Event Description

This is a conference on the medieval history of the Black Sea. Current conflict -- especially around Crimea and Ukraine --  is leading us to rethink the epistemological categories we use to take about the region.  Many of these are a legacy of the Cold War era. Using the lenses of the history of migration, of the silk route and of slavery, we hope to launch a new approach to an understanding of the past. The core of our invited speakers are housed in history departments. Because literacy was spread very unevenly across different ethnic groups and social strata in the region, however, we are also inviting key scholars who work more directly on the material evidence (e.g. archaeological, numismatic) and who may therefore be housed in other departments or have curatorial positions. We hope that this will allow us to build up a picture that does not privilege the histories of elites, but rather allows us to point to the experiences of non-elites, such as enslaved persons.


Event Co-Sponsor(s)
Center for Collaborative History
Department of Art & Archaeology
Department of Religion
Humanities Council
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund
University Center for Human Values

Event Details

Sep 22, 2023, 1:00 pmSep 23, 2023, 5:00 pm
Events Venue
Dickinson Hall, Room 211