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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 222: The Medieval Landscape/Seascape, II: Materiality and Immateriality

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The Medieval Landscape/Seascape Group
Organisers:Rachel Elizabeth Swallow, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
John Tighe, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Rachel Elizabeth Swallow, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Paper 222-aLiving in a Material World: Buildings, Materiality, and Identity
(Language: English)
Duncan Berryman, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 222-bCreating a Landscape of Power in Norman Sicily: The 12th-Century Royal Parklands of Palermo
(Language: English)
Dana Katz, Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH), University of Haifa

Writing about the medieval landscape and environment has a rich and long tradition and is an area in which many of the disciplines that comprise medieval studies have made significant contributions. Scholars working on ideas of the landscape, concepts of space and place, as well as in the developing field of environmental humanities have added to our theoretical framework for understanding people's relationships with the environment in the past. This session will focus on the (im)materiality of settlement and parkland, and includes the exploration of the degrees of permanence of various types of settlement; the differences between individual cultural groups and the materials used in construction; and the use of landscape as a demonstration of power over subject populations of different faiths.