IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1515: Othering in Pre-Norman Southern Italy, I: Perceptions and Contexts

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akadamie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom
Organisers:Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Kordula Wolf, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Moderator/Chair:Rosamond McKitterick, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1515-aBetween a Rock and a Hard Place?: South Italian Portrayals of Louis II of Italy and His East Roman Counterparts
(Language: English)
Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1515-bForeigners and Others in Early Medieval Southern Italy: Interpretations and Sources
(Language: English)
Luigi Andrea Berto, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 1515-cShifting 'Othering': Montecassino's Monks between Lombards and Saracens from the First to the Second Destruction of the Monastery - A Comparison of the Earliest Historiographical Accounts, 8th-10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Edoardo Manarini, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities, Monasticism

In this strand of three sessions, we want to take a closer look at the process of ‘othering’. We will focus on the shaping or construction of an ‘other’ (as distinct from the ‘self’ and one’s ‘in-group’) and on the emphasising of ‘otherness’. One of the most interesting regions for studying this process is southern Italy (including Sicily) in the period between the Frankish conquest of the north Italian kingdom (774) and the arrival of the Normans (mid-11th century). In this first session, Clemens Gantner will speak about the perception of Franks and ‘Byzantines’ as others in 9th-century southern Italian sources. Luigi Andrea Berto will then expand on the south Italian historiographical landscape and these texts’ stance on otherness. Edoardo Manarini will then specifically address the representation of Lombards and Saracens from the standpoint of the monastery of Monte Cassino.