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 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 ( 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 ( and Hans van Wees (

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:

For questions specifically related to papers and sessions on Medieval Italy, please contact Philip Mazero ( or Matthew E. Parker (

Conference: Workshop on “Corpus Coranicum Christianum”

Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 5–7 December 2018

The workshop seeks to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project comparing all Christian translations of the Qur’an. Its goal is to gather and analyze, in a first step, all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Qur’an from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period and to present the results to the scientific and broader public as a synoptic open-access digital edition. The workshop is aiming at mapping out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Qur’an and to facilitate further scientific exchange. It will also examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an annotated database of the Corpus Coranicum Christianum.

The program of the workshop has been finalised. For any up-date concerning the workshop, you can visit our website, where you can also find the poster and the flyer.

Conference: Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA, USA, 3-6 January 2019

The Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group of the Archaeological Institute of America is sponsoring two colloquia at this year’s annual meeting, to be held January 3-6, 2019, in San Diego, CA.

Saturday, January 5, 1:45 – 4:45 pm
The Medieval Countryside: An Archaeological Perspective (6I)
Organized by Effie Athanassopoulos, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

•Archaeological approaches and settlement systems in Medieval central Greece – Athanasios K. Vionis, University of Cyprus
•Archaeological Survey and Understanding the Rural Landscape in Byzantine Greece: Some Specific Examples – Timothy E. Gregory, Ohio State University, and Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens
•Aegean Landscapes of the Early Middle Ages: New Perspectives from Naxos – Sam Turner, Newcastle University, and Jim Crow, University of Edinburgh
•The Domestic and Built Environment of a Byzantine Village – Mark Pawlowski, UCLA
•The Medieval Countryside at a Regional Scale in the Western Argolid and Northeastern Peloponnesus – Dimitri Nakassis, University of Colorado, Sarah James, University of Colorado, Scott Gallimore, Wilfrid Laurier University, and William Caraher, University of North Dakota
•Remarks on Surface Survey Research in the Eastern Peloponnese – Anastasia G. Yangaki, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
•What Happens when Historians and Archaeologists talk to each other: the Avkat Archaeological Project – Hugh Elton, Trent University, John Haldon, Princeton University, and James Newhard, College of Charleston

Sunday, January 6, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Craft Production in the Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean (7B)
Organized by Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia, and Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, University of Virginia

•Age-old Traditions Coming of Age: Metal Production, Communities, and Landscape in the Medieval Balkans – Georgios Makris, Princeton University
•Embroidery Workshops in the Ottoman Empire – Michalis Lychounas, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala
•The “Stone of Athienou”: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Stone Workers in Central Cyprus – P. Nick Kardulias, College of Wooster
•Craft Production in an ‘Open-Trade Zone’: Metal Work in Late Medieval/Early Modern Aegean – Nikos Kontogiannis, Koç University
•Connections among Craft Communities in the Late Medieval Mediterranean: New Considerations on Patterns of use of the Naples Yellow Pigment – Florence Liard, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France
•On the Transfer of Knowledge in Ivories of the Medieval Mediterranean – Anthony Cutler, Penn State University

For more about the AIA Annual Meeting and information about how to register, visit
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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 (, by Monday 3 December 2018, including a paper title, an abstract (max 300 words) and contact details.

Conference: Glazed Wares as Cultural Agents in the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Empires: Evidence from Technological and Archaeological Research

International ANAMED Annual Symposium, Istanbul, 6-7 December 2018

The intent of ANAMED’s 2018 Annual Symposium is to bring together researchers engaged in the study of decoration and technology of glazed pottery, ranging from the early Byzantine era to the end of the Ottoman period. More than 10 years ago, the first International Symposium on Late Antique, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Pottery and Tiles in Archaeological Context took place in Çanakkale, the site of a major Late Ottoman production. It is envisaged that this year’s symposium will be the continuation of that conference, this time focusing on the glazed wares and the new information from current interdisciplinary research.

The symposium is open to public and English – Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided with the support of the European Union.

For more information contact Naz Uğurlu ( The full programme can be found here.

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 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
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