IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 621: Islands of the World and the Seven Seas in Medieval Myths and History, I

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft / Associazione di Cultura Medioevale, Trieste
Organiser:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Moderator/Chair:Richard Byrn, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 621-aIslands of the Otherworld in Western Myths from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Paola Schulze-Belli, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Uomo, Università degli studi di Trieste
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 621-bCrete: Its Ancient Myths and its Importance for Medieval Travellers
(Language: English)
Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Paper 621-dIslands and Skylands: A Geography of Eddic Space
(Language: English)
James Ogier, Department of Foreign Languages, Roanoke College, Virginia

The first two sessions are conceived as starting point for a new investigation into the possible impact that myths and other fictitious stories about insular wonderlands had on the reasons why medieval men and women undertook their various missions, searches and explorations that finally led to the discovery of the New World. Following sessions are designed to explore all relevant islands of Western and Eastern world that shaped the mind of medieval people.