CeSMA News Blast

Here are the latest research headlines from Birmingham CeSMA

Naomi Standen, Professor in Medieval History 
  • Talking at BBC/PBS show,  “The Story of China, Ep. 4 The Song dynasty”
  • Chair, 2 panels at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds for the Global Middle Ages network (http://globalmiddleages.history.ox.ac.uk/). A writing workshop in February 2016 will work on drafts for an annual supplement of Past and Present.
  • Published a report with Catherine Holmes, ‘Defining the Global Middle Ages’ (report), Medieval Worlds 1.1 (2015), 106-117.
  • Trip with Silk Roads students to the Ashmolean Museum to look at relevant galleries and have a handling session with Kushan, Khotanese and Chinese material: http://www.ashmolean.org/collections/whatsin/.
  • Speaker: ‘Not just a European phenomenon? Globalising the “Middle Ages”’, Investing in the past: Medieval Europe in the globalized 21st century (IPMEG), Sarajevo September 2015
  • ‘Piety, politics and pots: writing a global history of premodern Northern Eurasia’, Council of East Asian Studies Colloquium, Yale University, April 2015
Dr Miriam Muller, Lecturer in Medieval History
  • See snippets about her current research in her blog: https://medievalruralcommunities.wordpress.com/
  • Speaker, Dorset County Museum in Dorchester about ‘Making a Living from Land and Sea’ on 4 December 2015. More details found here: http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/events?item=629
  • Speaker, ‘Gender in theory and practice: Female status, economic differentiation and an historian’s expectations’. at a day conference “Le Genre Textuel, Le Genre Social
    Normes, Discours et Pratiques,” Paris, Sorbonne, 17 December 2015
Geoffrey Humble, PhD Student, Medieval History
  • Co-organiser, panels at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds – it is a cross-cultural comparison of narratives on court expenditure and largesse, put together in collaboration with a PhD student at the Institute for Medieval Studies at Leeds and featuring speakers from the UK, USA, Israel, Japan and Germany. I have also had a session approved for the Association of Asian Studies conference in Seattle in the spring – should I send you details of that too?

Arezou Azad, Lecturer in Medieval History

  • Speaker, “Multiple Identities in a Frontier Land: Balkh and ‘the Iranians,” for the Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood research network, University of Oxford, 12 November 2015.
  • Publication: “In Memoriam: Clifford Edmund Bosworth,” Usur al-Wusta 23 (November 2015): 167-78.
Dan Reynolds, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Eurydice Georganteli, Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow 
  • Egnatian Way lecture for the website of CESMA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG1cqX1sTbg
    The lecture presented at the prestigious Society of Antiquaries of London on November 26, 2015 explores the archaeology of the Egnatian Way through the eyes of early modern travellers and antiquaries, and the study of written sources and extant remains along the route. Constructed by the Romans on a route partly developed by King Philip II of Macedon, the Egnatian Way became over time one of the most significant routes of trade, warfare, diplomacy, pilgrimage and cultural exchange in Europe. The rediscovery of its ancient and medieval landscapes began during the travels of Ciriaco de’ Pizzicolli (Cyriacus of Ancona, 1391-1453/55) in the Levant, and was systematized in the next three centuries in the context of Europe’s multifaceted encounters with the East.

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