Passer au contenu

/ Research

Je donne


Social Sciences and Humanities; Law; Economics and Politics; Theology and Religious Sciences

Philippe Genequand

The Middle Ages and its society

Professeur agrégé

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département d'histoire

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, room C-6116

514 343-6111 #41933

Professeur agrégé

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Centre d'études médiévales


Research expertise

My work initially dealt with the Pontifical Court in the late 14th century. I emphasized the government structures and the career and promotion streams that were common there by studying not ordinances, but the individual paths (prosopography) by making use essentially of practice documents (accounts, letters, releases, petitions, etc.). At present, I am particularly involved in the evolution of government systems towards modernity through the administration of the power of grace. It seems to me that the most significant example of the political use of pardon must be researched at the Pontifical Tribunal responsible for administering it – the Apostolic Penitentiary – the archives of which were recently made available to researchers by Pope John Paul II.

Other recent research is leading me to consider how the Middle Ages are received in our contemporary societies, through film, video games, simulation games. What Middle Ages are we exploring then? What are the links between history and the imaginary worlds of the entertainment industry? It is therefore appropriate to consider the true legacy of this period for the modernity that we are experiencing and its structural contributions (representation, public gatherings, modes of government), intellectual contributions (universities, structuring of the sciences, (in)differentiation of disciplines) and social contributions (gender relations, orders and equality, relationship with wealth).

I am also currently working, either alone or collaboratively, on three main book projects:

  1. Middle Ages and Mathematics: the case of Alcuin’s Propositiones ad acuendos juvenes (9th cent.).
  2. Demilitarization of the medieval clergy after the Gregorian reform (11th to 15th cent.) and the distinguishing strategies established by the Church for protecting its own (beatings and injuries to the clergy). Here we are dealing with the matter of punishment (penance) and forgiveness, which are central to the internalization of Christian norms, which were deeply structuring in the Middle Ages.
  3. Anthropology of animals in the Middle Ages and in the modern era through trials conducted with animals guilty of crimes (13th to 17th cent.) as part of a major research project investigating the connections, both real and symbolic, between humans and animals, from the Middle Ages to the anti-speciesist movement.


Philippe Genequand (PhD, University of Geneva) is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS). He teaches at all three levels of study and supervises various research projects at the higher levels, both on the latter centuries of the Middle Ages and on various topics pertaining to older periods: feasts and celebrations in the Scandinavian area, the Christian vision of paganism, Judeo-Christian relations, forest use, crusades, etc.

He is currently the Department of History’s substitute delegate to the Syndicat Général des Professeurs de l'Université de Montréal (SGPUM) and a member of the Council of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (CONFAS), the Council of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CONFESP), and of several UdeM committees.

Affiliations and responsabilities

University service and activities

Administrative responsibilities

  • Membre du Conseil de la Faculté des Arts et des Sciences
  • Membre du Conseil de la Faculté des Études Supérieures et Postodoctorales
  • Délégué syndical suppléant

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)


Histoire et rhétorique : Grégoire de Tours et les guerres civiles mérovingiennes

Graduate : Filion, Sébastien
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.

La symbolique des couleurs dans un livre d'Heures du maître de Jean d'Albret (XVe siècle)

Graduate : Shanks, Francis
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

L’exercice de la justice en Bresse sous le règne d’Amédée VIII de Savoie (1420-1440)

Graduate : Darrieu, Jérémie
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

Le banquet comme vecteur de la christianisation en Norvège médiévale

Graduate : Ouellet-Ayotte, Jérôme
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

Âge, éducation et compagnies de jeunesse à Venise, début du XVIe siècle

Graduate : Trottier-Gascon, Caroline
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

La croisade tardive : des plans du début du XIVe siècle à la défaite de Nicopolis

Graduate : Bontea, Cornel
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.


Research projects

2020 - 2022

HumanitéS-AnimalitéS : discours, pratiques et actions sur le monde animal, du Moyen Âge à l'antispécisme

Lead researcher : Philippe Genequand
Co-researchers : Pascal Bastien
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV152160-Subvention Connexion
2014 - 2018


Lead researcher : Philippe Genequand
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV113813-(NP) Soutien à la recherche pour la relève professorale


Publications and presentations


  • History
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Law
  • Pure Mathematics

Areas of expertise

  • Education
  • Medieval church
  • Historiography
  • Pardon (law)
  • Identity
  • Justice
  • State
  • Middle Ages
  • Institutions
  • Modernity