Call for Communications: Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond

Call for Free Communications

The 54th Annual Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies will be held in Oxford on the theme of Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond, 17-19 March 2023. The Symposium brings together Byzantine studies with a series of innovative approaches to the material nature and realities of religion – foregrounding the methodological, historical and archaeological problems of studying religion through visual and material culture. Taking a broad geographical and chronological view of the Byzantine world, the Symposium will range across Afro-Eurasia and from Antiquity to the period after the fall of Constantinople. Panels will be arranged around the themes of ‘Objects in motion’, ‘Religion in 3D’, ‘Religious landscapes’, ‘Things without context’, ‘Things and their context’ and ‘Spatial approaches to religion’.

In addition to the customary panel papers and an inaugural lecture, we now invite Communications of 10 minutes in duration on current research in fields linked to the theme of the Symposium. Please send your abstract (of not more than 300 words) to Ine Jacobs (Ine.Jacobs@univ.ox.ac.uk) by 22 December 2022.

The 54th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

The 54th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond

17-19 March 2023, Corpus Christi College & All Souls College, Oxford

The 54th Annual Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies will be held in Oxford on the theme of Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond. The Symposium brings together Byzantine studies with a series of innovative approaches to the material nature and realities of religion – foregrounding the methodological, historical and archaeological problems of studying religion through visual and material culture. Taking a broad geographical and chronological view of the Byzantine world, the Symposium will range across Afro-Eurasia and from Antiquity to the period after the fall of Constantinople. Sessions will be arranged around the themes of ‘Objects in motion’, ‘Religion in 3D’, ‘Religious landscapes’, ‘Things without context’, ‘Things and their context’ and ‘Spatial approaches to religion’.

Confirmed speakers include: Béatrice Caseau, Paroma Chatterjee, Francesca Dell’Acqua, Ivan Foletti, David Frankfurter, Ildar Garipzanov, Troels M. Kristensen, Anne Lester, Birgit Meyer, Brigitte Pitarakis, Regula Schorta, Myrto Veikou, and Anne-Marie Yasin.

The Symposium will be hybrid, taking place at Oxford – Corpus Christi College and All Souls College –, and on Zoom.

Fees and registration:
– In person, for three days: Full: £130; Members of the SPBS: £110; Students/Unwaged: £60.
– In person, for one day: Full: £65; Members of the SPBS: £55; Students/Unwaged: £30.
– On-line: Full: £35; Members of the SPBS: £20; Students/Unwaged: £10

A booking form will soon be available online, on the Symposium website, with further details of registration and payment.

Symposiarchs
Jaś Elsner, Ine Jacobs, Julia Smith

AGAPE: Mapping Greek Patristics in the Early Modern Book World

AGAPE Launch: Mapping Greek Patristics in the Early Modern Book World

14 October 2022 marked the official launch of AGAPE, a new open-access database which maps the reception of the Greek Church Fathers in print throughout early modern Europe. AGAPE represents the main outcome of the four-year FNS Ambizione project The Greek Imprint on Europe: Patristics and Publishing in the Early Swiss Reformation, based at the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation, University of Geneva.

agapepatristics.net

In contrast to the Renaissance interest in the pagan Antiquity and classical literature, the highly significant rediscovery of the Greek Fathers remains untold and largely understudied. The number of inaccuracies in the regional, national and collective online repertoires available at present turns bibliographical research into a time-consuming and little-rewarding exercise, severely affecting the development of the subject.

To tackle this issue, AGAPE records any edition of Greek patristic works printed in Europe from 1465 to 1600 in the original language, as well as in Latin and vernacular translations. AGAPE refines the available data and substantially improves their level of detail: not only does it link each work to the ID of the Clavis Patrum Graecorum (CPG), the standard authority in the field, but also thoroughly describes all contents (text as well as paratext) and strictly relies on the analysis of at least one copy of each edition.

AGAPE currently provides access to all editions printed in the fifteenth century (c. 310). Data related to the sixteenth century will be disclosed decade by decade (1501-1510, 1511-1520, 1521-1530 etc.) to ensure reliability.

Users are encouraged to give their feedback and suggestions through the AGAPE email address available in the colophon of the website homepage.

Zooming in on Byzantine Cities

The Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes d’Istanbul (IFEA), in collaboration with the Department of History, the Department of Archaeology and the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University, the Department of Art History at Hacettepe University, ANAMED and Byzantium at Ankara organized a lecture series in Fall 2022 with the title “Zooming in on Byzantine Cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεων.”

The next event of the series will be held online on 25 November 2022. You can join via Zoom on the day of the event (https://zoom.us/j/3899516358).

The language of the event is English. The first session of the event will start at 10:15 with the session entitled “Cities of the Byzantine Heartland,” in which Zeliha Demirel Gökalp (Anadolu University), Jenny Albani (independent scholar), Suna Çağaptay (Bahçeşehir University) and Anais Lamesa (IFEA) will participate. While for the second session, “Urbanism in the Insular and Coastal Koine,” Akın Ersoy (İzmir Katip Çelebi University), Paul Arthur (University of Lecce & Society of Italian Medieval Archaeology) and Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University) will join the event.

The series will continue with further lectures. For the full program of the series, go to https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ZOOMING-IN-ON-BYZANTINE-CITIES.pdf

Journal: After Constantine

“After Constantine” is a peer-reviewed and open-access academic journal and it is published online once a year. Its purpose is to bring Late Antiquity to the spotlight by hosting papers that underline its importance to classic and byzantine studies and contribute to a better piece of knowledge in the academic community.

Our journal encourages the ecumenical dialogue between historical, archaeological, and theological subjects around the Late Antique and Early Byzantine period, especially in the East. The academic team of the journal consists of scholars of different academic backgrounds (philology, archaeology, history, paleography), constructing in that way its interdisciplinary profile and supporting the submission of relevant papers. With the combination of the interdisciplinary character and the online and open-access feature of the journal, we attempt to re-introduce Late Antiquity to the contemporary world and enrich the academic bibliography.

“After Constantine” is hosted and published by the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), an entity that operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

For further details, see https://www.afterconstantine.com/

Seeing Through Byzantium: A celebration of the career of Prof. Leslie Brubaker

Saturday 19 November 2022, 09:00 – 17:30

Seeing Through Byzantium’ celebrates the career and scholarship of Prof. Leslie Brubaker, Professor Emerita of Byzantine Art History and Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. Focusing on three key themes which have been central to Prof. Brubaker’s research —Vision and Meaning, Iconoclasm, and Gender — the conference will feature a selection of speakers who will reflect on the importance of her research for their own subjects and areas of scholarship.

This will be a hybrid event which will take place on the University of Birmingham campus and on Zoom. All are welcone.

See the programme for full schedule and joining instructions.

(Please note that this one-day conference will replace the Society’s usual Autumn Lecture this year)