Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe (c. 1300–1500)

International Virtual Conference

9–10 September 2021

Master of the Small Passion, Martyrdom of St Ursula at Cologne (c. 1411), Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne (source: Wikimedia Commons)


Historical research has witnessed a rapidly growing interest in ‘networks’ since the turn of the twenty-first century, as seen in ambitious endeavours such as the foundation of the Journal of Historical Network Research in 2017. This is due not only to the utility of networks in describing interrelations between historical actors, but also to the adoption of the concepts and methodologies associated with social network analysis (SNA).

Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe aims to build on and contribute to this expanding field of research by exploring how the descriptive, conceptual, and methodological tools provided by the study of networks can deepen our understanding of the complex sets of relationships between and within different types of communities in the specific context of the last two centuries of the European Middle Ages. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were a time of great political, socio-economic, and cultural change in Europe: the period in question, therefore, offers numerous exciting opportunities (and challenges) for the application of network-based approaches to the study of community dynamics.

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The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

  • George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge)
  • Researcher-led Events Scheme (Researcher Development, University of Cambridge)
  • Economic History Society
  • Social History Society
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