Seminar Series: CHS 2018-19 Late Antique & Byzantine Seminar Series at King’s College London

Through its regular series of seminars, colloquia, public lectures and international conferences, the Centre for Hellenic Studies is a concentrated force for the advancement of research in all aspects of Hellenic culture.

All its activities are free, open to the public and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.

Semester 1

Convened by Vicky Manolopoulou

Tuesday 25 September, 17.30
Understanding settlements in Byzantine Greece: Old data and new approaches for the Peloponnese (11th -12th eleventh centuries)
K2.29 Council Room
A seminar with Maria Papadaki (University of Edinburgh / University of Patras).

Tuesday 9 October, 17.30
Equines and the margins of Byzantine power: Humility or humiliation?
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds).

Tuesday 23 October, 17.30
Identifying Medieval burials – what to do with unexpected Byzantines?
River Room
A seminar with Sophie Moore.

Tuesday 13 November, 17.30
Revising the chronology of Late Antique Ephesus: Urban phasing and epigraphic landscapes
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Luke Lavan (University of Kent).

 

Semester 2

Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

Tuesday 22 January, 17.30
A Rus traveller in Constantinople
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Alexandra Vukovich (University of Cambridge).

Tuesday 5 February, 17.30
Commemorative religious processions in Byzantine Constantinople
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Vicky Manolopoulou (King’s College London).

Tuesday 26 February, 17.30
Approaching Byzantine slavery
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Marek Jankowiak (Oxford).

Tuesday 12 March, 17.30
Foreign trade in the early Byzantine Empire: beyond the Silk Road
River Room
A seminar with Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck).

Tuesday 26 March, 17.30
The earliest traces of Christianisation from northeastern Italy and a newly discovered late antique inscription from Venice
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Lorenzo Calvelli (Venice).

For further information see: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/chs/events/events.aspx

Conference: Gold Glass Memorial Day for Daniel T. Howells

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, 27 April 2019

A conference, co-hosted by Drs Susan Walker (Oxford University) and Ine Jacobs (Ioannou Centre), in commemoration of the life and work of the late Dr Daniel Howells. Speakers, many of whom knew or worked with Dr Howells, will present papers on the art of ancient gold glass, its historical contexts and influence on later art.

Speakers:

· Giulia Cesarin, “Gold-band glass: from Hellenistic to Roman luxury glass production.”

· Yasoko Fujii, “A Study of Continuity: gold leaf techniques on gold glass. From Hellenistic ‘Kirikane’ to Late Roman ‘Scratching’.”

· Will Lewis, “A Constantinian prince’s guide to religion and culture in the mid-fourth century.”

· Susan Walker, “Craft, consumers and the value of gold-glass in late antique Rome.”

· Lucy Grig, “’Cultures of Conviviality’: thinking about the role of the gold glasses in feasting and conviviality.”

· Eileen Rubery, “Gold glass and the cults of female saints in Rome: whatever happened to the Virgin Mary?”

For online registration, visit the conference’s Eventbrite page.

Call for Papers: Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, 16-19 June  2019

Deadline: 2 January 2019

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium will convene at Brown University on June 16-19, 2019. Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.

We invite paper proposals for the 2019 Brown Syriac Symposium on the them of Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions.

Throughout its long history, Syriac Christianity has flourished in the midst of other languages, religions, cultures, and societies. However turbulent its circumstances, Syriac has enabled distinctive articulations and cultural expressions for its speakers. Moreover, not only have there been constant interactions, but Syriac has been an active medium of exchange. Contributions, borrowings, adaptations, and innovations have characterized the literary, material, philological, and cultural productions of Syriac speakers from the start. This Symposium welcomes proposals for scholarly papers on all topics that address Syriac in any of its historical time periods, within this broad theme.

Proposals may be submitted either for individual papers or as part of a proposed panel. Individual presentations must be limited to 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes of discussion time. Please submit contact information for the presenter(s) and an abstract of 250-350 words. Those wishing to propose a panel of 3 to 4 papers (4 papers maximum) on a specific theme must submit a separate abstract for each presentation, a title for the panel, and full contact information for all presenters and the session moderator.

All proposals should be submitted electronically to nasyriacsymposium@gmail.com on or before January 2, 2019. Notification of acceptances of paper and panel proposlas will be made in early February, with a view to publishing the program in early March.

For further information, see the conference website.

Call for Papers: Seventh Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

17-19 June 2019, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Deadline: 31 December 2018

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome. The deadline for proposals submissions is December 31.

The plenary speakers for this year will be John J. Contreni, of Purdue University, and Maureen C. Miller, of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.

For further information, see the conference website.

Call for Papers: Following the Holy Fathers: Patristic Sources in the Palamite Controversy

“Following the Holy Fathers: Patristic Sources in the Palamite Controversy”, 18th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 19-24 August 2019

Deadline: 31 August 2018

Opponents on both sides of the Palamite controversy (1338-1368) invoked the writings of the Church Fathers to support their theological claims and positions. Though scholars have long debated the patristic antecedents of the essence-energies distinction, research has tended to focus almost exclusively on the fidelity of St. Gregory Palamas to his patristic sources. This Workshop seeks, instead, to explore the use of the Fathers in the Palamite controversy more generally, from neglected influences on the writings of Palamas himself to the use of patristic authorities by Gregory’s opponents and subsequent defenders. Comprising a philological, historical, and theological exploration, we welcome papers on the following topics:

  • The Fathers in St. Gregory Palamas
  • Patristic sources in anti-Palamite theology (from Barlaam to Manuel Kalekas and beyond)
  • Middle Byzantine and later patristic influences on the Palamite controversy
  • The role of the Liturgy and Hymnography in the Palamite controversy
  • The use of the Fathers by Palamite authors to 1453 (from Dishypatos and Kokkinos to Eugenikos and Scholarios)

Papers may focus on individual Church Fathers or patristic sources and methodology in general on any aspect of patristic theology that enhances our understanding of Palamite and anti-Palamite theology in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Abstracts, of no more than 300 words, to oxfordpalamas@gmail.com.

Call for Papers: Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia

Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium, May 16-17, 2019, Dokuz Eylul University (DEU), Izmir, Turkey.

Deadline: 1 January 2019

The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing a new international symposium entitled “Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium” that will take place on May 16-17, 2019 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this instrument. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on May 18-19 to Samos, Greece through Kusadasi. We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2019. Our e-mail addresses are: gulserenkan@hotmail.com or terracottas@deu.edu.tr

Exhibition: Picturing a Lost Empire

‘Picturing a Lost Empire: An Italian Lens on Byzantine Art in Anatolia, 1960–2000’, Istanbul

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and Sapienza University of Rome are proud to present the result of their collaborative efforts: ‘Picturing a Lost Empire: An Italian Lens on Byzantine Art in Anatolia, 1960–2000.’ This exhibition focuses on the research on Byzantine art carried out by Italian scholars in the second half of the twentieth century and examines its mutual relationship with the history of Byzantine art historiography in Turkey. Featuring a selection of previously unpublished archival photographs of extraordinary monuments preserved in Anatolia, the exhibition can be visited at ANAMED in Istanbul from 1 June to 31 December 2018.

Between 1966 and 2000, Italian art historians traveled across the historical regions of Turkey in order to explore Byzantine monuments and works of art. These trips resulted in a substantial number of photographs, later collected in the Center for Documentation of Byzantine Art History of Sapienza (CDSAB). Curated by Livia Bevilacqua and Giovanni Gasbarri, the exhibition draws extensively on the photographs and other archival materials of the CDSAB, focusing especially on four historical regions: eastern Turkey; Lycia; Mesopotamia and Tur ‘Abdin; Cilicia and Isauria. Visitors are invited to follow this unique route from Rome to the East, to rediscover the remains of a lost empire and to step into the scenic landscape that surrounds them.

In conjunction with the opening, ANAMED will publish a bilingual volume under the same title, edited by Bevilacqua and Gasbarri and translated by Yiğit Adam. The book includes all of the photographs on display and features contributions by the curators and by other prominent specialists in Byzantine art and archaeology, such as Alessandra Guiglia, Antonio Iacobini, Engin Akyürek, Claudia Barsanti, Andrea Paribeni, Enrico Zanini and Lorenzo Riccardi.