The European net of cities, arisen in the Middle Ages, constitutes the embryo of our urban culture, which supports its force after more than thousand years of existence. After the deep crises that happened with the dismemberment of the urban centers system of the Antiquity, a new civilization was in preparation, first peasant and gradually urban. This new urban system, arisen in the Middle Ages, is the origin of a long historical cycle that comes until our days.
The topic of the Seminar of Medieval Studies of Nájera 2005, The Urban Space in the Medieval Europe , proposes to analyze the own space of the medieval cities - with special reference to medieval Spain cities-, as well as the conditions, favorable or restrictive, according to the conjunctures and opportunities of every urban center, which allowed the evolution or the creation of the European cities along the Middle Ages.
The development of the seminar is founded around three thematic axes:
· The first one attends to the new methodologies of analysis applied to the knowledge of the medieval city: graphical sources, archaeological sources and the use of the documentary modern sources for the knowledge of the urban medieval space.
· The second one prosecutes to know the historical development of the European cities during Middle Ages, from the urban centers that had arisen in the Antiquity and they had continuity in Middle Ages, to those cities that arose "ex-novo" in the Middle Ages.
· Equally, the Seminar of Medieval Studies adds to the general aim of the exhibition, called "Nájera: Medieval Legacy", of giving to know the importance of Nájera in Middle Ages, for which it has reserved a thematic day dedicated to Nájera's medieval city.
In the Seminar of Medieval Studies of Najera 2005, they will participate fourteen referees, of recognized national and international prestige: Juan Antonio Bonachía Hernando (University of Valladolid); Isabel Falcón Perez (University of Saragossa), Lorena Fernández González (Ph. D. in Medieval History), Carmen Fernández Ochoa (Autonomous University of Madrid), Enrico Guidoni (Università degli Studi di Rome "The Sapienza"), José Avelino Gutiérrez Gonzalez (University of Oviedo), Sergio Martínez Martínez (University of Cantabria), Irene Montilla Torres (University of Jaén), Jean Passini (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ), Esther Peña Bocos (University of Cantabria), Vicente Salvatierra Cuenca (University of Jaén), Antonio Sánchez del Barrio (Museum de las Ferias de Medina del Campo), Urszula Sowina (Archaeological Institute of Warsaw), Julio Valdeón Baruque (University of Valladolid). The referees of the present edition will expose the most recent researches on the medieval European cities, to whose exhibitions it will add the free communications.
Dr. Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea
UNIVERSITY OF CANTABRIA (SPAIN)
Medieval Urban Group Research
Avda. de los Castros s/n.
39005. Santander. ESPAÑA (SPAIN)
Tfno. (34) 942202015
Fax. (34) 942201158 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.najeramedieval.com
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