IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 123: 'Self' and 'Otherness' across Conceptual, Geographical, and Religious Boundaries

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Yu Onuma, Department of English, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 123-aImagining Christian Unity: Images of Saracens as Ideal Religious Others in Middle English Romances
(Language: English)
Thae-Ho Jo, Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Tokyo
Index terms: Crusades, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 123-bOtherness as an Ideal: The Tradition of the 'Virtuous' Indians
(Language: English)
Yu Onuma, Department of English, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities
Paper 123-cEurope and the Non-European Other in the Medieval Geographical Tradition
(Language: English)
Natalia Petrovskaia, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities
Abstract

The idea of Otherness is inseverable from its counterpart, Self, as the concept of Otherness is set against the Self. There are several methods in how boundaries between Self/Other are set, and sometimes, blurred. This session explores how these boundaries are dealt with through the examination of various kinds of texts. Paper -a is about how the image of religious others was formed and used to demarcate a border between Self and Other in Middle English romances. Paper -b discusses the motif of naked Eastern philosophers in classical and medieval texts to see how Otherness was tamed. Through an examination of geographical texts, paper -c addresses the issue of conceptual boundaries between Europe and other regions of the world.