IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 605: Medieval Urban Literacy, IV: Literacy, Ethnicity, and Politics in Medieval Towns - The Germans in Northern and East Central Europe

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Urban Literacy Project
Organiser:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Respondent:Arnved Nedkvitne, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Paper 605-aSome Reflections on 'Deutsch' and 'Undeutsch' in Medieval Livonian Towns
(Language: English)
Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality
Paper 605-b'Away with the Germans and their Language!': Linguistic Conflict and Urban Records in Cracow in the Early 14th Century
(Language: English)
Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

Quite often, the towns of medieval Europe were multi-ethnic communities. Different groups had different uses for writing, and used different languages for different purposes. The use of spoken and written German was current in many regions outside the German-speaking world. In Northern and East Central Europe, ‘German literacy’ seems to have been second only to ‘Latin literacy’. Hence in this year’s series of sessions on medieval urban literacy, we would like to draw attention to this important fact in the history of communication by offering three case studies.