A new medieval history seminar starting at the Institute for Research in the Humanities in Bucharest:
Conveners: Marian Coman (University of Bucharest) and Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici (New Europe College).
This research working group is intended as a venue for historians, social scientists, and philosophers interested in discussing recent developments in the study of medieval Europe. Comparisons between Latin Europe, Byzantium and Islam, and between late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period are encouraged. The research group is not limited to medievalists but open to colleagues in other fields.
Fortnightly meetings include roundtable discussions of recent scholarship, readings of primary sources, methodological seminars and presentations of work in progress. Readings are provided in advance. Working languages are Romanian and English.
Each academic year is dedicated to a general theme.
The theme for 2016/2017 is From Lordship to State.
It is increasingly clear that the earlier grand narrative of straightforward continuity between medieval institutional reforms and the birth of the modern state needs to be…
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