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The multilingual city, c. 1250 – c. 1800

La ville plurilingue, vers 1250 – vers 1800

Historical approaches

Approches historiennes

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Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Cities are multilingual, but histories of the premodern city too rarely think in detail about the workings of language in urban communities and environments. At the same time, the social history of language has rarely taken into account the spatial dimension of multilingualism in the past. As a centre of political, cultural, and intellectual life, as well as a site of cultural exchange, the city has long been a place of linguistic encounter and of language change, as historical sociolinguists have shown. This workshop will bring historians together to consider multilingualism as a social fact, and to explore the relationship between multilingualism and the development of the premodern city.

Announcement

Presentation

Cities are multilingual, but histories of the premodern city too rarely think in detail about the workings of language in urban communities and environments. At the same time, the social history of language has rarely taken into account the spatial dimension of multilingualism in the past. As a centre of political, cultural, and intellectual life, as well as a site of cultural exchange, the city has long been a place of linguistic encounter and of language change, as historical sociolinguists have shown. This workshop will bring historians together to consider multilingualism as a social fact, and to explore the relationship between multilingualism and the development of the premodern city.

Convenors

Ulrike Krampl (Tours) & John Gallagher (Leeds)

Participation

Online

Registration

Programme

All times are GMT – Les horaires indiqués sont ceux du Royaume-Uni

  • 10.45 – 11  Logging on and coffee
  • 11 – 11.15  Welcome Ulrike Krampl (Tours) & John Gallagher (Leeds)

11.15 – 12.45 Panel 1 : Spaces of knowledge and power

  • Richard Calis (Cambridge), ‘Multilingual encounters in early modern Germany’
  • Vladislav Rjéoutski (Deutsches Historisches Institut, Moscow) & Tatiana Kostina, (St. Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences), ‘Boarding schools and language communities of St. Petersburg in the eighteenth century’
  • Christopher Joby (UAM Poznan), ‘Governing the multilingual city’

12.45 – 2 Lunch

2 – 3.30 Panel 2: Law, order, and the multilingual city

  • Melissa Vise (Washington & Lee), ‘From Speaking to Writing Crime: Patterns of Prosecution in the Late Medieval Italian City’
  • Amélie Marineau-Pelletier (Ottawa & EHESS), ‘Authentifier, rédiger et traduire: les clercs d’officialités et notaires jurés au service de la ville de Metz au XVe siècle’
  • Cathy Shrank & Phil Withington (Sheffield), ‘Utopia and polyglot cities’

3.30 – 4  Coffee

4 – 5.30  Panel 3: Multilingual communities and networks

  • Lisa Demets (Utrecht), ‘Bruges as a multilingual contact zone: book production and multilingual literary networks in fifteenth-century Bruges’
  • Jürgen Heyde (GWZO, Leipzig), '‘The Armenians of Lvov do not speak Armenian’: Multilingualism and vernacularization in an early modern migration society’
  • Paul Cohen (Toronto), ‘Translation on the waterfront: mediating linguistic difference in French port cities, 16th-18th centuries’

Event format

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Friday, November 05, 2021

Keywords

  • plurilinguisme, ville, histoire urbaine, histoire culturelle, Moyen Âge, époque moderne

Contact(s)

  • Ulrike Krampl
    courriel : ulrike [dot] krampl [at] univ-tours [dot] fr

Information source

  • Ulrike Krampl
    courriel : ulrike [dot] krampl [at] univ-tours [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« The multilingual city, c. 1250 – c. 1800 », Study days, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, https://calenda.org/922788

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