Rethinking Reform 900-1150: The Languages of Reform

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A one-day workshop funded by the Leverhulme Trust International Network exploring terminology for change in religious institutions.

Speakers: Anne-Marie Helvétius (Université Paris VIII); Isabelle Rosé (Université Rennes 2); Carine Van Rhijn (Universiteit Utrecht); Ortwin Huysmans (KU Leuven); Ludger Körntgen (Universität Mainz); Charles West (University of Sheffield); Sarah Hamilton (University of Exeter); Rebecca Stephenson (University College Dublin); Charles de Miramon (Paris EHESS); and Steven Vanderputten (University of Ghent)


About the project

Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions is a project 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, coordinated by the University of Leeds, will host 4 one-day workshops exploring different interconnected themes at sites across Europe (Mainz, Leuven, York and Leeds) and culminates in a 2-day conference at the University of Ghent in 2019.
The Languages of Reform, hosted by the University of York, is the first of these workshops, where we hope to provoke and inspire thinking about the subject in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Presentations from the invited medievalists will be followed by regular opportunities for discussion amongst all participants. The event will conclude with an informal drinks reception at the King’s Manor.



One-day workshop (includes lunch and refreshments): Students/Unwaged: £10

Other: £20

Places are limited and booking is essential. To reserve your place please email Ceri Pitches:

For more information about the project contact:

Professor Julia Barrow, University of Leeds:


Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Ceri Pitches
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Audience: Open to all