Byzness 20/05/18

The Byzness, 20th May 2018



Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages, July 20 – 21 2018, Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Deadline: 16 June 2018

The International Conference “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages” is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the revival of monastic life in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the 1035th anniversary of the birth of St. Anthony the Pechersk and the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus’.

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It is conducted with the blessing of Onuphrius the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.

The forum is intended to become a platform for the exchange of experience, systematic and comprehensive discussion, study and popularization of the heritage of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, its role and significance in the history and culture of Ukraine, the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe and the Christian East. The representatives of Local Orthodox Churches, theologians and scientists from different countries of the world are expected to participate in the forum.

The following topics of the conference are suggested for discussion:

1.       St. Anthony the Pechersk and the Ancient Monasticism in Rus’.
2.       Orthodox monasticism in the history and culture of different peoples of the world.
3.       The role of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the Christianization and enlightenment of Rus’, as well as the development of monasteries and monasticism.
4.       Links of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with Mount Athos, Constantinople, Jerusalem and other centers of Universal Orthodoxy, as well as the Local Orthodox Churches.
5.       Mount Athos heritage in the history and culture of Ukraine and the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe.
6.       Cave monasteries in Kiev and Eastern Europe: history, archeology, spiritual traditions.
7.       Outstanding ascetics, abbots and monks of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
8.       Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as a center of science, education, writing, literature, book printing and art.
9.       Archaeological, architectural, literary and artistic monuments of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
10.   The role of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the national and spiritual and cultural revival of Ukraine in the XVII century.
11.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as an international pilgrimage center in Central and Eastern Europe.
12.   Liturgical features and traditions of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
13.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the XX century: from persecution to rebirth.
14.   Contemporary interpretation of the heritage of Orthodox monasticism.

Report time: up to 20 minutes.

To participate in the conference, it is necessary to send an application form to the following e-mail

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of the organizing committee by June 16, 2018, in which it is necessary to indicate the topic of the report and information about the author (first, second and patronymic names, academic degree, academic rank and (or) clergy order, affiliation, company name and position, address, home or mobile phone, email address, etc.).

Migration and Mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier, 3rd-7th c. A.D, 13-15 December 2018, Tübingen University, Germany

Deadline: 1 July 2018

We would like to invite historians and archaeologists to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at a two-day conference (December 13-15, 2018) at the University of Tübingen on migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier in Late Antiquity.

The conference will be organised by Ekaterina Nechaeva and Alexander Sarantis as a part of the research activities of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Centre for Advanced Studies Project on Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Project (Directors: Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner).

While studies of cross-frontier migration in Late Antiquity tend to focus on the northern Rhine and Danube frontiers, the Roman-Persian frontier, running from the Transcaucasian Black Sea coast to the Syrian Desert, also witnessed regular population movements. Whereas the former concentrate mainly on the long-term migration into the empire of groups of ‘barbarians’, recent social scientific models include a greater variety of types of migration and mobility which can be applied to more flexible discussions of this topic in Late Antiquity. Indeed, where the Near Eastern Roman-Persian frontier was concerned, a wide array of population movements took place, into as well as out of the Eastern Roman empire. Some of these movements could be temporary (whether recurrent or not), others permanent, some voluntary, others involuntary (including forced/coerced migration), some sponsored or controlled by the state, others driven by migrants’ aims. Involving large communities, smaller groups, or individuals, this mobility could result from political, cultural or economic contexts. Studying these various types of migration and mobility can in turn provide multiple insights into socio-economic and political conditions and cultural trends in the Roman and Sasanian Persian empires, in particular, in communities on both sides of the frontier in the Near East. It will also offer a fresh perspective on Roman-Sasanian Persian political relations.

Geographical scope

Syria, Mesopotamia, Armenia and Lazica, Sasanian Persia

Themes concerning migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier
Individual case studies and longer-term, macro regional patterns
Movements of armies
Diplomatic exchanges
Professional mobility
Mobility and economic exchange
Mobility and religious and cultural exchanges
Forced migration/population movements
Migration driven by religious or political persecution
Return (voluntary and forced) of migrants
Exit and entry policies (mobility and state security)
Reactions to migration and mobility (state and society)
Wider contexts/explanatory frameworks (papers dealing with wider contexts could also discuss other, especially borderland, regions in Late Antiquity)
Settlement patterns, communications and natural landscapes
Environmental/climatic conditions
Socio-economic context
State control/administration (centre-periphery relations)
Cultural/religious life and institutions
Great power war and diplomacy
Military mobility
Legal framework (status of migrants, deserters, refugees, displaced people etc.)
Modern anthropological models


Abstracts of ca. 300 words should be submitted with a CV to by 1st July 2018

Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds, 30 November-1 December 2018, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: 1 August 2018

Reception and appropriation (whether reuse, imitation, or variation) have long been recognised as necessary tools for the interpretation of Byzantine literature, art, architecture and archaeology, while research on innovations is still at a relatively early stage.

The key theme of this conference is dialogue – dialogue between Byzantium and its neighbouring cultures. The conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group of the University of Edinburgh from 30 November-1 December 2018, and will explore all three of the fundamental modes of dialogue and discourse (reception, appropriation and innovation) between Byzantium and its neighbours during any time period from the 5th-15thc. Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Dr. Andrew Marsham (Cambridge), and Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of St. Catherine’s, Mt. Sinai), in addition to confirmed internal speakers, both Byzantinists and Islamicists.

We strongly encourage papers highlighting exchange in both directions: Byzantium receiving from other cultures and/or others receiving from Byzantium. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

– Before the Christian and Islamic Worlds: reception and appropriation of Classical Greek or Latin heritage within Byzantium – perspectives from culture, text, legislation, gender, symbolism, art, etc.
– Contemporary exchange and attempts at imitation (concepts of culture, text, gender, legislation, symbolism etc.) between Byzantium, the Islamic World, Latin Europe and imperial courts
– Artistic similarities (visual art, sculpture, painting, etc.), whether as a result of promotion or prohibition, as an expression or mode of cultural exchange or identification across East and West
– Production, circulation and demand forluxury goods or household artefacts as evidence for dialogue and/or interaction between Byzantium and its neighbours
– Urban layout and rural landscape: military, civil and religious architecture in cities and countryside – common links and peculiarities between Byzantium and neighbouring powers
– Interdisciplinary approaches to interpretations of Byzantine (inter)action throughout the Mediterranean, taking into account multiple types of primary source evidence

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August, and notification of acceptance will be communicated by mid-August. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to your name and affiliation. There will be a small registration fee of £10,and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area in order to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.


Forrest Early Career Research Fellowships

Deadline: 20 May 2018

For all details see here 

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