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 06-07-2017Time:
Others can be found everywhere: outside ones 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 ones 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.