Colloque – Identity Abroad in Central and Late Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean

Life in the central and late Middle Ages was characterised by high levels of mobility and migration. Developments in manufacturing, trade, education, and diplomacy, as well as political and religious conflict and persecution encouraged and at times forced various individuals and groups to move ‘abroad’, permanently or temporarily, to places nearby or further afield. Each had their own different socio-economic background, political allegiance, language, cultural heritage, and faith.

The position and impact of these ‘foreigners’ in societies across Europe and the Mediterranean has been widely discussed. However, what is less discussed is how these individuals and groups understood and (re)presented themselves. Our conference seeks to explore the construction, expression, and practical significance of different forms of ‘social identity’ among individuals and groups living ‘abroad’ in Europe and the Mediterranean in the period between the eleventh and the fifteenth century.

By bringing together a variety of different perspectives, the conference aims to consider not only how ‘identity abroad’ functioned in specific contexts, but also to identify and emphasise developments, patterns, and divergences. This will allow us to reflect more broadly on how the topic can be approached in the pre-modern period and beyond, speaking to current social challenges in a world which is more mobile than ever.

Programme :

Day 1, Friday 7th January

8.45-9.00: Registration

9.00-9.15: Welcome and Opening

9.15-10.30: Keynote Lecture 1 – Roser Salicrú i Lluch (Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC, Barcelona), Deconstructing, Constructing or Reconstructing Identities? Microhistories of Muslim and Christian Captives in the Western Medieval Mediterranean

10.30-11.00: Break

11.00-12.30: Session 1

Dr. Carolina Obradors-Suazo (École des hautes études Hispaniques et Ibériques, Madrid), Identities Witnessed and Performed: the Language of Foreigness in 15th-century Barcelona [online]

Helen Flatley (University of Oxford), Christian Otherness on the Iberian frontier: the Making of Mozarabic Identity in Post-Conquest Toledo

Leo Donnarumma (Université Grenoble Alpes/Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II), We Band of Brothers: the Origin of the Arbëreshë Communities in the Kingdom of Naples at the end of the 15th century

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.30: Session 2

Gabrielle Russo (University of Cambridge), Projecting and (Re)crafting Turkic Identity at the ʿAbbāsid Court: al-Fatḥ ibn Khāqān and The Merits of the Turks

Simona Puca (Université Grenoble Alpes), The Christianitas Cismarina in front of the Others. Investigations on the Letter of the Latins in the State of Jerusalem to Charles of Anjou [online]

14.30-15.00: Break

15.00-16.00: Session 3

Blanche Lagrange (CESCM, Université de Poitiers), An English Artist in Flanders: Visual Identity and Artistic Creation in Flemish Scriptoria in the early 11th-century

Gayane Babayan (Independent Scholar), Armenians, ‘Foreigners’ in 14th-century South-Eastern Crimea: Images as Means of Shaping and Sustaining the Identity Abroad [online]

16.00-16.30: Break

16.30-17.30: Keynote Lecture 2 – Teresa Shawcross (Princeton University), title TBC

Conference Dinner

Day 2, Saturday 8th January


9.15-10.30: Keynote Lecture 3 – Miri Rubin, (QMUL), How strange were the strangers of medieval cities? [online]

10.30-11.00: Break

11.00-12.30: Session 4

Dr. Etleva Lala (Eötvös Loránd University), The Albanian Identity of the Albanians in the Ragusan Republic [online]

Ester Zoomer (University of Amsterdam), Those residing in the Steelyard: the Perception and Regulation of a Hanseatic Mercantile Identity in 15th-century London

Richard Ibarra (University of California, Los Angeles), What’s in a Name? Attesting and Contesting Genoese Nobility in 16th-century Seville [online]

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Session 5

Dr. Victòria A. Burguera-Puigserver (University of the Balearic Islands), Where Voluntary and Forced Migrations intersect: Merchants and Slaves between Christian and Islamic lands in 15th-century Crown of Aragon

Ariana Myers (Princeton University), What’s in a Name? Slavery, Conversion, and Patronage in 13th-century Majorca [online]

Sanja Miljan (Central European University), Franciscans Abroad: Case Study from the Province of Dalmatia until the beginning of the 15th century

15.00-15.30: Break

15.30-16.30: Session 6

Dr. Paulo Catarino-Lopes (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa), Constructing the Self: Self-Identification and Presentation to other ‘Foreigners’ and Locals in Travel Accounts to the East in the late Middle Ages [online]

Eleonora Tioli (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Christian Missionaries in the Mongol Empire

16.30-17.00: Concluding Discussion and End of the Conference

Informations pratiques :

7-8th January 2022

Source : Identity Abroad

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