IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 723: Cities, Texts, and Social Networks, I: Liturgy, Sanctity, and Urban Topography

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Moderator/Chair:Carol Symes, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paper 723-aThe Gothic Cathedral as Countersite: Discourses of the Urban in Art and Liturgy
(Language: English)
Gerry Guest, Department of Art History, John Carroll University, Ohio
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 723-bSaints and Civic Culture in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Sarah Rees Jones, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Other, Social History
Paper 723-cThe 1377 Papal Entry, the Romans, and Carnival: Gauging Emotion in Urban Topography?
(Language: English)
Joƫlle Rollo-Koster, Department of History, University of Rhode Island
Index terms: Anthropology, Mentalities
Abstract

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 sourcesfrom 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.