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Cities in History: Archives and Traces, 1100 –1700

Cities in History: Archives and Traces, 1100 –1700

One of three major new IMEMS research strands sponsored by Joanna Barker.

Key investigators: Dr Adrian Green, Dr Christian Liddy, Professor Graeme Small, Professor Andy Wood. Project Researcher: Dr Andy Burn

The Cities project at Durham seeks to capture the complexity and vitality of the urban experience in the medieval and early modern world through the documentary, visual and material culture generated by and about cities between 1100 and 1700.

At the heart of the project is this site, which will serve as an ever-expanding scholarly resource for researchers and teachers, and which will make available a range of images and transcriptions of key urban documents and objects, alongside scholarly commentary and debate. It will be of use to those interested in the history of a single city, but its strongly thematic structure is designed to encourage comparative urban studies. A comparative approach is essential to understanding the distinctiveness of the urban experience. How did urban inhabitants view their cities, and how did they describe, draw and remember them? How did they negotiate the buildings and spaces of the city, and how did their encounters in the marketplace and with religious institutions, town authorities, ritual and drama shape their perception of the world around them?

Initially, documents and images relating to the individual and interlinked histories of the neighbouring cities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne in North-East England will be the focus of this website, but it will expand to include sources from other cities, both within the British Isles and beyond.

As the project grows more information will be added to this site. Other key areas we shall be focussing on are:

Building; Fuelling and Feeding; Making and Selling; Defending; Living and Dying; Praying; Learning; Working; Seeing; Performing.

Contact Details

The Cities project is collaborative and comparative, and the project team would welcome contact with those researching and teaching the cities of the British, European and Atlantic world.
cities.imems@durham.ac.uk
Geographies and Genealogies of Citizenship - Professor Lynn Staeheli

Geographies and Genealogies of Citizenship - Professor Lynn Staeheli

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Wednesday 3 June 2015. Part of the "From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years of Citizen Politics" Seminar Series organized by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in partnership with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition.

A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens - Professor Guy Standing, University of London

A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens - Professor Guy Standing, University of London

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Wednesday 10 June 2015. Part of the "From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years of Citizen Politics" Seminar Series organized by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in partnership with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition.

Good versus bad institutions? Citizenship in colonial Latin and North America, 16th–18th centuries

Good versus bad institutions? Citizenship in colonial Latin and North America, 16th–18th centuries

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Lecture by Professor Maarten Prak, University of Utrecht, Wednesday 17 June 2015. Part of the "From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years of Citizen Politics" Seminar Series organized by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in partnership with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition.