Dear Colleagues and Students,

Event 1)
On Wednesday, February 21st, Rebecca Darley from University of London will give the following talk, as part of the Department of History and Bilkent Historical Society Events series.

‘‘Speaking in Many Voices: Byzantine Coins in South India as Sources For Maritime and Inland Histories’’

The talk will be in English and take place in H-232 at 16:45.

Event 2)

Francisco Moreno Martin from Complutense University of Madrid will give a talk entitled ‘‘Visigothic Past and Nationalism after the Spanish Civil War’’ on Thurday, February 22nd, as part of the Department of History Bilkent Historical Society Events Series.
The talk will be in English and take place in H-232 at 1645.

Event 3) Workshop

‘‘Islands at the Frontier of the Empires in the Middle Ages’’

Date: Friday 23rd February, 2018
Time: 9.30-12.30 & 14.00-16.15
Place: A-130
Organized by the Department of History at Bilkent University
Everyone is warmly invited to attend

Morning Session:
9.30-9.45: Welcome Speeches
Mehmet Kalpaklı (Chair, Department of History, Bilkent University)
Elif Denel (Director of ARIT, Turkey)
Liutgard Vandeput (Director of Britsih Institute in Ankara)
9.45-10.30: Keynote – Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmigham)- ‘‘ Piercing the cultural frontier: images of the Virgin in insular churches and Byzantine heartland’’
10.50-12.30: Islands as just ‘‘another’’ frontier?
Matthew Harpster (Koç University) – ‘‘ Sicily: a frontier in the center of sea?’’
Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University) – ‘‘I do not know why I go to the extremes’’: the Balearics and Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
Rebecca Darley (Birbeck Collage) – ‘‘is an island always a hub? Sokotra, Sri Lanka and the shape of commerce in the Late Antique western İndian Ocean’’

Afternoon Session:
14.00-14.45: Keynote Speaker- Chris Wickham (University of Oxford)- ‘‘the Mediterranean in the eighth century and the eleventh: a comparison
14.45-15.45: The Mediterranean Medieval Frontiers
Jonathan Jarrett (University of Leeds)- ‘‘nests of pirates: the Balearic Islands and la-Garde-Freinet compared’’
Francisco Moreno Martin (University Complutense de Madrid)- ‘‘archaeology of Iberian ‘ecclesiastical frontiers’ between 6th and 10th centuries’’
Round Table and Conclusions
15.45-16.15: Reception