IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 704: Walls and Boundaries

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Organiser:Eleonora Rava, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali & Francescani, Pontificia Università Antonianum, Roma
Moderator/Chair:Frances Andrews, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 704-aDefining Cities through Walls?: A Vexing Question in Legal History
(Language: English)
Andrew Cecchinato, Institute of Legal & Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews
Andrew Cecchinato, Institute of Legal & Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews
Andrew Cecchinato, Institute of Legal & Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 704-bBorder Control: Clergy and (Hired) Mourners in Funerary Rituals
(Language: English)
Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Department of History, Yale University
Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Department of History, Yale University
Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Lay Piety, Social History
Paper 704-cMaterial Walls, Intangible Bridges: Recluses' Cells
(Language: English)
Eleonora Rava, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali & Francescani, Pontificia Università Antonianum, Roma
Eleonora Rava, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali & Francescani, Pontificia Università Antonianum, Roma
Eleonora Rava, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali & Francescani, Pontificia Università Antonianum, Roma
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

Walls and borders have become a source of anxiety in the contemporary world, as transnational movements of people have exacerbated old and new rivalries. These markers are mostly invoked as barriers to enclose and protect or to divide and segregate. Yet, historical investigation shows that walls and borders often united people, allowing multiple interactions both within and beyond the domain of time. Our panel seeks to explore these relations by looking at how walls and borders in the Medieval West could be variously permeable, connecting rather than dividing. The papers adopt three contrasting approaches: juridical, religious and social.