IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 218: Deviancy in the City: Politics, Identities, and Discontent in the County of Flanders, 13th-15th Centuries

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Lisa Demets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Rees Jones, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York
Paper 218-aBurghers and the Commune: A Lexicological Approach to 13th-Century Burghership in Flanders and Northern France
(Language: English)
Leen Bervoets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 218-bRegime Change and Spatial Dynamics in 14th-Century Bruges
(Language: English)
Mathijs Speecke, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 218-cSpies, Instigators, and Troublemakers: Gendered Perceptions on Women's Roles during Revolts in Late Medieval Flanders
(Language: English)
Lisa Demets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

Despite contemporary ideologies and discourses on civic unity, justice, and the common good, medieval cities were divided into several distinct and contrasting spaces, (social) groups and individuals. In fact, the densely urbanized regions of late medieval Flanders and Northern France, often formed the scenery of tensions and powerplays between burghers and non-burghers, rulers and contenders, employers and employees, men and women. How city dwellers strengthened, challenged and coped with political detachment, gendered hierarchies and community building within fast growing cities? This session presents three papers which will elaborate on these fault lines.