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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 636: Moving Byzantium, II: In and out of Byzantium

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Wittgenstein-Prize Project of the Austrian National Research Foundation (FWF): '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:Emilio Bonfiglio, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Paper 636-aMobility as Craft: Byzantium and Its 'Acquisitional' Northern Neighbours
(Language: English)
Nicholas Evans, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Social History
Paper 636-bThe Materialities of Byzantine Cultural and Geographical Mobility in the Early Medieval Western Balkans, c. 565-800
(Language: English)
Alexander Sarantis, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - Sites, Byzantine Studies, Economics - Rural
Paper 636-cMoving to Southern Italy: Greek-Speaking People and Oral Literature from the East to the West during the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Francesco G. Giannachi, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università del Salento
Index terms: Anthropology, Byzantine Studies, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Greek

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 is devoted to cultural and geographical mobility into and out of the Byzantine Empire, both within the Mediterranean as well as from and to neighbouring regions in the North and the East. Innovative theoretical approaches will come to bear in the discussion of new archaeological and textual evidence.