Session 1615: Creating Otherness: Was There an Interest in Foreigners?
Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45
|Organiser:||Isabelle Chwalka, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz|
|Moderator/Chair:||Ludger Körntgen, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz|
|Paper 1615-a||A View from the Outside: Image and Perception of Byzantium in the Writings of the Frankish Clergy|
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
|Paper 1615-b||Arrogant and Neglecting God: Strategies of Legitimisation in German Historiography|
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Historiography in the Middle Ages was most of the time limited to a nation, a monastery, or a family. Even if the historiographer wrote a world chronicle, the focus of the author was mostly narrowed writing about his own time. Despite these constrictions there are – due to the open concept of otherness – many different descriptions of others. This session asks why and when others were interesting for the writers and if there were common methods to write about others.