CfP for IMC 2020: Borders and Boundaries, Real and Imagined in Late Medieval Italy

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Call for Papers
September 22, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Languages, Literature, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies


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?


Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:

  • definitions of a citizen versus an outsider
  • the representation of borders in literary texts
  • political and military borders
  • construction of identity through building
  • the border between city and hinterland
  • artistic borders
  • social borders and hierarchies
  • borders of the body and their influence on self-identity
  • sacred borders and their connection to the profane
  • the role of exile in understanding identity
  • processions and other forms of transforming borders and space


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by Monday 22 September 2019.

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