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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1730: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, II: Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Paper 1730-aConcepts of the Border in Early Medieval Central Europe
(Language: English)
Jakub Kabala, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1730-bIslands: Not the Last Frontier - Insular Models in the Early Medieval Byzantine Mediterranean, c. 650 - c. 850
(Language: English)
Luca Zavagno, Department of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Local History
Paper 1730-cThe Lord's Tournament Ground: The Performance of Nobility in Crusader Outremer
(Language: English)
Nicholas Paul, Department of History, Fordham University
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities, Political Thought

As part of an overdue retheorisisation of the medieval frontier, these three papers search out concepts of territory and border space in different non-western contexts. Kabala compares Latin, Slavonic, and Byzantine concepts of boundedness in the 8th and 9th centuries; Zavagno presents a new understanding of the role of the Mediterranean islands in the Byzantine world; and Paul shows the Crusader principalities of the Holy Land as a Western outpost whose primary concerns was not its enemies but its homeland. All three add to our understanding of what the medieval frontier meant for those who met it.