The Byzness 28/02/17

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The Byzness, 28th February 2017


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Understanding Individuality and Depicting Individuals in Ninth Century Byzantium, 1-3 March, Horstaal (Auditorium), University of Vienna, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek studies

For further information please see:


The conference is organised by Christophe Erismann (University of Vienna) with financial support from the ERC project Reassessing Ninth Century Philosophy. A Synchronic Approach to the Logical Traditions (9 SALT), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (CoG. No. 648298).

A full programme is found here.




Second Annual Workshop and Lecture on Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge, 10th and 13th March, 2017

  1. The Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies



Dr Yury Avvakumov

University of Notre Dame, USA


Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 – 15:00

Bentley Room, Pitt Building, University of Cambridge


The Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies is presented by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Yury P. Avvakumov from the University of Notre Dame, USA, this year’s workshop will explore Medieval and Early Modern religious identities by focusing on the clashes over issues of ritual between Latins, Greeks, and Ruthenians. These clashes, along with the dogmatic controversies on the procession of the Holy Spirit, purgatory, and papal primacy, determined the history of relations between Latin-rite and Byzantine-rite Christians from the mid-eleventh to the mid-seventeenth century. During this period, certain religious and cultural patterns display remarkable continuities. By exploring such continuities, this workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the Union of Brest 1596, considered both as idea and as reality.


Dr Yury Avvakumov teaches history of Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, IN. He specializes in the history of medieval Christianity, with a focus on Latin-Byzantine relations, and in the religious history of Ukraine and Russia of the Early Modern and Modern periods. He is also broadly engaged with history of the Byzantine-rite Catholic Churches from their medieval beginnings to the present day.


The workshop will be led in English and all interested postgraduate students and scholars in medieval history and culture are welcome to attend. The event is free but online registration is required. Please register at by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.


Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be served during the workshop.


For queries and recommended workshop reading please contact Miss Olga Płócienniczak at  or Dr Olenka Z. Pevny,


For a poster and further information click here.


  1. The Second Annual Public Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies


The Uniates and the Invention of Eastern Orthodoxy:

Late Byzantine and early Ukrainian Advocates of Church Union in the Crossfire between Rome, Constantinople, and Moscow


13 March, 5:30pm

Latimer Room, Clare College


The concept of “Eastern Orthodoxy,” as a counterpart to “Roman Catholicism” and “Protestantism,” is a product of a much later development than most of us are wont to think today. Applying the contrasting binaries of “Catholic—Orthodox” and “Protestant—Orthodox” to the study of Byzantine and early Slavonic religious history is particularly problematic. Such dichotomies anachronistically project the clear-cut denominational map of present-day Christianity into the late Medieval and Early Modern era. In this context, Byzantine and Slavonic intellectuals and ecclesiastical figures who advocated union with the Roman Church in the period from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth century present a special challenge for historical exegesis. Stigmatized as “traitors” by their contemporaries and caught in the crossfire of religious disputes and quarrels of their day, the “uniates,” as an intellectually coherent group, have hardly received the attention they deserve in modern research. Historians have often proved to be clueless when confronted with a reality that does not fit into the conventional confessional paradigm.


This lecture offers a critical re-evaluation of the scholarship and suggests new approaches and research questions within this thought-provoking area of study. Engagement with the historical destiny of the uniates leads to a reconsideration of the influential “confessionalization paradigm” (Konfessionalisierungsparadigma) in Eastern European context and casts new light on the birth of “Eastern Orthodoxy” as ecclesial reality and theological idea.


For queries please contact Dr Olenka Z. Pevny,


For a poster click here.




Professor Thomas F. Matthews’ The Dawn of Christian Art in Panel Paintings and Icons book launch, 5pm the Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, Oxford

On Friday 3 March Professor Thomas F. Mathews latest book, The Dawn of Christian Art In Panel Paintings and Icons (Getty Publications) will be launched with a presentation by the author followed by a reception at which the book can be bought with a special discount. All are welcome.


The Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, Friday 3 March 5:00 – 7:30 pm.


For information contact: Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint ( )


For a poster click here.




‘The Opening of private and religious libraries to Scholarship’, Athens, March 20-21st


A two-day event on “The opening up of private and religious libraries to scholarship” will be held in Athens on 20-21 March 2017. It focuses on the subject of Greek libraries, their management, the promotion of their collaboration, and the integration of their resources. It is co-organised by CERL, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation (IAL), and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


On 20 March there will be a conference titled “Greek research and historical libraries: opportunities for connection and collaboration” and on 21 March a workshop titled “Library management workshop: security, conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and funding”. The programme is available at


All participants are welcome to attend a lecture by Dr Cristina Dondi on 21 March at 19.00, “Visualising 500 years of circulation of Greek incunabula in European and American Collections”, in Cotsen Hall (9 Anapiron Polemou, Athens).




The Hidden Gospels of Abba Garima: Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands, University of Oxford

If you missed the Garima Gospels exhibition: extended dates run to Wednesday 12 April.

Where: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm (pop in or phone 01865-288391 to check hours, due to teaching);


The gospels of Abba Garima have remained hidden for centuries in the Ethiopian highlands in the Abba Garima Monastery – which no woman may enter. According to tradition, God miraculously stopped the sun in the sky to allow saint Abba Garima to complete them in a single day. Their production has remained an enigma. Translated from Greek into Ethiopic, these gospels are the earliest testament of the lost art of the Christian culture of the Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia, which flourished around AD 350–650. Their vivid, finely painted illuminations are at once familiar but also entirely exotic. By presenting, for the first time in public, all of the illuminated pages together in full colour, this photo-exhibition aims to stimulate greater awareness and further study of these remarkable books, which are amongst the earliest and most important of the rare illustrated gospels books to have survived from Antiquity.


The exhibition accompanies the publication of The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia, by Judith McKenzie and Francis Watson, with Michael Gervers et al., which includes all of the photographs in the exhibition (if you can’t visit it).


Organised by Judith McKenzie, Miranda Williams, and Foteini Spingou, with Michael Gervers’ photographs.

Contact email: ;




North American Byzantine Studies Conference Call for Papers, University of Minnsota

Deadline for applications: March 1st.


For more information click here:



Amsterdam Summer School on Syriac Christianity: Past and Present, 22 July – 5 August

Dear all,


From 22 July to 5 August 2017, the Amsterdam Summer School offers a course on Syriac Christianity.  Topics include: Syriac Bible commentaries, the use of the Bible in the liturgy, the first Christian responses to the rise of Islam, the current situation of Syriac Christianity in the Middle East and abroad, and many more.


Experts having agreed to teach in this course include H.E. Mor Polycarpus, Professor Luk Van Rompay (Duke University), Professor Alessandro Mengozzi (University of Turin), Professor Heleen Murre-van den Berg (IVOC, Nijmegen), Dr Jan van Ginkel and others.


This course is a unique opportunity to study in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. If you are interested in this course, or if you are in a position that you have students or research fellows who may be interested in the courses, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! For more information see . See also our Facebook page


Kind regards,


Wido van Peursen


Prof. dr. W.T. (Wido) van Peursen

Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Tel. +31 (0)20 59 83427; email:

Twitter: @PeursenWTvan; Skype: peursenwtvan


Prize of the Pontifical Academies

Dear Mr/Mrs,

the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis announces the competition to award the PRIZE OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES, 2017 edition, which aims to promote and develop Christian humanism.

For the full announcement click here.






French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, Research Center in Cairo (RC PCMA) 15-month post-doctoral fellowship

Postdoctoral research position at the project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204)”, The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, Reserch Center in Cairo (RC PCMA) invite applications for a 15-months Post-Doctoral Fellowship, starting 1st October 2017.


The Fellow will stay in Cairo, and organize a two-day Seminar/Workshop on a subject related with Ancient and Medieval Northeastern Africa. The conference will take place in Cairo in late Spring 2018.


All details related to this Fellowship are specified in the Call for applications found here.

Applications have to be sent before 1st April 2017.


Do not hesitate to disseminate the call.

Many thanks, and best regards,


Laurent Bavay, directeur de l’Ifao

Nicolas Michel, directeur des études







Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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