IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 613: Masculine Journeys / Journeying Masculinities, II

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Ruth Mazo Karras, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair:Ruth Mazo Karras, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Paper 613-aInterfaith Masculine Identities in the Riḥla of Ibn Jubayr
(Language: English)
Matthew King, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Matthew King, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 613-bA Man on the Move: Prince Pedro of Portugal (1185-1240) and Male Freedom in Medieval Iberia
(Language: English)
Miriam Shadis, Department of History, Ohio University
Miriam Shadis, Department of History, Ohio University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 613-c'Return to God and the brotherhood of good and excellent men': Competing Masculinities in the Jewish Communities of Medieval Egypt
(Language: English)
Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

These two panels address the relationship between masculinity and travel in the Middle Ages (broadly defined in geography and chronology). Most people who traveled long distances were men. Did the masculine identities of those who voyaged differ from those who stayed at home? How did the relationship between male travelers and their social and familial ties play out in terms of gender and masculinity? Did travelers revise their ideas of masculinity as they encountered other cultures, and did those they visited comment on their gender? How do travelers’ accounts, letters home, and accounts from the receiving communities, and imaginative literature play with ideas of masculinity?