IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 215: Scandinavia in Europe, II: 'Otherness' Within?

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:'Creating the New North' Research Programme, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
Organiser:Lars Ivar Hansen, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Moderator/Chair:Rune Blix Hagen, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Paper 215-a'Otherness' in Conflict: The Blurred Line of Enmity in the Norwegian 'Civil Wars'
(Language: English)
Hilde Andrea Nysether, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 215-b'No matter what section they are charged with': The 'Other' in Scandinavian Law
(Language: English)
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Index terms: Law, Mentalities
Paper 215-cWithin You, Without You?: Approaches to the 'Other' in High Medieval Expansion in the Far North
(Language: English)
Stefan Figenschow, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Tromsø
Index terms: Crusades, Demography, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

North- and eastward expansion of Scandinavian state authority in the 13th and 14th centuries brought contact with many ‘others’, and there were different strategies regarding if and how to integrate these ‘others’ in the expanding realms. Scandinavian legislation defined the ‘other’ in terms of foreign traders and inhabitants, and regulated their status within set jurisdictions, but the laws also tackled the ‘other within’ in terms of the legal status of the non-Norse population as well as socially excluded groups. Many early book illustrations emphasize the otherness of Sámi culture compared to European culture. Woodcuts of Sámi culture will be discussed according to theories of ‘othering’ and genres of travel literature.