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)



Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture sponsored session at Leeds IMC 2016

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2016 IMC is “Food, Feast & Famine.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2016_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, 2015. Proposals should include:
-Title
-100-word session abstract
-Session moderator and academic affiliation
-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
-CV

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 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.


Leeds International Medieval Congress 2016

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 August 2015)

4-7 July 2016, University of Leeds, Leeds

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which - for 2016 - is 'Food, Feast & Famine'. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

For full details, see the website.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (Outside UK)



Lives, Roles and Actions of the Byzantine Empresses (4th-15th centuries)

International Workshop

11-12 September 2015, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The symposium will take place at the conference center of the Czech Academy of Sciences Villa Lanna (Prague 6, V Sadech 1). Guests are heartily welcomed. Due to limited space, the organizers request that guests register with the secretary of the symposium Dr. Martina ?echová at cechova@slu.cas.cz. Please note that guests will be served on the first come first serve basis and no registrations will be accepted after September 7.

For further details, download the flyer.


Francis Dvorník – Scholar and His Work

International Symposium

10 September 2015, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The symposium will take place at the conference center of the Czech Academy of Sciences Vila Lanna (Prague 6, V Sadech 1). Guests are heartily welcomed. Due to limited space, the organizers request that guests register with the secretary of the symposium Dr. Martina ?echová at cechova@slu.cas.cz. Please note that guests will be served on the first come first serve basis and no registrations will be accepted after September 7.

Fur further details, download the flyer.


Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages

Session to be held at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Michigan, 12-15 May 2016

Organizers: Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center, New York), Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington DC)

Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.

This session seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages.  Current scholarship on the topic in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.

In this session we would like to reimagine the wearable in similarly holistic terms. Bringing together varied forms and different media will help scholars better understand how the surfaces of medieval bodies not only presented social values and norms, but also operated within a designated spatial enviroment. In rethinking the wearable in the Middle Ages, this session has four major aims:

1.                  The session seeks papers that look past field- and medium-specific divisions to explore the relationship of textiles and jewelry in medieval dress practices in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions.

2.                  The session welcomes presentations that consider cosmetic elements often omitted from discussions of dress. These might include makeup, tattooing, amulets, prosthetics, and any other modifications to personal appearance.

3.                  The session seeks papers that situate dressed bodies in their spatial contexts, particularly topics addressing medieval notions of personal space and the relationship of bodies to their surroundings.

4.                  The session also seeks papers on issues of medium-specificity and materiality, as concerns that arise directly from questions regarding the wearable. Papers dealing with the centrality or marginality of image-making within the practice of the wearable, as well as the reception of the wearable as part of a sensory experience are also welcomed.

DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 15 September 2015

Paper proposals should consist of the following:

1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum)

2. Completed Participant Information Form available at: http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper

3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number.


Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial. Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental

International study day

25 September 2015, INHA, Galerie Colbert, Paris

The first meeting of the research programme: IMAGO-EIK?N. Regards croisés sur l’image médiévale entre Orient et Occident. For details, download the flyer.


Early Medieval Graphicacy in a Comparative Perspective

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 1 October 2015)

9-10 June 2016, University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo

Visual communication in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages is conventionally analysed using methods specific to either figural imagery (and visualcy of the past) or literary productions (and literacy). In contrast, our project focuses on non-figural graphic devices which are intermediaries between texts and pictures, and which appear during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The project operates with a working hypothesis that these graphic compositions attest to early graphicacy, which has been defined as a visual mode of communication of conceptual information and abstract ideas by means of non-figural graphic devices, which may comprise inscribed letters, words, or decorative symbols. For a recent discussion of early graphicacy, click here and for more information about the project, please visit our website.

For full details, download the call for papers.


Days of Justinian I: 'Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the Cultures'

International symposium/Call for Papers (closes 10 July 2015)

30-31 October 2015, 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  “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”. For full details, download the call for papers or visit the website.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.