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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1002: Castle Spaces, I: Conceptualising Castle Spaces in the Built and Natural Environment

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Canterbury Christ Church University
Organiser:Alison Norton, Department of History University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 1002-aDoors and Doorways: Connected Spaces in Two English Castles
(Language: English)
William Wyeth, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland / School of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular
Paper 1002-bMoving Through the Landscape: A GIS Analysis of Early-Conquest Castle Siting Patterns in Medieval Devon
(Language: English)
Alison Norton, Department of History University of Exeter
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Computing in Medieval Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1002-cIndividual and Collective Identities: Conflicting Functions of the Late Medieval Lodging Range
(Language: English)
Sarah Kerr, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Social History

Scholars have theorized about the conceptualization of castle spaces, both built and environmental, to determine how castles were used as tools to help people socially and culturally shape their surroundings and promote various identities. The use of space was entangled with a variety of factors both on a collective and individual level; it could determine the physical appearance of a castle, and its function depending upon its surrounding landscape or promote the importance and status of a particular occupant. This session will analyse the interactions with castles spaces, allowing us to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how accessibility and movement helped influence specific site, local, and individual identities.