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Free Lecture Series: The Origins of Civic Participation in Medieval and Early Modern Central European Political ThoughtThis fall, Central European University is offering OSUN members a free online lecture series with renowned experts discussing the origins of civic participation in medieval and Early Modern Central European political thought and exploring its forms of expression in written and visual media from Late Antiquity to the seventeenth century.
The question of whether the governance and autonomy of medieval cities and the participation of their citizens in managing communal affairs may be regarded as a laboratory of democracy or yet another form of the rule of the privileged has re-emerged in recent scholarship. Along with urban and legal historians and scholars of political thought, research in art history, literacy, spatial studies, and global history have provided a set of new answers. Governing bodies and institutions, with varying degrees of participation by citizens with different social and legal standings, as well as the shaping of the physical environment, are all being considered.
The "Urban Governance and Civic Participation in Words and Stone" lecture series is co-organized by the Democracy in History Workgroup of the CEU Democracy Institute, the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. It examines the notion of civic participation through a critical lens in medieval and Early Modern Central Europe in a long historical perspective and a broader geographical spectrum. The series is convened by Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck), Susanne Rau (Erfurt), and Katalin Szende (CEU DI).
Every lecture in the series is open to the public. Participation is possible for individual dates as well as for the entire lecture series. If you attend the entire lecture and write an essay (8-10 pages), you can get a certificate of attendance.
The lectures will also prepare the ground for a Summer University Course entitled Urban Governance and Civic Participation in Words and Stone to be organized by the Open Society University Network (OSUN) in July 2022.
Please visit the CEU Course Hub for further information on course requirements, readings and assessment. Registration is required to attend each lecture. More information on how to register is available upon clicking on the title of the lectures below.
09/30/2021: Maarten Prak (University of Utrecht): Citizenship in Premodern Europe and Asia
07/10/2021: Caroline Goodson (University of Cambridge): Mediterranean Cities in the Early Middle Ages
14/10/2021: Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter): Writing on Walls in Early Modern Italy
21/10/2021: Beat Kumin (University of Warwick): Rural Subjects? Governance, Participation and Self-Representation in Imperial Villages
28/10/2021: Achim Timmermann (University of Michigan): Calvary Is Everywhere: Capital Punishment and the Civic Imagination
04/11/2021: Andreas Lehnertz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Seals and Oath-Taking: Jewish Civic Participation in the Medieval Holy Roman Empire
11/11/2021: Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck, University of London): Guilds, Fraternities and Civic Life in London, 1300-1700
18/11/2021: Martin Scheutz (University of Vienna): Armed Citizens in Town. Control of Weapons and Armories
25/11/2021: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London): How Strange Were the Strangers of Medieval Cities? [TBC]
02/12/2021: Sara Keller – Susanne Rau (University of Erfurt): Urban Governance in South Asian Cities
09/12/2021: Grigor Boykov (Austrian Academy of Sciences): When “The Land of Filibe Became Egypt and Meriç Turned Into Nile”: Governance, Architectural Patronage, and Water Management of the Mid-Fifteenth-Century Plovdiv
16/12/2021: Ferenc Horcher (University of Public Service, Budapest): The Political Ideology of the Renaissance and Early Modern City - From Bruni to Althusius
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