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070260 GR Guided Reading - Geographical Knowledge and Imagination in Medieval Eurasia (2019S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 14.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 21.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 28.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 04.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 11.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 02.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 09.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 16.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 23.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 13.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 6, Währinger Straße 29 1.OG
Thursday 13.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 6, Währinger Straße 29 1.OG
Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 27.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 9, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Drawing upon both visual (medieval maps) and textual case studies, this module will introduce student to the history of medieval geography. The lessons will follow an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach, covering a long temporal span (from the 4th to the 15th century CE) as well as a wide geographical compass (from Early Christian Europe and Byzantium to the Islamic world and imperial China). The first lesson will be dedicated to the theoretical and methodological basis of this research and will serve to highlight the cultural and historical dimension of space perception and representation. The course will be structured around four different categories.
First, the class will analyse the scientific tradition of medieval geography, from the importance of Late Antique compendia and handbooks in the teaching of geography in early medieval Europe to the influence of Ptolemy’s Geography in both the establishment of an Islamic worldview and the development of cartography in the Late Middle Ages.
The administrative and political context of geography will be the next subject to be discussed. Fiscal and military needs, as well as imperial discourse, played a central role in the diffusion of geography and cartography in the Late Roman Empire, the Abbasid Caliphate and during the Song dynasty in China.
As the third main subject, the class will analyse the religious meanings of representing space in early medieval Europe and Byzantium, focusing on both the T-O map tradition and the Christian Topography of Cosmas Indicopleustes.
Finally, drawing on selected examples of pilgrimage narratives the last lessons will focus on the influence biblical exegesis had on reshaping the sense of place of the ‘centre,’ intended both geographically and spiritually, and of the 'periphery.'

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of their attendance and contribution to discussion (40%), short written assignments (40%) and one short presentation on a specific medieval map (20%). There will be no final examination.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A very good knowledge of English is a prerequisite.

Examination topics

Reading list

Primary and secondary literature as well as visual examples of medieval cartography will be distributed via moodle.

Association in the course directory

Epochen: Antike, Mittelalter
Aspekte/Räume: Globalgeschichte, Historisch-kulturwiss. Europaforschung, Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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