IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 707: Goods and Ideas: Bridging Continents in the Byzantine World (c. 300-1500), III - Centre and Periphery

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Birmingham
Organiser:Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 707-aRorik's World System: Scandinavia, Byzantium, and Asia, c. 300-1100
(Language: English)
Scott Ashley, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 707-bMonasticism and the Laity in Byzantium: The Case of an Imperial Foundation in Thrace
(Language: English)
George Makris, Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Byzantine Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 707-cNegotiated Settlements: The Eurasian Mode of Politics
(Language: English)
Naomi Standen, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

This panel seeks to explore the relationship between centre and periphery in the medieval world. In economic terms, it will examine how the mechanisms of trade, patronage and cultural exchange continued to facilitate contact between political hearts such as Constantinople and the extremities of Empire and how such patterns responded to the evolving geo-political landscape of the early medieval world. This provides an excellent platform for the exploration of political apparatus and administration and the connection between localised and central authority. Furthermore, it enables discussion of how such relationships of power were perceived, expressed, and interpreted across the medieval world, and their legacy in emerging spaces on the periphery of Empire.