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Call for papers

Othello’s Island 2016
The 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Literature, History, Culture and Society

Venue: CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus
17 to 20 March 2016

A collaborative event organised by academics from Sheffield Hallam University, the SOAS University of London, University of Kent and the University of Leeds


Professor James Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield
Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Sarah James, University of Kent
Dr Michael Paraskos, SOAS University of London
​Benedict Read FSA, University of Leeds

About the Conference:

Following its successful first three years this now well-established annual conference aims to explore Medieval and Renaissance artistic, literary, social, religious and cultural history in a truly multidisciplinary way.

Although based in Cyprus the conference is not only focussed on Cyprus. However Cyprus is a particularly appropriate location for the study of this period, as it was a time when the island what was arguably the zenith of its civilization and international influence.

Under almost 400 years of French and Italian rule, Cyprus developed a unique courtly culture and trade links that extended throughout Europe, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and the Near East. This had an immediate impact, but the legacy of this period lived on after the fall of Venetian Cyprus to the Turks in 1571, in literature, with Shakespeare producing his play Othello, and numerous operas and other theatrical productions stemming from the memory of Cyprus.

For a number of speakers this might be of particular interest and relevance, but we are not only interested in Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus. This multidisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics, researchers and research students covering a wide range of topics relating to the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including art historians, social and economic historians, museum curators, archaeologists, literary historians.


Full Papers (20 minutes talk plus questions)

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are 20 minutes long, followed by 5 or 10 minutes for questions.

We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given above please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
3. Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
4. The title of your proposed paper

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to mparaskos@mac.com with the subject line OTHELLO 2016.

All papers must be delivered in English.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 4 January 2016. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.

Guided Poster Sessions (10 minutes talk plus “poster” display)

As an alternative to full papers, a new development for 2016 is an event called Guided Poster Sessions. Guided Poster Sessions are short presentations that are delivered in a far more informal and sociable way than full conference papers, and we are thinking of doing these at an evening event (to be confirmed).

What we ask presenters at the Guided Poster Sessions to do is provide an A2 size poster comprising at least one illustration and a body of text in English explaining some of the key points of their research.

The posters should be kept as simple as possible and not attempt to be a written paper or essay. Bullet points and headlines with very short explanatory texts are preferable.

Those showing the posters will then have ten minutes to present their key ideas to the other delegates (called “talking to the poster”) and also answer questions on them.

As stated, the aim is to be very informal with the Guided Poster Sessions, so these are particularly good for researchers who want to present provisional findings or speculative ideas for informal discussion, rather than more complete academic papers. Ideas could even be highly speculative or controversial and designed simply to provoke discussion.

Poster sessions might also be useful for younger or less experienced researchers who are not used to the formality of full conference delivery. However younger and less experienced researchers are very welcome to apply to give full papers as Othello’s Island and should not assume they can only give Guided Poster Session papers. Equally we welcome Guided Poster Session Papers from more experience researchers and even professors.

Proposals for Poster Session Papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
3. Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
4. The title of your proposed poster and short presentation

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 150 words and a copy of your CV/resume to mparaskos@mac.com with the subject line OTHELLO POSTER 2016.

All posters and papers must be delivered in English.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 4 January 2016. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.

Please refer to the website before submitting for further information: www.othellosisland.org



Call for Papers
The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent Research and New Discoveries
Nicosia, 12-14 December 2014
Abstract (500-word) submission deadline: 30 April 2014

The art and archaeology of the Latin East have regularly been marginalised in broader accounts of medieval material culture, largely because they cannot fit within the restrictive parameters established for either the Byzantine East or the Latin West. Over the years, the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192- 1571) have attracted both western medievalists and Byzantinists, each group bringing its own methodological prejudices to the study of the subject. In the last twenty years, a number of international conferences, collaborative research initiatives and other events, culminating in last year’s exhibition Chypre entre Byzance et l’Occident IVe- XVIe siècle (2012-3) at the Louvre, have paved the way for a more fruitful interchange between scholars coming at the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus from a Byzantine or western medieval background.

Increasing specialisation within any given field being a virtual necessity in the modern academic world, students of medieval material culture West and East are called upon to broach the issue with an open mind to neighbouring fields, and to cooperate among themselves to bring about a synthetic, integrated vision of the complex history of Cypriot material culture in the later Middle Ages and of the society that produced it. Nevertheless, there is still much ground to cover. The brisk pace of current research activities has overtaken that of publication; a number of important excavations are still ongoing or under preparation for publication; and a host of new doctoral theses are in development. Now, more than ever, there is urgent need for the sustained exchange of new ideas and information regarding fresh discoveries, as well as for the rethinking of received knowledge and the renewal of approaches that this may entail.

This conference is the third in a series focusing on recent archaeological and art historical research on Cyprus from the Hellenistic period onwards. It aims at providing a forum for the discussion of the art and archaeology of Cyprus during the Lusignan and Venetian periods. Art historians and archaeologists engaged in research on this particular topic, both of the ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ persuasions, are encouraged to contribute by presenting the results of their recent work. We invite papers on subjects ranging from archaeological excavation, post-excavation finds analysis and field survey to monumental art (architecture, sculpture, painting), metalwork, ceramics, numismatics and other aspects of the island’s material life in the late medieval period.

We are planning a three-day event, with individual contributions up to 20 minutes in length. The conference will take place in Nicosia in 12-14 December 2014. Due to budgetary constraints, the speakers’ travel costs cannot be covered by the conference, but every effort will be made to secure conference rates at hotels near the conference venue. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit a title and a 500-word abstract for consideration electronically, by 30 April 2014. Please send all materials and address all queries to Michalis Olympios (olympios.michalis@ucy.ac.cy) and Maria Parani (mparani@ucy.ac.cy).

The Organisers
Michalis Olympios



Summer School

2014 Greek Summer School

July 7 to August 1, 2014

Dumbarton Oaks


Dumbarton Oaks will again offer an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and paleography in the early summer of 2014. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions.

Course Offerings

The principal course will be a daily 1 ½ hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Thus approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.


Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks, emerita; Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University

Accommodation and Costs

No tuition fees will be charged. Successful candidates from outside the Washington area will be provided with housing at no cost and lunch on weekdays. Local area students will not be offered accommodation, but will receive free lunch on weekdays. Students are expected to cover their own transportation expenses.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies (or advanced undergraduates with a strong background in Greek). Two years of college-level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test will be administered to finalist applicants before successful candidates are selected.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a letter by January 17, 2014, to Dr. Margaret Mullett, Director of Byzantine Studies, describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. The application should also include a curriculum vitae and a transcript of the graduate school or undergraduate record. Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately, one from the student’s advisor, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate’s present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek. Principles of selection will include three considerations: previous meritorious achievement, need for intensive study of Byzantine Greek, and future direction of research. Awards will be announced in late February 2014, and must be accepted by March 15.

Please send all required materials to:

Dumbarton Oaks
Byzantine Studies Program
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tel.: 202-339-6940 FAX: 202-298-8409, E-mail: Byzantine@doaks.org



Call for Papers

The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
The Emperor in the Byzantine World
Cardiff University, 25-27 April, 2014

Abstract submission deadline: 13 January 2014

In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man. The Symposium will consist of five main sessions, of three papers each, addressing the following themes: Dynasty; Imperial Literature; The Imperial Court; Imperial Duties; and The Material Emperor. In addition there will be a series of communications, as well as a public lecture on Byzantium and Wales.

Call for Communications
Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications (short ten-minute papers). Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to <TougherSF@cardiff.ac.uk> by 13 January 2014 at the latest.

The City and the cities:
From Constantinople to the frontier
The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s
XVI International Graduate Conference
28th February – 1st March 2014, History Faculty, University of Oxford
The Classical Roman Empire has been described as an ‘empire of cities’, and both the reality and ideal of civic life remain central to its late-Antique and Medieval successor. Indeed, the term ‘Byzantine’ itself shows the importance placed by scholars on Constantine I’s refounding of Byzantion as the New Rome. Yet in 330 A.D. Constantinople was part of an urban landscape which included other, more ancient civic centres, whilst by 1453 A.D. little else remained but the City, itself a collection of villages and the Theodosian walls the frontier. Across this Byzantine millennium Constantinople was inextricably linked to the other cities of the empire, from the Golden Horn to the ever-shifting frontiers. With the apparent seventh-century disappearance of city-life in the broad new Anatolian borderlands, the strength of the Greek mainland in the twelfth century, and the rise of post-Byzantine cities in the old western frontiers of southern Italy and Venice, the vicissitudes of urban life in the empire are undoubtedly linked to each moment of change. Constantinopolitan artistic and architectural forms are fleshed in the local materials of Ravenna in the sixth century, and in the eleventh and twelfth centuries provincially-born men, educated in the City, become the bright lights of the so-called Komnenian Renaissance. Yet how are we to understand this dialectic between the City, the cities, and the imperial frontier? Moreover, what are the methodologies and conceptual frameworks which we might use to approach these issues?
We are calling for papers which explore the myriad approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:
•       Constantinople’s Place in the Empire
•       The Changing Urban Landscape
•       Civic and Provincial Art
•       The Bishops and the Cities
•       Civic and Provincial Intellectual Life
•       The Civic Ideal and Imperial Citizenship
•       Garrisoning the Cities, Guarding the Frontiers
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 29th November 2013. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French. For the first time the publication is in process of a selection of on-theme and inter-related papers from last year’s conference, having been chosen and reviewed by specialised readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. We intend to do the same this year, and so any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited. More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

The Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations of Koç University is calling for papers for a two-day workshop on the 7 and 8 June, entitled ‘Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia’. For the full call and contact details please see here<http://oxfordbyzantinesociety.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/cfp-embodied-identities.pdf>.




À la suite de Paul Lemerle

L’humanisme byzantin et les études sur le XIe siècle quarante ans après

Colloque international

23-26 octobre 2013

52, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine – Paris

Collège de France / Salle Lévi-Strauss

Byzance et le renouveau des lettres (VIIIe-Xe siècle) : autour du « Premier humanisme byzantin »

Mercredi 23 octobre 2013

0930-1000 ➤ Bernard Flusin et Jean-Claude Cheynet : Accueil.

Influences : l’étranger et la périphérie

Président : Johannes Koder

1000-1030 ➤ Dimitri Gutas (Université de Yale) :The Baghdad Graeco-Arabic translation movement and Le premier humanisme byzantin : a statement of the problem.

1030-1100 ➤ Muriel Debié (EPHE) :Constantinople et les provinces orientales : le rôle de la Syrie-Palestine dans la transmission du savoir par-delà les siècles obscurs byzantins.

1100-1130 ➤ Discussion et pause

1130-1200 ➤ Jean-Pierre Mahé (membre de l’Institut, EPHE) :L’âge obscur de la science byzantine et les traductions arméniennes hellénisantes (env. 570-730).

1200-1230 ➤ Vivien Prigent (CNRS – UMR 8167) :La culture grecque en Sicile (VIIIe et IXe s.).

1230-1430 ➤ Discussion et déjeuner


Président : Paul Magdalino

1430-1500 ➤ Athanasios Markopoulos (Université d’Athènes) :L’éducation à Byzance aux IXe-Xe siècles : questions actuelles.

1500-1530 ➤ Philippe Hoffmann (EPHE) :Les traditions platonicienne et aristotélicienne au IXe s.

1530-1600 ➤ Discussion et pause

1600-1630 ➤ Andreas Schminck (Max Planck-Institut, Francfort) :Les débuts de la renaissance des études juridiques à Byzance au IXe s.

1630-1700 ➤ Marc Lauxtermann (Université d’Oxford) :Ninth-century disputes at the Magnaura.Acteurs et formes du renouveau

1700-1730 ➤ Stéphanos Efthymiadis (Open University, Chypre) : De Taraise à Méthode : l’apport des premières grandes figures re-considéré.

1730 ➤ Discussion

Jeudi 24 octobre 2013

Acteurs et formes du renouveau (suite)

Président : Michael Jeffreys

0930-1000 ➤ Margherita Losacco (Université de Padoue) :I classici in Fozio: oltre la Biblioteca.

1000-1030 ➤ Bernard Flusin (Paris-Sorbonne, EPHE) :Aréthas de Césarée et la transmission du savoir.

1030-1100 ➤ Discussion et pause

1100-1130 ➤ Brigitte Mondrain (EPHE) :Manuscrits et reconstruction de l’histoire culturelle.

1130-1200 ➤ Valérie Fromentin (Université de Bordeaux) :La tradition médiévale des historiens antiques.

1200-1230 ➤ Peter Van Deun (Université de Louvain) :Réflexions sur la littérature anthologique de Constantin V à Constantin VII.

1230-1430 ➤ Discussion et déjeuner

Président : Athanasios Markopoulos

1430-1500 ➤ Paolo Odorico (EHESS) : Du premier humanisme à l’encyclopédisme : une construction à réviser ?1500-1530 ➤ Antonio riGo (Université Ca’ Foscari, Venise) :Une « contre-réforme » byzantine ? L’affirmation de l’orthodoxie dans la deuxième moitié du IXe s.

1530-1600 ➤ Paul Magdalino (St-Andrews, Université Koç d’Istanbul) :Humanisme et mécénat aux IXe-Xe s.

1600-1645 ➤ Discussion et pauseByzance au XIe siècle (1025-1118)L’historiographiePrésident : Jean-Pierre Mahé

1645-1715 ➤ Dimitris Krallis (Simon Fraser University) :Historians and the polity from the eleventh to the twelfth centuries.

1715-1745 ➤ Michael Jeffreys (King’s College Londres) :Les philosophes dans le cadre du gouvernement : the Doukai and their provincial administration, as seen in the works of Michael Psellos.

1745 ➤ Discussion

1830 ➤ Cocktail (Club des enseignants Paris-Sorbonne)

Vendredi 25 octobre 2013


Président : John Haldon

0930-1000 ➤ Andreas Goutzioukostas (Université Aristote de Thessalonique) :Les structures administratives : les officiers de l’administration de la justice et de la chancellerie impériale.1000-1130-1200-1430-1500-1700-1730-1000-

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1000-1030 ➤ John Haldon (Université de Princeton) :The army in the eleventh century: some questions and some prob-lems. 1030-1100 ➤ Discussion et pauseLa société

1100-1130 ➤ Sophie MétiVier (Panthéon-Sorbonne)et Luisa andriollo (Paris-Sorbonne) :Quel rôle pour les provinces dans la domination aristocratique au XIe s. ?

1130-1200 ➤ James Howard Johnston (Université d’Oxford) : Procès aristocratiques de la Peira.

1200-1230 ➤ Jean-Claude Cheynet (Paris-Sorbonne, IUF) :La société urbaine.

1230-1400 ➤ Discussion et déjeuner

Président : James Howard Johnston

1400-1430 ➤ Dominique BarthéléMy (Paris-Sorbonne, IUF) :Orgueil et versatilité de l’aristocratie franque du XIe s.

1430-1500 ➤ Frédéric Bauden (Université de Liège, Paris-Sorbonne) :Les élites de l’Orient musulman.

1500-1530 ➤ Michel Kaplan (Panthéon-Sorbonne) :La société rurale.

1530-1630 ➤ Discussion et pause


1630-1700 ➤ Paul Magdalino (St-Andrews, Université Koç d’Istanbul) :Le gouvernement et la religion des philosophes au tournant de leur destin.

1700-1730 ➤ Olivier Delouis (CNRS – UMR 8167) :Les monastères : quels modèles et quelles influences à Byzance au XIe s. ?

1730-1800 ➤ Béatrice Caseau (Paris-Sorbonne) :Byzance et ses voisins : liturgie et controverses au XIe s.

1800 ➤ Discussion

Samedi 26 octobre 2013


Président : Michel Kaplan

0930-1000 ➤ Cécile Morrisson (CNRS – UMR 8167) :Le point sur l’historiographie des questions monétaires et écono-miques.

1000-1030 ➤ Kostis Smyrlis (Université de New-York) :L’évolution de la fiscalité.

1030-1100 ➤ Discussion

1100-1130 ➤ Johannes Koder (Académie de Vienne) :L’Asie mineure : foires et marchés.

1130-1200 ➤ Mihailo Popović (Académie de Vienne) :Les Balkans : routes, foires et pastoralisme.

1200-1230 ➤ David Jacoby (Université de Jérusalem) :The maritime trade of Byzantium.

1230-1400 ➤ Discussion et déjeuner

Les périphéries

Président : Dominique Barthélémy

1400-1430 ➤ Isabelle Augé (Université de Montpellier, IUF) :Les Arméniens et l’Empire.

1430-1500 ➤ Bernadette Martin (Panthéon-Sorbonne) :Les Géorgiens.

1500-1515 ➤ Pause

1515-1545 ➤ Jean-Marie Martin (CNRS – UMR 8167) :L’Italie byzantine.

1545-1615 ➤ Jonathan Shepard (Université de Cambridge) :“Man to man”, “dog eat dog”, cults in common: Alexios’ tangled trafficking with the Franks.

1615-1700 ➤ Discussion et conclusion du colloque Paul Lemerle

Secrétariat : Magali Picone magali.picone@college-de-france.fr

Organisé par Bernard Flusin et Jean-Claude Cheynet





Memorial Concert for Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008)

Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Sophia

Moscow Road, Bayswater, London W2 4LQ

Friday 18 October 2013, 7.30pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending

George Hlawiczka: Violin

Anastasios Strikos: Conductor

Philippos Tsalahouris

Ιουλιανή Σουΐτα (Julian Suite), Opus 85, World Premiere

Conducted by the Composer

Arcadia Mundi Orchestra

Artistic Director: George Hlawiczka

All Welcome

Organised by The Hellenic Institute

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)

Sponsored by RHUL Development and Alumni Relations Office

RHUL History Department • Friends of the Hellenic Institute

The A.G. Leventis Foundation • Private donors

For information please contact: Ch.Dendrinos@rhul.ac.uk




Call for Papers

2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies

Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA

27 February – 1 March 2014

Keynote speaker: Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai)

Abstract submission deadline: 15 November 2013

Contact name: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture [mjcbac@hchc.edu]

Conference registration date: between 5 November 2013 and 27 January 2014

Conference registration fee: $25

For more conference details, please see here.


Call for Paper

Retrospectives: A Postgraduate History Journal

Retrospectives: A Postgraduate History Journal is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 2014 edition- an online graduate journal run and published by postgraduate history students at the University of Warwick. Retrospectives is dedicated to the publication of original, peer-reviewed refereed articles and book reviews by postgraduate students within any historical era. It specialises on early modern to contemporary history, with a focus on the ‘non-traditional’ aspects and other aspects reflected in the University of Warwick’s research community.

All papers submitted for publication should be between 4000 and 7000 words, including footnotes/ endnotes and bibliography. Longer or shorter articles may be considered, with notice. We are also accepting book reviews, ranging between 500 to 1000 words. Review articles, addressing two to four books with a common theme, can be between 1500 to 4000 words.

Contact: retrospectives@warwick.ac.uk

Submission deadline: 1 November 2013

For more details, please see here.

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Call for Papers

The Journal of History and Cultures (JHAC)

JHAC is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to pioneering new research in history and cultures. Drawing on the latest historical, cultural, political, social, and theoretical analytical research, JHAC’s overarching purpose is to foster lively and productive academic debate.

We welcome articles on a broad range in both geographic and chronological terms, including local, regional, national and/or global foci from medieval right through to contemporary periods.

Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long (not including bibliography and footnotes). Book reviews should be between 750 and 1,000 words. Please ensure that you have included all relevant contact information, including your name, the title of your manuscript, your professional or institutional affiliation and a permanent e-mail address.

Contact: jhac@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Submission deadline: 17 October 2013

For more details (including available books for review), please see here.

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Constantine and the Grandeur that was Rome

Interdisciplinary Symposium

University of Oxford

December 11-13, 2013

For the symposium programme, please see here.

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Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar (Convener: Mark Whittow)

University of Oxford

Michaelmas Term 2013

A weekly seminar will be held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St. Giles.

Week 1 16th October

Tassos Papacostas (King’s College, London)

“The refuge of the poor, bandits, and outlaws’: the evolution of highland settlement in Byzantine Cyprus”

Week 2 23rd October

Elizabeth Fentress (AIAC) and Andrew Wilson (All Souls)

“The Saharan Berber Diaspora and the Southern Frontiers of Byzantine North Africa”

Week 3 30th October

Jeffrey Spier (University of Arizona)

“Emblems and Epigrams on Rings of the Palaeologan Period (13th-15th centuries)”

Week 4 6th November

Norbert Zimmermann (Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna)

“The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus: from the first Community Cemetery to the Place of Pilgrimage”

Week 5 13th November

Max Lau (Oriel)

“Taming the wilderness: John II Komnenos and reconquered Asia Minor”

Week 6 20th November

Maria Papadaki (King’s College, London)

“Byzantine Lead Seals: plotting chronological and geographical patterns in the Peloponnese”

Week 7 27th November

Philipp Niewoehner (Brasenose)

“Healing fingers and burying gods. A newly discovered cave sanctuary under the theatre of Miletus (Turkey)”

Week 8 4th December

Miranda Williams (Wolfson)

“The African policy of Justinian I”

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Transitions and Translations (Conveners: Dr Marlia Mango and Dr Philipp Niewöhner)

Thursdays, 11am–12.30pm in Michaelmas Term 2013

St John’s College, New Seminar Room

17 October (Week 1)

Professor David Kennedy (APAAME, University of Western Australia):

Al-Muwaqqar: Salvaging an Umayyad Desert Castle and its context

24 October (Week 2)

Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading):

Bilingual inscriptions in the Eastern Mediterranean: seeing vs reading

31 October (Week 3)

Dr Mark Jackson (Newcastle):

Byzantine rural life and societal change in the 6th–8th centuries AD; the evidence from Kilise Tepe, Turkey

7 November (Week 4)

Dr Georgi Parpulov (Lincoln):

Christian figural art in the Islamic Near East, ca 650–900

14 November (Week 5)

Dr Marlia Mango (St John’s):

Cities old and new in the late antique Levant, and later

21 November (Week 6)

Alkiviadis Ginalis (Merton):

Thessalian harbours as a reflection of the transition of Byzantine coastal traditions

28 November (Week 7)

Carlos Cabrera (Brasenose):

Preliminary analysis of the antique port of Seville: transformations from Roman Imperial Times to the Islamic Period

5 December (Week 8)

Marlena Whiting (Lincoln):

The camel versus the wheel

Byzantium and Islam: Ideas and Objects on the move (Conveners: Elena Draghici-Vasilescu and Mallica Kumbera Landrus)

Tuesdays in Michaelmas Term, 2.30–4.00pm

Jameel Centre, Ashmolean Museum (maximum 15 people can be accommodated in the room)

Supported by the History Faculty and the Ashmolean Museum University Engagement Programme (UEP: funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

15 October (Week 1)

Dionysios Stathakopoulos (King’s College London):

The status of physicians in the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World in the late Middle Ages

22 October (Week 2)

Evanthia Baboula (University of Victoria):

Gold use and the gold supply in Byzantium and the Islamic world

29 October (Week 3)

Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford):

Painted muqarnas ceilings between Byzantium and Islam

5 November (Week 4)

Ian Freestone (University College London):

Byzantine and Islamic Glass Technology

12 November (Week 5)

Nikolaos Karydis (University of Kent):

Architectural encounters between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th century

19 November (Week 6)

Mark Whittow (University of Oxford):

Byzantine objects on the move

26 November (Week 7)

Francesca Leoni (University of Oxford):

Impact of Byzantine manuscript illustration on early Arab manuscript painting, 12th–14th century

3 December (Week 8)

Alexander Lingas (City University London and University of Oxford):

Byzantium, Islam and the Development of a Common Musical Inheritance

For complete list of seminars and events at the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, please see here.


Call for Papers

The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages

Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading

Saturday 15th March 2014

Proposal Submission (no more than 200 words) deadline: 10 January 2014

Contact: Ruth Salter [r.j.salter@pgr.reading.ac.uk]

For more details, please see here.



The Scholar and his Library (Paleologan period)

Internationaler Workshop

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Institut für Byzantinistik, Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte und Neogräzistik

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, D-80539 München

12 October 2013


10:00 Albrecht BERGER


Vormittag: Aus der Arbeitspraxis byzantinischer Gelehrter

10.15–11.00 Albrecht BERGER, Sebastiano PANTEGHINI

Nikephoros Xanthopoulos und seine Kirchengeschichte

11.00–11.30 Immaculada PÉREZ MARTÍN

Nikephoros Xanthopoulos und seine Autographen

11.30–11.45 Diskussion

11.45–12.00 Kaffeepause

12.00–12.30 Sofia KOTZABASSI

Gregor von Zypern

12.30–13.00 Augusto GUIDA

Das Lexicon Vindobonense und die (beiden) Redaktionen

13.00–13.15 Diskussion

13.15–15.00 Mittagspause

Nachmittag: Aus der Arbeit mit Handschriften der Palaiologenzeit

15.00–15.30 Erich LAMBERZ

Ioannes Kantakuzenos als Auftraggeber seiner Handschriftensammlung

14.30–15.00 Kerstin HAJDU

Codices Monacenses Graeci

15.30–16.00 Christian GASTGEBER

Codices Vindobonenses Graeci

16.30–17.30 Abschlussdisskussion



Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

at National Gallery of Art, Washington

6 October, 2013 – 2 March, 2014;

at The J. Paul Getty Museum

9 April – 25 August, 2014

Related lectures include:

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

Angelos Delivorrias (Director, Benaki Museum)

Maria Vlazaki (Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Athens, Greece)

October 6, 2013

Witnessing Byzantium: A Greek Perspective

Sharon E. J. Gerstel (Professor of Byzantine Art History and Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles)

17 October 2013

Ways of Seeing Byzantium

Glenn Peers (Professor of Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin)

Bissera Pentcheva (Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University)

William Tronzo (Visiting Faculty, University of California, San Diego)

Alicia Walker (Assistant Professor of the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College)

West Building Lecture Hall

2:00–5:00 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2013

Visualizing Community: City and Village in Byzantine Greece

Eugenia Gerousi (Director, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities, The Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

Ioli Kalavrezou (Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art, Harvard University)

Robert Ousterhout (Professor of Art History and Director of the Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania)

Demetra Papanikola-Bakirtzi (Director, The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia)

1:30–5:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013

Gifts and Gift Exchanges between Byzantium and Islam

Anthony Cutler (Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, The Pennsylvania State University)

10 December, 2013

For more exhibition information, please see here.


A Greek Day in Edinburgh

11am-4pm Saturday 29 March 2014

Organised by the Friends of the British School at Athens, the Scottish-Hellenic Societies of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews

The speakers (tbc):

Dr Robin Barber (Scottish archaeologists on Melos),

Prof. William Cavanagh (Helen, Menelaus and the archaeology of Sparta),

Prof. Dimitris Tziovas (Modern Greek Culture and Antiquity),

Dr David Wingrove (Greek cinema).

Fee: £20.00 (maximum) and half-price for full-time students (including sandwich lunch, coffee and tea)

Additional activities for those staying overnight in Edinburgh:

*Evening meal on Saturday 29 March 2014 (cost to be notified)

*Walking tour of neo-classical Edinburgh (led by Prof. Keith Rutter) on morning of Sunday 30 March 2014 (no charge).

Booking form to be circulated in early 2014.

For planning the programme, if you are interested, please return the slip below to Dr Robin Barber, either by e-mail (robin_bar@hotmail.com) or by post to 8 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh EH4 1PT.


Address or e-mail address:

Number of people in your party:

Main event (please mark one of the following):

□ Will certainly attend

□ Likely to attend

□ May consider attending

Optional activities (please mark one of the following, if appropriate):

Evening meal on Saturday 29 March 2014

□ Will certainly attend

□ Likely to attend

□ May consider attending

Walking tour on Sunday 30 March 2014:

□ Will certainly attend

□ Likely to attend

□ May consider attending



2013 Byzantine Studies Conference

October 31 – November 3, 2013

at Yale University, New Haven, CT

organised by Byzantine Studies Association of North America

For the provisional conference programme, please see here.

For registration details, please see here.


Call for Papers

The Komnenian Empire: La Belle Époque Finale de Rome?

OUBS Leeds

Some suggested topics might be:

  • The Komnenian army.
  • The Komnenoi, the aristocracy, and imperial authority.
  •  Coinage and the economy.
  • Reconquest in Asia Minor and the Anatolian Turkish polities.
  • The ‘Komnenian Renaissance’.
  • Government and administration.
  • Basileia ton Rhomaion and Imperium Romanorum: the ‘Greek’ and ‘German’ Empires.
  • ‘Rise and Fall of Empire’: a useful historical construct or a misleading narrative?

Contact: byzantine.society@gmail.com

Abstract (250 words) submission deadline: 15 September 2013

For more details, see here.


Call for Papers

‘Enemies’, Hortulus sponsored session, 20th International Medieval Congress in Leeds

Some topics to be discussed but are by no means limited to:

  • How was an enemy constructed? How are they perceived?
  • How were enemies built or discussed at the imperial level?
  • What about supernatural enemies, such as God’s displeasure, demons, or personified vices?
  • What was the threat of enemies to Empires? How were they punished?
  • How did changes and developments within empires alter or dismantle existing enmities?

Contact: Liz Mincin (leeds@hortulus-journal.com)

Abstract (approximately 250 words) submission deadline: 16 September 2013

For more details, see here.



Byzantium and British Heritage: Byzantine influences on the Arts & Crafts Movement

4-7 September 2013

Strand Campus, King’s College London

organised by the British School at Athens in conjunction with the Centre for Hellenic Studies

Deadline for booking: 29 August 2013

For details of programmes and booking, see here.


Call for Papers

The 2014 Mediaeval and Renaissance Conference “Othello’s Island”

9-12 April 2014

Organised by the Cornaro Institute, Larnaca,

in association with the University of Sheffield School of English

Deadline for submissions of proposal: 31 October 2013

For more information, see here.


Lecture Series


British Institute at Ankara

Venue: King’s College London

Time: October – December 2013

Contact: Ioanna Rapti (ioanna.rapti@kcl.ac.uk) and Tassos Papacostas


Further Information, see here.

Byzantine Studies in Turkey: current trends and future directions

Tuesday 8 October, 5.30pm (Council Room, King’s Building), followed by a reception

Prof. Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğaziçi University, secretary general of the Turkish National

Committee for Byzantine Studies)

Space and history. A ‘longue durée’ approach to Constantinople and the provinces (11th-21st centuries)

Tuesday 22 October, 5.30pm (K0.31, King’s Building)

Dr Buket Bayrı (Bilgi and Yeditepe Universities)

Ephesus during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods

Tuesday 12 November, 5.30pm (K0.31, King’s Building)

Dr Yaman Dalanay (Oxford University)

An island settlement in Late Antiquity: Boğsak off the coast of Isauria (Rough Cilicia)

Tuesday 26 November, 5.30pm (Council Room, King’s Building)

Dr Günder Varınlıoğlu (Koç University)

Byzantium’s relations with the Islamic East: trade and beyond

Tuesday 10 December, 5.30pm (Council Room, King’s Building)

Dr Koray Durak (Boğaziçi University)


Call for Papers

The Twentieth International Medieval Congress

7-10 July 2014


For details of congress themes and various deadlines for submission of proposals, please see here.


Summer School

Dreizehnte interdisziplinäre Sommerakademie ‘Piraten’

2-6 September 2013

Deadline 5 August 2013


For Summer School details and contact, please see here.


Call for Papers

PORPHYRA XIX (peer-review journal)

(deadline 15th November 2013)

For details, please see here.



Mainz Conference: The Road to Hell: Sins and their after-life Punishments in the Mediterranean

4th-5th October 2013 – Landesmuseum, Mainz

Organised by Prof. Dr. Vasiliki Tsamakda

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please follow instructions to register and print your ticket at: http://roadtohell.eventbrite.co.uk/

Conference Themes

The conference aims to explore the concept of sins and their punishment in the after-life based on written and visual sources. One of the main issues considered is to identify the nature of sin within Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures and religions and what forms a punishable sin after death. As well as exploring the ways in which sinners and punishments are described and represented in words and images, another point to be addressed is the extent of the socio-historical value of the available texts and illustrations. The conference forms the sixth and final workshop of the Leverhulme International project so it includes a presentation of the initial results of the members’ ongoing research.

This conference is part of the Leverhulme International Network Project Damned in Hell in the Frescoes of Venetian-Dominated Crete (13th- 17th centuries) managed by Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Open University) and Prof. Vassiliki Tsamakda (University of Mainz).

For further information please contact Dr Diana Newall at Diana.Newall@open.ac.uk

or visit http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/damned-in-hell/conferences.shtml



Byzantium & British Heritage – Byzantine Influences on the Arts & Crafts Movement

4-7 September 2013

Strand Campus, King’s College London

This conference, organised by the British School at Athens in conjunction with the Centre for Hellenic Studies opens a dialogue between specialists on the Byzantine world and on the Arts and Crafts Movement in order to set into context an important, if short-lived, episode in Anglo-Hellenic relations at the turn of the 20th century.

This dialogue will be articulated around the architects who created the Byzantine Research Fund Archive, a unique collection of architectural drawings and photographs of numerous monuments across the Byzantine world, held in the Archive of the British School at Athens.

Educated and trained in the traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement (1880-1930) these architects developed highly successful practices, undertaking major commissions for buildings, furniture and fittings across Britain and the Empire. Their work, uniting as it does distinctively a British design tradition with Byzantine arts and crafts, represents a highly significant and under-researched link between Britain and the Hellenic world.

The conference is free to attend (4-6th Sept), though there is a small charge for the optional day-excursion (7th Sept) to St Sophia, Bayswater, and Westminster Cathedral in London, and to the Church of the Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood, Surrey.

For full details of the conference programme, and to book, please visit the website.



New Cities in Late Antiquity (late 3rd- 7th c. AD): Documents and Archaeology

Organized by the Netherlands Institute in Turkey and the Istanbul Department of the German Archaeological Institute

9-10 November 2013


For details, see here.


Call for Papers

**Deadline for abstracts extended** New date: September 15, 2013

Conference | Pathways of communication: Roads and Routes in Anatolia from prehistory to Seljuk times | Ankara, 20 – 22 March 2014

Organized under the auspices of the British Institute at Ankara, in collaboration with Ankara University

Scientific committee: D. Baird, K. Gorkay, J. Haldon, M. Massa, S. Mitchell, L. Vandeput

Interaction between individuals and human communities and societies has always entailed movement, an action that does not occur randomly in the landscape, but is instead focused on specific paths that allow faster and easier connections. Roads and routes are therefore essential in carrying vital materials and information from one location to another. Turkey offers amongst the richest remains of routes, roads and tracks worldwide. The aim of this conference is to discuss these networks and their impact on society from different angles from the prehistory onwards.

Themes for contributions will include theoretical approaches to human geography and network structures as well as diachronic comparison of systems of roads and routes and GIS landscape analysis. Various methods for identifying roads and routes including textual analysis, the study of artefact distribution or targeted epigraphical and archaeological surveys, as well as excavations are equally welcomed. Papers focussing on the impact of roads, routes and network on society will allow the study of communication from a social angle. The conference is not intended as a forum for the publication of finds of individual stretches of ancient roads; the intention is to incorporate such finds into their wider geographical and social context.

Please send a title and an abstract of no more than 200 words to routesandroads@biaatr.org by June September 15, 2013

Conference languages: English and Turkish (simultaneous translation will be available)

Papers will be 20 minutes in length



Literature as Performance

Friday 5 ~ Sunday 7, July 2013

Word and Art Auditorium, Books’ Arcade

Αίθουσα Λόγου και Τέχνης, Στοά του Βιβλίου

Athens, GREECE

Organized by the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning and the CHS-Harvard

Dedicated to “Literature as Performance”, the conference will explore selected literary texts in the Greek language which were performed in a number of theatrical, liturgical or generally ritual contexts during the Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Modern Greek periods

Click here to view the conference programme.


Call for Papers

International Scientific Symposium of Byzantine Studies

“Days of Justinian I: Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth”

Skopje 18-19 October, 2013

Organized by Euro-Balkan University

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scientific forum for presentation of the latest research and discussion of various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, which includes the treatment and interpretation of Byzantine and Medieval cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary European politics and history.

The theme of this year’s scientific symposium “Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth” is focused on analyzing the specifics, differences and similarities of the Balkan region from the perspective of the impact of Byzantine as a dominant political, cultural, religious and aesthetic model. The purpose of the scientific meeting is to explore the concept of the Byzantine Commonwealth and to define the place of Macedonia and the Balkans, treating the phenomenon of Byzantium as Universal Empire being in a continuous interaction and conflict with Western Christianity and Christian-Islamic Orient.

Papers are welcomed on various aspects that could include the following areas of discussion:

• Byzantine Commonwealth: historical reality or modern construct?

• The place of Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth;

• Byzantium as a cultural, aesthetic and religious model for political elites in the Balkans;

• Balkan countries in the Byzantine “hierarchy of states”;

• Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: the Byzantine civilization concept and definition of “others” in the Balkans;

• Byzantine mission in the Balkans: religion, politics, diplomacy;

• The Balkans between Byzantium, Western Europe and the Orient;

• Byzantium after Byzantium: treatment and influence of Byzantine concepts and practices on post-medieval successors in Macedonia and in the Balkans;

• The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture in the Balkans;

• Byzantine religious concept and modernity: tradition and influences;

• Byzantine cultural heritage: interpretation, restoration, protection;

• Archeological heritage and the research of the Byzantine history, society and economy.


Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: September 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: August 10, 2013

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: September 20, 2013

Deadline for submitting the full papers: January 31, 2014

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: http://www.euba.edu.mk, for news on the symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

Please send the application form to: ivana.krajcinovik@gmail.com

Euro-Balkan University

Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Tel/Fax. ++ 389 2 30 75 570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 15 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian and English.

No participation fee is required. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the international Programme Committee and the International Editorial Board. Papers delivered at the symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact: Ivana Kraјcinoviк (ivana.krajcinovik@gmail.com).

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov


The EMREM Postgraduate Forum Annual Symposium

Birth, Sex and Death – Rites of Passage in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May 2013

University of Birmingham


Conference in Mainz: Ships and their context

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Ships and their context: depictions, models, components – from the Bronze Age to the end of the Byzantine Empire Since prehistory, vessels of varying sizes have been in use on open seas and inland waterways. Information about these vessels, their particular function and shape, were derived from physical evidence, such as shipwreck parts and equipment, ancient ship models, ship illustrations or depictions of ships on reliefs, wall paintings and coins.

The conference concentrates on iconographical sources, which have only rarely been studied comprehensively. In addition to the aspects of ship construction, the conference will focus on continuity and changes in ship iconography, as well as its contexts and intentions. The Mediterranean, as the relevant centre of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine cultures, will form the core study area of this conference.

For more information, see http://web.rgzm.de/1614.html?&L=1


‘E Byzantia Florentiam advolavit.’

Philosophy, Medicine and Demonology from Byzantium to Italy

organised by Pietro Podolak and Maude Vanhaelen

University of Warwick
24 May 2013
Millburn House, CV4 7HS
Seminar room F 204

See more information and the full programme here.


Byzantium in Transition: 2nd International Workshop

May 24th – 26th, Naoussa, Paros, Greece

For more information and programme, see



2013 Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium: The Seventh Century: continuity or discontinuity?

28-29 May 2013, Teviot Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh

Can the seventh century be studied as a unit across regions or does the period represent a break in the longue durée?  What was the level of discontinuity between the ‘long sixth’ and ‘long eighth’ centuries?

These questions and many more will be discussed at the Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium, a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers, 28-29 May 2013.



‘The Individual and The Society’

14th Annual Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Colloquium, The University of Birmingham

Download the Programme and Registration form for the 14th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Speakers will have received these already by email. Attendance is free, but you must register by 11 May by emailing the registration form to Siren Çelik at SXC187 [ at ] bham.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham.


King’s College London

The Place of Hell: Topographies, Structures, Genealogies

Friday 31 May

K2.29, Council Room, Strand Campus

This conference is part of the Leverhulme International Network Project ‘Damned in Hell in the Frescoes of Venetian-Dominated Crete (13th-17th Centuries)’. Co-organised by KCL and the Warburg Institute



The Heraclians: a dynasty from within

Two day-colloquium on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June 2013

Organizing Committee: Simon Ford, Caterina Franchi, Douglas Whalin. Email

For more information and programme, see here.


Third CEMS International Graduate Conference

Budapest, May 31–June 1, 2013

(please visit http://cems.ceu.hu/cemsconference2013)

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University, and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming third International Graduate Conference on “Tradition and Transformation: Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean,” Budapest, May 31–June 1, 2013. This two–day conference intends to explore a broad spectrum of aspects regarding the appropriation and transformation of cultural and religious traditions that informed the spiritual and intellectual struggles and changes in the Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. Taking into account the dynamic sociohistorical setting of religious and cultural processes, it seeks to approach the manner in which the permanently competing communities questioned, structured and performed their own beliefs and religious practices by disclosing heresies and shaping their orthodoxies.

The vast dimensions of the intellectual and religious concord and strife between, but also within, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which shaped their traditions and unveiled their dissenting interpretations, commend a persistent and multifaceted interdisciplinary research. Graduate students of Late Antique, Islamic, Jewish, Byzantine, Western Medieval, Ottoman studies as well as students in the field of philosophy, theology, history of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology, etc., are invited to present their research on particular themes that reflect and address the complex formation and development of cultural, intellectual and religious identities in the Mediterranean.



Through the Magnifying Glass. Small Finds and the Big Gap in the Byzantine Settlement History of Miletus and Ephesus

Saturday 1 June 2013 (Week 6 of Trinity Term)

Brasenose College, Lecture Room 11

Convener: Philipp Niewöhner

This one-day conference focuses on the Big Gap or so-called Dark Age that separates Late Antiquity and the middle Byzantine period and forms one of the most pressing problems of Byzantine archaeology and historiography.

Please register with Philipp Niewöhner philipp.niewoehner@arch.ox.ac.uk

Morning coffee, sandwich lunch, and afternoon tea:

£0/£10/£20 (unwaged/waged/donor covering for self and one unwaged).

For more information and programme, see here.


Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House

Ravenna – its significance in European development

Saturday 8 June

A workshop organised in collaboration with IHR and the Mayor of Ravenna.


King’s College London

Cyprus and Cilicia 12th-14th c.: Material aspects of the world of the Crusades

Monday 10 June – Tuesday 11 June

Room G22/26, Senate House, University of London

The joint Newton Fellowship and Annual ICS Byzantine Colloquium


Speaking in Tongues: Language, Communication and Power in the Middle Ages

Friday, June 14 2013

Institute of Historical Research

Woburn Room, G22

Institute of Historical Research

London WC1E 7HU

United Kingdom

Communication in the Middle Ages could take place within a wide spectrum of languages, dialects, and tongues. This conference, planned for the 14th of June 2013, will explore how the use and manipulation of language can contribute to our understanding of ‘real-world’ medieval cultural interaction, and investigate how complex ideas and societal mores were communicated and translated between languages.

Read more here


Ivory Trade and Exchange in Late Antiquity and Early Islam

18 and 19 June 2013

International Conference hosted by the Warburg Institute

Organised with the support of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, and held in association with the Leverhulme Trust

Convened by: Hugh Kennedy and Myriam Wissa (SOAS)

Speakers include: Silvia Armando (Università di Urbino, Italy), Doris Behrens-Abouseif (SOAS), Anna Contadini (SOAS), Rebecca Foote (London), Sarah Guerin (Courtauld Institute), Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford), Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), Anna McSweeney (SOAS), Robert Morkot (Exeter), Wen-Chin Ouyang (SOAS), Tim Power (UCL, Qatar), Stéphane Pradines(Agha Khan University), Stephen Quirke (Petrie Museum and UCL), Mariam Rosser-Owen (Victoria and Albert Museum), Oliver Watson (University of Oxford) and Myriam Wissa (SOAS)

Contributor: Anthony Cutler (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

In recent years Andalusian and Siculo-Arabic ivory carving has received a huge amount of attention from stylistic, iconographic and archaeological perspectives. This conference is organised in the context of a major Leverhulme-funded project, “Bridging Religious Difference in a Multicultural Eastern Mediterranean Society. Communities of Artisans and their Commercial Networks in Egypt from Justinian to the ‘Abbasids (6th-10th centuries)”, in which Dr Myriam Wissa, the project researcher, and Professor Hugh Kennedy are involved. It invites scholars to give their pertinent and innovative views on ivory sources, local markets of the African hinterland, patterns of supply and demand, method of provisioning, trade routes and the transit trade in Indian Ocean ivory. The objectives of this conference is to go beyond the narrow confines of art history and archaeology, focusing on the history of trade and exchange, socio-political and diplomatic relations in Late Antiquity and early Islam, whilst combining carving and the transmission of techniques. The comparative and multi-disciplinary approaches allow, for the first time, a thorough understanding of such issues.

See here for full information and programme.


Subject: SPBS/Hellenic Centre Lecture

The SPBS and the Hellenic Centre will present an illustrated lecture by Professor Elizabeth Jeffreys ‘A Princess, Two Books and an Icon: Another Byzantine Puzzle?’ at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 19th June 2013, followed by an informal reception. The venue will be the Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. Entry is free for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to the Hellenic Centre 020 7563 9835 or email press@helleniccentre.org


Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium

24 – 27 June 2013

The International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium will take place between 24-27 June 2013 at the RCAC Auditorium. The symposium is open to the public and simultaneous English-Turkish translation will be provided.

For symposium program click here.

Please click here for registration.

For more information contact: Buket Coşkuner (bcoskuner@ku.edu.tr) and Şeyda Çetin (seydacetin@ku.edu.tr)


Call for papers

Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary

International Symposium at the University of Zurich, 29 November – 1 December 2013

Cultures have always been in contact with as well as imagined spaces other than their own. Ever since the age of discovery, however, the relations, links and ruptures between different spaces have played an increasingly significant role in the cultural imaginary, taking on new urgency in today’s world of ever increasing mobility and global networks.

This three-day symposium hosted by the English Department at the University of Zurich will focus on spaces in relation, addressing the importance of issues such as borders and crossings, utopia, travel and exile in the sphere of cultural production. It aims to explore ways in which spaces are represented and textually produced, as well as how boundaries between different spaces are traversed.

The conference is primarily aimed at scholars working in the field of literary and cultural studies. However, as we believe issues of spatiality can be fruitfully examined in an interdisciplinary framework we invite contributions from different segments of the academic community.

The conference will be held in cooperation with the international Border Aesthetics group based at the University of Tromsø (Norway) and the research group Spaces of Language and Literature from the University of Tampere (Finland).

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biographical note to Johannes Riquet (johannes.riquet@es.uzh.ch) and Elizabeth Kollmann (elizabeth.kollmann@access.uzh.ch).

Deadline for proposals: 10 July 2013

See here for more information.


The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing third International Summer School – “Georgian Script” from 16th to 25th July 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Summer School is intended for foreign researchers and students interested in Georgian history and culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage, and have a general interest in medieval studies.

The aims of the Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script” is to promote Georgian script as an important achievement of Georgian culture at an international level; to popularize the Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to inspire and develop future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees.

The educational program of the Summer School includes exciting academic and cultural lectures, workshops, and excursions. The working language of the Summer School will be English.

Summer School organizers can only provide the limited number of scholarships for its applicants which covers: accommodation, food and travel within Georgia, however individuals must cover their own travel cost to and from Georgia. This program is generously financed by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.

Alongside with this, we offer several schemes for those applicants who can finance their participation in the Summer School. More about this can be seen in an attached Application Form.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached application form manually or/and Online no later than 14th of June, 2013 and send it to the National Centre of Manuscripts through the following e-mail address:summerschool@manuscript.ac.ge. Only Selected candidates will be notified by the 21st of June, 2013.

Online application form can be found on the following link:


National Centre of Manuscripts kindly asks you to distribute this information to interested groups and individuals. For more information, please see the attached documents about the Summer School Program below:

Application Form-2013_ENG(1)

INFO – Summer School 2013_ENG



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