Rethinking Reform 900-1150: The Narratives of Reform

This is the second workshop of the series which brings together medieval scholars from across Europe. Each workshop will explore different aspects of the main project; Rethinking Reform 900-1150

Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions is funded for 3 years (2016-19) by the Leverhulme Trust International Network and brings together medieval scholars from across Europe. The now universal label ‘reform’ is a modern creation going back to c.1800 and one which conceals more than it reveals. Central to the project is consideration of the question: How should we conceptualise the programme of institutional changes which swept the Western church 900-1150? 

The project is coordinated by the University of Leeds, UK with partners from 6 universities from Northern Europe. Central to the investigative work are 4 one-day workshops exploring different interconnected themes at sites across Europe (Mainz, Leuven, York and Leeds) and the project will culminate in a 2-day conference at Ghent University in 2019. The first workshop, Languages of Reform, was hosted by the University of York, UK in January 2017.

KU Leuven hosts the second workshop exploring Narratives of Reform and we hope to provoke and inspire thinking about the subject in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Presentations from the invited speakers are broadly grouped into 4 sections: Hagiographies, Church Councils, Charters and Narratives and will be followed by regular opportunities for discussion amongst all participants.

Thursday 14 September: 1430 - 1730

  • Hagiographies

Friday 15 September: 0900 - 1600

  • Church Councils
  • Charters
  • Narratives

For more information about the workshop and the project please visit the website.

To attend the workshop is FREE but places are limited and booking is essential. Refreshments will be served, including lunch on Friday.

To reserve your place please contact Isabelle Aerts:

Location details 

Department of Medieval History, KU Leuven, Belgium