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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 240: The Caucasus as Borderland, II: Empires and Borders in the South Caucasus

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval Caucasus Network
Organisers:James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
John Latham-Sprinkle, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
Paper 240-aThe Role of Georgian Monasteries in Delineation of Political and Cultural Borders with Byzantium and the Muslim World
(Language: English)
Lado Mirianashvili, Independent Scholar, Tbilisi
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 240-bPolities as Borders?: 12th-Century Georgia and Its Neighbours
(Language: English)
James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Index terms: Administration, Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 240-cTaming the Frontier: Chormaqan and the Conquest of Transcaucasia
(Language: English)
Timothy May, Department of History University of North Georgia
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

Like their neighbours to the North, the largely Christian polities of the South Caucasus were, to a large extent, defined by the eternal question of how to navigate the ambitions of competing empires. In such a situation, the definition of borders took on a fundamental importance in processes of identity formation. This panel will explore how borders were (re-)drawn in the medieval South Caucasus, whether through religious patronage, the incorporation of border marches, or military force.