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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1126: A Mediterranean Borderland: Rethinking Southern Italy, II

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond, Virginia / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
Organisers:Joanna H. Drell, Department of History, University of Richmond, Virginia
Paul Oldfield, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Amy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1126-aWilliam of Montevergine, 1085-1142: The Integration of a Foreigner into the Kingdom's Communities and the Production of Norman Cultural Memory
(Language: English)
Eleni Tounta, Department of Byzantine & Medieval History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1126-bThe Foundation of St Euphemia in Calabria: A 'Norman' Church in Southern Italy?
(Language: English)
Benjamin Pohl, Department of History, University of Bristol
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 1126-cThe Battle against Simony in Norman Italy: Perceptions, Interpretations, Measures, and Consequences
(Language: English)
Lioba Geis, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte des Mittelalters, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval

This is the second of a set of three panels and a round table which aims to rethink aspects of the conventional paradigm which has considered medieval Southern Italy as a borderland, situated on a periphery. Together, the speakers (at times explicitly, at times implicitly) explore some of the many broader 'realms' and transitions within which the region, particularly in its 'Norman' period, participated. These include the secular and monastic Church, aristocratic networks, the papacy, Islam, crusading, urbanization, and historical writing. These sessions also are informed by, and celebrate, the seminal contribution to the field made by Professor Graham A. Loud.