The Early Modern City: Social Configurations of Time and Space, 103rd CAA Annual Conference, New York, February 11–14, 2015
Chair: Karen Barzman, Binghamton University
This panel addresses how practices of daily life contributed to pluralities of time and space in the city, c. 1400–1700. In addition to “ritual life” in individual structures (churches, mosques, halls of justice, palaces) and urban centers (plazas, squares), papers are invited on "the everyday," including the liminal or non-event in nodal points and pathways (pedestrian/vehicular traffic, convening/dispersal of crowds) and mundane activities (gossiping in allies, exchanging news in coffee houses, tavern-life, peddling wares). Papers may also address multiple practices that set up competing urban geographies in one and the same time and place, or the social production of space for illicit or criminalized pursuits and transactions. The goal: To shift discussion from static structures, patrons, and architects to practices that animate space, foregrounding the texture of urban life and, in the process, broadening our understanding of early modern cities and the performative dimensions of their production. We aim for a global reach and a range of critical approaches.
Questions should be directed to Karen Barzman.
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