IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 513: Profiling the City - Media Use in Urban Societies, I: Showcasing Urbanity

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Kompetenzzentrum 'Zürcher Mediävistik', Nationaler Forschungsschwerpunkt (NFS) Medienwandel-Medienwechsel-Medienwissen, Universität Zürich
Organiser:Martina Stercken, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Peter Johanek, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 513-aMapping Urbanity
(Language: English)
Martina Stercken, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 513-bTopography of Great Deeds: Public History in the Developing City-State, 1350-1550
(Language: English)
Regula Schmid Keeling, Arbeitsstelle für Hochschuldidaktik, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 513-cImaging the City: Urban Iconographies in Late Medieval Rome and Naples
(Language: English)
Marco Vencato, University of Basel / Swiss Institute, Roma
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Abstract

During the Middle Ages, various means were developed to display urban identity and legitimize the political significance of towns and cities. Urban meaning was shaped and transmitted by arranging communal events and rituals, by designing architecture and topography, and by producing a written and visual tradition.
This session will take a fresh look into the processes that led to forms of urban representation, that moulded civic self-perception, and that manifested citizens’ claims. Its intention is to achieve a better understanding of the means that stimulated the creation of a new and coherent society.