Department of History



  • 01st February 2021:
    Online colloquium (Head: Holger Zellentin, Tübingen): Der Koran und die Transformation der Spätantike

  • 25th January 2021:
    Online colloquium (Head: Peter Zeller, Tübingen): Klima, Wandel und Geschichte. Die Veränderung von Umweltbedingungen als Narrativ, Argument und Quelle der althistorischen Forschung

  • 12th January 2021:
    Online colloquium, Part One headed by Andreas Glanzer, Tübingen ("Herrschaftsrepräsentation in Zeiten der Krise: Das Kaisertum Maiorians") and Part Two by Leitung von Maria Janosch, Tübingen ("Rollen und Funktionen hellenistischer Königinnen: Überlegungen zu den frühen Seleukid(inn)en")

  • 21st December 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Sandra Köke, Tübingen): Die Transformation des Karlsmythos seit dem Hochmittelalter

  • 15th December 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Andrea Bernier, Parma): Laws in context. Sources and compilers of the Theodosian Code

  • 14th December 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Luis Probst, Tübingen): Das Zeit- und Zukunftsverständnis in den karolingischen Jenseitsvisionen des 9. Jahrhunderts

  • 07th December 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Carola Föller, Erlangen): Wie erkennt man eine Bischofsgruppe? Papstbriefe als Herausforderung für die prosopographische Arbeit

  • 01st December 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: James Harland, Tübingen): The late Roman agricultural economy in the North-West and the origins of the aduentus Saxonum

  • 30th November 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Catherine Rose Hailstone, York): The Lesser Studied Bible: Rethinking the role of the Vetus Latina in the reshaping of the late and post-Roman concept of the self

  • 24th November 2020:
    Online colloquium, Part One headed by Antonia Lakner, Oxford/Tübingen ("Of Masses and Mobs. The role of the crowd in 1st-century CE Judaean politics according to Josephus") und Part Two headed by Jens Eberlein, Tübingen ("Stilicho und die italische Aristokratie: Analyse einer reziproken Beziehung")

  • 17th November 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Mischa Meier, Tübingen): Discussion on new book project about Attila

  • 10th November 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Florian Battistella, Tübingen): Kein Masterplan. Beobachtungen zu einigen unter Justinian gültigen Kolonengesetzen

  • 03rd November 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Gavin Kelly, Edinburgh): Ammianus Marcellinus on the Alamani

  • 20th October 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Steffen Patzold, Tübingen): Reading Late Antique and Carolingian texts: local society, transfer of landed property and forms of dependence

  • 13th October 2020:
    Colloquium with special hygienic conditions (Head: John Weisweiler, Cambridge): Capital accumulation, supply networks and the composition of the Roman Senate, CE 14-235

  • 29th September 2020:
    Colloquium with special hygienic conditions (Head: Marco Panato, Nottingham): Inland navigation in the Po valley between the 8th and 9th centuries

  • 15th September 2020:
    Colloquium with special hygienic conditions (Head: James Harland, Tübingen): Reading Geraldine Heng's 'The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

  • 22nd July 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Lutz Berger, Kiel): The Question of Arab Identity in Pre-Islamic Times and the Geopolitics of the Arab Peninsula in late Antiquity

  • 16th July 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Erlangen): Coinage and economic policy in the Osthrogothic kingdom

  • 02nd July 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Irene Bavuso, London): Monastic foundations and coastal interactions in sixth-century Normandy07.07.2020, 16-18 Uhr (Online-Gruppendiskussion): Trade and Traders in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

  • 25th June 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Steffen Patzold/Mischa Meier, Tübingen): DNA and the Anglo-Saxon migration.

  • 16th June 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Viola Gheller, Trient): Doctrinal conflict in 4/5th century Italy
  • 09th June 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Simon Brelaud, Paris): Names of Christians in Mesopotamia
  • 26th May 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Mischa Meier, Tübingen): Discussion on two articles: "L. Mordechai et al.: The Justinianic Plague: An inconsequential pandemic?“ and "M. Meier: „The ‘Justinianic Plague’: An “Inconsequential Pandemic”? A Reply“
  • 20th May 2020:
    Online colloquium (Joint discussion): Crowds in late Antiquity
  • 13th May 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Douglas Whalin, Cambdrige): Family, power, and Roman Women
  • 06th May 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Tübingen): Politics and Procedure in the Late Roman Senate
  • 22nd April 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Harry Mawdsley, Sheffield): Parades of Infamy: The Public Display of Vanquished Emperors, Usurpers and Rebels in Late Antiquity

  • 21st April 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Simon Brelaud, Paris): Christianity in Mesopotamia during the Sasanian period (3rd to 7th century)
  • 15th April 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Steffen Patzold, Tübingen): The "Descriptio mancipiorum“ of Marseille (a. 813/14)

  • 08th April 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Thomas Kohl (Tübingen): Early Medieval Crowds
  • 01st April 2020:
    Online colloquium (Head: Guy Halsall (York): Non-Migration and Immobility
  • 03rd March 2020:
    Viola Gheller (Trient): Barb-arians? Political relationships and religious rivalries in Ostrogothic Italy. On the so-called Collectio Veronensis
  • 21st February 2020:
    Douglas Whalin (Cambridge): Roman Identity in Transition from the Arab Conquest to the Triumph of Orthodoxy
  • 11th February 2020:
    Luise M. Frenkel (Sao Paolo): Over the fence: the shadow of Persia in late-antique Greek writing
  • 05th February 2020:
    Yaniv Fox (Tel Aviv): Migration and Mobility of Heresiological Constructs in the Early Medieval Gaul and Spain
  • 21st January 2020:
    Fabian Schulz (Tübingen): Bischöfe beim Kaiser: Theorie, Praxis und Darstellung im 4. Jahrhundert
  • 09th/10th January 2020:
    Workshop: "Frühmittelalterliche Lokalgesellschaften"


  • 18th December 2019:
    Lecture: Vince van Thienen, Ghent: "Archaeological considerations for the creation of a pan-regional identity as a result of mobility in the Late Roman North“
  • 11th December 2019:
    Lecture: Becca Grose, Exeter: "Shifting elites and shifting relationships in the region of Burgundian hegemony c.300-c.800"
  • 04th December 2019:
    Lecture: John Haldon, Princeton: "St. Theodore, Euchaita and Anatolia, C. 500-1000. Landscape, Climate and the Survival of an Empire"
  • 03rd December 2019:
    Round Table with Boris Nieswand (Tübingen)
  • 26th November 2019
    Lecture: Helen Kaufmann, Oxford: "Ortsbezüge in Migrationsdarstellungen der spätlateinischen Dichtung"
  • 21st - 22nd November 2019:
    Conference: “Patterns of change: the European countryside during the migration period”
  • 18th November 2019:
    Lecture: Anamaria Pazienza, Venice: "Residential (im)mobility and migrant grooms: the example of Lombard Italy (7th - 8th cc.)"
  • 15th/16th November 2019:
    Workshop: „Local Identities in early medieval Europe“
  • 05th November 2019:
    Lecture: James Harland, Newcastle/Tübingen: "The Northwestern Provinces in Crisis: some reflections on Julian's campaigns on the Rhine and the economic reorientation of Britain and Northern Gaul"
  • 28th October 2019:
    Lecture: Isaac Smith, Tuebingen: "Fraxinetum in der Provence zwischen Dār al-Islām und der christlichen Welt"
  • 22nd October 2019:
    Lecture: Guy Halsall, York: "Non-Migrating Barbarians: Late Antiquity in Northern Barbaricum"
  • 16th October 2019:
    Round Table on „Archaeogenetics“
  • 09th October 2019:
    Round Table on "Professionals on the move in late antiquity and the early middle ages"
  • 02nd October 2019:
    Round Table (Led by Helen Kaufmann & James Harland) on „Migrant Identities“
  • 23rd-25th September 2019:
    Joint Retreat on the island Reichenau "Fazit und Ausblick"

  • 18th September 2019:
    Round Table: „Migrant Identity"

  • 11th September 2019:
    Vortrag: Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (Tübingen): An Empire of the Best: Zosimus, the monarchy, and the Eastern administrative elite in the fifth century CE

  • 23rd July 2019:
    Lecture: Samuel Cohen, Sonoma: “The Rhetoric of ‘Foreignness’: Insiders and Outsiders in Late Antique Roman Polemical texts.”
  • 17th July 2019:
    Lecture: Guy Halsall, York: „Reconsidering the Mechanics of Migration: Information, Logistics and Identities“
  • 17th - 18th July 2019:
    Research Forum 2019: Handbook „Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages"
  • 16th July 2019:
    Lecture: Paul Arthur, Università del Salento-Lecce: "Reconstructing Byzantium in southern Italy (6th-11th centuries)"
  • 09th July 2019:
    Lecture: Massimiliano Vitiello, Missouri-Kansas City: "Fear and Sanctity: The Western Empire and the Fifth-Century Invasions"
  • 24th June 2019:
    Lecture: Jamie Wood, Lincoln: "Mobility and migration between the Iberian Peninsula and the Byzantine world in the 6th and 7th centuries"
  • 18th June 2019:
    Lecture: Mischa Meier, Tübingen: "Der römische Kontext des frühen Islam"
  • 03rd June 2019:
    Lecture: Conrad Leyser, Oxford: "Elementary Strategies of Kinship in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages"
  • 28th May 2019:
    Lecture: Guido M. Berndt, FU Berlin: "The Armament of Lombard Warriors in Italy. Historical and Archaeological Approaches"
  • 06th May 2019:
    Lecture: Carine van Rhijn, Utrecht: "Carolinigan culture through the ‚window‘ of priest’s manuscripts"
  • 10th April 2019:
    Lecture: Claudia Tiersch, HU Berlin: "Der weströmische Senat im 5. Jh. n. Chr. - ein Träger von Staatlichkeit?"
  • 03rd April 2019:
    Lecture: James Harland, Newcastle/Tübingen: "Lowland Britain and Northern Gaul: Some  Comparative Observations"
  • 27th March 2019:
    Reading Week (Led by Steffen Patzold/Mischa Meier) – "A Collection of legal texts from the Codex Iustinianus and the Carolingian Empire"
  • 20th March 2019:
    Reading Week (Led by Steffen Patzold) – "Travelling and official documents (tractoria, epistolae formatae etc)"
  • 13th March 2019:
    Lecture: Ann Christys, Leeds: "The History of Ibn Habib (d.852) and the Last Days of al-Andalus"
  • 27th February 2019:
    Lecture: Ian Wood, Leeds: "The Early Medieval West as a Temple Society"
  • 13th February 2019:
    Lecture: Jack Tannous, Princeton: "From Greek into Syriac"
  • 06th February 2019:
    Reading Week (Led by Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner) – “Descriptio mancipiorum” of Marseille
  • 30th January 2019:
    Lecture: Susanne Brather-Walter, Freiburg: "'Lombards' on the move?"


  • 18th December 2018:
    Lecture: Stefan Donecker, ÖAW Vienna: "Völkerwanderung in Early Modern Historiography. The Emgergence of a German Master Narrative, 1500 - 1800"
  • 13th - 15th December 2018:
    Conference: "Migration and Mobility Across the Roman-Persian Frontier, 3rd-7th c. A.D."
  • 05th December 2018:
    Lecture: Alexander Sarantis, Aberystwyth: "Conclusion of the conference 'Byzantium in the Adriatic from the 6th to 12th Centuries' in Split this September"
  • 27th November 2018:
    Lecture: Caroline Belanger, Tübingen/St. Andrews ‘”The Many Worlds of Late Antiquity: Reading History Through Geographical Literature”
  • 20th November 2018:
    Lecture: Anna Kouremenos, Sacramento, CAL: “Pωμαιοκρατία ≠ Roman occupation: (mis)perceptions of the Roman period in Greece”
  • 14th - 16th November 2018:
    Conference: "Africa 500-1000. New Perspectives for historical and archaeological research"
  • 05th November 2018:
    Lecture: Alexander Sarantis, Aberystwyth: "War and Society in the Justiniaic Balkans"
  • 23rd October 2018:
    Lecture: Michael Kelly, New York: "The Liber Iudiciorum: A Visigothic Literary Guide to Institutional Authority and Self-Interest"


  • 11th December 2017:
    Fraser McNair, Cambridge: "Where did all the councils go? Some thoughts on post-Carolingian political culture"

  • 01. December 2017:
    Richard Price, London: “The Nestorian Controversy and Politics in Constantinople”

  • 27th November 2017:
    Lutz Illisch, Tübingen: "'Gold von Arabie' - Spuren der Verwendung und der Reputation arabischer Goldwährungen in Mittel- und Nordeuropa vom 8.  bis zum 13. Jahrhundert"

  • 20th November 2017:
    Stephan Ebert, Darmstadt: "Fames vero magna et mortalitas fuit in Francia. Eine umwelthistorische Analyse der Hungersnot von 778/779"

  • 13th November 2017:
    Carola Föller, Erlangen: "Vom Wegesrand zum Zentrum. Bischöfe auf italischen Konzilien 470-770"

  • 24th October 2017:
    Michał Stachura, Kraków: "Feindbilder in der Rhetorik spätantiker Kaisergesetze“

  • 13th/14th October 2017:
    Workshop "Neighbours and Strangers. Local societies in early medieval Europe"

  • 26th July 2017:
    Round Table with with Noel Lenski (Yale) and Paolo Tedesco (Vienna/Tuebingen) about their lectures during the Research Forum 2017 and Lenski's article "Peasant and Slave in Late Antique North Africa, c. 100-600 CE, in: Rita Lizzi Testa (Ed.): Late Antiquity in Contemporary Debate, Cambridge 2017".

  • 19th - 21st July 2017:
    Opening event of the Center for Advanced Studies "Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages"

  • 16th May 2017:
    Silvia Orlandi, University Rome La Sapienza: "Towards Late Antiquity: new texts and new issues from Late Antique Rome"