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Ecclesiastical History Society Postgraduate Colloquium

Colloquium/Call for papers (deadline: 16 February 2018)

Newman University, Birmingham

The Ecclesiastical History Society warmly invites research students working on any aspect of ecclesiastical history from late antiquity to the twenty-first century to present twenty-minute papers on their work at an informal day colloquium at Newman University, Birmingham.

To register, and for further enquiries, contact Chris Langley (Christopher.langley(at)newman.ac.uk) or Tom Hunt (t.hunt(at)newman.ac.uk).

Titles and abstracts of around 100 words should be submitted by Friday 16 February 2018. The colloquium will include thematic parallel sessions, in addition to workshops on career advice for ECRs and an opportunity to reflect on the ethical implications of studying religious history.


The Sacral and the Secular: Early Medieval Political Theology

Conference/Call for papers (deadline: 15 January 2018)

28 June 2018, Churchill College, Cambridge

Ever since Ernst Kantorowicz popularised the term ‘political theology’ in the 1950s, scholars have known that the political and religious thought of the early Middle Ages cannot be separated. But since the 1990s there has been a resurgence of interest in this field. The traditional focus on sacral kingship has been replaced by an awareness of the early Middle Ages as a world of debate and contestation where a wide variety of political theologies existed. This one-day conference will explore the latest thinking on early medieval political theology, with particular attention to the idea of the secular during the period.

For details, see https://earlymedievalpoliticaltheology.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/


Jonathan Riley-Smith: His Career and Academic Legacy

Conference

9 December 2017, Insitute of Historical Research, Senate House, London

Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith (1938-2016) was one of the world’s foremost historians of the crusades. His prolific published output (including What were the Crusades? The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades), along with his fluency and charisma as a teacher and a communicator had an immense impact upon generations of academics, students and media audiences. This event, organised by his former doctoral students, marks both his academic legacy and also casts forwards to discuss some of the work that his ideas are generating. 

For full details, see www.history.ac.uk/events/event/14865


Ex Historia journal

Call for submissions (deadline: 15 December 2017/8 January 2018)

From the Roman and Babylonian empires of the ancient world; the mediaeval and early-modern Mughal and Ottoman empires; and the European colonial empires stretching into the twentieth century: it is clear that the temporal and geographical multiplicity of empires offers an opportunity to bring together an incredibly diverse range of historical case studies. The history of empire is an incredibly vibrant arena of current historical enquiry, incorporating a vast range of historiographic concepts and approaches. The tenth edition of Ex Historia, taking a broad approach to empire, seeks to bring together articles which will reflect the diversity of the history and historiography of this topic. Our choice of empire as a special theme reflects the expertise in Imperial and Global History in Exeter’s History Department, and we are particularly keen for submissions which incorporate imperial research with our other main specialisms: Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Medical History; Maritime History; and War, State and Society.

For details, download the full call for articles.


Drawing on the Past: the pre-modern world in comics

Conference/Call for papers (deadline: 22 December 2017)

10-11 September 2018, Senate House, London

We invite abstracts for papers, posters and interactive workshops on any aspect of comics set in the pre-modern world to be presented at a two-day conference at Senate House in London on 10-11th September 2018.

Our brief has a broad chronological and geographical scope, from the Bronze Age onwards, including but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Ancient Norse, Mesoamerica etc. The concept of comics itself is similarly broadly interpreted, covering different traditions including but not limited to the American graphic novel, the Franco-Belgian tradition, and Japanese manga. Contributions may focus on series as well as on individual episodes, including those from series that do not consistently engage with the pre-modern world.

For full details, see https://drawingonthepast.wordpress.com/blog/


Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography

30 July-4 August 2018 Lincoln College, Oxford (Application deadline: 15 January 2018)

The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, two library visits and four thematic lectures. The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Adequate knowledge of Greek is a must for all students.

The school does not charge student fees. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. A few bursaries, covering housing (but no board), will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants.

For full details and applications, see https://www.linc.ox.ac.uk/Greek-Palaeography-About


The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts

2 February-23 March 2017: The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, Fridays 15:45-17:45

The Seminar will resume its meetings to prepare a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289). Scholars and graduate students who are interested in Byzantine texts are welcome to participate. Please contact the co-convenors, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Dr Christopher Wright.

For further information please see the Seminar webpage.


Space and Dimension in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Graduate Conference/Call for Papers (deadline: 18 November 2017)

23-24 February 2018, University of Oxford

Whether we are examining the political and military control of vast territories, the creation and maintenance of authority, the ritual surrounding religious practice, or the establishment of social relationships and hierarchies, all  reflected through a rich artistic and literary culture, it is clear: space mattered in the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

However, the inclusion of space in scholarship pertaining to Late Antiquity and Byzantium is still too often the exception rather than the rule, especially in works that do not primarily concern archaeology or art history. Accordingly, this conference will offer a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the role of space and dimension in scholarly debate, and how its inclusion will change - or not - our understanding of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

Postgraduate students are invited to engage with various interpretations of 'space' and 'dimension', in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine history: including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, and philology. Abstracts from scholars working on the so-called 'peripheries' of the Late Antique and Byzantine world are strongly encouraged, particularly those whose research intersects with African and Asian history, as are those from scholars working in Islamic and Jewish Studies.

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@gmail.com by Saturday 18 November 2017. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English or French. Please note that abstracts will only be considered if they are by current postgraduate students.

As with our previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies research centres. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to engage with the conference theme as closely as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.


Rethinking the Medieval Frontier

Call for papers (deadline: 1 February 2018)

10 April 2018, University of Leeds

Few topics in medieval studies have as much current relevance and activity as frontiers and borders. Yet approaches to their study in the Middle Ages are often untheorised, and  compare, if at all, only to often outdated studies of the ancient or modern world. Yet  medievalists are well placed, given the richness of their material and the complexity of  medieval politics and society, to challenge such ‘classical’ ideas of The Frontier, whose  weaknesses are now being exposed by current events. A fully comparative approach to the possibilities of what it meant to establish, live in or contest a frontier or border zone shown by the societies of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages can power the development of a new shared understanding of the processes at work where borders are laid down or transgressed.

For full details, see the full Call for Papers.


The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, II: Places, Spaces and Objects

Conference/Call for papers (closes 5 January 2018)

23 March 2018, The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading

As medievalists, we access our period through the written records, sites, and items that survive in order to form a deeper understanding of the period, one that goes beyond the page or the ruinous buildings that remain today. Using a wide range of sources is particularly valuable when considering the miraculous and the medicinal. After all, it is not just the writings, but the spaces, places and objects of both healthcare and of the holy which can inform and shape our research, and thus of understanding. Indeed, in many instances these two elements combine, as can be seen through the production of miracle cures, the monastic collections of medical treatises, and medieval hospitals and monastic infirmaries.

But, what can these sources tell us of miracles, of medicine, of maladies? How did the miraculous and the medicinal relate to and/or oppose each other? What can we learn of faith and the faithful, and of ill-health and healing? It is questions such as these which the second ‘Maladies, Miracles and Medicine’ conference considers by bringing together post-graduate and early-career researchers who work on all aspects of the healing and the holy. The conference welcomes papers on all aspects of this theme whether your interests lie in archaeology, art, literature, medicine and science, or miracles and theology (or a little bit of everything).

Fur details, download the full Call for Papers.


Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize

In honour of the former president and current honorary president of the SSCLE, Professor Bernard Hamilton, and in recognition of his enormous contribution to the society and support of young scholars, the SSCLE will award an annual essay prize.

The Rules

·         The essay should be on any aspect of history, art history or archaeology of the Crusader period or otherwise relating to Crusader studies.
·         Any current doctoral student, or an individual who is within two years of receiving their doctorate is eligible to enter the competition.
·         The essay, excluding references and bibliography must not normally exceed 6,000 words and must conform with the editorial requirements of the SSCLE journalCrusades (available on the SSCLE webpage and in the Bulletin/Journal)).
·         Essays submitted elsewhere for competitions or publication will not be eligible for the prize.
·         The essays must be submitted as electronic copies as an e-mail attachment, to Professor Jonathan Phillips (email: J.P.Phillips@rhul.ac.uk) the SSCLE Postgraduate Officer, by 31 December 2018 (by 1 December in subsequent years)
·         Essays should be accompanied by details of the author’s name, address (including email address), institutional affiliation and degree registration.

The Decision

·         The essays will be read by a jury consisting of a panel drawn from the Committee of the SSCLE and the editors of Crusades.
·         The jury panel reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
·         The jury decision will be announced in April.
·         The decision of the jury is final.
·         The winner of the essay competition will have their paper put forward to Crusades where, subject to the normal procedures of satisfactory reports from two anonymous external referees (and, if required, the chance to modify, amend or improve the piece on their advice), it will be published under the title ‘Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize’.
·         Names of prize winners will be posted on the SSCLE webpage and announced in the Bulletin.


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.)

5-7 April 2018 Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College 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

Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens

Email: aahchristianmuslimpanel2018@gmail.com


Medieval Monks, Nuns & Monastic Life

21st Biennial Symposium of the IMSSS

15-20 July 2018, University of Bristol

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.

Keynote speakers include Claudia Rapp and Brian Patrick McGuire.

For full details, see imsss.net/symposium-2018


British Institute at Ankara Lecture in Memeory of Prof Anthony Bryer

7 December 2017, British Academy, London

You are warmly invited to a lecture by Jim Crow, Professor of Archaeology at Edinburgh University, on a subject dear to Bryer’s heart:

“Byzantine Routes and Frontiers in Eastern Pontus and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios”.

The lecture will take place at 6.30 pm on Thursday 7th December at the Wolfson Auditorium, British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.  To book simply requires a visit to www.biaa.ac.uk/events or a call to 0207 969 5204.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (Outside UK)



Armenian Studies Summer School

29 July-18 August 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Application deadline: 20 April 2018

After organizing 3 Armenian Studies Summer Schools and 2 Armenian Language winter schools in Armenia ARMACAD is now pleased to announce its fourth International Armenian Studies Summer School with special focus on modern Eastern Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia to take place from July 29, 2018 to August 18, 2018. This 21 days summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Armenian, reading and interpreting Armenian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Armenian. During the summer school 2 cultural trips will be offered, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavor.

This school is designed for students, at least 18 years-old, who not only want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Eastern Armenian language, but also to deepen their knowledge of Armenian Studies and Armenia. It offers an intensive Armenian language course spanning 60 hours, divided into 15 days of instruction and focusing on grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Another 10 hours is devoted to lectures on Armenian literature and history.

For full details, see https://armacad.info/2017-11-20--armenian-studies-summer-school-29-jul-18-aug-2018-yerevan-armenia


Organized Lay Piety in Late Antiquity

'Moving Byzantium' forum

11 December 2017, University of Vienna, Austria

The Forum Moving Byzantium X will provide the unique opportunity to discuss with Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp her current work on “Organized Lay Piety in Late Antiquity or: Rethinking the Beginnings of Communal Monasticism”. The focus will be on the third to seventh century, a time when the church was just beginning to formalize and consolidate its internal organization.

For further details, download the forum invitation.


Byzantium and the Modern Imagination: Patterns of the Reception of Byzantium in Modern Culture

Conference/Call for Papers (deadline: 30 March 2018)

12-14 September 2018, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name “Byzantium” is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – “The Eastern Roman Empire”. Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the “historical” Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.

For details, download the full Call for Papers.


Iconography of Pain

Twelfth International Conference of Iconographic Studies/Call for papers (deadline: 20 January 2018)

31 May-1 June 2018, Rijeka, Croatia

The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between art history, history, theology, philosophy, cultural theory and other relevant disciplines concerning the representation and perception of pain (both physical and emotional) in history. Pain represents not only one of the very used subjects in art but also the strong creative force for many artists. It has been recently discussed as being a transformative force in cultural production but also beyond the cultural and temporal boundaries. It can be also perceived within specific methodological paradigm of the Warburg's Pathosformel as well as within the broader theoretical contexts. We welcome academic papers that will approach these subjects in interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles.

For full details, download the Call for Papers.


Porphyra XXVII - Byzantium and the Slavs

Call for contributions (deadline: 31 December 2017)

The Slavs, whose presence on the territory of Europe has been recorded starting from the first centuries of our era, profoundly interacted with Byzantium, determining its political choices and shaping its identity: first, the encounter-clash between these two different worlds, which the court of Constantinople had repeatedly attempted through diplomacy or weapons, and hence the progressive formation of the Slavic states in the Balkan Peninsula is undoubtedly among the indispensable factors in the examination of the modern Byzantine scholar. And this is all the more true when thinking about the developments of the historical and social dynamics inherent in Slavic populations that continue to be reflected in the modern world.

In the light of these considerations and in the perspective of dedicating the next issue of Porphyra (XXVII) to the relationship between Byzantium and the Slavs, we invite interested professors, doctoral students, research doctors, young researchers and scholars to send their contributions to editorporphyra@gmail.com before and no later than 31 December 2017.

Now accepting papers and reviews in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Modern Greek. For full details, see www.porphyra.it/call-for-papers/


Preserving and Accessing Medieval Slavic Manuscripts

7th International Hilandar Conference/Call for papers (Deadline: 10 January 2018)

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Papers that compare medieval Slavic to other manuscript traditions will also be considered, as will presentations about the establishment of similar libraries and centers that preserve a cultural heritage and promote scholarly access to its materials. Possible session topics related to medieval Slavic manuscripts include:

Conservation and preservation

Description and cataloging

Microfilming, Digitization, and/or Digital Humanities

Watermarks

Hymnography Acrostics and other hidden information in manuscripts

Teaching medieval Slavic manuscripts

Medieval Slavic texts preserved in other traditions

Hilandar Monastery Manuscripts (Slavic and Greek)

Scribes

Hilandar Monastery Edicts – Slavic, Greek, Ottoman, and/or Wallacho-Moldavian

The international series of Hilandar conferences began at The Ohio State University in April 1981, when medieval Slavic scholars from 19 different countries came to Columbus to show their appreciation and support for what was then the Hilandar Research Project (HRP). The HRL, at the invitation of the monks, had microfilmed at Hilandar Monastery nearly 1,000 Cyrillic manuscripts and over 400 medieval charters and edicts (Slavic, Greek, Ottoman and Wallacho-Moldavian), thus creating for the first time opportunities for scholars, especially female scholars (who cannot work with the originals on Mount Athos), to conduct research of nearly 500,000 pages of what was then largely un-researched material. The materials were first housed in the "Hilandar Room," dedicated December 2, 1978, in the "Main" Library at Ohio State. In 1984, the HRP ended and two units were created: the Hilandar Research Library, a special collection of University Libraries, and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS) in the College of Arts and Sciences. We invite scholars (researchers, faculty, independent scholars and graduate students) to submit abstracts (not to exceed 500 words) to hilandar@osu.edu. For additional event information, please contact the RCMSS Program Coordinator Jessi Jones, jones.3939@osu.edu.


International Conference on Thomas Aquinas and his Reception in Byzantium

15-16 December 2017, National Library of Greece, Books Tower, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

The Conference will explore the reception of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) in Byzantium. The first day of the conference will be devoted to Aquinas’ Philosophy and Theology, while on the second day scholars will present findings of their research as part of the ongoing research project Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus, co-hosted by the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute, and currently funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation through the Artos Zois Foundation. Programme to be announced shortly. The Conference is co-organised by the National Library of Greece, the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute. All welcome. Admission free but booking essential. Please contact: Professor John Demetracopoulos and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.

Download the full programme.


The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800)
Call for submissions (Deadline: 28 February 2018)

This thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO), which will appear in 2019, celebrates the Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery and its various afterlives. It aims at investigating its evolution within the sphere of Byzantium’s cultural influence and beyond, with a chronological scope which begins from the Late Middle Ages and stretches until the 19th century, when artisanal productions begin to decline. We welcome proposals on the following subjects:
- The different aspects of Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery and its artistic and technical evolutions.
- Embroidery techniques and iconographies transmitted from West and/or East.
- The relationship between Byzantine/post-Byzantine productions and the Christian Orient (ex. Armenia,Georgia)
- The management of Byzantine heritage in the Slavic World. - Italian-Greek borderland productions (ex. the Ionian Islands)

- The circulation of Byzantine embroideries overseas (Italy, Eastern Europe and beyond)
- Christian embroideryin Egypt and the Levant

Proposals by junior and senior researchers will be equally considered with priority being given to original research, whether based on technical analysis, iconographical interpretation or textual evidence. Subjects which favor interdisciplinarity are particularly welcome. The volume will be bilingual (French and English) and will appear in print in 2019. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to epapastavrou@yahoo.grmariellereber@bluewin.ch


International Spring School 'The Material Dimension of Religions: Transcultural Approaches to Epigraphical and Archaeological Sources from Antiquity to the Middle Ages'

5-9 March 2018, University of Goettingen (Application deadline: 24 November 2017)

Notwithstanding the importance of literary texts, the practice of religious cults and rituals is investigated through the evidence of material culture, from inscriptions, paintings, and statues to objects and buildings. However, it is challenging to cope with fragile, scattered, and often fragmentary documents, to study their settings, and to scrutinize their impact on worship and everyday life. Thus, the issue of the materiality of religions merits a scholarly treatment on its own. The Material Dimension of Religions Spring School is aimed at graduate students and intends to examine theories and methods of investigating religions through epigraphical and archaeological sources in a transcultural and transhistorical approach. The schedule includes seven workshops on Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome, Late Antique Judaism, Early Christianity, Classical Islam, Christian Middle Ages, and Jerusalem as a transcultural place, and four keynotes on Greek epigraphy and religion, religion in the public space, the materiality of texts, and the city of Jerusalem as an example of coexistence and interaction of the materialities of religions. The spring school will provide an intensive training for interpreting non-literary sources in a historical perspective. The participants will learn how to study religions from inscriptions and material culture. Furthermore, looking at the topography of cities like Rome and Jerusalem, the participants will increase the awareness of processes of interactions and exchanges between religious traditions in antiquity.

Practicalities: participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The main language will be English. Accommodation of successful applicants will be fully covered. A contribution to travel costs may be awarded to students who lack other funding opportunities upon application at the SFB 1136 Bildung und Religion.

How to apply We welcome applications from graduate students of Classics, History, Archaeology, Theology, Judaic Studies, Arabic Studies, and related disciplines. Preliminary requirements:  a basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages: ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic.  an interest at university level in history of religions, archaeology, or epigraphy.

Please send by Friday the 24th of November a full CV and an application letter in English or in German (max. 600 words) explaining your motivation for participating in the Spring School to: springschool.sfb1136@uni-goettingen.de

Website: www.sfb1136.uni-goettingen.de


Cyprus: a place and topos in ancient literature

Conference/Call for papers (deadline: 15 January 2018)

21-22 September 2018, Athens

Whether it was love, war, struggle or simply a breathtaking landscape that inspired authors in antiquity, Cyprus had it all. Greek and Latin literature abounds with references to the island: the land of kings and heroes and, most importantly, the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus, Cyprus offers to ancient authors numerous sources of inspiration - Teucer, Evagoras, Pygmalion, Cinyras, Myrrha, Adonis, to name but a few. At the same time, Cyprus the place has a unique cultural identity, shaped under the multiple interrelations, contacts and assimilations of indigenous Cypriot, Greek, and Eastern elements. Similar is the shaping of the linguistic landscape of the island.

Although the presence of Cyprus in literature is evident, a systematic exploration of the literary character and the role of the island in classical literature has not appeared yet. In addition, there is still much to be said about the literary production in Cyprus. The recent launch of the ‘Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature’ as part of Dioptra (dioptra.cyi.ac.cy) enables classicists to assess a variety of sources which shape the literary culture of Cyprus. Motivated by this recent development, this conference invites contributions to the following suggested topics:

  • the poetic exploitation of Cyprus (as a place or theme);
  • the literary landscape and production in Cyprus from the archaic period up to the Late Antiquity;
  • Cyprus as a possible literary topos;
  • the perception of Cyprus as place: references to, and descriptions of, the island and its habitants;
  • reception of Cypriot themes and traditions in classical literature.

Papers may engage with literary genres of any period up to the Late Antiquity, including inscriptions. PhD students and early career researchers as well as members of under-represented groups are encouraged to participate. The papers shall be in English or any other major European language, provided that an English translation is supplied.

The Conference will take place on September 21-22, 2018, in Athens, Greece. Details on keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration (subject to funding) will be announced in due course. Informal questions/enquiries can be addressed to Andreas Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk). Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume (after peer-review). Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted by January 15, 2018, to any (or all) of the members of the organising committee: Amfilochios Papathomas (papath@phil.uoa.gr), Andreas Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk), Grammatiki Karla (gkarla@phil.uoa.gr), Katerina Carvounis (kcarvounis@phil.uoa.gr)


'Rome and Constantinople: Tales of Two Cities

11-17 February 2018, Radboud University Nijmegen (Applications deadline: 31 December 2017)

“When Rome falls, the world shall fall”, wrote Venerable Bede in the early eighth century, thus highlighting the importance of the city of Rome in a material sense and the idea of Rome at the same time. In this Winter School we will address both aspects of Rome and the ‘new Rome’ (Nova Roma) built by the emperor Constantine on the Bosphorus in the early fourth century and named after himself: Constantinople.

This winter school is set up for advanced bachelor students. For full details and applications, see http://www.ru.nl/radboudsummerschool/winter-school/course-2018/


Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies

Call for articles (deadline: 5 December 2017)

The Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual publication, Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Akropolis is an international peer-reviewed annual scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, literature, philology, art.

To be considered for publication in the first volume of Akropolis, manuscripts should be submitted to akropolis@helenskestudije.me by December 5th 2017.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors, as well as the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. More information can be found at journal's homepage helenskestudije.me/publications/journal/.


Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (Deadline: 31 December 2017)

June 18-20, 2018, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world 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 plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus. While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth 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: smrs.slu.edu


Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081-1204) Perceptions, Motivations and Functions

Conference/Call for Papers (Deadline: 15 October 2017)

Austrian Academy of Sciences, 13-15 June 2018, Vienna

The time span between the ascension of Alexios I Komnenos to the throne (1081) and the fall of Constantinople to the Latins (1204) is marked by striking historical and socio-cultural developments that influenced many aspects of the contemporary literary production. This holds true especially for texts written in verse, the production of which is much larger than in any other century in middle and late Byzantine times. The twelfth century can thus be described as the ‘golden age’ of Byzantine poetry, since it flourished throughout the entire period both in Constantinople and the periphery of the empire (e.g. Southern Italy, and Athens in the late twelfth century). However, it is not only its amount that determines the significant place of Komnenian poetry in Byzantine literary and social culture. Many literary novelties are closely associated with the poetry of this period, such as the unprecedented use  of literature for ceremonial and didactic purposes at the court, or the emergence of vernacular works. While the poetry of this period maintains many features of texts written in other periods, at the same time it undergoes a transformation acquiring a distinguished character. Even though many texts have received due scholarly attention, our picture of poetic  production is still vague and fragmentary.

For further details, see the full call for papers.


Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages

38th Annual Conference, Center for Medieval Studies

March 17-18 2018, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY

Dress was a primary expression of identity in the European 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.

For full details, see www.fordham.edu/info/26756/inside_out_dress_and_identity_in_the_middle_ages


Armenia & Byzantium without Borders

Graduate and Early Career Workshop/Call for papers (closes 31 October 2017)

20-22 April 2018, University of Vienna, Austria

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 (rapp.univie.ac.at), ‘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 Antique, Armenian, Byzantine, 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: emilio.bonfiglio@univie.ac.at. 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

Conference/Call for papers (closes 30 November 2017)

20-21 April 2018 The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

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 humor.ohiostate@gmail.com by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line.


Second Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 20 September 2017)

12-14 January 2018, 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.

For details, download the full Call for Papers (NB deadline has been extended to 20 September) or see byzantinistsociety.org.cy/cbms2018/


Graduate and Early Career Workshop: 'Armenia & Byzantium without Borders'

Workshop/Call for papers (closes 31 December 2017)

20-22 April 2018, Vienna, Austria

We invite advanced PhD candidates and early career scholars working in the fields of Late Antique, Armenian, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20 min. papers for a three-day workshop on ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ that will take place in Vienna (20–22 April 2018).

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

Further information can be found in the attached document and at: rapp.univie.ac.at
Paper proposals should be sent by the 31st of October 2017 to Dr. Emilio Bonfiglio: emilio.bonfiglio@univie.ac.at. Applications will include: a) university affiliation; b) graduate level; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.


Othello's Island 2018: 6th annual interdisciplinary conference on byzantine, medieval, renaissance and early modern art, literary, archaeological, historical and cultural studies

25 to 27 March 2018, CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus

Keynote Lecture 2018: "Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art", 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 www.othellosisland.org


Neighbours or Strangers? Conflict, Negotiation, and Collaboration in Multicultural Communities Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VII

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 October 2017)

23-25 August 2018, University of Tampere, Finland

Questions of toleration, aggression and even hatred based on ethnic diversity have been accentuated in recent times, but multiculturalism in its various forms is far from being confined to the modern world only. The seventh international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference will focus on forms of interaction and methods of negotiation in multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual contexts.

The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction within and between multi-ethnic and multilingual communities, groups and individuals, minority (minorities) and majority. Cooperation, toleration, and coexistence was an everyday necessity in Ancient and medieval societies. On occasion, however, these would turn into the opposite: suspicion, conflict, and violence, enhanced by power struggles and prejudices. All these had a central influence on social dynamics, negotiations of collective or individual identity, definitions of ethnicity, and shaping of legal rules. What was the function of multicultural and multilingual interaction in various contexts: did it create and increase conflicts, or was it rather a prerequisite for survival and prosperity?

Our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life. We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, status, and ethnicity. Actors, experiences, and various levels of negotiations are of main interest. We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective.

For full details, see the website:www.uta.fi/trivium/passages/


The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

International conference/Call for Papers (closes 30 April 2017)

13-15 December 2017, Leuven, Belgium

In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the  overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.

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


Narrating Power and Authority in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiographies from East to West

International Conference and Call for Papers (closes 15 July 2017)

15-17 February 2018, Academia Belgica, Rome, Italy

In hagiographies, saints often confront a number of obstacles and it is their conduct in faith that marks them as saints; women and men who stand apart and are presented as exemplars to be modeled. Often, and this is especially the case of martyr acts, the obstacles are of a religiopolitical nature and the focus of the saint’s conduct is her/his defiance. However, there are instances, especially within the medieval Sufi context, where the relationships between saints and rulers are more nuanced, depicting a symbiotic relationship, where both parties draw upon the authority of the other. There are also those cases in which authority belongs neither to the saint or the king but to ordinary people from across the socio-political and religious spectrum. In recent years, there has been interest in exploring these relationships as depicted in histories, hagiographies, and martyr acts and recent studies have shed light on the concept of sainthood, doctrine, and more generally, the history of various societies. However, the literary aspects of these narratives remain underexplored despite the wealth of information such analyses offer on the socio-cultural and political thought world of various courts and societies across the Indo-Mediterranean world.

This conference takes a diachronic and cross-cultural approach to the study of power and authority from above (courts/saints) and below (saints/ordinary people). We invite papers from scholars who work on different types of late antique and medieval hagiographical narratives (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances) working on Persian, Arabic, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Greek, and Latin hagiographical texts. Of particular interest are papers that will explore:

  • how texts construct and understand the roles of saints and rulers vis-à-vis one another (positive, negative, symbiotic/exploitative)
  • how authority is negotiated between saints and the populace
  • ?the power of the life of the saint after death (relics, the authority of hagiographers)
  • the role of characterization in the portrayal of figures of power and authority (stock characters, intermediaries, secondary figures)
  • audience milieu and reader reception
  • literary history

Please send your abstracts to: Ghazzal Dabiri (ghazzal.dabiri(at)ugent.be ) by 15 July 2017. Abstracts (350 words max, in English) should include name, title of proposed paper, affiliation, and position. Notification about participation will be emailed by 30 September 2017.