Colloque – Rethinking Reform. Towards a New Understanding of Religious Change, 900-1150

The conference is the concluding activity of a larger international project titled Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Its objective is threefold. One is to draw conclusions from the previous activities of the project and identify promising inroads for future enquiry on reform in the high Middle Ages. A second is to establish, by means of a collective effort, a cohesive account of the current state of the art in reform studies for the period between c. 900 and 1150. And a third is to present draft versions of chapters dealing with the above questions for a forthcoming, paradigm-changing volume provisionally titled Reform in the High Middle Ages (900-1150).

The project Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions brings together scholars and research students from across Europe to focus on how changes in medieval churches were understood and explained in their own day and on how they have been reinterpreted in post-Reformation and especially post-Napoleonic historical writing.The project is co-ordinated by the University of Leeds (UK), with partners from UEA, Paris VIII, Mainz, KU Leuven, Ghent and Durham. For more information on the project, see


Programme :

Day 1 (Friday)

Paviljoen Vandenhove, Rozier 1

08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.20 Welcome/Background of the project/Objectives of the conference – Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)/Julia Barrow (University of Leeds)

Session 1 Moderator: Katherine Cubitt

09.20-10.00 The Problem(s) with the Carolingian Reform(s) – Rutger Kramer (University of Vienna)
10.00-10.40 Deconstructing/Reconstructing Monastic Reform – Steven Vanderputten
10.40-11.00 Discussion

Plateauzaal, Jozef Plateaustraat 22
11:.00-11.30 Coffee break

Session 2 Moderator: Julia Barrow

11.30-12.10 Deconstructing/Reconstructing Papal Reform – Nicolangelo d’Acunto (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)
12.10-12.50 The Societal Background and Impact of Reform/’Reform’ – Robert Berkhofer (Western Michigan University)
12.50-13.10 Discussion

Magnel Room, Jozef Plateaustraat 22
13.10-14.30 Lunch (Magnel Room)

Plateauzaal, Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Session 3 Moderator: Ludger Körntgen

14.30-15.10 Transformations of Lay and Clerical Masculinities – Rachel Stone (King’s College, London)
15.10-15.50 Deconstructing/Reconstructing Clerical Reform – Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven)
15.50-16.10 Discussion
16.00-16.40 Coffee break

Session 4 Moderator: Sarah Hamilton

16.40-17.20 Continuities and Transformations in Hagiography – Anne-Marie Helvétius (Université de Paris 8) and Gordon Blennemann (Université de Montréal)
17.20-18.00 Changes in Lay Piety and Devotion – Katherine Cubitt (University of East Anglia)
18.10-18.30 Discussion

Speakers’ dinner

Day 2 (Saturday)

Plateauzaal, Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Session 5 Moderator: Anne-Marie Helvétius

09.30-10.10 Ritual Continuities and Transformations – Sarah Hamilton (University of Exeter) and Ludger Körntgen (University of Mainz)
10.10-10.50 Continuities and Transformations in Art, Manuscript Culture, and Architecture – Diane Reilly (University of Indiana at Bloomington)
10.50-11.10 Discussion
11.10-11.40 Coffee break

Session 6 Moderator: Steven Vanderputten

11.40-12.20 Vocabularies and Narratives of Reform 900-1150 – Julia Barrow
12.10-12.30 Discussion

12.30-13.00 Conclusions – John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame)

Magnel Room, Jozef Plateaustraat 22
13.00-14.30 Lunch (Magnel Room)

Informations pratiques :

24-25 May 2019

Location :
Day 1, Registration and first session:
Paviljoen Vandenhove, Rozier 1 (corner of Rozier and Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat):

Day 1-2 Session 2 and onwards:
Plateauzaal, Jozef Plateaustraat 22

Organizing committee :
Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)
Julia Barrow (University of Leeds)

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