Session 804: Whither the Study of Medieval Literacy?
Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00
|Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
|Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
|Dušan Zupka, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
|From Auxiliary Sciences via Literacy to Communication
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
|Trust in Writing and the Advance of Urban Literacy: The Case of East Central Europe
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
|Communication in the Margins of Society
Index terms: Anthropology, Law, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Over the last decades the Leeds IMC has paid much attention to the topic of medieval literacy and communication. From 1996 onwards, when the five-year project on (early) medieval literacy started there, Utrecht University has developed into one of the major centres of medieval literacy studies worldwide. In 2020, we expect volume 50 in the series Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy to be published by Brepols Publishers. We would like to use the occasion to reflect on the development of the study of medieval literacy and communication, its achievements over the past half-century, and its promises and challenges for the decades to come. Three topics that seem among the more promising will be presented in this session.