Appel à contribution – Exclusion and social discipline in the Medieval city in Europe

The exclusion of the urban community was achieved through the separation of friends, family, job, urban governance institutions, confiscation of property, public humiliation, expulsion from the guild, proscription and the exile from the city. Repressive practices linked to the politics of fear, which took many forms, from legal punishment to social exclusion. No social group was left out of the policies of social discipline by means of exclusion. The social control of the rulers affected any person who was located outside the established parameters, whether political dissidents, foreigners, heretics, religious minorities, poor people, homeless, sick persons, categories of women or gays. The excluded people were considered common criminals, creating a world of urban marginalization. The role of the rulers, as guarantors of the common good, consisted in repressing and punishing anyone who deviated from social discipline, which was part of a gradual process of empowerment of urban elites in the late Middle Ages.

We will focus on:

  • The terminology of urban exclusion
  • The representation of exclusion in the sources
  • The instruments of exclusion
  • Political dissent
  • Poverty and social marginalization
  • Illness and exclusion
  • Gender and social exclusion
  • Religion and exclusion
  • Cultures of exclusion
  • The topography of exclusion: hospitals, suburbs and ghettos
  • The resistance of the excluded

This fascinating conference may be a good springboard to facilitate this goal.
Submission guidelines

Historians and Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for research presentations or posters on topics related to « Exclusion and social discipline in the Medieval European City”.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 characters and should clearly state the purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to be presented. Successful proposals will be published in 2018. All abstracts and a short CV should be submitted electronically to Jesús Solórzano at: and Jelle Haemers
The deadline for submissions will be September 15th, 2017.


Chair : Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea (Universidad de Cantabria)
Co-Chair : Jelle Haemers (Universiteit Leuven)

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