IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 503: Constructing and Deconstructing Byzantine Elements: Perceptions of a Medieval World in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Moderator/Chair:E. T. Dailey, Amsterdam University Press / Arc Humanities Press / Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Paper 503-aMisplacing Byzantine Egypt
(Language: English)
Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 503-bMykhailo Hrushevsky and the Construction of a Non-Byzantine History of Rus'
(Language: English)
Christian Raffensperger, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Slavic
Paper 503-cArchitectural Archaeology in Soviet Ukraine: The Creation of a Rus' City Center in Chernihiv
(Language: English)
Olenka Pevny, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Slavic
Abstract

The legacy of the medieval Byzantine world was discovered, seemingly, for the first time in the late 19th century. This panel examines how new memories of the medieval world, both positive and negative, were created intentionally by scholars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to enhance a notion of national identity or to construct a past that eliminated Byzantine influence. Early 20th-century scholars and architects created new narratives of the medieval world for Coptic Egypt, Kievan Rus’, and the Soviet Ukraine.