Events

SPBS Events

Seminar Series at UK Universities

These are seminars run by UK universities which are open to all, including the interested public. They are not organised by the Society.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (UK)


Liberty: an Ancient Idea for the Contemporary World: a conference on the ancient notions of liberty and their relevance to the contemporary political discourse

5-6 June 2015, University College, London?

The event aims to investigate the ancient understandings of liberty in the interconnected societies of the Near East (including ancient Israel), Greece, and Rome as well as to establish the potential impact of the ancient intellectual world on contemporary political debates. It shall focus on the idea of liberty articulated in its constitutional, individual, and religious dimensions and aims to unearth rival? understandings of this concept and to explore key episodes in the history of liberty in these ancient societies. Our objective is to bring together scholars of the ancient world, anthropologists, political theorists, philosophers, and legal scholars to formulate the first synchronic account of the ancient notions of liberty, from the Ancient Near East (including ancient Israel) to Greece, Rome, and Byzantium in order to identify rival intellectual understandings of this value and bring intellectual clarity to the conceptualisations of liberty in contemporary political discourse.

Attendance is free. However, please register for the event online.

Full programme is available for download.


The Byzantine Republic: a Round-Table Discussion with Benet Salway, Dennis Stathakopoulos, and Anthony Kaldellis

4 June 2015, 6pm, Department of Greek and Latin, Room 106, University College London

In a revolutionary new book, Anthony Kaldellis reconnects Byzantium to its Roman roots, arguing that from the fifth to the twelfth centuries CE the Eastern Roman Empire was essentially a republic, with power exercised on behalf of the people and sometimes by them too. The Byzantine Republic recovers for the historical record a less autocratic, more populist Byzantium whose Greek-speaking citizens considered themselves as fully Roman as their Latin-speaking “ancestors.”

Kaldellis shows that the idea of Byzantium as a rigid imperial theocracy is a misleading construct of Western historians since the Enlightenment. With court proclamations often draped in Christian rhetoric, the notion of divine kingship emerged as a way to disguise the inherent vulnerability of each regime. The legitimacy of the emperors was not predicated on an absolute right to the throne but on the popularity of individual emperors, whose grip on power was tenuous despite the stability of the imperial institution itself. Kaldellis examines the overlooked Byzantine concept of the polity, along with the complex relationship of emperors to the law and the ways they bolstered their popular acceptance and avoided challenges. The rebellions that periodically rocked the empire were not aberrations, he shows, but an essential part of the functioning of the republican monarchy.


Oxford Patristic & Byzantine Study Week

3-8 July 2015, Wolfson College, Oxford

The aim of this study week is to explore the convergence between Patristic & Byzantine Studies in modern scholarship. It comprises lectures by eminent personalities in the fields of Patristic, Byzantine and Syriac Studies, seminars / reading classes, discussions, guided tours in Oxford colleges and libraries, cultural events and dialogues between artists, scholars and the wider public on sacred art, history and spirituality.

For full programme and registration, see the website.


Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion

Postgraduate Colloquium

30 May 2015, University of Birmingham

The full conference programme is available for download. Attendence must be registered by 13 May, please use the form here.


Diogenes

Journal Call for Papers (closes 1 August 2015)

The editorial team is proud to announce a Call for Papers for the fourth issue, to be published in October 2015. We look forward to receiving contributions in English by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies in the UK and abroad.

For details, download the full call for papers.


Magic and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 25 May 2015)

21 July 2015, Cardiff University

An understanding of magic and the supernatural is crucial to the study of the medieval and early modern periods. Magic was a part ot everyday lite, ingrained into the cultural world view and popular imagination. It was also elusive, encompassing a plurality of meanings and terms that permeated every level of society and resulted in a wide range of practices, trom those based on folkloric beliefs to quasi-religious rituals. As a means of understanding and attempting to control the social, spiritual, and natural world, it could be both a comfort and a threat to established norms.

For full details, download the poster.


Experiencing Death in Byzantium

29 May 2015, Newcastle University

This single day conference will consider the extent to which we can approach the individual experiences surrounding death in Byzantium and the relevance they have for our knowledge of Byzantine self-understanding. How can we approach experiences that played tangible social roles and yet were so irreducible to literal language and meaning that they remained couched in the language of allegory? To what extent were shared experiences and understandings of death and dying orchestrated for individuals? Can remaining physical and textual evidence reveal such intended experiences to us? This conference seeks to access the personal and contingent experiences surrounding death and dying in Middle Byzantine mortuary practices.

For further information and to register, please visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/conferences/ExperiencingDeathinByzantium.htm


Byzantine Greek Summer School 2015

26 July - 23 August 2015, University of Birmingham

The Byzantine Greek Summer School offers courses in medieval Greek language at three levels:

  • Level 1 Beginners (26 July - 9 August);
  • Level 2 Intermediate (9 - 23 August);
  • Level 3 Advanced Reading (9 - 23 August).

For full details, including details on fees and available funding, see the Summer School's webpage.

If applying for funding, applications must be received by 13 April or by 18 May for all other applications.


London International Palaeography Summer School

Summer school

15-19 June 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Courses on Greek and Latin palaeography are available.

For further details, visit the school's website or download the poster.


Viva la differenza? Italian towns in the early middle ages, 500-1100, a conference to mark the retirement of Dr Tom Brown, 29th-30th May 2015

Conference

29-30 May 2015, University of Edinburgh

Dr Tom Brown, well-known for his scholarly work on early medieval Ravenna, will be retiring from the History subject area in the summer of 2015.

This conference marks Dr Brown’s wide contribution to the study of early medieval Europe, as well as his three decades of service as a Lecturer in History at Edinburgh.

For full details and booking, see the conference webpage.


'Environments' Postgraduate Conference 2015- 'Landscapes and the mind'

Postgraduate conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 March 2015)

19 June 2015, Goldsmiths, University of London

From antiquity to the digital age, many writers, artists and theoreticians have explored the connections between landscapes, society, and self. In the context of this conference, environments can represent places affected as a result of human activity or consciousness. Submissions might engage with texts dealing with a myriad of environments including cityscapes, human habitats, and wild and imagined spaces.

We warmly welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from all postgraduate students by the 31st March 2015 to be sent to environments2015(at)gold.ac.uk. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include details of your current level of study and home institution. For creative readings, please send a short example of your work.

For further details, download the full call for papers.


The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal?

Conference session at Leeds IMC

9 July 2015, University of Leeds

Three linked sessions on Late Byzantium, taking place at Leeds IMC (6-9 July 2015). For details, download the poster.


The Senses and Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 10 April 2015)

8-9 June 2015, University of Bristol

This conference will explore the complex relationship between the visual and the sensory in contemporary theory and ancient practice. It will investigate the ways that art, from icons to illuminated manuscripts, music to architecture, and poetry to theatre, acted as a space for thinking about sensory experience, and for representing sensory ideas and theories. It will bring together scholars from a range of fields, including Classics and Ancient History, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Musicology, Museum Studies and the History of Art, to explore these questions in the context of different historical periods and cultures, and in terms of politics, religion, philosophy, and society in the pre-Modern era.

For full CfP and conference details, see the website.


Parenthood and Childhood in the Middle Ages

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 12 April 2015)

8-9 October 2015, University of Edinburgh

In recent years, scholars from a range of disciplines have considered how concepts such as ‘family’ and ‘the home’ can be used to understand and explore the wider structures of medieval society. This two day interdisciplinary conference will bring together researchers from across the Humanities, in order to consider these approaches and to identify new avenues for the study of family life in the medieval world.

We invite prospective speakers to submit proposals of for no more no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers, along with their paper title and affiliation to: rachel.delman@univ.ox.ac.uk & phoebe.linton(at)ed.ac.uk by 12th April 2015. We encourage proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. A limited number of grants will be available to support the travel costs of accepted speakers.

For further details, download the full CfP.


Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean

Conference

13 July-15 July 2015, University of Lincoln

The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean. For further details, including programme, see the conference website. Registration is now open.


The Apocalyptic Imagination

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 April 2015)

7-9 July, Gladstone's Library, Flintshire CH5 3DF

Since the formation of the New Testament canon, the Apocalypse has occupied a curious and often liminal place in literary and cultural history. The canonicity of the Book of Revelation has been disputed often and by some of Christianity’s most influential figures. Yet the Apocalypse has also been regarded as the ending that gives shape and purpose to biblical metanarrative and to history. It remains central to Christian eschatology, though its proper interpretation is contested vigorously. For much modern literary criticism – perhaps most notably Frank Kermode’s seminal study The Sense of an Ending (1967) – the Apocalypse has been read as a model for the end-directed orientation of secular as well as religious narrative. Yet for many critics this literary ‘sense of an ending’ can be little more than a consoling fiction; for others, it is an artificial closure imposed upon the endlessly open processes of reading and interpretation.

This conference brings together scholars across a range of literatures and critical perspectives in order to explore the place of and approaches to the apocalyptic tradition in contemporary criticism. Does the ‘sense of an ending’ remain an appropriate framework for our reading of apocalyptic texts? In what ways might modern criticism read and respond to the apocalyptic writings of earlier literary periods? What have notions of apocalypse come to mean for the secular – or post-secular – imagination, particularly in the contexts of genocide, nuclear threat, global terrorism and environmental catastrophe? The biblical Apocalypse concludes with a vision of a ‘new heaven and a new earth’. If our contemporary apocalypse has become the ‘end of history’, does it also retain its imaginative aspiration to ‘make all things new’?

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes focusing upon literatures of any period(s). We welcome interdisciplinary approaches from scholars working in fields including – but by no means limited to – politics, philosophy, theology, film studies, history and art. Possible topics might include:
· Literary responses to and/or rewritings of the Book of Revelation and other biblical apocalyptic texts
· Apocalypse and eschatology
· Relationships between apocalyptic literatures and political theory/theology
· Apocalyptic literatures and the ‘end of history’
· Apocalypse and literary theory
· Apocalypse and catastrophe (e.g. environmental, nuclear, humanitarian, etc.)
· Versions of apocalypse in Gothic, Science Fiction and Fantasy literatures
· Endings, interpretation and (re)reading

Proposals of approximately 250 words should be emailed to the conference organisers: Matthew Bradley (matthew.bradley(at)liverpool.ac.uk) and Simon Marsden (s.j.marsden(at)liverpool.ac.uk).


Darkness and Illumination: the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 17 April 2015)

15-17 July 2015, Durham University

This year’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association conference will focus upon aspects of knowledge, learning, and control over information in the medieval and early modern periods and in doing so broaden perspectives not just about how people perceived their world, but also how they interpreted the past and the idea of progress.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral students are welcome to apply for presentations. In addition to the panels, the conference will offer two keynote addresses (TBA). Tours of Durham Cathedral and Castle as well as a visit to Durham Museum and Heritage Centre are scheduled for any interested delegates.

For full details, download the poster or visit the conference website.


Local Connections in the Literature of Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 March 2015)

1-2 July 2015, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

This conference, on the topic of ‘local connections’, will explore the place of literature in the shifting geography of late antiquity. The transfer of imperial power away from Rome and the founding of Constantinople in the early fourth century had a profound effect on the literary culture of the ancient Mediterranean. In the west, this is the era in which ‘Roman’ literature can be seen to become ‘Latin’ literature, as authors and readers spread out from the capital to form regional literary communities in other parts of Italy, Gaul, Spain, and Africa. Greek literature had been produced in these sorts of local contexts for a much longer period of time, but in the east as well, new centres of literary activity were emerging in late antiquity. Papers will therefore examine the ways in which local landscapes and communities are represented in late antique literary texts.

Other questions to address might include: how distinctive are the various regional literatures of the world of late antiquity, and what kinds of relationships existed between them? In what ways did later Latin and Greek authors shape the dialogue between local identities and international institutions, such as the Roman Empire or the Christian Church? What was the role of late antique texts in the formation of modern European literatures, and how have local considerations influenced their reception in other periods?

If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the steering committee by March 1, 2015: Scott McGill (smcgill(at)rice.edu), Joseph Pucci (Joseph_Pucci(at)brown.edu), and David Bright (dbright(at)emory.edu). Papers should be no longer than thirty minutes in length.

Thanks to the generosity of the Oxford Faculty of Classics and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, lunch, refreshments, and a closing banquet will be provided for conference speakers. Other meals, as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. Please send queriesabout conference particulars to Ian Fielding (ian.fielding(at)classics.ox.ac.uk). General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee.


Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 January 2015)

29-31 May 2015, University of York

We invite abstracts up to 250 words to be submitted by the 15th of January 2015 which deal with the broad theme of ‘Place and Space’ in the medieval world as addressed in Art History, History, Literature, Archaeology, Museology, Theology, Philosophy and other related disciplines.

See the full Call for Papers for details.


Leeds International Medieval Conference 2015

Conference

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

The IMC is the largest medieval history conference in Europe and Byzantinists usually have a strong presence. For full details, see the IMC website.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)



Summer 2015 Courses at Notre Dame

Summer school

June-July 2015, Notre Dame, IN, USA

Courses listed below are being offered in Summer 2015. Other departments (e.g., Theology, Philosophy) may offer courses of interest to summer session students. Please consult the Summer Session web site for a complete list of all the summer courses offered at Notre Dame.

MI 40004/MI 60004 Medieval Latin

MI 40005/MI 60005 Latin Paleography: Reading the Medieval Digital Book

MI 40589/MI 60589 The Troubadours and the Medieval Occitan Literary Tradition

MI 60693 Patristic and Byzantine Greek


Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine

Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 1 September 2015)

10-11 June 2016, Paris

Ce colloque, qui porte sur une longue période allant des premiers textes en grec jusqu’à la chute de l’empire romain d’Orient, sera l'occasion de réfléchir aux différentes manières de dire la ville dans le temps. On pourra suivre l'aventure des mots et de leur sens en prêtant attention à la fréquence de leur usage et aux réalités qu'ils recouvrent, selon les contextes, dans un champ lexical ou un champ sémantique particuliers. Peut-on montrer que la naissance du mot atteste la prise de conscience de la chose ? Les changements de mots sont-ils le reflet des changements de choses ? Plus largement, la transformation du langage sur la ville résulte-t-elle de l'évolution spontanée d'un usage liée aux mutations d'une société ou d'une volonté délibérée de catégoriser différemment une même réalité urbaine à travers le temps ?

Les communications, d'une durée de 20 minutes, en français ou en anglais, pourront porter sur tous les territoires hellénophones, des premiers textes grecs à la chute de Constantinople. On prendra en compte toutes les sources textuelles, quels qu'en soient le support et la nature, sans négliger les textes juridiques et techniques. On pourra recourir ponctuellement aux vestiges architecturaux et aux sources iconographiques. Si cet appel à  communication retient votre attention, veuillez nous proposer un titre provisoire ainsi qu'un résumé de 10 à 20 lignes avant le 1er septembre 2015.

For further details, download the full CfP.


Piroska and the Pantokrator: Dynastic Memory, Healing and Salvation in Komnenian Constantinople

International Conference

3 June 2015, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

For further details, including full programme, see the webpage.


Othello's Island 2016

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 4 January 2016)

17-20 March 2016, CVAR Nicosia, Cyprus

Othello’s Island is an annual conference, now in its fourth year, examining the history, culture, art and literature of the medieval and renaissance periods from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Located at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the conference attracts academics and researchers from all over the world in a co-operative and constructive environment that has rapidly developed the reputation as one of the friendliest academic conferences in town. It is also seen as encouraging a genuine interdisciplinary approach as there is no streaming of different subjects and at recent events this has led to some astonishing connections between different subject areas.

We welcome researchers into art, literature, cultural, political and social history, and other topics to submit proposals for papers, which should be delivered in English and be twenty minutes in length. As we are located in Cyprus many papers make connections with Cyprus, the Levant or the wider Mediterranean, but we are interested in all aspects of the medieval and renaissance world and so this is not a requirement.

For full details, see the website.


Imbas 2015: Perspectives of the World in the Late Antique & Medieval Period

Postgraduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 18 September 2015)

20-22 November 2015, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland

Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway. The conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and to discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary setting. The 2015 Imbas committee is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2015 conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Perspectives of the World in the Late Antique & Medieval Period’, and it will run from the 20th to 22nd November at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. The keynote speaker this year will be Prof. Michael Clarke, NUI Galway.

Imbas accepts papers from all disciplines, with a focus on any topic from Late Antiquity to the end of the medieval period. Interested postgraduates are invited to submit a title and abstract of 250 words, for a research paper of 20 minutes, to the Imbas committee at imbasnuig(at)gmail.com by the 18th September, 2015.

For more information see our website http://www.nuigalway.ie/imbas/ or our CFP on the FMRSI website in the link below. https://fmrsi.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/cfp-imbas-graduate-conference-in-medieval-studies-nui-galway/


Georgian Manuscripts Summer School 2015

14-23 July 2015, National Centre of Manuscripts, Tbilisi, Georgia

This program is intended for foreign researchers and students interested in Georgian history and culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage, and a general interest in medieval studies.

To find out more, download the info sheet, program, and application form.

The Centre's website can be found at www.manuscript.ge


Imbros Summer School

Applications by 15 June

19 July-31 August 2015, Imbros, Turkey

The school offers intensive courses in Byzantine and Modern Greek and Ottoman Turkish. For full details and applications, visit the website.


Sapiens Ubique Civis III

Graduate conference/call for papers (closes 7 June 2015)

26-29 August 2015, University of Szeged, Hungary

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International PhD Student Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis III – Szeged 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome. The language of the conference is English.

For full details, download the cfp.


Istanbul: history, monuments, urban life

Summer school

20 June-2 August 2016, Bogaziçi University and Columbia University

For details, see the poster.


Messors: Byzantine Art Restoration and Site Preservation workshops

11-28 June 2015: Art Restoration Workshop Fresco & Canvas

24 July-4 August 2015: Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project

Puglia, Italy

Messors is a series of hands-on educational workshops regarding the preservation of cultural heritage and Byzantine sites in Puglia region, Italy. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to learn about the history of the region, learn about conservative methods and techniques, while contributing to the conservation of the rich art heritage of Southern Italy.

For full details, see the website.


OTSA Conference 2015: Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 March 2015)

26-27 June 2015, Fordham University, Manhattan, NY, USA

The Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), in coordination with the Orthodox Christian
Studies Center of Fordham University, is seeking proposals for papers and posters for a June 26-27, 2015 conference to be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, NY.

For further details, download the full CfP.


2015 Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 April 2015)

22-25 October, New York City, NY, USA

The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by the current BSANA officers.

Proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies are welcomed.

For further details, download the CfP.


Istanbul Through the Ages

Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar by Koç University GSSSH & RCAC

29 June - 21 July 2015

Being the center of magnificent empires through time, ?stanbul is calling you to discover its rich cultural heritage by following the footmarks of saints, sultans and angels in this enriching summer seminar. Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations is excited to invite you to have a taste of Istanbul with its intellectual, in-depth program developed by world renowned Ottoman and Byzantine academicians.

For details, see the website.


Cappadocia in Context

Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC

11-26 June 2015 (applications by 15 April 2015)

Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia? Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.

The program will start up in Istanbul, ancient capital of Byzantium, with lectures and field trips lead by program faculty and Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities students. After first three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia. Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.

Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips. A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!

In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

For full details, see the website.


Ideology, Knowledge, and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean

International Graduate Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

4-6 June 2015, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming graduate student conference hosted by Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University. The conference will run from June 4 to June 6, 2015. The workshop intends to provide a forum for graduate students specializing in any discipline related to the study of the eastern Mediterranean from antiquity to early modernity to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

For full details, see the conference website.


Ontology and History: A Challenging and Auspicious Dialogue for Philosophy and Theology

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

29-31 May 2015, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Delphi, Greece

This conference will attempt to explore the relationship between ontology and history in the context of both philosophical enquiry and Christian theology. Ontology is the study of being qua being, a field that is typically viewed as distinguishable from––if not also antithetical to––history. However, while the study of being (insofar as it exists) and history may seem unrelated, there is either an explicit or implicit interaction between the two in a number of philosophical traditions; when not explicitly articulated, this implicit interaction emerges as a philosophical problem. And while this is particularly true for various forms of philosophical idealism (e.g. German idealism) and the historicisation of idealism, it emerges as a core problem in the context of Christian theology and its eschatological promise. If the true state of being and beings resides in an eschatological future, not in the present or a distant past (as masterfully expounded by Maximus the Confessor), and if this true state of being and beings is yet to be witnessed, then temporality in general and history in particular become a vital part of ontology proper. This bears immense implications for the philosophical enquiry into ecclesial witness.

For full details and call for papers, see the conference website.


Identities: Language and Literature

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 29 March 2015)

9-11 October 2015 Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece

The conference is open to contributions from diverse disciplines and invites scholars from various fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference aims both at promoting cooperation among colleagues from diverse fields of study and teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences at an international level and offering colleagues from other institutions an opportunity to find out more about the Department of Greek at Democritus University of Thrace and the region of Thrace in general.

For full details, see the conference website or download the full CFP.


Icons & Iconology

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 February 2015)

1-4 June 2015, University of Rijeka, Croatia & 11-13 June 2015, Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA, USA

This two-part conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways we can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology. It is also our objective to offer an insight into the development of iconographic studies and related disciplines, and to reflect upon their future development in the broader context of the humanities.

For further details, download the CfP or visit the website.


Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library

Summer School

30 June - 29 July 2015, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece

See the school's website for full details. Applications must be received by 15 January 2015. There is a $25 application fee but full scholarships are available.


Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography

Workshop/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

16-18 September 2015, Ghent University, Belgium

The research group Late Antique historiography at Ghent University is organising a workshop on historiography and intercultural exchanges in Late Antiquity (300-800 AD), on 16-18 September 2015.
The workshop aims at engaging affirmed scholars as well as young researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion over cross-cultural contacts in Late Antiquity and their impact on the historiographical production in different languages, Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Georgian, Arabic.

500 word proposals for papers of 25 minutes are welcomed, to be submitted before 31 December 2014 to Panagiotis Manafis. Participants are asked to read the position paper posted on the website http://www.late-antique-historiography.ugent.be/conferences.


Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean

International Conference

3-6 June 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus

For further information, see the conference website.


The door of the sanctuary: a place of transition

International Conference/Call for Papers

27-29 May 2015, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Members from faculties, independent researchers and graduate students (PhD) are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief biography and a list of publications to e.m.van.opstall@vu.nl, with as an e?mail title ‘The Door of the Sanctuary’. Closing date: October 15th 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15th, 2014. Download the full call for papers.


Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

15-17 June 2015, Saint Louis University, Missouri (USA)

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2015) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu