IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1706: Water: The Control of Nature and the Nature of Control

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Organiser:Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Moderator/Chair:Letha Böhringer, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Paper 1706-aSwimming Rulers: The Swimming of Medieval Rulers as Part of Historiographical and Literal Narratives
(Language: English)
Martin Clauss, Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Technische Universität Chemnitz
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1706-bFountains as Sources of Conflicts in Medieval Towns
(Language: English)
Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Index terms: Local History, Mentalities, Social History, Technology
Paper 1706-cRivers and Territories in Later Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Victoria Morse, Department of History, Carleton College, Minnesota
Index terms: Local History, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Technology

Intersections between the natural and the manmade world are often places of contested claims, power negotiations, and attempts to manage unruly forces from both the natural and the human realm. Water is a particularly vital, powerful, and unpredictable element, essential to human life but often escaping human control. This panel examines three encounters between water and human affairs: swimming emperors, urban fights over fountains, and the constructive and destructive role of rivers in delineating territory. It seeks to survey the ways in which water offered contemporaries opportunities to articulate or negotiate conflicts and identities and to develop structures to channel them productively.