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.

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