IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1014: Visions of Community, I: Strategies of Othering in Medieval Eurasia

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereiche Project 'Visions of Community' (FWF Austrian Science Fund F42), Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Universität Wien
Organiser:Reinier J. Langelaar, Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Walter Pohl, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Paper 1014-aGroups and Ethnic Nomenclature: The Concept of Populus Gentium in the Early Medieval Latin West, c. 400-1200
(Language: English)
Cinzia Grifoni, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1014-bStaging and Cataloguing the Other: Late Antique Lists of Ethnonyms
(Language: English)
Salvatore Liccardo, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1014-cOthering by Name: Ethnonyms in 10th-Century Yemeni Sources
(Language: English)
Odile Kommer, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

In this panel Eurasian regional specialists affiliated with the comparative project ‘Visions of Community’ (Austrian Academy of Sciences & the University of Vienna) will zoom in on specific instances from European, Yemeni, and Tibetan written sources to see in which way the cultural, physical, or social other is represented, classified, and otherwise used as foil. Brought together, topics such as ethnic cataloguing in a post-Roman kingdom, the discussion of African ancestry in medieval Yemeni sources, and the employment of foreign origins in Tibetan genealogies will serve to create a forum to better appreciate the breadth of culturally specific representations of alterity.