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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1303: Moving Byzantium, IV: Social Mobility and the Byzantine World

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructures & Personal Agency, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Universität Wien / FWF Wittgenstein-Prize Project
Organisers:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paraskevi Sykopetritou, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Ioannis Stouraitis, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1303-aTowards the Upper Echelon: Agency and Social Ascent in Late Byzantium
(Language: English)
Christos Malatras, Research Centre for Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Art, Academy of Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Language and Literature - Greek, Social History
Paper 1303-bMoving/Transforming Paristrion: From Byzantine Border Province to Heartland of the 'Second Bulgarian Kingdom'
(Language: English)
Francesco Dall'Aglio, Department of Medieval History of Bulgaria, Institute for Historical Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Mentalities, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 1303-cMoving in Exalted Circles: Balkan Elites, Shifting Loyalties, and Social Mobility in Byzantium, 11th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Angeliki Papageorgiou, Department of Russian Language & Literature of Slavic Studies, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Christos Makrypoulias, Institute of Byzantine Research, Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 1303-dIncoming Governor: The Narrative of Visiting Provincial Administrators and Its Function in the Byzantine Epistolography in the 'Long' 12th Century
(Language: English)
Márton Rózsa, Department of Medieval & Early Modern History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Political Thought, Rhetoric, Social History

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 focus on the social mobility of individuals and groups especially at the upper echelon of Byzantine society, both from within and from beyond the borders of the Empire.