Conference: Byzantine Materiality

St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Rd, Yonkers, NY 10707, USA, 8-11 May 2019

Byzantine Materiality, a conference of the Sacred Arts Initiative, will be held May 8-11, 2019 on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Rd, Yonkers, NY 10707. This conference has been made possible by generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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.”

Conference papers will explore the roles of matter and materials in icons, relics, and the Eucharist; Byzantine churches and their consecration; sensory experiences of liturgy; the neuroscience of viewing icons, and more. Conference speakers include Charles Barber, Roland Betancourt, Peter Bouteneff, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Béatrice Caseau, Mary Farag, Evan Freeman, Holger Klein, Joseph Kopta, Sean Leatherbury, James Magruder, Vasileios Marinis, Harry Prance, Stephanie Rumpza, Richard Schneider, Katherine Taronas, Laura Veneskey, Gary Vikan, and Alicia Walker.

Registration required. For more information, visit: www.byzantinemateriality.com