Session Title

Ambiguous Identities in Medieval Sources

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)

Organizer Name

Patrick W. Harris

Organizer Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Presider Name

Patrick W. Harris

Paper Title 1

When We Say "So-and-so is min ahl," What Do We Mean? On Decoding Ethnic, Regional, and Religious Boundaries in Medieval Arabic Biography

Presenter 1 Name

A. L. Castonguay

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 2

Ideals and Realities of Identification in the Medieval Merchant's Mediterranean

Presenter 2 Name

David D. Terry

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Grand Valley State Univ.

Paper Title 3

What's in a Name?: The Giustiniani and the Reimagining of Family Identity on Genoese Chios

Presenter 3 Name

Brian N. Becker

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Delta State Univ.

Start Date

7-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 213

Description

Historians, must proceed with caution when entering into important discourse concerning identity in the Middle Ages. The assertion of a historical subject’s identity, via onomastics for example, may be based on tenuous assumptions. Furthermore, some subjects actively play with ambiguities of identity to benefit them as it suits their circumstances, as famously in The Return of Martin Guerre, creating further difficulties for the researcher. This session will explore methodologies to help cope with ambiguous ethnic, religious, and sexual identity within source material. Alison Langdon

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May 7th, 10:00 AM

Ambiguous Identities in Medieval Sources

Bernhard 213

Historians, must proceed with caution when entering into important discourse concerning identity in the Middle Ages. The assertion of a historical subject’s identity, via onomastics for example, may be based on tenuous assumptions. Furthermore, some subjects actively play with ambiguities of identity to benefit them as it suits their circumstances, as famously in The Return of Martin Guerre, creating further difficulties for the researcher. This session will explore methodologies to help cope with ambiguous ethnic, religious, and sexual identity within source material. Alison Langdon