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51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

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The Post-1204 Byzantine World: New Approaches and Novel Directions

The 2018 symposium will be dedicated to the later Byzantine world, taking its starting point from the cataclysmic events of 1204.

Especially in recent years, the late Byzantine period has seen an increasing amount of exciting research activity: from continuing Grundlagenforschung (palaeography, critical editions, translations and commentaries) via the reevaluation of key social, political, and economic practices to the application of new methods such as network studies or sociolinguistics, our understanding of the society and politics of the final two hundred and fifty years of Roman rule in the eastern Mediterranean have much increased. If down to the late 1990s Laskarid and Palaiologan Byzantium was often still perceived as one of the (many) Cinderellas of Byzantine Studies, this is clearly no longer the case. Wherever one looks these days, exciting postgraduate projects are under way; in an increasing number of universities, Byzantine Studies is taught by colleagues with expertise in the later Byzantine period.

The 51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies seeks to take stock of these novel approaches to the post-1204 Byzantine world by bringing together established researchers, new voices, and open communications on all aspects of this newly polycentric world that stretched from Constantinople to Mystras and from Arta to Trebizond: we will explore the functioning of late Byzantine politics – the interaction of emperors and rulers with aristocratic, ecclesiastical, urban elites and the demos – look at the cultural, religious, and literary life in the various post-1204 polities from various angles, and explore the fragile position of the dwindling Eastern Roman polities in their wider Mediterranean context, from the Italian powers via the Balkans to the Mamluks, Ottomans, and Mongols.

Confirmed speakers include Dimiter Angelov, Michael Angold, Daniele Bianconi, Marie-Helene Congourdeau, Nikolaos Chrissis, Andrea Cuomo, Sharon Gerstel, Cecily Hilsdale, Dimitri Kastritsis, Tonia Kiousopoulou, Ruth Macrides, Paul Magdalino, Christos Malatras, Nevra Necipoglu, Johannes Pahlitzsch, Inmaculada Perez Martin, Antonio Rigo, Alexander Riehle, Teresa Shawcross, Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Ida Toth, and Ionut Alexander Tudorie. 

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51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

The 51st Spring Symposium -  'The Post-1204 Byzantine World: New Approaches and Novel Directions' - will return to Edinburgh for the third time on 13-15 April, 2018. (Published 23 October, 2017)

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