Borders that Bind: Boundedness and Interconnectivity in the Later Medieval Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire of the later Middle Ages witnessed a proliferation of borders and boundaries, as delimited and sometimes enclosed communities and institutions combined and coexisted with highly decentralized and fragmented political authority. But many of these boundaries went hand-in-hand with intensified ‘cross-border’ connections: political fragmentation necessitated cooperation and mutual aid, and more ‘bounded’ communities were often part of more developed networks. These sessions aim to explore any aspect of or approach to this dynamic relationship between boundedness and interconnectivity throughout the Empire between the thirteenth and the early sixteenth centuries.
Possible topics could include:
- Territories and lordships
- Towns and villages
- Religious communities
- Parishes and wards or quarters
- Guilds, fraternities and societies
- Nations and linguistic groups
- Social stratification and hierarchy
- Centres and peripheries
Please send short abstracts (100–200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 September at the latest.
Organizers: Duncan Hardy (Central Florida, USA), Ben Pope (Manchester, UK), Lisa Rolston (Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ)