Steven Vanderputten (°1976) is a full professor in the history of the early and high Middle Ages at Ghent University.
His research focuses on the development, societal embedding and culture of religious groups in the high medieval West (c. 800-1200). It covers a wide range of subjects, including memory and the shaping of collective identities, conflict management, rituals and public behavior, oral and written practices of communication, leadership, institutional development, gender, and discourses and realities of ecclesiastical and religious reform. His work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes, and he has edited several collective volumes. Key monographs include Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100 (Cornell University Press, 2013), Reform, conflict and the shaping of corporate identities. Collected studies on Benedictine monasticism, 1050-1150. (LIT Verlag, 2015) and Imagining Religious leadership in the Middle Ages. Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform (Cornell University Press, 2015).
+++ Vanderputten currently holds a Research Professorship of Ghent University's Special Research Fund. His fellowships include Clare Hall (Cambridge University, 2003), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, 2005), the Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (Eichstätt, 2008), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Wassenaar, 2009-2010), the Flemish Academic Center (Brussels, 2011-2012), and the Institute for Advanced Study of Indiana University (Bloomington, 2012). His awards include the Bessel-Award of the Humboldt Foundation (2012) and that of Laureate in Humanities of the Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences of Belgium (2013).