TitleConflict and Integration: Crossing Medieval Borders, II - Multilingual and Multicultural Borders
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
SponsorQueen's University Belfast
OrganiserKaren Pinto, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Elisa Ramazzina, Faculty of English, University of Oxford / School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Moderator/ChairImants Lavins, University College of Economics & Culture, Riga
Paper 615-a From Germanic Languages to Italian: Borrowing without Borders
(Language: English)
Elda Morlicchio, Dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Linguistici e Comparati, Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Italian; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Other; Onomastics
Paper 615-b Medieval Switzerland: Developing Borders of a Multicultural Polity
(Language: English)
Jürg Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Wexford
Index Terms: Demography; Geography and Settlement Studies; Mentalities; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 615-c Irish Fashion in Early Modern England: Marking the Social Other
(Language: English)
Zoe Alden Greenfield, Independent Scholar, Chicago
Index Terms: Art History - General; Daily Life; Social History
AbstractThis second panel explores how medieval borders fostered multilingual and multicultural processes, thus demonstrating how frontiers not only separate, but also promote integration. Through the study of onomastic systems and loanwords, Paper -a demonstrates how modern Italian shows evident traces of the contact between Germanic tribes (Goths, Lombards, Franks) and the local Latin-speaking communities, thus demonstrating the fluidity of linguistic borders in early medieval Italy. Paper -b explores the expansion of the Swiss Confederation in the Late Middle Ages as it cut across borders, incorporating culturally and linguistically diverse regions, which, however, identified themselves politically and historically as part of the Holy Roman Empire. Paper -c analyses the socio-cultural aspects of hegemony by looking at the stigmatisation of the brat, a typical Irish garment in early modern England, which became a marker of social otherness, thus reflecting the hierarchical social organization of 16th-century England.