Can we use such modern concepts like “Center” and “Periphery” for the Middle Ages without falling into anachronism? We believe so. We highlight, among other possibilities, approaches that emphasize the relation between border and dependency, so typical of Capitalism. We also value the correlation between the spaces of the urbs and of the ager – or reflections that value identity, complementary, and representative aspects, which lead us to think of the peripheral condition in a mobile, dynamic, and creative way.
We argue that recent conceptual, theoretical, and methodological contributions have permitted a new measure of relevance of centers and peripheries in historical analysis. Beyond the economic view, such contributions enrich the studies on the sociocultural construction of identities and social representations – such as the established and the outsiders – in conservative or progressive disputes. We also emphasize the role of these contributions in the fields of religion, art, and architecture.
When we examine the relation between center and periphery in the Middle Ages, the proposal of this dossier is to contest the perception of these concepts in the first historical studies examining this theme. This will happen through the analysis of relational aspects and the constructions derived from either the antagonism or the assimilation represented. We are interested in putting into perspective references such as popular and erudite culture; elite power and popular resistance; heretics and orthodox; Christians and pagans; Jews and/or Muslims, among others.
We will try to visualize how the formative aspects and relational discourses are part of an imaginary social construct, which, through identification, point to several social strategies and elaborations.

Prof. Dr. Paulo Duarte Silva – UFRJ
Prof. Dr. Rodrigo dos Santos Rainha – UERJ and UNESA

Deadline: December, 20th