IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1114: Visions of Community, II: Strategies of Othering in Medieval Eurasia

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

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:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1114-aThe Familiar Stranger: Biblical Perception and Depiction of Muslims in Christian Chronicles of the Iberian Peninsula, c. 900
(Language: English)
Patrick Marschner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1114-bAfrican Ancestry as a Fragile Marker of 'Otherness' in Medieval Yemen
(Language: English)
Magdalena Moorthy Kloss, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1114-cTales of Foreign Descent in Tibetan Ruling House Genealogies
(Language: English)
Reinier J. Langelaar, Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval
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.