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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 836: Moving Byzantium, IV: Across Social Strata - From the Emperor to the Peasants

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Wittgenstein-Prize Project of the Austrian National Research Foundation (FWF): 'Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructures & Personal Agency', Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Organisers:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paraskevi Sykopetritou, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Kinloch, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 836-aEmperor on the Move: The Transformation of Eastern Roman Monarchy in the Early 7th Century
(Language: English)
Nadine Viermann, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universität Konstanz
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 836-bThe Mobility of Byzantine Provincial Officials: The Evidence of Lead Seals
(Language: English)
Christos Malatras, Research Centre for Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Art, Academy of Athens
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Social History
Paper 836-cThe (Mate)Reality of Combined Operations: When the Byzantine Navy Is Called Upon to Transport a Byzantine Army
(Language: English)
Christos Makrypoulias, Institute of Byzantine Research, Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History, Technology
Paper 836-dIndividual Mobility and Social Identity on the Frontier between Latin Christendom and Orthodoxy: The Networks of Duchess Gremislava Ingvarovna, 1207–1228
(Language: English)
Natalia Zajac, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Slavic, Social History, Women's Studies

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 will focus on modes, infrastructures and impacts of mobility of institutions and social groups of the Byzantine Empire, discussing both material and textual evidence. Moreover, it will illustrate the interdependence between the mobilities of various social strata.