IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1723: Writing the Other in the Middle Ages, III: Discovering New Knowledge of the World

Thursday 6 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Irene Malfatto, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Respondent:Rebecca Darley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1723-aEuropean Perspectives on Africa in the 16th Century
(Language: English)
Bernhard Klein, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Folk Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 1723-bCreating Geographical Authority in Manuscripts and Early Printed Editions of the Vulgate Latin Mandeville
(Language: English)
Marianne O'Doherty, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History

Voyages of discovery took place throughout the Middle Ages. The papers in this session examine on one hand European journeys to far-flung places and the efforts of travellers and scholars to understand the spaces and cultural contexts they encountered. As the edges of the European world were pushed back who could claim superior knowledge and on what basis? On the other hand, the dissemination and reception of new knowledge defined perceptions in Europe of the Otherness which lay beyond most people’s experiences and these papers explore this discovery of a new world through competing written claims to knowledge.