Byzness 13/08/17



The Byzness, 13th August 2017







Conference: Memory Sanctions and Damnatio Memoriae c.200AD-c.800AD, Trinity College Cambridge, 5-6 September 2017


A programme for the conference can be found here:


Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, October 5-8 2017


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities looks forward to hosting the upcoming Byzantine Studies Conference, October 5-8. We are writing to remind those who wish to attend to register ( as soon as possible to take advantage of the early registration fee (before August 31).

We would also like to make you aware of two special opportunities for those interested and able to arrive earlier on Thursday, October 5. First, the director of the Hill Manuscript Museum and Library has offered to a special tour of their facilities for BSC participants starting at 2:00. Second, we will also be hosting a symposium called “Discourses of Byzantine Art, Then and Now: a Celebration of Robert S. Nelson” on campus from 2:00-6:00. More information on both of these events is available here ( All registered BSC participants registered for the conference are welcome; no additional registration is required.

During the BSC itself, alongside an excellent slate of panels and two keynote addresses (see the program for details, there are a number of special events on offer this year, some of which require advance registration: The BSANA business lunch on Saturday, October 7 is open to all conference attendees. Please note that registration for the business lunch is separate. Lunch will be catered by Minneapolis-based restaurant Holy Land (, and vegetarian options will be available.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to attend three workshops, with meals and speakers generously provided by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. On Friday, October 6, the “Lunch and Learn” workshop will connect grad students in various subfields with faculty from their discipline. Dinner on the same day will accompany a workshop on the digital humanities. Finally, breakfast on Saturday, October 7 will be paired with a session on job interviews. As with the business lunch, registration for these workshops is separate ( Although these workshops and meals are free, it is important to register in advance so that we have an accurate headcount for catering. Those who have already registered for the conference are still encouraged to register for the business lunch and/or the graduate student workshops.

Please email with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you in October!





Panel: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Leeds IMC, 2nd-5th July 2018


Deadline: 1 September 2017


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion. Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (
The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:**Title**100-word session abstract**Session moderator and academic affiliation **Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract**CV.
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal. If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference > registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.


Moving Byzantium, Leeds IMC Panel, 2nd-5th July 2018


Deadline: 8 September 2017

We invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers for special sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Leeds (2-5 July 2018) connected with the main topics of “Moving Byzantium” Project, with a particular focus on aspects of geographical, social and cultural mobility within and beyond the Byzantine Empire.

Please send paper proposals (300 words max.), in English, accompanied by a short CV including affiliation, career stage and research interests, by 8 September 2017 to Ms. Paraskevi Sykopetritou, Project Coordinator:

Papers will be selected by 15 September 2017 through an anonymous review process by the Moving Byzantium Team, headed by Professor Claudia Rapp. Your abstract will be evaluated based on: 1) relevance to the topic (“geographical, social and cultural mobility”), 2) new material provided, 3) novel interpretations, and 4) innovative methods used. Successful candidates (for whom we can offer reimbursement of the registration fee) must confirm their participation by 22 September 2017. Further information and the the Call for Papers can be found at


Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World, Sponsored by the Italian Art Society, 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2018, Western Michigan University 


Deadline: 15 September 2017
The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium leading to the 2010 publication of San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice introduced new perspectives on Byzantine and Venetian visual and material culture that extended Otto Demus’s survey of Saint Mark’s basilica. The authors’ application of more recent approaches—such as the social function of spolia, the act of display, the construction of identity, and cultural hybridity—brought fresh analyses to a complex and richly decorated monument. This panel seeks to expand this methodological discourse by taking into account questions related to materials, materiality, and intermediality between Venice and Byzantium. The arrival of material culture from the Byzantine world to Venice as gifts, spoils, or ephemera during the centuries surrounding the Fourth Crusade allowed for both appropriation and conceptual transformation of material culture. In light of the renewal in interest of Venice’s Byzantine heritage, this panel seeks to reflect on the interaction of material culture between la Serenissima and the Byzantine world, especially during the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Topics may be wide-ranging, including, but not limited to: issues of reception and cultural translation; changing concepts of preciousness; different valuation of materials between Venice and Byzantium; the fluctuating simulation of material visual effects; the transformation of Byzantine objects incorporated into Venetian frames; intermedial dialogue between Byzantine and Venetian art; and the process and technique of manufacture of works between Byzantium and Venice. Some points of departure may include: the building of San Marco itself; Byzantine objects in the Treasury; Byzantine manuscripts included as part of the Cardinal Bessarion gift to the Republic; the monuments on Torcello; or issues raised as a result of recent conservation projects. New cross-cultural methodologies from art historical, anthropological, or sociological fields are welcome.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form ( by September 15 to the session organizers:Brad Hostetler, Kenyon College, Joseph Kopta, Pratt Institute, In addition to the travel awards available to all Congress participants (, the Italian Art Society offers competitive travel grants:


Armenia & Byzantium without Border: Graduate and Early Career Workshop, University of Vienna, 20-22 April 2018

Deadline: 31 October 2017


Within the framework of ‘Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructure and Personal Agency,’ a five-year project begun at the University of Vienna in 2016 and funded through the Wittgenstein-Prize (, ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ is a three-day workshop focussing on social and cultural mobility between Armenia and Byzantium in the Middle Ages. This workshop continues a scholarly conversation initiated in March 2017 at the University of Uppsala where a study-day dedicated to ‘Narrative Exchanges between Byzantium and Armenia’ was organized by AnnaLinden Weller within the Uppsala/Paris ‘Text and Narrative in Byzantium’ project.


We invite advanced PhD candidates and early career scholars working in the fields of Late AntiqueArmenianByzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20 min. papers connected with the main topics of ‘Moving Byzantium’, with a focus on aspects of social and cultural mobility of persons, objects, and/or ideas between Armenia and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. We are particularly interested in new research showing interaction and communication on both literary and material grounds between the Byzantine world and the Armenians. Each paper presented at the workshop will be accompanied by a senior scholar’s 10 min. response, followed by a general discussion. The workshop will be inaugurated with the lecture of our keynote speaker, Prof. Bernard Coulie (Catholic University of Louvain), and will include a visit to the Mekhitarist Monastery of Vienna and a guided tour of the exhibition on ‘Byzantium and the West’ at the Schallaburg Castle.


Travel and accommodation expenses of scholars selected for presentation at the workshop will be covered by a generous grant of the ‘Moving Byzantium’ project.


Paper proposals should be sent by the 31st of October 2017 to Emilio Bonfiglio: Applications will include:a) university affiliation; b) graduate level; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.


Convenors: Dr. Emilio Bonfiglio and Prof. Claudia Rapp


What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World 20-21 April 2018 The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio


Deadline: 30 November 2017


Keynote Speakers: • Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University) • Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow) • Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles) • Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)


Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage? The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context. Possible topics include: • Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures • Ancient definitions and theories of humor • Humor in political discourse, including propaganda, competition, and resistance • The role of humor in religion and ritual • Humor and social taboo: obscenities, scatology, and transgressive behaviors • Women, sexuality, and gender as sites of humor • Humor and social boundaries: elite and popular, native and foreign, center and periphery, divine and mortal, and other lines of membership • Humor’s function in narrative and in the relationship between storyteller and audience • Humor as entertainment in daily life, including inscriptions, performance, and celebration Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line.


Adele Curness

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

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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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Byzness 30/07/17



The Byzness, 30th July 2017







Summer School in Byzantine Studies, ‘Studying the Byzantine World: Methods and Interpretations’, 30th August – 5th September 2017, Bucharest


Closing date for applications: 10th August 2017. Selected candidates will be informed by 14th August 2017.


Applications are invited from students (Masters or PhD level) and post-doctoral researchers for the summer school in Byzantine Studies at the University of Bucharest.


Assistance with travel and accommodation is available. Participants must be able to understand both English and French.


Further information (in French) on how to apply can be found here:




International scientific conference, “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine”, October 19 – 22, 2017, Monastery of St Theodor Studita, Rome, Italy


Closing date for papers: August 25 2017. The request should indicate the title and author information (name, surname, academic degree, title or position, address, home or mobile phone, email, etc.).


The international Conference “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine” aims to become a platform for the sharing of knowledge. The conference will involve the systematic discussion and promotion of the following themes: Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kyivan tradition; the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity; spiritual culture; publishing and literature; art; theological and philosophical thought; religious traditions and more.


Suggested topics of the conference:

  1. Byzantium- Kievan Rus: historical, spiritual and cultural interconnection.
  2. Byzantine hesychasm in the tradition of monasticism, and in the culture and spiritual life of Ukraine-Rus’.
  3. The Byzantine Fathers of the Church and the distribution of their books inUkraine.
  4. Byzantine heritage in literature, art, theological and philosophical thought, in liturgical science and in the church tradition of Ukraine.
  5. “Studion” and its role in reviving the Byzantine Studite tradition of the Greek Catholic Church (contribution by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and Patriarch Josyph Slipyj).
  6. Byzantine heritage in the traditions of modern Ukrainian monasticism.
  7. The current state of Byzantines inUkraine.


Working languages of the conference: Ukrainian, English, Italian.


Organizers provide free accommodation and meals for participants during the conference.

There are plans to publish the results of the conference in the scientific collection “Sofia of Kiev: Byzantium. Russia Ukraine”.

The conference allows for full-time and part-time participation.

The e-mail address of the Organizing Committee:

Call for Papers: Moving People, Shifting Frontiers: Re-contextualising the Thirteenth Century in the Wider Mediterranean, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018


Deadline: 10 September 2017


Organizers: Katerina Ragkou (University of Cologne) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


Every day we witness people moving, with them objects and skills, knowledge and experience; either forcibly or willingly; for work or for pleasure. The communities living along the shores of the Mediterranean and the hinterlands of the Balkans during the thirteenth century share many of the characteristics of our contemporary world: military campaigns and religious wars; the intensification of pilgrimage and the relocation of refugees; the shifting of frontiers and the transformation of socio-political orders.


The transformations of the thirteenth century span from east to west, from northern Europe to the Byzantine Empire and from the Balkans to the Levant. The geographic breadth is paralleled by crucial events including the fourth crusade, the fall of Acre, the empowerment of the Serbian Kingdom and the Republic of Venice, the loss and following restoration of the Byzantine Empire, and the creation of new political entities, such as the Kingdom of Naples and that of Cyprus, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Principality of Achaia. Eclectic scholarly tradition has either focused geographically or thematically, losing sight of the pan-Mediterranean perspective. These societies had multifaceted interactions, and comprised a variety of scales, from the small world of regional and inter-regional communities to the broader Mediterranean dynamics.


This session aims to address questions such as which are the various processes through which military campaigns and religious wars affected the urban landscape of these regions and their material production? Is there a difference in economic and artistic trends between “town” and “countryside” in the thirteenth-century wider Mediterranean? What observations can we make in regards to trade, diplomatic missions, artistic interaction and exchange of the regional, interregional and international contacts? How did these shape and transform cultural identities? How did different social, political and religious groups interact with each other?

This session welcomes papers focused on, but not limited to: the role played by economic activity and political power in thirteenth-century artistic production and the shaping of local and interregional identities; the production and consumption of artefacts and their meaning; the transformation of urban and rural landscapes; religious and domestic architecture and the relationship between the private and public use of space.


Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2017 to the session organizers: Katerina Ragkou ( and Maria Alessia Rossi (


Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.






Deadline: 30 September 2017 to:


The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.

The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage. We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.

Celebrate 2018 — the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage —by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism.


Topics for posters and papers may include:

  • the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
  • the Rule of Benedict and preaching
  • preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
  • monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
  • monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
  • preaching by and about nuns
  • de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
  • monasticism as treated in sermons
  • sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac, et alii)
  • preaching by and about hermits
  • monastic rules in and about preaching
  • monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
  • monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
  • monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
  • gender in monastic preaching
  • monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
  • monastic preaching in art
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
  • the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
  • and more!


Registration will commence in September 2017, but we are accepting abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) now.



Adele Curness

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

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Byzness 23/07/17



The Byzness, 23rd July 2017







International Conference in Bari, Italy, “Cultic graffiti across the Mediterranean and beyond” (27-29 September 2017)


Details can be found here:




“Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: between East and West”  the 2nd International Workshop of the ArtMedGIS Project to be held in Granada, 13 & 14 November 2017.

The aim of the 2nd International Workshop Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: between East and West is to establish an exchange opportunity to analyze the cultural legacy of Western Islamic societies and their interactions with the Oriental, Christian and Jewish ones from different and complementary perspectives. During the last years, an increased number of projects focused on the relations between East and West, Christianity and Islam or North Africa and Al-Andalus had emerged in the international scenario. In the context of these current research projects focusing on these topics, this 2nd International Workshop has been proposed, in the framework of the ArtMedGIS Project (MSCA – H2020, no 699818) and in collaboration with the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and the University of Granada, to achieve a double objective: to create a space for dialogue in order to share recent research results, as well as to establish new research networks integrated by experienced and young researchers thus allowing for the development of interdisciplinary research lines on the late Middle Ages.

Within this general framework, the main goal will be to analyze the Islamic cultural legacy in a comprehensive approach. Therefore, a call for papers is now open so that experts and young researchers from History of Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Archaeology, Philosophy, Music, History of Religions and other related fields may present their research works focused on the late medieval Mediterranean. According to

the territorial and chronological restrictions of the Mediterranean between 12th and 15th centuries, the main fields of study will be (but not limited to) those referring to the most outstanding Western Islamic societies and the Eastern ones which they had some kind of relation with during the late Middle Ages: the Banū Ḥammād in Algeria; the Fatimids in Egypt; the Almoravids and the Almohads in North Africa and Al-Andalus; the Banū Gānīyya in Balearic Islands; the Zenghids, Ayyubids and Mamluks in Eastern Mediterranean; the Hafsids in Tunis; the Seljukids and Ottomans in Turkey; the Merinids in the Maghreb and the Nasrids in Granada. Works on Mudéjar manifestations and Norman Sicily will be also accepted, due to their hybrid nature.

Applicants will be encouraged to approach the study of such societies from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as to answer to one or more of the following questions:
– What were the contributions of these Islamic societies to the Mediterranean world of the late Middle Ages?
– What kind of relations existed among these different Mediterranean societies?
– How can we measure the influence of the artistic and cultural panorama of the Western Islamic world in the remaining European context or the Eastern one?
– Are there any specific elements of these Islamic societies which were adopted by the Christian world? In which way?
– Are there any specific contributions of Western Islamic societies to the Eastern ones?
– Has the difference of religion been an obstacle to the cultural dialogue between East and West during the late Middle Ages? Or, on the contrary, can we find points in common within the cultural and artistic manifestations of this period between Christian and Islamic societies?

Please, submit your proposal with an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief biosketch (maximum of 10 lines) to Dr María MARCOS COBALEDA ( before the next 25th July 2017. The interventions will have duration of 20 minutes, in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.


Breaking Down Barriers: The Visual Culture of the Border in Late Antiquity

Session, College Art Association Annual Conference

Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018


Chairs: Laura Veneskey (Wake Forest University,
Sean V. Leatherbury (Bowling Green State University,


The visual culture of Late Antiquity (c. 200-700 CE), the period during which the polytheist Roman state transformed into Orthodox Byzantium, has often been considered in terms of large-scale developments within the empire, driven by shifting religious preferences and associated political, social, and cultural changes, or in terms of the relationship between center and periphery. However, while scholars of Byzantine and later medieval art have long been interested in artistic interactions across borders, between Byzantium and its neighbors, historians of late antique art have been less focused on the border’s role in defining, limiting, or diffusing artistic and architectural forms. In light of the contemporary rise of nationalism and growing anxiety over the permeability and permanence of borders, this session aims to investigate the role of the border in the art and architecture of the late antique Mediterranean and beyond. To what extent did borders act as barriers to the movement of people and ideas or instead facilitate artistic interaction between different populations? Did borders strengthen or weaken “national” artistic preferences and tastes? How did visual culture contribute to the formulation or performance of identity within contested areas or frontier zones? Did cultural boundaries operate in the same way as political ones? Papers in this session might consider the role of borders or frontiers in shaping artistic interaction in the Mediterranean region in the period; objects or buildings produced in border regions; artists, objects, raw materials, or ideas in motion; or artworks as diplomatic gifts.


Deadline: 14 August 2017


For submission guidelines, see: call-for-participation.pdf


Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages: 38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York City, March 17-18, 2018.  


Abstracts due Sept. 15, 2017


Dress was a primary expression of identity in the Middle Ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation.


This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages to explore the following or related issues:


  • The implications of being able to study medieval dress only in representation
  • The strategies that were served by dress, either embodied or in representation
  • The effects of cultural economic factors, such as cross-cultural contact and trade, commerce, and/or technology on dress and its uses
  • The development of the so-called ‘Western fashion system’ and the cultural changes which it inspired or reflected

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to, or by fax to 718-817-3987


Beyond the Ornament: Abstraction in Medieval Art, Case Western Reserve University

Deadline for submitting a proposal (up to 700 words) and a brief bio:
September 15, 2017
Notification of submission status: September 30, 2017
Submission of completed texts (around 6000 words): December 15, 2018

Scholars are invited to contribute essays to an anthology on medieval
manifestations of the abstract. Since Henri Focillon’s eloquent
meditation on la vie des formes, originally published in 1939, the
subject of abstraction in medieval art has been largely reduced to the
study of ornament and questions of style, with occasional forays into
the discussion of sacred geometry and exploration of the late Gothic
hard style. This collection, which conceives of the long Middle Ages
globally, seeks to re-open the question of medieval abstractions,
interrogating the term itself and asking about the ways it can be
fruitfully applied to pre-modern material culture. It is expected that
contributors will approach the concept of medieval abstraction from a
multitude of perspectives—formal, semiotic, iconographic, material,
phenomenological, epistemological. Scholars whose expertise lies in
Islamic, Byzantine, and Asian art are particularly encouraged to submit
a proposal.

Abstraction haunts medieval art, both withdrawing figuration and
suggesting elusive presence. How does it make or destroy meaning in the
process? Is it by detaching itself from matter and foregrounding the
figurative? Is it by dissolving the figurative into matter, by calling
attention to the surface and to its planar artifice? Do the figurative
and the abstract collapse upon each other? In what way does abstraction
represent or deny? In which way should we even approach this term? Does
abstraction suggest the failure of figuration, the faltering of
iconography, and can it truly escape the semiotics of color or form? To
what extent is abstraction beholden to the field of mathematics? To
other disciplines? Does medieval abstraction function because it is
imperfect, incomplete, and uncorrected—and therefore cognitively,
visually demanding? Just how closely are medieval abstraction and
vision connected, and to what extent is the abstract predicated on
theorization of the unrepresentable and imperceptible? Is there
something intrinsic about the connection between abstraction and the
divine?  How much can the abstract really comprehend and elide with the
aniconic? Does medieval abstraction pit aesthetics against, say,
liturgy, or does it enrich it, or frame it, or both? How, finally, does
it define its viewers, medieval and modern? These questions provide but
a starting point for the possible approaches to the volume’s theme.

Please direct all queries and submissions to


The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan

University, May 10-13, 2018.





As medievalists we place a premium on original-language research, and

yet in the classroom we habitually rely on translations. Today the

pedagogic side of this divide is undergoing revolutionary changes thanks

to the proliferation of translations in print and on the internet. This

new range of choices forces us to confront questions about the role of

translation in the classroom. To choose between, let’s say, a poetic

paraphrase and a literal prose rendering is to privilege one pedagogic

method over another.


It’s not that such questions have never crossed our minds before, but

they had less urgency when teachers had fewer alternatives. The pedagogy

is implicit, for example, when instructors single out key words in the

original for special explication, which has the advantage of putting our

training to good use. As a time-honored tactic the rhetorical move of

saying “let me tell you what this word really means” has the appeal,

for students, of gaining privileged access to inside knowledge, but at

the same moment it generates a shared suspicion because the translation

doesn’t convey what the original says.


This session has both a theoretical and practical focus. What is the

role of translation in the classroom? Is one kind of translation

preferable to others? How does the relation between original and

translation change from one discipline to another? From one genre to

another? Is there an advantage to showing the original along with the

translation even if students lack the competence to read it?


Details here:




Managing Editor, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML)

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week


The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML), published by Harvard University Press, launched in 2010 with the mission to offer major literary texts of medieval and Byzantine culture in literature, history, philosophy, and other realms of learning. The series has three aims: to make texts readily accessible in both content and price to a broad readership of English speakers, while also meeting the standards of experts; to equip non-specialist readers with the basic information needed to understand and appreciate the text; and to keep volumes in print for a long time. Each volume is bilingual, presenting a source text with an English translation on the facing page. General readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional scholars from within and without medieval and Byzantine studies are the target audience. DOML began with a focus on three languages: Byzantine Greek, Medieval Latin, and Old English. The series now numbers 49 volumes, and is poised to incorporate additional vernacular languages with a new subseries, Medieval Iberia. Working closely with the General Editor and the Subseries Editors, and with Harvard University Press, the Managing Editor will manage all aspects of the editorial and production process: create policies and style guides for the series, issue contracts, assign and oversee translations, set and enforce timelines, prepare the annual budget, organize annual board meetings, and plan outreach for the series, including through presentations and attendance at scholarly conferences. The Managing Editor will also train and supervise Harvard graduate students and undergraduate summer interns.


Qualifications Required

  • Advanced degree in Medieval Studies, Byzantine Studies, Classics, or related field.
  • Advanced language skills in Latin or Greek are required. • Familiarity with Dropbox, Asana, Word, and Excel is required.


Additional Qualifications

  • Candidates must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with specialization in Medieval Studies. Strict attention to detail, and excellent communication skills, are particularly important. To Apply The position remains open until filled. Please submit résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. =42929BR


Three Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies, KU Leuven Faculty of Arts – Faculty of Philosophy – Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies


In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, will launch an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is opening a call to hire a first group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.


Job description

The project will study one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus will be the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.

Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:

–    fellowship 1: the gradual development and multifaceted use of images, metaphors and comparisons taken from the world of the stadium to articulate ideals of perfection.

–    fellowship 2: the concept of the ladder (klimax / scala) reflecting the stages on the road to the ultimate goal(s) of life. A crucial text is John Climacus’ Scala, but pagan and Christian tradition before Climacus will also be studied.

–    fellowship 3: the theoretical foundations underlying the use of models as examples in striving for perfection (esp. typology and mimêsis).



The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and/or (late) ancient Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).

Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.



The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.

Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.


How to apply

Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to

Deadline for applying: 16 August 2017.

A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview in the first weeks of September.

Starting date: 1 October 2017 (or soon after).

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The Byzness, 25th June 2017







Byzantium Compared: First International Graduate Conference in Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh, Friday 22-Saturday 23 September 2017


The University of Edinburgh’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group is delighted to welcome applications for participation in its inaugural graduate conference in Byzantine Studies, to be held in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


The theme, ‘Byzantium Compared’, invites participants to evaluate the possibilities and pitfalls of the comparative approaches to the study of Byzantium, 4th-15th centuries. Byzantinists increasingly find themselves under pressure to set their research into a wider, often global context. ‘Globalising’ Byzantine Studies tends to involve focusing on one or both of connections and comparisons between Byzantium and its neighbours. This conference invites papers considering both approaches, though with a particular focus on the second.


Byzantium and the Slavic world; Byzantium and Islam; Byzantium and the West; Byzantium and cultures further afield, such as China: all of these comparisons have been, and continue to be made, often producing rich results. The approach, however, invites a range of questions: When is a comparison valid, and when is it not? Are two perspectives intrinsically better than one? Taking its lead from these questions, the purpose of this conference is to engage thoughtfully with the possibilities of comparative approaches to Byzantine Studies.


Papers may address one or several of the following themes, though this is of course by no means an exhaustive list:


Comparison across time in Byzantium

Comparison across space in Byzantium and/or in the wider Eastern Mediterranean

Comparison across discipline: e.g. Philology, History, Archaeology, Art History

Methodological concerns, theoretical frameworks

Insights into Byzantine Studies from outside disciplines: e.g. Anthropology, Political Science


Abstracts, of no more than 250 words, should be sent alongside a brief academic biography as a PDF to by midnight on Friday 14 July 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 21 July.


The Conference will form part of a varied series of events in Edinburgh over two days, with a workshop held on Saturday 23 September under the auspices of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network (BBPN), generously sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. The theme of this workshop is ‘Comparison in Collaboration’, bringing together a number of graduate students from universities across the UK to discuss the challenges and practicalities of comparative history, and encouraging the forging of informal, personal research networks. Participation in the conference, and attendance at the BBPN event are open to graduate students at any higher education institution, worldwide.



Othello’s Island 2018: 6th annual interdisciplinary conference on byzantine, medieval, renaissance and early modern art, literary, archaeological, historical and cultural studies, CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus, 25 to 27 March 2018



To be presented by Professor Henri Frances (American University of Beirut)


The Academic Board for Othello’s Island invites applications to present papers at the 6th edition of Othello’s Island. This will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in March 2018.


We are interested in hearing papers on diverse aspects of Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and early modern art, literature, history, society and other aspects of culture.


Our remit is broad, and so it is worth looking at the range of papers from past conferences to see that previous speakers have covered topics ranging from slavery in medieval Cyprus and Malta, to the impact of Italian Renaissance art on Cypriot Byzantine painting, and even discussion on the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. And Shakespeare, and his contemporaries, are important too, of course.


In the six years of its existence, Othello’s Island has developed a reputation as one of the most liberal-minded and friendly medieval and renaissance studies conferences in the world today, and it is also genuinely interdisciplinary. In part this is due to the relatively small size of the event, which generates a true sense of community during the conference.


Our location in Cyprus allows for visits to some stunning medieval museums and other sites, including the French gothic cathedrals of St Sophia in Nicosia, and St Nicholas in Famagusta, and we are housed in the centre of the medieval old town of Nicosia, with its narrow winding streets and impressive city walls and gate houses.


Deadline for submissions is 22 December 2017


For the full call for papers please visit


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ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) 2017, Vanderbilt University, October 19-20 2017


ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a annual workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.


The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged


The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.


On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.


In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.


Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson ( Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1, 2017.


5th International Scientific Symposium, ‘Days of Justinian I’, Skopje, November 17-18 2017


The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.


This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.


Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scopeaddressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.


Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:


The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

Slavic Ethnicity and identity:A reinterpretation

Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

Christianization of the Slavsand the concept of barbarism

Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19thand 20thcentury Balkans

The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

Languageand folklore

Music and liturgical practices

Heritage politics and the perception of the Past

Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection



First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

Please send the application form to the address:;

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

No participation fee is required.


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus, Second Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS), Nicosia, January 12-14 2018


Deadline for abstracts: September 1st, 2017


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Second Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.

Honorary President: Vassos Karageorghis, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus

Keynote Speaker: Holger Klein, Professor, Columbia University

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.


Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):


Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.

Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms:

Paper proposal:

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer.

Session proposal:

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2017. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.


A limited number of bursaries will be available, upon application, to assist graduate students’ travel and participation. Recipients will be selected on the merit of submitted abstracts along with financial considerations.

The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus.

For the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus and membership information please visit the society’s website:

For inquiries send email to:




Adele Curness

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

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Byzness 11/06/17


The Byzness, 11th June 2017


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OCBR Annual Lecture and Drinks Party, Tuesday 13th June, 5pm, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies


Warren Treadgold (National Endowment for the Humanities Professor for Byzantine History, St Louis University) will speak on ‘The Lost Books of Ammianus Marcellinus in Byzantine Historiography.


A poster for the event can be found here.




Adele Curness

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

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The Oxford Listings – Week 8



Trinity Term 2017
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Message from OUBS Committee

Dear all,

Please note that the full OUBS Committee for 2017-18 has now been elected:

President: Adele Curness

Secretary: Sydney Taylor

Treasurer: Constanta Burlacu

We extend our warmest thanks to the outgoing committee, Mirela and Hugh, for all their hard work this year, and can only hope to match their commitment and success in the year to come.

All best,

OUBS Committee, 2017-18

MONDAY 12 June

11:15   New Perspectives on Mediterranean History

Old Common Room, Balliol College

Stephen Davis (Yale)

At the periphery of texts, at the center of textual history: A study of Christian Arabic manuscripts at the monastery of the Syrians, Egypt

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Daniel Power (Swansea)


Remembering and forgetting the Anglo-Norman realm after 1204
TUESDAY​ 13 June

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Ine Jacobs (University College, Oxford)

Prosperity after disaster? The effects of the Gothic invasion in Athens and Corinth 


14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Corisande Fenwick (UCL)

Berbers and Borderlands: state formation and urbanisation in early medieval Morocco


Renata Holod (University of Pennsylvania)

How were the traces of their edifices erased?Archaeological/ethno-historical survey of Jerba, Tunisia


17:00 Patristics Seminar

Christ Church

Mark Clavier

Augustine, Cicero and the Late Antique Episcopacy 



17:00 OCBR Annual Lecture

Ioannou Centre

Warren Treadgold (St Louis University)

The Lost Books of Ammianus Marcellinus in Byzantine Historiography

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Arianna Gullo (Durham)

Working on the Greek Anthology 


17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Gabor Buzasi (ELTE, Budapest)

Emperor Julian’s theology of the Sun 


Monumentality across Media in the Late Antique East

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

9.30 Julia Burdajewicz (Warsaw): Late Antique wall-paintings from the basilica and residential district at Porphyreon (Jiyeh, Lebanon)

10.15 Ségolène de Pontbriand (Paris): Murals from Europos-Dura (Syria): recent discoveries

11.00–11.30 Tea

11.30 Sean Leatherbury (Oxford/Ohio): Multimediality in Late Antique Syria: Monumental Art Between Sculpture and Mosaics

12.15 Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie (Oxford): Weaving for Architecture: Late Antique Egyptian Hangings

1.00–2.00 Lunch

Please book a place by emailing:

17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Mark Laynesmith (Lambeth Palace, Archbishop’s Examination in Theology)

‘In the battle-line of Christ’, Gildas’ martyrs: Alban, Aaron and Julius



Adele Curness

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

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HERITAGE: Rebuilding the Future from the Past, Thursday, 8th June, 2017, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU


When: Thursday, 8th June 2017

Where: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU

Cost: Free, but booking essential (see below).




11.00 Registration, morning tea/coffee


11.20 Bill Finlayson (CBRL) Opening Remarks

11.30 Judith McKenzie (Manar al-Athar, Oxford) “The Built Environment and Identity”

12.00 Robert Bewley (EAMENA, Oxford) “Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East

and North Africa: Approach and Recent Results”

12.30 Edmund Herzig (Oriental Studies, Oxford) “Bactria/Balkh – Cultural Heritage

Research and Management in Afghanistan”


1.00-2.00 Lunch


2.00 Ross Burns (Monuments of Syria, Sydney) “Aleppo – a Reckoning”

2.30 Round table discussion


3.00-4.00 Afternoon tea/coffee, with book launch for Ross Burns’ Aleppo: A History

and Origins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman East


The event is free (with lunch), but please book:

or email:  (ph. 01865-610 236)


Organised by Judith McKenzie and Miranda Williams for the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL); and Oxford University’s Humanities Division, Manar al-Athar, Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA), and ERC project The Monumental Art of the Late Antique Christian and Early Islamic East.



“In the Garden of the Most Holy Mother of God. Rus’ and Athos: 1000 years of spiritual unity”, Sergei Shumilo, director of the International Institute of the Athonite Heritage, Thursday 8th June, 5PM, 1 Canterbury Road, OX2 6LU

Oxford University Orthodox Christian Student Society and

The International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine are delighted to invite you to their event:


“In the Garden of the Most Holy Mother of God. Rus’ and Athos: 1000 years of spiritual unity”

Speaker: Sergei Victorovich Shumilo, director of the International Institute of the Athonite Heritage and editor in chief of “The Athonite Heritage” (Kiev, Ukraine)


on Thursday, 8 June, at 5PM.

Venue: 1 Canterbury Road, OX2 6LU




– Documentary “One thousand years on Athos” (in Russian with English subtitles)


– An interactive lecture on the 1000 year old heritage of Russian monasticism on Mt Athos.


– Photo exhibition


– Presentation of publishing projects of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and the Institute of the Athonite Heritage dedicated to 1000 years of Russian monasticism on Mt Athos and heritage of St Paisius Velichkovsky and other native Saints.




HALF-DAY WORKSHOP: Monumentality across Media in the Late Antique East, Thursday 15 June 2017, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU


New Evidence for Late Antique Paintings in Lebanon and Syria

9.30 Julia Burdajewicz (Warsaw):

Late Antique wall-paintings from the basilica and residential district at Porphyreon (Jiyeh, Lebanon)

10.15 Ségolène de Pontbriand (Paris):

Murals from Europos-Dura (Syria): recent discoveries


11.00–11.30 Morning tea


Transmission of Imagery between Media in Monumental Art

11.30 Sean Leatherbury (Oxford/Ohio):

Multimediality in Late Antique Syria: Monumental Art Between Sculpture and Mosaics

12.15 Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie (Oxford),:

Weaving for Architecture: Late Antique Egyptian Hangings


This half-a-day workshop presents new evidence for late antique wall-painting from Lebanon and Syria, and explores the transmission of monumental art between different media.


Organised by Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie, in collaboration with the Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar, and sponsored by the ERC Advanced Project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East , directed by Judith McKenzie.


Attendance and refreshments, including lunch, are free, but please book a place . Please note: places are limited.




Documentary Screening and Lecture: 1000 years on Athos, Oxford, June 8th

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CFP: Understanding Hagiography and its Textual Tradition (Univ. of Lisbon, October 24-26, 2018)

Between the sixth and the eleventh century, passions, lives of saints, translations of relics, miracles and other hagiographical genres underwent a remarkable process of transmission and rewriting. This conference aims at producing a fresh look at the transmission and the evolution of these crucial pieces of the spiritual and cultural life in the early Middle Ages. It will explore manuscript and textual traditions and literary reshaping, both in the history of the hagiographic genre and in the evolutionary process of the specific texts, without overlooking their function as pieces of a cult or simply of edification.


Call for papers

The papers should focus on hagiographic texts (passions, lives of saints, translations of relics, miracles and other hagiographic pieces) produced between the sixth and the eleventh centuries, as well as on hagiographic books (passionaries, legendaries and other sorts of compilation) composed before the late eleventh century.


Main thematic lines

  • Transformation of the hagiographic text, both at the linguistic and at the literary level, generating new versions (by abbreviation, amplification or otherwise) · Textual history and manuscript tradition · Creation, evolution and transmission of passionaries, legendaries and other sorts of compilation.


Keynote speakers:

François Dolbeau, Guy Philippart, Carmen Codoñer, Monique Goullet, Paolo Chiesa, Rosalind Love, Mark Humphries, Patrick Henriet, Paulo Farmhouse Alberto



Paulo Farmhouse Alberto, Paolo Chiesa, Monique Goullet


Submitting papers

The papers should be 20 minutes in length and can be presented in English, French, Italian or Spanish. An abstract of ca. 200 words, including the name, institution and email, should be sent before May 30 2018 to: . Acceptance of the papers will be communicated until June 30, 2018. Website: .



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Oxford Listings – Week 7

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Trinity Term 2017
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17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Edel Bhreathnach (Dublin),

Sovereignty, religion and landscape: Irish ‘royal’ sites from prehistory to the Middle Ages.’


14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Ted Kaizer (University of Durham):

Oasis-polis: Tadmor-Palmyra as a Greek city (or not) in five episodes




14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Professor Antonio Almagro Gorbea (Granada, CSIC)

New (graphic) documents for the study of Almoravid and Almohad architecture




14:30 Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institue

Donald T. Ariel (Israel Antiquities Authority)

The Significance of the coin evidence from Judaea for Jewish history





17:00 Patristics Seminar

Christ Church

Elena Ene D-Vasilescu:

Generation in Gregory Nazianzen’s poem On the Son




17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Alexander Peplow (Merton)

The Carmina Burana and Papal-Imperial Conflict  





17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Georgi Parpulov (London-Oxford):

The Byzantine Text of the Greek New Testament




17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Roma Tre University):

Teaching Philosophy in the fourth century: Julian and the so-called “School of Pergamum”




2:45 Empires of Faith: Talking Religion: Discussing Religious Materiality

Ioannou Centre

2.45–3pm        Introduction

3–4pm             Panel: Man-made artefacts: from silverware to stucco

Chair: Professor Richard Gordon (University of Erfurt

3–3.20pm        Dr Richard Hobbs (British Museum)

3.20–3.40pm   Agnieszka Lic (University of Oxford)

3.40–4pm        Discussion

4–4.30pm        Coffee

4.30–5.30pm   Panel: Harnessing nature: water in religion and ritual

Chair: Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (British Museum)

4.30–4.50pm   Dr Eleanor Ghey (British Museum)

4.50–5.10pm   Eris Williams-Reed (University of Durham)

5.10–5.30pm   Discussion

Concluding remarks and general discussion:

5.30–6pm        Professor Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford)

6pm: Drinks reception

Registration not necessary, but expressions of interest are welcome

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11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Tassos Papacostas (KCL):

From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, once more: making sense of a multi-period rural church in Cyprus




17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Helena Hamerow (University of Oxford):

The circulation of garnets in the North Sea and Baltic zones, c.400–700



​FRIDAY ​9 June


There will be no Byzantine Literature Lecture and Byzantine Greek Reading Class this week.




17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Leslie Brubaker (Birmingham)

Mary at Daphni



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society




















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