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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 726: To Italy... and Beyond: Borders as Markers of Space, Culture, and Identity in the Italian Peninsula and Its Near Neighbours, I

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:School of History, University College Dublin / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews / Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Moderator/Chair:Frances Andrews, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 726-aOverlapping Borders: Political, Economic, and Religious Frontiers - The Case of Byzantine Liguria
(Language: English)
Alessandro Carabia, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 726-bSetting Borders and Making Places in Medieval Bologna and Pistoia
(Language: English)
Guy Fassler, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies University of St Andrews
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Law, Local History
Paper 726-cHow Italian Were the Borders of Italy in the Later Middle Ages?
(Language: English)
Luca Zenobi, Faculty of History, New College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy

Medieval Italy is well suited to the Congress theme of 'Borders' as it was highly fragmented in its political geography, economy, languages, and culture. Papers in this first of two sessions on Italy explore these issues from three complementary perspectives. Paper-a considers the meaning of borders and in particular of the Langobard/Byzantine frontier in Late Antique Liguria in the light of archaeological as well as textual evidence. Using the cities of Bologna and Pistoia as case studies, Paper-b then examines how spaces in 14th-century Italy could be defined through sensory experience. Finally, drawing on border negotiations and cartographic sources, Paper-c investigates how some distinctive features of late medieval Italy such as political factionalism and legal pluralism were shaped by territorial culture.