Session1728
TitleBorders and Transgression in Late Medieval Southeast Europe
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorCentre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths, University of London
 
OrganiserNada Zečević, Centre for the Study of the Balkans / Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London
 
Moderator/ChairKosana Jovanović, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Rijeka
 
Paper 1728-a Beatrice of Aragon and the Borders of Her Realms: How Transylvania Reached the Danube in 1480
(Language: English)
Alexandru Simon, Centrul de Studii Transilvane, Academia Romane, Cluj-Napoca
Index Terms: Genealogy and Prosopography; Local History; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1728-b Moving the Borders on a Bigger or Smaller Scale: Agency of Slavonian Nobility in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Suzana Miljan, Institute of Historical & Social Sciences, Croatian Academy of Sciences & Arts
Index Terms: Administration; Charters and Diplomatics; Local History; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1728-c The Good Guys and the Bad Guys?: Banditry in Albania Veneta in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Nada Zečević, Centre for the Study of the Balkans / Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London
Index Terms: Administration; Daily Life; Law; Mentalities
 
AbstractFor more than two millennia, Southeast Europe (SEE) has represented a border line between Europe's East and West. Initially instituted as a line dividing the Roman Empire (formalised by Emperor Theodosius I, 379-395), the region's bordering feature remained embedded in the continent's political, religious, ethnic, and cultural delineations, leaving a distinctive mark even on the area's outlook today. To the historical polities that developed there, the border character of SEE brought substantial and long-term change. Resulting from diverse interests of various, often clashing political factors, during the late Middle Ages these polities were involved in frequent direct conflicts, while their stability was additionally challenged by some less apparent, 'mediated' transgressions. Aiming at exploring the role and the significance which these transgressions had in balancing power in the region, this session will focus on three situations in which their key actors - people coming from different ethnic, social, and cultural milieus - challenged the area's 'formal' governing structures, their organisational settings, and their key ideologies. A particular attention will be put on the devices and strategies by which these transgressions were justified in order to manipulate and legitimise some new forms of subversion, submission, and control.