The Byzness 20/01/2019

The Byzness, 20th January 2019





Study Day “Women in Archaeology”, 23 February 2019, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.

Join us for this fascinating study day on prominent women archaeologists, with a particular focus on those who worked in the Middle East. The study day will culminate with a screening in the early evening of a wonderful new film on the life and work of St Hugh’s alumna, the late Nancy Sandars (Archaeology, 1950), who worked with the hugely influential archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Principal of St Hugh’s from 1962 to 1973.

For more information or to register you can click here.


“Processions: Urban Ritual in Byzantium and Neighboring Lands”, Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Symposium, 12-13 April 2019, DO Music Room, Washington, DC.

Symposiarchs: Leslie Brubaker and Nancy Ševčenko

Military, civic, and religious processions were hallmarks of the ancient and medieval world; they continued into the Renaissance and, indeed, continue to this day. Yet the Byzantine procession has not yet been subjected to any synthetic, historicizing, contextualizing, or comparative examination.

Understanding processions is critical for our appreciation of how urban space worked and was manipulated in the Middle Ages. For the 2019 Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium, speakers will examine texts, artifacts, and images in order to develop a new understanding of medieval urban life across multiple social registers. For example, records of processions show us what kinds of public behavior were acceptable, and when, and where. Studying processions introduces us to new protagonists as well, for processions involve audiences as well as participants, and groups hitherto virtually invisible, such as the team of people who prepared for the event by decorating the streets, will be brought to light. The Byzantine commitment to processions is striking in terms of the resources and time allocated: there were as many as two processions a week in Constantinople, many involving the patriarch and the emperor. In the Latin West, the Crusader States, and in the Fatimid, Ottoman, and Muscovite worlds, by comparison, processions occurred far less frequently: the procession was significantly more important to the Byzantines than to their neighbors and successors. The comparative study of Byzantine processions to be offered by the speakers at the symposium will reveal how the Byzantines operated in a complex global network defined by local contexts, how the Byzantines positioned themselves within this network, and the nature of the Byzantine legacy to the Islamic, Catholic, and Orthodox inheritors of their culture.


  • Nathanael Andrade, “Controlling Material and Semiotic Landscapes: Processions in Late Antiquity”
  • Christine Angelidi, “Sparkling creations, threads of tradition. Marian processions in medieval Constantinople”
  • Leslie Brubaker, “Bridging the gap: processions in early medieval Constantinople”
  • Michael Featherstone, “Public Processions in Middle Byzantine Constantinople”
  • Georgia Frank, “The Things They Carried: Religious Processions in Early Byzantium”
  • Michael Flier, “Changing times, divergent destinies: Processional Imagery in the Age of the Tsar”
  • Niels Gaul, “Processions in the late Byzantine world”
  • Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, “Guild processions in Istanbul: claiming public space in the early modern city”
  • James Norrie, “11th–12th century processions in Milan and Rome – urban conflict or civic integration?”
  • Paula Sanders, “Negotiating power in the Islamic Mediterranean: Urban Processions in Egypt, North Africa, and Iberia”
  • Sebastian Salvadó/M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, “The Latin Processions in Jerusalem”
  • Alexandra Vukovich, “Princely Processions and Peregrinations Itinerant Rulership in Early Rus”

To register follow the link.


“Byzantine Worlds” Lecture Series, Cebtre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

The seminar is held on Wednesdays at 5 pm in Room SG2, Alison Richard Bu idling, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 90T.

30 January Military Administration in Byzantine Africa: New Evidence

Vivien Prigent, CNRS, Paris, France/Maison Francaise d’Oxford

13 February Translating Sex in the Medical Literature of Muscovite Rus

Rosie Finlinson, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

27 February Dalmatius, Eutyches, Victor and the Transmission of Consensus in Christological Controversies

Luise Marion Frenkel, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

13 March Attempts at Imitations: Byzantine and Islamic Army and Administration

Marie Legendre, University of Edinburgh

The Byzantine Greek reading group will be held from 1-2 pm on Wednesdays 16 & 30 January, 13 & 27 February and 13 March in SG2, Alison Richard Building. For more information please contact Nick Evans (

Byzantine Worlds and the Cambridge Art History Research Seminar will be holding a joint session on 23 January, at 5 pm at the Department of History of Art, 4a Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1 QA:

11 February Councils in perspective:

A colloquium on current projects and new methodologies in the research of late-antique Christian synods

Speakers include Marek Jankowiak, University of Oxford and Richard Price, Heythrop College, University of London

Further information can be found here.


Presentation of the volume “Picturing a Lost Empire: An Italian Lens on Byzantine Art in Anatolia, 1960-2000”, January 25, 16:30, Sapienza University of Rome.

The volume is the catalogue of the exhibition currently open in Istanbul, Koç University ANAMED, Arched Gallery, and illustrates the field trips organized by Sapienza University to Anatolia through the photographs of the Center for Documentation of Byzantine Art History.

For further information on the project please visit the website.


“Mary, a Multivalent Figure and the Mother of All”, Lecture by Professor Ioli Kalavrezou, 24 January, 2019, 18:00, Dumbarton Oaks Music Room.

The Virgin Mary has become the most venerated figure in the Christian world and beyond, and Marian studies have flourished in Western medieval and Byzantine art history. By discussing a selection of individual established compositions that were created over centuries, this talk will present the different dimensions and themes that define Mary and her role as the MΗΤΗΡ ΘΕΟΥ, the Mother of God, in the art and theology of Byzantium. She not only is the powerful mediator but also becomes an active participant in the various aspects of Christian life. The talk will draw attention to the many and diverse qualities of her character and focus on those aspects that gave her the position she held for many centuries in Orthodox Christianity and still holds today. She had become a multivalent and complex figure in the religious and devotional life of her people.

A prominent Byzantine art historian, Ioli Kalavrezou has focused her scholarship on a variety of research topics including the political and ideological history of the Empire, the place and role of women in Byzantine society, and the cult of the Virgin Mary. Professor Kalavrezou holds the positions of Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art History at Harvard University and of Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks since 1989. She has also served as Chair of the History of Art and Architecture Department at Harvard University.

The lecture will be preceded by a gallery viewing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Juggling the Middle Ages”

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact—Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.




“Cultural Entanglement, Transfer and Contention in Mediterranean Communities from Antiquity to the Present”, Sixth CEMS International Graduate Conference, 30 May-1 June 2019, Budapest.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming sixth International Graduate Conference on Cultural Entanglement, Transfer and Contention in Mediterranean Communities. The conference will provide a forum for graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the Eastern Mediterranean to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

Conference Description

Marking the boundary of three continents, the Mediterranean has been one of the world’s premier zones of cultural interaction since antiquity. From the Romans to the Ottomans, the first caliphs to Queen Victoria, the powers who sought dominance over this sea reckoned with this history of multiplicity by appropriating its rich past and attempting to imitate and outdo their predecessors and contemporaries. Diverse communities, moreover, concomitantly sought to survive and prosper in competition and cooperation with one another. The aim of this conference is to work against the grain of disciplinary boundaries to better understand these processes of inheritance, transmission, and exchange both diachronically and synchronically. How were the cultures of Mediterranean communities particularized through accommodation to, modification of, and divergence from their shared pasts? How did rulers manage these shifting webs of diversity? What procedures drew boundaries between cultures, either successive or contemporary, if and when such lines can be drawn? What evidence and methodologies can be brought to bear to read genuine curiosity, selective accommodation, and outright rejection in these exchanges within and across polities in the Mediterranean?

Young scholars from across the globe will be invited to share their work and come to grips with how to conduct research in an academic environment that increasingly demands both specialized expertise and comparative breadth. We seek innovative proposals by graduate students from all disciplines that relate to the Mediterranean world, including but not limited to Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Classics, Environmental Science, Gender Studies, History, Languages and Literatures, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Theology.

Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The entanglements and diverse heritages of elite artistic, literary, and intellectual cultures
  • Rethinking big processes, e.g. Hellenization, Romanization, Christianization, and Islamization
  • Interaction and diversity in everyday life and popular/vernacular cultures
  • Trans-imperial/trans-national subjects, contact zones, gendered boundaries, and porous identities within and beyond borders
  • Maintaining common identities in diasporas: the connections and differences between communities across far-flung geographies
  • Communities and networks (intellectual, professional, mercantile, civic, military, domestic, etc.) that operate across ethnic and national lines
  • Conquest, colonization, environmental change, and shifting landscapes of diversity
  • Envisioning pluralism in philosophical, theological, and legal discourses of order
  • Intra-communal politics in contexts of social, economic, and gender stratification
  • Migration, urban economies, and the transformation of spatial and social structures
  • The (re)invention of national communities and their relationship to legacies of difference
  • The re-appropriation of imperial pasts in Mediterranean societies

Please submit by February 15, 2019 a short paper proposal (no more than 250 words, together with a brief biography and contact information) to the following address: Results will be announced on March 4, 2019.

Keynote Speakers:

Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford)

Arietta Papaconstantinou (University of Reading)

Zeynep Türkyilmaz (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin)

Accommodation and Travel Grants:

All participants will be offered accommodation for the full duration of the conference (3 nights) at the CEU Residence Center. In order to encourage the participation of individuals with limited institutional support a small number of partial travel grants will be available to cover travel expenses. Those who wish to be considered for the grant should include an additional justification alongside their paper proposals. Please note that there is no conference fee.

In addition, this year the conference will coincide with CEMS’s Undergraduate Open House, and advanced undergraduates interested in pursuing research or academic career in the history and cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean are invited to attend the Open House as well as apply to present a paper at the conference. For further information, do not hesitate to contact the organizers

Organizing Committee:

Dunja Milenkovic (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies)

Flora Ghazaryan (PhD Student, Department of History)

John Kee (MA Student, Department of Medieval Studies)

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the organizers here or at our Facebook page.


“Nomads and their Neighbors in the Middle Ages”, Eighth International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe, Medieval Nomads (MeN), 20-23 November 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Deadline: 15 April 2019

In 1997, 2000 and 2002, the Department of Medieval History at the University of Szeged organized several conferences on the history of medieval nomads of the Eurasian steppe, the proceedings of which were subsequently published in Hungarian. In 2004, the Department of Medieval History and the Department of Archaeology at the same University, together with the Research Group on Hungarian Prehistory of the Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged decided to convene an International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe. The first conference of this kind was held in Szeged in 2004, the second in Jászberény in 2007, the third in Miskolc in 2009, the fourth in Cairo (Egypt) in 2011, the fifth in Moscow (Russia) in 2013, the sixth again in Szeged in 2016, and the seventh in Shanghai in 2018.

Now, as a continuation of this series, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Institute for Historical Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences have the pleasure to invite you to take part in the Eighth International Conference on Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe, “Nomads and their Neighbors in the Middle Ages”, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in November 20–23, 2019.

Panels and individual papers which fall under the following main topics are encouraged:

  • Sources and their creators
  • The Nomads and their Sedentary Neighbors: Warfare, Diplomacy, Economy, Politics and Culture
  • Nomads as marginal groups in the sedentary societies
  • Religious history and conversion of the Eurasian Nomads
  • Military history
  • Social History
  • The no man’s land: cross points between steppe and sown
  • Representation of the Nomads in Material and Written Culture of their Sedentary Neighbors

Length of the papers

  • Individual papers: the length should not exceed 15 minutes, and 10 minutes will be left for discussion.
  • Pre-organized panels: should include 3 or 4 papers of the same length plus 30 minutes for discussion. The papers should be focused a single theme or research-question.

Official language of the conference: English

Fees and accommodation:

There is no registration fee. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of each participant.


  • Individual applicants should send the attached form F1_Individual by April 15, 2019 on the address: Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
  • Panel proposals should follow the attached form F2_Panel and be sent by April 15, 2019 on the same address: The proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) for the entire panel explaining its content, in addition to an individual abstract (250 words maximum) for each paper.

All application will go through a selection process by the Organizing Committee and applicants will be informed by June 15, 2019.


“Religion and War from Antiquity to early Modernity”, King’s College London, 24-26 June 2019.

Deadline: 30 January 2019

The conference, hosted by the Departments of Classics and War Studies, and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London, will mark the launch of a new international research network Religion and War through the Ages dedicated to exploring the nexus between religion and war as a recurring cross-cultural phenomenon attested in a great variety of historical societies from antiquity to the present and presenting a particularly poignant modern challenge.

Proposals from young researchers and established scholars in the Late Antique and Medieval history are now invited for papers of 20 minutes exploring historical cases that explore the influence of religion on war, from motivation and moral justification to rules of conduct.  Proposals, of up to 350 words, should be sent to Irene Polinskaya by 30 January 2019.  Successful applicants will be notified by 15 February 2019.  A selection of papers will be considered for publication in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

What role do religious ideas play in human conflicts? Citing direct divine command or posing as guardians of divine interests, actively seeking divine approval or drawing courage from imagined divine support, armies from ancient times to the present and across diverse regions and cultures, have gone to battle with one another.  The conference will investigate specific historical cases and contexts that illustrate the influence of religion on war, from motivation to rules of conduct.  Major themes include: the demands of different sets of religious beliefs that in the past provided a cause for war; the conditions under which religious considerations became a dominant force among the reasons for and against war; the role religion played in escalating war or putting limits on violence and how that influence was felt; finally, how religion, in turn, was affected by the conduct of war in past societies.

With wide geographic coverage encompassing the Mediterranean basin, Near East, North Africa, and Europe, and taking Classical Antiquity as a starting point, but looking as far back as the second millennium BCE and forward to the Westphalian settlement of 1648, this conference will be a comparative and cross-cultural exploration of the persistent question about the role of religion in motivating, guiding, and explaining the causes and conduct of war.

Confirmed speakers include: Ian Morris (Stanford), Anthony Spalinger (Auckland), Penny Roberts (Warwick), Amir Gilan (Tel Aviv), Yannis Stouraitis (Edinburgh), Amira Benison (Cambridge).

Inquiries may be sent to Yannis Papadogiannakis or Irene Polinskaya.


The 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, BSANA, 17-20 October 2019, Madison, Wisconsin.

Deadline: 25 February 2019, 11:59 EST

The Forty-fifth annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, from Thursday evening, October 17, through Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019. For information on BSANA, please consult the BSANA website.

The Local Arrangements Chairs for 2019 are Dr. Leonora Neville, from the Department of History, and Dr.Thomas E. A. Dale, from the Department of Art History, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies and on related topics relevant to the field. Conference attendance is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

The BSC is also the occasion of the annual business meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA). All conference attendees are warmly encouraged to attend and participate in the annual BSANA business lunch and meeting, which will be conducted on Saturday, October 19th. BSANA’s officers will lead this meeting:

President: Benjamin Anderson (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) (

Vice President: Galina Tirnanic (Oakland University, Rochester, MI) (

Secretary: Hannah Ewing (Rollins College, Winter Park, FL) (

Treasurer: Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks) (

Submission Overview

Submission Date/Time:February 25, 2019, Monday, 11:59 pm EST

BSANA Vice President, Galina Tirnanic (, will oversee the submission process and will confirm receipt of each submission.

Notification Date: March 15, 2019, Wednesday

The 2019 BSC Program Chair, Annie Labatt (, will oversee the blind-review process conducted by the 2019 BSC Program Committee, and will send out notifications of acceptance or rejection on March 15th.

Submissions, in summary, consist of:

A single PDF copy of the individual blind abstract (paper title only, no names of author/s), 500-word maximum, formatted and submitted online according to the detailed instructions that follow. In the case of abstracts proposed within an organized panel, each abstract must be submitted individually and will be assessed on its own merits; see below for fuller instructions on organized panels.

Successful abstracts will present all of the following to a reader well-versed in Byzantine

Studies writ large, but who is not an expert in your own subject:

  1. a clarifying and articulate introduction to your topic
  2. the major points of your argument, and an overview of the evidence supporting your argument
  3. a convincing statement on the significance of your work
  4. the conclusions you propose

Commitment to Present-Accepted Abstracts

Your submission and its acceptance represent a commitment from you to present the paper in person at the 2019 BSC. Those who cannot attend must withdraw no later than June 1, 2019.

Failure to notify the Program Committee in a timely fashion will adversely affect future chances to present at the BSC.

BSC Presenters Must Have Current BSANA Membership

To deliver your paper at the 2019 BSC, you must be a current member of BSANA in good standing. If speakers are not members in good standing by the beginning date of the conference, they will not be permitted to present.

To join or renew your BSANA membership, consult the website.


“Hieronymus noster: International Symposium on the 1600th Anniversary of Jerome’s Death”, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 24-26 October 2019, Ljubljana.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

The International Symposium on the 1600th Anniversary of Jerome’s Death, Hieronymus noster, will take place in Ljubljana, on October 24th–26th, 2019, at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It is being organised by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; the Universities of Ljubljana, Zagreb, Graz, and Warsaw; Central European University (CEU); International Network of Excellence “Europa Renascens”; DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille); and the Institut des Sources chrétiennes.

Call for Papers:

Hieronyme, veni foras, “Jerome, come out,” Jerome himself wrote in his letter to a friend (Ep. 4), stating a personal desire addressed to God. His own call will provide the starting point of the international scholarly symposium in 2019, commemorating the 1600th anniversary of Jerome’s death. The encounter will highlight recent research trends related to Jerome’s life, to his opus, and to the reception of this ancient ascetic, Biblical scholar, biographer, traveller, epistolographer, theologian, exegete, satirist, and controversialist. The meeting will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, among the archaeological sites of Roman Emona from his letters (Ep. 11–12), whose genius loci remains influenced by the proximity of Jerome’s birthplace, Stridon. While the exact whereabouts of Stridon remain unknown, an excursion will be offered by symposium’s organizers in order to discuss some of its potential locations. The conference will be interdisciplinary and will present Jerome in the light of the latest discoveries; its particular focus will be the archaeological finds of Christian Emona from 2018. The papers invited will consider – but will not be limited to – researching Jerome within the framework of historical context, archaeology, biblical exegesis, patristics, classical philology, and theology.

To Offer a Paper:

Please email Provide a title and an abstract in 200 words for a twenty‐minute paper, to be followed by a five‐minute discussion, in English, German, French, or Italian, until March 31st, 2019. Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper. There will be some funds available for food and accommodation. A separate session will be dedicated to graduate students; their applications are particularly encouraged. The Committee will reply by April 30th, 2019. Papers will be published in Bogoslovni vestnik: Theological Quarterly – Ephemerides theologicae, and in Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca.

Organizing Committee:

Pablo Argárate, Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodox Church and Patrology, Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Karl‐Franzens‐University Graz

Ivan Bodrožić, Department of the History of Christian Literature and Christian Teaching, Catholic Faculty of Theology Zagreb

Jan Dominik Bogataj OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Ljubljana, secretary

Rajko Bratož, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Alenka Cedilnik, History Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Antonio Dávila Pérez, Department of Classical Philology, University of Cádiz – International Network Europa Renascens

Laurence Mellerin, Institut des Sources chrétiennes (HISOMA‐UMR 5189 research centre) Dominic Moreau, DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille/HALMA‐UMR 8164 research centre)

David Movrin, Department of Classical Philology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana Elżbieta M. Olechowska, Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw

Katalin Szende, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University in Vienna

Miran Špelič OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana, president of the committee

Rafko Valenčič, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana



Research Associate and Lecturer in Late Antique Christianity at UVA

Although review of applications will begin on January 15, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Religious Studies, with a specialization in late antique Christianity for the 2019-2020 academic year. The anticipated start date is August 25, 2019.

We seek a candidate who is conversant with and has a demonstrated research agenda in the history, literatures and cultures of Christianity from the second to eighth centuries c.e. This position works closely with colleagues in the department’s Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity area and, as such, the candidate should have a grounding in the religions of the Greco-Roman world. Additional capacities in one or more of the following are desirable: art and material culture; gender studies; race studies; and/or literary theory.

Candidates must have a PhD in Religious Studies or a related discipline by the appointment start date. Preference will be given to candidates who possess the ability to teach Syriac and/or Coptic language and literature. The successful candidate will teach three courses over the course of the academic year and be expected to carry on a program of research.

The listing and application instructions can be found here.


Tarrant and Webster Fellowships

Deadline: 31st January

The Institute of Classical Studies intends to appoint two visiting fellowships for 2019-2020, in memory of Dorothy Tarrant and the other in memory of Tom Webster.

These Fellowships are awarded to scholars from universities outside the UK with research interests in any field of classical studies. The successful candidates are each expected to spend a minimum of six weeks at the Institute within academic year 2019-2020, and to deliver a named lecture. She or he is provided with a stipend of £5000 toward the cost of travel and accommodation. Further details, including eligibility, are available here.

Applicants for one or more of these fellowships are encouraged to send here a CV, a short account of the research project they intend to pursue with the aid of the Fellowship, the subject of the lecture they would give, and the names and addresses of two referees. The deadline for applications will be 31st January 2019. Results are normally announced in April. Successful candidates are encouraged to lecture elsewhere in the UK if invited and some funds are available to make this possible.


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