Programme Athens 2006 – University of Copenhagen

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COST A36: Tributary Empires Compared

Conference, Finnish Institute at Athens,
19-21 June 2006

Experience of Empire – Responses from the provinces

19 June (Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Parthenonos 14)

15.00-16.50 SESSION I: Introduction and Inaugural Lectures

  • Björn Forsén (Finnish Institute at Athens ) and Giovanni Salmeri (Università di Pisa) Introduction and opening of the colloquium
  • Greg Woolf ( University of St. Andrews )
    Writing Roman histories in and of the provinces
  • John Haldon ( Princeton University )
    Provincial elites, central authorities:
    problems in fiscal and military management in the Byzantine and Ottoman states

17.15-19.00 SESSION II:
Imperial Provincial Societies on Crete through History

  • Angelos Chaniotis (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
    What difference did Rome make? The Cretans and the Roman Empire
  • Maria Georgopoulou (Gennadius Library)
    Crete between the Byzantine and Venetian Empires
  • Antonios Anastasopoulos ( University of Crete )
    Centre-periphery relations: the case of 18th-century Ottoman Crete

19.15-19.50 SESSION III:
Aspects of Imperial Provincial Societies in Anatolia

  • Vincent Gabrielsen ( University of Copenhagen )
    Provincial challenges to the Imperial centre: from Persian to Roman rule

20.00 Reception in the Finnish Institute at Athens , Zitrou 16

Note: The lectures on 19 June and the reception are open to the public, the lectures on 20-21 June are closed events. For further information contact the Finnish Institute at Athens , Tel: 210-9221152.

20 June (Finnish Institute at Athens , Zitrou 16)

9.00-10.15 SESSION III continues:
Aspects of Imperial Provincial Societies in Anatolia

  • Cedric Brélaz (École Française d’Athènes)
    Maintaining order and exercising justice in the Roman provinces of Asia Minor
  • Surayia Faroqhi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
    Locale elites in western Anatolia from the late 15th to the early 19th centuries

10.45-12.00 SESSION IV:
Greek Experiences of Roman and Ottoman Imperial Rule

  • Björn Forsen (Finnish Institute at Athens )
    The effects of Empires on demography – Greece under Roman and Ottoman rule
  • Michael Ursinus (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
    Grievance administration in Ottoman Rumelia, 18th century

12.00-13.00 General discussion of Sessions I-IV

14.15-16.00 SESSION V:
Imperial Provincial Societies in the Indian Peninsula

  • Jeevan Deol ( University of London )
    Local identities, imperial claims: economies of tribute and identity in Mughal and British Punjab
  • Farhat Hasan ( Aligarh Muslim University )
    Towards a state-in-society perspective: the Mughal state in Gujarat during the 17th century
  • Narayana Rao (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Imperial ideology in south India : Vijayanagara and after

20.00 Refreshments at the residence of the Director of the Finnish Institute, Karyatidon 18

21.30 Dinner at a restaurant in Plaka

Note: Coffee is served between 10.15 and 10.45, 15.15 and 15.30, lunch between 13.00 and 14.00 in the garden of the Finnish Institute at Athens


21 June (Finnish Institute at Athens , Zitrou 16)

9.00-10.45 SESSION VI:
The Constitution of Power, Government and Fiscality in Imperial Societies

  • Michael Sommer ( University of Liverpool )
    Empire, frontier and ‘third spaces’. The Near East under Roman rule
  • Giovanni Salmeri (Università di Pisa)
    Tax-payment and the provincial status of Sicily from the Roman Empire to the Regno delle due Sicilie
  • Peter Bang ( University of Copenhagen )
    Fiscality in the Roman, Mughal and Ottoman empires, some comparative observations

11.15-12.30 General discussion of Sessions V-VI


(A guided tour of the Benaki Islamic Art Museum can be organised
for those not attending the committee meeting)
Note: Coffee is served between 10.15 and 10.45 at the Finnish Institute at Athens , lunch between 12.30 and 14.30 in a nearby taverna.