The symposium ‘Medieval Urban Literacy: Comparative Approaches’ will be held in Utrecht on april 10. Contributors of the NWO project on Medieval Urban Literacy will discuss the results of the international project The publication of Writing and the Administration of Medieval Towns and Uses of the Written Word in Medieval Towns.

Together with New Approaches to Medieval Urban Literacy, edited by Georges Declercq et al., this symposium marks the end of an NWO project on Medieval Urban Literacy. During the symposium, some of the contributors to the three volumes mentioned will reflect on the issues that have come to the fore.



13.15 hrs Medieval Urban Literacy: Comparing Centres and Peripheries, Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht)
13.40 Municipal Chanceries in Late Medieval Poland: The State of Research and Its Promises, Agnieszka Bartoszewicz (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
14.35 ‘Documentalisation’: Comparing the Issuing, Recording, and Storing of Documents in European Late Medieval Urban Centres, Jeroen Benders (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
15.00 Coffee and tea
15.30 The Rise of Lay Devotion in the High and Late Middle Ages: A Stimulus for Literacy within an Urban Context?, Paul Trio (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
15.55 Literacy, Performance, and Urban Sociability in the Literary Societies of Northern France, Katell Lavéant (Universiteit Utrecht)
16.20 Hispanic Observations on Medieval Urban Literacy [title to be confirmed], Ana Belen Sanchez Prieto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
16.45 Medieval Urban Literacy: Conclusive Remarks and Questions, Georges Declercq (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
17.00 Drinks


Attendance at the symposium is free, but registration is necessary by sending an email to the symposium’s chair,Marco Mostert (

Date:10 April 2014
Time:13:15 until 17:00
Location: Drift 21

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