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CALL. 01.07.2018: Migration and Mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier, 3rd-7th c. A.D. - Tübin


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We would like to invite historians and archaeologists to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at a two-day conference (December 13-15, 2018) at the University of Tübingen on migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier in Late Antiquity.

FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 01/07/2018


FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 13-14-15/12/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Philosophische Fakultät, Tübingen University, (Tübingen, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ekaterina Nechaeva ; Alexander Sarantis. DFG (German Research Foundation) Centre for Advanced Studies Project on Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Project (Directors: Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner).

INFO: Web - luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de


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We would like to invite historians and archaeologists to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at a two-day conference (December 13-15, 2018) at the University of Tübingen on migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier in Late Antiquity. The conference will be organised by Ekaterina Nechaeva and Alexander Sarantis as a part of the research activities of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Centre for Advanced Studies Project on Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Project (Directors: Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner). While studies of cross-frontier migration in Late Antiquity tend to focus on the northern Rhine and Danube frontiers, the Roman-Persian frontier, running from the Transcaucasian Black Sea coast to the Syrian Desert, also witnessed regular population movements. Whereas the former concentrate mainly on the long-term migration into the empire of groups of ‘barbarians’, recent social scientific models include a greater variety of types of migration and mobility which can be applied to more flexible discussions of this topic in Late Antiquity. Indeed, where the Near Eastern Roman-Persian frontier was concerned, a wide array of population movements took place, into as well as out of the Eastern Roman empire. Some of these movements could be temporary (whether recurrent or not), others permanent, some voluntary, others involuntary (including forced/coerced migration), some sponsored or controlled by the state, others driven by migrants’ aims. Involving large communities, smaller groups, or individuals, this mobility could result from political, cultural or economic contexts. Studying these various types of migration and mobility can in turn provide multiple insights into socio-economic and political conditions and cultural trends in the Roman and Sasanian Persian empires, in particular, in communities on both sides of the frontier in the Near East. It will also offer a fresh perspective on Roman-Sasanian Persian political relations. Geographical scope Syria, Mesopotamia, Armenia and Lazica, Sasanian Persia Themes concerning migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier Individual case studies and longer-term, macro regional patterns Movements of armies Diplomatic exchanges Professional mobility Mobility and economic exchange Mobility and religious and cultural exchanges Forced migration/population movements Migration driven by religious or political persecution Return (voluntary and forced) of migrants Exit and entry policies (mobility and state security) Reactions to migration and mobility (state and society) Wider contexts/explanatory frameworks (papers dealing with wider contexts could also discuss other, especially borderland, regions in Late Antiquity) Settlement patterns, communications and natural landscapes Environmental/climatic conditions Socio-economic context State control/administration (centre-periphery relations) Cultural/religious life and institutions Great power war and diplomacy Military mobility Legal framework (status of migrants, deserters, refugees, displaced people etc.) Modern anthropological models Submissions Abstracts of ca. 300 words should be submitted with a CV to luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de by 1st July 2018 Decision notification Speakers will be contacted with the decision of the review panel by 1st August 2018 Expenses Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered

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