SOURCES SEMINAR ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Code: 33017
ECTS: 12
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: Medieval Studies
Keywords:
    Medieval Sources
    Interdisciplinary work
    Collaborative work
Teachers:
Isabel Maria de Barros Dias
Área Científica: Literature.
E-mail: isabel.dias@uab.pt

Maria João Branco
E-mail: mjbranco@fcsh.unl.pt

Pedro Flor
Field of Study: Art History.
E-mail: pflor@uab.pt

José Carlos Quaresma
E-mail: josecarlosquaresma@gmail.com

Course Description:
The main objective of this Seminar is to introduce and familiarize the students to the many potentialities of all sorts of Medieval sources, from image to architecture, from archaeological remains to music, from documents to works of literature, from chronicles to linguistic documents). Four specialists in different areas of Medieval studies will join in in order to promote the study of topics for which several types of sources contribute and for the study of single sources which provide materials for all sorts of different themes. 


Competences:
-- Accrue the student's awareness with practical examples, emphasising the potential of one source for the research of several different scientific areas and the usefullness of several different types of document for the study of one theme.
Abiblity to find, compile, contextualize and interpret substantial  quantities of medieval documents, in the context of using all their potential.
-Ability to understand the importance of aplying in  practice principles of rigour in the research  in medieval interdisciplinary studies and the importance of criticising the sources in a  proficient manner.


Contents:
0.SOURCES AND THEIR  CONTEXTS OF PRODUCTION
 
A. ONE SOURCE,  MANY APPROACHES
1- The "Livros de Linhagens do Conde D. Pedro"
Intentions; Genealogy; Mental Mechanisms; Kinship Structures; Phisical, Synbolical and economic space; Emotions; Violence; Power Relations and Struggles
2- "Cantigas de Santa Maria"
Intentions; Music and Image; Politicas and Propaganda; Word and Language; Material Culture; Daily Life; Visible and Invisible Powers, Ethnic Minorities
 
B. SEVERAL SOURCES, ONE TOPIC
1- The Authority of History and Memory in the Middle Ages (12th-15th cent.)
 Sources:1)Classis narrative texts (Annals & Chronicles); 2)Alternative narratives: using the past in Royal Chanceries, Enquiries, Sentences, Wills, Hagiography Illumination, Sculpture, etc.
 2- Medieval Rural Communities: territoriality and ways of life
Sources: Excavation reports, daily life artifacts, selling and renting of property, cartularies & cadasters, sentences and laws, moral literature, enquiries, image, toponimy, etc.


Bibliography:
ALTHOFF,G., FRIED, J., GEARY,P. (eds.) Medieval concepts of the Past. Ritual, Memory, Historiography. Cambridge:CUP. 2002
-Cantigas Medievais galego-portuguesas (Portal at http://www.cantigas.fcsh.unl.pt/)
-Historiography of Medieval Portugal (MATTOSO et al. eds.), Lisboa: IEM.2011
-GONÇALVES, I., "Entre o Campo e a Cidade na segunda metade do século XIV", in Um olhar sobre a cidade medieval.Cascais:Patrimonia, 1996
-KRUS, L. A concepção nobiliárquica do espaço ibérico. Geografia dos Livros de
Linhagens medievais portugueses (1280-1380). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1994
-Olhares sobre a História. Estudos oferecidos a Iria Gonçalves (ANDRADE, A., FERNANDES, H., BARATA, M. eds.), Lisboa:Caleidoscópio, 2009.
-TILLEY, C. A Phenomenology of landscape. Places, paths and monuments.Oxford-PR: BERG, 1994


Format:
E-learning


Workload (hours): 312
Contact Hours: 40

Assessment:
Continuous assessment of doctoral students by weighting all participation activities in  the  activities studied during the seminar(20% each) and the final essay (40 %).


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt