Byzness 30/07/17



The Byzness, 30th July 2017







Summer School in Byzantine Studies, ‘Studying the Byzantine World: Methods and Interpretations’, 30th August – 5th September 2017, Bucharest


Closing date for applications: 10th August 2017. Selected candidates will be informed by 14th August 2017.


Applications are invited from students (Masters or PhD level) and post-doctoral researchers for the summer school in Byzantine Studies at the University of Bucharest.


Assistance with travel and accommodation is available. Participants must be able to understand both English and French.


Further information (in French) on how to apply can be found here:




International scientific conference, “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine”, October 19 – 22, 2017, Monastery of St Theodor Studita, Rome, Italy


Closing date for papers: August 25 2017. The request should indicate the title and author information (name, surname, academic degree, title or position, address, home or mobile phone, email, etc.).


The international Conference “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine” aims to become a platform for the sharing of knowledge. The conference will involve the systematic discussion and promotion of the following themes: Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kyivan tradition; the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity; spiritual culture; publishing and literature; art; theological and philosophical thought; religious traditions and more.


Suggested topics of the conference:

  1. Byzantium- Kievan Rus: historical, spiritual and cultural interconnection.
  2. Byzantine hesychasm in the tradition of monasticism, and in the culture and spiritual life of Ukraine-Rus’.
  3. The Byzantine Fathers of the Church and the distribution of their books inUkraine.
  4. Byzantine heritage in literature, art, theological and philosophical thought, in liturgical science and in the church tradition of Ukraine.
  5. “Studion” and its role in reviving the Byzantine Studite tradition of the Greek Catholic Church (contribution by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and Patriarch Josyph Slipyj).
  6. Byzantine heritage in the traditions of modern Ukrainian monasticism.
  7. The current state of Byzantines inUkraine.


Working languages of the conference: Ukrainian, English, Italian.


Organizers provide free accommodation and meals for participants during the conference.

There are plans to publish the results of the conference in the scientific collection “Sofia of Kiev: Byzantium. Russia Ukraine”.

The conference allows for full-time and part-time participation.

The e-mail address of the Organizing Committee:

Call for Papers: Moving People, Shifting Frontiers: Re-contextualising the Thirteenth Century in the Wider Mediterranean, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018


Deadline: 10 September 2017


Organizers: Katerina Ragkou (University of Cologne) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


Every day we witness people moving, with them objects and skills, knowledge and experience; either forcibly or willingly; for work or for pleasure. The communities living along the shores of the Mediterranean and the hinterlands of the Balkans during the thirteenth century share many of the characteristics of our contemporary world: military campaigns and religious wars; the intensification of pilgrimage and the relocation of refugees; the shifting of frontiers and the transformation of socio-political orders.


The transformations of the thirteenth century span from east to west, from northern Europe to the Byzantine Empire and from the Balkans to the Levant. The geographic breadth is paralleled by crucial events including the fourth crusade, the fall of Acre, the empowerment of the Serbian Kingdom and the Republic of Venice, the loss and following restoration of the Byzantine Empire, and the creation of new political entities, such as the Kingdom of Naples and that of Cyprus, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Principality of Achaia. Eclectic scholarly tradition has either focused geographically or thematically, losing sight of the pan-Mediterranean perspective. These societies had multifaceted interactions, and comprised a variety of scales, from the small world of regional and inter-regional communities to the broader Mediterranean dynamics.


This session aims to address questions such as which are the various processes through which military campaigns and religious wars affected the urban landscape of these regions and their material production? Is there a difference in economic and artistic trends between “town” and “countryside” in the thirteenth-century wider Mediterranean? What observations can we make in regards to trade, diplomatic missions, artistic interaction and exchange of the regional, interregional and international contacts? How did these shape and transform cultural identities? How did different social, political and religious groups interact with each other?

This session welcomes papers focused on, but not limited to: the role played by economic activity and political power in thirteenth-century artistic production and the shaping of local and interregional identities; the production and consumption of artefacts and their meaning; the transformation of urban and rural landscapes; religious and domestic architecture and the relationship between the private and public use of space.


Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2017 to the session organizers: Katerina Ragkou ( and Maria Alessia Rossi (


Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.






Deadline: 30 September 2017 to:


The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.

The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage. We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.

Celebrate 2018 — the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage —by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism.


Topics for posters and papers may include:

  • the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
  • the Rule of Benedict and preaching
  • preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
  • monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
  • monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
  • preaching by and about nuns
  • de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
  • monasticism as treated in sermons
  • sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac, et alii)
  • preaching by and about hermits
  • monastic rules in and about preaching
  • monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
  • monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
  • monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
  • gender in monastic preaching
  • monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
  • monastic preaching in art
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
  • the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
  • and more!


Registration will commence in September 2017, but we are accepting abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) now.



Adele Curness

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

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