IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 721: Violence and Rules, III: Heroic Violence in the Eastern and in the Western World

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń / Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Moderator/Chair:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Paper 721-aWhich Should be Obeyed: The Imperial Law or a Lord's Command? - A Special Japanese Conflict of Rules to Follow
(Language: English)
Yuko Tagaya, Graduate School of Humanities, Kanto-Gakuin University, Yokohama
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Law, Military History, Social History
Paper 721-bAncient Warrior Ethics and Their Transformation in Middle Indic Heroic Epics and Chronicles
(Language: English)
Konrad Meisig, Institut für Indologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other, Mentalities
Paper 721-cAt the Threshold of Hell: Northern Crusaders on the Way to Satan's Dominion
(Language: English)
Jarosław Wenta, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Centrum Mediewistyczne, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities

The session aims to present new intercultural approaches to rules in heroic conflicts in the history of Eastern and Western hemispheres such as they are reflected in historiography and/or heroic epics. Main examples are taken from Japanese, South Asian and Baltic German cultures. The purpose of our investigation will be to shed new light on specific cultural differences concerning the rules imposed by custom or a higher authority to heroes considered as a special section of medieval society. As one possible result we hope to develop new methods of combining literary and sociological approaches to explain interrelations between rules and heroism in medieval societies.