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

Middeleeuwse geschiedenis
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Bezoekadres
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Kamernummer: C1.06B
Postadres
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Mario Damen

    Position

    Senior lecturer in medieval history

     

    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.

     

    Short bio

    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. I am the author of De staat van dienst. De gewestelijke ambtenaren van Holland en Zeeland in de Bourgondische periode (1425-1482) (Hilversum: Verloren, 2000) and Prelaten, edelen en steden. De samenstelling van de Staten van Brabant in de vijftiende eeuw (Brussels: Commission Royale d’Histoire, 2016).

    I co-edited Bourgondië voorbij. De Nederlanden 1250-1650. Liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans (Hilversum: Verloren, 2010) (with Louis Sicking), and Political representation: communities, ideas and institutions in Europe (c. 1200 - c. 1650), (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018) (with Jelle Haemers and Alastair Mann).

    I have published widely on the cultural and socio-political history of the late medieval Low Countries in general, and on the nobility and tournaments in particular in journals such as Urban History, The English Historical Review, Journal of Medieval History and BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review.

     

    Research project on the representation of territory

    From 2016 to 2020 I 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.

    Click here for more information on the project.

    Click here for our project blog (in Dutch).

     

     

  • Research project: Imagining a territory

    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.

    Project website Imagined Territories

    Blog on the territory project (in Dutch)

  • Publicaties

    2019

    • Damen, M. J. M., & Overlaet, K. (2019). Weg van de staat. Blijde Intredes in de laatmiddeleeuwse Nederlanden op het snijvlak van sociale, culturele en politieke geschiedenis. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 134(2), 3-44. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10451

    2018

    • Burgers, J. W. J., & Damen, M. (2018). Feudal Obligation or Paid Service? The Recruitment of Princely Armies in the Late Medieval Low Countries. English Historical Review, 133(563), 777-805. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cey150 [details]
    • Damen, M. (2018). The Nobility in the Estates of the Late Medieval Duchy of Brabant. In M. Damen, J. Haemers, & A. J. Mann (Eds.), Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe (c. 1200-c. 1690) (pp. 161-181). (Later Medieval Europe; Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004363915_010 [details]
    • Damen, M. (2018). The political ranking and hierarchy of the towns in the late medieval duchy of Brabant. Anuario de Estudios Medievales, 48(1), 149-177. https://doi.org/10.3989/aem.2018.48.1.05 [details]
    • Damen, M., Haemers, J., & Mann, A. J. (2018). An Introduction: Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe (c. 1200–c. 1690). In M. Damen, J. Haemers, & A. J. Mann (Eds.), Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe (c. 1200-c. 1690) (pp. 1-15). (Later Medieval Europe; Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004363915_002 [details]
    • Damen, M., Haemers, J., & Mann, A. J. (2018). Conclusion: Reconsidering Political Representation in Europe, 1400–1700. In M. Damen, J. Haemers, & A. J. Mann (Eds.), Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe (c. 1200-c. 1690) (pp. 309-317). (Later Medieval Europe; Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004363915_017 [details]
    • Damen, M., Haemers, J., & Mann, A. J. (Eds.) (2018). Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe (c. 1200-c. 1690). (Later Medieval Europe; Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004363915 [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Damen, 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, 5-274. https://doi.org/10.3406/bcrh.2016.4335 [details]
    • Damen, M. (2016). The town as a stage? Urban space and tournaments in late medieval Brussels. Urban History, 43(1), 47-71. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.BURG-EB.3.4563

    2009

    2008

    • Damen, 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. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.6885

    2007

    • Damen, M. J. 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.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (2007). Princely entries and gift-exchange in the Low Countries, 14th-16th centuries. Journal of Medieval History, 33, 233-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmedhist.2007.01.002

    2006

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2006). Giving by pouring. The function of gifts of wine in the city of Leiden (14th-16th centuries). In J. V. Leeuwen (Ed.), Symbolic Communication in the Late Medieval Town (pp. 83-100). (Medievalia Lovaniensia. Studia; Vol. 37). Leuven: UP Leuven.
    • Damen, M. J. 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). Corrupt of hoofs gedrag? Geschenken en het politieke netwerk van een laatmiddeleeuwse Hollandse stad. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 2(4), 68-94. https://doi.org/10.18352/tseg.768
    • Damen, M. J. M. (2005). Vorstelijke vensters: Glasraamschenkingen als instrument van devotie, memorie en representatie (1419-1519). Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, 8, 140-200.

    2004

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2004). Education or connections? University-trained officials in the Council of Holland and Zeeland in the Fifteenth Century. In J. J. V. Moolenbroek, & K. Goudriaan (Eds.), Education and learning in the Netherlands 1400-1600. Essays in Honour of Hilde de Ridder-Symoens. (pp. 51-68). (Brill’s studies in intellectual history; Vol. 123). Leiden/Boston: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789047402893_005

    2002

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2002). Linking Court and Counties. The Governors and Stadholders of Holland and Zeeland in the Fifteenth Century. Francia : Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte, 29(2002), 257-268.

    2001

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2001). Taxation for prince and officers. The Council of Holland and the aides in the Burgundian period. In R. Stein (Ed.), Powerbrokers in the late Middle Ages (pp. 27-46). (Burgundica). Turnhout: Brepols. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.BURG-EB.3.213

    1998

    • Damen, M. J. M. (1998). Serviteurs et profiteurs. Hommes d’église au Conseil et à la Chancellerie de Hollande-Zélande (1425-1477). Publication du centre européen d’études bourguignonnes , 31, 123-137. https://doi.org/10.1484/J.PCEEB.2.302331

    2018

    • Damen, M., Govaerts, S., & van Steensel, A. (2018). Het beeld van de adel in Nobel streven: [Bespreking van: F. van Oostrum (2017) Nobel streven : het onwaarschijnlijke maar waargebeurde verhaal van ridder Jan van Brederode]. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 133(4), 88-100. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10614 [details]

    2017

    • Damen, M. (2017). Bourgondisch feestje opnieuw bekeken: [Bespreking van: C. Normore (2015) A feast for the eyes: Art, performance, and the late medieval banquet]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 130(3), 497-498. https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGESCH2017.3.BOEK [details]
    • Damen, M. (2017). Toernooi en heraldiek: Wapenboeken als het schriftelijk geheugen van de laatmiddeleeuwse adel. In M. Hogenbirk, & L. Kuitert (Eds.), Schriftgeheimen: Opstellen over schrift en schriftcultuur (pp. 311-334). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    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. J. M. (Ed.), & Sicking, L. (2010). Bourgondië voorbij: de Nederlanden 1250-1650: liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans. (Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen; No. 123). Hilversum: Verloren.
    • Damen, M. J. M., Damen, M. J. M. (Ed.), & Sicking, L. (Ed.) (2010). Heren met banieren: de baanrotsen van Brabant in de vijftiende eeuw. In Bourgondië voorbij: de Nederlanden 1250-1650: liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans (pp. 139-158). (Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen; No. 23). Hilversum: Verloren.

    2006

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2006). Geven door te schenken. De functie van wijngeschenken in Leiden (14de-16de eeuw). Holland, 38, 272-288.

    2005

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2005). Heraldisch machtsvertoon. Bourgondische glazen in de Oude kerk van Amsterdam. Amstelodamum, 92(6), 3-16.

    2016

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2016). De ridderslag. In L. Amkreutz, & A. Willemsen (Eds.), Vlijmscherp verleden: Het zwaard als wapen en symbool (pp. 58-59). Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.

    2015

    • Damen, M. (Author). (2015). Historiography, Heraldry and Noble Identity: Armorial Münster and the Urban Environment of a Noble Patron. Web publication/site, Münster: Heraldica Nova. Retrieved from https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/3319 [details]

    2013

    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]

    2003

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2003). Tussen stad en land. Bourgondische ambtenaren en Leiden in de 15de eeuw. Jaarboekje voor geschiedenis en oudheidkunde van Leiden en omstreken, 95, 45-75.

    Prijs

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2015). Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (2012). Political representation: communities, ideas and institutions in Europe (c. 1200 - c. 1650).

    Mediaoptreden

    • Damen, M. J. M. (22-10-2015). Slag bij Azincourt 600 jaar geleden [Print] Hilversum, Radio Een Vandaag. Slag bij Azincourt 600 jaar geleden.

    Tijdschriftredactie

    • Damen, M. J. M. (editor), Bijsterveld, A.-J. (editor), Boone, M. (editor), van Engen, H. (editor), van den Hoven van Genderen, A. J. (editor), Howell, M. (editor), … Trio, P. (editor) (2012). Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis (Journal).
    • 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).

    Spreker

    • Damen, M. (invited speaker) (11-4-2019). Tournaments and the integration of the nobility in the Habsburg composite state, Performance, Royalty and the Court, 1500-1800, London, United Kingdom.
    • Damen, M. (invited speaker) (21-3-2019). Huizinga again? The Nobility and the Court of the Dukes of Burgundy, Transnationalism at Court, Liège, Belgium.
    • Damen, M. (keynote speaker) (18-1-2019). The sources of territory. A historiographical and methodological approach, Imagining a territory. The construction and representation of territory in late medieval Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Damen, M. (speaker) (22-3-2018). Listing Space in the Late Medieval Low Countries, RSA NOLA, New Orleans, United States.
    • Damen, M. (speaker) (26-10-2017). Toernooien en de integratie van de adel in de Habsburgse samengestelde staat, Festiviteiten in de vroegmoderne Nederlanden, Groningen, Netherlands.
    • Damen, M. (speaker) (3-7-2017). The representation of noble space in late medieval Brabant, International Medieval Congres, Leeds.
    • Damen, M. (speaker) (23-6-2017). Listing Space and Mobility in the Late Medieval Low Countries, Mobility and space in late medieval and early modern Europe, Oxford, United Kingdom.
    • Damen, M. (speaker) (18-3-2017). Political literature and the nobility in the late medieval Low Countries, Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late-Medieval Political Literature: France, Burgundy, and England, Odens, Denmark.
    • Damen, M. (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, M. (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, M. J. M. (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) (9-7-2015). Tournaments and Social Status: The Profile of Tourneyers in the Late Medieval Low Countries, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (invited speaker) (2-7-2015). The nobility in the Estates of the late medieval duchy of Brabant,, Making constituions, building parliaments. Constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000, London.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (invited speaker) (21-5-2015). An ‘urban’ chronicle in a ‘noble’ armorial? ‘Wapenboek Münster’ and the urban environment of a noble patron, Towards new thinking in urban historiography: Old texts, new approaches, Brugge.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (invited speaker) (5-2-2015). Brabant als middeleeuws concept, Erfgoedcollege van de Erfgoed Academie Brabant, 's-Hertogenbosch.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (invited speaker) (20-9-2013). Patricians, knights and/or nobles ? Historiography and identity in late medieval Antwerp, Culture historique: la cour, les pays, les villes dans les anciens Pays-Bas (XIVe-XVIe siècles), Leiden.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (invited speaker) (29-8-2013). The nobility in the Estates of Brabant in the late Middle Ages, ‘Our sovereign lord with advice and consent of the estates of parliament’: Prelates, nobles and patricians: the composition of representative institutions, Stirling.
    • Damen, M. J. M. (speaker) (24-3-2013). The city as a stage. Tournaments as urban festivals in the late medieval Low Countries, Making Space for Festival, 1400–1700. Interactions of Architecture and Performance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Festivals, Venetië.
    • 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) & 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) (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.

    Andere

    • Damen, M. (organiser) (18-1-2019 - 19-1-2019). Imagining a territory. The construction and representation of territory in late medieval Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Oostindiër, A. E. (organiser), Overlaet, K. (organiser), Damen, M. J. M. (organiser) & Marschall, B. T. (organiser) (18-1-2019). Imagining a territory. The construction and representation of territory in late medieval Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Damen, M. (organiser) (1-4-2016). European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, Spain. Organization of a panel with 6 papers on 'Hierarchies and Inequalities in Urban Europe, 1250-1750' (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2019

    • Govaerts, S. W. E. (2019). Mosasaurs: Interactions between armies and ecosystems in the Meuse Region, 1250-1850. [details]

    2000

    • Damen, M. J. M. (2000). De staat van dienst. De gewestelijke ambtenaren van Holland en Zeeland in de Bourgondische periode (1425-1482). Hilversum: Verloren`.
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