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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 834: Mappings, IV: Continental Borders on Maps and in Texts

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Moderator/Chair:Nadine Ulrike Holzmeier, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 834-aScitica regio in Europa situm habet: What do Medieval Chronicles Tell Us about the Borders of Medieval Europe?
(Language: English)
Julia Verkholantsev, Department of Russian & East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 834-bTermini Europae : Where, When, and How does 'Our' Continent Feature on Medieval Maps and in Medieval Prophecy
(Language: English)
Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 834-c'Hic finis asiae': The Borders of the Continents on Medieval Word Maps
(Language: English)
Christoph Mauntel, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Geography and Settlement Studies

The idea of three distinct continents seems deeply inscribed into medieval Christian thinking, in part because Genesis 10 says that after the Flood, God divided what we might call the landmasses among Noah's three sons. But not only were the boundaries - geographical, cultural - of the separate continents defined quite differently if at all in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, a closer look at Latin European medieval attempts to describe a world order also shows that continents 1. weren't frequently used at all and 2. if they were the usage differed considerably from what has seemed obvious to modern historians. The papers of the session will approach the problem of the representation of borders as such and different possibilities to actually think about, write about, and draw borders in quite a range of different medieval genres.