IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1514: In Other Words: Redrawing Frameworks Using the 'Global Middle Ages' as Method, I

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:AHRC Network 'Defining the Global Middle Ages'
Organiser:Naomi Standen, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Naomi Standen, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), University of Birmingham
Paper 1514-aMaking Identities?: Clerical Sources in Global History
(Language: English)
Amanda Power, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Monasticism, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 1514-bEating Together, Eating Apart: Sojourning 'Others' and Commensal Practices in 12th-Century Malabar
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Lambourn, School of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester
Index terms: Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1514-cAcculturation, Encounter, or Something Else?: The Life and Writings of Francesco Suriano, a Merchant, Mendicant, and Missionary in the Eastern Mediterranean, c. 1500
(Language: English)
Catherine Holmes, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Social History

Global medievalists seek meaning from positions within a context of globalised and post-colonial modernity, inescapably aware of troubling and persistent power relationships – economic, political, and intellectual – between Global North and South. But in this framing, modernity also exerts power over a medieval Other. The papers in these panels seek to create spaces where the medieval can speak back to the hegemonic power of the modern, using the Global Middle Ages as a method through which to propose readings of global medieval cases that unpick and unpack standard concepts and vocabulary such as encounter, identity, the local, nomadism, religion, and the state.