IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 928: Navigating Space: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Organisers:Alison Lucy Gascoigne, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Marianne O'Doherty, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chairs:Alison Lucy Gascoigne, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Respondent:Matthew Harry Johnson, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Abstract

This round table discussion aims to bring together researchers working on aspects of space in the Middle Ages from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to textual, archaeological, conceptual, visual, cartographic, and phenomenological approaches, in order to share and learn from one another’s methodologies. We hope that the discussion will range over the following questions: What can we gain by considering together questions of the day-to-day experience of space, of material evidence for and traces of the use and management of space, and of spatial representation/discourses of space? Do we mean the same thing when we talk – for example – about navigating through space textually, through cartographic space, or through a medieval land or seascape? To what extent might interdisciplinary research help us to identify, chart, and understand relationships between the experience, conceptualisation, representation, use, and management of space in the Middle Ages?

Participants of this round table include Katheryne Beebe (University of Oxford), John Cooper (University of Exeter), Alison Gascoigne (University of Southampton), Leonie V. Hicks (University of Southampton), Matthew Johnson (University of Southampton), Asa Mittman ( and Sarah Salih (King’s College London).