The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to analyze the elements of continuity, discontinuity and change within cities of the Mediterranean basin between Roman times and Late Antiquity.
In this transition period, substantial changes can be perceived within the urban fabric and surrounding territory, which led to a transformation of the city, its buildings, land management, urban topography and the perception of its spaces. These processes are related to many aspects of the urban space: political institutions, economy, methods of exploitation of territory, religious contexts and society.
The transformation of urban space in different Mediterranean areas can be examined through two specific methodologies: the comparative study of literary sources and archaeological data (excavation and surveys) in order to reconstruct the urban space as space of social exchange and the observation of how spatial occupation and carrying capacity of urban territories develop over time and analysis of how all these factors have affected the growth of the cities.
The three sessions of our international workshop will focus on the following main questions: (1) What impact did the numerous afore-mentioned changes that occurred between Roman Age and Late Antiquity have on the urban development of western and Near Eastern cities? (2) How does religious buildings modify and craft already existing urban spaces or create new ones overtime?
The international workshop connects key aspects of the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2337 "Metropolität in der Vormoderne" of the University of Regensburg with that of Centre for Urban Network Evolutions of the Aarhus University. The multidisciplinarity of our approach is given by various contributions coming from different areas of study.
Michael Blömer | UrbNet, Aarhus University
Arabella Cortese | LMU Munich, DFG-GRK "Metropolität in der Vormoderne"
Yunus Demirci | Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jerusalem
Jon C. Cubas Diaz | University Göttingen
Christopher Paul Dickenson | UrbNet, Aarhus University
Giulia Fioratto | University of Regensburg, DFG-GRK "Metropolität in der Vormoderne"
Guido Furlan | University of Padova
Emanuele E. Intagliata | UrbNet, Aarhus University
Markus Löx | University of Regensburg, DFG-GRK "Metropolität in der Vormoderne"
Birte Poulsen | UrbNet, Aarhus University
Rubina Raja | UrbNet, Aarhus University
Ann Marie Yasin | University of Southern California