prof. dr. Steven Vanderputten
dr. Tjamke Snijders
dr. Micol Long
dr. Benjamin Pohl (UGent employment ended September 2015)
dra. Helena Vanommeslaeghe
drs. Koen Vanheule (UGent employment ended December 2015)
drs. Sam Janssens
dra. Julia Exarchos (UGent employment ended December 2016)
drs. Pieter Byttebier
dra. Jirki Thibaut
drs. Johan Belaen
drs. Gerben Verbrugghe
Steven Vanderputten is a full professor at the Department of History of Ghent University. Since 1998, he has specialized in the study of the society and culture of the Central Middle Ages (c. 900-1200), with particular emphasis on the behavior and development of monastic and secular ecclesiastical groups. His research concerns a wide range of subjects, including the shaping of collective identities, memory, conflict management, rituals and public behavior, oral and written practices of communication, leadership, institutional development, and discourses and realities of ecclesiastical reform. His work has been published in a large number of peer-reviewed journals and volumes. In April 2013, Cornell University Press published Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100, and in October of the same year LIT Verlag published the collection Reform, Conflict and the Shaping of Corporate Identities. Collected Studies on Benedictine Monasticism, 1050-1150. In January 2015, a joint edition with Diane Reilly of Bishop Gerard of Cambrai's early eleventh-century Acta Synodi Atrebatensis and several related texts from early-eleventh-century Cambrai, was published as number 270 Brepols’ prestigious series Corpus Christianorum. Series Mediaevalis. Finally, in June 2015, Cornell University Press published his latest monograph, entitled Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle Ages. Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform.
In addition, he has been PI of two four-year research projects on monastic reform in the tenth to twelfth centuries, one four-year project on female monasticism in the ninth to eleventh centuries, one four-year project on the competitive aspects of the Peace of God, and another one for two years on ritual scripts of conflict and reconciliation in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Between 2009 and 2014 Vanderputten was also the acting spokesman of the international research group "Conventus. Problems of religious communal life in the central middle ages" (http://www.conventus.ugent.be) and is a council member of the "Henri Pirenne Consortium for medieval studies" and “Episcopus”. From 2012, he has been formally associated to the Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG) of the Technische Universität Dresden.
Vanderputten's fellowships include Clare Hall (Cambridge University, 2003), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, 2005 and 2013), the Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (Eichstätt, 2008), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Wassenaar, 2009-2010), the Flemish Academic Center (Brussels, 2011-2012), and the Institute for Advanced Study of Indiana University (Bloomington, 2012). In April 2012 he was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation for his contribution to historical scholarship. In October 2013 the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts announced that Vanderputten will be proclaimed the 2013 Laureate in Humanities. The title of Laureate is the Academy's highest distinction.
For a full cv and further information, go to: http://ugent.academia.edu/StevenVanderputten
Tjamke Snijders is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders. She joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2005 to work on her doctoral dissertation, which dealt with the layout and the composition of hagiographical manuscripts from the Southern Low Countries between the tenth century and the end of the twelfth (defended in 2009 with congratulations from the board of examiners). She has continued to use manuscripts as an inroad to study the cultural history of the high Middle Ages. Among the issues she has studied are the formation of monastic corporate identities, network relations, conflict resolution, and educational strategies. Her work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and volumes. In 2014/15, her dissertation will be published with Brepols in the series Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy and she is currently co-editing a volume about the history of medieval Liège with Steven Vanderputten and Jay Diehl.
Snijders’ fellowships include a Fulbright fellowship to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, 2003), Columbia University (New York, 2011), and the Historical Institute in Rome (Rome, 2012). In 2012, she received the Mgr. Charles Declerq-award for an important original work on the subject of the religious history of Flanders.
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/TjamkeSnijders
Micol Long is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders. She joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2014 to work on a project entitled 'Learning as shared practice. Towards a new understanding of education in monastic communities of the High Middle Ages.' In 2013 she obtained her PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, with a dissertation on epistolary autography in the High Middle Ages which will be published in 2014. In 2013-2014 she was a DAAD Postdoctoral Scholarship holder at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich / Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/MicolLong
In February 2015 Benjamin Pohl joined the team as a postdoctoral researcher in the FWO-project Monastic leadership in the post-charismatic age: constructing a new paradigm for the study of reforms before the emergence of the great Orders (Western Europe, tenth-early twelfth centuries). His appointment was partially funded by a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Humboldt Foundation. His project concerned the dynamics of monastic identity formation and cross-cultural exchange in the duchy of Normandy between the early tenth and mid-eleventh century, and identified the different intellectual and ecclesiastical traditions which contributed to the new monastic landscape in Normandy by analysing the cultural dynamics which governed their implementation on a day-to-day basis. Ben Pohl was subsequently appointed lecturer at Bristol University and left UGent in August of 2015.
Full cv and bibliography: https://cambridge.academia.edu/BenjaminPohl
Helena Vanommeslaeghe is working on a doctoral dissertation on the discourse of reformist leadership in eleventh- and twelfth-century Lotharingia. Her project is titled: Monastic leadership in the post-charismatic age: constructing a new paradigm for the study of reforms before the emergence of the great Orders (Western Europe, tenth – early twelfth centuries). She joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2010 as a BOF-project collaborator.
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/HelenaVanommeslaeghe
Koen Vanheule is working on a doctoral dissertation on second-generation abbatial leadership in tenth- to twelfth-century Lotharingia. His project is titled: Monastic leadership in the post-charismatic age: constructing a new paradigm for the study of reforms before the emergence of the great Orders (Western Europe,
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/KoenVanheule
Sam Janssens is working on a doctoral dissertation regarding the Peace of God and its competitive aspects in the Central Middle Ages. His project is titled:The Peace as an Instrument of Social Competition: Towards a Non-Homeostatic Interpretation of Political Relations in the Central Middle Ages (Western Europe, late tenth-early twelth centuries).
He joined the Department of Medieval History in May 2013 as an FWO-project collaborator.
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/SamJanssens
Julia Exarchos is working on a doctoral dissertation on the relation between ritual scripting and ritual practice in the Central Middle Ages. Her project is titled: Ritual scripting as work in progress: codifying rituals of conflict and reconciliation in the Medieval West (tenth-twelfth centuries). She joined the Department of Medieval History in June 2013 as a BOF-project collaborator; she left UGent in December 2016.
Full cv and bibliography: https://ugent.academia.edu/JuliaExarchos
Pieter Byttebier is working on a doctoral dissertation on the performative aspects of episcopal leadership in the 'long eleventh century'. His project is titled: The performative construction of episcopal authority in eleventh-century Lotharingia: towards an integrated analysis of speech acts, ritual behaviour and spatial representation.
He joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2013 as an FWO-research fellow.
Full cv and bibliography: http://ugent.academia.edu/PieterByttebier
Jirki Thibaut is working on a doctoral dissertation on the 'dark' age of female monasticism (ninth-eleventh centuries). Her project is titled 'Ambiguous' identities of female religious groups in ninth- to eleventh-century Saxony. She joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2015 as an FWO-project collaborator.
Full cv and bibliography: forthcoming.
Johan Belaen is working on a doctoral dissertation on Benedictine monasticism in the later twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. His project is titled: The formation of an order and the shaping of congregational structures in thirteenth-century Benedictine monasticism: a bottom-up analysis. He joined the Department of Medieval History in October 2015 as an FWO-project collaborator.
Full cv and bibliography: forthcoming.
Gerben Verbrugghe is working on a doctoral dissertation on the Flemish influence on settlement landscapes in South Wales (twelfth century). His project is titled ‘Little Flanders beyond Wales. A landscape archaeological contribution to the discussion of Flemish influence on settlement landscapes in the British Isles’. He is based at the Department of Archaeology since November 2016 and works closely together with the Departments of Medieval History and Geography as a BOF-fellowship collaborator.
Full cv and bibliography: forthcoming.
Dr. Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani is a former doctoral researcher at the FUNDP in Namur. His dissertation 'Église et aristocratie dans le diocèse de Cambrai (Xe-XIIe siècles). Pour une relecture des cadres sociopolitiques du Moyen Âge central’ was co-directed by Jean-François Nieus and Steven Vanderputten; defense: April 2014.