Sharing Space in the Early Modern World

Project summary

Space has established itself as a useful analytical category for understanding early modern mentalities. ‘Space’ can be real or imagined. It can denote a physical location, such as a church or home, or embody an abstract geographical or political understanding, such as a nation or empire. In all these guises, ‘space’ is not just a geographical phenomenon, but a reflection of social, political, and cultural relationships that are historically contingent. We seek to explore these notions of space through sites shared by different genders, ethnicities, nationalities or confessions, and understand how these shared spaces affected their relationships with one another.  

At the ‘Sharing Spare in the Early Modern World, 1450-1750’ conference held on the 24-25 June at the History Faculty, Professor David Luebke from the University of Oregon gave the keynote adress on ‘Sharing Sacred Spaces in Early Modern Germany: Reflections on the Westphalian Experience’. Listen to his talk here.

Lead investigator

Martin Christ, Faculty of History and Balliol College, University of Oxford

Research team

Dr. Roisin Watson, Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact details for enquiries

Please email the lead investigator, Martin Christ, for any queries regarding this project.