IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1305: Medieval Urban Literacy, IX: Seeing the Script - The Written Word in Public Spaces

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Urban Literacy Project
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1305-aTexts on Public Display: Strategies of Visualising Epigraphic Writing in Late Medieval Austrian Towns
(Language: English)
Andreas Zajic, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Epigraphy, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1305-bCyrillic and Latin Script in Late Medieval Vilnius
(Language: English)
Jakub Niedzwiedz, Collegium Novum, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
Index terms: Epigraphy, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

This is a session in a series on Medieval Urban Literacy, which forms the continuation of similar series at the 2007 and 2008 IMCs. A topic which has not received the attention that seems due to it, is the use of writing in public spaces within towns, and the impact inscriptions may have had both on literate and semi- or non-literate town-dwellers. Clearly, there are significant differences to be expected between the various regions of Europe. To make these differences visible and allow a comparative approach to the problem of visual and monumental literacy, papers will be presented that deal with West Central Europe (Austria), East Central Europe (Lithuania) and Byzantium. The papers will be published among the proceedings of this year’s sessions in a volume of Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy in 2010.