IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 524: Urban Culture and Forms of Communication in the Baltic Sea Area, II

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Christian Krötzl, Historiatieteen Laitos, Tampereen Yliopisto
Moderator/Chair:Christian Krötzl, Historiatieteen Laitos, Tampereen Yliopisto
Paper 524-aMerchants' Time in Late Medieval Reval
(Language: English)
Jüri Kivimäe, Department of History, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Social History
Paper 524-bGifts, Rumours, and Information in Late Medieval Letters
(Language: English)
Christian Krötzl, Historiatieteen Laitos, Tampereen Yliopisto
Paper 524-cThe Road to Salvation and Social Prestige: Reval Merchants and the Commissioning of Art from Abroad
(Language: English)
Anu Mänd, Institute of History, University of Tallinn
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Lay Piety, Social History

Literacy, Orality and Communication have grown into important fields in medieval research. The book by M. Clanchy (1979) was an important stimulus, as well as later the research projects led by M. Mostert (Verschriftelijking, Univ. of Utrecht) and G. Althoff (Symbolische Kommunikation, DFG/SFB 496, Univ. Münster). Research has however concentrated on certain areas, on the Early Medieval Period and on forms of communication linked to power, representation, church leaders, nobility and secular rulers. Lower social groups, urban culture and the function of communication and information in everyday life have been treated hitherto to a much lesser extent. This is the case esp. also for Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea area, whose rich late medieval sources on urban culture are largely unknown on a European level. In the sessions proposed the main focus will be on oral, written and other forms of communication as well as on the information transmitted in different types of sources of the Northern Baltic Sea Area. The aim is to offer a coherent picture and overview of sources, features and research, whose results are valid for not only for the area, but on a larger European level.