IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1223: Cities, Texts, and Social Networks, V: Walls and Monuments

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Moderator/Chair:Caroline Goodson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1223-aWriting and Restoration in Rome: Public Inscriptions and Late Antique Architectural Preservation
(Language: English)
Gregor Kalas, College of Architecture & Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Art History - General
Paper 1223-bThe Royal Palace in its Urban Context: Meaning and Decoration for Iberian Audiences
(Language: English)
Therese Martin, School of Art, University of Arizona
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Social History
Paper 1223-cMetropolitan Architecture, Demographics, and the Urban Identity of Paris in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Meredith Cohen, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / University of Oxford
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, 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.