Seminar series: UoL Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, 1 February-29 March 2019

The University of London Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts continues its work preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the lengthy Correspondence of George of Cyprus (Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-89). Scholars and graduate students from University of London Colleges, other Colleges and Universities, and visiting students and academics interested in Byzantine texts, are most welcome to participate. The Seminar is meeting at the Institute of Historical Research, Pollard Room (N301), Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E in February and March 2019 on Fridays 15:00-17:00, starting from 1 February 2019. To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Seminar (1984-2019) a special reunion of old and current members will be held at Royal Holloway, University of London, 11 Bedford Square, Bedford Room, London WC1B 3RF on 29 March 2019 at 6pm. For further information please contact and

Lecture: Christianity and Greek Paideia

Seventeenth Annual Hellenic Lecture, by Revd Dr Richard Price

Moore Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, 6.15pm, 7 March 2019

Did Jewish Christianity and Greek culture have much in common? Or was Christianity the product of a distinctively Jewish culture, which, on entering the Greco-Roman world, had to be translated into the concepts of Greek paideia (education and culture)? If so, does it need to be ‘de-hellenized’ in order to speak to our own post-classical world? This debate has died down in the context of contemporary eclecticism, which views the Hellenic inheritance as something to be plundered, or ignored, at will. Is the study of ancient Greek culture an aid, a distraction, or a hindrance in the quest for a Christianity at once faithful to its biblical roots and relevant in today’s world? These questions will be explored by Revd Dr Richard Price, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London, and RHUL Honorary Research Fellow.

The lecture will be followed by drinks in the Moore Building Foyer. All welcome, free admission but booking essential at

For travel to the College, visit

Call for Papers: Blood in Byzantium

University of Cambridge, 30 March-1 April 2019

Deadline: 29 January 2019

In 2019, the Spring Symposium of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies will be returning to Cambridge for the first time since 1990. The theme which has been chosen is ‘Blood in Byzantium’. This theme will facilitate inter-disciplinary discussion of research and ideas embracing Byzantine religion, art history, military history, social history, and law, as well Byzantine medicine and philosophy, drawing upon the extensive theoretical and historical literature that has emerged on the body, blood, and medicine in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, but which has yet to be systematically applied to Byzantium and its neighbours. Sessions will be arranged around the themes of ‘The Blood of Christ’; ‘The Blood of the Martyrs’; ‘Blood, Dynasty and Kinship’; ‘Bloodshed’; and ‘Blood in Medicine, Philosophy and Art’

The 52nd Spring Symposium invites Communications (of 10 minutes in duration) on current research and warmly invites abstracts (of not more than 500 words) from scholars within and without the UK and in fields linked to Byzantine studies. Abstracts should be sent to Peter Sarris ( by 27 January December 2019.

For further information on the Spring Symposium, see the website or contact Dr. Peter Sarris (

Conference: Textual Criticism of the New Testament

Birmingham, 4-6 March 2019

Deadline: 13 February 2019

Booking is now open for the Eleventh Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, to be held in Birmingham from Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 March 2019.

The colloquium will consist of thirty papers on New Testament textual criticism, focussing on matters relating to versional evidence (Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Gothic) and other indirect sources (e.g. biblical quotations). There will be two highlight lectures, Prof. David Taylor (Oxford) on “New Developments in the Text of the Old Syriac Gospels” and Prof. Reinhart Ceulemans (Leuven) on “Biblical Lexicography in Late Antiquity and Byzantium”.

There is an early bird rate for bookings made and paid in full by 13 January 2019 and booking closes on 13 February 2019. Please see here.

Further information about the Birmingham Colloquium may be found here.

Call for Papers: Byzantine Materiality

St Vladimir’s Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY, USA, 8-11 May 2019

Deadline: 1 February 2019

The Sacred Arts Initiative of St. Vladimir’s Seminary is pleased to announce a conference on “Byzantine Materiality” to be held May 8-11, 2019.

Popular descriptions of Byzantium often emphasize the mystical and immaterial while overlooking the mediating role of matter implied by the Christian belief in the incarnation. In the field of art history and across the humanities, a new interest in matter and materials constitutes what is now being referred to as the “material turn” or “new materialisms.” This conference explores matter, materials, and materiality in Byzantine art and culture. It aims to examine material strategies of objects, makers, and users; the agency and affective properties of materials and objects; Byzantine depictions and descriptions of matter in images and texts; and the senses and embodied experiences in Byzantium.

In addition to our speakers, limited space is available for additional 20 minute papers.

We invite scholars and graduate students from a range of fields—including but not limited to history of art and architecture, archeology, liturgical studies, musicology/sound studies, theology, philosophy, and history—to submit paper proposals. Please send your abstract (300 words maximum) and academic CV to Evan Freeman at by February 1, 2019. Limited financial aid is available for graduate students giving papers.

For more information, please visit:

Summer School: Byzantine Greek Summer School

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-26 July 2019

Application: February 15 2019

The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its third Byzantine Greek Summer School to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from July 8 to July 26, 2019. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul and Dr. Athanasia Stavrou, while enjoying various attractions of the Bogazici University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.

For more information and available scholarships please visit

Conference: Iconophobia? Rethinking Order and Disorder in the Mosaics of Jordan

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albertstrasse 19, 79104 Freiburg, Germany, 31 January-1 February 2019

The churches in Byzantine and Umayyad-era Jordan and Palestine attest to a fascinating change in visual culture in their significant alterations of mosaic pavements. The tesserae of animal and human figures were removed, shuffled, and reinserted to pixelate faces and other body parts.

In the relevant field of study these phenomena have so far been summarized as ›Iconophobia‹ and too narrowly considered as damage or loss of the initial archaeological record. Instead, the manipulations and restricted recognisability even reinforce the visual and medial capacities of these images and evoke a stronger artifactual presence. These noisy surfaces have a retarding effect on perception and perpetuate the process of manufacture. This perspective holds significant potential for future archaeological research concerning the aesthetics of abstraction, the interplay of ornament and figure, text and image, order and disorder.

The FRIAS Project Group SurFace explores new methodological approaches to describe, analyze and (hope)fully understand the complexity of such multi-layered image-artifact relations.

For further details, see the programme: Iconophobia Workshop (Uni Freiburg)

Call for papers: Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium

20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, 19-21 July 2019

Deadline: 7 January 2019

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history. It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.

This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society. The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times. In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium? Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake? How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day? The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium. Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted. See full call for papers here.

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: by the due date of 7 January 2019. Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson. Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.

Call for Papers: Revolution in Medieval Europe

Canterbury Christ Church University, 21-22 June 2019

Deadline: 1 February 2019

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Bjorn Weiler (Aberystwyth University) and Dr. David Grummitt (Canterbury Christ Church University) who will be delivering our keynote lectures.

We welcome proposals for papers on a wide variety of topics (some suggestions below) connected to the theme on any aspect of medieval Europe (c.1100–c. 1500) and all levels of society.We are hoping to secure funding in order to be able to provide a number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students and ECRs presenting at the conference.

Topics of the conference include, but are by no means limited to:
– Causes and Motivation
– Theoretical Justifications
– Recruitment or Desertion
– The Lifecycle of Revolt
– Leadership
– Counterreactions
– Political, Social and Economic Impacts
– Chronicle Interpretations and Portrayals
– Wives and Widows
– Impact upon Non-Combatants
– Risks and Rewards
– Reconciliation or Retribution

Abstract: We invite proposals between 250–300 words for individual 20 minute papers relating to the conference theme. We also ask you to submit a short biography for inclusion in the programme. Please send abstracts to:

Deadline: Please send abstracts by Friday 1st February 2019. Applicants will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper by early March 2019.

Queries: Please direct any queries to Adrian Jobson, Louise Wilkinson and Paul Dalton at or tweet us at @RebellionMedievalEurope