IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1314: Visions of Community, IV: Framing the Other - Social Practices of Urban and Rural Communities in Late Medieval Europe and South Arabia, 1200-1500

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereiche Project 'Visions of Community' (FWF Austrian Science Fund F42), Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Universität Wien
Organisers:Károly Goda, Sonderforschungsbereich Project 'Visions of Community', Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Fabian Kümmeler, Sonderforschungsbereich Project 'Visions of Community' / Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1314-aInsiders or Outsiders?: People in Power in Borderland Towns - 15th-Century Central Europe
(Language: English)
Judit Majorossy, Sonderforschungsbereich Project ‘Visions of Community’, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1314-bThe 'Others' from Within: Herdsmen between Rural and Urban Communities and Venetian Governance on Korčula in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Fabian Kümmeler, Sonderforschungsbereich Project 'Visions of Community' / Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Law, Social History
Paper 1314-cThe 'Non-Germans' in the Craft Guilds of Livonian Towns: Norm and Practice
(Language: English)
Anu Mänd, Institute of History, Archaeology & Art History, Tallinn University
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Law, Social History
Paper 1314-dSaints of the Others: Socio-Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Otherness in Medieval Yemen
(Language: English)
Johann Heiss, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Social History

Otherness is often analysed as a rather abstract social phenomenon. By contrast, this panel will consider the kaleidoscopic variety of both social practices of othering and conceptions of otherness. Especially urban and rural settlements that served as economic and political centres represented various constellations of late medieval socio-cultural diversity. Thus, this panel takes a comparative perspective on framing the ‘other’ through social practice as well as cultural, normative, and economic patterns. The four papers will examine cases of building, framing, and enacting community both in urban and rural areas in Northern, Central, and South-Eastern Europe as well as South Arabia. Adopting an interdisciplinary focus, all of them will ask how these communities perceived themselves and interacted with internal or external ‘others’, paying special attention to the management of communal infrastructure, charity or property.