IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 328: Iberian Othernesses: Constructing Identities of Self in a World of Confrontation with the Other?

Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Organiser:Maria João Branco, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Moderator/Chair:Maria João Branco, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Paper 328-aAmigas y Concubinas entre León y Portugal
(Language: Español)
Inés Calderón Medina, Departamento de Ciências Históricas y Teoria das Artes, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 328-bChristian-Muslim Love and Hate Stories in Iberian 13th- and 14th-Century Historiography
(Language: English)
Isabel de Barros Dias, Departamento de Humanidades, Universidade Aberta, Lisboa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 328-cWar and Peace: Social Status and Legitimacy through Conflict - Kings and Ecclesiastics in 13th-Century Portugal
(Language: English)
Maria João Branco, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

Conflict and opposition have long been made responsible for the reinforcement of identitarian feelings involving groups of people and communities, who build their sense of identity based both on what makes them similar and what makes them dissimilar. Likeness and otherness are, in this respect, indissociable. The rhetorics of friendship and enmity serve multiple agendas, but are nonetheless crucial strategies to preserve status whilst legitimising it. Working from the example of the Iberian Peninsula in the 12th- 14th centuries, this session looks at such constructs from three cases in which these elements help understand how kings, ecclesiastics and noblewomen preserve and build their own status.