Foundations in Byzantium in a socio-historical perspective
Whether foundations in Byzantium can also be described as a "total social phenomenon" that affected all areas of society, whether in politics, religion, economics or in the family sphere, as Michael Borgolte has postulated for the Western Middle Ages and as seems to be true for the Islamic world as well, has not yet been sufficiently investigated. In the lecture, however, it will be shown that also in Byzantium foundations served very different religious, political, economic and social purposes. The focus will be on the social significance of foundations, especially in the Middle Byzantine period (8th-12th century), and on the ways in which foundations contributed to the establishment or consolidation of social relations in Byzantium.
Johannes Pahlitzsch has been Professor of Byzantine Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2009. His research focuses on the relations of Byzantium with the Islamic world and in particular on the history of the Melkites, the Arabic-speaking Orthodox Christians, in Syria and Egypt in the Middle Ages. He is speaker of the Research Training Group 2304 "Byzantium and the Euromediterranean Warring Cultures" and deputy speaker of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Byzantium between Orient and Occident" Mainz/Frankfurt.