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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1504: Ambiguity of Hospitality, I: Approaching Intercultural Host-Guest Relations through Discourse and Rituals, 1000-1350

Thursday 6 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Ambiguities of Hospitality Project / Centrum för medeltidsstudier, Stockholms universitet
Organiser:Wojtek Jezierski, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Paper 1504-aAmbiguous Semantics?: Changing Notions of Hospitality in Narrative Sources - A Digital Humanities Approach
(Language: English)
Tim Geelhaar, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Anthropology, Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 1504-b'After dinner everyone wants to kill Nur-ad-Din': Faith, Class, and Culture in the Latin East
(Language: English)
Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 1504-c(S)Platter: What Do Metaphors of Battles as Feasts Tell Us about the Ambiguity of Hospitality in Intercultural Contacts?
(Language: English)
Wojtek Jezierski, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Anthropology, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative

Scholars have traditionally focused on the integrative potential of hospitality in intercultural contacts and in medieval societies in general. Common feasting, conviviality, and host-guest relations have long been interpreted as ways of achieving peace and avoiding conflict also across cultural and religious divides. By analyzing the semantics of hospitalitas in large text corpora, by studying metaphors of feasts and battles, and by exploring concrete rituals of hosting and guesting during the crusades in the Holy Land, the papers in this session demonstrate how intercultural hospitality and feasting were ridden with risks and ambiguities, thus uncovering the limits of functionalistic view of hospitality in the High Middle Ages.