IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 848: Huizinga's Waning of the Middle Ages (First Published in 1919) and Its Impact on Cultural History of the Middle Ages

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Religion & Heritage, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Paul Binski, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge
Paper 848-aDeath and Illness
(Language: English)
Catrien Santing, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Catrien Santing, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Catrien Santing, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 848-bChivalry
(Language: English)
Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 848-cReligion
(Language: English)
Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Abstract

In 1919, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga published his Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, later to be translated into English in 1924, under the title of ‘Waning of the Middle Ages’, and into several other languages, including German, Finnish, and Russian. Today, it is still in print.
Few historical books have had such an impact on the field of medieval studies. Therefore, there is every reason to commemorate its 100th anniversary. In the round table, I would like prominent scholars in the field to assess Huizinga’s contribution to the cultural history of the Middle Ages and to discuss the value of his approach and findings today. How did he change medieval history? In how far is it still valuable and if yes, how? How does the Waning connect to present day approaches in various fields, such as the history of emotions, church history, gender studies, art history?