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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1523: Transforming Borders: Constructing Identities in Late Antiquity, I

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Roland Steinacher, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Veronika Egetenmeyr, Arbeitsbereich Alte Geschichte Historisches Institut Universität Greifswald
Paper 1523-aImagined Borders, Literary Frontiers, and Ethnography
(Language: English)
Jakob Riemenschneider, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1523-bBetween Decadence and Despotism: Identity and Political Boundaries in the Sasanian Empire
(Language: English)
Marc Tipold, Historisches Institut Universität Potsdam
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Military History, Social History
Paper 1523-cThe Border Regions of the Merovingian Kingdom and Their Dukes
(Language: English)
Michael Zerjadtke, Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften Helmut-Schmidt-Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Military History

Our sessions aim to question the interrelation of borders and emerging identities. The first session will discuss various theoretical notions and terminological problems of 'borders' in Late Antiquity. The second session will highlight case studies from the Orient to the Occident. Societies developed in border regions, e. g. the Franks and Alamanni on the Rhine, the Vandals and Goths at the lower Danube. At the Eastern border where the Roman Empire bordered the Persian one various Arab confederations came into being. Whether physical and mental borders in the Orient and the Occident had different meanings and specific shapes throughout late Antiquity is in the center of interest.