The MECERN Biennial Conferences

Continuity and Change in Medieval Central Europe (2023)

Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)


27–29 April 2023

The Fifth Biennial Conference of MECERN will focus on the vexed relationship between continuity and change in medieval history, especially in Central Europe. Continuity and Change have always been topics that historians, archaeologists, art historians, social scientists and scholars from other disciplines were interested in. Recently our society has faced profound changes and disruptions. 

What was the situation in the Middle Ages? Was Central Europe as a specific historical, cultural, religious and political region shaped by continual developments on the social and political level, in the period ca. 500-1600? Or, was it rather marked by unexpected and radical changes, which were the essential driving forces in the regionʼs historical development? Which medieval changes influenced the development in Central Europe substantially? What were the ruptures in the medieval past? Which phenomena and spheres of life were marked by continuity rather than change? What are the methods that medievalists use to detect and study them?

These and other questions will be explored at this year’s Biennial Conference.

© Martin Katler

The conference takes place as follows:

  • April 27: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
  • April 28: 9.00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • April 29: 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Participants of the conference (speakers, chairs) will find the most important information here.

Networks – Cooperation – Rivalry (2021)

Faculty of Law and the Faculty of History, University Gdańsk (Online)


7–9 April 2021

Conference report available on H-Soz-Kult (click here)

Between Three Seas. Borders, Migrations, Connections (2018)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb 

in collaboration with 

Croatian Institute of History


12–14 April 2018

© Balazs Nagy
© Antonin Kalous

Unity and Diversity of Medieval (Central) Europe. Social Order and its cohesive and disruptive Forces (2016)

Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Palacky University, Olomouc

in collaboration with

Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava


31 March–2 April 2016

A Forgotten Region? East Central Europe in the Global Middle Ages (2014)

Department of Medieval Studies, CEU, Budapest


27–29 March 2014

© Zsolt Hunyadi

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