Call for Papers: 6th Salzburg International Conference on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia

Center for the Study of the Christian East (ZECO) and the Archaeological Institute of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences / Department of Nestorian Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 20-27 June 2019

Deadline: 1 March 2019

We invite paper proposals on all aspects of Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. Papers should be original, concise and to the point. They should take 20 minutes to deliver and be presented in English.

Registration: Please download and fill out this reply form including an abstract (100-150 words) and submit it to Salzburg3.conf@sbg.ac.at before March 1, 2019

Registration Fee (mandatory): € 85. This covers lunch, coffee breaks, rent of the conference room, technical facilities, conference folders, photocopies, administration fees etc.

Excursion (Optional): For those who want to participate in our 2-day excursion, there will be a ticket charge of €55 per person. The ticket covers tour bus, admissions, accommodations incl. breakfast.

Extra Information: Kevin White, head of the Department of Nestorian Studies, has written an introduction letter for you to get better acquainted with the newly formed department that has the privilege to host this conference. This letter also gives more information pertaining to the field trips on the 24th and 25th of June. You can view or download a copy of this letter here.

Details regarding payment, visas and hotel bookings can be viewed here.

Call for Papers: Religion and War from Antiquity to Early Modernity: Historical Varieties of a Recurring Nexus

King’s College London, 24-26 June 2019

Deadline: 15 December 2018

The conference, hosted by the Departments of Classics and War Studies, and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London, will mark the launch of a new international research network Religion and War through the Ages dedicated to exploring the nexus between religion and war as a recurring cross-cultural phenomenon attested in a great variety of historical societies from antiquity to the present and presenting a particularly poignant modern challenge.

What role do religious ideas play in human conflicts? Citing direct divine command or posing as guardians of divine interests, actively seeking divine approval or drawing courage from imagined divine support, armies from ancient times to the present and across diverse regions and cultures, have gone to battle with one another. The conference will investigate specific historical cases and contexts that illustrate the influence of religion on war, from motivation to rules of conduct. Major themes include: the demands of different sets of religious beliefs that in the past provided a cause for war; the conditions under which religious considerations became a dominant force among the reasons for and against war; the role religion played in escalating war or putting limits on violence and how that influence was felt; finally, how religion, in turn, was affected by the conduct of war in past societies.

With wide geographic coverage encompassing the Mediterranean basin, Near East, North Africa, and Europe, and taking Classical Antiquity as a starting point, but looking as far back as the second millennium BCE and forward to the Westphalian settlement of 1648, this conference will be a comparative and cross-cultural exploration of the persistent question about the role of religion in motivating, guiding, and explaining the causes and conduct of war.

Confirmed speakers include: Ian Morris (Stanford), Anthony Spalinger (Auckland), Penny Roberts (Warwick), Amir Gilan (Tel Aviv), Ioannis Stouraitis (Edinburgh), Amira Benison (Cambridge).

Proposals from young researchers and established scholars in all fields of history (from Near Eastern Studies, Classics, Medieval and Byzantine to Early Modern) are now invited for papers of 20 minutes exploring historical cases that fit within the geographic and chronological framework outlined above and explore the influence of religion on war, from motivation and moral justification to rules of conduct. Proposals, of up to 350 words, along with a very brief CV, should be sent to Irene Polinskaya (irene.polinskaya@kcl.ac.uk) by 15 December 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 January 2019. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Inquiries may be sent to Irene Polinskaya, Alan James (alan.2.james@kcl.ac.uk) and Hans van Wees (h.wees@ucl.ac.uk)

Call for Papers: Late Antique Textualities

Society for Classical Studies, Washington, D.C., USA, 2-5 January 2020

Deadline: 23 February 2019

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer: Colin Whiting, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

In Latin, textus can mean a piece of weaving. Late antiquity is well thought of as a text or a collocation of texts in which many strands are woven together— strands of the old (the Classical past, old genres, persisting aspects of material culture) and strands of the new (Christianity, new or hybridized written genres, new or hybridized elements in material culture or the built environment). At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C., January 2–5, 2020, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session on the various textualities in late antiquity.

We are looking for papers on textuality in either written texts or material culture. Papers can consider issues of textuality in late-ancient written texts, e.g., language, intertextuality with prior written texts (pagan or Christian), or even genre. Potential panelists could also propose papers that consider textuality in material culture or the built environment, e.g., aesthetics, building styles, or methods that weave together old and new. We also encourage prospective panelists to construe the term textuality broadly and propose papers that transcend and/or question the options enumerated here.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 23, 2019 by email attachment to Colin Whiting. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts here. The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2020 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Washington, D.C.

Call for Papers: Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations

Graduate and Early Career Workshop, University of Oxford, 22–23 March 2019

Deadline: 15 December 2018

The ‘Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations’ is a two-day workshop which intends to bring together early career researchers working in the fields of Armenian and Byzantine studies and to give them the opportunity to discuss their research with senior specialists in their field. This workshop will continue the successful collaboration between Oxford and Vienna, which began last year in the University of Vienna with the workshop ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ convened by Dr Emilio Bonfiglio and Professor Claudia Rapp within the framework of ‘Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructure and Personal Agency’ project.

We are pleased to invite advanced PhD candidates and early career researchers working in the fields of Late Antique, Armenian, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20-minute papers connected with the main topics of Armenian-Byzantine relations with a focus on aspects of political and cultural interactions throughout the Middle Ages. We are particularly interested in new research which explores the participation of the Armenians in the Byzantine world and the Byzantine policies which had a direct influence on the Armenians. Each paper presented at the workshop will be accompanied by a senior scholar’s 10-minute response, followed by a general discussion. The workshop will be inaugurated with the lecture of our keynote speaker, Prof. Christina Maranci (Tufts University).

Limited travel grants will be available to assist those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Paper proposals should be sent by 15th December 2018 to David Zakarian. Applications should include: a) university affiliation; b) graduate level; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.

Scientific Committee: Dr. David Zakarian (Oxford), Prof. Theo M. van Lint (Oxford), Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (Vienna), and Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna)

Call for Papers: Medieval Italy

7th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 17-19 June 2019

Deadline: 31 December 2018

We are looking for additional papers and sessions on topics relating to medieval Italy. Current session proposals in need of additional papers include:

– Foundations of Venice in the Early Modern Middle Ages
– Byzantine Influence in Southern Italy (or Exarchate of Ravenna)
– Conflict and Commerce in Northern Italy
– The Communes of Medieval Italy
– Italy in the Medieval Mediterranean

Proposals for papers or sessions beyond those mentioned above are also encouraged. The submission deadline for both sessions proposals and individual papers is December 31.

For more information on the conference and submission instructions, see the conference website at: https://www.smrs-slu.org/.

For questions specifically related to papers and sessions on Medieval Italy, please contact Philip Mazero (phillip.mazero@slu.edu) or Matthew E. Parker (matthew.parker@slu.edu)

Call for Papers: Conquest and Construction: Architecture and Landscapes in the Medieval Mediterranean

Architecture Space and Society Research Centre, Birkbeck (University of London), 1 March 2019

Deadline: 3 December 2018

Much recent scholarship on the medieval Mediterranean focuses on shifting borders and cultural identities. Conquest is one of the causes of such shifts. This one-day symposium will examine how the consequences of conquests were manifested in conquered cities and landscapes, asking how conquerors responded to their new environments and how conquered communities were built and re-built.

Papers might touch on any of the following in relation to conquest, conquerors or conquered territories in the Mediterranean world, in the period 500 – 1500.

– Architecture
– Space, landscape, urbanism, topographies
– Architectural sculpture and decoration
– Sacred and liturgical spaces
– Destruction of architecture and urbanism
– Spoliation and re-use of building materials
– Cross-cultural exchanges through buildings, cities and landscapes
– Conquerors as builders and patrons of architecture
– Castles and defensive architecture
– Written descriptions of conquered landscapes

Papers are welcome on all areas of the Mediterranean world (including the Islamic, Byzantine and Latin areas, Jewish communities, the crusades and border zones).

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers to Clare Vernon (c.vernon@bbk.ac.uk), by Monday 3 December 2018, including a paper title, an abstract (max 300 words) and contact details.

Call for papers: Afterlife of Antiquity: Case Studies and New Perspectives in Iconology

Thirteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies, Rijeka (Croatia), 30-31 May 2019

Deadline: 15 January 2019

The concept of Antiquity and its afterlife, largely introduced by Aby Warburg to art historical research, has had a profound influence on generations of scholarship. The paradigm continues to spark dialogue among today’s scholars of art history as well as many other disciplines, including history, anthropology, literature, theory of art and others. This colloquium will consider the afterlife of Antiquity as form of memory as well as the use of classical models in their morphological significance. Scholars are invited to present proposals on topics relating to the continuity and discontinuity of the use of classical tradition in history of art (mythology, historical themes, literature), and use and reuse of the ancient models within the specific historical contexts. Our intention is to reflect upon subjects and problems in reference to the classical western art as well as to comparative approaches to other cultures.

Academic papers that will approach these subjects from interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles are
welcome. The themes and subjects include:

– survival/afterlife of classical mythology in Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art
– survival/afterlife of Roman legends and history in Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art
– Antiquity of the “Others” (in time and space) in an anthropological perspective
– continuity, discontinuity and ruptures of classical tradition in history of art
– case-studies of the use of topoi, schemata, Pathosformeln, and gestures in history of art
– reproductive and productive reception: copy, citation, variation, assimilation, and interpretation of the classical models
– re-contextualization – use of spolia
– classical motifs in contemporary art: use, reuse, and renewal
– memory of Antiquity as art-historiographical problem

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to cis@ffri.hr by January 15, 2019. A paper proposal should contain:
1. full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number(s), e-mail address
2. title
3. abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before February 15, 2019. There is NO registration fee. Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference, closing dinner as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers. All presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of the IKON journal in May 2020.

Please contact us for any additional information
Contact person:
Helena Balaz
Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia
E-mail: cis@ffri.hr
web page: http://ikon.ffri.hr

Call for papers: Narration in Byzantium: Synchronic and Diachronic Narratological Perspectives

3rd Byzantine Colloquium of the University of Buenos Aires, Section of Medieval Philology – Institute of Classical Philology, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, University of Buenos Aires, 29–30 August 2019

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The last years have witnessed a surge of narratological studies focusing on the vast Byzantine literary and artistic production, a recent example being the volume Storytelling in Byzantium. Narratological Approaches to Byzantine Texts and Images (ed. Ch. Messis – M. MulleJ – I. Nilsson). Today, Byzantinists apply sophisticated narratological techniques not only to narrative texts, but also to images and, in line with M. Fludernik’s theory, to non-narrative texts. A common language and a shared theoretical framework would be instrumental in making Byzantine narratological studies more unitary, in fostering the transdisciplinary dialogue with other fields of research, such as Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and in popularizing it among wider audiences.

In that context, the present colloquium wishes to provide Byzantinists and specialists in other disciplines with a forum of discussion and reflection on the narratological tools applied to their respective corpora, in order to conceptualize the specificity (or absence thereof) of Byzantine narration, from a synchronic and diachronic point of view, and to compare it, utilizing well-stablished and shared analytical categories, with other literary and artistic productions, contemporary or not.

We invite 20-minute papers on any topic pertinent to narrative in Byzantium in the widest sense. Please send your abstract no later than May 31, 2019 to tomas.fernandez@conicet.gov.ar, pablo.a.cavallero@gmail.com and reinhart.ceulemans@kuleuven.be.

Abstracts should 1000 characters or less (blank spaces included, but not counting bibliographical references), and should clearly state the hypothesis, goals and (expected) conclusions of the presentation.

Attendance of the conference will amount to 30 US$ ($500 for Argentina residents; $400 for members of SAEMED, AADEC or CAEBIZ). For students, doctoral students and research assistants, attendance is free.

Papers must be sent no later than July 19, 2019. 8 pp. Palatino Linotype 11; space between lines: 1½. Margins: 2 cm

Call for papers: Seventh Century Syrian Numismatic Round Table

‘The Hive’, Worcester, 6-7 April 2019

The Round Table aims to bring together numismatists, historians and archaeologist with an interest in Late Antiquity/Early Islam in Syria/Palestine and the surrounding area. We hold small informal conferences at roughly two-yearly intervals which usually include at least twelve papers with ample time allowed for discussion. The central focus is the Syrian Arab-Byzantine coinage, but papers can cover Byzantine or Post-Reform Umayyad coinage, or deal with aspects of the history or archaeology of Syria/Palestine. We also normally include one or two papers on related topics (e.g. seals, weights etc.) or adjacent localities (e.g. Egypt or the Sasanian Empire). Papers sometimes present completed pieces of research, but more often they deal with ‘work in progress’.

If you are interested in presenting a paper (or would just like more information about the conference) please contact Tony Goodwin on a.goodwin2@btopenworld.com. Presentations should normally last no more than 40 minutes, but much shorter papers are equally acceptable. A short abstract will be circulated before the conference and the papers will be published in full in the conference proceedings. The Hive conference centre in Worcester was the very successful venue for our last but one conference in 2013.

Call for Papers: “Scribal Habits in Middle Eastern Manuscripts” Workshop

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 9-11 May 2019

Deadline: 15 January 2019

Most scholars who employ manuscripts in their research tend to focus on the literary content itself. But what about the role of the scribe who typically remains at the periphery of research? How can we, in the words of the NT textual critic James Royse, “virtually look over the scribe’s shoulder” to understand the process by which our manuscripts were produced. The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars from various disciplines to study the individuals who produced our manuscripts and how they shaped the transmission of literary texts they copied.

Topics may include:
· The qualities, habits and skills of the scribe.
· Typology of changes made by scribes .
· The visual features of the MSS as produced by scribes.
· How can scribal habits help us reconstruct texts?
· Why do scribes deviate from their exemplars?
· How are peculiar readings produced?
· What does the scribe do when (s)he spots an error?
· What is the right spelling of a word and how are orthographic variants produced?
· Is it time for a new paragraph?
· Second-hand scribes (e.g. vocalizers, dotters, and commentators).
· Extra-textual elements in manuscripts

This workshop will focus on Middle Eastern manuscripts written in Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Coptic and other languages. Scholars interested in participating may send via email a proposal between 750 and 1,000 words. Proposals are to focus on the scribe and scribal habits (i.e. not a study of the literary text itself). Comparative analyses across traditions is encouraged but not required.

Submission deadline is January 15, 2019. Submissions are to be sent via email directly to George A. Kiraz at gkiraz@ias.edu.

Scholars are expected to fund their travel to/from and accommodation in Princeton. The Institute will provide meals and a conference celebratory dinner. Speakers will be invited to contribute to a collected volume on an agreed-upon theme.