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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1408: The Place of Merovingian Studies in the Global Middle Ages: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Early Medieval Europe
Organiser:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Moderator/Chair:Bonnie Effros, Department of History, University of Liverpool

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Ian Wood's Merovingian Kingdoms we would like to discuss the future of Merovingian studies. The publication of the book coincided with the emergence of Merovingian history as a field which had not existed as such before the late 1980s and 1990s. The intensified study of the period has influentially changed our perspective on the Transformation of the Roman World as well as the emergence of some of the characteristic features of medieval Europe. Two large collections on Merovingian history will appear in 2019 - The Oxford History of the Merovingian World edited by Bonnie Effros and Isabel Moreira, and two volumes on the Merovingians in a Mediterranean perspective edited by Stefan Esders and Yitzhak Hen. With editors of these recent volumes as well as scholars who have been defining Merovingian studies in the last decades, we would like to discuss the perspectives of Merovingian studies in the 21st century.

Participants include Marios Costambeys (University of Liverpool), Stefan Esders (Freie Universität Berlin), Paul Fouracre (University of Manchester), Anne-Marie Helvetius (Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis), Jamie Kreiner (University of Georgia, Athens), Isabel Moreira (University of Utah), Thomas F.X. Noble (University of Notre Dame, Indiana), and Ian N. Wood (University of Leeds).