IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1556: What After Crossing the Borders?: Urbanisation on the Cultural Frontier

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Jakub Sawicki, Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Moderator/Chair:Maciej Tomasz Radomski, Institute of Archaeology & Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
Paper 1556-aThe Frontiers of Knowledge: Spatial Layout and Development of Early Silesian Towns
(Language: English)
Radosław Gliński, Institute of Art History University of Wrocław
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1556-bMaterial Culture of Borderland Towns: The Case of Medieval Wrocław
(Language: English)
Jakub Sawicki, Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Mentalities, Technology
Paper 1556-cThresholds of Speculation: The First Retables in Silesian Parish Churches
(Language: English)
Agnieszka Patała, Institute of Art History University of Wrocław
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Art History - Sculpture, Lay Piety
Abstract

In the 13th century, the territory of Silesia (in today’s Poland) saw a massive influx of settlers, mostly Germanic-speaking people, bringing new law, cultural patterns, and social organization. As a result, this region had shortly turned into a unique cultural frontier. The session aims to revisit this long disputed and interpreted (also within nationalistic discourse) phenomenon from the perspective of art history, urban studies, and archaeology. Special attention will be paid to the events taking place directly after crossing the borders by the foreigners, as well as their impact on the local material culture, law, urban planning, and art.