IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1011: Byzantine Borders, I

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Paper 1011-aTranscending Borders: Jerusalem as an Imagined Landscape in the Vita Willibaldi
(Language: English)
Liam McLeod, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography
Paper 1011-bInventing Slavonic: Missionary Hagiography between Rome and Constantinople
(Language: English)
Mirela Ivanova, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography
Paper 1011-cTents at the Border
(Language: English)
Margaret E. Mullett, Department of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek
Abstract

Byzantine Borders, I is the first of four sessions to examine cultural, linguistic and historical margins within the Empire and at and across its edges. After a brief introduction stressing the significance of borders for our understanding of the Byzantine thought-world across time, Session I emphasises the re-evaluation of cultural boundaries and the metamorphosis and invention of borders in written sources in the central Middle Ages. The concept of invention runs through all the papers alongside explorations of alterity.