Nature and culture in medieval towns
Attitudes to nature and landscapes How did medieval urban societies interact with their natural environment? And what were the consequences? (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Keynote speaker: Axel Christophersen

At NIKU's conference Nature and Culture in Medieval Towns Axel Christophersen from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) will give a talk about attitudes to nature and landscapes.

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Professor Axel Christophersen(Photo: NTNU)

Axel Christophersen is Professor in Archaeology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). At Nature and Culture in Medieval Towns 6-7 March 2019 he will give a keynote speech about attitudes to nature and landscapes.

See detailed program for the conference here.

 

Abstract

Attitudes to nature and landscapes

Medieval towns are normally perceived as sociocultural constructions developed from dynamic social practice patterns which appears in basic urban activities like trade, craft and in urbanscape itself. Medieval towns are less comprehended as social entities dependent on tight symbiotic relationships between urban societies and the natural surroundings, in climate, geology, landscape etc.

Thus, mobility, population density, sanitation and exploitation of resources developed an “urban ecology” which caused internal and external “footprints”.

In a long-term perspective, the medieval urban societies developed a non-sustainable ecological system based on growing consumption and emulation of its surroundings, and so created future challenges the urban communities which profoundly contributed to create new premises for future internal and external development.

To achieve a deeper understanding of how medieval towns developed in the intersection between nature and “culture”, we need an archaeology of medieval urban ecology, i.e. a research strategy focusing on 1) how medieval urban societies and its natural environment interacted? and 2) with what consequences?

The paper will present examples of urban ecological stress and consequences.

Read more about Nature and Culture in Medieval Towns here.

 

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Stefka Eriksen or

Elise Naumann

 

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