The Frankish kingdom of the Merovingians, built in Gaul after the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476), was not only deeply rooted in the traditions of antiquity and various Germanic tribes, but also had complex economic, cultural, religious, and political relations with the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, to the papacy in Italy, as well as to Spain and North Africa. By examining Western and Eastern sources and archaeological finds, the conference participants aim to reach a new Mediterranean classification of the Merovingian period. The period was long dominated by national interpretations of history and considered either as German or French "early history."
The conference is being jointly organized by Stefan Esders, a professor of the history of late antiquity and the Early Middle Ages at the Freiderich Meinecke Institute of Freie Universität Berlin, and Yitzhak Hen, a professor of medieval history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva.
Time, Location, and Conference Program
- Wednesday, December 17, 2014, to Saturday, December 29, 2014
- Freie Universität Berlin, Topoi-Villa Dahlem, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin. subway station: Thielplatz (U3)
- Program online at: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/fmi/mitglieder/East-West-Conference.pdf