Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft

The Micropolitics of Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

2nd Research Forum of the Tübingen Center of Advanced Studies
“Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”

Tübingen, 19-21 July 2018
Pfleghofsaal, Schulberg 2, Tübingen

organized by
Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner


Thursday, 19th July

9.00– 9.15 Welcome and Introduction: Mischa Meier (Tübingen)

9.15–10.30 Keynote: Jean-Pierre Devroey (Brüssel): 'Manentes', 'forenses', 'vagantes`: Occupation du sol, mobilité et contrôle social au prisme de la seigneurie domaniale carolingienne.

11.00–12.30 Migration and Local Societies I: Frontier Areas in the North
Irene Bavuso (Oxford): Shaping Political Power in Frontier Areas: the Scheldt-Lower Meuse During the Merovingian Period (6th-8th c.)
Vince van Thienen /Ewoud Deschepper (Ghent): Towards a Differentiated View on Mobility and Migration in the Transformation of Local Societies in Late Antiquity: the Archaeological Case of the Low Countries
Christopher Landon (Toronto): Decem milia hominem ex his ... transtulit: Forcible Migration in the Frankish Conquest of Saxony

14.00–15.30 Migration and Local Societies II: The Mediterranean Area
Andrea Colella (Wien): The Jewish Migration Waves in the Mediterranean Area: the Case of Southern Italy
Reuven Kiperwasser (HU Jerusalem): Galilean Micropolitics of Mobility
Hagith Sivan (Kansas): Naturalizing Gothicness in Spain: Children, Acculturation and Alienation

16.00-18.15 Conflict, Law and Identity
Ralph Mathisen (Urbana): The Reception of Arian-cum-Homoian Migrants in a Nicene World
Stefan Esders (FU Berlin): Legal Identity and Mobility in the Early Medieval West (5th-10th cent.)
Edward Schoolman (Reno/Tübingen): The Micropolitics of Greekness in Early Medieval Italy

19:00 Evening Lecture
Ulrich Wiemer (Erlangen): Wenn aus Helden Greise werden: Die letzten Jahre Theoderichs des Großen
Friday, 20th July

9.00–10.30 Migration and Economy
Pavla Drapelova (Athen): Antioch on Orontes in the 6th Century: Some Remarks on Connections Between the Migration and the Local Economy and Numismatics
Elena Gritti (Bergamo): Syrian Migration towards Milan and Surrounding Areas in the 4th and 5th century AD
Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (Tübingen): Agrarian Economy and the Visigothic Settlement

11.00-12.30 Archeological Perspectives and Methods
Angelo Barba (Palermo): New Incomers and the 'New Shape of the World': the Afterlife of Roman villas in Western Empire (300 – 800 CE)
Susanne Brather-Walter (Tübingen): Migration und Mobilität in der frühgeschichtlichen Archäologie - Eine Vergleichsstudie am Beispiel frühmerowingerzeitlicher Gräberfelder
Maite Iris García-Collado (Univ. of the Basque Country): Small Scale Mobility in Early Medieval Rural Communities from Visigothic Iberia (6th-8th c. AD) Based on Strontium Isotope Analyses

14.00–16:15 Border Regimes and the Military
Alexander Sarantis (Tübingen): State Control, Migration and Mobility in the Transcaucasian and Mesopotamian Frontier Regions of the Eastern Roman Empire, ca. 502-602
Ekaterina Nechaeva (Tübingen): John of Tella and the Micropolitics of the Roman-Persian Border
Aaron Beek (Memphis): Manipulating Social Status, the Army, and Immigration in Late Antiquity
Jeroen Wijnendaele (Ghent): Mallobaudes and the Genesis of Military Kingship

16.45–18.15 Forced Migration and Refugees
Helen Kaufmann (Oxford): The Micropolitics of Migration in Latin Poetry (4th to 6th c.)
Tina Sessa (Ohio): Local Refugee Crises and the Church in the Late Roman West
Geoff Nathan (New South Wales/San Diego): The Accidental Migrant: Paulinus of Pella and the Physical Dislocation of Roman Citizens in Late Antiquity

19.00 Keynote: Bernhard Palme (Wien): title tba
Saturday, 21st July

9.00–10.30 Clerical Refugees I: Clerics and Bishops
Samuel Cohen (Sonoma/CA): North Africans Exiles and the Bishops of Rome: Clerics, Heretics and the Politics of Belonging in Late Antiquity
Andrea Verardi (Rom): Migration and Social Mobility in an Ecclesiastical Milieu: the case of Rome in the 6th Century.
Steffen Patzold (Tübingen): Mobile Priests in the Carolingian World

11.00–12.00 Clerical Refugees II: Monks
Federico Montinaro (Tübingen): How Many Byzantine Monks Emigrated During Iconoclasm?
Marc Malevez (Büssel): Monastic xeniteia and Flight in the Desert, or How to Become a Foreigner Outside or in its Own Country

12.15–13:30: Keynote
Campbell Grey (UPenn Philadelphia): Finding Meaning in Mobility: Power, Politics, and Collective Identity in Constantius’ Vita Germani
Guests are welcome; please refer to luisa.luizspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de for registration and organizational inquiries.

Call for Papers:
Narratives of the age of migrations tend to privilege the large-scale mobility of ethnically denominated groups. Recent research has questioned this focus from many angles and has led to a growing consensus that new approaches are needed which put the large-scale migrations into perspective, integrate other forms of mobility into the picture, and develop a clearer understanding of the social processes involved, both among the mobile groups and individuals as well as within the societies where they arrive. This conference proposes to explore an approach to the age of migrations that takes account of these redirections in scholarship by focusing on the micropolitics of mobility in late antique and early medieval local societies in a broad timeframe from ca. 250 to 900 CE.

By exploring the micropolitics of mobility on a broad basis of case studies we hope to achieve a clearer understanding of a number of key problems in the social history of migration and mobility in the period. Questions we wish to address include:

We invite papers from younger as well as established scholars working in all relevant fields (history, archaeology, literature) which discuss these or other related aspects of the micropolitics of mobility. Applicants are requested to submit a short abstract for a paper of 25 minutes, a title, and a short CV by 22 January 2018 to luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de. We will cover travel and accommodation costs for the speakers.

For organizational questions, please contact luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de, for all other issues write to mischa.meierspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de, steffen.patzoldspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de or sebastian.schmidt-hofnerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de.