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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 325: Public Spaces and Public Faces, II: Medieval Scotland

Monday 10 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Richard Bowles, University of Glasgow
Paper 325-aAssemblies in Medieval Scotland: Cultural Fragments and the Complexities of Public Space
(Language: English)
Oliver Jamie Thomas O'Grady, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 325-bIdentity and Interaction: Anglo-Saxon Material Culture in Scotland
(Language: English)
Alice Blackwell, Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Mentalities
Paper 325-cWitness Lists and Public Assemblies in Scotland North of Forth, 1150-1286
(Language: English)
Matthew H. Hammond, School of Historical Studies, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History

This session aims to tease out evidence for the nature and scope of public spheres in the Middle Ages, by focusing on medieval Scotland. Drawing both on Scotland’s relatively rich vein of high medieval charters and on the archaeological record, the session asks: What types of public gatherings can be perceived, where were they held, and who attended them? How did high-status sites relate to regional lordship and to judicial, religious, and popular assembies? What were the roles of artefacts as material for public expressions of identity?