IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1023: Negotiating Collective Identities in Medieval Europe

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Sarah E. Layfield, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Len Scales, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1023-aVikings and Churchmen: The Role of a Northumbrian Identity in Anglo-Scandinavian York
(Language: English)
Megan Gooch, Department of History, Durham University / Spink & Co, London
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Numismatics, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1023-bThe Alien Next Door: Foreigners in Late Medieval Bruges
(Language: English)
Erik Spindler, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1023-cPope John XXII and the Peoples of Christendom
(Language: English)
Sarah E. Layfield, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The formation of collective political identities and the development of national allegiances in medieval Europe have received much attention in recent years. Often, such studies have concentrated on the role of conflict and the identification of an alien other in cementing ties of common belonging. By contrast, perhaps too little attention has been given to the identity-forming role of the inevitable processes of negotiation, compromise and mutual adjustment through which different – and even potentially antagonistic – groups came to subsist side-by-side. It is upon these processes that this panel will concentrate, drawing out common themes from three contrasting case-studies.