The third volume of “Historical Geography" was published at the last week. Volumes of “Historical Geography” are issued every two years at the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences (ed. by Doctor of History I.G. Konovalova). Detailed description of the content of the volume can be found at the following link:
On May 12-15, 2016 in Kalamazoo, the 51st annual International Congress on Medieval Studies organized by the Medieval Institute of the Western Michigan University took place. This is the largest forum of medievalists all over the world. About 3000 researchers (mainly from the USA and countries of Western Europe) have taken part in the work of the Congress. Russia was represented by one participant. Problems of literature and art, studying of manuscripts (particularly by modern digital methods), gender research have occupied a lion's share on the agenda. Historical geography and cartography studies attracted attention in a smaller degree. Sometimes these topics were mentioned only in the context of other research directions. In this segment, mapping of medieval space and time, studying of medieval maps (including mental maps) were the most popular (session 22: "Mappings I: The Roman Heritage of Medieval Maps"; session 68: "Mappings II: Mapping Space and Time"; session 73 "Mappings III: Medieval Maps, Their Makers and Uses; session 192: "Space, ‘Race,’ and Ethnicity"; session 233: "New Perspectives on Medieval Rome I"; session 299: "Scale II: Macrospaces"; session 351: "Mapping"; session 427: "Textual Science: Digital Recovery of Manuscripts and of Cultural Heritage Objects"; session 478: "Technology, Digitalization, and Anchoritic Studies"), geography of art texts (session 244: "Scale I: Microspaces"; session 367: "The Lais of Marie de France"; session 442: "Places and Spaces in the Pearl-Poems"; session 473: "Romance Geographies and Geographic Literacies: Theoretical and Practical Concerns in Mapping Medieval Texts (A Roundtable)").
Attention has been paid to historical geography of wars (session 13: "Crusading and the Byzantine Legacy in the Northwestern Black Sea Region"; session 117: "Medieval Chronicles"), to colonization process and its historical landscape (session 24: "Medieval Settlement and Landscape in Modern Ireland"; session 130: "Holy Landscapes and Sacred Space"; session 535: "The Archaeology of Medieval Europe II: Medieval Colonization"), to pilgrimages (session 63: "Sacred Spaces and Political Places: Fostering Regional Identities through Historical and Literary Medieval Pilgrimage I"; session 112: "Sacred Spaces and Political Places: Fostering Regional Identities through Historical and Literary Medieval Pilgrimage II"; session 308: "Medieval Pilgrimage: Gender, Geography, and Transformation"); to cities (session 209: "Urban Space and Urban Resources in Medieval Central Europe"); to spatial aspects of gender research (session 23: "Surrounding Medieval Women: Female Occupation of Secular Architecture and Landscape"). A series of reports talk about the network regional communications which had been studied through the analysis of archaeological data and written sources such as statistics of distribution of import production and coins, frequency of occurrence of toponyms (session 36: "Networks and Connections in Medieval Central Europe: Archaeological and Historical Approaches"; session 404: "Visualizing Medieval Connections: Network Analysis and Digital Mapping I"; session 458: "Visualizing Medieval Connections: Network Analysis and Digital Mapping II"). The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place on May 11-14, 2017 in the same place. Applications for the organization of a session are accepted till June 1, 2016.