Byzness 06/08/17



The Byzness, 6th August 2017










Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2-5 July 2018


Problems of cultural memory abound in late antiquity. Issues like the precise import of myths of origins for ‘barbarian’ groups, the memory of councils, fathers and holy men for confessional disputes, or classical culture in a Christian Empire, have provoked lively (and often controversial) debate. Indeed, the existence of late antiquity as a distinct period could be seen as rooted in a claim about cultural memory: the persistence of aspects of the cultural inheritance of the ancient world as a framework through which people understood their world into the later centuries of the first millennium CE.


In keeping with the overall IMC 2018 theme of ‘Memory’, we invite submissions which offer critical perspectives on problems of cultural memory in late antiquity. Our aim is for these sessions to be as inclusive as possible, bringing together scholars working on a wide range of fields, periods and geographical areas in the study of late antiquity, and ensuring an appropriate gender balance across panels. We particularly invite submissions from scholars who have not previously—or do not usually—present at the Leeds IMC, to encourage new and fruitful intellectual exchanges between those who work on late antiquity/the early middle ages within different departments and disciplines. Possible themes might include:


  • the reconstruction of Roman or ‘barbarian’ pasts


  • institutional memory, whether at a macro-level (e.g. church, empire) or micro (e.g. monastic communities, schools, army units)


  • the inculcation and invocation of collective memory for community building


  • the contestation of the past and collective memory for political purposes (broadly construed)


  • late ancient conceptions of memory (e.g. Augustine in Confessions), notions of time, and the creation of histories for humanity (e.g. universal histories, chronicles, engagements with biblical time)


  • modern appropriation/re-use of late antiquity


If you are interested in presenting, e-mail a title along with an abstract of no more than 250 words to the organisers. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. And if you have any questions, feel free to write to us.


Richard Flower (Exeter) (


Adrastos Omissi (Glasgow) (


Robin Whelan (Oxford) (


“Barbarians and Barbarians Kingdoms I-II”: ICMS 53, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.


Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms. Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of two sessions at ICMS 53 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.” These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event. What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 250-700.


Inquiries or Abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (here: should be submitted to Jonathan Arnold ( by the congress deadline of September 15


1st International Conference The St Paisy Readings devoted to the 295th anniversary of the birth of St Paisy Velichkovsky and his spiritual and cultural legacy,  27–28 November 2017 


The St Paisy Readings are in blessed memory of St Paisy Velichkovsky (+ 28 November 1794), the prominent Athonite ascetic and influential ecclesiastic writer who left an indelible imprint on the spirituality and culture of Ukraine, Greece, Russia, Romania and Moldova.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate academic exchange, broad systematic discussion, study and dissemination of the legacy of St Paisy, and of the influence of Athonite hesychasm on the development of the spirituality, philosophy, art and literature of the Central and Eastern European peoples.

Coinciding with the 295th anniversary of St Paisy’s birth, the final day of the conference will take place on his feast day.

Organised by the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra of the Dormition, the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine, the National Tavrida V.I. Vernadsky University Research Centre of Church Religion and History, and the A. I. Kuza Department of Slav Studies, Iași University (Romania).

Areas to be covered in the conference:

  1. The imprint of St Paisy on Ukrainian, Romanian and Greek ecclesiastic and cultural life
  2. St Paisy Velichkovsky’s school and disciples in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe
  3. St Paisy Velichkovsky and the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra
  4. St Paisy Velichkovsky and the Prophet Elijah Skete on Athos
  5. St Paisy Velichkovsky’s legacy and his influence on the renaissance of Orthodox theology, monasticism and elders
  6. Hesychasm in the culture and spirituality of the Central and Eastern European peoples
  7. The influence of Athos on the spirituality, monasticism, book-learning and culture of Rus’
  8. The literary ties linking the Central and East Europe with Athos
  9. Understanding St Paisy Velichkovsky’s legacy and republication of his works today


Papers to be delivered in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Conference Location: Korpus 45 (Conference Hall of the Kieovo-Pecherskaya Lavra), Lavrskaya ulitsa, Kiev

Participants may deliver their papers both in person and by correspondence.

The conference papers will be published in an anthology.

The organisers will pay for participants’ board and lodging during the conference.

Organising Committee’s email address: (the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine, Director, S.V. Shumilo)

We ask participants to submit their application and paper topic by 20 September to the above email address. Their application should indicate the paper’s title and information on the speaker (e.g. full name, university degree or ecclesiastical rank, place of work, address, landline or mobile telephone number, and email).


Medieval Eurabia: Religious Crosspollinations in Architecture, Art and Material Culture during the High and Late Middle Ages (1000-1600),  2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Art History (U.K.)


Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens


Venue: Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College London
Date: 5 – 7 April 2018, London


The coexistence of Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean led to a transfer of knowledge in architecture and material culture which went well beyond religious and geographical boundaries. The use of Islamic objects in Christian contexts, the conversion of churches into mosques and the mobility of craftsmen are manifestations of this process. Although studies beginning with Avinoam Shalem’s Islam Christianized (1996), have dealt extensively with Islamic influence in the West and European influence in the Islamic Mediterranean, sacred objects, and material culture more generally, have been relatively neglected. From crosses found in Mosques, to European-Christian coins with pseudo/-shahada inscriptions, medieval material culture is rife with visual evidence of the two faiths co-existing in both individual objects and monuments.

This panel invites papers from scholars working on intercultural exchange in art, architecture and material culture. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on sacred objects that have been diverted or ‘converted’ to a new purpose, whether inside or outside an explicitly religious context.

Papers should present original research, which expands the boundaries of knowledge and which the scholars would like to be considered for publication. Abstract should be no more than 250 words long.

Deadline: 1 November 2017


12th Congress of South-East European Studies,  ‘Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe’, 2-7 September 2019, Bucharest


Details here:




Training Manager and Researcher – Egypt on Endangered Archaeology Project


Applications are invited for a Training Manager and Researcher to join the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. The position is externally funded by the Cultural Protection Fund, administered by the British Council. The project director is Dr Robert Bewley and the principal investigator is Professor Andrew Wilson.

The post holder will be a member of a University of Oxford research group that is collaborating in the EAMENA project with archaeologists at the University of Leicester and University of Durham. The main responsibilities of the post involve the design, organisation and delivery of training for heritage professionals in Egypt in the EAMENA methodology. The role will also involve the compilation of data from published surveys and site gazetteers, creation of lists of key sites for Egypt and assessments of those sites under the greatest threat.

The post holder will undertake the organisation and delivery of training, as well as research and related administration and other activities in Egypt supporting the work of a project entitled ‘Training in Endangered Archaeology methodology with Middle East and North African Heritage Stakeholders’ which is funded by the British Council CPF, as part of a larger project called ‘Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa’ (EAMENA), funded by the Arcadia Fund. The broader project is searching for and recording significant archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa (from Mauretania to Iran), using satellite imagery and aerial photography, in order to aid understanding for their future protection and management.

The post is a full-time appointment, for a fixed-term for 25 months and is available from October 2017.

Applicants must have a doctorate in archaeology (or a related and relevant subject) together with fieldwork experience in and knowledge of Egyptian archaeology and survey as well as the wider Middle East and North Africa. Applicants will have experience of organising and delivering training events, teaching, workshops or conferences and be a good communicator and organiser. Applicants should also possess specialist knowledge in archaeological survey techniques, especially image interpretation and site record creation.

Further details are available from Dr Robert Bewley:


Additional information about the project is available at:


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 31 August 2017.

For more information see

Assistant Professor in Ancient World/Late Antiquity, University of Oregon

The Department of History at the University of Oregon seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, to begin September 16, 2018. We seek an excellent, innovative, scholar and teacher in ancient history. Research specialization is open in terms of geography, theme (including women, gender, and sexuality), and chronological focus (including late antiquity). The successful candidate will offer a range of courses on the ancient world, from introductory surveys to advanced courses on ancient Greece and Rome. We welcome applications from scholars whose research complements existing strengths among the Department’s tenured and tenure-stream faculty. We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

The successful candidate must hold Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. Send c.v., a letter describing research and teaching interests, a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Academic Jobs Online ( Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. UO is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.

E-mail: Lauren Pinchin
Phone: 541-346-4806
Mailing address:
Department of History
ATTN: Lauren Pinchin
1288 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1288



Adele Curness

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

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