Next to facilitating cutting edge fundamental research, and helping its different members and project-groups with the organisation of conferences, symposia and workshops, the HPIMS in itself annually organises a number of institutional activities of which the Medieval Seminar Series is the most prominent. All activities are announced in a timely fashion in the event-listing on our website, in the and on our Twitter account @MedievalUGent.


Medieval Seminar Series

In order to stimulate innovative research through interdisciplinary synergies as much as possible, as well as boost the internal cohesion of the Institute, the Medieval Seminar Series are built on three pillars:

  1. The monthly, one-hour Lunch Lectures at which visiting scholars, members of the Institute, or invited experts get a chance to present their latest research and meet interested colleagues at a rather informal occasion. These lectures are also open to the public. We try to take into account the research interests of our members as much as possible and as such aim at a diverse programme. The Lunch Lectures run from October till June, typically take place from 12:00 - 13:00 (unless otherwise noted) and allow for the audience to bring lunch.
  2. Together with interested parties within the Institute, the coordinator organises Source Seminars, at which members and, if need be, invited experts come together for an in-depth discussion of selected sources and new and traditional methodologies. These educational seminars are moderated by one ore more specialists and are aimed at learning about different source typologies, sharpening skills and facilitating thought-provoking discussions. So far we've had seminars on 'Letters and Letter collections', 'The Charters of the Earliest Communal Institutions' and 'Materials of Lay Devotion in the Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Low Countries'. A 2018 edition will deal with 'Medieval Maps and Mapping'.
  3. The Collaborative Seminars consist of a series of meetings for junior and senior scholars with related research interests to prepare and organise and open, interdisicplinary workshop on a common theme, such as 'Narratives of Self and Others' or 'Knowledge and Learning'. These seminars are very much meant as pilot initiatives for bringing people together and exchanging knowledge. While the outcome depends on the group, seminars have typically resulted in joint publications and conference papers or sessions.

Other events

Next to the institutional initiatives that fall under the Medieval Seminar Series, the HPIMS also helps its members with the organisation of their - often project-specific - conferences, symposia and workshops. Please if you have anything coming up, of if you wish to explore possible collaborations with the Institute as an associate member or external researcher.

You can browse a selection of our track record of previous events in Ghent and some of our major contributions to external events:

Conferences, symposia and workshops organised since 2014

Events organised 2010-2013

Events organised as the Einhard Institute (2003-2010)