The Byzness

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The Byzness, 30 September 2012

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The Stavros Maderakis Database for Byzantine Art

In 2011 part of the photographic collection of the Greek art historian Dr Stavros Maderakis
(1937-2012), an expert of Byzantine wall paintings of Venetian Crete, was obtained thanks to
the financial support of the Internal University Research Funding of the Johannes Gutenberg
University of Mainz.Full Details on this collection can be found here.


The Byzantine Studies Conference for 2013 will be held at Yale University from October 31 – November 3, 2013, unlike as previously advertised.


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Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity X, The Transformation of Literary and Material Genres in Late Antiquity

The tenth biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Ottawa, Canada, 21-24 March 2013. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great cultural changes on a number of levels, e.g. in the emergence of new literary genres (such as hagiography) or of new building types (such as churches) or of new objects of art (consular diptychs). 

The aim of the conference is to explore what exactly these changes were, and how and why they came about: were they the consequence of long-term trends or developments? Or were they rather the result of external factors, the products of what was once termed ‘an age of anxiety’? We hope to receive proposals of papers concerning the many genres that came into being or were transformed during the period, whether they be literary genres, such as panegyric, rhetoric, historiography, chronicles, poetry, epistolography and hagiography, or material genres, such as architecture, epigraphy, and numismatics. The term ‘genre’ is thus interpreted broadly, and papers that bring together several genres to address this issue, e.g. to consider Procopius’ Buildings both as panegyric and as a source on images of the city in Late Antiquity, or to consider the portrayal of saints in both hagiographies and artistic representations, are particularly welcome.

Three keynote speakers will be taking part in the conference: Professor John Matthews of Yale University (U.S.A.), Professor Pierre-Louis Malosse, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpelier (France), and Dr Wendy Mayer (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane).

The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2012. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length. Papers may be in English or French. Proposals from graduate students are welcome, but they should indicate on their submission whether they have discussed their proposal with their supervisor or not.

Proposals should be sent to:


Sicily and Its Neighbors

From: Dawn Marie Hayes [mailto:]

Special Sessions: Sicily and Its Neighbors, I and II 48th International
Congress on Medieval Studies May 9 – 12, 2013 Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

As a nexus of civilizations, the island of Sicily was in contact with
numerous European and African powers. As such, its past was inextricably
intertwined with the history of numerous lands. The 48^th International
Congress will include two (2) sessions titled “Sicily and its Neighbors”
intended to give scholars of various backgrounds and disciplines an
opportunity to share ideas about how Sicily’s history influenced — or was
influenced by — the various civilizations with which it was in contact. In
other words, the sessions will provide scholars with an opportunity to
highlight connections between the island and the wider medieval world.
Indeed, the title is intentionally broad in the hopes that the CFP will
ferret out submissions from a wide range of scholars.

Possible topics include Sicily’s relations with the Byzantine Empire and the
Islamic world. Papers on the island’s relations with western powers are also
welcome. Topics here might include its role in the early Spanish Reconquista
and its later position as a possession of the Crown of Aragon. Other
possibilities include Sicily’s relations with the Holy Roman Empire, its
interactions with Franco-Norman lands, its connections to the Plantagenets,
its influence on papal politics, and the role it played (and at times did
not play) in the Crusades. There are many possibilities.

Abstracts of 200 – 300 words and a Participant Information Form (PIF) should
be forwarded *no later than September 15* (the PIF is available at
Both should be directed to:

Dawn Marie Hayes
Department of History
Montclair State University
426 Dickson Hall
Montclair, New Jersey 07043

E-Mail: <mailto:>

Fax: 973-655-3159

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Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University in Budapest and The School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is pleased to announce Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images, a conference held on October 4-6, 2012 at Central European University, Budapest.
Full details can be found at:
Or for further details please contact the organisers at,, or


Kings College London Events Programme
These are links to forthcoming events organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London  (October-December 2012).

Through its regular weekly seminars, colloquia, public lectures and international

conferences, the Centre for Hellenic Studies is a concentrated force for the advancement
of research in all aspects of Hellenic culture. All its activities are free, open to the public
and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.
Weekly CHS seminars in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies
take place on Tuesdays at 17.30.


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Project Curator: Late Antiquity

The British Museum is looking for a Curator with interests in the archaeology, art and material culture of Late Antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East to play a key role in a five year research programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Empires of Faith is a unique research programme bringing together the British Museum with the University of Oxford to understand the creation of religious iconographies and their relationships with state formation from the Mediterranean World to South Asia and the Borders of China, c. 200-800 AD.

The main purposes of this role are to (1) manage and administer aspects of the programme such as budgets, workshops, meetings and work schedules; and (2) to research aspects of the Late Antiquity collections and their contexts. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and delivery of web content, public programming and potentially displays. The role will also involve undertaking collections based documentation in order to improve the documentation for relevant artefact and pictorial collections. You will work closely with the project leader, Jas’ Elsner and curators at the Museum. You will be based at the British Museum, but will have to travel to Oxford for team meetings in term times.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a subject relevant to the role, for example Archaeology or Art History, with proven curatorial and research experience. You will have experience of working with and researching, or demonstrable knowledge of material culture and art works. Excellent teamwork and communication skills are essential for this role, as well as some experience of project management. Experience of working on an exhibition and demonstrable knowledge of Late Antique material and visual culture is desirable but not essential.

Interviews are likely to take place on 24 October 2012.

For further information or to apply for this role, please go to

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 3rd October 2012.


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