Call for Papers: Colour, Emotion and Senses

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, May 2021

Deadline: 31 July 2020

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 21st Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Papers and posters are invited on the theme of colour, emotion and the senses. The investigation of the above themes has the potential to grant insight into the everyday experiences of people, transcending class, gender and race. This colloquium aims to explore the lives of people across the eastern Mediterranean from a variety of perspectives, from Late Antiquity through to the Present Day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Margaret Mullett, Harvard University/Dumbarton Oaks emerita.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

– Taste, food and feasting
– Sound and celebration
– Family, kinship and relations
– Religion and the sensory experience
– Music and dance
– Costume and colour

Papers of approximately 20 minutes or posters (maximum size A1) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than 31 July 2020 to 2020CBOMGScolloquium@gmail.com.

For further details, see https://gemuob.wordpress.com/annual-colloquium-3/

Call for Papers: Licht aus dem Osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 26-27 November 2020 (or virtually)

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore a variety of theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analysed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop invites papers on the economy of natural light in medieval churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, or rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered analyses of light Inszenierung examined in this workshop cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Proposals for 30-minute papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at aisulli[at]umich.edu and vladimir.ivanovici[at]usi.ch by 15 June 2020. Please include in the email subject line “Berlin Workshop Proposal”.

For all accepted presenters, the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals will be covered by the host institution through a grant sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Call for Papers: Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)

4th Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh, 19-20 November 2020

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) shape historical memory and our understanding of the past. This conference focuses on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies. Memory plays a crucial role in the way events are perceived, understood and narrated by different groups and elites: locals might see the conquest of their city as a catastrophe, while the conquerors portray the same as glorious or divinely inspired. We invite papers and posters that address issues and questions including, but not limited to:

· Natural/environmental: Plagues, earthquakes, famines/droughts, floods, fires, climate change
· Socio-cultural/linguistic: Iconoclasm, artistic and urban disruption/renewal, cultural vandalism, translation movements, language death and breaks in literary tradition
· Political/military: Conquests, coups, sieges, wars, revolts, revolutions, civil wars, usurpations, succession crises and religious/ “holy” wars (Crusade/Jihad)
· Religious: Heresies, schisms, theological or dogmatic conflict, new religions, apocalyptic traditions and eschatology
· Memory “devices” and strategies: How do memories of catastrophes manifest themselves in material culture, texts, images and other different sources? Where do we see evidence of intentional forgetting?
· Comparative/Interdisciplinary: Elites versus non-elite memory of catastrophes; geographical (Mediterranean and Eurasia); temporal (500-1500CE)
· The role of the 21st century cultural historian: What is and should be modern scholars’ role in situating catastrophe?

This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-20, 2020 in Edinburgh. We welcome papers and posters from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines with an interest in Late Antique, Islamic or Byzantine studies. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Leslie Brubaker and Dr. Foteini Spingou.

Papers: Presentation is 20 minutes in length, delivered in English.

Posters: Participants will present their research at a poster session. Dimensions should not exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height) and posters must be printed and brought by the author. We strongly encourage undergraduate, masters and first-year PhD students to summit posters of their dissertations or research.

To apply, please respond with an e-mail including whether you hope to present a paper or poster, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a small academic biography of no more than 120 words to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting papers and posters is June 15, 2020.

Registration Fees (fee includes lunch both days):
· Students speakers: £15 before September 15, 2020; £20 after
· Non-Students speakers: £35 before September 15, 2020; £40 after

We will publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.

Any questions please address to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk.

Update: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Postponement of the Submission Deadline of Free Communication, Poster & VR Session Proposals

During these extraordinary and challenging times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as the Organizing Committee of the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, ICBS 2021-Istanbul, we feel the need to postpone the submission deadline of Free Communication, Poster & VR Session proposals from April 15, 2020 to September 1, 2020. The submissions should be made online at https://www.byzcongress2021.org/submission#free-communication-submission.

With a global and unified response and responsibility, we hope that these gloomy days will be over as soon as possible.

We wish you all healthy days,

Prof. Dr. Melek Delilbaşı
President of the Turkish National Committeeof Byzantine Studies

Call for Papers: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Istanbul, Turkey, 23-28 August 2021

Deadline: 20 April 2020

Please note that that the official website of the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Istanbul 2021, has been inaugurated as of 15 April 2019 (https://www.byzcongress2021.org). You may find on the website all information pertaining to the Congress, including important dates; the lists of plenary, round table and thematic free communication sessions; as well as guidelines for online submission of plenary papers and round table, thematic free communication, free communication and poster/VR abstracts. Please note that the call for free communications and poster/VR presentations is now open and the deadline for uploading abstracts for proposals in these categories is 15 April 2020.