Medieval Europe and Beyond: Identities

2018/2019 academic year, 2nd semester: Identities

Identity is a multifaceted subject, intersecting with several other areas of academic study: ethnicity, community, social class, religion, and individualism cannot be understood without reference to the concept of identity. Although frequently expressed through material culture, identity retains an almost ineffable quality (to quote Aaron Gurevich on the individual in medieval society). Identity is what makes me who I am, and as such remains difficult to pin down from the often lacunary medieval evidence. This notwithstanding, medievalists have produced a substantial body of knowledge on questions of identity, on which we will draw in the course of five roundtable discussions this semester, ranging from ethnic identity to the social self.

Convenors: Marian Coman and Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici

First meeting: 25 February, 5pm – National and ethnic identity in the Middle Ages

More details here.