Kosuke Nakada

BA (University of Tokyo), MLitt (University of Tokyo)

 

 

Contact Details
Email: kn40@st-andrews.ac.uk

Thesis Title: Social and Cultural Interactions across the Byzantine-Armenian Frontier, c. 900-1045
Supervisor: Dr Tim Greenwood

 

 

 

 

Research interests

My project aims to analyse the complex and evolving relations between different communities along the Byzantine-Armenian frontier in the ninth and tenth centuries. This was an age of Byzantine expansion to Armenia, and there were multiple responses from the latter to imperial intervention, annexation, and rule, based on its multi-layered character in terms of social and political structure, although this notion has not been have not been fully incorporated. Therefore, my thesis intends to trace and clarify social and cultural interactions during the process of the reconstruction of Byzantine-Armenian frontier, including their impact on local networks and structures, by incorporating a variety of little-studied Armenian texts, which represent different attitudes and positions within the Armenian side and reflect local conditions.

Publications

  • ‘The Taktika of Leo VI and the Byzantine Eastern Frontier During the Ninth and Tenth Centuries’, Spicilegium (The Journal of Japan Society for Mediaeval European Studies) 1, (2017), pp. 17-27[http://spicilegium.net/images/01/01_nakada.pdf].
  • ‘Uxtanēs of Sebasteia and Byzantine-Armenian Relations in the Tenth Century’, Revue des Etudes Arméniennes 38 (2018), in press.
  • ‘Omens of Expansionism? A Reconsideration of the Caucasian Chapters of De Administrando Imperio’, in Trends and Turning Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World (The Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400–1500), (Leiden, forthcoming).

Presentations

  • ‘God Save the Emperor: Utilisation of the Book of Letters in Uxtanes’ History of Armenians’, International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 3 July 2018.
  • ‘The Power of Relics: A Case Study on the Religious Contacts Between Byzantium and Armenia in the Tenth Century’, Armenia and Byzantium Without Borders, University of Vienna/Austrian Academy of Sciences, 21 April 2018.
  • ‘The Apostles Peter and Paul in Kogovit: The Role of Relics in Tenth-Century Byzantine-Armenian Relations’, Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, The Oxford University Byzantine Society, 19th International Graduate Conference, 24–25 February 2017.
  • ‘Ukhtanes of Sebasteia and Byzantine-Armenian Relations in the Tenth Century’, Decoding the Historical Sources on Byzantium, 23 July 2016, Rikkyo University, Japan.
  • ‘Omens of Expansionism? A Reconsideration of the Caucasian Chapters of De Administrando Imperio’, Trends and Turning Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World, The Oxford University Byzantine Society, 18th International Graduate Conference, 27 February 2016, University of Oxford.

Awards

  • Japan Student Services Organization, Long-term Scholarship for Postgraduate Study (September 2017)
  • Heiwa Nakajima Scholarship (January 2016 – July 2017)
  • Grant-in-Aid for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellows (April 2012 – March 2015)

Teaching

MH2002, Introduction to Middle Eastern History (2016/7)