Institute of Slavic Studies of Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
The Department of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Warsaw
Institute of Philology of Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University
(Mykolaiv, Ukraine)


Strong Women of the Middle Ages and Images of the New Europe

Many people living today look upon the Middle Ages as something distant and almost forgotten. However, it is not like this at all. Life stories of those who lived in the medieval epoch are still reaching us. Moreover, they become myths and legends, which influence the beliefs and values of the contemporary world. This is the case with the images of outstanding women who became famous in the Middle Ages. Among them, one should mention Princess Olga, Anna, daughter of Yaroslav the Wise and Queen of France, her daughter St. Edigna from the small town of Puch near Munich, and Anastasija Lissovs’ka from Ukraine, who made history as Roksalana, the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, Hildegard of Bingen, Cristina of Pizán, Trotula of Ruggiero, Lubna of Córdoba, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Herrada of Landsberg, Sabine of Steinbach, Jacoba Félicié, the Countess of Día, Santa Clara of Asís, Jeanne of Arc and many others. Their names have not only been rediscovered but also have become inseparable from the current ideologies and everyday practices, which create the images of the united new Europe.

The objective of the book is to reveal the contributions of strong women of the Middle Ages to the European cultural heritage considered from historical, literary, linguistic, and artistic perspectives.

The main subjects of the book are:

  1. Histories of success of medieval women. How did they succeed to become famous in the culture of their time?
  2. Outstanding Women in the medieval culture of Central and Eastern Europe.
  3. Strong women of the Middle Ages in the context of cultural mythologies of contemporary Europe.
  4. Medieval women as “agents” of the cultural dialog between West and East.

Working languages: English and German.

The deadline for submission is 15.02.2020. Please, send your paper via email to  and mark it “for the collective monograph” in the subject area.

The publication is free.

Please, submit your application form (see attachment) with information about the author and with an abstract of the paper to the above-mentioned email address until November 1, 2019.