IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 524: Constructing New Identities in the Norman Diaspora

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History
Organiser:Chris Lewis, Department of History, King's College London / Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Alheydis Plassmann, Abteilung für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Paper 524-aBecoming a Bishop in the 12th-Century Kingdom of Scotland: Glasgow and St Andrews
(Language: English)
Clarisse Parra-Prieto, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Demography, Genealogy and Prosopography, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 524-bStaying Norman in Southern Italy: The Use and Adaptation of Norman Identities in a Multicultural World
(Language: English)
Rosa Canosa, Dipartimento di Storia, Università degli studi di Torino
Index terms: Anthropology, Genealogy and Prosopography, Geography and Settlement Studies, Onomastics
Paper 524-cBeing Anglo-Norman: How Were Cross-Channel Links Maintained in the Anglo-Norman Realm?
(Language: English)
Susan Raich, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies

What used to be thought of as ‘Norman expansion’ in a political sense is now more subtly conceived as a diaspora — of families, individuals, cultural practices and mentalities — across a world which stretched from Scotland and Ireland to Constantinople and the Latin East. Continuing links and cross-currents of influence are evident throughout much of the twelfth century. This session considers some of the ways in which social identities were formed and re-formed in the diaspora, taking three different regions and three aspects which range across both practical and ideological factors. The papers taken together have much to say about how ‘ethnic’ and cultural Norman identities can be understood in a more nuanced way by considering other facets of personal and public identities.