The Byzness 11/11/2018

The Byzness, 11th November 2018





“Glazed Wares as Cultural Agents in the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Empires: Evidence from Technological and Archaeological Research”, 13th International ANAMED Annual Symposium, 6-7 December 2018, Istanbul. 

The intent of ANAMED’s 2018 Annual Symposium is to bring together researchers engaged in the study of decoration and technology of glazed pottery, ranging from the early Byzantine era to the end of the Ottoman period. More than 10 years ago, the first International Symposium on Late Antique, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Pottery and Tiles in Archaeological Context took place in Çanakkale, the site of a major Late Ottoman production. It is envisaged that this year’s symposium will be the continuation of that conference, this time focusing on the glazed wares and the new information from current interdisciplinary research.

The symposium is open to public and English – Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided with the support of the European Union.

For more information contact Naz Uğurlu ( The full programme can be found here.

“Reception, Appropriation and Innovation – Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds”, 2nd Annual International Edinburgh Postgraduate Byzantine Conference, University of Edinburgh, 30 November –  1 December 2018, Lecture Theater 2 of Appleton Tower, Edinburgh.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group, The Alwaleed Centre and The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. There is a full program of postgraduate speakers, plus many invited keynote presentations from: Prof. Claudia Rapp, Fr. Justin Sinaites, librarian of St. Catherine’s Monastery on Sinai, Dr. Andrew Marsham, and many of our own Byzantinists and Islamicists from the University of Edinburgh.

For further information visit the website.

Online registration is open until the last day of the conference (Dec 1) here.

“Editing Byzantine Learned Texts: Problems and Prospects”. 4th “Parekbolai” Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology, Friday 14 December 2018, Auditorium “Stefanos Dragoumis”, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki.

9:15 Welcome Speeches
9:30-10:00 Thamar Otkhmezuri (Tbilisi), Contemporary Editions of Medieval Texts and Ancient Editorial Tradition: On the Edition of the Georgian Translations of Medieval Commentaries on Gregory the Theologian’s Writings
10:00-10:30 Ilias Chrysostomidis (Ioannina), Η συλλογή των επιστολών του Γεωργίου Γρηγορίου Κυπρίου στον κώδικα Vat. gr. 1891
10:30-11:00 Dimitris Skrekas (Oxford), H ομιλία εἰς τὴν μνήμην τοῦ ἁγίου καὶ μεγαλομάρτυρος Δημητρίου από τη Συλλογή Ομιλιών του κώδ. Holkham Gr. 54
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:00 Francesco G. Giannachi (Salento), Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Interlinear Commentaries to Pindar: Typologies and Editorial Problems
12:00-12:30 Ιoannis Vassis (Thessaloniki), Η συλλογή σχεδών του κώδικα Laurentianus 56.17. Εκδοτικά και άλλα ζητήματα
12:30-13:00 Claudia Ludwig (Berlin), Theodoros Metochites and his Sources: About the Paraphraseis of Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia
13:00-13:30 Coffee Break
13:30-14:00 Ottavia Μazzon (Padova), How to edit a Byzantine scholar’s anthology of excerpts: The case of Makarios Chrysokephalos’ Rhodoniai
14:00-14:30 Dimitrios Georgakopoulos (Ioannina), Η κριτική έκδοση του Χρονικού των Ιωαννίνων



“Contested Heritage: adaptation, restoration and innovation in the Late Antique and Byzantine world”, Oxford University Byzantine Society, 22-23 February 2019, History Faculty, Oxford. 

Deadline: 23rd November 2018

Byzantines considered themselves the legitimate heirs of the ancient world, a title they passionately defended against emerging empires east and west that also claimed hereditary rights to the Graeco-Roman past. From the fostering of cultural, scientific, and literary revivals and the commissioning of projects that used a well-established artistic and architectural vocabulary to the collection, conservation and display of consecrated ancient artefacts, anachronism was a powerful political and cultural tool, frequently used to build analogies with either past prosperity or a divine eternity. In addition, the use of deliberate archaism in literary forms and language served as both a demonstration of classical learning and elite status. Especially in Constantinople, ceremonial practices not only invited the participants to experience past events as if they were present, but also processed through consecrated landmarks from different historical periods – merging perception of space and time in a single, collective experience. Nevertheless, literary sources, such as the Parastaseis Syntomoi Chronikai, reveal that Byzantines sometimes had only a limited understanding of their own history and urban heritage. They compensate with interpretations, based on oral tradition and observation that often endowed ancient architectural remains and statues with a contemporary relevance. Subsequently this interpretation of the past was actively reshaped to fit contemporary worldviews. Lastly, extensive reuse of ancient material dominates our perception of Byzantium. Innovative aspects of its cultural output therefore often lie unnoticed and are deserving of greater scholarly attention.

Including contributions on political, social, literary, architectural and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean and beyond, this conference aims to provide a kaleidoscopic view of how cultural heritage was constructed, perceived and maintained in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Literary works: stylistic imitation, adaptation and innovation in form and function of narrative sources and other literary production, as well as incorporation of older texts, historiographical traditions and archaiologia.
  • Manuscripts: scribal habits, palimpsests, marginal comments, illustrations and other decorative elements.
  • Architecture and urbanism: repurposing, adaptation and restoration of buildings and sites, architectural innovation and symbolism, monumentality, genius loci, use of spolia.
  • Religious objects: translation of relics, liturgical equipment, and vestments.
  • Ceremonial practice: religious processions, triumphs, adventus.
  • New aesthetics, especially in the reuse of old material.
  • Sculpture: interpretation and repurposing of ancient statues.
  • Epigraphy: textual content, form and style, use and location.
  • Mosaics: departures from classical and late antique mosaics, reuse of materials and reinterpretation of existing compositions.
  • Numismatics: reuse, adaption, or creation of imagery or types.
  • Comparative perspectives of the above elsewhere, in opposition or concordance with practices in Byzantium.
  • The past as a framework for political, legal and economic discourse.
  • Contemporary reaction to innovation, both overt and when disguised as restoration.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society by Friday, 23rd November 2018.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French.

As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.



Baker-Nord Fellowship in the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University.

Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University seeks applicants for the inaugural offering of the “The Virginia and Walter Nord Fellowship in the Humanities.”

The purpose of the BNC Post-Doctoral Fellows Program is to support research in the humanities by providing scholars in the early stages of their careers with the time and resources necessary to advance their work.  During their time at the Baker-Nord Center, Fellows will pursue individual or collaborative research and writing for the full academic year.  An essential feature of the program is that Fellows make intellectual contributions to the CWRU community, through their participation in workshops, lectures and courses.  Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments represented on the BNC Steering Committee: Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater.  BNC Post-Doctoral Fellows will be expected to offer an undergraduate course during the spring of their fellowship year, following consultation with their host department.

Further information here.

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