IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1123: Cities, Texts, and Social Networks, IV: Power, Politics, and Identity

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Caroline Goodson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Paper 1123-aCity as Charter?: Urban Hospitals and the Politics of Power in England, 1080-1250
(Language: English)
Sethina Watson, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1123-bThe Politics of London and the Crisis of Magna Carta
(Language: English)
Alan Cooper, Department of History, Colgate University, New York
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Law, Social History
Paper 1123-cThe Medieval German City: An Integrated Whole?
(Language: English)
Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte / Geschichte des Mittelalters, Universität Kassel
Index terms: Daily Life, Religious Life, Social History

This series of five sessions examines the ways in which texts, be they legal, descriptive, metaphoric, or architectural, work to create and to transform urban spaces and frame specifically urban experiences. Such texts illuminate the social networks that lay at the heart of medieval urban worlds, where the density of population engendered experiences of space distinctive to the city. Papers in these sessions draw upon a variety of evidentiary sources and from Baghdad to York and consider the physical spaces of cities, the meaning of urban property disputes, the place and power of hospitals and prisons, among other topics.