The Byzness

Dear All,

Apologies again for the delay in sending this email, but there remains plenty to inform you all of as the summer moves on and we begin preparations for the coming academic year.
Best wishes to all,

Nicholas Matheou
MPhil Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, St. Cross College
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Byzness, 27th of August, 2013

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Dear fellow petitioners: I write with encouraging news — we have,
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most grateful. As the petition grows, I will provide occasional and, I
hope, unobtrusive updates.

With thanks, Jeffrey Hamburger

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*The Empire Never Ended?  Letting go of Roman identity in the post-Imperial world*

*Session at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 7-10 July 2014*

Dating the end of the Roman Empire has long been a popular parlour game.  Numerous years can be proposed as date of the ‘fall’ of the empire.  Yet all of these ignore the obvious question of when did the peoples of the Roman Empire themselves come to think of themselves as living in a post-imperial era? The answer seems far from simple and varies from region to region but it is clear that, whenever people ceased to think of themselves as living within the Empire, it was long after the Empire had ceased to rule over them. The strand *The Empire Never Ended?  Letting go of Roman identity in the post-Imperial world* proposes to examine when and how that rupture in thinking occurred within the framework of the IMC 2014.

The IMC, an annual conference running continuously since 1994, is the biggest humanities event in Europe, attracting over 1800 delegates in 2013, and provides a unique forum for sharing and comparing approaches across a wealth of disciplines.

Responding to the 2014 theme ‘Empire’, *The Empire Never Ended?  Letting go of Roman identity in the post-Imperial world* will offer further opportunities for fruitful exchange between scholars working on concepts of identity, community, and authority throughout the post-Roman world.

Proposals for papers are warmly invited from new and established researchers in the field, and topics may include:

• Being ‘Roman’ along the frontier: the formation of Roman ‘ethnic’ identities in post-Roman environments

• The Empire as a thing of the past: literary identification of the Roman Empire as a historical subject in the early middle ages

• Waiting for the Restoration?  Continuing Roman identity long after the legions have left 

These are only a few possible ways of looking at the question.  Researchers looking at all aspects of it are strongly encouraged to join the discussion.

Organised by Thomas J. MacMaster (PhD student, University of Edinburgh)

If you are interested in offering a 20-minute paper within this session please send a title and a brief abstract of 100 words by 1 September 2013 to Thomas J. MacMaster at

Please note: Speakers invited cannot present a paper in another session at the IMC. All speakers will have to pay the appropriate IMC registration fee to attend.

For more information on the IMC see, and for the call for papers for the 2014 Congress, see

The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place on the University of Leeds campus in Leeds from 7-10 July 2014.


Call for Papers: The Seventh Century Across Cultures

Panel sponsored by the Seventh Century Studies Network
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11, 2014

Drawing inspiration from the recent Edinburgh Seventh Century Colloquium, this session will attempt to bring together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilization of ideas.  We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar.

The session will be an examination of whether the seventh century can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents a break in the longue durée.  What was the level of discontinuity between the ‘long sixth’ and ‘long eighth’ centuries?  

We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history, literature, numismatics, and religion, as well as in fields including Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic, and Late Antique studies to submit 100 word abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with aspects of continuity and/or discontinuity during the long seventh century.

We seek to have an interdisciplinary panel that reflects the various ways that questions of continuity and discontinuity can be addressed.

Please send proposals and a Participant Information Form (link below) to  by September 1.

The Participant Information Form can be downloaded in MS Word or pdf
format from


CFP: ‘Enemies’, Hortulus sponsored session, 20th International Medieval Congress in Leeds

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the first ever Hortulus-sponsored session at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds (IMC) to be held 7-10 July 2014!

When exploring the medieval world, it is easy to locate various ‘Empires’ (both political and ideological) across time and space – forever rising and falling in an endless flux of power across the millennium that has been denoted ‘medieval’. Existing in tandem with these various imperial regimes are inevitable ‘enemies’ – detractors, dissenters, troublemakers and traitors.

We at Hortulus would like to explore the concept of these ‘enemies’ in relation to Empire – both those who are enemies of Empire and also those who must overcome enmity in service to Empire. The topic of ‘enemies’ was selected by popular vote by the Hortulus community of graduate students and will also be the theme of the 2014 issue of the journal.

The breadth of this session allows for interdisciplinary exchanges; we invite paper topics ranging from explorations of enemies in literature, history and art to more focused interpretations of the notion of enmity in the medieval period. We encourage submissions from many disciplinary angles, welcoming textual, artistic and historical interpretations from scholars of literature, history, philosophy, musicology, archaeology, art history and other fields. We especially encourage interdisciplinary work.

– Some topics to be discussed but are by no means limited to?

– How was an enemy constructed? How are they perceived?

– How were enemies built or discussed at the imperial level?

– What about supernatural enemies, such as God’s displeasure, demons, or personified vices?

– What was the threat of enemies to Empires? How were they punished?

– How did changes and developments within empires alter or dismantle existing enmities?

Please email an abstract (approximately 250 words) for a 20-minute paper to Liz Mincin ( by 16 September 2013. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch!

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The Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University seeks a group of Fellows from around the world to join its community of scholars and practitioners for one year. Scholars, religious leaders, or artists whose work is in or is turning toward the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts are invited to apply. Scholars in the humanities or in the social or natural sciences whose work is directly related to these areas are also encouraged to apply. Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community. They may have the option to teach. Fellows will be chosen for the quality and significance of their work. The Institute maintains a commitment to living religious communities and seeks diversity of every kind, including race, gender, and religion.
For further info see:
The Emergence of Sacred Travel (EST) research project is now offering 2 fully funded PhD scholarships:

1) Open PhD scholarship in Sacred Travel: The candidate should propose a dissertation project that relates to the overall theme of pilgrimage and sacred movement in the ancient world (Greek, Roman, and/or Late Antique/Early Christian), focusing in particular on its material and visual dimensions. A theoretically-informed project with a comparative scope as well as broad geographical or chronological coverage is especially desired.

2) PhD scholarship on ’A Diachronic Study of the Use of Terracotta Figurines as Votives in Greek
Sanctuaries, ca. 600-31 BC” (in association with The National Museum of Denmark):  The purpose of the PhD scholarship is to arrive at a new understanding of the use over time of terracotta figurines in Greek sanctuaries from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Furthermore, it should shed light on the role of such votives in relation to traditions of sacred travel in the Greek world as well as their place in the relations between different Mediterranean cultures and societies.

The deadline for both scholarships is 1 October 2013. Please visit for more information.

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The website for conference information and registration for the 39th Byzantine Studies conference at Yale is now active at the following link:
The site is also accessible via the “Annual Conference” tab of the BSANA website.
Dear friends,
Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to send you the Schedule of the VIth “Rencontres
annuelles internationales des doctorants en Etudes byzantines”, which
will be held October 4th & 5th 2013, at the “Institut National
d’Histoire de l’Art”, Paris.

This Schedule contains all useful information to reach the Symposium.

Looking forward to seeing you, we wish you a pleasant summer-ending !

Stanislas Kuttner-Homs
27 APRIL 2012 – 6 OCTOBER 2013
Chryssa Maltezou
Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor Emeritus at the University of Athens,
Former Director of the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post -Byzantine Studies in Venice.
at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
on Thursday 3 October 2013; 5pm
The lecture will be followed by an informal reception.
RSVP: Naomi Rees – / 0121 414 6993
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