IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1115: Reassessing 'Othered' Communities

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholms Universitet
Organiser:Gwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Paper 1115-aGens mea impetuosa est: Otherness, Identification, and Their Effect on Warfare in High Medieval Norway
(Language: English)
Hörður Barðdal, Independent Scholar, Wachtebeke
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Military History
Paper 1115-bSubverting the Grand Narrative: The 'Othered' Church in the Early Medieval Danish Realm Reassessed
(Language: English)
Mads Vedel Heilskov, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 1115-cProto-Nationalism and the Christianisation of Gotland
(Language: English)
Luke John Murphy, Snorrastofa, Reykholt
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Local History, Pagan Religions, Political Thought

This session brings together three papers that probe the status of a particular ‘othered’ community or the identity formation of a minority group. This focus has a distinct methodological emphasis: all papers engage critically with how knowledge about these communities is created, a significant part of which is a reassessment of current research on these communities. The first paper engages with the Christian Church as an ‘othered’ community in medieval Denmark; and the second paper examines negotiations of identity in Gotland at the intersection of Christianisation and a nascent national Swedish identity.