Research group History of Science and Scholarship
Specialisation Prognostic texts in early medieval manuscripts and textual culture


Bram van den Berg studied History and Medieval Studies at Utrecht University, where in 2020 he graduated (cum laude) from the research master Ancient medieval and Renaissance Studies. In 2021 he started a PhD programme at the University of Amsterdam, funded by the foundation Art, Books and Collections. As of 2021 he works at the Huygens ING as a guest researcher where his PhD project ‘Prognostic thinking in the early medieval Latin West: A cultural history of prognostics and prognostication in the writing centres of Fleury, Reims and the Bodensee monasteries’ forms part of the ‘Anonymous Knowledge’ research project.

His research focusses mainly on the medieval corpus of prognostics within the context of late eight to eleventh-century manuscripts from the Latin West. This corpus forms a loose collection of often anonymous texts, concerning predictions based on the careful observation of natural events and cycles, and calendrical patterns, which have thus far been mostly overlooked within the history of knowledge.