Leeds International Medieval Congress 2020 Call for papers: Crossing borders between domestic and agriculture buildings

Call for Papers for a session at IMC Leeds, 6-9 July 2020

Organizer: Duncan Berryman, Queen’s University Belfast

Crossing borders between domestic and agriculture buildings


There is often an invisible boundary between the domestic and the agricultural spaces within medieval settlements and dwellings. The extent to which this was evident in the Middle Ages or whether it is a figment of our modern viewpoint is something that needs to be explored. Domesticity and agriculture were closely entwined in the Middle Ages, particularly as the vast majority of the population lived in rural settlements and were engaged in agricultural activities. The image of peasants living side-by-side with their animals is common, but to what extent is it reality or a modern misconception? Studies of elite domestic buildings often neglect to consider the agricultural buildings located nearby.

This session (or sessions) seeks to explore the relationship between domestic and agricultural spheres of medieval settlements. It is primarily interested in the interactions between people and buildings, but it is also interested in understanding agricultural buildings in their social and landscape contexts. Other topics for discussion include (but not limited to):

  • Agricultural buildings in literature
  • Economics of buildings
  • Agricultural practices
  • Agricultural Landscapes
  • Settlement studies
  • Zooarchaeology of rural settlements

If you are interested, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography to Duncan Berryman. General enquires and expressions of interest in the session can be sent as well.

Deadline for abstracts is Monday 21st September.


Please remember that you can only present one paper at the IMC. Further information about the conference can be found here – https://www.imc.leeds.ac.uk/

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