Friday, February 26, 2010

The Power of Space: Cities in Late Medieval/Early Modern Italy and Northern Europe

March 11 and 12, 2010
The Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York

The Power of Space brings together a group of scholars from the United
States, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Switzerland to share
research on how cultural, social, political, and economic practices were
constituted by spatial organization in cities of Italy and northern Europe
during the late medieval and early modern centuries. Although recognized as
the most commercialized parts of late medieval Europe, justly famous for
their sociopolitical innovations and cultural achievements, the two regions
differed in ways that have made comparative analysis difficult. In addition
to pursuing questions particularly informed by anthropological work on the
way space not only contains but also confers meaning, the conference is
intended to provide a frame for systematic comparison of these two regions.

To view program, register, or find out more information, please visit or email Joanna
Dee at


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