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Surveilling Communities: Public office holders and popular control in Southern Europe (13th-15th century)

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Project "SurvCom" data sheet

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city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

While officers’ accountability appears modern, past societies had their own systems for local communities to engage in politics and even in procedures to control public office holders. Most European regions experienced a major socio-political transformation in the 13th century, with significant expansions in the number and range of officers nominated by central powers (e.g. the king) to represent them, govern and execute justice. This increase was accompanied by varied attempts to implement accountability procedures in order to evaluate whether officers were executing their duties properly. The overall objective of SurvCom is to analyse the participation of local communities in holding public officers accountable in late medieval southern Europe. This analysis will answer three fundamental questions that correspond to the specific objectives of the project. 1. Were local medieval communities effectively empowered by their participation in officers’ accountability? 2. What was their resulting input in the designing and shaping of the incipient states? 3. How did their engagement in controlling office-holders relate to the longue durée shift in the relationship between governors and governed in the transition from feudal to absolutist societies? SurvCom focuses on a comparative analysis of territories from Castile, the south of France and the north of Italy and draws on interdisciplinary perspectives. Firstly, it uses Surveillance Studies, an emerging field analysing how surveillance practices work and their role in shaping current and past societies. Secondly, SurvCom uses Gender Studies to address informal relations and provide a means to integrate women’s agency in the interaction with officers and central powers. SurvCom will bring new perspectives to debates about statebuilding from below, corruption studies and officers’ accountability and will transfer knowledge regarding historical experiences on governance and surveillance from below (sousveillance).

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