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foto mario2Dr. Mario Damen is senior lecturer in medieval history at the University of Amsterdam. He is especially interested in the social, political and cultural history of the late medieval Low Countries and publishes on the nobility, tournaments, political representation, stained-glass windows and the Burgundian-Habsburg princes. Furthermore, since 2016 he directs a research programme funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) entitled Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant. This project analyses how the interaction between prince, nobles and urban elites influenced the construction, perception, and representation of a territory. The test case will be the late medieval Duchy of Brabant, which still has historical and territorial significance for many people in present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.

MA Arend Elias Oostindiër has a background in Scandinavian Studies AE hoofdand medieval literature (University of Groningen), and has concentrated his research on cultural transfer and translation theory in late medieval Western Europe (most notably from Latin to Icelandic). He will be responsible for the first subproject, which focuses on the question of how the territory of the late medieval duchy of Brabant was perceived by the prince, the nobles, and the urban elites. It takes as its starting point the hypothesis that territory was defined and constructed by different spatial practices and networks. The research will draw mainly on administrative sources, since it is the administration that constructs borders, defines a jurisdiction, and does not operate beyond that. The outcome will be a PhD dissertation (expected completion 2021).

Overlaet_profielfotoDr. Kim Overlaet completed her Master degree in History in 2009 at the University of Antwerp, and successfully defended her PhD dissertation on family networks in sixteenth-century Mechelen in 2015 (UA). She will be responsible for the second subproject, which focuses on the representations of the territory of Brabant. The central question is how the princes, nobles and urban elites could and did use architecture, heraldry, historiography and performances, to communicate the concept of territory to a wider audience. In a first case study, special attention has been paid to the inauguration ceremonies held in the cities of the duchy, in which ducal, noble and urban symbols played a significant role. A paper on the Joyous Entry of Maximilian in Antwerp (1478) has been accepted for publication in Journal of Medieval History (2018).

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