Wednesdays, 5pm, The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford
The seminar forms a continuation of the theme ‘The Byzantine Commonwealth 50 years on: empires and their afterlife’, which was the subject of a two-day conference at Worcester College, Oxford on 27-28 September 2018, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Sir Dimitri Obolensky, one of the outstanding Byzantine historians of the 20th century. Both conference and seminar series aim to return to some of the lines of enquiry and themes that Obolensky explored in his writings, the singularity of Byzantium and the empire’s place in the Eurasian world, and its interaction with other societies, cultures and powers.
10 October: Professor Elizabeth Jeffreys
Byzantine literature in the Slavic world: serendipity or intention?
17 October: Dr Catherine Holmes
Centres, peripheries and networks: an impossible triangle to square in Byzantium?
24 October: Professor Jaś Elsner
Looking east: Christian art outside the world of Christian hegemony
31 October: Dr James Howard-Johnston
The typology of nomad empires
7 November: Professor Marc Lauxtermann
Story-telling east and west
14 November: Dr Phil Booth
Byzantium and the Miaphysite commonwealth
21 November: Dr Ida Toth
Antiquity and identity in Byzantine, Italian and Ottoman cultures
28 November: Professor Dame Averil Cameron
Empire and commonwealth today