Cities are places born out of creating and exchanging, of moving in and moving on, of remembering and forgetting. Rather than study cities through their structures and institutions this module will instead focus on the experience of city living as it emerged out of networks of interactions and imaginations.
Our chronological range will be long (c. 900-1500) but our geographical range will be narrow: the medieval city of York and its situation within wider networks spanning the North Sea world.
Module will run
Spring Term 2020-21
The module aims to explore both the use of networks in the study of the medieval city and medieval ideas about the ways in which networks of knowledge were created and passed on both spatially and temporally.
It aims to introduce approaches, methodologies and sources associated with the disciplines of Archaeology, Art History, Literature and History. It will introduce students to the methodologies and approaches of interdisciplinary scholarship and will ask how consideration of modern network theory challenges the ways in which we think about discipline boundaries or might bring new light to bear on the ways in which the sources we use were created and developed meaning.
Module learning outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding of:
Methodologies of the disciplines of Archaeology, Art History, Literature and History.
Interdisciplinarity as a way of understanding the past.
Aspects of the development of medieval cities in the North Sea World over the period c.900-1500.
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Feedback report within 6 weeks of essay submission.
Bartholomew Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum, Book 15 De regionibus et provinciis [On regions and places]
Giles of Rome, The Governance of Kings and Princes: John Trevisa’s Middle English Translation of the De VikingRegimine Principium of Aegidius Romanus, ed David C. Fowler, Charles F. Briggs and Paul G. Remley (New York, 1997), 164-168.
Ignacio Farias, ‘Decentring the object of urban studies’, Urban Assemblages: How Actor Network Theory Changes Urban Studies (Routledge, 2010), pp. 1-24 (esp. pp. 1-16)
Bruno Latour, Paris: Invisible City (2006) - section 1
Alber-Laszlo Barabasi, Linked: The New Science of Networks (2003) Chapter 5
David Wallace, ‘Chaucer and the Absent City’ Chaucerian Polity
Sarah Rees Jones, ‘City and Country, Wealth and Labour’ in Peter Brown (ed.), A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c. 1350-1500 (2007), pp. 56-73
Sarah Rees Jones, York, The Making of a City, c. 1068-1350 (Oxford, 2013), Chapter 7, ‘Town, Country, Trade, Fairs, Markets and Festivals’, pp. 235-269
Sindbæk, S. 2012. Viking Disruptions or Growing Integration? Contextualising Communication Networks in the 10th century North Sea, in S. Kleingärtner & G. Zeilinger (ed.) Raumbildung durch netzwerke ? der Ostseeraum zwischen wikingepzeitund spätmittelalter aus archäologischerund geschichtswissenschaftlicher perspektiveBonn: dr. Rudolf Habelt gmbh, pp.19-38. https://paperpile.com/shared/FA4IbF