IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1128: Creating the 'Self' - Creating the 'Other', I: Gender, Identity, and Material Culture in the 9th-12th Centuries

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Daniel Brown, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1128-a'Not born, but made': Maleness, Masculinity, and the Cross-Gendered Grave Phenomenon in Early Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Katherine Fliegel, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Gender Studies
Paper 1128-b'Wa þære þeode þe hæfð ælðeodigne cyng': The Foreign and the Familiar in Later Anglo-Saxon Writings on Masculinity and Kingship
(Language: English)
Ryan T. Goodman, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 1128-cNaming the Other: The Anthroponymics of Inclusion and Exclusion in a Medieval Community
(Language: English)
James Chetwood, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Anthropology, Geography and Settlement Studies, Mentalities

Constructs and concepts of ‘Others’ and ‘Otherness’ are already found in the Middle Ages. Inside a community, the definition of ‘Others’ might run along lines like names or gender: Names can be indicators for political or socio-economical changes and developments. Something similar applies to concepts of gender: the concepts of masculinity, for example, are displayed in burial rites and grave kits, but also in written sources; both shaping the view on the ‘Other’ as they also automatically create a ‘Self’ for a group or individual.