Scales of Knowledge. From Cosmos to Book

GHENT and FORDHAM, 18 – 22 OCTOBER 2021


This Autumn School is organized in close collaboration with the Center for Medieval Studies (Fordham), Centre for Medieval literature (Odense and York) and Centre for Medieval Studies (York)

Liber Floridus - Lion
Liber Floridus - Lion - folio 56v

The move in Medieval Studies away from nationalising and Eurocentric paradigms toward the ‘Global Middle Ages’ raises pressing and fascinating intellectual questions about scales of knowledge. How do we negotiate these scales as we move between the micro and the macro? What are the appropriate macro scales, geographical and chronological, for studying the period defined for ‘Europe’ as ‘The Middle Ages’? These same questions of scale were also challenging a millennium ago, especially in the years around 1100, in the wake of the 1st Crusade, which transformed Latin Europe’s relationship with the Afro-Eurasian space.

Taking the 12th-century Liber Floridus, a manuscript created at a specific time and place, as its touchstone, this Autumn School will address the challenge of scales of knowledge in times of rapid geopolitical change. The Liber Floridus is an intensely richly illustrated encyclopedia, produced by Lambert, a canon in the Flemish city of St Omer, working in the early decades of the twelfth century.


This Autumn School is organized for PhD- and MA-students in Medieval Studies. It will be organized in a blended way, allowing distance participation for both tutors and students and for the whole programme to move online if necessary.


Ghent University Library, Rozier 9, 9000 GHENT, BELGIUM (for all Ph.D. students)

Center for Medieval Studies (Fordham University), 441 E. Fordham Rd., FMH 405B, Bronx, NY 10458, U.S.A. (only for Ph.D. students affiliated with Fordham University)



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