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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 822: Medieval Italians outside of Italy

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Carrie Beneš, Division of Social Sciences, New College of Florida
Moderator/Chair:Paul Oldfield, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 822-aItaly Unbound: Being an Italian Abroad in the Civic Chronicle Corpus
(Language: English)
Laura K. Morreale, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Italian, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Paper 822-bFlorence in Tunis, Ancona on the Black Sea: An Italian Geography of the Mediterranean in Manuscripts of Goro Dati's La sfera
(Language: English)
Carrie Beneš, Division of Social Sciences, New College of Florida
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Economics - Trade, Language and Literature - Italian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 822-cAffiliation and Belonging in the Medieval Mediterranean: Networks and Identities in Genoese Notarial Sources
(Language: English)
Jeffrey Miner, Department of History, Western Kentucky University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies, Social History

While it is generally understood that medieval inhabitants of the Italian peninsula were eager and experienced travelers, the historiography of late medieval Italy is often overwhelmingly intramural, focusing on civic communities and relationships between cities (occasionally mutually beneficial, more often competitive or hostile). This panel 'zooms out' that narrow focus to explore the affinities and/or social webs that connected late medieval Italians outside of Italy - across the Mediterranean and beyond. Consideration of historical, documentary, and literary sources reveals a sense of Italianità enacted on a broader scale; each paper examines aspects of a common culture among medieval Italians on the move.