Call for Papers: Byzantine Studies in Georgia

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia, 11-13 October 2019

Deadline: 20 May 2019

We are pleased to announce that based on the joint decision of the Georgian National Committee of Byzantine Studies, Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University, Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Faculty of Humanities of the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, the 5th International Scientific Conference “Byzantine Studies in Georgia” will be held on the 11-14th of October 2019 in Batumi. The main theme of the Conference is defined as follows: “The Black Sea and the Black Sea Region Countries – the Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations in the 4th –15th Centuries”.

The topics within the theme of Byzantine Studies are not limited. The sessions will be held at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University on the 11-13th of October 2019. The working languages will be Georgian, German, English, French and Russian. Participants of the conference will enjoy the opportunity to visit Batumi’s museums and exhibitions, such as Archeological and Art Museums, get introduced to the architectural monuments of the Antique, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods in Batumi and its vicinity (Petra-Tsikhisdziri and Gonio-Apsarosi Museum-Reserves). The excursion to Trabzon and Sumela Monastery Complex is scheduled on October 14th, 2019.

In order to ensure proper organization of the conference, including funding, we kindly ask you to send your abstract (preferably in English, max. 300 words, font- Sylfaen, size- 12), CV and filled application form by the 20th of May 2019 at humanities@bsu.edu.ge.

Detailed information about registration and other costs will be provided later upon acceptance of your abstract, CV and the filled application form.

For further details please contact:

Doctor of History Erekle Jordania
President of the Georgian National Committee of the AIEB, Associated Professor of the Department of History of Middle Ages of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University;
E-mail: ereklejordania@yahoo.com; byzantinology@gmail.com;

Doctor of Philology Neli Makharadze
Head of the Department of Byzantine Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University;
E-mail: byzantinology@gmail.com;

Professor Tina Dolidze
Director of the Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University;
E-mail: greekstudies@tsu.ge;

Professor Marine Giorgadze
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University;
E-mail: humanities@bsu.edu.ge.

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.

Call for Papers: Women and Violence in the Late Medieval Mediterranean, ca. 1100-1500

Maison Français, Oxford

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between women and violence in the Middle Ages, with new works both on female criminality and on women as victims of violence. The contributions of gender theory and feminist criminology have renewed the approached used in this type of research. Nevertheless, many facets of the complex relationship between women and violence in medieval times still await to be explored in depth. This conference aims to understand how far the roots of modern assumptions concerning women and violence may be found in the late medieval Mediterranean, a context of intense cultural elaboration and exchange which many scholars have indicated as the cradle of modern judicial culture. While dialogue across the Mediterranean was constant in the late Middle Ages, occasions for comparative discussion remain rare for modern-day scholars, to the detriment of a deeper understanding of the complexity of many issues. Thus, we encourage specialists of different areas across the Mediterranean (Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world) to contribute to the discussion. What were the main differences and similarities? How did these change through time? What were the causes for change? Were coexisting assumptions linking femininity and violence conflicting or collaborating? The conference will take place over two days thanks to the generous contributions of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the Maison Française d’Oxford, and the Centre de recherche d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance.

For further information: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/article/women-and-violence-in-the-late-medieval-mediterranean-ca.-1100-1500?fbclid=IwAR2JKPtI2_g6UyXKaYtDDVN7vSDxjaTxqpFZymfPVfnU1A8DnuJ4l4NUviM

Call for Papers: Waste Not Want Not: Food And Thrift From Antiquity To The Present

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 12-13 September 2019

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Cambridge Body and Food Histories group is delighted to announce the call for papers for its second annual conference. This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between historians and policy makers. Using both past and present as critical lenses, the event will serve as a platform for the discussion of more sustainable food practice in the present and future.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute, Washington), and Dr Simon Werrett (UCL).

Please see the full details below or on our website.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline and at any stage in their career working on FOOD WASTE AND/OR FOOD SUSTAINABILITY practices in any period of history.

Abstracts of 300 words max. should be emailed to foodandthrift@yahoo.com by the deadline 31st May 2019.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:
– Food preservation – methods and implements for preserving food; the temporalities of food itself (seasonality, the potential for decay)
– Management of food waste – methods and implements for disposing of or reusing food waste
– Spaces of food preservation and waste – the factory, workplace, home etc.
– Historical issues of food insecurity and food inequality – economic reasons for ‘thrift’ and their relationship to class/wealth
– Food waste as a moral/religious/political issue – the wider (cultural) frameworks within which food waste/’thrift’ has been understood
– Questions of memory and time – the role of food waste/’thrift’ in visions of the (utopian/ dystopian) future; tendencies to characterise particular periods as excessive or frugal; the impact of these visions on the present

This conference is designed to generate an interdisciplinary discussion between scholars from a wide variety of fields: archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with representatives from the third sector.

Any questions should be sent direct to foodandthrift@yahoo.com

This conference is generously funded by The University of Cambridge AHRC DTP

Call for Papers: Historical Inertia: Continuity in the Face of Change 500-1500 CE

3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies

Deadline: 3 June 2019

Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.

This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on the 22 – 23 November 2019 and will tackle the notion of inertia and the implications accompanying it for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine history from 500-1500 CE.

We particularly encourage contributions on the following topics:
• Dynastic and Political Changes: Patterns of continuity across ruling classes, court-life and dynastic succession.
• A View from Below – Story of the Common Masses: The role of perceived ‘minority’ groups (religious, ethnic or cultural) that constituted the numerical majority of the population but are ignored or omitted in sources written for/by the dominant group.
• Patterns of Trade and Economic Infrastructure: ‘domestic or foreign’.
• Forms of Expression and Transmission: Listening through language, art and ideas.
• Frontiers (and beyond): Military, diplomatic or cultural interactions across linguistic and political delimitations.

We strongly encourage papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines (Archaeology, Art History, History, Theology etc.) which take advantage of interdisciplinary source-critical approaches.

Poster Presentations:
There will be a special poster session held during the conference of 1 hour, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, allowing for discussion with the authors. The posters will be left up for the duration of the conference so they can also be visited during the breaks and during the reception.

We strongly encourage submissions from undergraduate as well as graduate students. The poster size cannot exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height)

Deadlines:
Deadline for abstracts is the 3rd of June and notification of acceptance will be confirmed by mid-June. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words, and a 100-word professional biography to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk. Please indicate on your abstract if you are submitting for poster or paper. We kindly welcome submissions from individuals or groups. There will be a small registration fee of £15 and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to 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.

The organising committee, P. Harrison, A. Nayfa, S. Nwokoro, L. Pecorini and A. Stockhammer.

Call for Papers: Third International Conference On Byzantine And Medieval Studies (CBMS)

The Byzantinist Society Of Cyprus, Third International Conference On Byzantine And Medieval Studies (CBMS)

Deadline: 6 September 2019

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of January 2020.

Honorary President: Theodoros Giagkou, Professor, University of Thessaloniki

Keynote Speaker: Enrico Zanini, Professor, Università di Siena

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in- progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods. The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Scientific and Organizing Committee:
Nikolas Bakirtzis (Chair), Stavros Georgiou, Doria Nicolaou, Andriani Georgiou, Christina Kakkoura, Rania Michail, Thomas Costi, Ourania Perdiki, Despina Papacharalampous, Thanasis Koutoupas, Christina Roditou, Andreas Foulias.

Paper proposal submission material:
Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.

Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms:
Paper proposal: https://forms.gle/BEyHbKaDZNTBjxff6

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer.
Session proposal: https://forms.gle/DEB38CDQDkMcbD5x8

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2019. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.

Graduate Paper Awards: The best graduate student papers will be selected and awarded upon the conclusion of the conference.

The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus. For membership information please visit the society’s website: http://www.byzantinistsociety.org.cy

For inquiries send email to: cbms2020@byzantinistsociety.org.cy

Paper proposal preparation instructions

When submitting your proposal through our online application form, you will be asked to provide the following information:

Name, position or graduate status and academic affiliation (i.e.. Prof., University of…), email address, address, phone, title of paper, abstract.

If you encounter technical difficulties with our online application form, you may also send us your proposal via email (cbms2020@byzantinistsociety.org.cy), in the following format:
Prepare the paper proposal as a single Microsoft WORD document. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point. Line spacing: single.

Cover Sheet
Include the following information in the listed order. Please align text left and allow a blank line between each information detail:

Name, position or graduate status and academic affiliation (i.e. Prof., University of…), address, phone, email address, title of paper.

Abstract
Title line: No more than two lines. Do not use an all capital-letters title. Boldface and centered. Skip one line.

Author line: Author’s name followed by institutional affiliation in parentheses or, for independent scholars their city. No titles or degrees (i.e. Prof., Dr, PhD).. Boldface and centered. Lower case, capitalize first letters of words. Skip two lines.

Abstract text: Justify text. No intend in the first line of paragraphs. Skip one line between paragraphs. Foreign language words transliterated and italicized. No footnotes or images. The abstract text is the sole responsibility of the author/s and will be included in the Book of Abstracts.

Call for Papers: Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Ghent University, Belgiumm, 23-24 April 2020

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Psalms, in their Greek Septuagint translation, were a fundamental corpus of biblical poetry, and as such were continuously referred to in Christian literature. They played a key role in the daily life and in the development of religious sensitivity of late antique and Byzantine people. The production of Psalm-related literature, notably exegetic, was impressively widespread. The Psalms, however, influenced other genres of religious literature as well, and their poetical nature remained an important feature that later authors were well aware of.

In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in poetry from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, we invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a paper at a colloquium on this subject.

Confirmed speakers are Andrew Faulkner, Antonia Giannouli, Christian Høgel and Maria Ypsilanti.

We welcome contributions on the following topics especially:
• the appreciation of the Psalter’s poetical nature in exegesis and in the biblical manuscript tradition (e.g. recognition, by patristic and Byzantine exegetes, of the presence or absence of poetical features);
• rhetorical aspects of the Psalms as highlighted in late antique and Byzantine treatises;
• the influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry (e.g. what was their role in the composition of eis heauton poems? How does self-expression in Christian poetry relate to the Psalms?);
• the reception of the Psalms in hymnographic poetry;
• the reception of the Psalter in specific genres of poetry, such as Byzantine catanyctic poetry;
• the metrical metaphrases by ps-Apollinaris and Manuel Philes;
• metrical paratexts on the Psalms.

These examples are not exclusive and papers on other related topics are welcome.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by a reaction from a respondent, who will open the discussion with the audience. Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be asked to submit prior to the colloquium a rough draft of their full text. After the conference, they are expected to offer their re-worked paper for inclusion (upon acceptance after peer-review) in a volume on the reception of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry.

Please send a title and a short abstract (max. 300 words) of your paper to rachele.ricceri@ugent.be no later than May 31, 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of June 2019.

For more information, please visit our website.

Organisers: Floris Bernard, Reinhart Ceulemans, Cristina Cocola, Kristoffel Demoen, Anna Gioffreda, Andreas Rhoby, Rachele Ricceri.

This colloquium is organised within the framework of the projects David, our Orpheus. Reception, Rewritings and Adaptations of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry (funded by the FWO – Flemish Research Foundation) and The Legacy of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry: Book Epigrams and Metrical Paraphrases (funded by the FWO – Flemish Research Foundation and the FWF – Austrian Science Fund), which are being carried out at Ghent University, KU Leuven and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Call for Papers: True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700)

9th International Lectio Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 11-13 December 2019

Deadline: 15 April 2019

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the center of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists, Catholics and Protestants – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, consilia, images, carnivalesque parades, music, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aforementioned genres and strategies are all modes of negotiating dissent, which raises several important questions regarding these intellectual ‘warriors’. What were the most important issues at stake and how were they debated? Did the debates in the public sphere reflect the private opinions of the scholars involved? What access do we have to those private opinions? Can we approach such controversies in terms of authenticity and truthfulness, or consistency and coherence? Is there a contrast between ego-documents and the published part of an author’s oeuvre?

Starting from these questions, the aim of this conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries. We actively invite papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (civil and canon law, philosophy, theology and religious studies, literary studies, historiography, art history, etc.) and aim to study texts in Latin, Greek and the vernacular, as well as pictorial and performative traditions. We do not only welcome specific case studies, but also (strongly) encourage broader (meta)perspectives, e.g.of a diachronic or transdisciplinary nature. The conference will span the period from the twelfth until the seventeenth centuries.

For full details, see http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/conferences/

Call for Papers: Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East

Tbilisi, Georgia, 18-20 June 2019

Deadline: 29 March 2019

Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts has the pleasure to announce the Second International Conference “Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East.” The conference will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia (1/3 M. Aleksidze. Tbilisi, Georgia, 0193) between 18-20 June 2019. As usual, the working languages will be Georgian and English.

CVs and abstracts of your contributions (not more than 500 words max; Georgian texts in AcadNusx, English texts in Times New Roman; English translation should be attached to Georgian texts) should be submitted by e-mail: georgianmanuscript@gmail.com

Successful participants will be informed in the first decade of April. The details about accommodation and other practical aspects will be communicated after approval.

No registration fee required.

The conference covers all aspects of Medieval Georgian, Byzantine and Christian East Literature, history, theology, art history and digital humanities.

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