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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 830: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier 2018, IV: Dealing with Power on the Frontier

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Rethinking the Medieval Frontier Network
Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Luca Zavagno, Department of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta
Paper 830-aClaiming Authority over the Edge of the World: Frontier Strategies in Salzburg, c. 870
(Language: English)
Jakub Kabala, Department of History & Digital Studies, Davidson College, North Carolina
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 830-bConquest and Territoriality in the Late Medieval Anatolian Frontiers
(Language: English)
Zeynep Aydoğan, Independent Scholar, Istanbul
Index terms: Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Mentalities
Paper 830-cTo Whom Might/Do They Belong?: Claims to Newly Discovered Atlantic Islands in the Late Medieval Period
(Language: English)
Andreas Obenaus, Forschungsschwerpunkt Globalgeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy

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. Since the work of Turner, frontiers specialists have had the idea of the open frontier, one beyond which is unclaimed space, empty at least of anyone able to resist the power so defining it. Such perspectives now invite deconstruction: here that optic is applied to contemporary writings from the Frankish-Slavic frontier in the late 9th century, the moving frontier of Turkish settlement in late medieval Anatolia, and the various Mediterranean powers who found themselves in possession of previously-uncontacted Atlantic islands at the very close of the Middle Ages.