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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 308: Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages, II: Real and Imaginary Spaces

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) / Universiteit Utrecht / Onderzoeksschool Mediëvistiek
Organiser:Els Rose, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Respondent:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 308-aAliens in Space: 'Mapping' Civic and Religious Displacement in the Postclassical West
(Language: English)
Kay Boers, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 308-bThe Embodied City: Encomium Urbis, Consular Diptychs, and Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Megan Welton, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Latin

Based at Utrecht University, the innovative project, Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1100 (2017-2022), explores the impact of citizenship terminology in the Latin world 'after Rome'. While citizenship faded as a socio-political concept in the new social and political realities of the early medieval West, the vocabulary of legal documents and Christian writings, as well as the visualisation of the city and citizenship in material sources, persisted. Early medieval authors and artists utilized this complex terminology and imagery linked to ancient Greco-Roman and biblical citizenship. In this second of two sessions, we concentrate on the spatial and visual sources in which citizenship vocabulary and imagery was employed. We will analyze strategies of (self) definition of individuals and communities through written and visualized strategies of inclusion and belonging as well as disqualification and exclusion.