Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Preliminary schedule (subject to further change)

2013 Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium


27th May

19.00 Informal drinks reception (location to be announced)

28th May

8.00-9.00 Registration: Teviot Lecture Theatre, Doorway 5, Old Medical School

9.00-10.00 Opening remarks:
Thomas J. MacMaster, University of Edinburgh

Keynote talk:
Hugh Kennedy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London:
          Islamic Late Antiquity Revisited

10.00-11.15 Session 1 – Maintaining and changing identities
Moderator: Bethan Morris, University of Edinburgh

Richard Broome, University of Leeds:
          Approaches to the Frankish Community in the Chronicle of Fredegar and Liber Historiae Francorum
Respondent: Roger Collins, University of Edinburgh

Soléna Cheny, University of Paris 1-Sorbonne:
          The Seventh Century in the Maghreb: between Latin Antiquity and the Islamic Middle Ages
Respondent: Thomas J. MacMaster

11.15-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.30 Session 2 – Landscapes and settlements in transition
Moderator: Alessandro Gnasso, University of Edinburgh

Mehrnoush Soroush, New York University:
          Irrigation in Khuzistan after the Sasanians: Continuity, Decline, or Transformation?
Respondent: Eberhard Sauer, University of Edinburgh

Paolo Forlin, University of Trento, Universitè de Franche-Comté:
          The periphery during the seventh century: the rise of a new landscape within the core of the Alps (Valsugana, Trentino, Italy; Apsat Project) 
Respondent: Helena Carr, University of Sheffield

Giuseppe Cacciaguerra, University of Catania; Antonino Facella, Scuola Normale Superiore; Luca Zambito, University of Messina:
          Aspects of Settlement in Seventh Century Sicily
Respondent: Denis Sami, University of Leicester

13.30-14.30 Lunch, Jim McMillan Room, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, 1st floor

Poster Session, Jim McMillan Room

Giuseppe Cacciaguerra, University of Catania:
          The territory of Syracuse in the VII Century: a landscape between continuity and transition

Martina Čechová, Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic:
          Developmentof the 7th Century Cherson (on the Euxine): Rise and Fall?

José Miguel Rosselló Esteve, Univerity of Granada:
          Continuity and Discontinuity in the Balearic Islands during the Byzantine period (VI-VIII centuries)

Paolo Spadaro, Sapienza University of Rome
          Early medieval lamps from the Civic Museum of Franco Libero Belgiorno in Modica

Luca Zambito, University of Messina:
          Aspects of 
Settlement in Seventh Century Sicily

14.30-16.30 Session 3 – Conceptualizing rulers, real and imagined
Moderator: Thomas J. MacMaster

Heidi Stoner, University of York:
          Kings Without Faces: an examination of the visual evidence for kingship in the seventh century
Respondent:  Bethan Morris

Ryan J. Lynch, University of Oxford:
          Sons of the Muhājirūn: Some comments on ‘Abd Allāh b. al-Zubayr and Legitimizing Power in the Second Fitna
Respondent:  Nicola Clarke, University of Newcastle

16.30-16.45 Coffee break

16.45-18.45 Session 4 – Remembering the past in a time of transformation
Moderator: Emanuele Intagliata, University of Edinburgh

N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, University of Leeds:
          ‘Before and After the Chronicle of Fredegar: The Trojan Narrative and the Franks’
Respondent:  Alessandro Gnasso

Jane Freeborn, University of Edinburgh:
          Power, Pride and the Environment in Later Merovingian Gaul
Respondent: Yaniv Fox, University of Cambridge

Majied Robinson, University of Edinburgh:
          Quantitative approaches to the rise of Islam
Respondent: Sarah Bowen Savant, Aga Khan University

 18.45-19.00 Final remarks: Bethan Morris

19.00 Reception, Jim McMillan Room, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, 1st floor

29th May

9.15-10.45 Session 5 – Urban settlement in an age of change
Moderator: Emanuele Intagliata

Eisa Esfanjary, University of Edinburgh:
          Geomorphology of Persian Cities in the early Islamic period
Respondent: Hugh Kennedy

Ine Jacobs, University of Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel:
          From Early Byzantium to the Dark Ages at Sagalassos
Respondent: James Crow, University of Edinburgh

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-13.15 Session 6 – Crossing boundaries, bridging cultures
Moderator: Bethan Morris

Alex Woolf, University of Saint Andrews:
          Sutton Hoo and Sweden
Respondent: Brian Wallace, University of Edinburgh

Jörg Drauschke, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz:
          The development of contacts and trade between the Byzantine Empire and the Frankish Kingdom until the early 8th century
Respondent: Thomas S. Brown, University of Edinburgh

Julio Miguel Roman Punzon, University of Granada; Miguel Jimenez Puertas, University of Granada; Jose C. Carvajal, University of Sheffield:

          When the East came to the West: the seventh century in south-east Spain: living amongst Visigoths, Byzantines and Muslims
Respondent: Javier Martínez Jiménez, University of Oxford

13.15-14.15 Lunch, Jim McMillan Room, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, 1st floor

14.15-16.15 Session 7 – Shifting frontiers and people in motion
Moderator: Thomas J. MacMaster

Helen Lawson, University of Edinburgh:
          Abercorn’s abandonment: historiographical contexts
Respondent: Adrian Maldonado, University of Glasgow

José Miguel Rosselló Esteve, Univerity of Granada; Pau Marimon Ribas, University of Barcelona; Isabel Busquets Porcel, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia:
          Continuity and Discontinuity in the Balearic Islands during the Byzantine period (VI-VIII centuries)
Respondent:  Danielle Donaldson, Radboud University

Marie Legendre, University of Oxford:
          Islamic Conquest, Territorial Reorganization and Empire Formation: A Study of 7th Century Movements of Population in the Light of Egyptian Papyri
Respondent: Andrew Marsham, University of Edinburgh

16.15-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Session 8 – Imagining the holy
Moderator: Alessandro Gnasso

Austin Mason, University of Minnesota:
          The Early English Cult of Saints in Long-Term Perspective
Respondent: Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln

Caterina Franchi, University of Oxford:
          Mirror, mirror on the wall: the King, the Antichrist and the Last Emperor
Respondent: James Palmer, University of Saint Andrews

18.30-19.00 Concluding remarks:  Emanuele Intagliata

20.00 Conference dinner, Howies Restaurant, 29 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ

30th May

10.15-12.00 National Museum of Scotland guided tour