Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1400 - 1700) - PALATIUM


The PALATIUM research networking programme aims at creating a common forum for researchers on the late medieval and early modern European court residence or palace (palatium) in a multi and trans-disciplinary perspective and to encourage the debate on research methods.

The world of the courts - from 1400 to 1700 - constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, but its architecture is only rarely studied in its “connectivity”. In this research networking programme, 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 the ceremonial (intangible, but known through a set of tangible testimonials of different types, written and visual) and palace  architecture (tangible) is one of the key questions the PALATIUM research networking programme aims to address.

The palace’s space and form carry multiple connotations. They represent power, lineage, tradition vs. innovation to the informed observer. The decoding of this system of signs necessitates not only input of historians of architecture and of art, but also of various other disciplines focused on fields such as archaeology, politics, literature, theatre and music.

The programme brochure is also available here.


Five years from 2 June 2010 until 1 June 2015

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