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The Normans in the South: Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/30/2017 to 7/2/2017
When: Friday, June 30, 2017
Where: St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
United States
Contact: Dr. Emily A. Winkler

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The Normans in the South
Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

By some accounts, 1017 marked the advent of the Norman presence in Italy and Sicily, inaugurating a new era of invasion, interaction and integration in the Mediterranean. Whether or not we decide the millennial anniversary is significant, the moment offers an ideal opportunity to explore the story in the south, about a thousand years ago. To what extent did the Normans establish a cross-cultural empire? What can we learn by comparing the impact of the Norman presence in different parts of Europe? What insights are discoverable in comparing local histories of Italy and Sicily with broader historical ideas about transformation, empire and exchange? The conference aims to draw together established, early-career and post-graduate scholars for a joint investigation of the Normans in the south, to explore together the many meetings of cultural, political and religious ideas in the Mediterranean in the central Middle Ages.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)
Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)
Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome II)

Call for Papers
Proposals for three-paper sessions, as well as individual proposals for 20-minute papers, are welcome. Comparative studies are particularly encouraged. Submissions should include: an abstract of 200–300 words, paper title, name and academic position, institutional affiliation and durable contact details for all speakers.

Themes and topics could include:

    Sicily as a cultural crossroads
    The Normans and empire
    Islamic interactions
    Political leadership
    Social change: women, men and families
    Norman Conquests compared: Italy, Sicily and other parts of Europe
    Reactions to the Norman presence in the south, then and now
    Impact on Italy as a whole
    Local history: micro-perspectives on macro-trends

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2016
Please direct paper and session proposals, requests to join the conference mailing list, ideas for themes, and all other enquiries to:

Dr Emily A. Winkler

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