TitleCrossing Medieval Borders: Multicultural and Contested Spaces, I - Contested Sites at the Nexus of Dynamic Border Zones
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorQueen's University Belfast
OrganiserKaren Pinto, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
Moderator/ChairElisa Ramazzina, Faculty of English, University of Oxford / School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 1015-a The Thughur's Forgotten al-Massisa (Mopsouestia): A Historical Biography of One of the Most Highly Contested Sites of the Islamo-Byzantine Frontier
(Language: English)
Karen Pinto, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1015-b The Christian Colonisation of an Andalusian Border Area: The Case of Boatella Suburb, València
(Language: English)
Alexandre Mateu Picó, Departament d'Història Medieval i Ciències i Tècniques Historiogràfiques, Universitat de València
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Architecture - Secular; Geography and Settlement Studies; Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1015-c Shifting Borders in the Late Middle Ages: Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul Viewed by Scholars from the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th Century
(Language: English)
Nicholas Melvani, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Islamic and Arabic Studies
AbstractSituated at frontiers or subjected to shifting political and cultural forces, the places discussed in this panel exemplify the dynamic and ambivalent nature of medieval borders. Narrative sources, documentary evidence, and material remains of cityscapes or suburbs speak to their contested nature. These places were often situated at crossroads, nodes along crucial routes and networks. Paper -a brings to a light a forgotten post along the medieval Islamic frontier in Asia Minor. Paper -b challenges conceptions of the frontier at a boundary zone of medieval Africa. Paper -c explores the Valencian suburb of La Boatella, and its transformations and continuity within the fluid borders of medieval Iberia. Paper -d examines the accounts of travelers to Istanbul to trace imperial imaginations and memory across borders. From urban to rural, from the border to the metropolis, this panel collectively surveys contested sites at dynamic border zones in order to investigate how borders were created and transformed throughout the medieval Mediterranean.