Session1723
TitleWriting the Other in the Middle Ages, III: Discovering New Knowledge of the World
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserIrene Malfatto, Independent Scholar, Philadelphia
 
Moderator/ChairFelicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
 
RespondentRebecca Darley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
 
Paper 1723-a European Perspectives on Africa in the 16th Century
(Language: English)
Bernhard Klein, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index Terms: Folk Studies; Geography and Settlement Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Mentalities
Paper 1723-b Creating Geographical Authority in Manuscripts and Early Printed Editions of the Vulgate Latin Mandeville
(Language: English)
Marianne O'Doherty, Department of English, University of Southampton
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Language and Literature - Latin; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Printing History
 
AbstractVoyages of discovery took place throughout the Middle Ages. The papers in this session examine on one hand European journeys to far-flung places and the efforts of travellers and scholars to understand the spaces and cultural contexts they encountered. As the edges of the European world were pushed back who could claim superior knowledge and on what basis? On the other hand, the dissemination and reception of new knowledge defined perceptions in Europe of the Otherness which lay beyond most people's experiences and these papers explore this discovery of a new world through competing written claims to knowledge.