Seminar Series: University of Oxford Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

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

Seminar Series: University of Birmingham Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies 2018/19

The Centre’s General Seminar normally meets in the Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building on Thursdays at 5.15pm, unless otherwise stated and is open to all interested in the related concerns of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

AUTUMN TERM 2018

11 Oct: Students of the Centre
Travellers’ Tales

18 Oct: Georgios Chatzelis (Athens)
Invention and reality in Byzantine historical narratives: the impact of Polyaenus and military manuals on the Alexiad of Anna Komnene

25 Oct: Maroula Perisanidi (Leeds)
Equines and the margins of Byzantine power: humility or humiliation?

1 Nov: Cecily Hennessy (London)
Byzantine influence in Winchester Cathedral?

15 Nov: Maria Papadaki (Edinburgh)
Current archaeological research on settlement and provincial life in the Byzantine Mediterranean: the case of the Peloponnese

22 Nov: Paul Magdalino (St Andrews)
The church of St John the Theologian and the End of Antiquity in Constantinople
(Annual SPBS Autumn Lecture)

29 Nov: Marc Baer (London)
Sultans as saviors: early modern Mediterranean Jewish accounts of the Ottoman rulers

6 Dec: Ethan Menchinger (Manchester)
Ottoman dreams of destiny and omens of greatness

13 Dec: Ioulia Kolovou (Glasgow)
Reconfiguring the template: Representations of powerful women in historical fiction — the case of Anna Komnene
(Joint Seminar with CESMA)

SPRING TERM 2019

24 Jan: Alexandra Vukovich (Oxford)
Interpreting the Constantinopolitan landscape: A Rus traveller in Byzantium

31 Jan: Ceyda Karamürsel (London)
Unlikely migrants: slavery, emancipation, and race in the Reform-Era Ottoman Mediterranean

7 Feb: Brian McLaughlin (London)
Kantakouzenos’ daemon: providence and persuasion in late Byzantine historiography

14 Feb: Huw Halstead (St Andrews)
‘Remnants of Byzantium’: the uses of the past by the expatriated Greeks of Turkey

28 Feb: Gonda Van Steen (London)
Greek Adoptees Anonymous: adoption, memory and Cold War Greece

7 Mar: Michael Talbot (London)
Consular networks, shipping routes, and the Ottoman world in the late 19th century

14 Mar: Miltos Pechlivanos (Berlin)
Francis Bacon in Ancient Greek. Nikolaos Mavrokordatos (1680-1730) and cultural mobility

21 Mar: Theofili Kampianaki (Birmingham)
Flavius Josephus in medieval Greek and Latin Histories: some cross-cultural approaches

Seminar Series: CHS 2018-19 Late Antique & Byzantine Seminar Series at King’s College London

Through its regular series of seminars, colloquia, public lectures and international conferences, the Centre for Hellenic Studies is a concentrated force for the advancement of research in all aspects of Hellenic culture.

All its activities are free, open to the public and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.

Semester 1

Convened by Vicky Manolopoulou

Tuesday 25 September, 17.30
Understanding settlements in Byzantine Greece: Old data and new approaches for the Peloponnese (11th -12th eleventh centuries)
K2.29 Council Room
A seminar with Maria Papadaki (University of Edinburgh / University of Patras).

Tuesday 9 October, 17.30
Equines and the margins of Byzantine power: Humility or humiliation?
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds).

Tuesday 23 October, 17.30
Identifying Medieval burials – what to do with unexpected Byzantines?
River Room
A seminar with Sophie Moore.

Tuesday 13 November, 17.30
Revising the chronology of Late Antique Ephesus: Urban phasing and epigraphic landscapes
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Luke Lavan (University of Kent).

 

Semester 2

Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

Tuesday 22 January, 17.30
A Rus traveller in Constantinople
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Alexandra Vukovich (University of Cambridge).

Tuesday 5 February, 17.30
Commemorative religious processions in Byzantine Constantinople
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Vicky Manolopoulou (King’s College London).

Tuesday 26 February, 17.30
Approaching Byzantine slavery
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Marek Jankowiak (Oxford).

Tuesday 12 March, 17.30
Foreign trade in the early Byzantine Empire: beyond the Silk Road
River Room
A seminar with Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck).

Tuesday 26 March, 17.30
The earliest traces of Christianisation from northeastern Italy and a newly discovered late antique inscription from Venice
K2.29 Council Room.
A seminar with Lorenzo Calvelli (Venice).

For further information see: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/chs/events/events.aspx