Session Title

In the Penumbra of the Peninsula: Projections of Iberian Power and Culture across the Medieval Mediterranean

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA); North American Catalan Society

Organizer Name

John A. Bollweg

Organizer Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ./College of DuPage

Presider Name

Montserrat Piera

Presider Affiliation

Temple Univ.

Paper Title 1

Translating the East: Reshaping Narratives of Travel in the Fourteenth-Century Crown of Aragon

Presenter 1 Name

Matthew V. Desing

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-El Paso

Paper Title 2

The Spanish Hag in the Italian Hills: The Intersection of Bodies and Origins in the Cancionero de Estúñiga

Presenter 2 Name

Hollie Allen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Colorado-Boulder

Paper Title 3

Courtesy and Diplomacy across the Mediterranean: The Case of El gran capitán

Presenter 3 Name

Emily S. Beck

Presenter 3 Affiliation

College of Charleston

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1155

Description

Medieval studies matured in the context of national traditions of historical and literary studies, but scholars are increasingly questioning the usefulness of political boundaries for historical analysis. Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos, among others, propose substituting the Mediterranean for nation-based models as a framework for approaching studies of the region of which Iberia is a part. Such a framework focusing on connectivity and movement allows scholars to reflect the complexity of medieval interactions, while also complicating and expanding the notion of Iberia by questioning its geographic boundaries. For this session, NACS and IMANA seek papers from a variety of disciplines that reflect on the influence of medieval Iberian politics and culture beyond the physical limits of the peninsula, including but not limited to contributions in travel literature, expansionist projects of Iberian kingdoms (and their reception), material and cultural exchange, and visual arts.

John A. Bollweg

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May 15th, 10:00 AM

In the Penumbra of the Peninsula: Projections of Iberian Power and Culture across the Medieval Mediterranean

Schneider 1155

Medieval studies matured in the context of national traditions of historical and literary studies, but scholars are increasingly questioning the usefulness of political boundaries for historical analysis. Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos, among others, propose substituting the Mediterranean for nation-based models as a framework for approaching studies of the region of which Iberia is a part. Such a framework focusing on connectivity and movement allows scholars to reflect the complexity of medieval interactions, while also complicating and expanding the notion of Iberia by questioning its geographic boundaries. For this session, NACS and IMANA seek papers from a variety of disciplines that reflect on the influence of medieval Iberian politics and culture beyond the physical limits of the peninsula, including but not limited to contributions in travel literature, expansionist projects of Iberian kingdoms (and their reception), material and cultural exchange, and visual arts.

John A. Bollweg