IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 311: Urban Literacy, II

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 311-aThe Use of Records in Medieval Towns: The Case of 's-Hertogenbosch, Brabant
(Language: English)
Geertrui van Synghel, Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis Koninklijke Bibliotheek Postbus 90755 2509 LT DEN HAAG Netherlands
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life, Literacy and Orality
Paper 311-bThe Use of Records in Medieval Towns: The Case of Bolzano, South Tyrol
(Language: English)
Hannes Obermair, Archivio Storico della Città, Bolzano
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life, Literacy and Orality
Paper 311-cUrban Schools, Urban Literacy and the Development of Western Civilisation - A Hypothesis
(Language: English)
Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Abstract

An important topic in recent research on medieval literacy is the growth of so-called literate mentalities. In the Middle Ages, in towns one seems to have had more chance of being confronted with writing than elsewhere. Much of the research deals with the topic of the different types of documents produced, used and kept in towns, or with the institutions using written records. The three sessions in this series address urban pragmatic literacy in the context of all forms of communication available to medieval town dwellers. The use of the written word was an important (if not dominant) mode of communication in towns, and a crucial factor deciding the model of ‘urban’ culture. However, is it possible to conclude the existence of a specifically urban literate mentality?