Many Italian cities experienced phases of urban expansion in the late medieval period, altering not only the shape and layout of the city but also the experience of its inhabitants and their identity within it. These expansions created various dichotomies of urban versus rural space, citizen versus outsider, profane versus sacred, etc.
This session seeks to understand how real or imagined borders altered perceptions of either individual or communal identity and call into question the rigidity and usefulness of these dichotomies. What defines a citizen from an outsider? When and how does a space transform from the profane to the sacred? Can a space be both profane and sacred?
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