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.
Organized by Dr. Emily Winkler (Haskins Society European VP), this conference is sponsored this conference is sponsored by the Haskins Society as well as TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), The Royal Historical Society, the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, the John Fell OUP Research Fund, and St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.
Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)
Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)
Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome, Tor Vergata)
Plus a short Highlight Talk by Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge)
This conference is supported by the TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies programme.