THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 19th August 2019
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
The Byzantine Studies Association of North America’s 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin, 17-20 October 2019, Madison, Wisconsin.
For the full programme and registration details, see here.
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at the 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020.
Deadline: 3 September 2019
To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 6–9, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2029 IMC is “Borders.” See the IMC Call for Papers for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website.
Proposals should include:
- 100-word session abstract
- Session moderator and academic affiliation
- Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
‘Frontiers of Late Antiquity’, 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020.
Deadline: 16 September 2019
Since the 1980s, scholars have largely abandoned traditional Limesforschungen in favour of a more nuanced approach to the study of Rome’s frontiers. Although many remain interested in imperial strategy and defense, limites are now commonly viewed as a permeable zone of influence and an area of economic and cultural exchange. Yet, these physical limites are just one possible way of thinking about frontiers in the Roman Empire and during Late Antiquity. Indeed, frontiers were also conceptual, about controlling access to power and privilege, and highlighting or minimizing difference, be it geographic or topographical (regional and supra-regional), political, legal, ethnic, economic, cultural, religious, or gender. Frontiers could also be imagined and constructed through rhetoric. Thus, the question of frontiers is intimately bound up with questions of liminality, of insiders and outsiders.
In keeping with IMC 2020 theme of “borders,” papers are being sought for a series of panels on frontiers in Late Antiquity (roughly 250 – 750 CE). We are hoping to include a diverse range of scholars representing as many approaches as possible. We especially encourage late-stage graduate students and early career scholars to apply.
Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):
- Urban-suburban frontiers (city centre vs. periphery).
- The frontiers of religious identity and authority (this might include liturgical frontiers; missionary activity; the construction of religious identity vis-à-vis borders).
- Imagined/imaginary frontiers (perceptions of difference and distinction; spatial frontiers; the rhetoric of the frontier; polemic; perception of insiders and outsiders).
- Communication, diplomacy, and political integration across the frontiers of the late antique Mediterranean and beyond (local/regional and geographic frontiers such as rovers, mountains, plains or agriculture zones; the reception of Roman territorial divisions).
- Gender as a frontier (and its transgression).
- Physical frontiers in late antiquity.
- Movement of people across frontiers and their reception.
Those wishing to have their paper considered for inclusion are asked to submit a title and short abstract (no more than 250 words) to email@example.com by Monday, September 16, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us collectively at the above email address or any of the individual organizers, listed below:
Samuel Cohen (Sonoma State University) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan J. Arnold (University of Tulsa) email@example.com
Rebecca Usherwood (Trinity College Dublin) firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrastos Omissi (University of Glasgow) email@example.com
‘Women and Artistic Production Beyond the Borders of Byzantium’, 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020.
Deadline: 10 September 2019
The ever-shifting borders of the Byzantine Empire and the spiritual power of Eastern Orthodoxy contributed to the development of new visual forms in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The rich art, architecture, and visual culture of these eastern European regions remain to be fully explored, as do the key roles women played in the transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge, the development of local artistic styles, as well as in the establishment of diplomatic relations and the transformation of identities and ideologies. Women have been frequently overshadowed by powerful husbands, sons, and communities, and too often relegated to the margins of scholarly inquiry.
This session explores women and female agency beyond the borders of Byzantium, in light of their roles within marital and inter-dynastic relations, as well as in religious and spiritual dynamics. In efforts to gain new perspectives on the nature of cultural contact and transfer, as well as on visual production in late medieval Eastern Europe as a result of the direct involvement of women, either as patrons, artists, mediators, and/or recipients, this session aims to focus on case studies that examine individual female figures from all walks of life (royal courts, noble families, monastic communities, etc.). Moreover, the session seeks to highlight the significance of prosopography, gender, and network studies in historical and art historical research.
Papers could address topics that include, but are not limited to:
- The role of women as key agents of cultural contact, transfer, and adaptation of knowledge
- Women as patrons, artists, and recipients of art beyond geographical, socio-political, and religious boundaries
- Instances of art (icons, embroideries, manuscripts, metalwork) and architecture that speak to women, allow for self-identification, and/or established gender roles and norms
Proposals for 20-minute papers in English should include an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.) and should be sent to Alice Isabella Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Alessia Rossi (email@example.com) by September 10, 2019.
This session is organized under the larger initiative North of Byzantium, which explores the rich history, art, and culture of the northern frontiers of the Byzantine Empire in Eastern Europe between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries.
‘Mike Clover and the World of Late Antiquity’, 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020.
Deadline: 21 September 2019
Following the untimely death of Mike Clover, a much beloved and admired scholar of Late Antiquity in general and the Vandals in particular, his students, colleagues, and friends are proposing a series of conference sessions in his honor for the Leeds International Medieval Conference, 6-9 July 2020. Given Mike’s interests, the theme for next year’s conference, “Borders,” makes this initiative even more appropriate. We would welcome submissions on the kinds of topics that Mike liked to work on, things like barbarians/Vandals, prosopography, the Historia Augusta, Ammianus, hagiography, coinage, and late Roman history in general.
Submissions (title and brief abstract) can be sent to Ralph Mathisen, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions in September 21.
‘The Lost Latin Historiography of Late Antiquity’, 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020.
Deadline: 15 September 2019
The project ‘The Missing Link: The Lost Latin Historiography of the Later Roman Empire (3rd-5th century)’, funded by the National Science Centre Poland, aims to collect and study cases of lost or fragmentarily preserved history works composed in Latin in the Later Roman Empire and their authors. In line with this goal we invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers relating to the subject of ‘The Lost Latin Historiography of Late Antiquity’.
Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:
- Identity and biographies of authors of lost history works
- Transmission of fragments
- Regional idiosyncrasies of history writing in the Roman Empire
- Audiences and networks of authors – composing history as a social activity
- Defining history – categories and limits of historical genres in Late Antiquity
- History writing in the post-Roman West – continuity or a break?
- History of the scholarship on the lost and fragmentarily preserved Latin historiography
Please send paper proposals in English of no more than 300 words to Aleksander Paradziński (email@example.com) by 15 September 2019. Please note that conveners are, regrettably, unable to cover the congress registration fee and travel expenses.
Dumbarton Oaks Sponsored Sessions, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 7-10 May 2020.
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Dumbarton Oaks is sponsoring five sessions at the 2020 International Congress on Medieval Studies. For more information, including the topics of each Dumbarton Oaks sponsored session, please visit their website.
Any proposals or questions can be directed to Nicole Eddy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate which session you are interested in.
All proposals should include an abstract of no more than one page and a completed participant information form, which can be found here.
Any proposals not chosen for inclusion by the session organizers will be forwarded to the congress organizers for consideration for the General Sessions.
Call for submissions for the Early Slavic Studies Association (ESSA) Book and Article Prizes.
Deadline: Final Call
This is the final call for submissions for the Early Slavic Studies Association (ESSA) prizes for best monograph and best article in the field of Early Slavic Studies for 2019. The prize committee is also willing to consider a special award for best translation of primary source material in the field, to be awarded at the committee’s discretion.
Books and peer-reviewed articles published between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 are eligible for the award. All nominated works must be in English. The committee will accept nominations and self-nominations. Authors must be members in good standing of the ESSA. Please contact our secretary, Cynthia M. Vakareliyska (email@example.com), to confirm your eligibility.
All nominations should be sent to the chair of the prize committee, Olga Grinchenko (firstname.lastname@example.org).