Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium: Programme

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The conference will take place at Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Registration will be at the Law Chambers on Friday 24 from 4:00.

Plenary lectures will be held in the Main Auditorium (Auditoriums 1 and 2 combined).

Strand A of short papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions) will be held in Seminar Room 1.

Strand B of short papers will be held in Seminar Room 2.


Friday 24 February


4:00 Registration Opens

4:00 AABS Executive Committee Meeting

5:00 Choir Performance – Full Programme

6:00-7:00 Plenary Lecture I

Divine Fantasy and the Erotic Imagination in Symeon the New Theologian
Professor Derek Krueger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Chair: Ken Parry, President of AABS

7:00-8:00 Reception


Saturday 25 February


9:00-10:30 Parallel Sessions 1

1A Imaginative Reconstructions of the Empire

Chair: Amelia Brown

The Balkans at the End of Antiquity: Imagined Empire and Regional Realities
Amy Wood, Macquarie University

‘The dream that was Rome’: Memory of Empire during the Komnenian Restoration
Maximilian Lau, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

1B Memory and Imagination: The Christian/Neo-Platonist Tradition

Chair: Michael Champion

Locating Memory and Imagination: From Nemesius of Emesa to John of Damascus
Ken Parry, Macquarie University

Daydreaming and Lusting after the Divine: Clement of Alexandria and the Neoplatonic Tradition
Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, Monash University

The Inner Source of Dreams: Synesius of Cyrene and His Byzantine Commentators
Francesco Monticini, University of Rome (via Skype)


10:30-11:00 Morning Tea


11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions 2

2A Visions and Visual Memory

Chair: Derek Krueger

A Dreamless Night? Reflections on Hymnography and Dreaming in Byzantium
Andrew Mellas, University of Sydney

Memory, Imagination and Visuality in Armenian Commentaries on the Eusebian Canon Tables
Matthew Crawford, Australian Catholic University

2B Dreams of Empire and War

Chair: Caillan Davenport

Dynastic Dreams and Visions of Early Byzantine Emperors
Meaghan McEvoy, Macquarie University

War by Other Means: The Memory of Sesostris in Early Byzantine Historiography
Jonathan Tracy, Massey University

Dreaming of Treason: Portentous Dreams and Imperial Coups in Seventh-century Byzantine Apocalyptic Discourse
Ryan W. Strickler, Australian Catholic University/Macquarie University


12:30-2:00  Lunch


2:00-3:30 Parallel Sessions 3

3A Michael Psellos on Dreams and Memory

Chair: Bronwen Neil

The Absence of Dreams and Visions in Psellos’ Chronographia and Their Importance in his Encomium for his Mother
Penelope Buckley, University of Melbourne

Grief, Memory and Dreams in Psellos’ Funeral Oration for His Daughter
Michael Champion, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Political Motives in Memory and Imagination in Psellos’ Chronographia 5.22
Viktoria Krausz, Victoria University of Wellington

3B Churches, Shrines and Memory

Chair: Alan Cadwallader

Inscribing Memory in Constantinian Churches
Caillan Davenport, University of Queensland

Memories of Byzantium as Reflected in the Churches and Monasteries of Egypt
Jenny Ferber, Macquarie University

Architectural Imagination in the Early Byzantine Dalmatian Hinterland: The Excavations of a Multiapsed Church on Bribirska glavica 2014-2016
Danijel Dzino, Macquarie University


3:30-4:00  Afternoon Tea

4:00  AABS Biennial General Meeting (all welcome)

5:00-7:00  Free Time

7:00 Conference Dinner (for ticketholders)


Sunday 26 February


9:30-10:30 Parallel Sessions 4

4A Dreams in Chronicles

Chair: Mark Masterson

Dream Interpretation in the Early Byzantine and Early Islamic Traditions of Hagiography and Historiography
Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University

Some Dreams and Imaginative Memory in Select Byzantine Chronicles
Roger Scott, University of Melbourne

4B Remembering the Saints I

Chair: Wendy Mayer

Dreams and Visions referred to in Life A and Life B of St Athanasios the Athonite
John Theodoridis, Macquarie University

‘As if in a vision of the night …’: Authorising the Healing Spring of Chonai
Alan Cadwallader, Australian Catholic University, Canberra


10:30-11:00 Morning Tea


11:00-12:30  Parallel Sessions 5

5A Remembering the Saints II

Chair: Roger Scott

Julian’s Funeral Law and the Debate Surrounding the Memory of St Babylas
Nicola Holm, University of Queensland

Loyalty and Betrayal: Villains, Imagination and Memory in the Reception of the Johannite Schism
Wendy Mayer, Australian Lutheran College, University of Divinity

5B Imagining the Sea and Trade

Chair: Danijel Dzino

O indomitable Thalassa: The Translation of Classical Maritime Symbolism into Byzantine Cultural Identity
Janet Wade, Macquarie University

Procopius’ Account of Justinian’s Dream of Silk
Alex Kujanpaa, University of Queensland

Aphrodite, Venus and Maria: Seafaring Religion, Astronomy and Imagination in Late Antiquity
Amelia Brown, University of Queensland


12:30-1:15   Plenary Lecture II

Chair: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

Dreams, Visions and Desire in the Letters of Emperor Konstantinos VII Porphyrogennetos and Theodoros of Kyzikos
Mark Masterson, Victoria University of Wellington


1:15-2:30 Lunch and Departure