Session1615
TitleCreating Otherness: Was There an Interest in Foreigners?
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserIsabelle Chwalka, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
 
Moderator/ChairLudger Körntgen, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
 
Paper 1615-a A View from the Outside: Image and Perception of Byzantium in the Writings of the Frankish Clergy
(Language: English)
Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar - Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1615-b Arrogant and Neglecting God: Strategies of Legitimisation in German Historiography
(Language: English)
Isabelle Chwalka, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Mentalities
 
AbstractHistoriography in the Middle Ages was most of the time limited to a nation, a monastery, or a family. Even if the historiographer wrote a world chronicle, the focus of the author was mostly narrowed writing about his own time. Despite these constrictions there are - due to the open concept of otherness - many different descriptions of others. This session asks why and when others were interesting for the writers and if there were common methods to write about others.