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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 225: Public Spaces and Public Faces, I: The Early Medieval West

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Glossa - The Finnish Society for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Charles West, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Oliver Jamie Thomas O'Grady, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Paper 225-aWho Do we Think we Are?: The Public Use of Architecture in Establishing Late Antique Idenitites in South-Western Britain
(Language: English)
Christopher Richard Bowles, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Mentalities
Paper 225-bPuncturing the Public Sphere in Lotharingia
(Language: English)
Charles West, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Anthropology, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Paper 225-cThe Great British Public?: Space, Speaking, and Saxons
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Language and Literature - Old English, Social History

This session aims to tease out evidence for the nature and scope of public spheres in the Middle Ages, by focusing on the early medieval West. The papers bring together archaeological, diplomatic, and linguistic evidence to tackle questions including: How far and in what ways can we speak of the public in the early medieval West? How do our sources speak of the public? What language and discourses were available for this? How was space manipulated to shape public discourses? How do conceptions of the public relate to conceptions of group identity? How did conceptions of the public change during the early Middle Ages?