Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Amsterdam

Photographer: Eduard Lampe

dr. M.J.M. (Mario) Damen

Middeleeuwse geschiedenis
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Room number: C1.06B
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • M.J.M.Damen@uva.nl
    T: 0205258896
    T: 0205254464

Biography

Since 2007 I teach medieval history at the history department of the University of Amsterdam, first as a lecturer and since 2015 as an assistant professor. I studied History at the University of Leiden and in Santiago de Compostela and subsequently gained my PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with the award of distinction of cum laude.

 

Research

I am especially interested in the field of social, political and cultural history of the late medieval Low Countries and the princes, nobles and administrative elites of the Burgundian and Habsburg composite state, as well as gift exchange, stained-glass windows, and tournaments.

 

NWO project on territory

From 2016 to 2020 I will direct a research project funded by NWO Humanities entitled Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant. This project analyses how the interaction between prince, nobles and urban elites influenced the construction, perception, and representation of a territory. The test case will be the late medieval Duchy of Brabant, which still has historical and territorial significance for many people in present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Key publications

'The town as a stage? Urban space and tournaments in late medieval Brussels’, Urban History 43 (2016) 1-25

‘Tournament Culture in the Low Countries and England, in: Hannah Skoda, Patrick Lantschner and R.L.J. Shaw eds., Contact and Exchange in Later Medieval Europe. Essays in Honour of Malcolm Vale (Woodbridge 2012) 247-266.

 ‘Princely entries and gift-exchange in the Low Countries, 14th-16th centuries’, Journal of medieval history 33 (2007) 233-249.

 ‘Vorstelijke vensters. Glasraamschenkingen als instrument van devotie, memorie en representatie (1419-1519)’, Jaarboek voor middeleeuwse geschiedenis 8 (2005) 140-200.

De staat van dienst. De gewestelijke ambtenaren van Holland en Zeeland in de Bourgondische periode (1425-1482). Hollandse studiën 36 (Hilversum 2000).

 

Research interests

Medieval History. Territory. Nobility. Tournaments. Political representation. State formation. History of the Low Countries and Spain. Brabant. Gift-giving. Corruption. Stained glass windows. Paleography.

 

 

 

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De Spaanse middeleeuwen 

Mario Damen, 'De Spaanse middeleeuwen', in: R. Fagel en E. Storm ed., Het land van Don Quichot. De Spanjaarden en hun geschiedenis (Amsterdam 2011) 32-63. In a (dutch) textbook on the history of Spain, I wrote a chapter on the medieval history of the Iberian Peninsula

Bourgondië voorbij

Mario Damen en Louis Sicking ed., Bourgondië voorbij. De Nederlanden 1250-1650. Liber alumnorumWim Blockmans (Hilversum 2010).

De staat van dienst.

Mario Damen, De staat van dienst. De gewestelijke ambtenaren van Holland en Zeeland in de Bourgondische periode (1425-1482). Hollandse studiën 36 (Hilversum 2000).

Charity against the odds

Mario Damen, 'Charity against the odds . Margaret of York and the isle of Voorne (1477-1503)', in: D. Eichberger ed., Women at the Burgundian Court : Presence and Influence.Burgundica 17 (Turnhout 2010).

De schenkers van Scheut

Mario Damen, 'De schenkers van Scheut.Het glasmecenaat van een kartuizerklooster, 1450-1530', De kartuize van Scheut en Rogier van der Weyden . Millennium, tijschrift voor middeleeuwse studies 23 (2009) 78-111.  

Memoria y propaganda

Mario Damen,  'Memoria y propaganda. Las vidrieras de Felipe el Hermoso en los Países Bajos', in: M.A. Zalama en P. Vandenbroeck ed., Felipe I, el Hermoso. La belleza y la locura (Madrid 2006) 165-184.

Staging the court of Burgundy

 

Mario Damen, ‘The town, the duke, his courtiers and their tournament’, in: Till-Holger Borchert e.a. ed., The Splendour of Burgundy (1419-1482). An interdisciplinary approach (Turnhout 2013) 69-79.

 

 

Teaching

Mario Damen teaches on medieval history in general and on the socio-political and cultural history of the late medieval Low Countries in particular.

In the year 2015-2016 he teaches the following courses:

Aristocratic residences in the medieval Low Countries (master)

Gift giving in late medieval Europe (master tutorial)

Tournament culture in medieval Europe (bachelor 3)

Party in the town! Court and civic culture in the late medieval Low Countries (14th- 16th centuries) (bachelor 2)

Introduction to medieval history (bachelor 1)

 

 

 

 

Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant

This NWO funded project (2016-2020) analyses how the interaction between prince, nobles and urban elites influenced the construction, perception, and representation of a territory. The test case will be the late medieval Duchy of Brabant, which still has historical and territorial significance for many people in present-day Belgium and the Netherlands. To underscore the fluidity and multiplicity of the concept of territory, this project sets out to disentangle the divergent, though sometimes overlapping, conceptions of what exactly Brabant was (or should be) in the eyes of different political actors, in this time before the availability of reliable scale maps. To answer the main research question the project takes a twofold approach. On the one hand, we will define ducal, noble, and urban conceptions of Brabant mainly through administrative sources, particularly those of the fourteenth century that reflect a turning point in the capturing of territory. On the other hand, we will explicate how differently political actors envisaged and visualized territory in a wide range of relevant sources: architectural, heraldic, cartographic, narrative, and administrative. In this way, the project provides a completely new perspective on the concept of territory before cartography and state formation turned boundaries and territories into more fixed (but still changeable) geographical entities.

2017

2016

  • Damen, M. J. M. (2016). Prelaten, edelen en steden. De samenstelling van de Staten van Brabant in de vijftiende eeuw. Handelingen van de Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis, 182, 1-270.
  • Damen, M. (2016). The town as a stage? Urban space and tournaments in late medieval Brussels. Urban History, 43(1), 47-71. DOI: 10.1017/S0963926814000790  [details] 
  • Damen, M., & Tys, D. (2016). De constructie van de macht: strategieën van vorst en adel. In V. Lambert, P. Stabel, & A. Bardyn (Eds.), Gouden tijden: rijkdom en status in de Middeleeuwen in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden (pp. 365-392). Tielt: Lannoo. [details] 
  • Tys, D., & Damen, M. (2016). The construction of power: Strategies of the prince and the nobility. In V. Lambert, & P. Stabel (Eds.), Golden times: Wealth and status in the Middle Ages in the southern Low Countries. (pp. 365-392). Tielt: Lannoo. [details] 

2014

2013

  • Damen, M. (2013). The town, the duke, his courtiers and their tournament: a spectacle in Brussels, 4-7 May 1439. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance art history, 69, 85-95. [details] 

2012

  • Damen, M. (2012). Tournament culture in the Low Countries and England. In H. Skoda, P. Lantschner, & R. L. J. Shaw (Eds.), Contact and exchange in later medieval Europe: essays in honour of Malcolm Vale (pp. 247-266). Woodbridge: Boydell. [details] 

2010

  • Damen, M. J. M. (2010). Charity against the odds. Margaret of York and the isle of Voorne (1477-1503). In D. Eichberger, A-M. Legaré, & W. Hüsken (Eds.), Women at the Burgundian court: presence and influence = Femmes à la cour de Bourgogne: présence et influence (pp. 57-73). (Burgundica; No. 17). Turnhout: Brepols. DOI: 10.1484/M.BURG-EB.3.4563 

2009

2008

  • Damen, M. J. M., & Janse, A. (2008). Adel in meervoud. Methodologische beschouwingen over comparatief adelsonderzoek in de Bourgondisch-Habsburgse Nederlanden. Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 123(4), 517-540. DOI: 10.18352/bmgn-lchr.6885 

2007

  • Damen, M. J. M. (2007). Princely entries and gift-exchange in the Low Countries, 14th-16th centuries. Journal of Medieval History, 33, 233-249. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmedhist.2007.01.002 
  • Damen, M. (2007). Gift exchange at the court of Charles the Bold. In M. Boone, & M. Howell (Eds.), In but not of the market: movable goods in late medieval and early modern urban society (pp. 81-99). Brussel: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten.

2006

  • Damen, M. (2006). The nervecentre of political networks? The Burgundian Court and the integration of Holland and Zeeland into the Burgundian state. In A. Janse, & S. Gunn (Eds.), The Court as a Stage: England and the Low Countries in the Later Middle Ages (pp. 70-84). Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.

2005

  • Damen, M. J. M. (2005). Vorstelijke vensters: Glasraamschenkingen als instrument van devotie, memorie en representatie (1419-1519). Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, 8, 140-200.

2015

  • Damen, M. (2015). Piëteit of propaganda?: Glasschenkingen in het graafschap Holland in de late middeleeuwen. Holland, 47(4), 157-165. [details] 
  • Damen, M. (2015). Ridders en toernooien, 1000-1300. In R. Meens, & C. van Rhijn (Eds.), Cultuurgeschiedenis van de middeleeuwen: beeldvorming en perspectieven. (pp. 171-188). Heerlen/Zwolle: Open Universiteit/WBOOKS. [details] 

2012

  • Damen, M. (2012). Convocatie en representatie: de Staten van Brabant in de late middeleeuwen. Noordbrabants Historisch Jaarboek, 29, 28-45, 247. [details] 
  • Damen, M., & Stein, R. (2012). Collective memory and personal memoria. The Carthusian monastery of Scheut as a crossroads of urban and princely patronage in fifteenth-century Brabant. In J-M. Cauchies, & P. Peporte (Eds.), Mémoires conflictuelles et mythes concurrents dans les pays bourguignons (ca 1380-1580): Rencontres de Luxembourg (22 au 25 septembre 2011): actes (pp. 29-48). Neuchâtel: Centre Européen d'Études Bourguignonnes (XIVe - XVIe s.). [details] 

2010

  • Damen, M. J. M. (2010). Vorsten, hovelingen en hofcultuur in de Nederlanden [Bespreking van: E. De Maesschalck (2008) De Bourgondische vorsten 1315-1530; J. Kerckhoff (2008) Maria van Hongarije en haar hof 1505-1558: tot plichtsbetrachting uitverkoren]. Virtus, 17, 170-175.
  • Damen, M. (2010). Heren met banieren: de baanrotsen van Brabant in de vijftiende eeuw. In M. Damen, & L. Sicking (Eds.), Bourgondië voorbij: de Nederlanden 1250-1650: liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans (pp. 139-158). (Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen; No. 23). Hilversum: Verloren.

2015

  • Damen, M. (Author). (2015). Historiography, Heraldry and Noble Identity: Armorial Münster and the Urban Environment of a Noble Patron. Münster: Heraldica Nova. [details] 

2013

  • Damen, M. (2013). [Review of: D. Stasavage (2011) States of credit: size, power, and the development of European polities]. Parliaments Estates & Representation, 33(2), 209-211. DOI: 10.1080/02606755.2013.845360  [details] 

2011

  • Damen, M., & Stein, R. (2011). Het ontstaan van de publieke sfeer (800-1550). In P. Wagenaar, T. Kerkhoff, & M. Rutgers (Eds.), Duizend jaar openbaar bestuur in Nederland: van patrimoniaal bestuur naar waarborgstaat (pp. 31-90). Bussum: Coutinho. [details] 

Award

  • Damen, M.J.M. (2012): Political representation: communities, ideas and institutions in Europe (c. 1200 - c. 1650).

Book editor

  • Damen, M., & Sicking, L. (2010). Bourgondië voorbij: de Nederlanden 1250-1650: liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans. (Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen; No. 123). Hilversum: Verloren.

Journal editor

  • Damen, M.J.M. (editor), Bijsterveld, A.-J. (editor), Mol, J.A. (editor), van den Hoven van Genderen, A.J. (editor), Boone, M. (editor), de Ligne, C. (editor), … Howell, M. (editor) (2011): Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis (Journal).
  • Damen, M.J.M. (editor), Bijsterveld, A.-J. (editor), Mol, J.A. (editor), de Ligne, C. (editor), Howell, M. (editor), Boone, M. (editor), … Trio, P. (editor) (2010): Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis (Journal).

Keynote / invited lecture

  • Damen, Mario (speaker) (23-6-2016): The Visualization of Noble Space: Heraldic Devices in the Town Hall of Brussels, Urban Visual Culture(s): Productions and Perceptions of the Visual in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cities, Durham, United Kingdom.
  • Damen, Mario (speaker) (17-3-2016): The representation of noble space in the town hall of Brussels, Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms , Münster, Germany.
  • Damen, Mario (speaker) (12-10-2015): Tournament Culture in the Habsburg Low Countries around 1550, Imperial festivities in Hainaut, 1549, Mons, Belgium.
  • Damen, M.J.M. (invited speaker) & Stein, R. (invited speaker) (23-9-2011): Cultural policies of the elites vis-à-vis the prince in the duchy of Brabant. The case of the Carthusian convent of Scheut, Centre européen d’études bourguignonnes. Mémoires conflictuelles et mythes concurrents dans les pays bourguignons (ca 1380-1580), Luxemburg.
  • Damen, M.J.M. (invited speaker) (22-11-2011): Vorstelijke en adellijke schenkers van gebrandschilderde glazen in de vijftiende en zestiende eeuw, De Goudse cartons geconserveerd. Van ontwerp tot gebrandschilderd glas., Gouda.
  • Damen, M.J.M. (invited speaker) (14-10-2011): De samenstelling van de Staten van Brabant in de veertiende en vijftiende eeuw, XVIde Colloquium 'De Brabantse stad'. Het Charter van Kortenberg (1312) als inspiratiebron voor stedelijke identiteit en herinneringscultuur in het oude hertogdom Brabant (veertiende-twintigste eeuw), 's-Hertogenbosch.
  • Damen, M.J.M. (invited speaker) (10-9-2010): Tournament Culture in England and the Low Countries in the Fifteenth Century, Contact and Exchange in Later Medieval Europe. Conference in Honour of Malcolm Vale, St John’s College, University of Oxford.

Others

  • Damen, Mario (participant) (1-4-2016): European Social Science History Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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