Seminar Series: Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar – Summer 2021

Mondays 12.30-14.00 BST, via Zoom

To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk

Monday 26th April
Katherine Krauss (Somerville College, Oxford), Rereading the ‘Canon’ in Latin Late Antiquity: Exemplarity and Allusion in Macrobius’ Saturnalia

Monday 3rd May
Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham), Defining the ‘Byzantine Variable’ in Early Byzantine Italy: The Case of Liguria (500-700 CE)

Monday 10th May
Cristina Cocola (Universiteit Gent & Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven), Feeling Repentance in Byzantium: A Study on the Literary Sources of Katanyktic Poetry

Monday 17th May
Ben Kybett (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), Themistius and the Muses: Religion, Rhetoric, and Classical Statuary in Fourth-Century Constantinople

Monday 24th May
Grace Stafford (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Between the Living and the Dead: Use, Reuse, and Imitation of Painted Portraits in Late Antiquity

Monday 31st May
Josh Hitt (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), Ageing, Rejuvenation and Patronage in Twelfth-Century Byzantium

Monday 7th June
Constanța Burlacu (Merton College, Oxford), Monastic Presence and Book Circulation in the Lands North of the Danube (15th-16th Centuries)

Monday 14th June
Kyriakos Fragkoulis (University of Birmingham), (Re)contextualising a Late Antique City through the Ceramic Record: The Case of Dion in Macedonia (Pieria, Greece)

Seminar Series: Byzantium and the Silk Roads

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new and exciting April Mini-Seminar Series entitled: “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” which includes Irene Giviashvili, Qiang Li, and Aniket Chettry as speakers.

We will start our scholarly trip on Friday 9 April (17.00 o’clock, Istanbul time) with Irene Giviashvili who will be talking about the “Intercultural dialogue between Georgia and Byzantium“.

For further info and registration go to https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program-1 or send an email to byzantiumatankara@hotmail.com.

SPBS Virtual Visit to Dumbarton Oaks

5pm (UK time) 29 April 2021

SPBS would like to invite all its members and supporters to come and visit the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection in Washington DC in the company of one of its curators, Dr Elizabeth Williams. Elizabeth will be introducing highlights from the collection under the title ‘Worldly Adornments: A Virtual Object Session with Textiles and Jewelry at Dumbarton Oaks’. There will be opportunities to ask questions during and after the talk. The event will be run through Zoom. If you would like to attend, please contact the SBPS Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood, by email [twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk] and he will supply further instructions for joining the first ever SPBS Virtual Visit.

DO visit poster

“On Being Conquered in Byzantium” Virtual Symposium

16-17 April 2021

The famous adage that history is written by the victors may have become a truism, but the voices of conquered people have never been fully silenced—rather, we may not have been interested in hearing them. All too often, historiography (by no means limited to Byzantine studies) has focused on great-man histories, impersonal studies of societies, or the “longue durée,” all modes that diminish the importance of subjective individual experiences of people who were not great or who were not men.

This symposium therefore aims to refocus the collective scholarly gaze of Byzantinists away from the victors in war and toward the vanquished; away from heroes and rulers and toward victims and casualties; away from the political, economic, historical, and social causes of war and toward the personal and subjective experience of it; away from the insistence of dominant voices and toward the recuperation of marginalized ones.

Bringing together twelve specialists in literature, history, art history, and contemporary cultural theory, this symposium seeks to better understand both how Byzantines themselves understood being conquered and, as importantly, what being conquered in Byzantium can mean for us now.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

Dumbarton Oaks Virtual Museum Study Day

Deadline: March 28, 2021

How did objects convey information about individuals and society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium? Much like today, people of these periods carefully constructed their public personas through textiles, jewelry, seals, and other artifacts. This workshop will consider how modern-day notions of identity apply to premodern concepts of individuals’ relationships to their broader social, religious, gender, ethnic, and official communities. In addition, we will discuss the pragmatic challenges of displaying objects associated with individuals in museum contexts.

This year’s Dumbarton Oaks Museum Study Day will go virtual. We can accommodate up to 12 graduate students in art history, archaeology, history, classics, religious studies, and other fields who might benefit from close engagement with our collections and from training in material culture approaches.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter with a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development. All materials should be submitted to byzantine@doaks.org.

SPBS Autumn Lecture 2020

NB: This lecture is open to all. It will be preceded by the Society’s Annual General Meeting at 16:30, held via Zoom and open to all members of the Society. If you also wish to attend the AGM, please email the Secretary, Dr Tim Greenwood (twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk) and he will supply the necessary link.