The course consists of two parts. In Part I the students are made acquainted with the central categories of the medieval worldview (docent: Veerle Fraeters). It is organized according to the so-called 'great chain of being', the hierarchical worldview that deeply defines medieval cultural production. After an introduction the following themes are treated : (a) God, angels and demons, (2) cosmos and earth, (3) time and history, (4) body and soul, (5) word and image. The chronological focus is 1000-1400. Narrative and visual sources of the Low Countries are given special attention, with the multiple genre of the medieval encyclopedia being the prime source type.
Part II consists of a case study. 2017-18: Female Visionaries: from inner seeing to public voice (docent Veerle Fraeters). 2018-19: Social identites and cultural encounters in the Late Middle Ages. Topics: (1) treated are: multiple identities, an introduction, (2) travelogues and juridical sources, a methodological exploration, (3) women in society, (4) the day-to-day of life: city and food, (5) encounters witht other, (6) views on society.
[The course is taught in Dutch, but special arrangements can be made for international students without proficieny in Dutch.]