International Network

Project on Communication and Knowledge Transfer in Medieval Monastic Networks

Gábor Klaniczay and József Laszlovszky (Medstud) won a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdiens) and MÖB (Magyar Ösztöndíj Bizottság – Hungarian Scholarship Board) funded academic cooperation grant of 13000 Euros and 783000 HUF for student and faculty mobility with the Research Center on Comparative History of Religious Orders, at the Technical University of Dresden (Fors

CEU at Leeds

At the Leeds International Medieval Congress (July 7-10, 2014, our department was well represented with members of the faculty, PhD-students, and alumni. Alice Choyke and Gerhard Jaritz organized two MAD(Medieval Animal Data-Network)-sessions, offered contributions in them, and also arranged the annual MAD-round table discussion there that was devoted to whales this year.

CEU at Kalamazoo

The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 8-11, 2014) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (, offered another possibility for our department to present results of the research of its members to an international audience of specialists and to strengthen contacts, in particular with North American medievalists. Gerhard Jaritz organized a well attended session on “Killing Them Softly?

MAD at Louisville

MAD, the international Medieval Animal Data-Network, founded at our department in 2005 and since then supported by us, held its biannual conference on May 6 and 7, 2014 at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, on “(Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period.” It was organized and hosted by the Medieval and Renaissance Research Group (MEDREN) of the University of Louisville, with particular contribution of Mónica Ann Walker, who is assistant professor for Medieval Art History at the Hite Art Institute of this university and an alumna of our

Richard Hodges travels to Visegrad

Richard Hodges, rector of the American University of Rome was a keynote speaker of the conference ‘Pirenne 150: Perception, Reflection, Historiography’ (15-16 November 2012). The conference was convened on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Pirenne. Professor Hodges is an outstanding expert of late ancient and early medieval archaeology.

Thursday, 20 September, 2012 - 09:00 - Friday, 21 September, 2012 - 19:00

International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2011

The special thematic strand of the 2011 Leeds Medieval Congress was “Poor...Rich”. As usual, many CEU faculty members, former and current students presented papers at various sessions. The keynote lectures were delivered by Samuel K. Cohn Jr., Robin Fleming and Chistopher Dyer. A special session, with the contribution of Gábor Klaniczay discussed the contribution of Michel Mollat to the research of medieval poverty.

Medieval Conference, Lleida 2011

The Consolidated Medieval Studies Research Group “Space, Power and Culture” ( at the University of Lleida organised a multidisciplinary medieval congress between 28 June and 1 July 2011.

International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2010

The special thematic strand of the 2010 Leeds congress "Travel and exploration" was coordinated by Felicitas Schmieder, recurrent visiting professor at the Medieval Studies Department. The congress, with its over 400 sessions, attracted more than 1,500 participants, among them several faculty members, current, and former students of the Department. As in each year, Gerhard Jaritz organized numerous sessions on topics such as business networks in late medieval society, the network of medieval roads, and a round table exploring medieval attitudes to cats.

A Gathering of Alchemists. Report on the Workshop On the Fringes of Alchemy, 9-10 July 2010


The Department of Medieval Studies hosted a special event this July, a meeting of alchemy scholars aiming to share results and discuss questions in their discipline, in the true spirit of the turba philosophorum. While Plato, Parmenides, or Pythagoras could not make it to the workshop this time, scholars from all over Europe gathered in Budapest for this event, the focus of which was alchemy on the "fringes," both in a geographical, and a disciplinary, sense.

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