IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 125: The 'Other' Irish: Dislocation, Adaptation, and Habilitation at Home and Abroad

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Shane Lordan, School of History, University College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Máirín MacCarron, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 125-aOtherness and the Unifying Appeal of Saint Patrick: A Look at the Political Background to Jocelin's Vita Patricii
(Language: English)
Claire Collins, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 125-bWho's Your Mummy?: Negotiating Identity within the Medieval Irish Foster Family
(Language: English)
Thomas O'Donnell, Department of Science & Technology Studies, University College London
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Celtic, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 125-cAspects of the Cult of St Brigit in Europe
(Language: English)
Shane Lordan, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life

Considerations of the medieval Irish as ‘other’ often focus on monastic peregrini such as Columbanus and the effect they exerted on their new environments as agents of change. Yet, different types of dislocation, such as fosterage or mission, effected different types of ‘otherness’ which themselves necessitated different social, political, or religious compromise – be it through adaptation or habilitation. These papers examine how medieval Irish individuals, groups, and saints either experienced otherness or challenged those they came into contact with as ‘other’ in Ireland, Britain, and Europe. At their core they consider the transformative processes by which these ‘other’ Irish integrated, or were integrated, into their new settings.