18 June 2021, online
Details of meeting to be confirmed
Call for papers closes 16 April
This conference will deal with the extraction and distribution of natural resources widely used for alimentary purposes, construction, clothing and other manufacturing processes. The resources chosen for the sessions were directly obtained from nature. They were thus not harvested, but sometimes extracted from human-controlled environments. The sessions proposed will explore, at the same time, the effect on these ecological contexts.
During the later Middle Ages both tall forests and the shrubland were intensively exploited. They were managed by increasingly experienced personnel and professionals who collected wood and timber, prepared pastures, managed lime or charcoal kilns, kept beehives or gathered wild fruits and mushrooms for local consumption. Under commercial pressure, woods became an economic resource sought by many actors. Forests were thus rationally controlled and managed and became highly anthropized spaces.
The intention of the organizers is to share and disseminate ongoing studies about these products. Examples of studies arising from the following sources will be considered: monopolies granted by public authorities, regulation over the extraction, taxes on trade (i.e customs duties and special taxes imposed on commerce), and evidence about production itself (contracts, breach of contract, etc.). The conference will analyse the impact of taxation on production, access and consumption of natural resources, as well as the regulation of conflicts arising from shortages, trespass and burglary.
Organized by the Bees in the Medieval World project team (Lluís Sales i Favà, Alex Sapoznik and Mark Whelan) and Albert Reixach (University of Girona)