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El Conde Ansúrez y su época
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2/21/2019 to 2/23/2019
When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Where: United States

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To commemorate the IX centenary of Pedro Ansúrez’s death the Instituto Universitario de Historia Simancas has organized an international conference, which will take place at the University of Valladolid, 21-23 February 2019. Organizers seek to bring together specialists in Castile, the Iberian kingdoms and the European realms during the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

We welcome scholars whose research focuses on topics related to medieval history. Proposals should include title, an abstract of c.500 words, and the participant’s information (name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address). A participant information form is currently available on Applications should be submitted, in .pdf form, to and will be evaluated by the organizing committee. The languages of the conference will be Spanish, English, French and Italian.


Deadline for papers is December 15, 2018


Ansúrez was a prominent political figure in medieval Iberia, known for his leadership during the repopulation of the kingdom and, specifically, the foundation of Valladolid. Regarding this, potential topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pedro Ansúrez and his time: the medieval aristocracies of the Iberian Peninsula and Western Europe
  • Conflict, war and villages in the Europe of the Full Middle Ages
  • Economy and productive activities during the medieval expansion
  • The Duero river basin: political evolution and international confluences
  • Medieval urbanism and constructive impulse
  • Secular and ecclesiastical powers: their role in the articulation of the medieval population
  • Medieval urban life
  • Material culture and urban artistic creation
  • Medieval sources and document analysis
  • Reorganization of the urban power in the 11 and 12 centuries
  • Memory and dynasty: patronage of medieval nobility
  • Women and their contributions
  • Literature and mentalities in medieval times
  • Representations and myths of the great founders of the medieval Europe
  • The recasting of the foundation: historical uses of the medieval past
  • Survival: villages and their founders in the 2020 European Horizon


The Spanish Society for Medieval Studies (SEEM) has collaborated with this congress to provide two assistance scholarships (150 euros each) for members under 30 years of age. These will be granted by strict order of application to the email:

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