OUBS XVII Call for Papers

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY’S XVII INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

27th FEBRUARY – 28th FEBRUARY 2015, University of OXFORD

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

Please find a pdf of the call for papers here.

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 7

Michaelmas Term 2014
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MONDAY 24 November

17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Jessica Berenbeim (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Art and Archives: twelfth to fifteenth centuries

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TUESDAY 25 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Dr Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
13th-14th centuries: A Byzantine Commonwealth?

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Dr Seth Priestman (University of Edinburgh)
Indian Ocean ceramic exchange

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WEDNESDAY 26 November

17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Aslıhan Akışık (Seeger Center for Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
Laonikos Chalkokondyles and the early Ottoman Historians: a Herodetean approach to Source Material

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THURSDAY 27 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Torels Myryup Kristensen (Aarhus, Wolfson)
Meriamlik and Seleukeia: the spatial politics of city and saint

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15.30   Pleasure in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Room 1, Examinations Schools
Elena Draghici-Vasilescu
Pleasure of wisdom, motherhood and sainthood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Glenn McDorman (Princeton Univeristy)
Remembering and Commemorating War in the post-imperial West

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18.00   Ancient History Graduate Work in Progress Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
The real Roman Revolution: Leo I, Theodosius II and the contest for power in the fifth century

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FRIDAY 28 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- The Muses of ‘Alexios I Komnenos’

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17.00 A Central Asian Trade Hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period, Public Lecture
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College
Irina Arzhantseva (Moscow)
The fortress of Por-Bajin

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SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER

9.00   A Central Asian Trade Hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period, workshop

​The ​Buttery, Wolfson College

​See here for details​

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The Byzness, 23rd November, 2014

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
  2. CALL FOR PAPERS
  3.  JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Vienna Bibliography No. 155 October 2014

Please find the latest bibliography here.

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Khwarazm Conference, 28th-19th November 2014, Wolfson College, Oxford

Friday 28th November: Professor Irina Arzhantseva (Russian Academy of Sciences) will be giving a public lecture on “Por-Bajin – an ideal Uyghur town of the 8th century AD”, on Friday 28 November 2014 at 5pm in Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College. Please find more details here

Saturday 29th November: a workshop entitled “A Central Asian trade hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period”. Please find further details here.

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

“Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Near East”,  Koç University Archaeology & History of Art Graduate Research Symposium

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is pleased to announce “Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and Near East,” its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, on April 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

As archaeologists, historians, and cultural heritage scholars, we look to historical moments of catastrophe as signifiers of radical change, with periods of transition marking the complicated and intersecting evolution of cultural, political, religious and environmental influence over time.  Such events shape current topographies, mould collective memories and in some cases inform regional and national identities. In these pivotal periods of instability, exigency, and crisis followed by aftermath and recovery, we can learn much about the dynamics of societies and the range of historical factors underpinning them.

 

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research as they relate to the topic of disaster and crisis, both natural and human-instigated.

 

Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, and museum studies may present research related to Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the earliest prehistory through Bronze and Iron Ages, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman periods and into the contemporary.

 

Subjects could include (but are not limited to): climate change, civilization collapse, war, drought/famine, natural disasters like earthquakes & volcano eruptions, fire, urban crises or transformations, political upheaval, civil unrest, disaster preparedness in heritage, etc., as well as periods of transition and recovery.

 

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including:

Masters students

PhD students at any stage

Post-docs

 

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 23rd, 2015 to
arhasymposium@gmail.com

For other questions contact arhasymposium@gmail.com or visit
http://www.facebook.com/ARHAsymposium.

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3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Onassis Foundation, 21st Annual programme of research grants and educational scholarships

International Scholarships for humanities, arts, social sciences and economics in Greece

The Foundation announces the twenty-first (21st) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2015  which is addressed to non -Greeks, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), Postdoctoral Researchers (Ph.D. holders) and Ph.D. Candidates.

http://www.onassis.gr/en/scholarships-foreigners.php

http://www.onassis.gr/en/news-announcements-details.php?id=209

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OUBS XVII Call for Papers

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY’S XVII INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

27th FEBRUARY – 28th FEBRUARY 2015, University of OXFORD

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

Please find a pdf of the call for papers here.

Posted in International Graduate Conference 2015

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 6

Michaelmas Term 2014

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MONDAY 17 November

15.00   Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Stephen Mileson
The South Oxfordshire Project

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17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Janice Stargadt, (Sidney Sussex, Cambridge)
Commerce and contact across the Indian Ocean in the ninth and tenth century; Abbasid glass and Tang ceramics

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TUESDAY 18 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
12th century: The Age of Manuel I Komnenos  

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Professor Scott Redford (SOAS)
The Kubadabad glass plate & the role of inscriptions on Medieval Islamic enamelled glass objects

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14.30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street
Dr Hector Patmore (Cardiff)
The Evil Inclination in the Targums to the Pentateuch and the Prophets

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WEDNESDAY 19 November

13.00   The Roman Discussion Forum
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Daphne Briggs (University of Oxford)
Reflections of Ovid in runic text on a bracteate from fifth-century Norfolk

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna)
Inscriptions and Manuscripts in Byzantium: a fruitful symbiosis

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THURSDAY 20 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Efthymis Rizos
The military annona and its warehouses in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans (3rd-6th century AD)

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Susan Walker (Ashmolean)
Saints and Salvation: gold-glass from Late Antique Rome in the Wiltshere Collection, Ashmolean Museum

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FRIDAY 21 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- Kekaumenos

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The Byzness, 16th November, 2014
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALL FOR PAPERS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Managing Emotion: Passions, Emotions, Affects, and Imaginings in Byzantium, December 12-13, 2014

Please find the registration for the colloquium here.


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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

Modern Greek Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, 15-18 October 2015

Please find the call for papers here.

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Call for papers: late antique hagiography as literature, a colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Please find the call for papers here.

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 5

Michaelmas Term 2014

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MONDAY 10 November

17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Kevin Lewis (Hertford College, Oxford)
The best laid schemes? The formation of the ‘crusader’ county of Tripoli in the post-Byzantine and post-Fatimid Levant

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TUESDAY 11 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Dr Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
11th century: Byzantium at a turning point

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14.30   Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies
Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College
Paul Scade (Istanbul Sehir University)
Thought and Reality in Stoic Ontology

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WEDNESDAY 12 November

15.30   Marine Worlds Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Dr Rebecca Ingram (Texas A&M University)
Yenikapı Shipwreck YK 11: The Excavation and Analysis of a Seventh-Century Byzantine Merchantman

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Rebecca Darley (University of Birmingham)
Travel, wonder and science: Byzantine perspectives on Book Eleven of the Christian Topographu and the Periplous of the Erythreian Sea

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THURSDAY 13 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Professor Robert Hoyland
The Arab conquests revisited

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15.30   Pleasure in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Room 1, Examinations Schools
Elena Draghici-Vasilescu
The Pleasure of the Arts

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Peter Heather (King’s College, London)
Constantine’s Conversion (again), and the Christianisation of the Empire

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FRIDAY 14 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- Constantine VII

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The Byzness, 9th November, 2014
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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. JOB & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Mostly Orthros Conference by the Axion Estin Foundation, Union Theological Seminary at 121st Street and Broadway, New York (Room 307), 5th December 2014

Please find the programme and conference here.

2. JOB & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Canadian Institute in Greece

Please find attached an announcement for the 2015-16 Fellowship at the Canadian Institute in Greece. (Two files; one English, one French.)

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Jeffrey Rubinoff Junior Research Fellowship: Art as a Source of Knowledge, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Churchill College, Cambridge welcomes applications for a new four-year Junior Research Fellowship in the visual arts.

Please feel free to distribute the advertisement to your students, or to anyone else who might wish to apply.

The deadline is Sunday 16 November 2014.

https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/about/master-fellows/junior-research-fellowships/jeffrey-rubinoff-fellowship/

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Pre-doctoral fellowship opportunity in Vienna and University Assistant at the Department of History of Art, University of Vienna

Two, four-year fellowships are available in the Institut für Kunstgeschichte of the University of Vienna. Please see details (in German) at the link below:

 

 

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Call for Papers

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY’S XVII INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

27th FEBRUARY – 28th FEBRUARY 2015, University of OXFORD

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

Please find a pdf of the call for papers here.

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 4

Michaelmas Term 2014

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MONDAY 3 November

15.00   Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Cate Green
Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the Lincoln Region, c.400-700

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17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Andrew Spencer (Christ’s College, Cambridge)
Dealing with inadequate kingship: constitutional contingencies in England from Magna Carta to deposition, 1215-1327

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TUESDAY 4 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
9th-10th centuries: Renaissance?

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Dr Arianna D’Ottone (University of Rome)
Block printed Islamic amulets: a case study

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14.30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street
Jonathon Wright (St Stephen’s House, Oxford)
Nachleben of Jewish Pseudepigrapha: the case of Joseph and Aseneth

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WEDNESDAY 5 November

13.00   The Roman Discussion Forum
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Victoria Sainsbury (University of Oxford)
Industry or in decline? Preliminary evidence for glass recycling in Britain between the 1st-7th centuries AD

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Mark Janse (University of Ghent)
The principle of pairing: a cognitive approach to Byzantine versification

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THURSDAY 6 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Ulrich Gehn (EAGLE)
Some considerations on the late Roman toga

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (University of Tübingen)
The compilation of the Theodosian Code and a Crisis of Imperial Rule in the early fifth century

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FRIDAY 7 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- Hodeges by Anastasius Sinaita

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