IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 505: Global Byzantium: Transitional Relations, 500-1453, I

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Anna C. Kelley, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Respondent:Chris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 505-aA Byzantine Princess and an Ottonian Emperor: Theophano and Otto Revisited
(Language: English)
Lauren A. Wainwright, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Lauren A. Wainwright, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Lauren A. Wainwright, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies
Paper 505-bWoven Words: The Form and Content of Inscribed Textiles in the Byzantine World
(Language: English)
Julia Galliker, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Julia Galliker, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Julia Galliker, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Technology
Paper 505-c'La vostra sorella Cleophe paleologina': Context and Agency of an Italian Basilissa in Byzantine Morea
(Language: English)
Andrea Mattiello, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Andrea Mattiello, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Andrea Mattiello, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies
Abstract

This is the first of four related panels. Byzantine relations with the states and nations that encircled the empire are a familiar topic of discussion and debate.  But Byzantium’s geographical position and established political and economic networks meant that the empire was the central lynchpin for a complex and global web of transnational relationships as well. Byzantium linked the Vikings and Rus in the north; the Catholic lands of Europe and (after the mid-8th century) the Umayyad caliphate of al Andalus to the west; Abbasid and then Fatimid Egypt and the North African coast to the south (with tentacles reaching down the Nile to Ethiopia and through the Sahara to the Niger valley); and, to the east, Palestine, the caliphates of Damascus and then Baghdad, across the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas to the Indian Ocean and, along the so-called Silk Routes, China. These transnational relations manifested themselves in many ways, among others: economic links through trade routes; military and political links through conflict or diplomacy; and cultural links through the social mobility promoted by economic opportunity and transferrable expertise (the classic sub-field of transnational studies in contemporary history, which is however only part of the field as a whole).  With a few notable exceptions, however, Byzantine transnational relations have been little discussed, and never compared.