PhD student (Vienna)

B.A., M.A. (Utrecht)

From 2011 onwards I studied History (BA) and Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (MA) at Utrecht University, graduating in August 2016 with a thesis on social justice in the Carolingian world. A month later I took up my current PhD position at the Institute of Medieval History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as part of the After Empire research project.

Through my PhD dissertation I will seek to shed light on the formulation of ideas on hierarchy and equality in the tenth century. Tenth-century authors did not only support social hierarchies, but also in some instances contested them. In doing this, they were building on a rich variety of ideas and debates going back to early Christianity: patristic texts on equality and hierarchy, Carolingian reflections on the position of “the poor” in society, as well as many concepts of belonging that could transcend social divisions, such as that of a universal Christian Church. By exploring the way in which these texts were used by tenth-century elite authors, I hope to explain how, and in what contexts, they both supported and contested social hierarchy.

Contact details
Jelle.Wassenaar@oeaw.ac.at
Academia.edu

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