The Byzness

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness: 25 July 2010

1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

2. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

3. UPDATES

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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘De-marginalized Sciences: Rehabilitating Astrology, Magic,

Alchemy, Divination, Medicine, etc. in Medieval Scholarship’ (2011
Kalamazoo)

SPECIAL SESSION: 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12 15,
2011, Kalamazoo, Michigan
)

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: September 15, 2010

As traditionally defined, academic discussions of the history of the
pre-modern rational sciences often leave little room for quasi-scientific
subjects such as astrology, alchemy, or even medicine<subjects that were at
the center of lived experience for medieval people. With the application of
anthropological methods to the study of rational practices of the past,
important efforts have been made that rescue these disciplines from the
trash heaps of history. It is, basically, to consider them as human
practices rather than as failed science on the way to real science. Because
scholars of these subjects often work in near isolation, this panel is
intended to be a forum to share research, to compare methodologies, and to
enjoy fruitful exchange and dialogue.

Papers on any aspect of these subjects as they were practiced or discussed
in any language or culture relevant to the medieval period as usually
defined will be considered<including, but not necessarily limited to<Europe,
the Mediterranean world, the Middle East, Latin, Arabic, Greek, or any
relevant vernacular tradition.

Please submit proposed title and abstract to Glen M. Cooper by September 15,
2010.

Glen M. Cooper, Ph.D.
Department of History
2103 JFSB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
glen_cooper@byu.edu

http://byu.academia.edu/GlenCooper

General Call for Papers:
(http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/Assets/pdf/congress/Sessions11.pdf)

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2.  CONFERENCES

Dear colleagues,

I would like to inform you about the conference “Double Headed Eagle – Byzantium and the Seljuks in Anatolia between the late 11th and 13th centuries / Der Doppeladler – Byzanz und die Seldschuken in Anatolien vom späten 11. bis 13. Jahrhundert” that will take place in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz from October 1st until 3rd 2010. This international and interdisciplinary symposium aims at bringing together leading scholars from different countries to discuss the different facets of the Byzantine-Seljuk relationships without excluding neighbouring regions. All interested colleagues are welcome. The programme and further information can be found in the attached flyer.
Kind regards,
Jörg Drauschke

Seldschuken_Symposium_2010

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3. UPDATES

The Byzantine Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks is presently updating their online resources in the following areas:

– Translations of Byzantine Saints’ Lives

– Dissertations in North America, completed and in progress

– Bibliography on Women in Byzantium

We would be very grateful for any new additions to these surveys. New entries should be submitted to byzantine2010@doaks.org before July 30, 2010.

Byzantine Studies Program

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Washington DC

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