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              Dr Katarína Štulrajterová - Lectures

Trinity Term, 2014

Please note the venue varies according to date

The History of the Medieval University

12 Noon 2nd May 2014, Examination Schools
Robert Sorbonne and his College: Funding the Institution.

12 Noon 9th May 2014, Examination Schools
Students versus the Chancellor: Paris University

12 Noon 16th May 2014, Examination Schools
Church, University and Aristotle

12 Noon 6th June 2014, History Faculty
The Origins of Medieval Universities

12 Noon 13th June 2014, History Faculty
The Pope and the University: Promoter or Destroyer?

Course content: This course shows how the student community fought for its rights and privileges with the papal, imperial and municipal authorities and how they built their internal regulatory structures within the university. Surviving records are generous in informing us about the ways the students financed their studies, about their age and social origin as well as the curricula offered by the universities. The existence of mechanisms to ensure that the medieval student received value for money demonstrates how the medieval societies were in the front line in developing their university structures.

Learning outcome: The series helps the student to understand the spirit of the contemporary university by looking at its medieval counterpart. It makes the students aware that they have their say, dissuades them from the passive attitude of expecting that the university offer everything and encourages the students to take an active part in university management. A fuller understanding of the workings of such a complex institution as a university will help the student to transfer this understanding to modern everyday life in dealing with other complex institutions.

Last Term's Lectures

The Thirteenth Century Papacy

Wednesday 29th January 2014, 1 pm
The Thirteenth Century Papacy: The First M-firm?

Wednesday 5th February 2014, 1 pm
The Medieval Papacy: Locale, Structure and Controls

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 1 pm
Electoral practice: Headquarters versus Local Boards

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 1 pm
Papal Bargaining Chips

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 1 pm
The Papal Judicial System: A Source of Authority and Tool of Unification

Course content: In order to give the student a modern analogy for the structure of the medieval Church, the structure of a multinational corporation is used although it is stressed that the mission statements of the two would be vastly different: the corporation being motivated by profit and the Church being motivated by the belief in Eternal Salvation. The course identifies the reasons for the international success of the Roman Church not only in its unique structure but also in its ability to provide standardised services that were adopted throughout Europe.
Learning outcome: It will be emphasised that that are many ways of examining the same phenomenon which need not be contradictory but instead enrich the study. This series will encourage the student to think ‘out of the box’. By combining the standard way of looking at the Church, as a source of religious and moral teachings, with an economic and market-oriented viewpoint, the Humanities-trained mind will gain a more practical businesslike awareness. As Professor Humphries has recently said: ‘It is desirable ... to enhance the gaining of business and managerial skills with a training in historical methodology and a more sophisticated understanding of the past’.

Previous Lectures

The Age of Magna Carta: England And Central Europe

Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 1 pm
Landholding Practices in England and Hungary

Wednesday 6th November 2013, 1 pm
Magna Carta and the Golden Bulls: European Synchronicities

Wednesday 20th November 2013, 1 pm
Two Sick Kingdoms and the Medicinal Remedy of Excommunication and Interdict

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1 pm
The Non-Alienation Clauses in the English and Hungarian Coronation Oaths

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 1 pm
The Congé d’Élire of English Kings: Was the Langton Incident an Exception?

Course content: This series offered an introduction to the basic structures, developments, personalities and events which formed and conditioned European society during the High Middle Ages and explains the place of England and Hungary within the broader cultural, political and social commonwealth which constituted medieval Europe. It added to the discussion about the degree to which, if at all, the English Magna Carta (1215) influenced the Hungarian Golden Bull (1222) by showing the similarities and differences in landholding practices. It pointed out the role of the pope as the overlord of both kingdoms, and his surprisingly equal treatment of both kingdoms when asked by them for intervention or help; the readiness of the Curia to revoke oaths which both kings had sworn under pressure from the local nobility being the most clear example of this.