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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 708: Discovering Rural Communities, Space, Authority, and Co-Operation

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Miriam Müller, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Richard M. Goddard, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 708-aDefining Spaces: Manure, Open-Fields, and Medieval Rural Society
(Language: English)
Richard Jones, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 708-bPeasant Communities?: Space, Manor, and Soke - A Comparative View
(Language: English)
Miriam Müller, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 708-cThe Materiality of Community: Group Identities among the Medieval English and Irish Peasantry
(Language: English)
Sally Smith, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Social History

This session seeks to take an interdisciplinary look at peasant communities in medieval society. How did peasants define their spaces and how much influence did peasants have on their environment? What was the interplay between structures of authority, in particular local lordship, and peasant group or individual agency, and how did this express itself in rural mentalities, the formation of group identities and the organisation of the local agricultural landscape? Another component of the session will be its comparative elements, how and perhaps more importantly why did peasant communities differ, how did local peculiarities find expression in local communal organisations, spatial, ideological, or in class consciousness?