CFP: [Medieval] Mapping the Medieval City (30-31 July 2008), Swansea, UK

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Mark Faulkner
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This colloquium, held to mark the completion of the AHRC-funded research
project ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ (, will
launch the digital materials produced by the project and provide a forum
for wider discussion of place and identity in the medieval city, as well
as concepts of ‘mapping’ in the Middle Ages and today. The colloquium
will feature papers on medieval Chester, but we are also seeking inter-
disciplinary contributions relating to the medieval city more generally.

The ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ project has brought together scholars
working in the disciplines of literary studies, geography, archaeology
and history to explore how material and imagined urban landscapes
construct and convey a sense of place-identity. The focus of the research
project itself is the city of Chester and the identities that its
inhabitants formed between c.1200 and 1500. A key aspect of the project
is to integrate geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city
using cartographic and textual sources and using these to understand more
how urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were interpreted and navigated by
local inhabitants. We hope the colloquium will use our research on
Chester as the basis for broader discussions centering on the project’s
themes, methods and theoretical preoccupations.

We therefore invite 20-minute paper proposals (abstracts of around 300
words) on any subject relating to the project’s broad themes of place and
identity in the medieval European city. These might include:

Place and identity in medieval Chester
- Writers and texts of medieval Chester (e.g. Lucian, Higden, The Cycle
Plays, Bradshaw, medieval Welsh poetry)

Place and identity in the medieval city
- Medieval border towns and/or border writing
- Writers and texts of the medieval city (e. g. Benedict’s Mirabilia
urbis Romae, William FitzStephen, Richard Devizes, vernacular drama and
- Multilingualism and the medieval city

Theories of space, place and mapping

Proposals should be sent to Mark Faulkner ( by 23
February 2009.

For further information on the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ project, please
visit or contact Mark.

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