Conference: Contested Heritage: Adaptation, Restoration & Innovation in the Late Antique & Byzantine World

Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 21st International Graduate Conference, Oxford, 22-23 February 2019

Byzantines considered themselves the legitimate heirs of the ancient world, a title they passionately defended against emerging empires east and west that also claimed hereditary rights to the Graeco-Roman past. From the fostering of cultural, scientific, and literary revivals and the commissioning of projects that used a well-established artistic and architectural vocabulary to the collection, conservation and display of consecrated ancient artefacts, anachronism was a powerful political and cultural tool, frequently used to build analogies with either past prosperity or a divine eternity.

Including contributions on political, social, literary, architectural and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean and beyond, this conference aims to provide a kaleidoscopic view of how cultural heritage was constructed, perceived and maintained in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Please follow the link for the conference website, which includes the full programme and the conference booklet.

Attendance fees are payable on registration. These are £15 for OUBS members and £20 for all other attendees.