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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1218: Visions of Community, III: Where Food Connects Communities - Rural-Urban Interdependencies in Food Supplies during the Middle Ages

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich 42 'Visions of Community', Universität Wien
Organiser:Elisabeth Gruber, Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 1218-aBalancing an Island Community's Food Supply: Rural-Urban Interdependencies and Intra-Communal Conflict on Korčula, 15th Century
(Language: English)
Fabian Kümmeler, Sonderforschungsbereich Project 'Visions of Community' / Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 1218-bṢa‘da, a Yemeni Town between the 9th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Johann Heiss, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies

When looking at food supply for medieval cities, the special role of their immediate hinterland is often underestimated. These two panels take a comparative perspective on city-hinterland relations, examining cases of food supply from medieval Central Europe, Upper Yemen, and late medieval Dalmatia. With an interdisciplinary focus, the papers will concentrate on the control and organization of food distribution, charitable endowments and ritual aspects of food to show how food was used in the construction of urban communities that also reached beyond the city walls.