Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

PhD COLLOQUIUM ON LATE ANTIQUITY

University of Reading, 4-5 May 2018

Keynote speech: Dr. Chiara O. Tommasi (University of Pisa): Esotericism in Classical and Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own  place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together  and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity.

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate  his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent.

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading.

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology:

Option A: papers (15  min)

Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 10  November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Option B: posters

Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 15 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers  are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

For further enquiries, please contact Lorenzo Livorsi (l.livorsi@pgr.reading.ac.uk),  Ilaria Scarponi (ilaria.scarponi@reading.ac.uk) or Fiona McMeekin (f.p.mcmeekin@pgr.reading.ac.uk).

53RD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress

The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 10-13 May 2018 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

CLASSICAL AND BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE: ATHENS, GREECE

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes its Annual International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Studies on 4-5 June 2018, Athens, Greece.  You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation.  The abstract submission deadline is 30 October 2017.  You may also send us a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference.  If you need more information please email the address below and our administration will send it to you, including the conference web site and abstract submission form.  We do hope you can contribute to our academic activities.

In addition, We would like to inform you that the October issue (Volume 3, Issue 4, October 2017) of the Athens Journal of History has been uploaded.  We can send the link if you are interested.

Dr. Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Director, Athens Center for Classical & Byzantine Studies (ACCBS) & Associate Professor, The University of Alabama, USA.

Email: newsletter4@m4.comm100edm4.com

https://www.atiner.gr/

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2018

Conference Web Site

The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 2-5 July 2018.

MARY JAHARIS CENTER SESSION AT INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2018_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/25th-imc). The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:
**Title
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
**CV

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edumjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IN LATE ANTIQUITY

The 2nd Annual Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity conference will be held at the University of Auckland from July 11-13 2018. Proposals can be for papers in any area of late antique, early medieval or Byzantine studies and the conference is intended to provide a venue for scholars in these fields around the Pacific Rim.

Proposals can be for papers in any area of late antique, early medieval or Byzantine studies and the conference is intended to provide a venue for scholars in these fields around the Pacific Rim.   Abstracts for 20 min papers should be 250-300 words in length and submitted to Lisa Bailey (lk.bailey@auckland.ac.nz) by 1 October 2017.  Registration for the conference will be NZ$65 for academic staff, but will be free for graduate students thanks to a generous subsidy from the Australasian Society for Classical Studies.  Details on registration will follow at a later point.

For further information please contact Lisa or visit the Centre for Hellenic Studies website (http://helleniccenter.ucsd.edu/news-events/index.html).

BYZANTIUM IN THE ADRIATIC FROM THE SIXTH TO TWELFTH CENTURIES

Split, Croatia, 28-30 September 2018

Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies & Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split

The field of Byzantine Studies has recently gained impetus in Croatia from the establishment of the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies, which aspires to become a cross-disciplinary research hub for experts in manifold disciplines related to Byzantine Studies not only in Croatia but in the region as well. Following the auspicious first steps of bringing Byzantine Studies into the focus of Croatian academia and the research community, the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies now aims to attract internationally acclaimed researchers of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to a forum that will offer an opportunity to discuss a plethora of research topics and questions bearing on the presence of Byzantium in the Adriatic, and specifically to analyze the profile, genesis and transformation of the region in response to the Byzantine world system. The aim is to present and examine old as well as fresh ideas in an innovative way to provide a more complete and in-depth picture of the political, socio-economic, religious, legal, cultural aspects of Byzantine influence, both direct and indirect, detectable in the Adriatic, and particularly the eastern Adriatic coastal area, with a chronological span from the Age of Justinian I to the final disappearance of all vestiges of Byzantine authority and political sway in the region in the twelfth century.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in an international conference ‘Byzantium In The Adriatic From The Sixth To Twelfth Centuries’, organized by the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies in close cooperation with the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split. The conference will take place on September 28-30 in Split, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic at the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split.

The conference’s special thematic strands include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • defining ‘Byzantium’ and its influence in the Adriatic context
  • (dis)continuity of the Byzantine presence in the Adriatic region
  • Adriobyzantinism, Latin Byzantinism, Slavic Byzantinism
  • overlapping zones of influences: problems of centre, periphery and province
  • comparative studies: Ravenna, Pentapolis, Roman Duchy, Venice, Istria, Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia, Calabria, Benevento, Marche, etc.
  • Byzantium’s influence on the ethnogeneses in the Adriatic coastal area
  • transmission of texts
  • conversion, Christianization and the Church (the interference of jurisdictional and liturgical influences from Constantinople, Rome, Aquileia/Grado; the network of bishoprics; the Cyrillo-Methodian Mission)
  • Byzantine legal traditions
  • Byzantine traditions in diplomatics, language, anthroponymy, toponymy, hagiography
  • Byzantine traditions in social structures (urban elites, aristocracy, family and society)
  • manifestations of Byzantine authority: public institutions, administrative structures, circulation of Byzantine money, seals
  • Byzantine cultural circles in the Adriatic (Justinianic Age, Macedonian dynasty, etc.)
  • settlements, towns, urban history, spatial organization
  • material culture with Byzantine characteristics and provenance in the Adriatic (archaeology, cemeteries, jewellery, weapons, tools, costumes)
  • the so-called Byzantine limes marittimus in the Adriatic (forts, castra, defence systems)

The conference encourages a broad interdisciplinary approach open to specialists and researchers of various profiles: historians, archaeologists, art historians, liturgists, epigraphists, linguists, classical philologists, etc.

Paper Submission

Deadline for submitting the letter of intent for participation: 25 April 2018.
First deadline for submitting the abstracts of the papers: 25 June 2018.
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 20 minutes.
Working Language: English.

All participants are required to pay the participation fee in amount of 50€. The participation fee includes accommodation during the Conference and a gala dinner. A visit to the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic is free of charge for all participants.

To participate in the conference you should send a title and a short abstract in English to the following email address: hdbs@ffzg.hr. The proposals will be considered and selected by the organizing committee.

Organisation Committee

Ivan Basić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split)
Hrvoje Gračanin (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
Marko Petrak (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb)
Trpimir Vedriš (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)

THE FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE

Submission online by: February 15, 2018, Thursday, 11:59 EST
Notification email by: March 15, 2018, Thursday

The Forty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, October 4-7 2018.

For information on BSANA, please consult the BSANA website, http://www.bsana.net; for details on the conference, please consult the 2018 BSC website, https://www.bsc2018.com/, which will be further updated as new information becomes available.

The Local Arrangements Chair for 2018 is Dr. Annie Labatt of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by its officers:
President: Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Literature (Princeton University, NJ) (ebourbou@Princeton.EDU)
Vice President: Jennifer Ball, Art History (City University of New York, NY) (jennball312@gmail.com)
Secretary: Marica Cassis, Archaeology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) (bsanasec@yahoo.com)
Treasurer: Betsy Williams, Dumbarton Oaks (bsana.treasurer@gmail.com)

We welcome proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies. Call for papers.

MARY JAHARIS CENTER SPONSORED PANEL, 44TH ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, October 4–7 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/44th-annual-annual-byzantine-studies-conference). The deadline for submission is February 5, 2018. Proposals should include:

—Proposed session title
—CV of session organizer
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers may present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by February 9, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (http://www.bsana.net/conference/2018_BSANA_CFP.pdf).

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.