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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1604: Ambiguity of Hospitality, II: Troubled Diplomacies in Eurasian Contexts, 13th-14th Centuries

Thursday 6 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Ambiguities of Hospitality Project / Centrum för medeltidsstudier, Stockholms universitet
Organiser:Wojtek Jezierski, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Tim Geelhaar, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Respondent:Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Paper 1604-aHonourable Guest or Dangerous Spy?: Contradictions of Diplomatic Hospitality in Late Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Edward Dettmam Loss, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna
Index terms: Anthropology, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1604-bKoryo and the Mongol Yuan Empire: Merged in Some Areas Yet Separated in Others
(Language: English)
Lee Kang Hahn, Korean History Department, Academy of Korean Studies, Seongnam
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Historiography - Medieval, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 1604-cThe Rhetoric of Silence as Part of the Romanian Diplomatic Ceremonial in the 16th Century
(Language: English)
Valeriu-Mihai Pănoiu, Institutul de Istorie și Teorie Literară 'G. Călinescu', Academia Română, Bucureşti
Laura-Eveline Bădescu, Institutul de Istorie și Teorie Literară 'G. Călinescu', Academia Română, Bucureşti
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Mentalities, Rhetoric, Teaching the Middle Ages

The dangers of hospitality are particularly visible through diplomatic missions in the later Middle Ages. This session focuses on how traveling diplomats and their hosts' dealt with such challenges, particularly with intercultural differences that came to light during such encounters. The 'History of Mar Yaballaha III' sheds light on how the Mongolian ambassador Rabban Sauma tried to overcome misunderstandings and potential disagreement during his embassy in the 14th century. Northern Italian cities, on the other hand, developed different approaches towards diplomatic guests by focusing mainly on maintaining the security of the city. The respondent will bring both perspectives together into a broader discussion about ambiguities of hospitality.