Byzness 18/06/17


The Byzness, 18th June 2017

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ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) 2017, Vanderbilt University, October 19-20 2017


ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a annual workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.


The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged


The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.


On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.


In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.


Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson ( Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1, 2017.


5th International Scientific Symposium, ‘Days of Justinian I’, Skopje, November 17-18 2017


The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.


This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.


Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scopeaddressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.


Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:


The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

Slavic Ethnicity and identity:A reinterpretation

Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

Christianization of the Slavsand the concept of barbarism

Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19thand 20thcentury Balkans

The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

Languageand folklore

Music and liturgical practices

Heritage politics and the perception of the Past

Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection



First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

Please send the application form to the address:;

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

No participation fee is required.


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus, Second Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS), Nicosia, January 12-14 2018


Deadline for abstracts: September 1st, 2017


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Second Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.

Honorary President: Vassos Karageorghis, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus

Keynote Speaker: Holger Klein, Professor, Columbia University

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.


Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):


Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.

Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms:

Paper proposal:

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer.

Session proposal:

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2017. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.


A limited number of bursaries will be available, upon application, to assist graduate students’ travel and participation. Recipients will be selected on the merit of submitted abstracts along with financial considerations.

The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus.

For the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus and membership information please visit the society’s website:

For inquiries send email to:




Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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