Urban and Sacred Topography of Prilep a Byzantine Town in the Balkans, BSANA sponsored session, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14–17, 2015
Organizers: Galina Tirnanic, Oakland University, Rochester; Svetlana Smolcic Makuljevic, Metropolitan University, Belgrade; and Petrula Kostovska, Independent Scholar, Harpenden
Medieval Prilep, which in the Constantinopolitan literary circles had its apogee in George Akropolites' famous History as a background to his disastrous attempt to hold onto the Nicean stronghold in Central Balkans in the thirteenth century, deserves a serious study that will explore various aspects of its historical, social, economic, cultural and artistic achievements. Given the remarkable degree of preservation of the medieval fortress and more than a dozen churches and monasteries, the idea is to initiate a novel understanding of the urban fabric and sacred topography of this important Macedonian town during Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period.
The papers will provide a reassessment and contextualization of the Byzantine written sources on Prilep and a study of the remains of its material and visual culture, following the history of the town during the early Slavic expansion, the Latin incursions, the Despotate of Epirus, the Bulgarian and the Nicean conquests and the Serbian rule until the end of the 14th century, including the early Ottoman period. Topics will explore archaeology, history, art history, trade, warfare, topography and toponymy, all of which testify to the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional affiliation of Prilep’s medieval citizens.
The panel would ultimately contribute to the multidisciplinary research in the broader field of Byzantine studies and hopefully result in a publication to include comprehensive topics that would reveal Prilep as a testament to an amalgamation of different cultural and social identities.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form to session organizer Galina Tirnanic by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.