Session Title

Transformations in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages II: New Methodologies and Approaches

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dept. of History, Durham Univ.

Organizer Name

Helen Foxhall Forbes

Organizer Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Presider Name

James Corke-Webster

Presider Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Paper Title 1

From Group to Subject: Rethinking Identity in the Early Middle Ages

Presenter 1 Name

Guy Halsall

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of York

Paper Title 2

Gregory of Tours, Religious Authority, and Modern Sociology

Presenter 2 Name

Christopher Guyol

Presenter 2 Affiliation

SUNY-Geneseo

Paper Title 3

Calabria, AD 400-900: Early Medieval? Late Antique? Byzantine?

Presenter 3 Name

Helen Foxhall Forbes

Start Date

14-5-2017 10:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2020

Description

This session examines the disciplinary structures, approaches and assumptions which underpin research into late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, centring particularly on how to bring different disciplines together for fruitful dialogue across periods, regions and methodologies. Guy Halsall explores how the theory of the subject in continental philosophy and related psychoanalysis can be used to build on and go beyond ideas about groups and boundaries, which have tended to reify or hypostatise not only the group but also the identity in scholarship on identity in late antiquity and the early middle ages. Christopher Guyol considers how far society was becoming integrated under religious authority figures in the early Middle Ages, using the work of Gregory of Tours as an example, and focusing on how sociological approaches are useful in investigating these issues. Helen Foxhall Forbes examines how different disciplinary approaches to the study of Calabria (southern Italy) in the period 400-900 affect periodisation and in turn the way in which Calabria is understood and interpreted.

Helen G. Foxhall Forbes

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May 14th, 10:30 AM

Transformations in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages II: New Methodologies and Approaches

Fetzer 2020

This session examines the disciplinary structures, approaches and assumptions which underpin research into late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, centring particularly on how to bring different disciplines together for fruitful dialogue across periods, regions and methodologies. Guy Halsall explores how the theory of the subject in continental philosophy and related psychoanalysis can be used to build on and go beyond ideas about groups and boundaries, which have tended to reify or hypostatise not only the group but also the identity in scholarship on identity in late antiquity and the early middle ages. Christopher Guyol considers how far society was becoming integrated under religious authority figures in the early Middle Ages, using the work of Gregory of Tours as an example, and focusing on how sociological approaches are useful in investigating these issues. Helen Foxhall Forbes examines how different disciplinary approaches to the study of Calabria (southern Italy) in the period 400-900 affect periodisation and in turn the way in which Calabria is understood and interpreted.

Helen G. Foxhall Forbes