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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 212: Why Space Matters: Exploring the Space/Matter of the Premodern Urban Landscape

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Frans Camphuijsen, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Jamie Page, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 212-aThe Late Medieval Law Court as Spatio-Material Phenomenon
(Language: English)
Frans Camphuijsen, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Anthropology, Archives and Sources, Law, Social History
Paper 212-bMaterial Contingencies and Functional Trajectories of Parisian Streets between the 14th and 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Léa Hermenault, Archéologies et Sciences de L'Antiquité (ArScAn - UMR 7041), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - General, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 212-cMapping Public Health in Late Medieval Cities: Locating Practice and Change
(Language: English)
Janna Coomans, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Urban, Medicine, Social History

Late medieval and early modern towns have long since been considered as a prominent context for changing human activity, be it legal, political, economic, cultural or otherwise social. Yet the essentially material character of such urban space is often not acknowledged or left implicit. In this session we will put the material spatiality of premodern towns to the fore. Starting from different perspectives, all papers will address the relation between physical matter and urban space, while exploring how changes in this space/matter subsequently influenced social activities performed in and beyond these urban contexts. The papers in this session will show how the interplay between human activity and the space/matter of premodern towns forms a welcome basis for explaining many different kinds of historical developments.