The Byzness, 25 January 2021

Medieval Booklet

The Byzness, 25 January 2021



1.                 NEWS AND EVENTS

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar, University of Cambridge, will present talks on Christian and Muslim insurgencies under the early Islamic caliphate, considerations of identity in Byzantine Anatolia, and the power and patronage of a Rus princess.

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Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus 55th Public Lecture Series: Celebrating 30 Years of Archaeological Research 

Moderator: Dr Athanasios K. Vionis| Director, Archaeological Research Unit (ARU) 

This semester’s Public Lectures Series celebrates 30 years of research at the ARU, since its foundation in 1991. All lectures of the 55th Series will be delivered by the members of the academic staff of the ARU to showcase their ongoing research endeavours. The lectures are held virtually via Zoom at 7:30 pm (EET), they are free and open to the public, but registration is required for access before each event starts. For registration, please, click here: 


BLOCK 1: Prehistory and Proto-history  

1 February: Maritime dialogues in the East Aegean Islands and Western Asia Minor during Prehistory 

Dr Ourania Kouka | Associate Professor, Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean 

8 February: Cypriot copper production, consumption and trade in the 12th century BC 

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou | Professor, Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry 

15 February: Prices and values of metals in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean markets 

Dr Georgios Papasavvas | Associate Professor, Classical Archaeology 

BLOCK 2: Iron Age – Roman 

22 February: The tumulus of Laona: Αn ‘un-Cypriot’ monument in the landscape of Palaepaphos 

Prof. Maria Iacovou | Professor, Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology 

1 March: The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus: Challenges and perspectives of a holistic approach to shipwreck archaeology in the 21st century 

Dr Stella Demesticha | Associate Professor, Maritime Archaeology 

8 March: Hellenistic and Roman funerary wall painting in Cyprus: An overview 

Prof. Demetrios Michaelides | Professor Emeritus in Classical Archaeology, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Medieval – Early Modern 

22 March: The Byzantine and Historical Archaeologies of Greece and Cyprus: Artefact and landscape studies 

Dr Athanasios Vionis | Associate Professor, Byzantine Archaeology and Art 

29 March: The challenge of depicting cross-dressing female saints in Byzantine art: The case of St Euphrosyne of Alexandria (BHG 625) 

Dr Maria Parani | Associate Professor, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and History of Art 

5 April: ‘Hybrid’, ‘transcultural’, ‘eclectic’? Some thoughts on conceptualising the art of the Latin East 

Dr Michalis Olympios | Associate Professor, History of Western Art 

12 April: Το πλοίο στην Κύπρο: Από την ιστορική πραγματικότητα στη λαϊκή τέχνη 

Prof. Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou | Professor Emerita in Folk Art and Architecture, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Digital Humanities 

19 April: Unfolding the Neolithic landscape of Thessaly: A GeoInformatics perspective 

Prof. Apostolos Sarris | Professor, ‘Sylvia Ioannou Foundation’ Chair for Digital Humanities 

CLANS talk: Nicola Ernst (Exeter), The Athanasian Emperors: Constructing Constantinian Orthodoxy and Heresy in the 340s. 26 January 2021 (5:15 PM GMT, Zoom)

The 340s were a turbulent decade for the emperors of Rome as well as the Christian church. The division of the empire between the last two sons of Constantine – Constantius II (r. 337-361) and Constans (r. 337-350) – also nominally extended to the ecclesiastical situation, if we are to believe the claims of the ‘Nicene’ bishop Athanasius of Alexandria. The failed Council of Serdica in 343 was testament to this, and our understanding of the period as one of filial and religious tensions has been heavily influenced by the Athanasian construction of the events of the 340s. Indeed, the assertion by fifth-century ecclesiastical historians that Constans was willing to resort to civil war in order to restore Athanasius to his episcopate in Constantius’ territory, is generally accepted by modern scholarship. The letter that contained this alleged declaration is found in Socrates’ Ecclesiastical History (II.22) – which draws heavily upon Athanasius’ own narrative of events within his own works – and suggests that Constans was willing to march against his elder brother, if Constantius did not reinstate the exiled orthodox bishops to their Eastern episcopates. I intend to re-evaluate this letter and the way this alleged declaration of civil war was used by Athanasius and his literary successors by contextualising it within the wider ecclesiastical and political discourses of the 340s. This Athanasian construction of the emperors needs to be more carefully considered as this has remained the predominant understanding of both emperors, from the other Nicene ecclesiastical writers, as well as modern scholars. As such, this paper will explore how this construction of Constans and Constantius led to the creation of the typical representations of these emperors as Orthodox Champion and Arian Heretic, respectively. Indeed, I will argue that we should construct a history of the 340s by also considering the non-Nicene discourses, as well as the political and administrative evidence for this period, in order to better understand this complicated period and to move away from the pervasive Athanasian narrative.

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Meeting ID: 919 3593 2463

Password: 772840

Canon Law and Christian Societies, between Christianity and Islam. 24-26 February 2021

The conference will take place on Zoom. To sign up, please contact:

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East of Byzantium Lectures. 29 January and 2 February on Zoom

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce upcoming East of Byzantium lectures:

Friday, January 29, 2021 | 3:00 pm (EST) | Zoom

Sideways-Oriented Images of Manichaean and Armenian Liturgical Books

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi explores codicological connections between Manichaean manuscripts and Eastern Christian and Islamic manuscripts from Syro-Mesopotamia and what these similarities suggest about contact between the Manichaean communities in East Central Asia and their Mesopotamian homeland well into the medieval period.

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 10:00 AM (EST) on January 29, 2021. Register:

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:00 pm (EST) | Zoom

Back to Byzantium: Translation, Legitimacy, and Worlding on the Byzantine Frontier

Sergio La Porta, California State University, Fresno

Sergio La Porta discusses the translation of the martyrology of St. Step‘anos Ulnec‘i and its place in the larger Mediterranean world.

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 10:00 AM (EST) on February 2, 2021. Register:

2.                 CALLS FOR PAPERS

Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World (CEMS). Deadline: 5 April 2021

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University (Vienna/Budapest) is proud to announce the 7th International Graduate Conference on “Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World”, Vienna, 28-29 May 2021. 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

The aim of this conference is to explore how a turn towards materiality can help us to understand the Eastern Mediterranean world. The conference seeks research that investigates the role of physical “things” in history. How are material culture, technology, and the physical environment entangled in historical processes? How has the physical world shaped and been shaped by forms of social life in the Eastern Mediterranean? How have ideas and emotions been put into practice and how have they been embodied in material objects (e.g. artifacts, relics, and manuscripts)? How could materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean differ from other regions?

We welcome approaches that focus on the relations between humans and their physical surroundings, the way they understand, perceive, and use them. Moreover, in turning towards the material, the conference intends to explore connections and entanglements between human/non-human, spiritual/physical, and phenomenological/epistemological.

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 and History, Gender Studies, History, Languages and Literatures, Medieval Studies, Early Modern Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Theology. 

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

  • Environmental and ecological histories
  • History of health and disease 
  • Texts as objects; cultures of documentation, archiving, and printing 
  • Economic and political practices
  • Architecture and urban history 
  • Commerce and trading systems
  • The physical manifestation and material life of symbols
  • Histories of affect and embodied physical experiences, such as pain, pleasure
  • The role of material culture in everyday life history 
  • Material history of empires. The objects of imperial formations
  • Histories of technology and science
  • Materiality and mobility in diplomacy; e.g. the role of gifts, travelogues
  • Aesthetics and design
  • Research employing economic and political approaches
  • Craftsmanship culture
  • Practices of warfare. Weapons and military technology
  • Rethinking units of analysis through materiality
  • Comparisons between the Eastern Mediterranean and other regions through materiality

Please submit by April 5, 2021 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 by April 20, 2021.


Dana Sajdi (Boston Colllege)

Charlie Barber (Princeton University)

International Conference on Etymological Theories and Practice in Ancient & Byzantine Greece

Thessaloniki, Teloglion Foundation, Greece, 18-20 November 2021. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2021

Organizers: Maria Chriti (Aristotle Univ., Greece), Claire Le Feuvre (Sorbonne Université, France), Arnaud Zucker (Univ. Côte d’Azur, France).

This international conference, to be held in Thessaloniki in November 2021, aims to attract researchers, mainly philologists, linguists and philosophers interested in practices of etymologizing in Ancient Greek and Byzantine literature. It is promoted by the International Association ETYGRAM (, devoted to the study of indigenous (or “emic”) ancient Greek etymologies and follows two editions, in 2016 and 2018. The ancient Greek conception of etymology is fundamentally different from our modern one and has a much broader meaning. To start with, it allows a rather exceptional plasticity (see, e.g., Plato’s Cratylus) as far as semantic paronomasia is concerned. As ancient scholars understood it, etymology is chiefly a dynamic process aiming at suggesting semantic correlations between words based on phonetic similarities, with a momentous heuristic power. This intellectual game, a very serious one at that, deserves to be investigated since it is neither scientific in character (as modern linguists would describe it), nor rendered as “folk” etymology. It is rather a cultural construction, being both an art of punning and an attempt to uncover deep semantic motivations.

The organizers welcome proposals (in French, English, Greek, German, Spanish or Italian), taking especially into account the following parameters:

1.      The technical aspects of ancient Greek etymology;

2.      etymology and neologisms in scientific contexts;

3.      etymology in pedagogical practices;

4.      etymological practices in the scholia and commentaries of Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Conference papers will be 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.  Interested scholars from all academic levels are invited to send an abstract of no more than 500 words to and by April 30, 2021. Participants will be notified in May 30, 2021. Accepted papers will be presented on an equal footing with invited speakers.


Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia

Istanbul, 1-2 July 2021. Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2021

Papers are sought for the next Medworlds Workshop “Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia,” to be held at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University (Valide-i Atik Mh., Eski Toptaşı Cd. No: 91,  Uskudar, Istanbul) on 1 & 2  July 2021.

Stretching along continents, the Mediterranean Sea has played an important role in creating an environment of, voluntary or otherwise, cultural interactions among distinct groups throughout its history. Through the practices of coexistence, peoples of the Mediterranean have built up a common cultural repertoire and tradition. In the late Medieval Mediterranean coexistence was a way of life, as Brian Catlos stated, “encouraging acculturation and communication, but also provoking anxiety and defensiveness” (2014). One can easily find the effects of these interactions in everyday practices of culture, such as in religion, commerce, art, and education. Coexistence sometimes manifested itself as co-dependency and collaboration, a way of coping with the complexities in times of wars, epidemics, and various other crises. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia were places of conflict, but also of exchange and collaboration between the Islamic and Christian powers that ruled over those territories. Objects, ideas, scripts and people moved beyond cultural and religious borders as booty of conquest and items of trade.

“Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia” is organized by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University’s the “Middle East and Africa Studies Application and Research Center (ORDAM)” and “The Society for the Mediterranean World Studies (MEDWORLDS)”, to be held in Istanbul on 01-02 July 2021. The workshop aims to provide a platform for medieval history researchers to discuss topics related to broadly defined practices, experiences and spaces of “living together” in geographically distant but experience- wise similar societies in Anatolia and Iberian Peninsula in the 13th – 15th centuries. More importantly, this workshop enables participants to learn from other approaches and research experiences. We especially seek interdisciplinary contributions to open up discussions and share thoughts on issues about the theme of the workshop.

Some of the themes we want to explore include: Modes of coexistence, especially in times of crises and catastrophes, Convivencia; Local and cross-border trade; Transfer of knowledge, texts, music, arts and architecture; and Cross-confessional communities. Contributions will be collected in an edited book.

We invite applications for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) and brief résumés should be sent to the organizers at Language of the workshop is English. The attendance is free of charge. Accommodation will be provided for the successful applicants. Details of the accommodation will be announced on our website. We will contact successful applicants to make arrangements for travel, accommodation and other logistics.

Among our other sponsors are The Mediterranean Seminar (University of Colorado, Boulder), The Mediterranean Knowledge (Salerno University), and Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (UK). As the Organizing Committee, we are happy to announce that keynote speeches will be delivered by Brian A. Catlos ( University of Colorado, Boulder, Andrew C.S Peacock (University of St. Andrews), and Emrah Safa Gürkan (Istanbul 29 Mayis University).

For more information and to send an abstract:

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Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submissions: 28 February 2021
Announcement of the successful applicants: 15 March 2021
Workshop Dates: 01-02 July 2021


Virtual Bliss Symposium Awards. Deadline: 15 February 2021

Applications for the Virtual Bliss Symposium Awards for Byzantine Studies is due February 15, 2021. Successful applicants will receive advance registration and online attendance of the symposium program to which they apply. In addition, awardees will receive up to five Dumbarton Oaks publications, of their choosing, including shipment.

2021 Byzantine Coins and Seals Summer Program. Deadline: 15 February 2021

The 2021 Coins and Seals Summer Program will be held from June 28 to July 23, 2021. Applicants must send their application electronically by February 15, 2021, and more information about the application process can found here.

Doctoral position, ERC Project “MAMEMS”. Deadline: 28 February 2021

The position of a doctoral researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/in) (salary scheme 13 TV-L, 65%) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainzis to be filled by 01.05.2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of three years. 

The position is situated within the project “Mount Athos in Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Society:  Contextualizing the History of a Monastic Republic (ca. 850-1550)” (MAMEMS), which is funded by a  Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). MAMEMS constitutes the first  comprehensive examination of the monastic communities of Mount Athos as independent actors in  medieval Eastern Mediterranean Society. This “monastic republic” was intimately connected with the  Byzantine Empire, the various Orthodox principalities of the Balkans and Caucasus, South Italy, as  well with the Ottoman Empire. By taking advantage of considerable advances in subfields like  prosopography, analyzing and making available a set of sources (lists of commemoration) that are  either poorly studied or unedited, and by bringing together an interdisciplinary team (a Byzantinist,  Slavicist and Kartvelologist) under the direction of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Zachary Chitwood),  MAMEMS will transform the way the Holy Mountain is viewed within scholarship and the general  public via a triad of leitmotifs: wealth, ethnicity and gender (WEG). The exploration of these topics is undergirded by the creation of a prosopographical database, Prosopographica Athonica, built with OpenAtlas and containing entries for every monk to have resided on the Holy Mountain, every Athonite benefactor and every person to have visited there from ca. 850 to 1550, that is from the time of the first surviving documents in the Athonite archives until the founding of the last of the major Athonite houses, Stavronikita. This database will finally allow a concrete analysis of how medieval Mount Athos was embedded within wider networks of economic interests, church leadership, intellectual exchange and patronage. 

Your duties include: 

  • Participating in the creation of a prosopographical database, which is to encompass all documented benefactors, monks and visitors associated with the Holy Mountain.
  • The researching and writing of a dissertation on a list of commemoration from an Athonite monastery under the joint supervision of Dr. Zachary Chitwood (primary advisor) and Prof.  Johannes Pahlitzsch (secondary advisory). 
  • Regular participation in project events, including regular meetings every two weeks and three major international workshops.  

Your profile: 

  • An outstanding master’s thesis in Byzantine Studies, Classics, Medieval Studies or a related field.  
  • Reading knowledge of medieval Greek; knowledge of further project-relevant languages (Modern  Greek, Rumanian, Slavic languages) is advantageous.  
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work.  
  • Oral proficiency in English or German. 

What MAMEMS can offer you: 

  • Intensive interdisciplinary discussion, for example by means of an associate membership, within  one of the thematic research groups in Mainz, including: the Research Training Group 1867  (“Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged”); the Research Network “40.000 Years of Human Challenges: Perception, Conceptualization and Coping in  Premodern Societies”; or the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Byzantium between Orient and Occident”. 
  • The opportunity for extensive training within the field of Digital Humanities by learning OpenAtlas.
  • The prospect of publishing your dissertation in open-access format with a major scholarly press. 

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. 

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf file (in German or English): 

  • A letter of application.  
  • A detailed c.v., including a list of publications and contact information for three scholars willing to provide letters of recommendation. 
  • A writing sample which demonstrates the applicant’s aptitude for scholarship (preferably a master’s thesis). 

Please send these materials with the subject heading: MAMEMS_Name by 28.02.2021 by e-mail to: 

Please direct any queries you might have regarding this position or MAMEMS to Dr. Zachary Chitwood, who can be reached at the e-mail address above. 

Timeline for the review of applications: 

• The review of applications will begin immediately. 

• Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype. 

For further information regarding the project, please consult:

Universität Hamburg – Research Associate for the Project “ATLAS”. Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021

The Department of Ancient History of the Universität Hamburg invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project “Atlas of Late Antique Cities in the Southern Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa (III-VIII cent.)” (ANR-DFG) – SALARY LEVEL 13TV-L –

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on April 1st, 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until March 31st, 2024. The position calls for 39 hours per week. This position is also suitable for part time employment.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
The aim of the ATLAS project is to create an atlas (WebGIS in Open Access) that records cities in the former Roman provinces Baetica (Spain) and Africa Proconsularis (Tunisia). The compilation and analysis of the transmitted records is to serve as the basis of a new narrative of Late Antiquity. This is aided by visualization of the historical developments in form of thematic maps.The successful applicant will concentrate on the written evidence of both regions under study. A strong collaboration with the French and Spanish part of the ANR-DFG funded project in La Rochelle and Madrid is expected. A successful submission of a second book in the field of late antique urban studies is welcome. The position includes the enrollment in the projects activities, i.e. the organization of research colloquia and workshops, the diffusion in social media and print publications.

A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. An excellent PhD in Ancient History. Expertise in Latin Epigraphy and Urban Studies is required. The knowledge of one of the languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, Spanish and French, is required; the knowledge of English and German are expected.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Panzram ( consult our website at should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).

Please send applications by January 31st, 2021 to:, and add the names of two referees. Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

For more infos about the project, see here:–e.pdf

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