Conférence : “Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE”, Edimbourg, 22-23/11/2019

3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies : 

Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE.

22nd– 23rd November 2019

Supported by the University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Late Antique Byzantine Studies Research Group & Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
The Alwaleed Centre & School of Divinity Christian-Muslim Studies Network & Alumni and Friends of the University of Edinburgh through the Student Experience Grants scheme

Conference Committee:

Philip Harrison, Aristotelis Nayfa, Sam Nwokoro,
Leone Pecorini Goodall and Anna Stockhammer.

Preliminary Programme


Friday, 22nd November 2019

Location: TBA


10:00-10:20                 Registration (register online now:


10:20-10:50                 Opening Remarks: Dr Lucy Grig (University of Edinburgh)



10:50-13:10                Panel 1: Frontiers (and beyond): Military, diplomatic or cultural interactions across linguistic and political delimitations


      10:50-11:10          Panel Chair: Prof. Eberhard Wolfram Sauer (University of Edinburgh)

                                    “From the High Caucasus to the Steppes of Eurasia: Frontiers in the

                                     Late Antique and Early Medieval World”


      11:10-11:30          Tonicha Mae Upham (Aarhus University)

                                    “Don’t all Rus’ burn their women? Mediating the Rus’ conversion to Christianity in Arabic geographical accounts”


      11:30-11:50           Panagiotou Stavros (Neapolis University)
                                    “Arab Raids in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 7th century and the problem of hagiological sources”



11:50-12:10     Break


      12:10-12:30            Kyle B. Brunner (New York University)

                                    “Get off My Lawn! Dispute and Maintenance of Physical Boundaries in Syriac Hagiography during Early Islam”


      12:30-12:50            Fraser Reed (University of Edinburgh)

                                    “Urban Continuity in Late Antique Thracia: An Archaeological Perspective of the 6th and Early 7th Centuries in                                           Southeastern Europe”


12:50-13:10     Discussion



13:10-14:20      Lunch



14:20-16:40                Panel 2: Forms of Expression and Transmission: Listening through language, art and ideas.


        14:20-14:40            Panel Chair: Dr Louise Blanke (University of Edinburgh)

                                       “(Re)constructing Jerash: History, historiography and the making of the ancient city”


         14:40-15:00           Elodie Powell (Independent Scholar)
                                       “Inertia of the lived experience: touch, wear, and the physicality of Middle Byzantine faith”


         15:00-15:20          Mathilde Sauquet (University of Oxford)

                                      “Islamic Influences in Norman-Sicilian Art after Roger II: The Deterioration of a Precious Heritage or a Natural                                           Cultural Evolution?”



15:20-15:40     Break


            15:40-16:00         Christine Roughan (New York University)

                                         „An Astronomical Curriculum between Byzantine and Islamicate Worlds”


             16:00-16:20       Aslisho Qurboniev (University of Cambridge)

                                       “Continuity of Sunnī Mālikī Knowledge Transmission under the Shīʿī Fāṭimid Caliphate in North Africa (909-                                                 974)”


16:20-16:40     Discussion



16:40-17:10                 Break



17:10-18:40                Keynote Lecture, in association with the Byzantine Seminar Series: Prof. Dame Averil Cameron – “Byzantium: empire, commonwealth or nation-state?”


18:40-19:40     Wine Reception


20:00- Late                  Dinner            



Saturday, 23rd November 2019

Location: TBA



10:00-12:00                Panel 3: Dynastic and Political Changes: Patterns of continuity across ruling classes, court-life and dynastic succession


10:00-10:20                Panel Chair: Dr Yannis Stouraitis (University of Edinburgh)
“Imperial Power and Inertia: Some Thoughts on Dynastic Continuity in Byzantium”


10:20-10:40                Ewan Short (University of Cardiff)

“The emotional challenges of imperial daughterhood in the Komnenian

dynasty (1081-1185)”


10:40-11:00                Maggie Freeman (University of Copenhagen)

                                   “Continuity in Nomad-State Interactions in Bilad al-Sham, from the Roman to Umayyad Periods”


11:00-11:20    Break


11:20-11:40                 George Luff (University of York)

“Becoming ‘Byzantine’: Identity on the Frontiers of Byzantine Territorial



11:40-12:00     Discussion


                 12:00-13:00                Poster Session


                 13:00-14:00                 Lunch


14:00-15:40                Panel 4: Patterns of Trade and Economic Infrastructure: ‘domestic or foreign’.


              14:00-14:20                Panel Chair: Dr Paul Reynolds (University of Barcelona) – TBC


              14:20-14:40                Matteo Randazzo (University of Edinburgh)
               “Did changing everything change nothing (or little)? Some considerations on material culture and settlement patterns of Crete in                  the transitional period between Byzantium and Islam (8th-mid-10th Century)”


              14:40-15:00                Stefano Nicastro (University of Edinburgh)

                                   “The Islamic perception of Genoa between 10th and 15th century”


15:00-15:20                Alasdair Grant (University of Edinburgh)

                                   “Legal Inertia Despite Social Change? Framing Late Byzantine Slavery”


                           15:20-15:40    Discussion       

                           15:40-16:00                 Break


16:00-18:50                Panel 5: A View from Below – Story of the Common Masses


16:00-16:20                Georgii Obatnin (Independent Scholar)

                                   „Periodization and study of women in Early Medieval Egypt“


16:20-16:40                Tim Penn (University of Edinburgh)

                                   “Burying the dead inside earlier buildings in the late Roman and early medieval West: The view from northern Italy”


16:40-17:00                 Alice Van Den Bosch (University of Exeter)

                                    Goddesses, Lions and the construction of the female martyr in late



17:00-17:15    Discussion


17:15-17:30                 Break


17:30-18:50                Keynote Lecture, in association with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network (School of Divinity): Ass. Prof. Jack Tannous (Princeton University) – “The View from Above, the View from Below, and the View from Books”



Citer ce billet
Hassan Bouali (2019, 29 octobre). Conférence : “Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE”, Edimbourg, 22-23/11/2019. Diwan. Consulté le 22 juin 2024, à l’adresse

Hassan Bouali

Docteur en histoire médiévale de l'université Paris Nanterre.

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