International Medieval Congress 2017. Special Focus: Otherness

The IMC is firmly established as the interdisciplinary forum for debate in all areas of medieval studies. The IMC comprises a 4-day programme of sessions, round tables, lectures, and public events.

Date: 03-07-2017 until 06-07-2017
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‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court). One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution. The demarcation of the ‘Self’ from ‘Others’ applies to all areas of life, to concepts of thinking and mentalité as well as to social ‘reality’, social intercourse, and transmission of knowledge and opinions. Forms and concepts of the ‘Other’, as well as attitudes towards ‘Others’, imply and reveal concepts of ‘Self’, selfawareness, and identity, whether expressed explicitly or implicitly. There is no ‘Other’ without ‘Self’. A classification as ‘Others’ results from a comparison with oneself and one’s own identity groups. Thus, attitudes towards ‘Others’ oscillate between admiring and detesting, and invite questioning into when the ‘Other’ becomes the ‘Strange’. The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.

For further information, please consult the website: http://www.imc2017.co.uk/ or send us an e-mail: imc@leeds.ac.uk

Location: University of Leeds Main Campus
Cost: Public Events: Free / Registration Fee for Full Conference: £225.50 (standard) £125.00 (student/retired/unwaged) Day rate: from £120.00 - £130.00