IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 718: Analysing City Forms, I: Spatial Symbolism and the Medieval City

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Keith Lilley, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast
Moderator/Chair:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Paper 718-aCity as Symbol: Urban Forms and their Christian Meaning
(Language: English)
Keith Lilley, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies, Mentalities
Paper 718-bThreshold and Orientation in the Plan of Medieval Salisbury
(Language: English)
Christian Frost, School of Architecture & Landscape, Kingston University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies, Mentalities
Paper 718-cSpace and Symbolism in the Medieval Marketplace
(Language: English)
James Davis, School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies, Mentalities
Abstract

The material layouts of medieval urban landscapes tend to get treated as a neutral space. Yet urban spaces convey and mediate particular cultural values, meanings and beliefs. This session explores the theme of ‘spatial symbolism’ – of how the spaces that made up medieval towns and cities were understood symbolically by those who imagined, built and inhabited them. The session takes three different disciplinary perspectives with papers by an historian, an architect, and a geographer, whose interests all lie in taking a contextual approach to interpreting medieval urban landscapes, and drawing out their spatialities and their symbolic meanings.