Session1513
TitleInteraction, Identity, and Space in the Irish Sea, 700-1100, I: Interactions and Identities
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorIrish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network (ISMARN)
 
OrganiserCharles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
 
Moderator/ChairLaura Gathagan, Department of History, State University of New York, Cortland
 
Paper 1513-a Images of Sigurd on Crosses and Carvings from the Isle of Man, Northern Britain, and Sweden: A Scandinavian / Benedictine Connection
(Language: English)
Tracey-Anne Cooper, Department of History, St John's University, Queens, New York
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Ecclesiastical History; Epigraphy; Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1513-b 11th-Century Dublin in the Irish Sea and Beyond: Hybrid Identities and Competing Connections
(Language: English)
Caitlin Ellis, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Geography and Settlement Studies; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1513-c A Viking Thalassocracy?: Raid, Trade, and Lordship
(Language: English)
Andrew Sargent, Department of History, Keele University
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Geography and Settlement Studies; Maritime and Naval Studies
 
AbstractThese two sessions seek to show case new work on interaction in the Irish Sea during what might be termed the 'Viking Age'; this research identifies the Irish Sea itself as a central place and as a space for a range of interactions cross the period 700-1100, but also a space which was connected to a much wider world. This first session focusses on questions around identity and the transcultural connections fostered in the Irish Sea zone, with papers that look at: cultural syncretism as represented by the image of Sigurd deployed in sculpture across the Irish Sea, northern Britain and Scandinavia; an examination of Dublin’s mercantile community and the deliberate fostering of hybrid identities in the 11th century; and the extent to which we might conceive of the lordships that emerge in the Irish sea as genuinely maritime polities - thalassocracies - or as extensions of primarily land-based lordships