IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 302: South-Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages: Politics, Culture, and Material Life

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:South-Eastern European Medievalists Network (SEEM-N)
Organiser:Jake Ransohoff, Department of History, Harvard University
Moderator/Chair:Alexandru Simon, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Cluj-Napoca
Paper 302-aEarly Byzantine Cities in the Balkans as Objects of Diplomacy
(Language: English)
Darko Stojanov, Institut za Nationalna Istorija, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University, Skopje
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 302-bBetween Nation and Separatism: The Patterns of Political and Ethnic Allegiance in the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, 1185-1218
(Language: English)
Francesco Dall'Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 302-cThe Many Faces of Tsar Ivan Alexander: Preliminaries for a Study of Royal Ideology in 14th-Century Bulgaria
(Language: English)
Jake Ransohoff, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The study of Medieval Southeastern Europe poses a number of distinct interpretive problems for Medievalists and Byzantinists alike: the challenges of diverse and fragmentary source-material, linguistic, and disciplinary barriers, and modern political divisions often frustrate attempts to include the polities of South-Eastern Europe in broader thematic analyses of Medieval Christendom. With such issues in mind, this session aims to present papers addressing various aspects of political, religious, and material culture in Medieval South-Eastern Europe. By bringing together new research vistas in the medieval history of regions such as Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and the Dalmatian coast, we hope both to foster a richer comparative discourse among South-Eastern European specialists working in different fields, as well as offer ways forward for a more substantive engagement between South-Eastern Europe and Medieval studies at large.