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The Heidelberg – Prague -Budapest Triangle DAAD Workshop 2: Urban Societies in Border Zones

medieval cities
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 3:00 pm – Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 pm


Thursday, 17 October


3:00 – 3:30 Opening, welcome, introductory talk (Sandra Schieweck, Heidelberg and Katalin Szende, Budapest)

3:30 – 4:30 Session 1

Chair: Jörg Peltzer (Heidelberg)

Stefan Holz (Heidelberg), Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Anglo-Scottish border under Edward I

András Vadas (Budapest), The Multi Ethnic Ottoman–Hungarian Frontier



4:30 - 5:00 coffee break


5:00 – 6:00 Session 2

Chair: Daniel Ziemann (Budapest)

Vojtěch Bažant (Prague), Spišians and Hungary. The Chronicle from Spišská Sobota and the Collective Identity of Spiš

Béla Zsolt Szakács (Budapest), Artistic contacts in the towns of the Polish-Hungarian border zone in the Gothic period



6:30 Dinner


Friday, 18 October


9:30 – 10:30 Session 3

Chair: Gábor Klaniczay (Budapest)

Martin Pjecha (Prague), Tabor as an intellectual border zone

Barbara Frenk (Heidelberg), Fiefs as borders. The bishopric of Speyer in the Late Middle Ages



10:30 – 11.00 Coffee break


11:00 – 12.00 Session 4

Chair: Julia Burkhardt (Bonn/Heidelberg)

Anna Kónya (Budapest), Artistic exchange and the use of models in late medieval wall painting. Case studies from Transylvanian towns

Corentin Hamet (Paris/Heidelberg), Border crossing, taxation and the role of the market hall: understanding the customs and commercial procedure in the cities of the Empire in the 15th century



12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break


13:00 – 14:00 Session 5

Chair: Václav Žůrek (Prague)

Roman Shlyakhtin (Mainz), Republic in the Borderlands? Nicaea and its inhabitants between Byzantium and Turks (1080-1097)

Tünde Komori (Budapest), Eger in the Ottoman Period



14:00 – 14:30 Coffee break


14:30 – 16:00 project presentations

Chair: András Vadas (Budapest)

Jan Kremer (Prague), Libellus, database and GIS of Central European medieval monasteries

Stefan Bröhl (Heidelberg), TBA [Lower nobility in the Late Middle Ages]

Pavel Soukup (Prague), From Performativity to Institutionalization. Handling Conflict in the Late Middle Ages: Strategies, Agents, Communication

Balázs Nagy and József Laszlovszky (Budapest), The Mongol Invasion and its Impact on Central Europe


16:00 – 18:00 visit to the parish church of Pest: from border to centre and back


18:30 – 20:00 dinner


Saturday, 19 October


9:30 – 10:30 Session 6

Chair: Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg)

Sandra Schieweck (Heidelberg), Central on the periphery? The Case of Jaén at the Castilian-Naṣrid frontier

Judit Majorossy (Vienna) – Katalin Szende (Budapest), Divided in war, connected in peace: towns in the border zone of Western Hungary and the Austrian lands



10:30 – 11.00 Coffee break


11:00 – 12.00 Closing discussion and preview of the next workshop. Chairs: Julia Burkhardt and Jörg Peltzer (Heidelberg)


12:00 end of the workshop, optional lunch