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)
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.
Sicily: Heritage of the World
24-25 June 2016, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum
This two-day conference accompanies the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest.
It will focus on two periods of enlightenment that stand out in Sicily’s history – Greek settlement from the 8th to 3rd centuries BC, and Norman rule in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. There will be papers on recent research, new excavations, and the economy and architecture of the island, as well as highlighting the importance of the island’s UNESCO sites.
See the event's webpage for full details.
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.
Medieval Georgian Heritage in Turkey
17-18 June 2016, Ertegun House, Oxford
A 2-day colloquium supported by The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia. Participation is free but registration by 13 June is essential. For further detail, download the full programme.
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.
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.
Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (Outside UK)
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.
Georgian Manuscript International Summer School
19-28 July 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia
We are pleased to announce that the international summer school Georgian Manuscript will be held this summer in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event is organized by Korneli Kekelidze National Centre of Manuscripts (NCM). The school scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 and end on July Thursday 28, 2016.
This program is intended for the foreign researchers and students interested in Georgian history and culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage which are an essential part of the European culture and integral to the medieval studies. The International Summer School “Georgian Manuscript” aims to share the knowledge and research experience of the Georgian scholars with the foreign participants, develop the international cooperation, and create a community of researchers inspired by the Georgian manuscript heritage.
While staying in Tbilisi, the participants’ expenses regarding accommodation and food will be covered by the NCM. Please, note that the travel costs are not covered and/or reimbursed by our institution, thus it is up on the selected candidates to purchase round trip flight, train, bus, etc. tickets.
All interested candidates are kindly requested to send completed application form to the following address: summerschool(at)manuscript.ac.ge no later than Tuesday, 14 June, 2016. Selected candidates will be notified of the selection results by Monday, 20 June, 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.
Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy
4-9 July 2016, Patmos, Greece
The one-week intensive Summer School is an introductory course to Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy aiming to provide students with basic skills that will enable them to approach manuscripts and written inscriptions. A unique feature of this Summer School is that students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice in the Monastery of Saint John, which is now home to more than 1200 manuscripts and a large number of icons and monumental paintings with inscriptions dating from the 12th to the 16th century.
The school is open to PhD candidates, postgraduate students and students in their final year of Classics, Philology, History, Theology and Byzantine & Medieval Studies.
Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website:
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.
Patristic and Byzantine Greek Summer School
13 June-21 July 2016, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA
The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts composed in different historical and geographical contexts and encompassing a variety of genres (including historiography, hagiography, mystical literature, and poetry). In this course, students will encounter the writings of John of Damascus, the nun Kassia, St. Basil the Younger’s hagiographer Gregory, Symeon the New Theologian, Michael Psellos, and Anna Komnene. Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography
Prerequisite: At least one year of classical or Koine Greek.
Visiting (non-Notre Dame students) welcome! For information about registration, please visit http://summersession.nd.edu/
Questions? Contact Charles Yost.
“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.
Visibility and Presence of imagery in the ecclesial space - Byzantium and Western Middle Ages
Cycle of four conferences
February-June 2016, Institut National d'Histoire de l'art, Paris, France
18 February: L’image dans l’espace sacré: Enjeux historiographiques et perspectives
24 March: Lumière et éclairage de l’espace cultuel: Perception et réception des images
19 May: Images monumentales et jeux d’échelle: Les dynamiques spatiales du lieu de culte
16 June: Visibilité et lisibilité du dialogue entre images et inscriptions dans l’espace cultuel
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.
Postgraduate Training Course in Greek Epigraphy
26 June-10 July 2016, The British School at Athens
Whether publishing new inscriptions, reinterpreting old ones, or critically analysing editions, this course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars alike in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. Students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining practical first hand experience with the stones as well as instruction in editorial and bibliographic skills. Guest lectures on historical and thematic subjects will explore the ways in which epigraphic evidence can inform a wide range of Classical subjects. The course will be taught primarily by Prof. Graham Oliver (Brown) and Mr. Robert Pitt (BSA) and will utilise the most significant epigraphic collections around Athens, where students will be assigned a stone from which they will create a textual edition. The importance of seeing inscriptions within their archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during site visits around Athens, Attica, and Delphi. Some prior knowledge of Greek is essential, although students with only elementary skills are advised that reading inscriptions is a very good way to advance in the language!
For full information, see the website.
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.
Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Conference/Call for Papers (closes December 31 2015)
20-22 June 2016: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
The Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 20-22, 2016) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.
The Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each, and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.
The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January, and the final program will be published in February.
For more information or to submit your proposal online, go to: http://smrs.slu.edu
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.
Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination (Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium)
23-25 June 2016, Koç University, Turkey
Byzantine representation of the cultures outside the Byzantine world had a particular geographical and ethnic aspect that contributed not only to the perception of the non-Byzantine, but also to the construction of the Byzantine self-image.
Byzantine portrayal of these cultures beyond the borders of the Empire was informed by geographic and ethnic elements including climate, flora, language and a certain way of life, which in turn entered into a complex relationship with the history, religious traditions and political state of these cultures as perceived by Byzantines. Examination of the Byzantine encounter with the geographically and ethnically other -from the fairly familiar to the exotic, and from the internal other to the external one- provides clues on how Byzantines related to their own environment spatially and how they differentiated themselves from their neighbors.
For full details, see the conference website.