Florentina, Claudius, Brunhild, Witteric, Massona, Julian, Eugenius: Iberian, Catholic, Cartagenian, Greek, noble, Goth, mother, Arian, Lusitanian, Hispano-Roman, (Hi-)Spanian, Jew, Toledan, local, and so on. Who were the aforementioned persons and what were their identities, and when? In what ways were their identities performed? In what places did they act them out? Did they matter in real time or were they historical illusions, rhetorical devices used in representations of temporal and physical space? What about non-human ideas, objects and territories? Toledo was in Carpetania to some, in Carthaginensis to others. Baetica included Spania, or did it? Were Spania and Hispania conflicting spatialities? In what ways have historical texts and historiographies blurred, invented and reconstructed the identities of Iberian pasts?
Early medieval Iberian identities were dynamic and transformative as much as they were enmeshed in post-imperial / neo-imperial politics, struggles for land and property, territorial boundaries, the use of names, and the definitions of contested ideologies, including who was, and what it meant to be, religious. The second Visigothic Symposium will address these issues by offering essays across the themes: ‘space’ and ‘identity’. The aim is to approach the core issue of the meanings of self and other in early medieval Iberia (and that too we should be deconstructing) by way, first, of critical analyses across methodological spectrums, from literary critique to the interrogation of material culture to archaeological data, and more. Following that multi-disciplinary engagement we will turn to interdisciplinary readings to develop a fruitful cross-dialogue that can enhance our perceptions, our understandings, of space and identity in ‘Visigothic’ Iberia.
Panel 1: Space
- Jorge Carlos Arias, PhD Candidate, History Department, University of California, Los Angeles
- Renan Frighetto, Professor of Ancient History, Federal University of Paraná
- Sonia Gutierrez Lloret, Julia Sarabia Bautista, Carolina Domenech, and Victoria Amorós, Department of Prehistory, Archeology, Ancient History, and Greek and Latin Philology, University of Alicante
- Céline Martin, Professor, Department of History, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne
- Jamie Wood, Principal Lecturer, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Panel 2: Identity
- María de los Ángeles Utrero Agudo, Tenured Researcher, School of Arabic Studies, EEA-CSIC
- Molly Lester, Assistant Professor, History Department, United States Naval Academy
- Meritxell Pérez Martinez, Professor, INSAF-Faculty of Theology of Catalonia & Visiting Researcher, Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona
- Mark Tizzoni, Visiting Assistant Professor, Angelo State University
- Artemio Martínez Tejera, Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Autonomous University of Madrid
Schedule of Publication
31 March 2018 – Response Papers (2,000-2,500 words)