IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1211: Byzantine Borders, III

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Margaret E. Mullett, Department of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Paper 1211-aBiological Boundaries?: Defining the Life-Stage in Late Byzantium
(Language: English)
Stephanie Novasio, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1211-bWomen, Borders, and Diplomacy
(Language: English)
Lauren A. Wainwright, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1211-cOn the Borders of Byzantine Art
(Language: English)
Liz James, Department of Art History, University of Sussex
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies
Abstract

Byzantine Borders, III is the third of four sessions to examine cultural, linguistic, and historical margins within the Empire and at and across its edges. Session III focusses on people and artisanal products. The first paper introduces the methodological approach of Life Course Studies to late Byzantium (13th-15th centuries) and establishes the biological boundaries recognised by Byzantines during this period. The second paper analyses the role of women in transgressing political boundaries, and gender as a component of diplomacy. The final paper evaluates the extent to which ‘Byzantine art’ can be seen as a genuine category of analysis: does this methodological boundary mean anything to scholars with an increasingly global outlook?