IMC 2017: Sessions

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-aA View from the Outside: Image and Perception of Byzantium in the Writings of the Frankish Clergy
(Language: English)
Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1615-bArrogant and Neglecting God: Strategies of Legitimisation in German Historiography
(Language: English)
Isabelle Chwalka, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Abstract

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.