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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 401: Annual Early Medieval Europe Lecture: Urban Ecologies of the Early Middle Ages (Language: English)

Monday 3 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Early Medieval Europe
Speaker:Caroline Goodson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Cities and urban life played key roles in the structures and dynamics of life in early medieval Europe. Networks of political authorities, knowledge formation, and production and exchange worked through urban sites. City-living, and people's experience of it, also determined certain social forms. This lecture will examine the context of life in early medieval cities, where people lived in close proximity to one another, among particular plantlife and urban animals, with competition for resources and collective interests at play.

The journal Early Medieval Europe provides an indispensable source of information and debate on the history of Europe from the later Roman Empire to the 11th century. The journal promotes the interdisciplinary discussion of all aspects of the early Middle Ages across the entire continent, from Iceland to the Mediterranean, as well as interactions between Europe and places beyond it. Early Medieval Europe is unique in its chronological, methodological, and geographical scope, and is essential reading for students and scholars of the early medieval world. Further information is available at

Please note that admission to this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis as there will be no tickets. Please ensure that you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment.