ActivitiesFirst International Conference of the ERC Project ArmEn
First International Conference of the ERC Project ArmEn
The 1st international conference of the ERC Project Armen Trade, Archaeology and the Integration of the Lands between the Caucasus, Anatolia and Mesopotamia in the Afro-Eurasian World System: 9th -14th Centuries took place in the Oblate Library of Florence on December 6-7, 2022 (Program).
During the two days of the conference the speakers - early career researchers as well as senior scholars - found a most congenial environment for discussing various topics related to trade in historical Armenia and the wider area surrounding it, from the Caucasus mountains to Anatolia and Mesopotamia (CAM). The papers stretched from the history of cartography to economic history, from imagery on trade and merchants to the rise and fall of urban centers, from merchant letters as ‘news items’ to currency circulation, from local histories to global perspectives. The interdisciplinary approach was central for the conference and different aspects of medieval history were scrutinized from different points of view, including a study of texts, archival documents, chronicles in different languages (i.e. Armenian, Arabic, Italian), material sources such as buildings and monuments, coins, pottery, and manuscripts illuminations, giving rise to a prolific and productive dialogue between the participants (abstracts).
The conference was also a great occasion for the University of Florence students and the Florentine citizens to have a glimpse into the geographical area of CAM which is fundamental for understanding European and Italian medieval history.
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