Commission for the Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis of Byzantium
at the Association Internationale des Etudes Byzantines (AIEB)
The proposal for the foundation of a "Commission for the Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis of Byzantium" was submitted officially with a letter to the Presidency of the AIEB on 16 December 2015 by the Austrian Society for Byzantine Studies through its President Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp based on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Andreas Külzer and Doz. Dr. Mihailo Popović (both Project-Leaders of the Tabula Imperii Byzantini of the Austrian Academy of Sciences). As stated in the aforesaid letter, twelve international experts in the fields of the Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis of Byzantium were named as members for the formation of the respective Commission.
At the session of the AIEB in Belgrade Mihailo Popović was nominated by the Austrian Society for Byzantine Studies to present the proposal to the present delegates. He outlined that the envisaged Commission will have the aim to observe the vibrant scholarly developments in the respective fields, to compare ongoing projects and to address related methodological questions. It will focus on the "classic" Historical Geography as well as on emerging tools coming from the field of GeoSciences. Therefore, Cartography will play an important role in its future discourse. Although related academic fields (e.g. Archaeology, Digital Humanities etc.) will be included in the discussions of the Commission, it has to be stressed that the Commission is eager to strengthen the overall picture of Historical Geography and to coordinate dispersed scholarly initiatives. Following a short discussion, in which the submitted list of members was augmented by the names of Leah di Segni (Israel), Joseph Patrich (Israel), Toni Filiposki ([FY]R Macedonia), Anastasia G. Yangaki (Greece) and Georgi Nikolov (Bulgaria), the aforesaid Commission was accepted unanimously by the present delegates.
In accordance with its aims the chair of the “Commission for the Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis of Byzantium”, Mihailo Popović, is coordinating a new quarterly Newsletter starting with the year 2019. The Long-Term Project “Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB)” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Research) will succeed the DPP Newsletter and launch its successor, namely a Newsletter called the “HistGeo-Newsletter”, with its first issue due in March 2019. This “HistGeo-Newsletter” will include news and reports from the fields of Mapping, Digital Mapping, Historical Atlases and of Historical Geography of the Byzantine Commonwealth. Contributors will be – apart from the TIB – especially members of the Commission for the Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis of Byzantium at the Association Internationale des Etudes Byzantines (AIEB).
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|Di Segni, Leah
|Yangaki, Anastasia G.
|Popović, Mihailo (Chair)
|Sayar, Mustafa H.
|Talbert, Richard J. A.
Documents of the Commission
||Complete Report AIEB 2016-2018