Oxford Listings at the International Byzantine Studies Congress, Belgrade


Dear all,

In light of the forthcoming International Congress, I have put together a (hopefully comprehensive) list of the times of all sessions in which Oxford scholars are involved (speaking or chairing). Unfortunately, the programme does not always supply the institutions of Free Communications speakers, so apologies in advance for any omissions.

Best wishes


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MONDAY 22 August

TUESDAY 23 August
11:00 Round Table:  The Episcopal Palace in Early Byzantium: Historical Development, Architectural Typologies, Domestic Spaces


Convener: Isabella Baldini


Heleni Saradi,

The Episcopal Palaces: Worldly Splendor in the Style of the Ruling Class Versus Monastic Virtues


Natalia Poulou,

Everyday Life and Production in Early Byzantine Episcopeia from the Aegean and the Mainland, Greece: The Material Culture Evidence


Alessandro Taddei,

The Episkopeion of Constantinople in the Early Byzantine Period


Philipp Niewöhner,

The Bishop’s Palace of Miletus in Caria (Turkey)


Efthymios Rizos,

An Archiepiscopal City: Justiniana Prima as the Seat of the Primate of Dacia


Pascale Chevalier,

Les espaces domestiques et économies de la résidence épiscopale protobyzantine de Byllis (Albanie)




11:00   Round Table: Les relations diplomatiques byzantines (ive-xve siècles): permanence et/ou changements


Conveners: Elisabeth Malamut, Nicolas Drocourt


Jean-Pierre Arrignon,

La diplomatie byzantine à l’origine de la Kievskaja Rus


Alexander Beihammer,

Innovative Features and New Strategies in Byzantine-Seljuk Diplomacy


Azat Bozoyan,

L’Arménie cilicienne dans la documentation diplomatique byzantine du douzième au quatorzième siècle


Christian Gastgeber,

Language Change in West Directed Correspondence of the Constantinopolitan Chancelleries during the Palaiologan Period


Nike Koutrakou,

Summit Diplomacy with a Female Face: Women as Diplomatic Actors in Late Byzantium


Ekaterina Nechaeva,

Freedom of Conscience by Treaty: The Return of the Seven Philosophers and the Protection Clause (Agathias 2.31)


Nebojša Porčić,

Permanence and Change in Serbian Medieval Diplomacy


Jonathan Shepard,

The Emperor’s Long Reach: Imperial Alertness to ‘Barbarian’ Resources and Force Majeure, from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries


Jakub Sypiański,

Une mention de l’ambassade « assyrienne » de Photius dans un manuscrit arabe?




15:30 Thematic Session of Free Communications: New Feasts, New Sermons: The Cult of Mary on the Eve of Iconoclasm, in Byzantium and Beyond


Conveners: Beatrice Daskas, Francesca Dell’Acqua


Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi,

The Introduction of Marian Feasts in Byzantium


Mary B. Cunningham,

From Palestine to Constantinople: Seventh- and Eighth-Century Greek Homilies on the Dormition


Maria Lidova,

The Chalkoprateia Image of the Annunciation and Material Evidence for a Lost Iconography


Beatrice Daskas,

The Akathist Hymn in the Early Medieval West


Diego Maria Ianiro,

“Credere virginem in corde per fidem.” Images of Mary in the Libri Carolini


Natalia Teteriatnikov,

On the Iconography of the Hypapante in Byzantine Art


Francesca Dell’Acqua,

On the Iconography of the Hypapante in Western Art (And the Earliest Latin Homilies on the Feast)




15:30 Special Session 2: Instrumenta Studorium II: The Future of Editing Byzantine Texts


Chairs: Andreas Rhoby, Alexander Riehle


Alessandra Bucossi,

Addenda et corrigenda ad libitum


Christian Gastgeber,

Byzantine Philology. Joining New Standards and Daring Innovative Approaches, or What?


Antonia Giannouli,

Title to be announced


Martin Hinterberger,

John Davis, Editing the Metaphrasis of Niketas Choniates’ Χρονικὴ Διήγησις


Michael Jeffreys,

Correct Editions, Standard Editions, Well-Punctuated Editions: The Myth of Editorial Uniformity


Raimondo Tocci,

Title to be announced


Staffan Wahlgren,

The Mid-Byzantine Chronicles


Nikolaos Zagklas,

Editing Byzantine Poetry: Neglected Works, Overlooked Editorial Aspects and Future Challenges





18:30 Special Session 3: Digital Humanities and Byzantine Studies


Chair: Staffan Wahlgren


Mihailo St. Popović,

Bringing Byzantine Studies to the Public: Web-Based Visualizations for the Dissemination of Scholarly Content


Claudia Sode,

A Digital Corpus of Byzantine Seals, or How to Improve the Presentation and Analysis of the Sigillographic Material?


Efthymios Rizos,

The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity: A New Online Searchable Corpus


Charlotte Roueché,

Linking Byzantium


Johannes Preiser-Kapeller,

Entangling Byzantium. Networks of Individuals, Objects, Places and Narratives


Tara L. Andrews,

The Digital Edition as a Tool for Historians: The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa


Christian Gastgeber,

New Approaches in Text Edition, Text Interpretation


Albrecht Berger,

The Perils of Electronical Information





21:00: Oxford Drinks Event

Location TBC,


I will send out an email once I am in Belgrade.







11:00 Thematic Free Communications: Byzantine Literary Models and Patterns of Reception: Translation and Transformation in the Slavonic and Middle Eastern Traditions


Conveners: Anissava Miltenova, Vassya Velinova


Anissava Miltenova,

Divergenced Myth and Transformed Genre


Ilse De Vos,

Bridging the Gap: How to Edit the Slavonic Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem?


Lara Sels,

The Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem in Greek and Slavonic


Ida Toth,

The Book of Syntipas the Philosopher: Questions and Answers on Kingship, Morality, and Fate


Olga Grinchenko,

Literary Patterns in the Slavonic Anthologies Excerpting the Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem


Yavor Miltenov,

The Making of the Chrysorrhoas Collection


Dieter Stern,

Double Translations of Byzantine Hagiographic Texts – Reflections on the Slavonic Translations of the Life of St. Eupraxia of Thebes


Diana Atanassova-Pencheva,

Multiple Translations and Their Context: Praxis de stratilatis in the Medieval South Slavic Tradition


Ivan Iliev,

The Old Church Slavonic Translation of Hippolytus of Rome’s Commentaries on the Book of Prophet Daniel


Ljubica Jovanović,

Byzantine Historiography in Slavonic Disguise





11:00 Thematic Free Communication Sessions: The Early Byzantine Empire ‒ Part 2


Chairs: Katerina Nikolaou, Eirini Chrestou


Adrian Szopa,

The Barbarians in Service of the Late Roman Empire in the East


Aleksandr Aibabin,

Fortresses of Gothia in the Crimea in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries


Eirini Chrestou – Katerina Nikolaou,

Popular Resistance to Authority: From the Circus Factions to the Citizens


Hugh Jeffery,

Angel Cult and the Transformation of the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias


Andrzej Kompa,

The Constantinopolitan Authors, the Constantinopolitan Point of View? – Groups and Individuals as Seen by the Authors Active in the Early Byzantine Capital


Qiang Li,

Review on the Research about the Age of Justinian in China


Vadim Serov,

On the Modern Research Methods of Early Byzantium: New Prospects for Old Theme (The Imperial Finances from the Late 6th to the Middle of the 7th Centuries)





15:30 Round Table: The Agency of Inscriptions in Byzantium, in the West and in the Slavonic World


Convener: Andreas Rhoby


Ida Toth – Efthymios Rizos,

Consecrated to God, Written for the Salvation of His People: The Agency of Normative Epigraphy Across Space and Time


Salvatore Cosentino,

Epigraphy and Society in Byzantine Sardinia (7th– 10th Century)


Vincent Debiais,

In Kendall’s Footsteps: Verse Inscriptions and Romanesque Doors


Ivan Drpić,

Jefimija the Nun: A Reappraisal


Sophia Kalopissi-Verti,

Language and Identity in Medieval Greece: The Epigraphic Evidence


Georgios Pallis,

Legible and Illegible Inscriptions in the Middle Byzantine Churches of Greece


Emmanuel Moutafov,

Translating Encrypted Messages: Greek and Slavonic Tetragrams as a Mixture of Languages or as a Universal Code


Maria Xenaki,

Graffiti in Medieval Times: A Case Study from Byzantine Cappadocia


Andrey Vinogradov,

Inscriptions of the North Caucasus: Greek Literacy on the Periphery of Oikoumene




18:30 Thematic Free Communications: Literature and Politics


Chairs: Sysse G. Engberg, Ida Toth


Georgios Kalafikis,

Orationes parallelae: The Laudations of Q. Aurelius Symmachus and Themistius to the Brother-Emperors Valentinian I and Valens; Propagating Common Principles for Governing and Defending Both “partes imperii” ca. 365-370 A.D.


Mattia C. Chiriatti,

Gregory of Nyssa’s Funeral λόγοι as an Early Model of Byzantine Rhetoric and Imperial Propaganda


Ryan W. Strickler,

Wolves and Centaurs in Byzantium: Dehumanizing the Enemy in the Seventh-Century Byzantine Literature


Oscar Prieto Dominguez,

Writing during the Iconoclasm: Literature as a Political Weapon


Sysse G. Engberg,

The Political Use of the Old Testament in Byzantium


Dimitrios Georgakopoulos,

Spaneas at the Court of the Lusignan  


THURSDAY 25 August


11:00 Round Table: Icons of Space, Icons in Space. Iconography or Hierotopy?


Convener: Alexei Lidov


Alexei Lidov,

Hierotopy and Iconicity. Spatial Icons versus Iconographic Devices


Michele Bacci,

Sacred Spaces vs Holy Sites: On the Limits and Advantages of a Hierotopic Approach


Nicoletta Isar,

The Iconicity and Tropes of Spatiality: When Architecture/ Iconography Dissolves into Transparency


Jelena Bogdanović,

The Iconicity of Byzantine Architecture: Iconography or Hierotopy?


Maria Cristina Carile,

The Great Palace as an “Icon of Space”? On the Iconicity of the Spatial Representation of Power in Byzantium


Fr. Maximos Constas,

Rapture, Ecstasy, and the Construction of Sacred Space: Hierotopy in the Life of Symeon the New Theologian


Andreas Rhoby,

Speaking Icons: The Mediation of Inscriptions in Byzantine Sacred Space


Annemarie Weyl Carr,

Reference, Presence, Place: Seeing Toponymic Icons Hierotopically


Maria Lidova,

The Adoration of the Magi: From Iconic Space to Icon in Space



11:00 Thematic Sessions of Free Communications: Venetian Historiography (and Byzantine Studies)


Conveners: Andrea Nanetti, Șerban V. Marin


Andrea Nanetti,

Engineering Venetian Historiography: A Case Study towards an Algebra of Highly-Crossed-Linked Events and Transformation Processes


Șerban V. Marin,

Propagandistic Usefulness or Means to Reconstruct the Past? Few Aspects on the Importance of the Venetian Chronicles


Roberto Pesce,

The First Venetians: The Chosen People


Andrea Beretta,

The Life of Attila in the Venetian Chronicles


Daniele Dibello,

The Art of Mystifying: The Venetian Chronicles and Events that Never Happened


Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu,

The Church of San Marco in the Eleventh Century


Chiara Frison,

The Account of Byzantium and Its Fall in the Cronicha of Giorgio Dolfin


Katerina B. Korrè,

Stradioti Mercenaries of Venice and the Virtual Library of Venetian Chronicles: A Case-Study


John R. Melville-Jones,

The Battle of Gallipoli 1416: A Case of Irrational Exuberance


Dmitry Vozchikov,

Laonikos Chalkokondyles and the Late Byzantine Feedback of the Venetian Myth
11:00 Thematic Sessions of Free Communications: The Age of the Komnenoi

Chairs: Paul Magdalino, Leonora Neville


Ayana Saeki-Katakura,

The Porphyra in the Alexias


João Vicente de Medeiros Publio Dias,

The Insubordination of Gregorios Taronites: A Precedent for the Future Fragmentation of the Byzantine Empire?


Toni Filiposki,

The Dispute between Theophylact, the Archbishop of Ohrid, and the Paroikos Lazar: An Example of “State Interventionism” during Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos’ Reign (1081‒1118)


Maximilian Lau,

Emperor John II Komnenos and the Imperial Crisis of 1126


Jack Roskilly,

Reconstituer le réseau d’un évêque : Michel Chôniatès, métropolite d’Athènes (1182-1205). Sources et problèmes


Angelina Volkoff,

The Figure of Alexios III Angelos Komnenos in History and Historiography. A Reassessment


Stefan Lazić,

On Dating the Last Norman Invasion of the Byzantine Empire


Leonie Exarchos,

Tuae provideas civitati: Identifications and Identities of Latins in the Twelfth-Century Byzantium





15:30 Round Table: Byzantine World Chronicle as Open Text


Conveners: Zoltán Farkas, László Horváth


Elizabeth Jeffreys,

Plus ça change …


Juan Signes Codoñer,

Movable History: The Author of Theophanes Continuatus I-IV and the Reuse of Ancient History for the Iconoclast Period


Sergei Mariev,

Defining Byzantine Chronicles: A Challenge for Historians of Byzantine Literature


Tamás Mészáros,

Studying the Byzantine Chronicles: Some Preliminary Remarks


Christian Gastgeber,

Open Text Problems of a Chronicle


Erika Juhász,

An Intriguing Passage in Chronicon Paschale


Iván Tóth,

Plutarch’s Vita Alexandri as ‘Open Text’ in Zonaras’ Epitome Historiarum – Some Minor Observations on Zonaras’ Source Handling




18:30 Thematic Free Communications: Literature in the Age of Komnenoi


Chairs: Elizabeth Jeffreys, Nikolaos Zagklas


Varvara Zharkaya,

Lexical Innovations and Literary Networks in the 12th Century Byzantium


Luisa Andriollo,

Le roy est mort, vive le roy: Imperial Succession and Imperial Legitimacy in Kallikles’ Funerary Poems for Alexios I and John II Komnenoi


Dmitri Chernoglazov,

Whether Theodoros Prodromos Invented the Russel Paradox?


Katarzyna Warcaba,

A Transtextual Analysis of the ‘Katomyomachia’


Ranko Kozić,

Il concetto pittorico e il drammatico nel romanzo del Macrembolita


Dušan Popović,

Drosilla and Charicles: An Instance of the Ambivalent Conception of Literary Emulation in Middle Byzantine Context


Alexey Kryukov,

Byzantine Homilies of the Comnenian Time: Atticism and Asianism





18:30 Thematic Free Communications Session: Theatre and Liturgy: Performance and Ritual in Christian Worship Part 2


Conveners: Andrew Walker White, Niki Tsironis


Ouresis Todorovich,

Analogies between the Transition from the Ancient Performative Image to the Byzantine Liturgical Image and Evolving Contemporary Concepts of Digital Imagery


Jaakko Olkinuora,

Re-Defining the Liturgical Functions of Canon Poetry


Przemysłav Marciniak,

Hypokrisis and Mimesis – Byzantine Concepts of Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Imitation


Ida Toth,

Reading Performance: The Late Byzantine Rhetorical Theatron, Reconsidered


Margaret Mullett,

Contexts for the Christos Paschon



FRIDAY 27 August


11:00 Thematic Free Communications: Byzantine and Medieval West Literature


Chairs: Michael Jeffreys, Peter Toth


Aleksandra Smirnov Brkić,

Greek Tradition on Pannonian Martyrs


Daria Penskaya,

“Navigatio Sancti Brendani” and “Narratio Agapii”: Possible Interconnections


Anastasia Sirotenko,

The Restoration of the Holy Cross by Heraclius in the Eastern and Western Medieval Traditions


Isabela Stoian,

The Veiled Influence of Byzantium on Alcuin of York Byzantium at the Frankish Court


Angela Prinzi,

Rapporti tra l’innologia greca di Bartolomeo di Grottaferrata per i santi Savino e Vitale e la relativa agiografia latina


Ioannis Kioridis,

Η σύζυγος προσεύχεται για τον σύζυγο: δύο περιπτώσεις εκτενούς προσευχής στο βυζαντινό έπος του Διγενή Ακρίτη (χφ. Εσκοριάλ) και στο καστιλιανό Τραγούδι του Ελ Σιντ


Tikhon Pino,

Late Medieval Spiritualities: Gregory Palamas and Francis of Assisi


Aleksandr V. Vitol,

Отражение в романе «Тирант Белый» падения Византии





15:30 Thematic Free Communications: Rhetoric and History – Rhetirc in History. Creating Discourses in Byzantium – Part 2


Conveners: Stratis Papaioannou, Anthony Kaldellis


Larisa Vilimonović,

The Importance of Being Doukas – Creation of an Alternative Imperial Discourse in the 12th Century Byzantium


Tomasz Labuk,

Niketas Choniates and the “Silence of History”: Historical Discourse on the Fringe


Milan Vukašinović,

Whose Ideology? Whose Rhetoric?


Matthew Kinloch,

Narratives, Significance, and Nodal-Points: The Many Battles of Pelagonia (1259)


Bojana Pavlović,

Rhetoric in History: Nikephoros Gregoras and His Portrayal of Andronikos II Palaiologos




15:30 Thematic Free Communications: Political Ideology and Heresies


Chairs: Demetrios Kyritses, Jonel Hedjan


Boris Milosavljević,

The Byzantine Empire in the Typology of States (Typical Medieval State, Byzantine Republic, Modern Absolute Monarchy)


Demetrios Kyritses,

The Palace and the City as Political Stage: The Theatrics of Public Deliberation in Byzantium


Ioannis Smarnakis,

Plethon’s Reformatory Proposals of the Despotate of Morea. A Paradigm of Early Modern Political Thought?


Stefan Staretu,

Two Models of Byzantine Monarchy


Carl Stephen Dixon,

Innovation, Intrigue, and Intertextuality: The Paulicians and Byzantine Heresiology


Nicholas Matheou,

Heresy and Society in East Roman Caucasia, c. 1000-1071: Re-Imagining ‘Paulicianism’ and the ‘T‘ondrakian Movement’


Mirela Ivanova,

Bogomils and Moral Instruction: Rethinking Kozmas’ Discourse against Heretics



Maja Angelovska-Panova,

Heresy and Social Structure: The Case of Bogomil Communities








Mirela Ivanova

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





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