CHASE Workshop organised by Open University and Architecture Space and Society Centre, 24 February 2017, Dreyfus Room, Birkbeck, University of London

Drawing upon the research interests of the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at the Open University and the Architecture Space and Society Centre at Birkbeck, we will be hosting a workshop on spaces and places on Friday 24 February 2017. The workshop will examine life in buildings, institutions and broader geographical areas from a variety of perspectives and will consider the following questions:

  • How were medieval and early modern spaces adapted and transformed through the movement of      material and immaterial things
  • To what extent did a sense of place depend upon the activities taking place there?

If you want to attend please contact Helen Coffey ( ) until 6 February with your dietary requirements as the lunch will be provided.


11am-1115 Introductory remarks

Leah Clark and Helen Coffey, The Open University

11.15-11.45 Fireworks and Fornication in Padua’s Roman Arena, c.1300-1600

Laura Jacobus, Birkbeck

11.45-12.15 Meta-theatrical selling and healing spaces: the Passion Play Merchant Scene

Peg Katritzky, The Open University

12.15-12.45 Giuliano Guizzelmi and the Holy Places of Prato

Robert Maniura, Birkbeck

12.45-13.15 Bells in the Medieval Cityscape

Caroline Goodson, Birkbeck

13.15-14.15: lunch

14.15-14.45 Books do Make a Room: Defining the Role of Books as Objects Around the Early Modern Elite Home

Susie West, The Open University

14.45-15.15 The Studiolo as a Sociable Space: Collecting Practices in the Italian Courts

Leah Clark, The Open University

15.15-16.15 Music and Civic Space in the Habsburg Empire c.1500

Helen Coffey, The Open University

16.15-16.45 Discussion – future collaborations and events.