Space in Texts and Space as Text: A new approach to Byzantine spatial notions
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, ISSN 2002-0007, Vol. 2Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
The paper attempts to introduce some ways in which experience and ideas gained in the humanities and the social sciences open up new opportunities for combined research on Byzantine spatialities. In specific, the four decades of profound scrutiny and inventive consideration on modern and historical spaces, within the countermodern theoretical framework of the so-called Spatial Turn, provide a promising framework for a new area of research on Byzantine spaces. This opportunity is explained in two ways. Firstly, respective theoretical developments within the Spatial studies are discussed with reference to examples from the Medieval and Byzantine studies. Secondly, the new research project “Byzantine Literary ‘Lived Spaces’ through the Study of Hagiographical Texts”, working in the same direction at the Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University, is presented and discussed. The project’s subject, scope, and methodology are briefly explained while an indicative example of conducted research (on the 11th-century Vita of St Lazarus from Mt Galesion) is used to demonstrate the potential of combined reasearch on Byzantine spatialities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund, 2016. Vol. 2
Spatial studies, hagiography, Byzantine literature, Spatial Turn
Research subject Byzantine Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284838OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-284838DiVA: diva2:920943