Roundtable at International Medieval Congress, 2010, Leeds

Mallorca areal view

Postcolonising the Medieval Image is sponsoring the following roundtable at this years International Medieval Congress at Leeds.

How Other is the Other, and Where is the Other?: A Round Table Discussion
Date / Time:     July 14, 2010 19.30-20.30

Moderator:       Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds

The theme of travel and exploration gives rise to numerous considerations of otherness and its representations. In this panel discussion, we will explore the limits and pitfalls inherent in the adoption of self-other binaries and issues of location. We will seek to clarify the different theoretical bases of current uses of ‘other’, ‘otherness,’ and ‘othering’, and discuss whether the current theories of otherness are compatible. Where, in thinking about the other, is the space for overcoming such binaries of self-other? How can we move beyond assumptions of cultures as self-contained and autonomous? How can we juggle ethnic/religious difference and gender? How can we move beyond notions of influence, which posit a superior and an inferior party? How other is in fact the other?

Participants include Karen Overbey (Tufts University), Marcia Kupfer (Independent Scholar, Ohio), and Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds).