Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places
Drawing upon the research interests of the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at the Open University we will be hosting an annual research day on the theme of spaces and places, examining life in buildings, institutions and broader geographical areas from a variety of perspectives.
Theoretical approaches have informed new ways of thinking about the social production of space (from Henri Lefebvre to David Harvey) and recent research networks have also stimulated novel approaches to early modern spaces (PALATIUM). Early Modern spaces were mutable and permeable, and new technologies, objects, and social formations played a role in defining spaces as well as identities. The expansion of trade routes and economic networks, the development of the printing press, struggles for territorial power and religious wars, and new diplomatic frameworks, all contributed to new ways of conceptualising geographies and spaces.
Please send a 150 word abstract along with a short biography to Leah Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Helen Coffey (Helen.email@example.com) by 31 August 2017.
The Open University, founded as a ‘university of the air’, draws together diverse people and ideas across spaces and places. Although based in Milton Keynes (conceived as a ‘utopic’ city), our students study our modules across the globe, making it a fitting place to host an annual event, which probes the concepts of space and place.
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