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The Byzness, 9th July 2015

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Philippi, From Colonia Augusta to Communitas Christiana: Religion & Society in Transition, 7-10 July 2015


Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture sponsored panel: “Food, Feast & Famine.” 4–7 July 2016, IMC: Leeds

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2016 IMC is “Food, Feast & Famine.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015. Proposals should include:

-100-word session abstract
-Session moderator and academic affiliation
-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.​


Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages
Session to be held at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Kalamazoo Michigan, 12-15 May 2016

Deadline: Sep 15, 2015

Organizers: Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center, New York) & Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington DC)


Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.


This session seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages.  Current scholarship on the topic in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.


In this session we would like to reimagine the wearable in similarly holistic terms. Bringing together varied forms and different media will help scholars better understand how the surfaces of medieval bodies not only presented social values and norms, but also operated within a designated spatial enviroment. In rethinking the wearable in the Middle Ages, this session has four major aims:


  1. The session seeks papers that look past field- and medium-specific divisions to explore the relationship of textiles and jewelry in medieval dress practices in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions.


  1. The session welcomes presentations that consider cosmetic elements often omitted from discussions of dress. These might include makeup, tattooing, amulets, prosthetics, and any other modifications to personal appearance.


  1. The session seeks papers that situate dressed bodies in their spatial contexts, particularly topics addressing medieval notions of personal space and the relationship of bodies to their surroundings.


  1. The session also seeks papers on issues of medium-specificity and materiality, as concerns that arise directly from questions regarding the wearable. Papers dealing with the centrality or marginality of image-making within the practice of the wearable, as well as the reception of the wearable as part of a sensory experience are also welcomed.



Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum)
2. Completed Participant Information Form available at:
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number

Ittai Weinryb:
Elizabeth Williams:



The History of Art department at The University of Edinburgh is looking to hire a teaching fellow for one year. The ideal candidate will be a specialist in pre-1500 arts of the eastern Mediterranean (Byzantine or Islamic) world. It is a half time position and will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. The closing date is July 17th 2015 and interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 27th July.

The reference number is 033626 and the full details are available at:

For more information contact Dr. Carol Richardson at:


Two PhD candidates in Museology and Archaeology – Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies


Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation: Call for expressions of interest for the submission of proposals under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme

Several different kinds of fellowship on offer. Expressions of interest must be submitted to NHRF by 15 July 2015 to

For additional information see here

Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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