IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 217: The Medieval Landscape / Seascape, II: Landscapes of 'the Other' and Identity

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Landscape Research Group, Oxford
Organisers:Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Sam Turner, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University
Paper 217-aWhere There's a Well There's a Way: Old English -ingas Group Identities and Negotiating Control of Land and Water in Early Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Robert Briggs, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 217-b'Secret and distant freaks': Constructing the Irish Other through the Landscape
(Language: English)
Daryl Hendley Rooney, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Political Thought
Paper 217-cArchaeological Approaches to Otherness: The Mountain as an Alternative to Monastic Communities in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Marta Sancho i Planas, Institut de Recerca en Cultures Medievals, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

Writing about the medieval landscape and environment has a rich and long tradition and is an area in which many of the disciplines that comprise medieval studies have made significant contributions. Scholars working on ideas of the landscape, concepts of space, and place as well as in the developing field of environmental humanities have added to our theoretical framework for understanding people’s relationships with the environment in the past. This session focuses on the idea of the ‘other’ and ‘otherness’ in settlement, places of the past, and how the landscape was used to construct ideas of ethnicity and identity.