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Name: Curtis John Lisle

PhD: Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

Thesis Title: Broaching Frontiers, Shattering Boundaries: Interaction and Identity along the Byzantine-Islamic frontier (629–1050 AD)

Thesis Description:

This project aims to address, for the first time, the dynamics of material culture and related cultural behaviour of interactions along the frontiers of the Byzantine and Islamic Empires (c. 629 – 1050 AD). The thesis is premised on the conviction that empires shape, and are shaped, by relationships enacted on multiple levels in the course of daily action. Material culture – from pottery to monumental architecture – is formed by, expresses and mediates these relationships, and articulates the spectrum of possible modes of engagement. This project therefore introduces a new approach to the study of inter- and trans-cultural contacts throughout the frontier, taking a bottom-up perspective. Utilising a variety of sources – textual and material – this interdisciplinary project introduces a new approach to the archaeology of daily life on the frontier. Studying social practices and their relation to identity and power, communities otherwise invisible to the historical record materialise.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

University of Birmingham

Professor Leslie Brubaker

Dr. Daniel Reynolds

Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

  • Lisle, C., 'Performing the City: Suggestions for an Archaeological Understanding of ‘The City’ and Urban Transformation in Pisidian Sagalassos', Diogenes, 6 (2017), pp. 40-60.

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University email address: CXL274@student.bham.ac.uk

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