keynote 9.30-10.30

Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) and Catherine Richardson (University of Kent) A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life.


Opening: Society for the Study of the Church Interior


360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives

20.-23 September 2017



The 4th Forum Medieval Art will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. The various venues in Berlin and Brandenburg with their medieval heritage and their rich collections of Byzantine and Middle Eastern will be taken as a starting point. Accordingly, the conference will highlight the interaction of Central European medieval art and artistic production with other regions ranging from Eastern Europe, Byzantium, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and the Baltic region. Thus research areas such as Byzantine Studies or Islamic Art History will be brought into the focus and consciousness of medieval studies, particularly in the context of the endangered artistic and architectural monuments of the Middle East. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and changing cultural paradigms. By asking for culturally formative regions at the borders of “Europe” and transcultural contact zones, definitions of the Middle Ages can be put up for debate. As a counterpart to this panorama, research about the region of Brandenburg and Berlin will also be presented. This includes subjects of museum studies and the history of art of and in Berlin, where the development of areas of cultural exchange has a long tradition.

Hosted by: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

Christian Freigang & Antje Fehrmann (Freie Universität Berlin),
Kai Kappel & Tina Zürn (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) mit
with other partners in Berlin & Brandenburg

MECERN at IMC 2016 in Leeds: report

This year’s International Medieval Congress in Leeds took place July 4-7. Its main theme, ‘Food, Feast & Famine’ was chosen for the crucial importance of these phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

 Areas of discussion included:

  • Agricultural systems
  • Almsgiving – food as charity
  • Changing tastes
  • Cookbooks and cooking practice
  • Dearth and famine
  • Drink – wine, ale, and water
  • Environmental contexts
  • Feasting
  • Food and social class
  • Food in monastic and other religious communities
  • Food production
  • Food supply and population
  • Food supply and transport
  • Fresh and saltwater fish
  • Hunting
  • Medical ideas of food, digestion, and humoral pathology
  • Medieval haute cuisine
  • Religious and spiritual feasting and fasting
  • Spices and other edible luxury trade items
  • Standards of living
  • Symbolic/Figurative food
  • Trading food

A round table discussion Migration, Borders, and Refugees in Medieval Central Europe: A Round Table Discussion was organized by MECERN on July 5. Participants included Felicitas Schmieder (FernUniversität Hagen), Emilia Jamroziak (Technische Universität Dresden / University of Leeds), Dorottya Uhrin (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), Balazs Nagy (Central European University, Budapest) Emir Filipović (University of Sarajevo), and Nada Zečević (University of Eastern Sarajevo/Central European University, Budapest)

Among the important issues brought up during the discussion, the highlights were on the borders of our modern uses and interpretations of the medieval migrations, various perceptions of migratory movements and socio-cultural phenomena they entailed in medieval Central Europe, and the need to compare our knowledge of the migrations recorded in medieval Central Europe to the similar movements recorded in other parts of Europe.

More on this year’s IMC program and activities around the central theme can be found at

For the media coverage, see here.


MECERN Second Conference in Olomouc (March 31-April 2, 2016): REPORT

Between March 31 and April 2, the Art Centre of the Palacký University (a former Jesuit College) in Olomouc (Czech Republic) hosted the Second MECERN Conference. Organized in cooperation with the Department of History of the Palacký University of Olomouc and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava, this MECERN gathering hosted 70 participants who discussed on the unity and diversity of medieval Central Europe, its social order as well as cohesive and disruptive forces.

The conference opened with a welcome speech by Dr. Jaroslav Miller, Rector of Palacký University, while the Opening plenary lecture by János M. Bak reflected upon the Comparative History of Medieval Central Europe: Past and Future.

The conference then continued its work in 16 sessions, focusing on the following issues:

  • Urban communities
  • Medieval mentality
  • Literature as a reflection of dynamic social structure
  • Space and its interpretation
  • Dynasties and family policies
  • Borders of Christianity in East and Central Europe
  • Church and religion
  • The Baltic Sea Basin
  • Christianization and transformation
  • Elites and Society
  • Kingship and royal power
  • Manuscripts and images as bearers of meaning
  • Cities and minorities
  • Visual art and society

The participants represented universities and research centers from all around Central Europe, as well as international institutions that focus on this region. There were a large number of postgraduate students and early stage researchers, whose contributions, apart from conventional presentations, also included poster presentations on late medieval/early-modern chivalry, social structure and aristocratic representation in fifteenth-century Hungary, capital punishment in late medieval Gradec, political and territorial organization of the episcopate in the Zagreb Diocese, and reintroduction of double monasteries for mendicant nuns.

A special form of comparative dialogue on the region and among scholars from various disciplines and at different stages in their careers was established through Conference’s two roundtable sessions organized by János M. Bak (CEU, Budapest) and Martyn Rady (University of London) under the titles What Decisions were made by Late Medieval Noble Assemblies – and how?and Coherence and Disruption in Legal Practice in Medieval South-Eastern Europe.

Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University, London) closed the conference with her plenary lecture entitled The End of Solidarity? Medieval Cities in the Fifteenth Century.

During the conference MECERN also organized a number of business meetings dedicated to the coordination of the network and its running projects. The winners of the Textbooks’ project were announced and The Research Companion team work discussed by its authors.

A special part of the conference was dedicated to visiting the cultural heritage of Olomouc. Antonin Kalous of Palacký University introduced the participants to the town’s main square, the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary with its famous Gothic fresco painting (1468) of the Siege of Belgrade in 1456 and the town’s exceptional baroque architecture.

MECERN members would like to express their deep gratitude to the local coordinators of the conference, Antonin Kalous and Michaela Malaníková of the Department of History of Palacký University of Olomouc and Dr. Robert Antonin of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava for their kind support and guidance throughout the conference and its inspiring spaces.

The next MECERN Conference will take place at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb University in spring of 2018.

For a link to the TV follow up of the Conference see







More conference pictures can be see at  and


Unity and diversity of medieval (Central) Europe: Social order and its cohesive and disruptive forces

Second biannual conference of MECERN (Medieval Central Europe Research Network), held in Olomouc (Czech Republic) by the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, Olomouc and Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, on 31th March–2nd April 2016.

Thursday, 31 March

9:00–10:30 Opening
9:00–9:45 Jaroslav Miller (rector of Palacký University); Jiří Lach (dean of Faculty of Arts, Palacký University); Aleš Zářický (dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava); Daniel Ziemann (head of Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest)
9:45–10:30 János M. Bak (Budapest): Comparative history of medieval Central Europe: Past and Future (Opening plenary lecture)

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–12:40 Session 1: Urban communities
11:00–11:25 Katalin Szende (Budapest): The Bishops’ Old Towns. Social and Spatial Transformations in the Episcopal Sees of East Central Europe in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
11:25–11:50 Károly Goda (Vienna): Communal Bonds and Societal Change:
Eucharistic Brotherhoods in the Metropolitan Contexts of Medieval Central

11:00–12:40 Session 2: Medieval mentality
11:00–11:25 Marek Otisk (Ostrava): Unity and Multiplicity. About the Philosophy, Liberal Arts and the Game Rithmomachia in the Last Quarter of the Tenth Century
11:25–11:50 Lukáš Lička (Ostrava): Unity and Diversity in Medieval Psychology
11:50–12:15 Gábor Klaniczay (Budapest): The Reception of the Cult of Stigmatic Saints in Hungary and Moravia in the Late Middle Ages?

11:50–12:15 Zoë Opačić (London): New Towns and their Legacy in Late Medieval Central Europe
12:15–12:40 Balázs Nagy (Budapest): Mining Towns of Medieval Central Europe – Comparative Approaches

12:15–12:40 Sarah Claire (Paris): Assistance and Solidarity in Troubled Times: Bohemia in the Late Middle Ages

12:40–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–15:30 Session 3: Poster session
Ágnes Drosztmér (Budapest): The Vitéz Order during the Rule of the Ottomans in Early Modern Hungary and the Transformation of the Social System
Ádám Novák (Debrecen): Social Structure and Aristocratic Representation – Red Wax Seal Usage in the Fifteenth-Century Hungary
Kristina Judaš (Zagreb): From execution to clemency: capital punishment in late medieval Gradec (1450—1480)
Maja Cepetić (Rijeka): Tendencies in Political and Territorial Organisation in the Episcopal Estates of Zagreb Diocese
Mišo Petrović (Budapest): From the Pope to the King: The Road of Archbishop Andrew of Gualdo (c.1350–1437)
Igor Razum (Budapest): Ecclesiastical Reformer and Politician: the Faces of Bishop Stephen II of Zagreb
Matouš Turek (Prague/Rennes): Ligna in Propriis Detulit Humeris: Inscribing Forest Exploitation into Literary and Pictorial Narratives in 14th-Century Bohemia
Elizabeth Allyn Woock (Olomouc): Re-introduction of Double Monasteries as a Solution for Mendicant Nuns

15:30–17:10 Session 4: Literature as a reflection of dynamic social structure
15:30–15:55 Levente Seláf (Budapest): Central European Countries in Medieval French Genealogical Romances
15:55–16:20 Kristýna Solomon (Olomouc): The Idea of Crusades in German Medieval Literature
16:20–16:45 Julia Verkholantsev (Philadelphia): Folk History in Medieval
Chronicles of Central Europe

15:30–17:10 Session 5: Space and its interpretation
15:30–15:55 Dariusz Adamczyk (Hannover): Commercial Entanglements and Political Transformations: Was Long-Distance Trade the Prime Mover of the Piast State during the Late Viking Age?
15:55–16:20 Beatrix Romhányi (Budapest): Frontier and Mediator: the Amber Road in the Middle Ages

16:45–17:10 Matouš Jaluška (Prague): The Frame Cannot Hold: Overturned
Chessboards in Medieval Central European Literature

16:20–16:45 Stefan Eichert (Vienna): Formation and Transformation of Societies in the Early Medieval Eastern Alps
16:45–17:10 Sergiu Musteaţă (Iasi): Soroca Fortress – an Example of Unity and Diversity Medieval Moldova

17:10–17:40 Coffee break

17:40–19:40 Roundtable I: What decisions were made by late medieval noble assemblies – and how?
Organisers: János M. Bak (Budapest), Martyn Rady (London)
Julia Burkhardt (Heidelberg): Poland, Germany; Christopher Nicholson (London): Bohemia; Zrinka Nikolić Jakus (Zagreb): Dalmatia; Cosmin Popa-Gorjanu (Alba Iulia): Transylvania; Matyn Rady (London): Hungary; Damir Karbić (Zagreb): Croatia; Marija Karbić (Zagreb): Slavonia, Turopolje

20:00 Evening reception

Friday, 1 April
9:00–10:15 Session 6: Dynasties and family politics
9:00–9:25 Dániel Bagi (Pécs): Divisio regni. Dynastic Conflicts and Division of the Kingdom in Hungary in the Eleventh Century in an East-Central-European Comparison
9:25–9:50 Dušan Zupka (Oxford): Diversity of Dynastic Consciousness in Medieval (Central) Europe
9:50–10:15 Márta Font (Pécs): Rostislav of Chernigov and His Connection to Dynasties of East Central Europe

9:00–10:15 Session 7: Borders of Christianity in East-Central Europe
9:00–9:25 Nada Zečević (East Sarajevo): Apud Europeos…qui nomine Christiano censentur: Europe in the Crusading Discourse of the Papal Curia in the Fifteenth Century
9:25–9:50 Borislav Grgin (Zagreb): The Ottomans, the Venetians and the Emperors – How did the external factors influence changes in late medieval Croatia (1458–1527)?
9:50–10:15 Aleksandar Uzelac (Belgrade): Disruptive Force or the Extraordinary Pool of Military Resources – Cumans and Tatars in the Medieval Balkan States

10:15–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–12:25 Session 8: Church and religion
10:45–11:05 Dorottya Uhrin (Budapest): The Cult of Saints as Cohesive Force. The case of the Hungarian Confraternities Dedicated to Virgin Martyrs
11:05–11:25 Paul Richard Blum (Baltimore): The Divisive and the Unifying Power of Faith: Nicholas of Cusa in the Presence of Islamic Military Victory
11:25–11:45 Andrea Bartocci (Teramo): Texts of Bartolus de Saxoferrato on the Franciscan Poverty in Late Medieval Moravia
11:45–12:05 Tomislav Matić (Zagreb): Assaults on Clerics of the Diocese of Zagreb in the First Third of the Fifteenth Century
12:05–12:25 Dženan Dautović (Sarajevo): The Talking Dead: Social Order and Disorder according to Epitaphs on Bosnian Medieval Tombstones – Stećci (13th–15th century)

10:45–12:25 Session 9: The Baltic Sea Basin
10:45–11:10 Beata Możejko (Gdańsk): King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk’s Relations with Society in Royal Prussia. Building New Relationships and Respecting Old Ones
11:10–11:35 Anna Kuznetsova (Moscow): Polabian-Baltic Slavs in the Light of Imperial Taxation
11:35–12:00 Rita Regina Trimonienė (Šiauliai): Interaction between Centres and Local Societies: Disturbances in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the Fifteenth Century
12:00–12:25 Benjámin Borbás (Budapest): The Social Aspects of Wars of the Teutonic Knights in Baltics

12:30–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–15:40 Session 10: Christiani-
sation and transformation

14:00–14:25 Grzegorz Pac (Warsaw): Appealing to Christian sacrum. The cult of Saints and the Development of the Christianization Process in Poland and other countries of the region
14:25–14:50 Miroslav Vepřek (Olomouc): Central European Penitent in the Eleventh Century – from a Point of View of the Church Slavonic Texts
14:50–15:15 Marta Graczyńska (Kraków): The Cathedral – bishopric or royalty? The Central European Cathedrals as a Place of Legitimization of Power till the End of the Eleventh Century (A Case Study)

14:00–15:40 Session 11: Elites and
society I
14:00–14:25 Márton Rózsa (Budapest): Lands and Families of Provincial
Aristocracy at Thessalonike in the Early Twelfth Century
14:25–14:50 Gábor Bradács (Debrecen): Iudex provincialis Styrie. Legal Innovation and Social Transition in the Medieval Styria during the Hungarian Rule (1254–1260)
14:50–15:15 Wojciech Kozłowski (Warsaw): A Society of Lords: “International” Society in the Thirteenth-Century Central Europe
15:15–15:40 Witold Brzeziński (Bydgoszcz): A Married Woman’s Subjection to Her Male Relatives as a Part of the Social Order

15:15–15:40 Jakub Izdný (Prague): “Divicie michi habundant”: The Economics of Christianisation of the Central Europe among the Nobility in Late Medieval Greater Poland

15:40–16:10 Coffee break

16:10–17:50 Roundtable II: Coherence and Disruption in Legal Practice in
Medieval South-Eastern Europe
Organiser: Martyn Rady (London)
Neven Isailović (Belgrade): Fragments of Law in Medieval Bosnian Charters
Miloš Ivanović (Belgrade): The Law of Medieval Serbian Mining Towns and Its Application
Adrian Magina (Reşiţa): Between Law and Custom: Legal Norms and Practice in the Romanian Communities from Medieval and Early Modern Banat
Livia Magina (Reşiţa): Contra fures et malefactores: Theft in Documents of
Medieval Transylvania Counties Courts
Suzana Miljan (Zagreb): The Hierarchy of Courts and the Hierarchy of the Law: Legal Procedure and the Disputes among the Slavonian Nobility in the Age of Sigismund (1387–1437)

16:10–17:50 Session 12: Elites and society II
16:10–16:35 Attila Bárány (Debrecen): Military Threat and the Structure of
Baronial Banderia in Sigismundian Hungary (1387–1437)
16:35–17:00 Zdeněk Beran (Hradec Králové): Czech Nobility in the Fifteenth Century: Between the Protection and Disruption of Social Order
17:00–17:25 Antun Nekić (Zadar): Slavonia and Transylvania at the Turn of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century: Oligarchs, King’s Appointees, Local Society and the (Re)shaping of the Political Communities
17:25–17:50 Sobiesław Szybkowski (Gdańsk): The Land Community of Gentry in Poland in the First Half of Fifteenth Century – Development, Function, Structure and Inner Hierarchy. The Example of Wider Greater

18:00–20:00 A little evening walk City Centre Tour (Late-Medieval; some churches, town-hall) or Visit to the Bishop’s Palace (Early/High-Medieval) and Archdiocesan Museum (Late-Medieval art) TBA
20:00 Evening reception

Saturday, 2 April
9:00–10:15 Session 13: Kingship and royal power
9:00–9:25 József Laszlovszky (Budapest): Beyond Buda, Cracow and Prague:

9:00–10:15 Session 14: Manuscripts and images as bearers of meaning
9:00–9:25 Lucie Doležalová (Prague): Disruption on the Manuscript Page: Landscapes of Royal Power in Medieval Central Europe
9:25–9:50 Václav Žůrek (Prague): Who Should Ensure the Social Order? Reflection on the Function of the King and the Nobility in the Hussite and post-Hussite Bohemia
9:50–10:15 Robert Antonín (Ostrava): Bad Times of a Bad King. Rex-tyranus and Rex-inutilis in Medieval Bohemia Material Text and Re-Organization of
Knowledge in Late Medieval Central Europe
9:25–9:50 Stanislava Kuzmová (Oxford): One Manuscript, Two Preachers, Saints and Hussites (The Dynamics of Cohesion and Disruption in Wrocław between Bohemia and the Jagiellonian Poland)
9:50–10:15 Daniela Rywiková (Ostrava): “Tu mutaberis in me…” Visual Arts Helping to Transform, Unite or Cure the Corrupted World?

10:15–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–12:25 Session 15: Cities and minorities
10:45–11:10 Castilia Manea-Grgin (Zagreb): Changing Dominant Social Paradigms: The Dubrovnik-Born Merchant Benedikt Kotrulj
on the Role and Place of Trade and Traders in the Medieval Society (15th Century)
11:10–11:35 Piotr Okniński (Warsaw): Forming Polish Medieval Commune: The Case of Kraków
11:35–12:00 Markéta Kabůrková (Olomouc): And Money Answereth All Things: Christian and Jewish Approaches to Usury
12:00–12:25 Tamás Visi (Olomouc): Jewish Society in Late Medieval Moravia: The Rise and Fall of a Rabbinic Elite

10:45–12:25 Session 16: Visual art and society
10:45–11:10 Daniel Soukup (Olomouc): “Ut discernantur“: Reconstructing Ashkenazic Dress in the Fourteenth-Century Bohemia
11:10–11:35 Ivan Gerát (Bratislava): The Princess at Work – Some Questions
Concerning the Vita of Saint Elizabeth in Cod. Vind. 370 (Liber depictus)
11:35–12:00 Kateřina Horníčková (Vienna/České Budějovice): Visual
Strategies of Communities sub una and sub utraque in the Fifeenth/Sixteenth Centuries
12:00–12:25 Aleš Mudra (Prague): The Eucharist as an Integrating Element of Late Medieval Society: Great Sacrament Houses’ Witness

12:30–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–15:20 Session 17 (plenary): MECERN Projects
MECERN Textbook project (organised by János M. Bak and András Kraft)
MECERN Research Companion (organised by Nada Zečević)

15:20–15:30 Coffee Break
15:30–16:30 Closing
15:30–16:15 Miri Rubin (London): The End of Solidarity? Medieval Cities in the Fifteenth Century (Closing plenary lecture)
16:15–16:30 Closing and vision


Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University

Budapest, 27-29th March 2014
Venue: CEU Auditorium, 9 Nádor u., Budapest

27 March, Thursday

Opening on behalf of CEU and the Department of Medieval Studies
László KONTLER, Pro-rector for Hungarian and European Union Affairs
Daniel ZIEMANN, Head of Department

Session 1, Chair: Niels Gaul
Florin CURTA (University of Florida, Gainesville): East Central Europe: The Gate to Byzantium

Session 2, Chair: Katalin Szende
Dariusz ADAMCZYK (German Historical Institute, Warsaw): Arab Silver Redistribution Networks in Early Medieval Eastern Europe: Polycentric Connections and Entangled Hierarchies
Matthias HARDT (Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe, GWZO, University of Leipzig): The Importance of Long–distance Trade for the Slavic Princes of the Early and High Middle Ages
Mária PAKUCS (Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Bucharest): Transit Trade and Intercontinental Trade in East Central Europe in the Late Middle Ages
Balázs NAGY (CEU and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): A Region of Prosperity: Economic Interactions in East Central Europe in the Later Middle Ages

12:00-13:00 – Lunch break
Bookfair, Venue: Laptop Area of 9 Nádor u., Budapest

Session 3, Chair: József Laszlovszky
Martin BAUCH (German Historical Institute, Rome): Environmental Crisis and its Impact on Medieval Societies in Eastern Central Europe and Italy from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century
Péter SZABÓ (Botanical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno): Royal Forests in East Central Europe: Merovingian Ideas and Local Realities
Magdolna SZILÁGYI (CEU, Budapest): Roads in a Liminal Zone: Trade and Travel across the Borders of Medieval Hungary

Session 4 (Poster Session), Chair: Judith Rasson
Teodora ARTIMON (CEU, Budapest): Stephen the Great of Moldavia: a Marginalized Prince?
Dženan DAUTOVIĆ (University of Sarajevo): The Bosnian Medieval State – Western or Eastern Model?
Annamária ÉRSEK (Université Paris Sorbonne): Mid-fourteenth-century Crypto-portraits: East Central Europe as Center of Production
János INCZE (CEU, Budapest): War Financing in East Central Europe. The Pledges of Sigismund of Luxemburg in Hungary
Márta KONDOR (CEU, Budapest): Sigismund of Luxembourg: from Prague to Znojmo across the Whole of Europe
Piotr Dawid KOŁPAK (Jagiellonian University, Krakow): The Characteristics of Saint Patrons of the Polish Kingdom in Medieval Latin Europe
Wojciech KOZLOWSKI (CEU, Budapest): A Dynastic Triangle: Poland, Bohemia and Hungary in the Late Thirteenth Century
Andrej MAGDIČ (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Maribor): Ptuj from the Ninth to the Eleventh Century – The Town between East and West

Judit MAJOROSSY (Ferenczy Múzeum, Szentendre): Community and Individuality: The Socio-Topography of Butchers in Medieval Urban Space

Christopher MIELKE (CEU, Budapest): Archaeology and Queenship: Gendered power in the Material Record
Ardian MUHAJ (University of Lisbon): When the “Peripheries” Take over the Role of the Centre
Elena SUFF (State Pedagogical University, Chisinau): The Moldo-German Chronicle: A History of Stephen the Great for Occidental Eyes

15:30-16:00 – Coffee
Session 5
Roundtable headed by Daniel ZIEMANN (CEU, Budapest): The Question of Identities
16:00-18:00: Part I – Historical and Archaeological Approaches
Jiří MACHÁČEK (Masaryk University, Brno): “Too Far Away” – the Archaeology of Early Medieval Society in East-Central Europe. The Case of Great Moravia
Trpimir VEDRIŠ (University of Zagreb): Was Croatia Ever Part of the Carolingian Empire?
Sergiu MUSTEATA (Ion Creanga Sate University, Chisinau): The Carpathian-Danube Regions from the Eighth to the Tenth Century

Gábor BRADÁCS (University of Debrecen): The Transition of the Concept of Central Europe in the Ottonian Empire – Historiographic and Diplomatic Analysis
Daniel ZIEMANN (CEU, Budapest): Emperor Otto III and the Birth of Central Europe

18:00-18:30 – Coffee

18:30-19:30- Part II – The question of Identities – Anthropological approaches
Stefan EICHERT (University of Vienna): Differing Perceptions of the Middle Ages in the Eastern Alpine Region – A Case Study of Carinthia/Austria
Mladen ANČIĆ (University of Zadar): For the Triangulation of History: Notes on the Possibilities
of Historical Anthropology in Comparative Studies
Matthew B. KOVAL (University of Florida, Gainesville): Look What those Pagans Did! Uses of the Memory of Pagan Violence in Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and Bulgaria
19:30 – Reception

28 March, Friday
John SHATTUCK, Rector and President of CEU: Address in Honor of János M. Bak
Session 6, Chair: Gábor Klaniczay
Felicitas SCHMIEDER (FernUnviersität, Hagen): Medieval Latin Europe Connecting with the Rest of the World: The East Central European Link

Session 7, Chair: János Bak
Grischa VERCAMER (German Historical Institute, Warsaw): Different Depictions of Rulership in Europe by Chroniclers of the Twelfth Century – England, Poland and the Holy Roman Empire
Gerald SCHWEDLER (University of Zurich): Crowned: Rituals of Sovereignty in Central Europe in the Later Middle Ages
Marcela K. PERETT (Bard College, Berlin): Re-discovered Kinship: Bohemia and England in the Early Fifteenth Century

11:30-11:45 – Coffee

Bookfair, Venue: Laptop Area of 9 Nádor u., Budapest

Session 8, Chair: Gerhard Jaritz
Stefan BURKHARDT (University of Heidelberg): Lost Between Empires? East Central Europe and the Two Roman Empires in the Middle Ages
József LASZLOVSZKY (CEU, Budapest): Power Centres and Monasteries
Jan VOLEK (University of Florida, Gainesville): Internal Affair: The First Crusade against the Hussites

13:15-14:15 – Lunch break

Session 9, Chair: Felicitas Schmieder
Cameron SUTT and David RANDS (Austin Peay State University, Clarksville): Inheritance:
Prescription and Practice in Árpádian Hungary and Kamakura Japan
Julia BURKHARDT (University of Heidelberg): Negotiating Realms. Political Representation in a “Forgotten Region”
Iurii ZAZULIAK (Ivan Franko National University, Lviv): Slavery, Serfdom and Violence on the Periphery of Eastern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. Old Themes and New Approaches

15:45-16:00 – Coffee

Session 10
Roundtable headed and challenged by János M. BAK, (CEU, Budapest): A “forgotten”? “region”?

16:00-18:00 Part I
Nora BEREND (University of Cambridge): Medieval Regionalism: A Comparative Approach
Márta FONT (University of Pécs): The Emergence of East Central Europe and Approaches to Internal Differentiation
Anna ADAMSKA (University of Utrecht): Comparing the Comparisons: The Many Literacies of East Central Europe
Gábor KLANICZAY (CEU, Budapest): Possible Items and Methods of Comparison in the Medieval Religious History of Central Europe
Eduard MÜHLE (University of Münster): The Limited Applicability of the Term East Central Europe for Medieval Studies

18:00-18:30- Coffee

18:30-19:30 Part II
Zsolt HUNYADI (University of Szeged): Towards Globalism? Papal-Hungarian Relations as Reflected in the Twelfth-century Charters of the Hungaria Pontificia
Attila BÁRÁNY (University of Debrecen): Early Sixteenth-century Hungary in the Eyes of Westerners: “Shield of Christendom” or a “Remote Land” on the Frontiers of “Barbaricum”?
Anna KUZNETSOVA (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow): East Central Europe as a Notion in Russian Scholarship
Olga KOZUBSKA (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv): Even More Forgotten? Red Rus’, Galicia, Ukraine in (or out of) Context

20:00 – Dinner Venue: Lobby, 13 Nádor u., Budapest

29 March, Saturday
Session 13, Chair: Cristian Gaşpar
Johnny Grandjean GØGSIG JAKOBSEN (University of Copenhagen): Friars Preachers in Frontier Provinces of Medieval Europe
Béla Zsolt SZAKÁCS (CEU and Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): The Place of East Central Europe on the Map of Romanesque Architecture

10:30-11:00 – Coffee

Session 14, Chair: Balázs Nagy
Michaela ANTONÍN MALANÍKOVÁ (Palacký University, Olomouc): “The Golden Age” of Female Engagement in Medieval Urban Economy? Lands of the Bohemian Crown in a Comparative Perspective
Beata MOZEJKO (University of Gdansk): Late Medieval Gdansk as a Transmitter between Regions: Western European, Hanseatic and Central European Contacts
Katalin SZENDE (CEU, Budapest): Town Foundations in Central Europe and the New World in a Comparative Perspective

12:30-13:15 – Lunch break

Session 15, Chair: Marcell Sebők
Julia VERKHOLANTSEV (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia): Myths of Origin and the Art of Etymology in Medieval Chronicles Written in Bohemia, Poland, Croatia, and Hungary
Robert ANTONÍN (University of Ostrava): From Warrior to Knight – The Paths of Chivalric Culture in the Central European Space on the Example of the Czech Lands
Mária DOBOZY (University of Utah, Salt Lake City): Evidence of Cultural Exchange in German and Hungarian Music and Song in Print

14:45-15:00 – Coffee

Session 16, Chairs: Katalin Szende, Daniel Ziemann, Balázs Nagy
Kevin BROWNLEE – Julia VERKHOLANTSEV (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia): Europa Indivisa: Towards a Global Middle Ages (A Pilot Seminar Project)
Márta FONT (University of Pécs): A Forgotten Region? Or Necessity of Publicity?

Concluding remarks, future plans