Network Partners

The Rethinking Reform 900-1150 project has established an ongoing research partnership between seven universities, as well as welcoming participation from academics and research students from across Europe at the workshops. The project partners are:

The University of Leeds, one of the largest universities in the UK, is a member of the Russell Group and has a powerful international research profile. It was voted Sunday Times University of the Year 2017. Its School of History employs six medievalists, with further scholars working for the International Medieval Bibliography and the International Medieval Congress. Leeds’ Institute for Medieval Studies brings together medievalists across the University and hosts one of the largest worldwide medieval congresses, the Leeds IMC, attracting over 2000 scholars annually.


Principal Investigator: Professor Julia Barrow



Leeds hosts the third workshop, Modern Europe meets Reform (April 2018).

The University of East Anglia (UEA) houses one of the UK’s leading history departments. It is a major hub for medieval history with a distinguished staff with strong research interests in the early and high middle ages and in religious and intellectual history. It currently hosts a Leverhulme Network, New Interpretations of the Angevin World as well as the major AHRC-funded project, The Magna Carta project. The department is working with UEA’s Art Historians on an AHRC project on Norwich’s 31 medieval churches.


Project co-investigator: Professor Katy Cubitt



The University of York (Professor Cubitt’s former institution) hosted the first workshop, The Languages of Reform (January 2017).

KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is the oldest university in the Low Countries and has over 40000 students. With a research-intensive and internationally oriented perspective, its History Department has 12 medievalists. Medievalists in various disciplines across the University participate in the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRS), which organises conferences and workshops and publishes Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, a distinguished scholarly monograph series.


Project co-investigator: Professor Brigitte Meijns



KU Leuven hosted the second workshop, The Narratives of Reform (September 2017).

Universität Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and accommodates over 36000 students. Its research strength has been confirmed by its success in the German federal and state government’s Excellence Initiative. Within the Department of History three Chairs and around 12 other scholars work on medieval and Byzantine history.


Project co-investigator: Professor Ludger Körntgen



JGU will host the fourth workshop, The Drive for Purity (Autumn 2018).

Universiteit Gent (Ghent University) is the second largest university in Belgium and has a strong international research profile. Its full-time medievalists in the Department of History include six professors and five post-doctoral researchers. Ghent’s Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies brings together over 80 scholars across the University in a variety of disciplines and regularly holds conferences and workshops.


Project co-investigator: Professor Steven Vanderputten



Ghent University will host the final conference, Reconceptualising Reform (Spring 2019).

Université Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint-Denis) is one of 13 French universities specialising in the humanities and social sciences, and has over 22000 students. The Department of History is part of the Faculty ‘Texts and Society’ and employs around forty members of staff, including six full-time medievalists. The academic journal Medievales: Langues, textes, histoire is published by Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.


Project co-investigator: Professor Anne-Marie Helvétius



Durham University is a World Top 100 University and its Department of History has a strong international reputation for medieval and early modern history, fields in which it currently employs 18 permanent members of staff. Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together more than 60 academic staff from all faculties of the University.


Project co-investigator: Professor Stephen Taylor





Network Facilitator: Dr Ceri Pitches (University of Leeds)