IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 609: Moving Byzantium, II: Changes and Risks of Social Mobility

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Wittgenstein-Prize Project 'Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructures & Personal Agency', Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Organiser:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Paraskevi Sykopetritou, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Paper 609-aMobile Criminals: Crime and Punishment in 13th-Century Byzantine Epirus
(Language: English)
Ekaterini Mitsiou, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Law, Social History
Paper 609-bRealities and Criticism on Peoples' Mobility in Byzantium According to George Pachymeres
(Language: English)
Eleonora Kountoura-Galaki, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 609-cRanks to Riches: Infantry Officers and Social Mobility in the Middle Byzantine Period
(Language: English)
Christos Makrypoulias, Independent Scholar, Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Military History, Social History
Abstract

The project Moving Byzantium highlights the role of Byzantium as a global culture and analyses the internal flexibility of Byzantine society. It aims to contribute to a re-evaluation of a society and culture that has traditionally been depicted as stiff, rigid, and encumbered by its own tradition. This will be achieved by the exploration of issues of mobility, microstructures, and personal agency. This session will be devoted to the interplay between geographical and social mobility and its impacts on society in middle and late Byzantium, taking a new look on written evidence from the perspectives of historiography, military history, and criminology.