Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe (c. 1300 – 1500)

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Date / time
09/09/2021 - 10/09/2021, All day

Historical research has witnessed a rapidly growing interest in ‘networks’ since the turn of the twenty-first century. This is due not only to the utility of networks in describing interrelations between historical actors, but also to the adoption of the concepts and methodologies associated with social network analysis (SNA).

Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe aims to build on and contribute to this expanding field of research by exploring how the descriptive, conceptual, and methodological tools provided by the study of networks can deepen our understanding of the complex sets of relationships between and within different types of communities in the context of the last two centuries of the European Middle Ages.

The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were a time of great political, socio-economic, and cultural change in Europe. This period provides numerous opportunities, as well as specific challenges, for the application of the tools of network-based analysis to the study of community dynamics.


Keynote: Prof. Felicitas Schmieder (FernUniversität in Hagen), ‘Did Magdeburg Law create a network of culturally mixed urban communities across Europe?’

Concluding Remarks: Prof. Wim Blockmans (Leiden University)

Confirmed Speakers: Prof. Jan Dumolyn (Ghent University), Prof. Christina Lutter (University of Vienna), Dr Flávio Miranda (University of Porto), Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (University of Amsterdam)


The programme will be announced at the end of July. Registration will open soon after.

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