TitleThe 'Other' Irish: Dislocation, Adaptation, and Habilitation at Home and Abroad
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
OrganiserShane Lordan, School of History, University College Dublin
Moderator/ChairMáirín MacCarron, School of English & Digital Humanities, University College Cork
Paper 125-a Otherness and the Unifying Appeal of Saint Patrick: A Look at the Political Background to Jocelin's Vita Patricii
(Language: English)
Claire Collins, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Genealogy and Prosopography; Hagiography; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 125-b Who's Your Mummy?: Negotiating Identity within the Medieval Irish Foster Family
(Language: English)
Thomas O'Donnell, Department of Science & Technology Studies, University College London
Index Terms: Education; Language and Literature - Celtic; Social History; Women's Studies
Paper 125-c Aspects of the Cult of St Brigit in Europe
(Language: English)
Shane Lordan, School of History, University College Dublin
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography; Religious Life
AbstractConsiderations of the medieval Irish as 'other' often focus on monastic peregrini such as Columbanus and the effect they exerted on their new environments as agents of change. Yet, different types of dislocation, such as fosterage or mission, effected different types of 'otherness' which themselves necessitated different social, political, or religious compromise - be it through adaptation or habilitation. These papers examine how medieval Irish individuals, groups, and saints either experienced otherness or challenged those they came into contact with as 'other' in Ireland, Britain, and Europe. At their core they consider the transformative processes by which these 'other' Irish integrated, or were integrated, into their new settings.