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The Byzness, 11th July 2016


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Oxford Summer Workshop on the Sacred in Life and Art, 14-17th July


Please find the poster here and here.





42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 6-9th October, 2016

Dear Colleagues,


Attached here you will find the Program draft for the 42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The conference is from October 6th – 9th.


The local arrangements committee urges all attendees and participants to register for the conference, book hotels and flights sooner rather than later.


The hotel options in Ithaca are limited. Please consult the website for that information: Questions about local arrangements may be directed to the Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Benjamin Anderson ( ).


Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in Ithaca.

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Chair, Program Committee





Intertextuality in Greek and Roman Literature Workshop, 10-11th October, University of Oslo

Please find more information here. The deadline for registration is 15th September 2016.




7th Sudak International Research Conference “Black Sea region, Crimea, Rus’ in history and culture” 29-30th September, 2016.


Please find more information here. The deadline for registration is 15th August, 2016.




Χειρόγραφα: Four Summer Lectures about Greek Manuscripts, University of Oxford

Monday 1 August – NIGEL WILSON, The Rewards of Palaeography

Tuesday 2 August – MARC LAUXTERMANN, Byzantine Poetry: Collecting and Copying

Wednesday 3 August – PETROS BOURAS-VALLIANATOS, Byzantine Scientific Manuscripts

Thursday 4 August – MARJOLIJNE JANSSEN, Vernacular Texts and Editions

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

66 St Giles’, Oxford

All welcome




4th International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”: ‘The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe’, Euro-Balkan University, University of Bologna, Skopje, 11-12 November 2016

Please find the call for papers here.




First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 5 August, 2016

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 October, 2016

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 10 August, 2016

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2016

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2017


Please send the application form to the address: ;




‘Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era’, One day and a half Symposium & Workshop, 24-25th February 2017, University of Birmingham


Please find the call for papers attached here.


Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – and Andrea Mattiello – by 30 September 2016.




‘Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity’ Workshop in Oslo, in December 2-3, 2016.


The Workshop is an opportunity especially for early career researchers (PhD, postdocs, young scholars). All information is available here:


The deadline for submitting Abstracts is: August 10, 2016.




Hospes eram et collexistis me: Crisis and Migration in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe and Byzantium, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 4-5th November, 2016



Migration seems to be one of the unifying aspects of human societies: whether in one epic journey to a new homeland or in seasonal trips, whether in search of security or employment, people are often on the move. As we go, we bring objects, foods, diseases, and ideas; opportunities and crises follow. The theme of the Crisis and Migration colloquium is ‘migration’ writ large, incorporating the movement of people, objects, texts, and ideas. The colloquium focuses especially on movements prompted either by crises (e.g political collapse of the Roman or Byzantine Empire) or by boons (e.g. early Carolingian Empire). Were crises connected with large population movements? Was there any cultural flourishing and change brought on by the immigration of new groups? Did the trade and movement of relics and commercial objects remain prevalent during periods of crisis? The colloquium hopes to answer some of these questions, bringing into debate the impact of mobility throughout the period.


We would like to invite offers of twenty-minute papers on any aspect of mobility of people, ideas, and objects in the Late Antiquity and Early medieval period. Papers dealing with later periods addressing the topic will also be considered. Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to Grant Schrama at  by September 16th, 2016. Both established scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.


Conference Organizers: Grant Schrama (Queen’s University) and Dr. Eduardo Fabbro (University of Toronto). Generous financial contributions have been made to this colloquium from the Nugent Fund at Queen’s University and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Toronto. Questions and queries about the conference can be sent to the email above or to Eduardo Fabbro at .




Natural Disasters, Sacred Time, and Eschatology in the Eastern Mediterranean, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 15 – 18, 2017


Chairs: Armin Bergmeier (Leipzig University), ;

Heba Mostafa (University of Kansas),


The impact of the environment and the natural world on the human condition has incited a growing scholarly interest in recent years. This panel examines representations of natural disasters (fire, earthquakes, plagues, etc.) marking sacred time and asks how catastrophic events in the natural world structured the historical perception of sacred time. In many cultures, the eschaton or the end of time was a crucial moment in sacred time, intimately linked to destructive forces in the natural world. In Judaism, theophanies were often accompanied by frightening natural phenomena. In Middle Byzantine times, Last Judgment scenes began to incorporate a river of fire that leads to hell and opens up into a fiery abyss; while in Islam, the Day of Judgment would be announced by a massive upheaval of the natural order of the world, from cataclysmic earthquakes to the parting of the heavens.

The panel queries how the relationship between natural disaster and any moment in sacred time was visualized and materialized in artifacts, architecture, and the design of specific sites. Some of the questions may include how natural disasters triggered expectations of divine agency or the advent of the eschaton. How were these events imagined, represented, or even counteracted? Which natural sites were associated with events in sacred time, and how were they architecturally and ritually framed or represented visually across various media.




For submission guidelines:







Two Teaching Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

1) Teaching Fellowship in Late Roman History


The Classics Subject Area seeks to appoint a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Late Roman History from 1 September 2016, for a period of 12 months. Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in later Roman and late antique history.


The appointment is a full time, fixed-term post.

Salary scale: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 29th July 2016.


For the Further Particulars, please consult



2) Teaching Fellowship in Byzantine Archaeology


The Archaeology Subject Area seeks to appoint a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Archaeology (0.9 FTE) from 1 September 2016, for a period of 10 months. Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology.


The appointment is part-time, 31.5 hpw, and is fixed-term for 10 months from 1 September 2016.

Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum (pro-rata)

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Monday 1 August 2016


For the Further Particulars, please consult





Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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