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)

Call for Papers: 2nd Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

The Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival is the only one of its kind as a way to learn about recently published books on any area of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (AD ca.300–ca.1500), including literature, history, archaeology, and material culture. The Festival is an online event, allowing attendees from all over the world to join in. It takes place every two years in order to promote a wider understanding and awareness of Byzantine scholarship in a spirit of collegiality. It is also intended to encourage future collaborations and networking among the various presenters and attendees.

The Second Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival (9-12 March 2023) includes volumes published in 2021 and 2022, and forthcoming books with an estimated publication date no later than June 2023. There is no restriction as regards the original language of the book, but all presentations will be in English.

If you are an author of a monograph (including editions, commentaries, and translations of primary sources), on Late Antique and Byzantine studies, please complete the form and send it in Word version to Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (petros.bouras-vallianatos@ed.ac.uk) by 1 December 2022. Please note that we do not accept edited volumes, volumes that include a collection of previously published articles (e.g. variorum), reprints, re-editions or new paperback editions. Each author can present up to one book.

Recordings of the 1st Festival’s talks are available on YouTube.

Zooming in on Byzantine cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεω

Hybrid lecture series: 15 October – 17 December 2022

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-Koç University, and Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce a HYBRID lecture series in Fall 2022 with the title “Zooming in on Byzantine cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεων.”

This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and critical investigation of cities in Byzantium, drawing on the material, literary, epigraphic, archaeological, environmental, and geospatial evidence. We will examine Byzantine cities through a series of thematic sessions centered on the daily life of the city, its infrastructure, and built environment, as well as the relationship between the Byzantine heartland and its coastal and insular koine, urban cultural history, and symbolic spaces, and finally, Byzantine cities as seen and perceived by ‘the other.’

The series will start on 15 October with the session entitled Cities: Material Remnants as divided into two panels which will see the participation of Kerem Altug (IBB), Michael Jones (Koç University), Jorge Quiroga (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), and Natalia Poulou-Papadimitriou (University of Thessaloniki) and Koray Durak (Bogazici University), and Jim Crow (University of Newcastle) as respondents.

The series will continue with further workshops to be hosted by ANAMED-Koç University (26 November), Hacettepe University (8 December), and Bilkent University (17 December).

Each panel will host two scholars in conversation on the topic in question. After a brief presentation (20 minutes maximum) of the presenter’s main arguments and the historiographical and methodological issues at stake, a respondent will engage with the presenters in a 15-minute dialogue with the respondent. Finally, the three speakers will be all involved in the Q&A session (15-20 mins).

Zoom access: https://zoom.us/j/3899516358

View the full programme.

SPBS ODA reduced membership rates

The SPBS is pleased to announce reduced membership rates for individuals who live, work, and permanently reside in 149 countries which are currently in receipt of support from the Office of Development Assistance.

The reduced membership rates are:

£10.00 per year for full membership
£5.00 per year for student membership

New members will receive the full benefits of SPBS membership and a PDF copy of the annual SPBS Bulletin.

For further information on how to apply, please see our membership page.

International Congress of Byzantine Studies Fund

The SPBS is pleased to announce that it is able to offer grants of up to £400 to support the attendance of UK postgraduate students and early career scholars at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Venice-Padua, 22-27 August 2022. The funding can be used to cover registration fees, as well as accommodation and travel costs.

Applicants are expected to be members of the SPBS at the time of application but are eligible for a reduced student membership rate.

Priority will be given to applicants who are currently unfunded and to those who are offering a communication.

The deadline for applications is Monday 27th June at 17:00 (UK).

For full details and application form can be found here.