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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 213: Moving Byzantium, II: Mobility Beyond the Byzantine Borders - Clerics, Pilgrims, and Nobility

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructures & Personal Agency in Byzantium, Universität Wien
Organiser:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Nikolaos Zagklas, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Paper 213-a'Pilgrim Functionaries' and 'Imagined Communities' in Middle Byzantium and Song China
(Language: English)
Nicholas Evans, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Ruisen Zheng, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 213-bNetworks beyond Byzantium: Echoes of the Monothelete Controversy in the Post-Roman West
(Language: English)
Sihong Lin, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 213-cBetween Armenia, Byzantium, and Cilicia: Migrations and Changes in Identity among the Armenian High Nobility in the Light of New Data, 9th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Samvel Grigoryan, Centre d’Études Médiévales, Paul-Valery Université de Montpellier
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Demography

The research programme Moving Byzantium highlights the role of Byzantium as a global culture and analyses the internal flexibility of Byzantine society. It aims to contribute to a re-evaluation of a society and culture that has traditionally been depicted as stiff, rigid, and encumbered by its own tradition. This is achieved by the exploration of issues of mobility, micro-structures, and personal agency. Papers in this session focus on the mobility of literati, clerics, or noble elites to or from Byzantine territories, either in an official capacity or on their own initiative. These movements are placed in wider frameworks of political or religious change as well as of comparison with other medieval polities such as Song China.