IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1218: Analysing City Forms, IV: Mapping the City - The 'Spatial Turn' and the Use of Cartography in Medieval Urban Studies

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Organiser:Angelika Lampen, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Peter Johanek, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 1218-aThe Rise of the European Town in the Middle Ages as Reflected in the European Atlases of Historic Towns
(Language: English)
Anngret Simms, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1218-bUs and Them: The Evolution of Social Spaces in the Medieval City
(Language: English)
Daniel B. Stracke, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 1218-cImage and Reality: The Perception of Urban Space in the 15th-17th Centuries and Its Use for the Reconstruction of Medieval Urban Topography
(Language: English)
Patrick Schuchert, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Mentalities
Abstract

The perception and use of urban space have become a main interest in medieval studies in recent years. In cultural geography, a unified view of ‘real-and-imaginary-places’ (Thirdspace) has been the result. However, while the medievalist is using written sources for accounts of the urban imaginaire, the cartographic sources by which to reconstruct the ‘real’, physical, urban space, and the appropriate methods are less familiar. Yet, since the 1970s, the European Atlas of Historic Towns has made substantial advances (over 400 cities in 17 countries) to edit these sources. The session is going to show in which ways this vast and rich material may be put to use in the current discussion on urban space.