IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1311: 'Central Places' in the Middle Ages, II: Centres in Nomadic Contexts

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Organiser:Daniel Syrbe, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Syrbe, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Paper 1311-aThe Hring: Centre of the Avar Kaghanate
(Language: English)
Matthias Hardt, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1311-bA Medieval Centre between Yurt and Palace: The Discussion on the Beginnings of Pliska and the Structure of the First Bulgarian Realm
(Language: English)
Daniel Ziemann, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1311-cSaray: A Commercial Hub in the Late Medieval Global Age, 1250-1350
(Language: English)
Wolfram von Scheliha, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The second session on central places in the Middle Ages focuses on centers in the context of nomadic societies. Seeming to be a contradiction in terms, nevertheless central places had important functions in nomadic contexts, as recent research has shown on various examples. Nomadic groups came in control of central places, mostly cities, which existed for long and were important economic centers. But nomadic rulers also founded new centers, often when they were in continuous contact with sedentary ’empires’. This session asks for the role of such old and new central places in terms of their political, prestigious, economic, social and/or religious function.