IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 718: Displacement and Otherness: The Case of East Central Medieval Europe

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sebastian Piotr Bartos, Department of History, Valdosta State University, Georgia
Moderator/Chair:Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Paper 718-aThe Pacifying Power of an Outsider: Ducal and Saintly Rulership in the High Medieval Duchy of Krakow
(Language: English)
Sebastian Piotr Bartos, Department of History, Valdosta State University, Georgia
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 718-bAlien from the East: The Image of Central-Eastern Europe in Anglo-Norman Chronicles from the 11th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jędrzej Szerle, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Index terms: Anthropology, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 718-c13th-Century Lords and Their International Identities: Grappling with the Otherness of Medieval Politics
(Language: English)
Wojciech Kozłowski, Institute of Social Prophylactics & Social Work, Maria Grzegorzewska University / Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies, Warszawa
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

This session addresses the notion of displacement as a lens through which other cultures – geographic, political and temporal – are viewed. Displacement as a strategy highlights ‘otherness’ in order to foreground identity, strengthen authority, or rework traditionally held notions. In its focus on East Central Europe, the session argues for new perspectives on varied instances of displacement – the displacement involved in innovative scholarly notions of lordly identity, displacement as a guiding principle in Anglo-Norman chronicles dealing with geographical ‘others’ of East Central Europe, and the displacement of local authority by temporal and spiritual means in high medieval Little Poland.