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:

Source Materials for C/E Europe available Online! – German Speaking

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Compiled by Porta Historica

dMGH – Die digitalen Monumenta Germaniae Historica (dMGH)

dMGH – Die digitalen Monumenta Germaniae Historica (dMGH), commented by Andrea Rzihacek (IMAF)

Link: [02. 05. 2013]

„Die digitalen Monumenta Germaniae Historica (dMGH)“ is a digitization of all editions that have been published in print by the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) since 1826.

DRQEdit – Deutschsprachige Rechtsquellen in digitaler Edition – Digital edition of legal sources in German

DRQEdit – Deutschsprachige Rechtsquellen in digitaler Edition – Digital edition of legal sources in German, commented by Sonja Dünnebeil (IMAF)

Link: [14. 05. 2013]

The goal of DRQEdit is to make German legal literature of the 15th and 16th centuries available on the Internet. The edition focusses on the reception of Roman law and the adoption of the Ius commune taught at universities into normative texts and everyday legal literature.  The corpus includes printed works until the year 1600 (only first impressions and later issues with significant changes) that are at least partially written in German (including Low German).

Kaiserurkunden in Abbildungen

Kaiserurkunden in Abbildungen, commented by Renate Spreitzer (IMAF)

Link: [02.05.2013]

The website gives access to a digital version of “Kaiserurkunden in Abbildungen” by Theodor von Sickel and Heinrich von Sybel, which appeared in two volumes in 1891. It was soon to become a standard work for diplomatics, one volume containing facsimiles of 364 charters of emperors and kings of the Holy Roman Empire, from the Merovingians until the beginning of the 16th century (716–1517), with a second volume providing detailed descriptions of the charters. It covers all types of regal and imperial charters and thus enables the user to study their outward appearance and their development.

matricula-online – Matrikelbücher online – Church registers online

matricula-online – Matrikelbücher online – Church registers online, commented by Andrea Rzihacek (IMAF)

Link: [02. 05. 2013]

„Matricula. Church registers online“ is a digitization of church registers from parishes and religious communities in Austria and Germany. It was initiated by “ICARUS – International Centre for Archival Research”, an association of archives from 23 European states and Canada. In a first pilot phase it provides digitized images of church registers from catholic parishes in Lower Austria (Diözesanarchiv St. Pölten), Upper Austria (Oberösterreichisches Landesarchiv), Vienna (Erzdiözese Wien), the catholic dioceses of Passau and Hildesheim, the protestant churches of Rhineland, Kurhessen-Waldeck and the Evangelical Central Archive in Berlin. Some of the registers go back to the early 17th century (individual volumes even further), the years before World War II (in some cases 1939) marking the final period covered by the project., commented by Andreas Zajic (IMAF)

Link: [22. 05. 2013] is a platform offering online access to a vast range of diplomatic sources from European archives. Starting out as a project restricted to the charters preserved in the archives of monasteries in Lower Austria in the early 2000s it has developed into a collaboration of public (state and municipal) and private (diocesan, monastic and other) archives from 13 Central European countries, bringing together charters from about 110 single archival collections.

Regesten zur Geschichte der Juden in Österreich im Mittelalter

Regesten zur Geschichte der Juden in Österreich im Mittelalter, commented by Renate Spreitzer (IMAF)

Links: [02.05.2013] [02.05.2013]

In 2005 and 2010 two volumes of „Regesten zur Geschichte der Juden in Österreich im Mittelalter“ were published by Eveline Brugger and Birgit Wiedl in printed form. They contain a total of 1144 regests in chronological order, from the beginnings until 1338 (vol. 1) and from 1339 until 1365 (vol. 2). An index of persons and places as well as a bibliography complete the volumes. Both volumes were scanned and are available online in pdf-format.

Two volumes covering the periods from 1366–1386 and from 1387–1404 sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund are currently being prepared and it is to be expected that they will be digitized as well.

RI-Online – Regesta Imperii Online

RI-Online – Regesta Imperii Online, commented by Petra Heinicker and Kornelia Holzner-Tobisch (IMAF)

Link: [15. 05. 2013]

The project „Regesta Imperii“ (RI) was started in the 19th century by Friedrich Böhmer (1795–1863) and is now one of the most extensive collections of data relating to the history of Europe. It aims at opening up diplomatic and historiographic sources for the history of the Holy Roman Empire from the time of the Carolingians to Emperor Maximilian I (751–1519) as well as for papal history in the early and high Middle Ages. The online-version “RI-Online” covers the contents of all volumes that have been published since 1839, accompanied by indices specially provided for the digital edition.


Jewish History Museums in Central Europe

The Jewish Museum in Prague (Židovské muzeum v Praze)

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Established in 1906, the Jewish Museum in Prague is one of the oldest Jewish museums in Europe. Its founders were the historian Salomon Hugo Lieben and the representative of the Czech-Jewish movement and city councillor August Stein. At the core of its collection were items from synagogues that had been demolished as a result of the clearance of the Prague Jewish ghetto.

Current Temporary Exhibition

“Come My Beloved…” Illustrations for the Song of Songs

From 06. 10. 2016 – 09:00 to 12. 03. 2017 – 16:30 Robert Guttmann Gallery, U Staré školy 3, Praha 1


Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

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The Hungarian Jewish Museum opened in January 1916, in a private apartment in Hold utca. The collection, which had been started on the initiative of Jewish intellectuals, already consisted of nearly 1500 objects, first and foremost Jewish ceremonial objects and relics of the history of Hungarian Jewry.
At that time, the collection and display of material objects as mementoes of Jewish culture was a new phenomenon. Up to that time, Jewish museums had been established only in Vienna (1895), Frankfurt, Hamburg (1898), Prague (1906) and St Petersburg (1914). However, Jewish religious objects had been on show earlier in Budapest: in 1884 the Applied Arts Museum was the first in the world to select Judaica for a large, national exhibition, The Historic Gold and Silver Exhibition. Twelve years later, at the National Millennial Exhibition, celebrating a thousand years of the settlement of the Magyars in Hungary, some of these objects were again displayed.
The Hungarian Jewish Museum became a new institute for the preservation of Jewish memory: communities, families and private individuals brought everything they felt was worthy of preservation and important for the presentation of the community

Current Temporary Exhibition

100 years – 100 objects – Jewish Museum 1916-2016


The Hungarian Jewish Museum opened a hundred years ago, in January 1916.  The exhibition shows the development of the museum’s collection through one hundred objects in honour of the centenary. Each and every object displayed has its own individual and special story, but looking at them and interpreting them as a whole, we can get to know almost every layer of the history and culture of the Jews in Hungary.

The Museum of Jewish Culture (Múzeum židovskej kultúry) and the Jewish Community Museum (Židovské komunitné múzeum) in Bratislava

Museum of Jewish Culture is part of the Slovak National Museum. It began to form on the floor of the Historical Museum SNM as a Department of Jewish Culture in 1991. In 1994 it became an independent specialized unit SNM.
The museum focuses on the presentation of spiritual and material culture, and documentation of the Holocaust in Slovakia. Expositions of the public makes everyday life objects, documents, artifacts and fine art. The museum and exposition in the synagogue Žilina, Prešov, Nitra.

Current Temporary Exhibition

The project Greetings from Israel in its third part is a young Israeli artist Rana Karp-Prince.

Ending  05/20/2017

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

New Title: Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’

Christian Raffensperger, Ties of Kinship, Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’ (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2016) ISBN 9781932650136

The warp and weft of political and social relationships among the medieval elite were formed by marriages made between royal families. Ties of Kinship establishes a new standard for tracking the dynastic marriages of the ruling family of Rus´—the descendants of Volodimer (Volodimeroviči). Utilizing a modern scholarly approach and a broad range of primary sources from inside and outside Rus´, Christian Raffensperger has created a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through the twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.

Alongside more than twenty-two genealogical charts with accompanying bibliographic information, this work presents an analysis of the Volodimeroviči dynastic marriages with modern interpretations and historical contextualization that highlights the importance of Rus´ in a medieval European framework. This study will be used by Slavists, Byzantinists, and West European medievalists as the new baseline for research on the Volodimeroviči and their complex web of relationships with the world beyond.