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Reconsidering the concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palailogan Era

Workshop/Call for participants (closes 12 December 2016)

24-25 February 2017, University of Birmingham

This one day and a half conference combines in its structure a symposium and a workshop. The aim is to examine and contextualise the artistic and cultural production of the geopolitical centres that were controlled by or in contact with the late Byzantine Empire. The intent is to set the innovation of this production against the notion of decline and the narrative of decay frequently acknowledged for the Palaiologan Era; and to promote an understanding of transformation where previous cultural heritages were integrated into new socio-political orders.

On the second day, a workshop will be held. This is open to the speakers, the invited lecturers and to six MA students from United Kingdom universities. Each MA student will be invited to give a 10-minute power point presentation in an informal setting discussing one of the seven objects listed in the document with more information.

MA students need to choose two objects amongst the seven above and put together a 250 words text explaining why they chose these objects and how each of the two objects, in their entirety or focusing only on one detail, relates to the title of the conference. The organizers will select six MA students and assign to each of them one of the two objects they proposed to present. The MA students will be invited to give their presentations on the second day of the Symposium in an informal setting. The six presentations do not require original research, but rather are aimed at raising questions, discussing the objects, and providing an opportunity for scholars and students to discuss in a relaxed way the main topics of the Symposium and to further develop on the papers presented on the first day. Travel in the UK and accommodation will be covered for the MA students presenting at the workshop.

Proposed objects, the 250 words text and a short CV should be sent to Alessia Rossi and Andrea Mattiello by 12 December 2016. Selected students will be contacted by the 16 December 2016.

For the full list of objects and more information click here.


27th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC)

Call for Papers: 'Session 2: A Globalised Visual Culture? Towards a Geography of Late Antique Art' (closes 18 November 2016)

28-31 March 2017, University of Durham

Organisers: Fabio Guidetti (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Exzellenzcluster Topoi), Katharina Meinecke (Universität Wien, Institut für Klassische Archäologie)

Late Antique artefacts, and the images they carry, attest to a highly connected visual culture from ca. 300 to 800 C.E. On the one hand, the same decorative motifs and iconographies are found across various genres of visual and material culture, irrespective of social and economic differences among their users – for instance in mosaics, architectural decoration, and luxury arts (silver plate, textiles, ivories), as well as in objects of everyday use such as tableware, lamps, and pilgrim vessels. On the other hand, they are also spread in geographically distant regions. Decorative motifs of Roman (and later Byzantine) origin appear, mingled with local elements, far beyond the traditional borders of the classical world – in the Germanic West, Himyarite South Arabia, Sasanian Iran, and the Umayyad Empire. At the same time, foreign motifs, especially of Germanic and Sasanian origin, are attested in Roman territories. This combination of iconographies pertaining to different traditions in various cultural contexts created a veritable koiné of images, which was characteristic of the Late Roman and post-Roman world.

This panel wishes to investigate the reasons behind this appropriation of images in different cultural contexts across the Late Antique world. In a period characterised by increasing political fragmentation, acculturation to a dominating Roman/Byzantine Empire and enhanced connectivity cannot be the only explanations for this visual koiné. Why were these images attractive to patrons of so different geographical and cultural origins, and how were they transferred from one area into another? The aim of the panel is to seek new approaches to these questions and to develop a theoretical framework for further analysis. The contributors are encouraged to critically reflect on the adequacy of the proposed models, such as connectivity or transfer studies, in addressing the phenomenon of Late Antique visual koiné. Suggested topics include – but are not limited to – new theoretical approaches to the problem of a globalised Late Antique visual and material culture; possible modes of transfer – both within the Roman/Byzantine Empire and in cross-cultural perspective – that facilitated the geographical dissemination of iconographic motifs; case studies of certain groups of artefacts or iconographies attested in different regions and their archaeological contexts; case studies of certain geographical areas in regard to the overall topic of the highly connected visual culture of Late Antiquity.

Paper submissions should include the speaker’s name, title, institution, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Please indicate the session you wish to contribute to. If the session is oversubscribed, submitted papers will also be considered for the general session.

More details regarding TRAC Durham: www.trac.org.uk


Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds

The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 19th International Graduate Conference

24-25 February 2017, University of Oxford

Movement was the norm rather than the exception in the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds. Things travelled: ideas, religions, foods, materials, money, people. Whether it was a Christian bishop sent to convert the North Caucuses, a coin which found its way to Anglo-Saxon England, or a piece of column which only made its way down a local road, how scholars engage with and taxonomise this constant flux has been key to the way in which we conceptualise the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds.

Postgraduate scholars are encouraged to engage with and problematise the concepts of transmission and circulation, as well as to offer specific case studies of these phenomena surging or declining at any particular time. Papers might address any of the following, but all contributions, especially those engaging with the so-called ‘peripheries’, whether Eastern, Western, Southern or Northern, of the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds are strongly encouraged.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society(at)gmail.com by Friday, 18th November 2016. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English or French.

For further details, please download the full call for papers.


The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, Present and Future

Public Lecture

16 March 2017, Management Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, will speak on “The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, Present and Future”, tracing the history of the most important Greek communities of the Ottoman Empire and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during the transition to republican rule. He will also offer insights into more recent developments in Turkey and their impact on the long term future of the Greek Orthodox Community of Istanbul. The start time is 7pm and the lecture will be followed by a reception in the foyer of the Management Building. Attendance is free of charge but prior registration is required. Please email Dr George Vassiadis or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.


Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant 4th cent. BC – 7th cent. CE

Conference

10-11 July 2017, Oxford University

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Fourth International Conference on the Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant 4th cent. BC – 7th cent. AD, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 10th – 11th July 2017.

The conference will start on Monday 10th July at 9am, finishing on Tuesday 11th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.

If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. aram(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk

The participation form can be downloaded here.


Melkite Christianity/Eastern Mediterranean Byzantine Christianity

International conference/ Call for Papers (closes November 2016)

12-14 July 2017, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Sixth International Conference on "Melkite Christianity', or "Eastern Mediterranean Byzantine Christianity", 1st – 19th Centuries. The conference will start on Wednesday 12th July at 9am, finishing on Friday 14th July at 6:30pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our ARAM Society: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. aram(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk. For further details, download the registration form.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (Outside UK)



Concealment and Revelation in the Art of the Middle Ages

Conference/Call for Papers (closes30 April 2017)

22-24 September, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

The present conference aspires to explore the role of the concept and the act of concealment and revelation in the arts of the Latin West, Byzantium, Islam and Judaism in the course of the Middle Ages (defined chronologically as c. 500-c. 1500). Subjects to be broached include, but are not limited to, the use of curtains or veils in screening objects or spaces; the function of permeable screens (in a variety of materials and media) in structuring accessibility, whether physical, visual, aural or spiritual; the performative aspect of concealing and revealing in all its civic and private manifestations, and the issues of emotional manipulation thereby raised; the role of gesture and spatial motion in the performance of concealment and revelation; the hierarchy of sacred and secular space as the outcome of its compartmentalisation; and the representation of these practices in the pictorial arts.

The conference is planned as a three-day event, to take place at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, in 22-24 September 2017. Due to budgetary constraints, the speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses cannot be covered, but every effort will be made to secure conference rates at hotels near the conference venue. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit electronically a title and a 300-word abstract (in either English or Greek) for consideration by 30 April 2017. Please send all materials and address all queries to the conference convenors, Michalis Olympios (olympios.michalis@ucy.ac.cy) and Maria Parani (mparani(at)ucy.ac.cy).

For further details, download the full CfP.


The Journal of Modern Hellenism

Call for submissions

The Journal of Modern Hellenism is seeking submissions from emerging and established scholars on the history, language, and culture of Greece and the Greek Diaspora, from Middle Byzantium to the Modern Era.

Since 1984, the JMH has served as a forum for the promotion of scholarly work on the history, language, institutions, and culture of the Greek people from the Byzantine period to the present. In 2014, the journal moved online and is now hosted on an open access publication platform developed by the Public Knowledge Project. In 2016 the JMH renewed its editorial board and moved to a rolling publication model, which allows for a much shorter publication cycle than other academic journals. Articles are published online as soon as they complete the peer-review process.

The JMH is a joint publication of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Queens College, City University of New York, and the Hellenic Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento.

For more information about the JMH and its submission guidelines or to view current and past issues of the journal, please visit us: http://www.sfu.ca/snfchs/JMH.html


UCLA Third Annual Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies

Conference/Call for papers (closes 20 November 2016)

23 February 2017, UCLA, CA, USA

The department of Armenian Studies at UCLA is hosting its Third Annual Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies on February 23rd, 2015. Students have the opportunity to present their research relevant to Armenian Studies in a broad array of fields, including, but not limited to literature, history, art, science, sociology, politics, and much more.

Abstracts are due November 20th, 2016 by 11:59PM. If accepted, the participant will be invited to present their research at UCLA and will be considered for a $300 honorarium.

Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/PMPhLgdiZbJ7OrVC2

Facebook link: facebook.com/asa.colloquium


Iconoclasm and Iconophilia

Conference (call for papers closes 30 January 2017)

1-3 June 2017, Rijeka, Croatia

The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between art history, history, theology, philosophy, and cultural theory concerning the perception and definition of iconoclasm(s) in history. From the word that developed on the aggressive statements and actions against images (especially within the reference to the historical disputes in Christianity) the term has come to be applied to actions or movements that challenge apprized values and cultivated beliefs. It has been recently discussed beyond the cultural and temporal boundaries, as well as being a transformative force in cultural production. When approached it usually stands opposite to iconophilia and throughout the history the clash between two terms produced not only theoretical background but also production of works of art that shape our understanding of a particular period or religious group. We welcome academic papers that will approach these subjects in interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles.

For details, see the full Call for Papers.


Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for papers (closes 31 December 2016)

19-21 June 2017, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome. The deadline for proposals submissions is December 31.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Christopher Baswell, of Barnard College and Columbia University, and Bruce Campbell, of Queen's University, Belfast.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.

During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L'Engle (lengles@slu.edu) by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library's regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.

To submit a proposal, click here.


Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus: New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives

International Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 31 October 2016)

11-15 October 2017, Pafos, Cyprus

The main aim of this second scientific meeting, besides the presentation of new discoveries made by the archaeological missions currently working on the site, is to study the evolution of the city, as well as of that of other sites in Western Cyprus, from the Hellenistic period to Early Medieval times. The languages of the colloquium will be Greek and English.

For further details, download the Call for Papers.


IVth Forum Kunst des Mittelalters / Forum for Medieval Art

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 October 2016)

20-23 September 2017, Berlin & Brandenburg, Germany

Visit the website of the Forum for further details

Please send your paper proposals of max. 1 page to: mail(at)mittelalterkongress.de


5th Annual Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2016)

Officially entitled "Othello's Island", the conference is a truly multi-disciplinary event, looking at all aspects of the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern periods, including art, literature, history, culture etc. It takes place in Nicosia, Cyprus, next April (2017). The deadline for proposals is 31 December 2016.

Being located in Nicosia, our delegates also have an opportunity to explore the medieval sites of this fascinating city, from the stunning Byzantine Museum to the richly carved sculptures of the French gothic cathedral, and we will also be taking a trip out of town to visit other medieval and renaissance sites of beauty and interest in Cyprus.

The conference is held at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in the heart of Nicosia's medieval Old Town, and is organised as a collaboration between academics from CVAR, Northern Arizona University, Sheffield Hallam University, SOAS University of London, the University of Kent, and the University of Leeds. Our keynote speaker for 2017 will be Professor Patricia F. Brown (Princeton, USA).

For research students and early career academics, we are able to offer a limited amount of free accommodation for the duration of the conference to speakers aged 35 or under.

For further information, please visit the website: www.othellosisland.org


In Search of Crusader Art: Current Approaches and New Perspectives

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 October 2016)

20-23 September 2017, Berlin, Germany

The aim of this session is to reflect critically on the limitations of terminology, while addressing issues of artistic transmission across the fluid borderland of the Medieval Mediterranean. It will seek to expand the cultural dialogue between the various religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean, by examining how Islamic, Syrian and Jewish artistic traditions interacted with the Byzantine and Western paradigms. It will attempt to identify the varied forms of crusader art that have emerged in recent years and explore how this revised corpus of crusader material challenges accepted notions. Finally, it will inquire whether crusader art, as an essentially transcultural contact zone, acted as an agent of separation, communication, or convergence.

This session invites papers which re-evaluate traditional approaches to crusader art, artefacts and architecture and seek to re-examine the interplay between material culture, patrons and artists. Participants are expected to explore the artistic interaction between the different ethnic groups in the region and are encouraged to explore a novel approach in defining the notion of crusader art.

Paper proposals of max. 1 paper are due by 31 October 2016 for the session organized by Ioanna Christoforaki at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, to be held in Berlin (20-23 September 2017). Send proposals at mail(at)mittelalterkongress.de

For details, download the full Call for Papers


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus First Annual Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS)

Conference/Call for Papers (extended until 1 October 2016)

13-14 January 2017, Nicosia, Cyprus

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.

For full details, download the Call for Papers.


From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture

Conference

18-21 May 2017, Uppsala University, Sweden (CfP closes 30 September 2016)

If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to myrto.veikou(at)lingfil.uu.se by September 30, 2016.

The full call for papers can be found here.


Narrative exchanges between Byzantium and Armenia: contact, conflict, & connotation. A workshop for postgraduate and early-career scholars

16-17 March 2017, Uppsala University, Sweden (CfP closes 30 September 2016)

The shifting borderland between Byzantine and Armenian culture-complexes in Eastern Anatolia and the Armenian plateau was a site of contact and conflict, alliances made and discarded, cultural exchange and cultural imperialism. This two-day workshop will explore narratives of exchange and conflict between Byzantium and Armenia, broadly defined: narrative in its largest and most productive sense of telling stories; and 'Byzantium' and 'Armenia' encompassing the encounter in the frontier zone, the presence of Armenians in Byzantine society, the exchange of ideas, relics, language, and persons over cultural and cultic boundaries, and the perils and problems of annexation, imperialism(s), and survival.

Papers given at this workshop should explore the narrative process behind these moments of contact and conflict. Possible angles of approach might include: the enshrinement of memory (in historiography, relics, art); self-fashioning of Byzantine and Armenian 'border-crossers'; the process of translation; narratives of enmity or of conversion; nationalist narratives (their problems and their benefits); self-fashioning of modern 'Armenologists' and 'Byzantinologists' with reference to what we might gain from one another – amongst other topics.

Abstracts should be sent to AnnaLinden Weller (annalinden.weller(at)lingfil.uu.se) by September 30, 2016.


Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium

International Conference (Call for Papers closes 31 July 2016)

24-26 February 2017, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and architecture.

For full details, see the website.


Languages – Culture of Writing – Identities in Antiquity

15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

28 August-1 September 2017, Vienna, Austria (call for papers closes 30 April 2016)

Addressing this topic, two plenary sessions are dedicated to the relationship between the indigenous or local epigraphic cultures of the ancient Mediterranean area and the dominant respective Greek or Roman culture. The focus is on those regions and societies of the ancient world which have several languages and scripts existing simultaneously in their epigraphic culture. In a third plenary session outstanding new inscriptions will be presented. And finally the winners of the Géza Alföldy-scholarship (call and grant by the AIEGL) will present their papers in a fourth plenary session.
NB There will be a panel on Epigraphy of Late Antiquity and Byzantine age.

For details, download the full CfP.


Third “Parekbolai” Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology

16 December 2016, Athens, Greece (call for papers closes 30 June 2016)

The editorial board of the e-journal “Parekbolai” organizes the Journal's Third Symposium on Byzantine literature and philology at the University of Athens on Friday, December 16, 2016. The Symposium aims to bring together scholars working on various aspects of Byzantine texts, with a focus on Byzantine poetry (including hymnography). Specialists and Ph.D. candidates are invited to deliver a twenty-minute paper in Greek or English on a relevant topic. Prospective speakers are requested to submit a title and a short abstract to Theodora Antonopoulou or   Marina Loukaki by 30 June 2016.