IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 712: Medieval Palace-Cities in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East, II: Palaces as Cities

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University / Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Organisers:Morgan Pitelka, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
David Rollason, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Morgan Pitelka, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Paper 712-aA New Jerusalem as a Focus of Power: Aachen (Germany) in the Time of Charlemagne
(Language: English)
David Rollason, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Architecture - Secular, Art History - General
Paper 712-bScientists as Designers?: Caliphal Cities and the Islamic Scientific Revolution
(Language: English)
Glaire Anderson, Department of Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Science
Abstract

The overall aim of this and its two linked sessions is to explore the origins, functions, and influence of medieval palace-cities across Japan, Europe, and the Middle East, in order to identify similarities and differences. This session aims to explore the extent to which palace-complexes constituted a sort of city in their own right, in terms of their layout, fortifications, buildings, decoration, and characteristic features; and what the motivation for developments of this kind might be.