Appel à communication : « Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe »

This second PALATIUM summer school will focus on the late medieval and early modern European court residence or ‘palace’ in an interdisciplinary perspective .

The world of the courts 1400–1750 constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, but its architecture is only rarely studied in its connectivity. Here the ‘palace’ is seen as a place for cultural exchange. Human interaction in this space is regulated and codified by a set of rules, known as the ‘ceremonial’. The interaction between palace architecture (tangible), including its interior decorations and stately collections, and the ceremonial (intang ible, but known through a set of tangible testimonials of different types, written and visual) is one of the key issues this summer school aims to address. The palace’s space and form carry multiple connotations. To the informed observer they represent power, lineage, and tradition versus in novation. The decoding of this system of signs necessitates input not only of architectural and art historians, but also of various other disciplines, such as archaeology, social history, politics, literature, theatre and music. (…