Yesterday, Irene van Renswoude was honoured with the prestigious Heineken Young Scientists Award in the category History. She received the prize for her dissertation on free speech in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In her book, which she is currently reworking into a proper publication, she explores the history of a concept which changes shape and terminology. In itself, this is a methodological challenge which makes the book a good read for any humanities researcher, not just those interested in the period. Irene continues to work on the theme of criticism, debate and controverse within the framework of our project on marginal annotations in the early Middle Ages: she studies reflections of debate and the rules of debate in marginal comments. A well known example of harsh criticism is the famous case of Paris, BnF, NAL 329, a manuscript from Lyon in which the work of the despised interim bishop Amalarius of Metz was heavily criticized. This example even made it into yesterday’s paper!
Click here to see the NRC Handelsblad‘s report about Irene’s Young Scientist Award (by Hendrik Spiering).