TitlePerceptions of Foreign Regions, Countries, and Peoples, II: Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairEmilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1628-a 'Sed quia regio Polonorum ab itineribus peregrinorum est remota': Strategies of the Social Communication in East and Central Europe in the Early 12th Century
(Language: English)
Dariusz Rott, Department of History of Medieval & Renaissance Literature, University of Silesia, Katowice
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Slavic
Paper 1628-b The 'Others' in Еarly Мedieval Bulgarian Sources: Opponents or Partners
(Language: English)
Antoan Tonev, Sofia High School of Mathematics
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Slavic; Mentalities; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy
AbstractPaper -a:
In his presentation the author discusses the chorography that opens the early 12th-century chronicle titled The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles by the anonymous author known as Gallus Anonymous. The strategies of description of a country remote from the pilgrimage routes, a new territory incorporated into the world of Latin Christianity in the 10th century. The presentation also contains issues regarding the shaping of geographical awareness, social communication about the regions that are unknown and located far from the centre, as well as political communication at the joint of the Christian and pagan worlds at the beginning of the 12th century in the time of expansion of Latin Europe.

Paper -b:
The few discovered Bulgarian early medieval sources present us a very complex, one can say even philosophical picture of 'the Other', 'the Others', and 'the Otherness'. 'The Others' are not just partners or opponents. They are often a whole different world with whom the world of the Bulgarians communicates. In my article I will try to clarify a few basic questions. Which are considered most often as 'the Others' - religious opponents, political enemies, or people with another ethnic identity? How does 'the Otherness' affect the relations between two peoples or two states? Can Bulgarians be friends or allies with 'the Others'? What stereotypes about 'the Others' can be found in preserved sources?