Summer School for Art and Architectural Historians, Utrecht

Deadline: 1 March 2014
Open to: Research Master students and PhD students in history, architectural history, art history, archaeology and related disciplines
Venue: 30 June – 9 July 2014, Utrecht, The Netherlands


The Summer School Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (III) that will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands between 30 June – 9 July 2014  is organized by ESF Research Networking Programme PALATIUM and the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History.

This summer school will focus on the late medieval and early modern European court residence or ‘palace’ in an interdisciplinary perspective. The world of the courts 1400–1700 constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, but its architecture is only rarely studied in its connectivity. Here the ‘palace’ is seen as a place for cultural exchange. Human interaction in this space is regulated and codified by a set of rules, known as the ‘ceremonial’.

The lectures at the summer school will deal with residences all over Europe. The field trips will focus on the most relevant examples in the Low Countries. The summer school aims at stimulating exchanges of knowledge and experience by offering lectures by historians, architectural historians and art historians.

All participants will be asked to give a short presentation of their own research during the school. Afterwards all participants must write a paper of about 5,000 words on a topic of their own choice, related to the summer school (which may also refer to court artists, court collections, etc.). This paper will have to be submitted by 1 September 2014. Those who follow the whole course, including the final paper, will receive a credit of 5 ECTS.


The summer school is open to everyone, but is specifically aimed at Research Master students and PhD students in history, architectural history, art history, archaeology and related disciplines.


Participation in the summer school is free. Those who are accepted will enjoy free lectures and excursions. For participants from outside the Netherlands this includes also as free stay at the Strowis hostel in Utrecht. Participants who do not wish to stay in this hostel will have to arrange their own accommodation at their own expenses. Participants will have to pay their own travel to Utrecht, as well as their own food and beverages.


The application deadline is 1 March 2014. Your application must be submitted by e‐mail and should include your full contact details, a letter of motivation, the topic of the paper you propose to write, and a short curriculum vitae. All applications must be in English, which will be the working language of the summer school.

Candidates from outside The Netherlands must submit their application to the PALATIUM coordinator Dr. Pieter Martens (, with a copy to Professor Konrad Ottenheym (

Candidates from Dutch universities must submit their application to the secretary of the OSK, Martijn van Beek (, with a copy to Dr. Pieter Martens (

For more information visit the official website HERE.

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