IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 823: Cities, Texts, and Social Networks, II: Public and Private Networks

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Carol Symes, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Moderator/Chair:Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Paper 823-aCitizens at the Cathedral Door: The Political Role of the Urban Populace in High Medieval Episcopal Historiography
(Language: English)
Theo Riches, Departments of Medieval & Modern History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 823-cWomen and Social Networks in Medieval Westminster
(Language: English)
Katherine L. French, Department of History, State University of New York, New Paltz
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History

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.