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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 841: Associated and Marginalised?: Poor and Marginalised People and Their (Attributed) Networks in the Late Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Matthias Wesseling, Historisches Institut, RWTH Aachen Universität
Moderator/Chair:Jacqueline Turek, Historisches Institut, RWTH Aachen Universität
Paper 841-aImmigrant Artisans and Systemic Marginalisation in London, 1450-1550
(Language: English)
Shannon McSheffrey, Department of History, Concordia University, Montréal
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 841-bForgotten Guests: Chronicling Romani Immigrants in the Holy Roman Empire, 1417-1497
(Language: English)
Lane B. Baker, Department of History, Stanford University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 841-cConfraternitas pauperum: Associations of Poor People between Solidarity, Religious Needs, and Government Control, c. 1400-1550
(Language: English)
Matthias Wesseling, Historisches Institut, RWTH Aachen Universität
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Religious Life, Social History

Throughout history, forming associations was a constant way of dealing with poverty and marginalisation. Therefore, this session aims at examining different perspectives on how networks and marginalisation were connected and considers several types of marginalised groups, their associations, and their exclusion from other networks. For example, how were groups of marginalised people, like Romani immigrants, seen and discriminated against by the society elites (Lane B. Baker)? Were associations like guilds a means to exclude and marginalise others e.g., immigrant artisans (Shannon McSheffrey), or could fraternities of poor people provide a way of escaping marginalisation and interacting with the rest of society (Matthias Wesseling)?