Seminar Fellows

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Vojtěch Bažant, Charles University in Prague: "Space of Holy Land and 15th Century Czech Travel Writings"

Bažant is a PhD student at the Department of Czech History, Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. He also collaborates with the Centre for Medieval Studies in Prague. His thesis, “The Notions about the Beginning of Nations in 14th and 15th Century Historical Culture,” is devoted to the analysis of a late medieval historiography primary in the Land of Bohemian Crown and in the Hungarian kingdom.


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Suzanna Ivanič, Cambridge University: "Confessional Identity and Material Culture on the Eve of Recatholicization in Prague (1600-1620)"

Ivanič is a Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Kent. Her work focuses on early modern Central Europe and research interests span religion, travel, and material and visual culture. Her doctoral dissertation on religious materiality in seventeenth-century Prague analysed inventories and objects to reveal the beliefs, practices, and identities of Prague citizens during the Counter-Reformation. Recent and forthcoming publications include a chapter on religion in The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (2016): 322-37 and a co-edited book on early modern religious materialities with Amsterdam University Press.


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Sara Ludin, University of California-Berkeley: "The Protestant Power of Attorney and the Construction of 'Religion' as a Legal Category"

Ludin is a PhD candidate in Jurisprudence & Social Policy at University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation explores how the Protestant Reformation unfolded in civil law courtrooms in the German lands between 1520 and 1555—a time when confessional boundaries were in flux and no legal framework existed to manage the new theological divisions.


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Aaron Moldenhauer, Northwestern University: "Theories of Doctrine in Reformation Studies"

Moldenhauer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at 
Northwestern University. His work focuses on the continuities and discontinuities between Luther 
and his late scholastic predecessors, especially on the doctrine of Christology. His 
dissertation uses Christology in the scholastic and reformation periods as a lens to explore the relationship between philosophy and theology, and to explore the transformation from medieval to early modern thought.


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Amy Nelson, University of Notre Dame: " 'Multiple Options' for Christian Expression by Noble Women in Late Medieval Central Europe"

Nelson is a sixth-year PhD Candidate at the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. She received a MMS from the same university in 2012, and a MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 2008. She received a Fulbright grant to pursue dissertation research in Austria during the 2014–2015 academic year. Amy’s current research is an aspect of her PhD dissertation, “Cultivating Communities: The Society and Spirituality of Female Premonstratensians and their Patrons in Late Medieval Central Europe.”


Agnieszka Rec speaking to an audience

Agnieszka Rec, Yale University: "Alchemical Exchange in Sixteenth-Century Central Europe"

Dr. Rec is a historian of the later Middle Ages and, beginning July 2017, the Assistant Editor at Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies. Her research uses the alchemy practiced in Central Europe (roughly the territories of the Holy Roman Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) to explore questions in the history of the book and the history of science with a view to understanding the follow of information across the continent. She received her PhD in history from Yale University in 2016, with a dissertation titled “Transmutation in a Golden Age: Reading Alchemy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cracow.” Her research has been generously supported by FLAS, the Leiden University Library, the Fulbright Commission, and, most recently, the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA where she spent a fantastic 2016-2107 as the Herdegen Fellow in the History of Scientific Information.


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Lisa Scott, University of Chicago: "The Renegotiation of the Estates at Bohemian Assemblies"

Scott is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation concerns the role of the regional assembly in the 15th century Czech lands, focusing on the interactions of different political, religious, and status groups at these assemblies, and how the assemblies reveal these interactions within broader political developments. She conducted research for her dissertation with the support of a US Student IIE Fulbright Award in the Czech Republic during the 2014–2015 academic year.


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Christina Traxler, University of Vienna: "Academic debates and diplomatic moves. The cooperation between the University of Vienna and the Duke of Austria in confining Hussitism in the Early 15th Century"

Traxler has been a university assistant at the Institute of Historical Theology, University of Vienna, since March 2015. Her doctoral dissertation is “Die Auseinandersetzung der Wiener Universität mit dem Hussitismus vom Konstanzer Konzil bis zum Beginn des Basler Konzils (1415 – ca. 1435)” (The University of Vienna facing Hussitism, 1415 – ca. 1435). It explores the efforts of the University of Vienna to fight Hussitism in the years between the Councils of Constance and Basel.


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Věra Vejrychová, Charles University in Prague and Paris-Sorbonne University

Vejrychová is a doctoral student at Charles University in Prague and Paris-Sorbonne University. Her PhD project is “La construction de la réalité historique chez le chroniqueur Jean Froissart” (The Construction of a Historical Reality in Jean Froissart’s Chronicles). She is analyzing Froissart’s chronicles of the Hundred Years War, dealing with the text as a product of rhetorical and ideological construction, while at the same time, addressing its connections to social and cultural realities.


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Jan Volek, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Volek is a doctoral student at the history department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he works on the religious history of Central Europe in the late medieval and Early Modern periods. His dissertation project will consider the religious landscape and culture in several cities throughout the region at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth centuries. This project will pay particular attention to patronage rights over parish churches, and the role of clergy (regular and secular) in the urban community.

Faculty Seminar Leaders

Researcher Pavel Soukup in his office

Pavel Soukup

Pavel Soukup is a researcher at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. He specializes in late medieval cultural and religious history, especially in Hussite and anti-Hussite texts. His latest book is Jan Hus: The Life and Death of a Preacher (German, ed. Stuttgart 2014, Czech ed. Prague 2015). His current research centers on the controversy over crusading indulgences in the fifteenth century.


Michael Van Dussen in his office

Michael Van Dussen

Michael Van Dussen is Associate Professor of Medieval English at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His monograph is From England to Bohemia: Heresy and Communication in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge 2012). He has also recently edited The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches (Cambridge 2015). His current research center on the English encyclopedism and European communication networks in the fifteenth century.