IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 809: Moving Byzantium, IV: Scales of Mobility in Early Byzantium

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

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:Ioannis Stouraitis, University of Edinburgh
Paper 809-aKinetic Empires: Nomadic Mobility, Environmental Change, and Imperial Formations between Byzantium and China, 6th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Computing in Medieval Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 809-bNetworks of Merchants in Byzantine Egypt: A Geographical Perspective
(Language: English)
Dorota Dzierzbicka, Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Computing in Medieval Studies, Economics - Trade, Social History
Paper 809-cFlight from Byzantium: Attitudes towards Emigration in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Ekaterina Nechaeva, Collegium Helveticum, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich / Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Demography, Political Thought, 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 discuss novel approaches towards mobility in early Byzantium from the regional to the global level, integrating new concepts of migration and imperial history as well as tools of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and network analysis.