About the Institute
The Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies is a cross-disciplinary academic centre at Ghent University for research into the medieval period. It unites about 35 staff members, 30 PhD students, 15 emeriti and a varying number of visiting fellows, and is named after one of the most famous founding fathers of the long-standing tradition of medieval studies at Ghent University.
Our members are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, Art, East European Languages and Cultures, History, Languages and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa, Law, Linguistics and Literature. We also offer associate membership to anyone from outside Ghent University interested in keeping in touch with the practice of medieval studies at our institution (seminars, conferences, summer schools etc.).
The H. Pirenne Institute aims to facilitate both single subject doctoral research and interdisciplinary collaborative projects by
- organizing conferences, lectures, specialist courses, summer schools etc.
- providing a platform to PhD students for the presentation of their ongoing research
- sharing information concerning new projects and improving the visibility of research results
- inviting and welcoming visiting fellows who want to pursue their research at Ghent University
- developing an international network of institutions, centres and scholars contributing to medieval studies
Medieval Seminar Series 2: Frits van Oostrom
Monday 25 November 2013, 5-7 pm
Room 2.16/120.015, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent (map)
- Yasser Daoudi (UGent, The Near East & The Islamic World): Ritual Politics in Fifteenth-Century Egypt and Syria: An Interdisciplinary Assessment of the Significance of Ritual in Mamluk Socio-Political Praxis
- Prof. Frits van Oostrom: Van neerlandistiek naar mediëvistiek, en verder
Coming up in 2014
- The Performance of Change: Symbolic enactments of reform and renewal in Medieval Western Monasticism. TU Dresden in collaboration with Ghent University, 7-9 January 2014
- Urban Culture and Ideologies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: c.1100-1600. Massey University, New Zealand, 30-31 January 2014.
- Medieval Documents as Artefacts, 1100-1600. Maastricht, The Netherlands, 5-6 February 2014
- The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Ghent University, 10-11 April 2014.
- Perception and Performance of Social Identity in the Nascent Urban Societies of the High Middle Ages. Ghent University and Royal Academy Brussels, 22-24 May 2014.
- Whither the Early Modern State? 15th-Century State Formations across Eurasia: Connections, Divergences, and Comparisons. Ghent, 10-12 September 2014. Closing conference of the ERC project: The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate (MMS): Political Traditions and State Formation in 15th Century Egypt and Syria