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)
Cheirographa: Four Summer Lectures about Greek Manuscripts
- Monday 1 August
NIGEL WILSON The Rewards of Palaeography
- Tuesday 2 August
MARC LAUXTERMANN Byzantine Poetry: Collecting and Copying
- Wednesday 3 August
PETROS BOURAS-VALLIANATOS Byzantine Scientific Manuscripts
- Thursday 4 August
MARJOLIJNE JANSSEN Vernacular Texts and Editions
All welcome, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford
Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era
Symposium & workshop (call for papers closes 30 September 2016)
24-25 February 2017, University of Birmingham
This one day and a half conference combines 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, such as the Adriatic and Balkan regions, the major islands of Cyprus and Crete, and the regions surrounding the cities of Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mystras. This conference will explore the many intellectual implications that are encoded in the innovative artistic production of the Palaiologan Era often simplified by a rigid understanding of what is Byzantine and what is not.
Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on art and architecture history, material culture, visual aspects of palaeography and codicology, and gender studies.
For full details, download the Call for Papers.
Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2017
Closes August 31, 2017
he Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 24th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2017. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2017 IMC is “Otherness.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.
Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/23rd-international-medieval-congress/). The deadline for submission is August 31, 2016. Proposals should include:?
- 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
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 EU 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 (mjcbac(at)hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
Sacred and Secular in Life and Art
14-17 July 2016, St Gregory's House, Oxford
This event, dedicated to the memory of Philip Sherrard on the occasion of twenty years from his death, will focus on various aspects of the always interesting topic of the sacred in life and art. The workshop tackles questions related to the notion of the sacred in the 21st century, in life and art.
Late Antique Archaeology Conference: Environment and Society in the First Millennium A.D.
8 October 2016, The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE (inside the Royal Academy)
The time is ripe to place environmental issues at the heart of debates about Late Antiquity. Recently, a paper on the climate change during the age of Justinian, published in Nature, received coverage in all major American and European newspapers. This article is not an isolated case, yet mainstream late antique scholarship has not so far absorbed this work.
This conference will be a decisive step in making the late antique community aware of a whole range of environmental phenomena that affected Mediterranean and northern European societies at the end of Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. We will adopt a Mediterranean-wide approach and look at the period of Late Antiquity from a broader chronological perspective, that of the 1st millennium A.D. This time frame is critical to interpreting climate and vegetation data, which are most meaningful in a long-term context.
The conference itself has two aims. Firstly, it will present the rich pollen and scientific data available for the study of the first millennium AD in different regions. Secondly, it will develop and reinforce the environmental perspective on Late Antiquity. The focus on the whole Mediterranean (with its hinterland in Northern Europe) will correct a bias towards the East seen in recent studies on the environmental history of Late Antiquity. The conference will interest not only scholars of the 4th to 7th c., but also early medievalists and students of earlier Graeco-Roman Antiquity.
For full details, see the conference webpage.
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)
Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity
Workshop/Call for Papers closes 10 August 2016)
2-3 December 2016, Oslo, Norway
The aim of this Workshop is to bring together in Oslo scholars at an early career stage (PhD Candidates, postdocs or similar) for presenting papers on the encounter between Platonism and Christian thought in Late Antiquity.
The influence of Platonism on Early Christian thought is acknowledged to have been profound. Numerous studies have brought new knowledge both about Platonic ontology and ethics as well as on Christian metaphysics and anthropology, demonstrating how a number of Early Christian writers engaged with Platonism in their endeavours to deepen and systematize the Christian doctrine and faith.
For full details, see the event website.
Days of Justinian I
International conference/Call for Papers (closes 5 August/15 October 2016)
11-12 November 2016, Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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 “The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe”, commemorating 1100 years since the death of St. Clement of Ohrid. St. Clement’s missionary activity in Macedonia, grounded on the perseverance of the tradition of Constantine-Cyril and Methodius, demonstrates the complexity of the religious and cultural interactions and the profound impact of the missionary work. Consequently, the missions of Cyril and Methodius received almost no attention in Byzantine sources, while our knowledge of St. Clement’s work is originally based on Byzantine worldview. This notion is relevant both to Medieval and Contemporary times, implying the intricacies in the interpretation of the missionary initiatives and their importance in legitimizing the political and ideological projects. Aside from competing claims, the recurrent appropriation of the traditions arising from the illustrious missionaries from the Middle Ages left a fundamental legacy that transcends the national and cultural borders of Europe.
For full details, download the Call for Papers.
Natural Disasters, Sacred Time, and Eschatology in the Eastern Mediterranean
Call for Papers (closes 30 August 2016)
15-17 February 2017, New York, USA
The impact of the environment and the natural world on the human condition has incited a growing scholarly interest in recent years. This panel examines representations of natural disasters (fire, earthquakes, plagues, etc.) marking sacred time and asks how catastrophic events in the natural world structured the historical perception of sacred time. In many cultures, the eschaton or the end of time was a crucial moment in sacred time, intimately linked to destructive forces in the natural world. In Judaism, theophanies were often accompanied by frightening natural phenomena. In Middle Byzantine times, Last Judgment scenes began to incorporate a river of fire that leads to hell and opens up into a fiery abyss; while in Islam, the Day of Judgment would be announced by a massive upheaval of the natural order of the world, from cataclysmic earthquakes to the parting of the heavens.
The panel queries how the relationship between natural disaster and any moment in sacred time was visualized and materialized in artifacts, architecture, and the design of specific sites. Some of the questions may include how natural disasters triggered expectations of divine agency or the advent of the eschaton. How were these events imagined, represented, or even counteracted? Which natural sites were associated with events in sacred time, and how were they architecturally and ritually framed or represented visually across various media.
For further details, download the submission guidelines.
Hospes eram et collexistis me: Crisis and Migration in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe and Byzantium
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 16 September 2016)
4-5 November 2016, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Migration seems to be one of the unifying aspects of human societies: whether in one epic journey to a new homeland or in seasonal trips, whether in search of security or employment, people are often on the move. As we go, we bring objects, foods, diseases, and ideas; opportunities and crises follow. The theme of the Crisis and Migration colloquium is ‘migration’ writ large, incorporating the movement of people, objects, texts, and ideas. The colloquium focuses especially on movements prompted either by crises (e.g political collapse of the Roman or Byzantine Empire) or by boons (e.g. early Carolingian Empire). Were crises connected with large population movements? Was there any cultural flourishing and change brought on by the immigration of new groups? Did the trade and movement of relics and commercial objects remain prevalent during periods of crisis? The colloquium hopes to answer some of these questions, bringing into debate the impact of mobility throughout the period.
We would like to invite offers of twenty-minute papers on any aspect of mobility of people, ideas, and objects in the Late Antiquity and Early medieval period. Papers dealing with later periods addressing the topic will also be considered. Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to Grant Schrama at GS82(at)queensu.caGS82(at)queensu.ca by September 16th, 2016. Both established scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Questions and queries about the conference can be sent to the email above or to Eduardo Fabbro at eduardo.fabbro(at)utoronto.ca.
Possible topics are, among others: Demographics and migration patterns in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Relics and their movement between West and East,Settlement patterns between Western Europe and Byzantium, Transmission and translation of literary, scientific or medical texts, Importation of artistic techniques and motifs between West and East, Religious minorities and their migration patterns, Diasporas and refugees, Colonialism and the settlement of lands, Movement of armies and their impacts, Movement of coins, jewellery and other physical objects, Trade routes and trading commodities, Archaeological remains of moved objects.
From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture
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.
The International Byzantine Greek Summer School
18 July-12 August 2016, Trinity College, Dublin, Eire
The Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin is delighted to host the 2016 International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS). We are delighted to welcome this well-established and successful programme to Dublin, under the direction of Dr Anthony Hirst, building on fifteen years previously at the University of Birmingham (2012-15) and Queen’s University Belfast (2002-2011).
For full details, see the Summer School's webpage.
Cupis volitare per auras: Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World
International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 April 2016)
27-28 October 2016, University of Bari, Italy
Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce the International Postgraduate Conference whose theme is production, transmission and circulation of ancient literary and historical texts from Classical antiquity to the Byzantine and Medieval age.
For details, see the poster.
Monastic Journeys from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 April 2016)
17-19 November 2016, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Monastic journeys reveal the broad social functions of the monks in late antique and medieval societies. They show in what ways monasticism was regularly used to meet political needs. One may also consider the sacred geography and the holy places of power linked by those movements. Practical issues such as logistics, financing and distant accommodation may be addressed, as well as the role of monks in interreligious dialogue. The geographic frame is the wider Mediterranean and continental Europe. The period under consideration extends from the 4th to the 15th century.
For details, download the call for papers.
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.
“Cities, Territories and Identities” – 1st International Conference “Roman and Late Antique Thrace
7-10 October 2016, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (call for papers closes 31 May 2016)
The conference theme focuses on the cities of Thrace, their territories and the expressions of local identity in Roman and Late Antique times. We aim to bring together archaeologists, historians, numismatists, epigraphists, art historians, and scholars from any related fields, for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region. Contributors are invited to discuss all aspects of urban life in Roman and Late Antique Thrace. Relevant areas of research include, but are not limited to: settlement patterns, civic space planning, architecture, city economy, religion, festivals. Selected Proceedings of the conference will be published before the next edition of the event in autumn 2017.
For full details, see the website.
Mount Athos – the Light of the Orthodox Christianity: Interaction of Cultures
International conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 May 2016)
5-7 October 2016, Russian Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg
Acceptable topics as follows: Mount Athos art objects and historical treasures, Byzantine, Balkan and Medieval Russian Art and Culture, Artistic cross-contacts in the Christian World, Monastic Spiritual Traditions in Contemporary Christian Culture, Preservation and Research of the Christian Art objects.
For further details, download the Call for Papers.
The Forty-second Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 April 2016)
6-9 October 2016, Cornell University, NY, USA
The Forty-second Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, from Thursday evening, October 6th through Sunday afternoon, October 9th. For more information, please see the website: http://www.bsana.net.
John Chrysostom and Severian of Gabala: Homilists, Exegetes and Theologians
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 April 2016)
7-9 November 2016, Leuven, Belgium
For details, download the Call for Papers.
To see, to report, to persuade: Narrative and verisimilitude in Byzantium
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 December, 2015)
27-29 October 2016, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey
An increasing interest in narrative practices has in recent years led scholars within the field of Byzantine studies to explore the narrative techniques employed by the Byzantines. These explorations have, so far, focused on fictional texts or texts that employ fictional and semifictional strategies, such as novelistic and hagiographical narratives or 'novelistic' chronicles and poems, and they often take as their point of departure the shared rhetorical tradition that formed the basis of Byzantine education for more than a millennium.
In this conference we propose stepping away from defining a distinction between fictional and historical Byzantine texts, and instead to look at narrative as a literary form that allows authors to communicate their experience in a believable manner – whether the events they report are conceived of as truthful or not. The reality of fiction, or the relationship between fiction and reality, is accordingly not the focus of this conference. Rather, the various devices and techniques that enable the narration of events – whether fictional, historical, or documentary – appear to be persuasive and trustworthy. Briefly: we wish to take the concept of verisimilitude – cultural as well as generic – beyond the boundaries of fiction.
We therefore invite abstracts for papers that explore the use of various narrative practices in Byzantine texts from the perspective of authors and their contemporary audiences, as well as post-Byzantine readers. We define narrative broadly to include, in additional to traditionally narrative texts, epistolography, philosophy, rhetoric, commentaries and poetry. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the relationship of narrative production in Byzantium to the ‘real? How does the literary form affect the ‘truth’ of historiographical or documentary writing? How does any given narrative relate to the lived experience of the author or the lived experience of the reader – either a Byzantine reader or a modern one? Are narrative and experience opposed, complimentary, or intertwined? Where does persuasion shade into deception or falsehood, and is this a problem – for Byzantine authors or for Byzantinists? What are the limits of what can be regarded as narrative? We are, of course, happy to consider any further suggestions, especially those addressing methodological and theoretical concerns.
Please send a title of your paper and an abstract (max 300 words) to AnnaLinden Weller
(annalinden.weller(at)lingfil.uu.se) no later than December 31, 2015.
12th International Congress of Cretan Studies
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 November 2015)
21-26 September 2016, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The Congress will be held in the city of Heraklion from the 21st to the 25th of September 2016, and its proceedings will be divided into three main sections which correspond to the three long periods of Cretan history: a) the Prehistoric and Ancient Greek period, b) the Byzantine and Medieval period, and c) the Modern period (up to the late 20th century).
The selected thematic axis for all three sections of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies shall be mobility. Those interested in participating in the Congress are thus invited to address the theme in reference to Crete and insularity in historical perspective.
Full details are available on the conference website.
Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac Summer School 2016
10 July-6 August 2016
Dumbarton Oaks and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library announce a new four-week intensive introduction to Syriac language and paleography, July 10 to August 6, 2016. The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will include a long weekend in Washington, DC, to visit Dumbarton Oaks and other institutions in the area to learn more about their resources for Byzantine and Eastern Christian studies.
Approximately ten places will be available to doctoral students and recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac for their teaching and research. All costs apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul) will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, including the weekend in Washington, DC.
Mornings will be devoted to Syriac language instruction by Prof. Scott Johnson of the University of Oklahoma, with afternoons devoted to the study of digitized Syriac manuscripts with Dr. Adam McCollum of the University of Vienna (formerly Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts at HMML). There will be opportunities to use HMML’s collections, as well as to enjoy the campus of 2700 acres, with woods, lakes, and notable architecture. Further information, including instructions for applicants, can be found here.
The Arts of Editing: Past, Present and Future
Conference/Call for Papers (closes 15 January 2016)
17-19 August 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
For eight years the Ars edendi programme at Stockholm University, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, has functioned as a hub of textual editing, organizing seminars and workshops, inviting lecturers and guest researchers, and developing a network of textual scholars.
We invite proposals for papers on crucial methodological decisions, the impact editorial choices have on the reception of texts, as well as broader reflections on the responsibility of the editor as both an interpreter of texts and a mediator between cultures. Presenters will be asked to respect a 20-minute limit on their papers.
For details, see the full call for papers.
Byzantines and the Bible
Call for Papers (closes 30 September 2015) for 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, 22-27 August 2016
Recent scholarship has turned its attention to the role of the Bible in the Byzantine world, notably with two recent Dumbarton Oaks Colloquia on the Old and New Testaments respectively, but much remains to be done in bridging the gap between mainstream Byzantine studies and the activities surrounding the reading, studying and copying of the principal sacred text in Christianity. Following a successful and stimulating paper session organized within the European Association of Biblical Studies meeting in Cordoba (July 2015), we would like to continue to open a dialogue between Byzantinists and biblical scholars by proposing a broader thematic session at the International Conference.
Please send a title and short abstract (max. 3600 characters incl. spaces; no footnotes) of your proposed presentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers will be max. 15 mins long. We plan to publish the papers in a collected volume after peer-review. A financial contribution towards your attendance at the conference may become available.
For further details, download the full CfP.