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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 530: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier 2018, I: Iberian Spaces

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Rethinking the Medieval Frontier Network
Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Emma Cavell, Department of History, Swansea University
Paper 530-aEnds of Empire: Two Island Frontiers between Byzantium and Islam
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 530-bCentering the Marginal: Concubines on Castilian Frontiers, c. 1050-1350
(Language: English)
Stacey Murrell, Department of History, Brown University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality
Paper 530-cIberian Border Regimes: The Case of Castile and Navarre in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sandra Schieweck, Zentrum für Europäische Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (ZEGK), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

Since 2015 the network project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been organising comparative sessions encouraging a new theorisation of frontiers and borders starting from medieval evidence and situations. The 2019 sessions continue to ask what a frontier is to us, what it was in the Middle Ages, and how it was experienced by those who lived with it. Divided up geographically, politically and, for much of the Middle Ages, religiously, the Iberian Peninsula has always been a focus for medievalists working on frontier concepts. This session extends this tradition by considering the border between two Christian kingdoms as a frontier in its own right, considering islands outside the Peninsula as its potential frontiers and by focusing on women who crossed boundaries both political and social.