Academic Meetings seek to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the
discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Each Congress has one
particular special thematic strand on an area of interdisciplinary
study in a wider context.
Autumn the city of Nájera (La Rioja, Spain) will once again host the
International Meetings of the Middle Ages, organized by the Medieval
Research Group of the University of Cantabria,
supported by the Town council of Nájera,
Dirección General de Cultura de la Consejería
de Desarrollo Económico e Innovación de La Rioja,
Escuela de Patrimonio Histórico de Nájera, Instituto de
Estudios Riojanos, University of Cantabria, Sociedad Espańola de
Estudios Medievales, Instituto de Estudos Medievais de la
Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Government of Spain.
international conference will take place in Nájera (Spain), from
8th to 9th
of this year is about:
The urban family: marriage,
kinship and lineage in the Middle Ages
The main nuclear unit of the medieval city was the family. Solidarity within the family and the wider family structured urban society. Much research has already been done on how medieval kings, noblemen and court members have developed strategies to strengthen their families. It is true that the exact way in which families tried to extend their power, to maintain their networks, and their marriage policy within towns is much less the subject of study. However, it has already been shown that citizens, especially within their own family, are engaged in economic activities, although there were of course other institutions structuring the urban life, such as corporate associations, neighborhoods and the like. The social endogamy of urban elites has already been studied, certainly by means of prosopography, but the reasons why families were so successful to develop important lineages over the centuries are less known. Furthermore, ideological and spatial aspects of family life are understudied. Last but not least, gender issues can also be involved: not only father's will, but also the rationale why mothers agreed with them, and/or conflicts
with children about family strategies are part of this topic.
The purpose of this year's Najera meeting is to bring together scholars, working on cities in different parts of Europe and within historiographical traditions, to consider how, why, with what success, and with what consequences, medieval urban families sought to reproduce themselves. What were their ideas and practices of succession? How did families respond to the prospects of extinction? How did they conceptualize ‘family’, ‘kinship’, and ‘lineage’? How far was the strength (or weakness) of kinship ties shaped by the definition and consciousness of lineage? Did elite strategies to build up social networks differ from those of lower class groups? Did social networks of families cross the town's borders? Do families concentrate their possessions (and houses) within one particular neighborhood? What do women want? Did they contest the patriarchic view on family life?
Different perspectives for answering such questions are:
- Marriage strategies, and the practices to restrict free marriage choice of children
- Conflicts between families and factions
- Social network analysis of urban families
- The cultural framework of kinship and ideas about lineage
- Urban space, and geographic concentration of families within the town, or across the city's borders
- Gender history
- Living in common in the medieval family
- Family and kinship estructures
- The urban family In La Rioja
CALL FOR PAPERS
Historians and Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts
for research presentations or posters on topics related to "Exclusion
and social discipline
in the Medieval European City”.
should be no more than 500 characters and should clearly state the
purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to
be presented. Successful proposals will be published in 2018. All
abstracts and a short CV should be submitted electronically to Jesús
Solórzano at: email@example.com
and Jelle Haemers
The deadline for submissions will be September 1th, 2018.
Society of Medieval Studies
established a fund to support students
participation and attendance in the Conference. The Conference Fund is
available to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are
looking for funding to attend a conference related to their academic or
professional goals. The purpose of these grants is to encourage and
assist student presentations at this academic conference related to
his/her goals by off-setting the cost of lodging.
application for grants is open to all students who meet the following:
student is in good academic standing
student has matriculated into a degree of Grade, Master or PhD.
knowledge of modern languages
languages of the meetings are Spanish, English, French, Italian and
Escuela de Patrimonio de Nájera. Plaza de Santa María. Nájera.