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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1226: New Approaches to Refugees and Displaced Persons in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin
Organisers:Guido M. Berndt, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Freie Universität Berlin
Roland Steinacher, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Philipp von Rummel, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Mischa Meier, Abteilung für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 1226-aVagi, praedatores, and laeti: Barbarian Refugees in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1226-bAlans and Goths in the South of Gaul between 411 and 418: Migrants or Federates? - The Experiment by Honorius and Constantius Imitating the Pro-Gothic Policy of Theodosius
(Language: English)
Christine Delaplace, Centre Michel de Boüard (CRAHAM) / UFR d'Histoire, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1226-cA Scholarly Retrospect: Re-Reading and Appropriating Ancient Refugees in the Early Modern Era
(Language: English)
Stefan Donecker, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Political Thought

According to the UN the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. Between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages numbers were considerably smaller. Since the 16th century, however, modern research labelled the period 'Völkerwanderungszeit' (Migration Period), evoking images of large groups of peoples on the move. To a certain extent Roman sources provided the basis for these valuations describing on-going Roman civil wars as invasions and a barbarian takeover. Our sessions will deal with the fate of refugees, possible reasons of migrations, and question the narratives of barbarians versus Romans. Furthermore, we will discuss not only the evolution of historical narratives since the Modern Era, but also the way pre-modern scholars thought of refugees and population movements.