Dr. Pablo Poveda Arias
Research Project: Ecclesiastical Justice in Late Antique lberia
Our current line of research focuses on studying the practices and notions of justice that took place in the Hispanic Church throughout Late Antiquity. To this end, we will pay attention not only to the social principles of justice that articulated the internal functioning of the Church, but also to its ramifications at the secular level, especially since the dissolution of imperial power in Hispania and its replacement by ecclesiastical powers in many of the Hispanic regions. Especially interesting in this regard will be the study of the very overlap between the ecclesiastical and secular spheres, and the fluctuating relationship with imperial and post-imperial secular agents of justice. Special attention will be given to the figure of the bishop as an agent of justice, trying to discover the impact that this role had on the imposition of episcopal power over the rest of the ecclesiastical agents who until the fourth century enjoyed a leading role over the Hispanic Church. In a complementary way, we will also try to approach the incidence of the competitive dynamics that conditioned the development of the Church at different scales in the evolution of justice emanating from the ecclesiastical powers.
I obtained my PhD degree at the University of Salamanca in 2018 with a thesis about the political making process of Merovingian and Visigothic kingdoms, developed in the framework of a FPU's research contract. Currently, I am Post-doctoral Research Associate at the RomanIslam Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and based at the University of Hamburg. My main research lines are: Royal and Episcopal Power Dynamics (5th-7th Centuries); Conception, Construction, and Evolution of Political and Ecclesiastical Territories; Episcopal Competitiveness in Late Antique West. I have published several articles in journals of recognized impact (Hispania Sacra, Gladius, European Review of History and Reti Medievali, among others) and book chapters devoted to these topics. I have also presented papers in several national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops held in United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany or Spain. Moreover, I have also organized some international conferences, workshops or sessions in congresses. For example, I have organized an International Workshop in Paris, at the Institute of Advanced Studies (2017, with I. Sánchez Ramos and B. Dumézil), and a session in the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (2018). From the beginning of my research activity, I have also participated as researcher in several research projects funded by public and private institutions (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness; Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; DFG) and obtained in competitive calls. I am also a collaborative member in ATAEMHIS and TOLETUM research networks.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (in press a), “¿Hacia la unidad de Hispania? Explicaciones sociales a las ofensivas militares visigodas en la península ibérica (siglos VI-VIII)”, Gladius 40.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (in press b), “The Role of the Military Factor in the Political and Administrative Shaping of the Visigothic Kingdom (6th–7th Centuries)”, in: Guido Berndt, Ellora Bennett, Stefan Esders and Laury Sarti, eds., Early Medieval Militarisation, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (in press c), “Límites y manipulaciones del consenso político en el reino visigodo hispano”, in: Á. Carvajal and C. Tejerizo, eds., El Estado en la Alta Edad Media: nuevas aproximaciones teóricas y metodológicas, Vitoria: Universidad del País Vasco.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (2019a), “Clovis and Remigius of Reims in the Making of the Merovingian Kingdoms”, European Review of History 26, 197-218.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (2019b), “La diócesis episcopal en la Hispania visigoda: concepción, construcción y disputas por su territorio”, Hispania Sacra 71.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (2017), “A vueltas con la frontera tardoantigua: la Submeseta Norte en los confines del reino visigodo”, Arkeogazte 7, 79-96
Díaz, Pablo/ Poveda Arias, Pablo (2016), “‘Qui patrie excidium intulerunt’. Hispania 711: explicaciones desesperadas para un colapso inesperado”, Reti Medievali Rivista 17, 191-218.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (2015), “Relectura de la supuesta crisis del fin del reino visigodo de Toledo: una aproximación al reinado de Egica a través de sus fuentes legales”, Anuario de Historia del Derecho Español 85, 13-46.
Poveda Arias, Pablo (2013), “El concepto de frontera en la Hispania tardoantigua: de limes a confinium”, in: José Aldea Celada, Carmen López San Segundo, Paula Ortega Martínez, Maria de los Reyes de Soto García and Francisco José Vicente Santos, eds., Los lugares de la historia, Salamanca: Antema, 1157-1181.
Andrés Chain, Miriam/ Gutiérrez Hernández, Alexandra/ Ortega Martínez, Paula/ Poveda Arias, Pablo, eds., (2018), La alimentación en la historia, Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca.