Abgesagt: Vortrag bei GAM, 25. März 2020, 18.30 – 20.00 Uhr; HS 30

James Baillie (Wien): Beyond the Bagrationids: Medieval Georgian Prosopography

James Baillie (Wien): Beyond the Bagrationids: Medieval Georgian Prosopography

Moderation: Tara Andrews

Abstract:

To this day, the twelfth century is considered by many Georgians to be a “golden age”, a period of strong royal power and cultural achievements that included some of the most important works of literature in the Georgian language. But who was it golden for – and what were the social and political features of this society that made it capable of politically dominating the Caucasus?

Prosopography can shine a new light on this period by allowing a holistic collective examination of the key political actors of the time, and formalising and challenging assumptions about them. By looking in more depth at elites beyond the royal house, and mapping the recorded activity of different figures, we can discuss how relations between people, power, and geography shaped Georgian expansion beyond taking the period as a narrative series of military campaigns. We can then both better understand the Georgian court and polity of the twelfth century, and to an extent de-centre our research to make room for the inclusion of regional networks and provincial and minority narratives.

In this talk, I will give an overview of the period’s primary features, and explain how the Prosopography of High Medieval Georgia project will help challenge and re-assess them. In particular, I will focus on questions of how we discuss and store identity markers within the Georgian milieu of this period, and look at the networks between the Georgian monarchy and the elites of surrounding provinces and client-states.

Zum Vortragenden:

James Baillie is a doctoral student supervised at the University of Vienna by Prof. Tara Andrews. Having previously studied history at Cambridge and Birmingham, his primary doctoral research focus is the medieval history of Georgia and the Caucasus, and on the use of digital prosopography as a historical method. He also teaches on the modern reception of medieval topics, especially in games.

 

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