Interrogating the 'Germanic': A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, May 12-15, 2016, York, UK
At the conference organised by the University of York, David Wigg-Wolf delivered a paper “Barbarian coins, elite identites and the birth of Europe” (together with Aleksander Bursche) in the session “Interrogating the ‘Germanic’ in Visual Culture”.
The conference provided an ideal opportunity to present the IMAGMA project and to engage in discussion with colleagues working from in fields. The results of work by Aleksander Bursche and Kiril Myzgin on the origins of gold coinages struck outside of the Empire in the northern Barbaricum attracted particular attention. It became clear that these coinages can make an important contribution to understanding concepts of identity and the 'Germanic' among the groupings who lived to the north of the Limes in Late Antiquity.
Seminars with Fabien Pilon
On March 14th 2016 Dr. Fabien Pilon (UMR 7041 Arscan, équipe GAMA / association La Riobé, France), who excavated the Roman mint workshops at Châteaubleau, Seine-et-Marne, France, delivered papers at two seminars at the University of Warsaw.
Fabien Pilon (centre) with Barbara Wagner, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw
Seminar with Matthew Ponting
On April 4th 2016 Dr. Matthew Ponting FSA (University of Liverpool) delivered a paper “The scientific analysis of Roman silver coinage” at the PhD seminar on ancient numismatics of prof. Aleksander Bursche at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw.
Matthew Ponting (left) with Aleksander Bursche
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Aleksander Bursche delivered a paper “Roots of Germanic Coinage” (together with David Wigg-Wolf) at the session “The Archaeology of Medieval Europe I: Non-monetary Uses of Coins” organised by Florin Curta, University of Florida and chaired by Alan M. Stahl, Princeton University. There followed a long discussion focussing on the function of early barbarian imitations and the aims of the IMAGMA project.
Princeton University hosts the “FLAME” project (http://coinage.princeton.edu/), which has close thematic connections with IMAGMA. As a result the two projects will exchange data and investigate channels of cooperation.
The Congress has been organised for more than half a century by The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University. Allmost 2500 scholars participated in 2016, making it one of the most important world events in the humanities. The IMAGMA-project will be proposing two sessions for the next Congress (May 11-14, 2017).
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