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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 730: Reform of Space and Place in Medieval Italy

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:National Endowment for the Humanities / American Academy, Rome
Organiser:William L. North, Department of History, Carleton College, Minnesota
Moderator/Chair:Maureen C. Miller, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Paper 730-aLegislation on the Senses from the Council in Trullo (691) and the Polemics of Urban Space in Rome
(Language: English)
Gregor Kalas, College of Architecture & Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Law
Paper 730-bBlazing the Trail of Reform: Ravenna in the 10th Century
(Language: English)
Edward Schoolman, Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 730-cFoundation and Reform: The Colonna and Female Franciscans in Medieval Rome
(Language: English)
Emily Graham, Department of History, Oklahoma State University
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life

Reform often involves changes in beliefs and practices but a critical component to promote and establish such changes is the physical environment in which such changes occur and which can support (or undermine) reform initiatives. This panel explores the role of the physical, and particularly the built, environment in the expression and establishment of reform in medieval Italy between the 7th and 14th centuries. Furthermore, it does so at three scales: the individual church (Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome); the urban ecclesiastical fabric (Ravenna); and Franciscan female houses of San Silvestro in Capite and San Lorenzo in Panisperna in Rome.