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Midwest Medieval History Conference



MMHC Kalamazoo Sessions: Travel, Trade and Exchange in the Middle Ages (MMHC @Kalamazoo, 2020)

17 Jul 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous

This session is devoted to investigations of the phenomenon and intersection of travel, trade and exchange in the medieval period. Papers may approach travel in terms of exploration, migration, pilgrimage, commerce, diplomacy, or missions. Similarly, the concepts of trade and exchange may encompass the exchange of religious objects, animals, plants, food products, gifts, relics, books/literature, trade goods, ideas, and people. What benefits come from investigating these phenomena in the medieval period and what conclusions can be drawn? What similarities emerge between travel, trade and exchange in the medieval period and similar activities in other eras (antiquity, the early modern era, the twenty-first century)? Does it matter if such activities occur on a more local basis (for example, within a given region) or in a more long-distance fashion between geographical regions and more disparate cultures? Why did medieval individuals engage in such activities and how and why did they choose to commemorate their experiences?

An abstract of no more than 250 words, together with name, institutional affiliation (if any), contact information, technological preferences and a paper title should be sent to jbird@saintmarys.edu by 5pm on September 10th .


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