Session1635
TitleConstructions and Representations of Territory in Late Medieval Europe, II
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorCapaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
 
OrganiserKim Overlaet, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
 
Moderator/ChairMarcus Meer, Department of History, Durham University
 
Paper 1635-a The Representation of Noble Space in Late Medieval Brabant
(Language: English)
Mario Damen, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index Terms: Heraldry; Historiography - Medieval; Political Thought
Paper 1635-b Urban Space and Territory: The Joyous Entry of Archduke Maximilian in Antwerp, 13th January 1478
(Language: English)
Kim Overlaet, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Political Thought; Rhetoric
Paper 1635-c The Construction of Ducal Space in Late Medieval Brabant
(Language: English)
Arend Elias Oostindiër, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index Terms: Local History; Mentalities; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
 
AbstractHow 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.