IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1607: The Vandals and their Histories, II: Identities

Thursday 17 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Andrew Merrills, King's College, University of Cambridge
Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1607-aThe Ambiguities of Romanness in Vandal North Africa
(Language: English)
Jonathan P. Conant, Department of History, Harvard University
Paper 1607-bHasding Dynastic Relations: A Note on Vandal Marriage Policy
(Language: English)
Guido M. Berndt, Institut zur interdisziplinären Erforschung des Mittelalters & seines Nachwirkens, Universität Paderborn
Paper 1607-cPerceptions of Vandal Identity
(Language: English)
Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Abstract

The second session on the Vandals looks at constructions of Vandal identity from a different angle. How did the Vandals relate to other population groups in and beyond North Africa? Romanness in late-antique North Africa also was not without ambiguities. One of the sources that will be used are the Tablettes Albertini. The second paper will deal with Vandal marriage policy and the ways in which it helped to build alliance, but also became a source of conflict. The last paper looks at the transformations of Vandal identity after their kingdom had disappeared and the name became available for other meanings. Medieval authors often used Wandali instead for the Winedi/Slavs, which can be explained by a specific literary tradition.