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)


Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion

Colloquium/Call for Papers (closes 31 March 2015)

30 May 2015, University of Birmingham

20-minute papers on topics in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies are welcomed. Abstracts should be in English, no more than 250 words, and  submitted by the 31st March 2015 to cbomgs.colloquium@gmail.com. Unfortunately, funding will not be available for participants but coffee breaks and lunch will be provided. Download the full Call for Papers for further details.


‘East is East, and West is West.’ Imperial Collegiality and Division in the Later Roman Empire (285-455)

Public Lecture

12 November 2014, Room 2.01, John Percival Building, Colum Drive Cardiff University

The principles of imperial collegiality have long been clear, but Late Roman/Late Antique historians are still reluctant to apply the concept where it is relevant. This lecture will refresh the idea and also feed into a new publication on Roman emperors from 284 to 602 modelled on and moving forward 'The New Empire'. 

To attend this free public lecture, book online.


Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 18 October 2014)

13 July-15 July 2015, University of Lincoln

The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean. For further details about the conference and the full Call for Papers, see the conference website.


Byzantine Valhalla: The Life and Death of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Jonathan Harris

27 October 2014, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway College, Egham

The Holy Apostles was the second largest church in Byzantine Constantinople. Consecrated in 370 CE, it housed the tombs of Emperor Constantine I and his successors and stood for a thousand years until the Ottoman conquest of 1453. This lecture will reconstruct the building's appearance and trace its role both in imperial ceremonial and the very murky world of Byzantine politics. For further information please click here.


Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission and Influence

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 17 November 2014)

30 January 2015, University of Oxford

This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. It will also provide an opportunity for postgraduate and emerging scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology and religion, late antique and Byzantine studies, near eastern studies, and rabbinics to present their work on Syriac literature within Oxford’s vibrant late antique studies community. For full details, see the conference website.


2015 ICS Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”

Colloquium

8-9 June 2015, G22/26 Senate House, University of London

This two-day Colloquium will explore the elements which contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian Ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages in East and West, and the Renaissance to the modern world. It will discuss themes reflecting the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Programme and Speakers will be announced in due course. All welcome. For further information please contact George Vassiadis and Nil Pektas.


Leeds International Medieval Conference 2015

Conference

6-9 July 2015, University of Leeds

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


Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood Before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives

Conference/Call for Papers (closing 1 November 2014)

24-26 April 2015, University of Oxford

The conference welcomes papers from classics, all periods of ancient, medieval and early modern history, oriental studies, sociology, social anthropology, literary studies. We also warmly invite papers from modernists that aim to compare pre-modern and modern ethnicity and nationhood. Priority will be given to papers that situate their particular studies within the broader conceptual debate on pre-modern and modern identity. Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Please see the conference webpage for full details.


Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

Conference/Call for Papers

6-7 November 2014, King's College London

This is a cross-period, interdisciplinary conference on the theme of Jerusalem and Memory, c. 1099 to the Present Day. The CFP closes on 1 July. Please see the conference website for further details.


‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

6-8 February 2015, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends. For programme and attendance details, please download the flyer.


Conferences, Lectures & Calls for Papers (outside UK)


Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library

Summer School

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

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


Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography

Workshop/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

16-18 September 2015, Ghent University, Belgium

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

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


Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 10 October 2014)

3-6 June 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus

Abstracts of a 250-word maximum for 20-minute papers, and a 400-word maximum for three-paper panels (with the names of the panelists) that engage with these and other relevant questions should be submitted electronically addressed to David Roessel or Petra Tournay at eucrscconference2015(at)gmail.com by Friday, 10 October 2014. Please make sure that you send the proposal as an attachment and include “Conference Proposal” in the topic line of your email. For further information, see the conference website.


Rus’ and Mount Athos: a Millennium of Spiritual and Cultural Ties

International Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 October 2014)

28-29 November 2014, Chernihiv, Ukraine

For details see the introductory letter and call for papers.


The door of the sanctuary: a place of transition

International Conference/Call for Papers

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

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


The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent Research and New Discoveries

International Conference

12-14 December 2014, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

For further details, download the full conference programme.


Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Conference/Call for Papers (closes 31 December 2014)

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

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

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

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

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


2014 Byzantine Studies Conference

Conference

6-9 November 2014, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada)

Download the final programme.


Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art from Greek Collections

Exhibition

28 September 2014-15 February 2015, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

The exhibition will include 63 objects spanning the chronological range of the 4th-15th centuries. Further information is available at www.artic.edu/exhibition/heaven-and-earth-art-byzantium-greek-collections.


Afro-Byzantine and Greco-African Conference

27 October-1 November 2014, University of Johannesburg.

For full details and Call for Papers, see this document.


The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad

Seminar Call for Papers

1-7 November 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish Straits between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are often described as a symbolic dividing line between Europe and Asia, but historically their function has been uniting and not separating. At the crossroads of land routes between the Balkans and Anatolia, and the sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, they have constituted a natural meeting place for peoples and cultures since ancient times. Two world empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman, were ruled from the straits and left their marks on the two main world religions of Christianity and Islam. Greeks, Slavs, Scandinavians, Italians, Turks and Englishmen have tried to gain control over the Straits and sometimes succeeded; but the prize has remained contested and been a recurrent source of dispute. As such, the straits have also been at the core of Eastern and Western political discourses at least since the accession of the Persian king Xerxes 2500 years ago, and their significance to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 has come to the foreground in recent years.

To mark these historical convergences, and to initiate an interdisciplinary platform for future research about the history of the Straits, we invite junior (pre-doc and post-doc) scholars to present their own research and exchange perspectives on the topic during a one-week seminar with excursions at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014. We welcome submissions from different areas of research, such as the Ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, art history, archaeology and memory studies, studies in the religious, cultural and political relations, as well as the topography, landscape and environment history of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to nbneidolon@gmail.com no later than Friday, May 15, 2014, together with a CV and a few lines about their interest in the topic, from a subject specific as well as from an interdisciplinary point of view. For those who are accepted, the stay in Istanbul, the excursions and most meals will be arranged and paid for by the seminar. In addition to this, we may consider reimbursing the cost of travel to and from Istanbul for a strictly limited number of applicants (those who wish to be considered for such travel funding should specify it in their application and explain why other sources are not available).


High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers

14-15 November 2014, Boston University, MA, USA

See the full Call for Papers for further details. Note that abstracts must be received by 15 August.


Byzantine Culture in Translation

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies XVIIITH Biennial Conference

28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland, Australia

(Call for Papers closes on 31 August)

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


Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology

5-16 January, 2015

In collaboration with the Vatican Library

In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.

Costs:

Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography(at)aarome.org by October 15, 2014.


Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade

Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2015 AIA Annual Meeting

8-11 January 2015, New Orleans

See the full Call for Papers.


Othello's Island: the annual conference on mediaeval and renaissance art, literature and cultural history

Call for Papers/Conference

20-22 March 2015, Severis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus

For full information, please see the conference website.


Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

Symposium/Call for Papers

20-22 March 2015, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

The symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014. The final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to ancient(at)sas.upenn.edu with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout


Shifting Frontiers XI: The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare in Late Antiquity

Conference/Call for Papers

26-29 March 2015, University of Iowa, IA, USA

Please see the conference webpage for full details. Note that the call for papers closes on 15 November 2014.


Material culture and diplomatic relations between the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamic East (11th-16th c.)

International conference

27-28 April 2015, University of Liege, Belgium

Call for papers (in English or French) closes on 30 June 2014 and may be downloaded here.