CEU Medieval Studies Alumni, Faculty Join Conference on Towns as Living Places

CEU alumni, students and faculty were among the speakers and organizers of the conference entitled “Towns as Living Places: Static and Dynamic Aspects of Medieval and Early Modern Urban Communities” held in Vienna October 4-6. 

Magdolna Szilagyi, CEU alumna (MEDS MA ’04, PhD ’12) and research fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, coordinated the joint conference of the VISCOM project of the University of Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Atlas of Historic Towns project of the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The principal aim of the conference was to discuss the possibilities of using historical town atlases as sources of comparative research into urban history. The papers focused on the topographical development of towns in Austria, Hungary and Bohemia between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. In each session researchers representing different disciplines (history, archaeology, art history and geography) compared urban topographies from ecclesiastical, social, economic, defensive and power aspects. Principal investigator of the Hungarian Atlas of Historic Towns project Katalin Szende, associate professor in and head of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, held an opening talk focusing on the production and usage of the Hungarian Atlases.

CEU Medieval Studies doctoral student Andras Vadas discussed mills and fishponds in town moats, alumna Edit Sarosi (MEDS PhD ’13) spoke about market towns, and Szilagyi about the fortification of the towns.

The organizers were Judit Majorossy (MEDS MA ’96, PhD ’06), of the University of Vienna, and Elisabeth Gruber, research fellow at the University of Salzburg.