Saturday, 30 June 2012


The Seventh Century: Continuity or Discontinuity?
The 2013 Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium,
28 - 29 May 2013

We are pleased to announce a preliminary call for papers for the 2013 Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium, 28 - 29 May 2013. 

The colloquium is a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers.  The colloquium brings together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.  We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar.

Our general theme will be an examination of whether the seventh century can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents a break in the longue due.  What was the level of discontinuity between the ‘long sixth’ and ‘long eighth’ centuries? 

We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history, literature, numismatics, and religion, as well as in fields including Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic, and Late Antique studies to submit abstracts for papers of approximately 20 to 25 minutes that engage with all aspects of the seventh century.

Possible topics for papers might include, but are by no means limited to:

- The seventh century ‘world crisis’ and its ramifications
- The development of new economic relations in the North Sea
- The Christianisation of western Europe
- The Transformation of the Byzantine Empire
- The Emergence of Islam
- The transformation of ancient cities to those of the Middle Ages
-  Historiography of the seventh century

Additionally, poster presentations will be considered.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the organising committee at The deadline for submission is 31 December 2012.

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