THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 15th July 2018
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
SCHOOL: Influencers and Followers: Medieval Philosophy Between the Latin
West, The Byzantine Empire and The Islamicate World, Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2018, 16-19 October 2018, Ghent.
Application Deadline: 10 September 2018
This Autumn School is organized for PhD- and MA- students in Medieval Studies (art history, history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, etc.) who did not have a training as philosopher during their regular study programme, but nevertheless need some basic knowledge and methodology for their current research.
The course aims to give an overview of the philosophical problems, concepts, and debates that are specific to the Middle Ages. Equal attention will be paid to three cultural areas: the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamicate world. Hence, the intercultural exchange of philosophical ideas will be an important focus throughout the course. Also, the course will develop insights into the thorny relationships of philosophy with religion in the Middle Ages, and will discuss relationships between philosophy and literature, science, and art. Moreover, time will be devoted to a specifically medieval problem in philosophy, namely the relationship between commenting texts of ancient authorities and developing independent ideas.
The Autumn School consists of four days during which participants will be able to combine plenary sessions with interactive workshops. All sessions will be taught in English by leading experts in the field of medieval Latin philosophy, Byzantine philosophy and Islamicate philosophy.
- Maximum of 20 participants
- First-come, first-served.
- Registration fee of EUR 150, waived for students from Ghent University & The Dutch Research School for Medieval Studies
- Venue: Campus Book Tower, Blandijn Building, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
- For registration, full programme and folder see here.
CONFERENCE: XIVe colloque international Grégoire de Nysse, 4-7 September 2018, Paris.
The XIVth international conference on Gregory of Nyssa will take place in Paris, Collège des Bernardins, from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th of September 2018. It will focus on the Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer and their reception in the byzantine world. For all information see here.
CONFERENCE: 44th Annual BSANA Conference, 4-7 October 2018, San Antonio, Texas
Registration for the Byzantine Studies Conference is now open. Early registration fees apply until the 20th of September, two weeks before the conference begins. The conference will start on the evening of Thursday the 4th of October and conclude midday on Sunday the 7th of October.
For all information and registration see here.
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
“Editing Byzantine Learned Texts: Problems and Prospects”, 4th “Parekbolai” Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology, 14 December 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece.
The editorial board of the e-journal Parekbolai organizes the journal’s fourth Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology on Friday, December 14, 2018. The Symposium aims to bring together scholars who work on various aspects of Byzantine texts, in order to exchange research experiences and discuss their projects and results. Specialists, Ph.D. candidates and postgraduate students are invited to deliver a twenty-minute paper in Greek (or in English) on a relevant topic. Prospective speakers are asked to submit a title and a short abstract to Ioannis Vassis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sofia Kotzabassi (email@example.com) by 30 September 2018.
“Late Antiquity I-III (sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity): ICMS 54”, 9-12 May 2019, Kalamazoo, MI.
Deadline: 15 September 2018
The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the return of its sponsored sessions to the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12, 2019 at Western Michigan University. These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics relating to the history, literature, religion, art, archaeology, culture, and society of Late Antiquity, that is, the European, North African, and Western Asian world, c. 250–750.
Inquiries or Abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (here) should be submitted to Jonathan Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the congress deadline of September 15.
“Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds”, 2nd Annual International Graduate Edinburgh Byzantine Conference, 30 November-1 December 2018, Edinburgh.
Deadline: 1 August 2018
Reception and appropriation (whether reuse, imitation, or variation) have long been recognised as necessary tools for the interpretation of Byzantine literature, art, architecture and archaeology, while research on innovations is still at a relatively early stage.
The key theme of this conference is dialogue – dialogue between Byzantium and its neighbouring cultures. The conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group of the University of Edinburgh from 30 November-1 December 2018 and will explore all three of the fundamental modes of dialogue and discourse (reception, appropriation and innovation) between Byzantium and its neighbours during any time period from the 5th-15thc. Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Dr. Andrew Marsham (Cambridge), and Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of St. Catherine’s, Mt. Sinai), in addition to confirmed internal speakers, both Byzantinists and Islamicists.
We strongly encourage papers highlighting exchange in both directions: Byzantium receiving from other cultures and/or others receiving from Byzantium. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Before the Christian and Islamic Worlds: reception and appropriation of Classical Greek or Latin heritage within Byzantium – perspectives from culture, text, legislation, gender, symbolism, art, etc.
- Contemporary exchange and attempts at imitation (concepts of culture, text, gender, legislation, symbolism etc.) between Byzantium, the Islamic World, Latin Europe and imperial courts
- Artistic similarities (visual art, sculpture, painting, etc.), whether as a result of promotion or prohibition, as an expression or mode of cultural exchange or identification across East and West
- Production, circulation and demand for luxury goods or household artefacts as evidence for dialogue and/or interaction between Byzantium and its neighbours
- Urban layout and rural landscape: military, civil and religious architecture in cities and countryside – common links and peculiarities between Byzantium and neighbouring powers
- Interdisciplinary approaches to interpretations of Byzantine (inter)action throughout the Mediterranean, taking into account multiple types of primary source evidence
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August, and notification of acceptance will be communicated by mid-August. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to email@example.com with your name and affiliation. There will be a small registration fee of £10 and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area in order to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.
“Days of Justinian I” Special Thematic Strand for 2018: State and Empire, 6th International Scientific Symposium, Ohrid. Organised by the Institute of National History, Skopje University of Bologna, Euro-Balkan University, Skopje.
First Deadline for abstracts: 10 August 2018
Second Deadline for abstracts: 20 October 2018
The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.
This years’ special thematic focus State and Empire is inspired by the 1000th anniversary of the fall of the Samuel’s State and the Ohrid Archbishopric. The association of the city of Ohrid with the Samuel’s State and the Ohrid Archbishopric, predetermined the decision for organizing the 6th edition of “Days of Justinian I” in the UNESCO world heritage site. The city of Ohrid provides additional symbolism with Justinian I, considering that the Byzantine emperor and his Archbishopric Justiniana Prima are incorporated in the traditions of the Ohrid Archbishopric. Thus, apart from traditionally connecting Skopje-Bologna-Ravenna, “Days of Justinian I” this year will link the city of Ohrid, which reflects its key objective for integrating the European cultural and historical heritage and the scholars throughout the world.
The scholars will exchange their latest research and share the ideas on the historical phenomena of the State and Empire. The various issues will be explored related to the nature of the state, the state-building processes in the Middle Ages, the concept of the empire, the relationships between the states and empires. The fundamental problems of definition of the state and empire in Byzantine and Medieval World will be tackled and addressed within wider contexts and contemporary approaches.
First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2018.
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2018.
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2018.
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2018.
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2019.
Please send the application form to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The full papers will be peer-reviewed.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski (email@example.com).
You can download the Call for papers here.
Please check the Facebook page for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form here.
Workshop on Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Late Antiquity at the Oxford Patristics Conference, 19-24 August 2019, Oxford.
Deadline: 31 August 2018
We call for papers that investigate modes of knowing and attempts at ordering/organizing knowledge in Christian communities in diverse linguistic and cultural traditions (including Latin, Greek, Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, and Ethiopic) for the period 100-850 CE in relation to three themes:
- contemporary theological, philosophical, medical and rhetorical discourses
- institutional structures (of empire, education and catechesis, liturgy, church, holy experts)
- the materiality and embodied social practices of early Christianity (relics, sacred texts, asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies).
We are also interested in papers that ask how this construction of late antique Christian epistemologies might inform modern theological reflection on Christian traditions engaging with modernity. The aim of this call for papers is to build upon and further the recent interest in outlining the lineaments of “late ancient knowing” from a variety of angles. Some of these are well established, such as the anthological and archival impulse evident in the way late ancient texts relate to older texts, but other aspects of this topic remain understudied, particularly those that involve material culture and embodied experience. Papers may be general or specific in scope and may employ any theoretical or methodological approach appropriate to the subject matter.
A team of researchers at Australian Catholic University is currently in the midst of a 5-year research program under the title “Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity” (2017-2021; Chief Investigators: Lewis Ayres, Michael Champion, Matthew Crawford, Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Jane Heath), and at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society in May 2018, a separate initiative, led by Jeremiah Coogan and Philip Michael Forness, resulted in three sessions of papers on the theme “Organizing Knowledge in Late Antiquity.” We have decided to combine our efforts to sponsor one or more workshops at Oxford on this topic and are circulating a call for papers now in order to allow us time to vet the abstracts and submit the workshop(s) prior to the Oxford submission deadline of 31 December 2018. Depending on the size of the response we will consider putting together multiple workshops on various topics that would fit within this overarching theme. To make sure that we have sufficient lead time, we are asking for interested persons to send their abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 August 2018. We will make a decision about which papers to include in the workshop(s) by 31 October 2018. Those persons whose papers we do not select would of course then be free to submit their proposals directly to the Oxford call for papers themselves and should have sufficient time to do so.