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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 845: Aspects of Medieval Urbanism

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Dolores Jørgensen, University of Virginia / Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Paper 845-aUrban Design and Its Effects on Dante's Commedia
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Trischler, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Architecture - General, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 845-bNuisance Neighbours and the Urban Landscape in Late Medieval London
(Language: English)
Kirstin Barnard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Local History, Social History
Paper 845-cMedieval Hospitals in Portugal, 15th and 16th Centuries: Space and Materialities
(Language: English)
Joana Pinho, Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Art History - General, Daily Life, Medicine

Paper -a:
A massive expansion in Florence took place during Dante's lifetime where churches were built, streets were straightened, piazzas were opened up, and new civic buildings were built. The idea that a space's form not only structures our understanding of its function but also produces ideologies that mediate our emotional response is a constant thread throughout his work. This paper examines the architectural theories and spaces of this expansion to open up new ways of thinking about the poem by considering how space itself was experienced, thought about, and negotiated in the Commedia and how this was influenced by Dante's actual experience and understanding of space.

Paper -b:
This paper seeks to explore how local populations in late medieval London understood the architectural landscape surrounding them in relation to their conceptions of 'neighbour' and 'neighbourliness'. This will be viewed through complaints of physical and architectural nuisance - such as crumbling walls, leaking privies, and prying windows - which are found in the 14th-century assize of nuisance records. It will discuss the interactions of the material environment and what it meant to be a neighbour within these legal cases, plus how litigants and the authorities used the concept of neighbourliness to influence, transform, or maintain the physical environment of their locality.

Paper -c:
Hospitals, in the transition between the 15th to 16th centuries, constituted a network due to the social role that they played in a society and because of their architectural particularities, are a very relevant object of study. In this context, one of the most interesting topics, but less studied, is to analyze how daily life, in its materiality, adapts to the architectural and artistic aspects exhibited by the buildings, which in turn are related to the function of the building itself. In this communication it intends to make this analysis resorting to both medieval hospital buildings still existing in Portugal and to historical sources that describe the different spaces of these buildings and their daily dynamics.