Appel à contribution – Constructions and representations of territory in late medieval Europe

Call for papers IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2017

How did late medieval political actors perceive and represent the territory they were living in, and its boundaries? What was their concept of territory before cartography and state formation turned national, regional and urban borders and territories into more fixed geographical entities? This session wants to investigate the fluidity and multiplicity of the concept of territory in the later Middle Ages before the availability of accurate scale maps. Our point of departure is the idea that territory was viewed and constructed differently by different political actors (e.g. princes, ecclesiastics, nobles, urban elites). To analyse the notion of territory in a historical setting, we want to look at territorial practices and representations of territory in concert, in order to understand the correlation and interaction between the two. This session aims to be interdisciplinary and hopes that contributors will treat a wide range of relevant sources: architectural, heraldic, cartographic, narrative, and administrative. In this way, the session can offer a new perspective on the fluidity and multiplicity of the concept of territory in the later Middle Ages.

Please send your proposal for a paper in this session before 20 September 2017 to k.overlaet@uva.nl

For more information on the IMC see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017_call.html

For more information on the NWO-funded project on the perception and representation of the territory of Brabant in the late middle ages:
https://www.academia.edu/23510303/Imagining_a_territory._Constructions_and_representations_of_late_medieval_Brabant

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