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The history of the society began with a series of triennial conferences initially in Utrecht, but later moving from place to place. These early conferences were hosted by Erik Kooper (English studies, Utrecht). It was at the second of these conferences, in 1999, that the society was formally founded.

Upcoming conference:

9th International Conference of the Medieval Chronicle Society

Poznan, Poland, 13-17 July, 2020

Organizing Institutions:

Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Instytut Slawistyki, Polskiej Akademii Nauk) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza)

For more information write to:

Ryszard Grzesik,, or Józef Dobosz,

Dates: 13 (Monday) to 17 (Friday) July, 2020.
On 18 July (Saturday) there will be two excursions (by coach):
1) The Piast Route1: Gniezno – Strzelno
2) The Piast Route 2: Strongholds Lednica – Grzybowo – Giecz


The 9th International Conference of the Medieval Chronicle Society invites papers on the broad theme of medieval chronicle and welcomes scholars working on diverse aspects of the medieval chronicle including (but not limited to) the following themes:

1. Chronicle: history or literature?
• The chronicle as a historiographical and/or literary genre;
• genre identification;
• genre confusion and genre influence;
• typologies of chronicle;
• classification;
• conventions (historiographical, literary or otherwise) and topoi.

2. The function of the chronicle
• The function of chronicles in society;
• contexts historical;
• literary and social;
• patronage;
• reception of the text(s);
• literacy;
• orality;
• performance.

3. The form of the chronicle
• The language(s) of the chronicle;
• inter-relationships of chronicles in multiple languages;
• prose and/or verse chronicles;
• manuscript traditions and dissemination;
• the arrangement of the text.

4. The chronicle and the representation of the past
• How chronicles record the past;
• the relationship with ‘time’;
• how the reality of the past is encapsulated in the literary form of the chronicle;
• how chronicles explain the past;
• motivations given to historical actors;
• the role of the Divine.

5. Art and Text in the chronicle
• How art functions in manuscripts of chronicles;
• do manuscript illuminations illustrate the texts or do they provide a different discourse that amplifies, re-enforces or contradicts the verbal text;
• origin and production of illuminations;
• relationships between author(s), scribe(s) and illuminator(s).

6. Chronicle in Central Europe
• Did the regional specifics of the region exist?
• the main features of the chronicle writing;
• Latin vs. vernacular languages;
• Illuminated codices.

Papers for 20 minutes presentations are invited in English, French or German. Papers will be allocated to thematic sessions and submissions should identify the theme to which the paper relates. The paper proposals (including paper’s title and a 200-word abstract) are to be submitted by Saturday, 1 February 2020 using online submission form (click here).

Previous Conferences:

Utrecht, 13 – 16 July, 1996

Utrecht, 16 – 21 July, 1999

Utrecht, 12 – 17 July, 2002

Reading, 15 – 19 July, 2005

Belfast, 2008

Pécs, 2011

Liverpool, 2014

Lisbon, 10-14 July 2017

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