Research Prizes

Anna Dlabačová
PhD dissertation:
Literatuur en observantie. De Spieghel der volcomenheit van Hendrik Herp en de dynamiek van laatmiddeleeuwse tekstverspreiding.

Supervisor: Professor W. van Anrooij
Co-supervisor: Dr. G. Warnar
Nomination: Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities

Report by the Selection Committee
This works brings together a number of domains and approaches, among them literary history, religious history, history of the book and philosophy, to offer a fresh perspective on developments in religion, literature and intellectual exchange in the Netherlands on the eve of the Reformation. And all of this on the strength of a study of the mystical treatise ‘Spiegel der volcomenheit’ – from c. 1460 – by the Franciscan Hendrik Erp. The method followed is remarkable. The author combines Frits van Oostrom’s model of the three chronological phases of text reception with Daniel Hobbins’ concept of ‘distribution circles’, complemented with information about the origin of a signature or printed manuscript (also referred to as ‘Mituberlieferung’). In the eyes of the jury, the broad cultural-historical perspective, which is also of international significance, and the exciting way it is written make this dissertation worthy of a prize.

Anna Dlabačová studied History at the VU University in Amsterdam and at the Freie Universität Berlin (2001-2007). From 2008 to 2015 she worked at Leiden University, first as a research assistant on a Vidi project from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) entitled ‘Men of letters: Medieval Dutch literature and learning’, supervised by Dr. Geert Warnar, and after 2009 as a trainee researcher on the NWO Mozaik Project ‘Mysticism for a new age. Hendrik Herp’s Spieghel der volcomenheit in manuscript and print (c. 1455/60-1552) and the Franciscan observance in the Low Countries’. While working on her PhD, she was a guest researcher at various international institutions, among them the Ruusbroec Institute in Antwerp. As an associate member she took part in the initial training network ‘Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts’ (Marie Curie Actions, 2010-2013). In addition, she lectured on medieval history at the VU University. In 2014 she obtained her PhD and joined Leiden University as a researcher, and lectured at the University of Utrecht and Leiden University College. Since September 2015 she has been affiliated with the University of Leuven as a postdoctoral researcher, where she is working on her project ‘Text and Image on the Printing Press: The Complementarity of the Textual and the Visual in Antwerp’s Book Production, 1480-1520’.