Archaeology, Art history, Classical philology, Cultural and intellectual history, Late antique history, Literary criticism, Medieval studies, Religious studies, Theology


In cooperation with the Universities of Illinois, Vienna, Basel, Pécs, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and supported by The Classical Association

Course date

29 June - 4 July, 2015
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Ralph W. Mathisen

Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA

Marianne Saghy

Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Sabine Huebner

Department of Ancient History, Basel University, Switzerland

Levente Nagy

Department of Archeologyy, University of Pecs, Hungary

Ekaterina Nechaeva

American Academy of Rome, Italy

Galit Noga-Banai

History of Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Danuta Shanzer

Department of Classical Philology, Medieval and Neolatin Studies, Vienna University, Austria

Zsolt Visy

Department of Archaeology, University of Pecs, Hungary
Guest Speaker(s): 

Adam Szabo

Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum, Hungary
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas? Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities. Frontiers once firmly separating empires, ethnic groups, religions, friends and even the sexes have been intensely crossed in late antiquity – a phenomenon comparable only to the recent transition from modernity to post-modernity -- a comparison that we intend to exploit in our methodology. 
The “Bright Frontier” summer course explores the dynamic transformation of classical frontiers between the second and the sixth century from a multidisciplinary perspective: archaeology, medieval studies, social and cultural history, art, theology, and literature. Offering a groundbreaking approach to the field of border studies including social, gender, ethnic and religious categories with the participation of outstanding scholars in the field, this course will provide students with a solid knowledge of up-to-date international scholarship on frontiers: a strong theoretical background as well as hands-on acquaintance with physical borders and material artifacts excavated along the Danube River (the ripa Pannonica), around Lake Balaton, as well as in the late antique cemetery of Pécs in Hungary.