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International Medieval Congress 2011

posted 9 Mar 2011, 15:01 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 26 Oct 2011, 14:19 ]
An interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies from senior scholars to postgraduate students. Annual conference, exhibiton and networking event with excursions and book fair.
As the global economy attempts to recover from the recent staggering economic downturn, and scholars and journalists describe the enormously uneven concentrations of wealth that took place in the decade preceding that downturn, it seems only natural to turn our scholarly gaze to issues of wealth and poverty in the Middle Ages. For that reason, the IMC has chosen for 2011 the special thematic focus 'Poor...Rich'. How uneven was the distribution of wealth in medieval communities and polities? How was the distribution of wealth affected by environmental and commercial cycles of paucity and plenty? How was wealth amassed and then redistributed? What were the topographies of wealth and poverty? How permeable were the physical and symbolic boundaries between rich and poor? In what ways did both church and secular authorities attempt to deal with the moral and practical problems arising from poverty and the uneven distribution of wealth? Call for papers available online from 1.5.10, paper propsals to be submitted by 31.8.10; session proposals by 30.9.10. For more information contact IMC Administration at Institute for Medieval Studies, Parkinson Building, Room 1.03, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT, tel 0113 343 3614, email, web