9th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Medieval Peasants

University of Arizona, Tucson, May 5-8, 2011

Rural Space in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

A follow-up symposium will take place at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK, July 15-16, 2011 (details to follow)

Concept and Framework

This 9th international symposium will complement our project from 2008, when we examined Urban Space. At this new symposium we will investigate how the world outside of the court and the city were viewed, what we know about the rural population, how animals and birds were perceived, how travelers traversed wild and dangerous nature, and we will also examine the ideological thrust pursued by medieval and early modern writers, artists, composers, philosophers, theologians, etc. with regard to rural space at large. Other questions might involve: What were the economic and climatic conditions of the rural space? How did the rural population interact with each other and with the population at the courts, in the cities, and in the Church? We want to collect a wide variety of approaches and contributions to this topic in order to gain a solid and broad-ranging understanding of rural space.

Organizer:

Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor

Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona

520 621-1395; aclassen@u.arizona.edu; www.gened.arizona.edu/aclassen

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2011, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to aclassen@u.arizona.edu

Location of Symposium: Conference Room of Special Collections, University of Arizona Library

This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs.

Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series.

Anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.

Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and in exceptional cases Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.

Hotel Accommodations: I have made a special arrangement with Riverpark Inn (formerly Pueblo Inn),  $69/night (plus tax [12%] plus $1 per night - prices might still change for 2011, but this is a very good deal!). Within the USA, call: 1-800 551-1466, refer to "Dept. of German Studies/Rural Space," or to my name.  Local number: 520 239-2300. Transportation to and from the symposium (at the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections), will be provided.  For international guests, please fax your reservations to: 011- 520-239-2329

For a downtown map, click on map

For a campus map, click on campus
 
Transportation from the airport: There are three options:

1. Bus no. 6 to downtown ($1.25), Ronstadt Bus Depot, from there you walk west on Congress to Granada, turn left (south) to the I-10, through the tunnel, and the hotel is right there. Or you can call the hotel at 239-2300. Alternatively, you can walk down Congress to the I-10, pass under it, then turn left and walk along Frontage Road to the Hotel (max. 15 minutes).

For bus no. 6 (really easy and very cheap), see their schedule: http://www.suntran.com/pdf/routes/Rt_6_Win_07.pdf). Once you have reached Ronstadt downtown (end station), follow these instructions:

Free Green line (shuttle bus) starts just north of  Ronstadt Transit Station (A) and goes to stop #3 (Greyhound bus depot) on Central Avenue, just east of the I-10 elevated freeway.  Walk south to Clark St.then west underneath I-10 to the Riverpark Inn. Subject to change
 
Green line runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Green line leaves Ronstadt at :10, :30, :50 minutes after the hour (i.e. 9:10, 9:30, 9:50 a.m.)
 
Map route:
 
http://dot.tucsonaz.gov/parkwise/pdfs/PWGuide.pdf

2. Take the airport shuttle (one way: ca. $23; round trip: ca. $44), Stagecoach (http://www.azstagecoach.com). Subject to change
Reservation Information 520-889-1000 • reservations@azstagecoach.com.

3.regular taxi (ca. $25-$35. one way).

All prices subject to change.

I would like to acknowledge help and support from various sides, at most difficult financial times, to make this symposium possible. I am particularly grateful to UAMARRC (University of Arizona Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee), GEMS (Group for Early Modern Studies at the University of Arizona), ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe, AZ), and the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections.