Serena Ferente (University of Amsterdam) will give a paper on self-government in mid-fifteenth century Caffa (Crimea). Those interested can attend in person or join us digitally via Zoom.
|Date||14 October 2021|
Caffa was one of the largest cities of later medieval Europe. A Genoese settlement in Crimea, a major port on the Black Sea with an extraordinarily diverse population, it governed itself with a large degree of autonomy, but acknowledged subordination to both the Genoese metropolis and the Tatar khans. It thrived on its role as a frontier entrepot, and was the setting for an original and long-lived experiment in peaceful coexistence. The dramatic geo-political changes of the fifteenth century, even as they put a strain on Caffa's way of life, reveal the complexity of its inhabitants' identities.
This is a hybrid event. Those who wish to join us in person are welcome from 15:30 onwards in Bushuis room E1.02; those who would like to attend digitally are requested to register below.