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The Byzness, 22nd February 2015

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Heresy from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Torch Seminar Room, Saturday 14th March 2015

The past few decades have seen a burgeoning scholarly interest in heresy in early and medieval Christianity. Research on Christian heresy and its representation (‘heresiology’) has proliferated, in particular, in two periods: late antiquity and the later middle ages. However, despite deriving inspiration from similar trends in modern cultural theory and critical historical analysis, these two fields of scholarship have developed largely in isolation from one another. This workshop seeks to bring together historians working on heresy across the late-antique and medieval periods, to consider how and why heresy (or its representation) might change over time and in different contexts, and to think through the possibilities of common (or indeed divergent) approaches.

To register, or for more information, e-mail Robin Whelan ( A sandwich lunch is available; please request it on registration and supply any dietary requirements. Thanks are due to the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity and the Oxford Medieval Studies Network for their generous support.

11:00 Registration and Welcome

11:15 Session 1: Chair: Antonia Fitzpatrick (St John’s)

Richard Flower (Exeter) ‘The birth of scientific heresiology in late antiquity’

Jill Moore (Birkbeck) ‘Set a thief to catch a thief? Family experience of heresy among thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italian inquisitors’

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Session 2: Chair: Phil Booth (Trinity)

Liz Mincin (St Andrews) ‘Curing the common soul: reexamining the heresiological motif of disease in Middle Byzantium’

Ali Bonner (Jesus) ‘The reception of Pelagius and interactionist theory’

15:15 Coffee

15:45 Session 3: Chair: Robin Whelan (TORCH/Brasenose)

Lucy Sackville (York) ‘The great divide: inquisition texts and the history of heresy’

Plenary Discussion

Conrad Leyser (Worcester) and Kantik Ghosh (Trinity)


​CNG​ Lecture

Friday 13th March 2015

5:45-8:30pm (lecture at 6pm)

Cecile Morrison: ‘Deflation and Crisis in Byzantium: making and using coins in the long eighth-century’

Please RSVP to Roslyn Britton Strong


Expert Visit of Athens, Greece – Monuments, History and Conservation

Dear Colleague,

We’d like to announce 2 programs for this summer that are of interest to archaeologists, historians and classicists:

  • Athens: Heritage and Modernity
  • Analysis and Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

Please forward this notice to any interested parties. Below you will find links to our website, where you can also find a flyer for posting.


Athens: Heritage and Modernity

Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens, Greece

June 28 – July 9, 2015
(check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)

We are now accepting applications for our 13 day visit of Athens. This is a thoughtful exploration of the history, preservation and conservation issues facing the city, organized around a series of lectures and visits lead by some of the top Athenian archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of surveying, planning, and preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city.

The faculty of our program includes internationally renowned scholars, such as Dr. Manolis Korres, who was Chief Architect on the Acropolis Restoration Project, who will be leading lectures and visits to the Acropolis area, as well as Dr. Fani Mallouchou Tufano, an expert on the history of restoration and was director of the Documentation Office of the Acropolis Restoration Service. Please visit our website and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits. Also visit our Facebook page.

The program is intended for people studying, or professionally involved in, the fields of: History, Archaeology, Architecture Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, Conservation and Historic Preservation, but is also open for people with a general interest in any of the above mentioned subjects. Our deadline for applying is May 1st, 2015.

Please also note this other program offered by our colleagues, San Gemini Preservation Studies.

Analysis and Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 26, 2015

This 4 week summer program in Italy provides an excellent background in the conservation and restoration of pottery. In the workshop, students work on finds from classical and medieval periods coming from several sources: the excavation of the Public Baths in the nearby ancient Roman city of Carsulae, from recent excavations at the Palatine Hill in Rome and the store rooms of Archaeological Museum of Perugia.

Students of the following subjects would find this program useful: archaeology, anthropology, art history, art restoration, field history, management of cultural heritage, museum studies, classical studies and history of technology. There are still places available and the deadline for application is March 16. Please find more information on our website.


Nikos Vakalis

Director Athens Program

International Institute for Restoration & Preservation Studies


Objects of Love

OTHER-WORLDLY LOVE, II: VIOLENCE AND THE SACRED. A handling session in the Ashmolean Museum, focusing on objects and images related to sacred warfare, violence, and vengeance, drawn from the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Collections. Friday 13 March, 3-5 p.m., Ashmolean Museum. Click here to register. (Registration is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.)

Over the past few days I have been making plans with the inspiring Senta German of the Ashmolean Museum for two new Object Handling Sessions in the Museum as part of the Objects of Love series sponsored by TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities), one this week and one in two weeks’ time

The theme for these sessions is Otherworldly Love. How have objects and images served to encourage and channel religious devotion? How does the intimacy of contact with sacred objects influence ideas, relationships, and actions?


Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean

Dear All,

We are pleased to inform you that registration for the

4th International SMM Conference
‘Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean’
13th-15th July 2015
is now open:

The preliminary programme is now also live. Full details can be found via the website:

Please note that *Early Bird bookings are available until 16th March 2015.


​The Sound of Sense: Orality/Aurality in Byzantine texts and contexts​, 16th-17th May, Princeton University

​Please find advertisement here.



Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion​, ​Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, ​16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, ​30th May 2015

Papers are cordially invited for the 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. ‘Fragmentation’ is as important a phenomenon as ‘continuity’ in politics, economics, and cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern times. Instead of foreclosing debate on such common heritage in the region, the theme ‘Fragmentation’ provides a dimension on how institutions and various political, social, and economic groups interacted in harmony or in conflict, because of or in spite of such commonality.

We welcome 20-minute papers on topics in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies that include, but are not limited by, the following:

Economic activities/institutions

Literature and narrative

Political institutions

Historiographical scholarship


Societal affiliation/mentality

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015 to The applicants will be notified of the selection results within two weeks of receipt of submissions.

​Please find the poster here.​


‘The Senses and Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance’, 8th-9th June 2015

Where does the recent sensory turn in the Arts and Humanities leave the study of Visual Culture? Can the viewer/object model incorporate the full sensorium without imposing ocularcentrism? How has vision’s relation to the other senses been expressed and explored through the visual arts from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period? How have the senses and sensory experience been represented in art before the Modern era?

This conference will explore the complex relationship between the visual and the sensory in contemporary theory and ancient practice. It will investigate the ways that art, from icons to illuminated manuscripts, music to architecture, and poetry to theatre, acted as a space for thinking about sensory experience, and for representing sensory ideas and theories. It will bring together scholars from a range of fields, including Classics and Ancient History, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Musicology, Museum Studies and the History of Art, to explore these questions in the context of different historical periods and cultures, and in terms of politics, religion, philosophy, and society in the pre-Modern era.

We invite abstracts of 300 words for papers including but not limited to the following themes:

  • The role of the visual;
  • The non-visual senses and the reception of visual culture;
  • Embodied interaction with apparently visual art;
  • The use of ancient sensory theory in later practice;
  • Representations of sensory experience;
  • The difference between Eastern and Western European traditions in terms of ideas about the senses and how they are represented;
  • Displaying historical sensory experiences in museum settings;
  • The future of visual culture studies of pre-modern Europe.

Papers will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion. The conference will be held 8th-9th June 2015 at the University of Bristol, UK. Please send abstracts and CVs to the organisers, Erica O’Brien and Heather Hunter-Crawley at, by 10th April 2015. For further information and updates, please see the conference


Connections, Networks, & Contexts, ​17 April 2015, ​Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh

​Please find the CfP here please.


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