TELLING TALES: CHILDREN, NARRATIVE AND IMAGE
Melbourne, Australia, 21–24 March 2014
La Trobe University, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Library Service, is delighted to host the 2014 conference of the Society of the Study of Childhood in the Past. The timing and conference theme Telling Tales: Children, Narrative and Image are designed to coincide with the 2014 Children’s Book Festival in Melbourne.
The Children’s Book Festival is a major festival which attracts over 10,000 members of the public to its various events and displays. A centrepiece of the 2014 Festival will be the Dromkeen Exhibition of Australian Picture Book Art from the Scholastic Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection, recently moved to the State Library of Victoria. The Collection consists of some 7500 original artworks from Australia’s best-loved children’s books. The SSCIP conference will be based at Melbourne City Library with events at the State Library.
The SSCIP international conference will add an academic component to the Festival and aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including literature, anthropology, history, sociology, archaeology and art history to consider the forms and roles of narrative, and its evolving nature, in the lives of children from antiquity to the modern period. Major conference themes include:
- Telling childhood: children in narratives, narratives for children
- Making stories: adult vs child creators, interactive narrative, translation
- Art and narrative: illustration, graphic novels, stories through images
- Children and ‘the other’: animals, monsters, ghosts, myths and fairy tales
- Remembering children: memory and memorialisation
- Remembering childhood: narratives of lives, labour, experience, immigration, acculturation, Stolen Generations
The conference themes are designed to widen knowledge, generate new perspectives and stimulate avenues for further research on childhood in the past.
In addition to the main conference programme, planned events include a viewing of the Dromkeen Exhibition of Australian Picture Book Art at the State Library of Victoria; optional tours of the State Library’s Children’s Research Collection and Melbourne Museum’s Childhood and Youth collection; and a day trip (Monday 24th March) to related historic Victorian goldfields sites. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the Children’s Book Festival Events on Sunday 23rd March.
Application and Registration:
Abstracts (250 words) are invited for presentations of up to 30 minutes. Please send abstracts to Gillian Shepherd (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.
SSCIP Members AU$150
SSCIP Student Members AU$100
Student Non-Members AU$120
The registration fee includes the opening evening drinks event (Friday 21st March), conference sessions with refreshments on Saturday 22nd (morning coffee/lunch/afternoon tea) and Sunday 23rd March (morning coffee). Optional events are either free of charge or will be charged separately.
Further details regarding the online registration process and the programme will be announced shortly via the SSCIP website: www.sscip.org.uk.
For more information about the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP) please go to www.sscip.org.uk.
BESSARION’S TREASURE: EDITING, TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING BESSARION’S LITERARY HERITAGE
An International Conference organized by the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich, Germany and hosted by the German Center of Venetian Studies in Venice, Italy.
Venice, 4-5 April 2014
In his act of donation written in 1468, Bessarion underlined that the greatest treasure he had ever possessed in his life was his library, which he was now donating to Venice, the “alterum Byzantium”. While generations of historians and philologists have been ever grateful to Bessarion for this invaluable act of preserving for posterity one of the most significant vestiges of Byzantine civilization, it is not until recently that the literary heritage of Bessarion himself and his circle has begun to attract close attention of the scholarly world.
On the occasion of presenting the forthcoming critical edition, translation and philosophical commentary on Bessarion’s treatise De Natura et Arte, the members of the Munich research group responsible for the project invite contributions from colleagues who work on editing, translating and interpreting texts written by Bessarion and his circle. Contributions are expected to be between 20 and 45 minutes in duration and may be delivered in English, German, Italian or French.
Confirmed key-note speaker: Prof. John Monfasani, Albany, USA
If you would like to participate, please send a short abstract (200 words) to email@example.com by May 31, 2013. Inquiries about the possibility of obtaining financial support (travel and accommodation grants) should also be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conference is organized by Dr. Sergei Mariev, Dr. Katharina Luchner and Dr. Monica Marchetto on behalf of the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich with the support of the Byzantine Studies Association of Germany and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Venice.
OTHELLO’S ISLAND: THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MEDITERRANEAN AND LEVANTINE CULTURAL HISTORY IN THE BYZANTINE, MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERIODS AND THEIR LEGACIES
Second Annual Conference, Cyprus, 9-12 April 2014
Organised by the Cornaro Institute, Larnaca, in association with the University of Sheffield School of English
Following its successful launch in 2013 the new annual conference to explore the Medieval and Renaissance cultural history of the Mediterranean and Levant, Othello’s Island, returns in 2014.
Cyprus is a particularly appropriate location for the study of the Mediterranean and Levant during 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 and even musical forms such as opera.
Yet Cyprus is only one element of the Mediterranean and Levant of interest and the remit of the conference extends to the whole of the Mediterranean, Levant and North African region, and not simply Cyprus. Therefore papers dealing with topics relevant to the period from the wider Mediterranean and Levantine region are also welcome.
This multi-disciplinary conference aims to bring together academics, researchers and research students covering a wide range of topics, including art historians, social and economic historians, museum curators, archaeologists, literary historians and others, covering not only the Western Christian Mediterranean world, but also Byzantine culture, Muslim and other societies relevant to the region.
We would also welcome suggestions from individuals or groups for parallel strands and semi-autonomous conferences which might share some of the plenary sessions and social elements of the event. For example, a strand dealing specifically with Shakespeare and the Mediterranean might be big enough to require its own semi-autonomous event alongside the one we are organising.
If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Papers can be as short as 20 minutes, up to a maximum of 50 minutes.
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 here please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.
Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:
- Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
- Your institutional affiliation (if any)
- Length of time for your paper (min. 20 minutes, max. 50 minutes)
- Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
- 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 email@example.com with the subject line: OTHELLO 2014.
All papers must be delivered in English.
The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2013.
PEOPLE, POLITICS AND RES PUBLICA: STRATEGY AND IDEOLOGY IN REPUBLICAN ROME
University College London, April 11 -13 2014
How did politics in the Roman Republic actually work? This colloquium, part of the European Research Council-funded project ‘The Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators’ based at the University of Glasgow (www.frro.gla.ac.uk), seeks to explore this question.
Themes to discuss include factionalism and networking, political careers, ideology, bureaucracy, speakers and audience, and the relationship between mass and elite. Lobbying and networking were inescapable elements of the political landscape, but how are we to understand the nature and impact of personal alliances in Roman Republican politics? How exactly did politicians manage their public careers, explain successes and failures, and negotiate the unpredictable elements in a highly competitive political environment? What was involved in claiming to be popularis, or in having that label imposed by others? Writing speeches for others may not have been widespread, but can we detect a bureaucracy of clerks, researchers, and coaches behind the polished public facades and eloquent speeches presented by Roman politicians? What were the factors which influenced audience responses to Roman politicians, whether speaking or silent, and in what ways did discrete events form individual careers, programmes of action and recognisable political groupings?
Keynote speakers are Anna Clark, Claudia Tiersch and Alexander Yakobson.
Proposals (300 words max.) for 25 minute papers on these or any other relevant topics should be submitted to Professor Catherine Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Henriette van der Blom (email@example.com) by September 13 2013. Programme decisions will be made by the end of October 2013.
WEALTH AND POVERTY
Koinonia Forum 2014, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, April 21-22 2014
Keynote speaker: Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia
The dynamic between poverty and wealth has informed human relationships and social organization from earliest history, and it continues to shape relations between individuals and societies around the globe. Koinonia Forum, the graduate student conference of Princeton Theological Seminary, invites paper proposals for its spring 2014 forum on wealth and poverty.
Topics from a broad thematic range are welcomed, including but not limited to:
- Religious ideologies
- History of Science
- Sacred texts
- Art history
- Population studies
Please submit a 150 word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2014.
THE EMPEROR IN THE BYZANTINE WORLD
The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies on the theme of “The Emperor in the Byzantine World” will be held at Cardiff University from 25 to 27 April 2014. Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to TougherSF@cardiff.ac.uk by 13 January 2014. For more information see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/clarc/newsandevents/47th-byzantine-spring-symposium.html.
49TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 8-11 May 2014 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
THE SEVENTH CENTURY ACROSS CULTURES
Panel sponsored by the Seventh Century Studies Network; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11 2014.
Drawing inspiration from the recent Edinburgh Seventh Century Colloquium, this session will attempt to bring together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilization of ideas. We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar.
The session will be an examination of whether the seventh century can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents a break in the longue durée. What was the level of discontinuity between the ‘long sixth’ and ‘long eighth’ centuries?
We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history, literature, numismatics and religion, as well as in fields including Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic and Late Antique studies to submit 100 word abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with aspects of continuity and/or discontinuity during the long seventh century.
We seek to have an interdisciplinary panel that reflects the various ways that questions of continuity and discontinuity can be addressed.
Please send proposals and a Participant Information Form (link below) to email@example.com by September 1.
The Participant Information Form can be downloaded in MS Word or pdf format from http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.
PAC RIM 28
28th Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar, La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, 6-9 July 2014.
Ancient and modern scholars alike have described, represented, deciphered and constructed Rome in a multiplicity of ways. Both now and in the past, writers have attempted to make sense of Rome’s identity/identities as an urban landscape, as a political entity, as a producer and consumer of culture, as an idea and as an empire. Rome is cast in a myriad of ways in literary texts: an ideal society, a fallen state, a reinvigorated civilisation, a mirror or an historical parallel, and scholars increasingly recognise that even Roman texts which nominally set their action in entirely different time periods and geographical locations or in the realms of mythology cannot escape dealing with and therefore theorising Rome itself. As a concept ‘Rome’ is flexible and mutable, and in the hands of skilled writers the boundaries of this concept might be reinforced, questioned or challenged.
For information about presentations (deadline for abstracts is 14 March), contact Rhiannon Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit URL http://pacrim28.wordpress.com/.
INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2014
The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 7-10 July 2014.
THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED? LETTING GO OF ROMAN IDENTITY IN THE POST-IMPERIAL WORLD
Session at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 7-10 July 2014
Dating the end of the Roman Empire has long been a popular parlour game. Numerous years can be proposed as date of the ‘fall’ of the empire. Yet all of these ignore the obvious question of when did the peoples of the Roman Empire themselves come to think of themselves as living in a post-imperial era?
The answer seems far from simple and varies from region to region but it is clear that, whenever people ceased to think of themselves as living within the Empire, it was long after the Empire had ceased to rule over them.
The strand ‘The Empire Never Ended? Letting Go of Roman Identity in the Post-Imperial World’ proposes to examine when and how that rupture in thinking occurred within the framework of the IMC 2014.
The IMC, an annual conference running continuously since 1994, is the biggest humanities event in Europe, attracting over 1800 delegates in 2013, and provides a unique forum for sharing and comparing approaches across a wealth of disciplines.
Responding to the 2014 theme ‘Empire’, ‘The Empire Never Ended? Letting Go of Roman Identity in the Post-Imperial World’ will offer further opportunities for fruitful exchange between scholars working on concepts of identity, community and authority throughout the post-Roman world.
Proposals for papers are warmly invited from new and established researchers in the field, and topics may include:
- Being ‘Roman’ along the frontier: the formation of Roman ‘ethnic’ identities in post-Roman environments;
- The Empire as a thing of the past: literary identification of the Roman Empire as a historical subject in the early middle ages;
- Waiting for the Restoration? Continuing Roman identity long after the legions have left.
These are only a few possible ways of looking at the question. Researchers looking at all aspects of it are strongly encouraged to join the discussion.
Organised by Thomas J. MacMaster (PhD student, University of Edinburgh)
If you are interested in offering a 20-minute paper within this session please send a title and a brief abstract of 100 words by 1 September 2013 to Thomas J. MacMaster at email@example.com.
Please note: Speakers invited cannot present a paper in another session at the IMC. All speakers will have to pay the appropriate IMC registration fee to attend.
CONFLICT IN HISTORY
Australian Historical Association (AHA) 33rd Annual Conference, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 7-11 July 2014
The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland, in conjunction with the Australian Historical Association, has great pleasure in calling for papers for the 33rd annual conference of the Australian Historical Association to be held at the University of Queensland from 7-11 July 2014.
The conference theme is “Conflict in History”. This has been inspired by the fact that 2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, but the theme will be interpreted broadly. In addition to papers focused on histories of war or the home front, we welcome papers and panel proposals addressing any aspect of conflict in history.
Call for Papers submission deadline: 15 March 2014
For abstract submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, please visit: http://sapmea.asn.au/conventions/aha2014/abstracts.html
THIRD AUSTRALIAN EGYPTOLOGY CONFERENCE
The Third Australasian Egyptology Conference will be held at Macquarie University on July 16-19 2014. The conference is the main forum for researchers in the fields of Egyptology and Coptic Studies in the Australasian region and meets every 2-3 years.
Although the primary focus of the conference is on the Pharaonic period, previous conferences have featured papers on later periods, and offers of papers are very welcome from postgraduate researchers and scholars working on Ptolemaic, Roman, and Late Antique Egypt.
Those interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of up to 400 words by 1 March 2014 to AustralasianEgyptology2014@gmail.com. The abstracts should contain the title of the paper, the author’s/authors’ name(s), and affiliation. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and notification of accepted proposals will be sent out before the end of April 2014. Presentations at the conference will be 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes question time.
ATHENS TO AOTEAROA: GREECE AND ROME IN NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE AND SOCIETY
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), 4-6 September 2014
The Classics Programme at Victoria University of Wellington is delighted to announce a conference on the reception of antiquity in New Zealand, to take place in Wellington on 4-6 September 2014. This conference seeks to explore New Zealand’s relationship with its Greco-Roman heritage both through a critical appraisal of its effects but also by glimpsing into the creative experiences of New Zealand’s writers and artists. To that end, we solicit presentations from students of antiquity as well as New Zealand culture and society, and from New Zealand writers, artists, and performers who have engaged with texts, themes and ideas from antiquity. Our common goal will be the elucidation of New Zealand’s distinctive appropriation of the classics.
We will announce our keynote speaker and circulate a full CFP soon. In the meantime, for further information please do not hesitate to contact Simon Perris: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUSTUS FROM A DISTANCE
A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney, 29 September to 2 October 2014.
Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.
Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.
Confirmed speakers include Dr Barbara Levick and Professor Nicholas Purcell. Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.
The venue: The conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia on the main campus of the University of Sydney (http://sydney.edu.au/ccanesa/).
MIRACLES AND WONDERS IN ANTIQUITY AND BYZANTIUM
International Conference, University of Cyprus, 16-18 October 2014
Tales of miracle and wonder decorate both ancient and Byzantine literature and seem
to have had a great impact upon ancient and Byzantine thought. A strong interest in
the wondrous is already apparent in the works of Homer and Hesiod. However, a
more organized recording of marvels is detected much later, in Herodotus’s time,
when marvelous stories and travel accounts of exotic places and peoples are
increasingly produced. From the era of Alexander and onwards such stories are
recruited by historians and rhetors in an attempt to apotheose the ideal ruler. Between
the third century BC and the third century AD, the genre of paradoxography,
collections of stories relating strange events and phenomena, achieves great
popularity, and influences another new genre, the Hellenistic novel. At about the same
time, a number of stories circulate that relate the miraculous healings of suffering
people who practice incubation in Asclepian temples. Later the practice of incubation
is taken over by Christian pilgrims who are cured by saints. Miraculous healings and
other types of miracles that are associated with a particular Christian shrine become
the material of a new genre, the miracle collection which is cultivated throughout the
Byzantine era. Miracle stories are included in all Byzantine hagiographical genres,
since they constitute the strongest sign of holiness. Miracles and wonders are also
found in profane Byzantine genres, such as chronicles and romances. Despite the fact
that marvel literature enjoyed such a high popularity in antiquity and Byzantium, it
has been mostly dismissed by modern scholars as debased, boring and even
unintelligible, an attitude that has condemned this literature to obscurity.
The conference’s main aims are to bring to light miracle and wonder literature and to
open up new avenues of approach. Topics of exploration may include:
- Literary Theoretical Approaches
- Cultural Studies
- Psychological Approaches
- Comparative Literary Studies
Specialists are invited to submit a thirty-minute paper in English on a relevant topic.
Due to budgetary constraints, the organizers cannot cover the speakers’ travel and
hotel costs. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance. Prospective
speakers are asked to submit by 30 April 2014 a title and a 400-word abstract to
Stavroula Constantinou (email@example.com) and Maria Gerolemou
INTELLECTUAL AND EMPIRE
15th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 22-24 October 2014
Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme which intends to explore the relationship between public intellectuals and manifestations of imperial power, whether in the form of opposition, compromise or advocacy. The conference aims to place particular focus on the first three centuries of the Roman Empire. However, paper proposals on other eras and empires within the ambit of Greco-Roman antiquity, e.g., Athenian, Macedonian or ancient Near Eastern, will also be considered positively. Intellectuals are broadly conceived as individuals making public their intellectual endeavours through literature, scholarship, religion, philosophy, rhetoric, performance, and the like. We look forward to receiving proposals exploring this aspect as a phenomenon or as manifested in individual authors or figures.
Invited speakers: Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (Göttingen); Ewen Bowie (Oxford); Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford).
Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible. All proposals are carefully considered, but bear in mind that slots are limited. Final deadline: 30 April.
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted annually by the Department of Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
More on the conference:
Convening in 2014 for the 15th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two and a half days, approximately 20 scholarly contributions from around the world are to be presented. The 40 minute slots provide ample time for discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each other properly. Information on previous conferences may be found at http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=1819.
Venue: To be announced. We are currently exploring the possibility of moving the conference to a Bushveld game reserve (http://www.dikhololo.co.za/) on the outskirts of Pretoria.
Dates: 22-24 October 2014
Since transport to and from the conference venue might pose difficulties, participants should ideally arrive at OR Tambo Airport and in Pretoria on the morning of the 21st and only book a flight out from the evening of the 24th but preferably later.
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and published on the Departmental website after the final date for submissions.
We are negotiating a conference package of approximately US$350, inclusive of accommodation, transport and conference fee. Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim back conference fees from their institutions should please contact the organizers for a discount.
Publication of papers:
Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.
AFRO-BYZANTINE AND GRECO-AFRICAN CONFERENCE
We invite you to participate in the International Conference on Greco-African and Afro-Byzantine Studies at the University of Johannesburg to be held 27 October–1 November 2014.
An International Conference on Greco-African and Afro-Byzantine Studies (i.e. History, Civilization, Culture, Arts) will take place in October/November 2014 at UJ. With Afro-Byzantine Studies we understand the study of the African civilizations of which the development was influenced by Byzantine history and civilization (mainly late ancient and medieval North Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia). Greco-African Studies refer to the study and teaching of Greek in Africa, cultural interaction between (Ancient and Modern) Greece and Africa. By extension Ancient/Medieval Africa itself can be combined with these themes. The conference will thus be a vehicle giving the occasion to its participants to relate and work together in order to further determine, assess, appreciate and promote high quality research on selected aspects of ‘Old’ African history and civilization in conjunction with Greece, mainly Byzantium.
The proposed Conference will greatly contribute to a better assessment, comprehension and appreciation of the great African Civilization of the past. Consequently, it will present an occasion to exchange views on our knowledge of its ideological, political, institutional, artistic and religious aspects.
Peer-reviewed Proceedings will be published. We are already negotiating with publishers.
A communication may be either 30 minutes or 15 minutes. There will be seminars and discussion groups. Please, let us know in which category or categories you will participate. We ask to send us the theme of your presentation before 1 July, and at least by 1 October a short abstract of your paper (10 to 15 lines). Your paper can be given to the organisers during or at the end of the Conference for publication and peer-reviewing.
Accommodation, Transport and Events
We have a range of accommodation possibilities ranging from very cheap to moderate costs. All these accommodations include breakfast.
Accommodation is possible from R. 200 per night (in youth hostels, for students) to maximum R.1700 per room in very comfortable upper class guesthouses. The average price for a comfortable single room is ca R.650, for a double room, ca. R850 per night. A list will be sent to all respondents who are interested in the Conference. There may be special arrangements for students on demand. All these accommodations are nearby the University, at walking distance.
At several occasions the participants will be invited at lunches in their honour. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available.
There are restaurants at the campus and cheap as well as middle class restaurants nearby the University and nearby the guesthouses. If at some occasions activities will be held outside the University, transport will be arranged.
Please, note that South Africa is a cheap country. The Rand is sliding and at present $1 = ca. R.11.50, Euro 1 = ca R. 15 and ₤1 = ca R.18.
For more confirmation, please contact the organisers.
A registration fee is payable for participants: R. 500 for international participants, R. 300 for South African participants. This covers costs for tea, coffee and some organised lunches.
Students do not pay fees.
CRAFTING TEXTILES FROM THE BRONZE AGE TO AD 1600: A TRIBUTE TO PETER COLLINGWOOD
Early Textiles Study Group (ETSG)
10-11 October 2014, Franks Room, Wellcome Collection, London, Euston Road NW1 2BE
Peter Collingwood, a renowned weaver and master of textile structures, was a member of the ETSG Group until his death in 2008. As a tribute to his skills as a maker and innovator this conference will investigate some of the ancient techniques that fascinated him including tablet-weaving, braiding, sprang and rug-making.
Proposals are welcomed from academics, research students, museum curators, practitioners and independent scholars. Preference will be given to proposals that include images.
Please send one page abstract and brief CV by 31 January 2014 to:
Textiles Department, Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER
Fax: +44(0)161 275 7471, or email: Frances.Pritchard@manchester.ac.uk.
ART AND RELIGIONS OF ANTIQUITY
The Arts and Religions in Antiquity program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature is sponsoring three sessions at the 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, 22-25 November 2014.
We welcome proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourage papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. For the two open sessions, the Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address the following topics – but all proposals will be considered: 1) Art and Ritual: For this session we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to ritual practice. Papers that treat the ritual handling of art; art in ritual spaces; rituals depicted in art; ritual as art are most welcome. 2) Art and Death: For this session, we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to death. Papers that treat memorial practice or art in funerary contexts will be most welcome. We will also sponsor a third session that will consist of invited papers to review the recent book by J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen, Christianity in Roman Africa (Eerdmans, 2014).
Call for papers closes 5 March 2014.
BYZANTINE CULTURE IN TRANSLATION
Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 18th Biennial Conference, 28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland
Byzantine culture emanated from Constantinople throughout the Middle Ages, eastwards into Muslim lands and central Asia, north into Russian, Germanic and Scandinavian territories, south across the Mediterranean into Egypt and North Africa and westwards to Italy, Sicily and the other remnants of the western Roman empire. Byzantine culture was translated, transported and transmitted into all these areas through slow or sudden processes of permeation, osmosis and interaction throughout the life of the Empire, from the fourth century to the fifteenth and far beyond. Various literary aspects of Byzantine culture that were literally translated from Greek into the local and scholarly languages of the Medieval West and Muslim Middle East include dreambooks, novels, medical and scientifica texts and works of Ancient Greek literature. Yet translation was a phenomenon that stretched far beyond texts, into the areas of clothing and fashion, the visual arts (especially icons) and architecture, military organisations, imperial court ceremonial, liturgical music and mechanical devices. This conference celebrates all aspects of literary, spiritual or material culture that were transported across the breadth of the Empire and exported from it. Papers are welcome on all aspects of Byzantine culture that exerted some influence – whether lasting or fleeting – and were translated into non-Greek-speaking lands, from the early Byzantine period to the present day.
Confirmed speaker: Maria Mavroudi, University of California – Berkeley
Convenor: Dr Amelia Brown, The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland
Papers of 20 minutes are now sought on any of the topics mentioned above. Please send a title and abstract of 200 words along with your own email address, affiliation and title to the convenor at email@example.com.
Closing date for submissions: 31 August.
Two bursaries of $500 each will be offered to postgraduate students or postdoctoral fellows who present papers and are not residents of Queensland. Applications may be sent with abstract and CV to Bronwen Neil, President of AABS, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please supply your residential address and a short (150 words max.) explanation of your financial circumstances, stage reached in your studies and any other relevant information. Membership of AABS is required for successful applicants; please see the web site at http://www.aabs.org.au/members/ for membership subscriptions. Deadline for bursary applications is 31 August.
TRAVEL, TRAVELERS AND TRAVELING IN LATE ANTIQUE LITERARY CULTURE
Organizer: Cam Grey, University of Pennsylvania, Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
The 2015 panel sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association on January 8-11 2015 in New Orleans will explore aspects of travel and traveling in late antique literary culture. Narratives of travel can be found structuring devotional pilgrimage accounts and ethnographic treatises, and they constitute a crucial element in hagiographical texts, where the saint’s physical journey often functions as a metaphor and analog for his or her spiritual journey. These narratives are also enlisted for political and military purposes, such as the anonymously authored fourth-century Itinerarium Alexandri or accounts of travel contained in historiographical works. Meanwhile, the phenomenon of the imperial adventus acquired an unprecedented level of ceremony and ritual in the period, and envoys and ambassadors traveled extensively both within and beyond the boundaries of the empire, treating with domestic and foreign potentates. Aristocratic and ecclesiastical letter writers penned—and preserved in their collections—letters of recommendation for an extraordinary variety of individuals, who appear to have walked or rode the roads of the Roman with little regard for the apparent deterioration in safety and security that haunts a work like Rutilius Namatianus’ De Reditu Suo.
The result is a rich body of material for exploring questions about the role of travel as a structuring device for authors to employ, a metaphor for them to access, or even a motivation for them to claim as a reason for writing. We invite the submission of abstracts offering consideration of these and other questions about travel, traveling, and travelers in late antique literary culture. One-page abstracts (ca. 400 words) for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than March 21, 2014, by email attachment to Cam Grey at email@example.com. Please follow the APA’s instructions for the format of abstracts: http://www.apaclassics.org/index.php/annual_meeting/abstract_instructions/guidelines_for_authors_of_abstracts. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Those whose papers are accepted must be members of the APA by March 1, 2014 and must attend the 2015 meeting in New Orleans. The Society for Late Antiquity cannot provide funding for travel.
50TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 14-17 May 2015 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
ON THE ROAD: TRAVELS, PILGRIMAGES AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VI, University of Tampere, Finland, 6-8 August 2015
The sixth international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference will focus on social approaches to travelling, mobility, pilgrimages, and cultural exchange. Interaction between society and space has been a key interest of scholars after the ‘Spatial Turn’. Nevertheless, larger comparisons between eras and cultures are mainly missing.
The archetypal journey of Odysseys served as a metaphor and model for later narrations of travelling. In both Ancient and medieval worlds, religious reasons were significant motivations for travelling; these travels confront the traditional idea of these periods as eras of immobility. However, the challenges of setting out for a journey, as well as the dangers of the road, were not dependent on the incentive but rather on distance and other geographical settings, social status of the traveller, and political climate.
The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction before, during and after travelling. What kinds of motivations were there for ancient and medieval people to get on the road and what kind of negotiations and networks were inherent in travelling? We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, age, health, and status. Actors, experiences and various levels of negotiations are of main interest, and our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life, on the differences and similarities between elite and popular culture, and on the expectations linked to gender and life cycle stage, visible in the practices and policies of travelling. We encourage proposals that integrate the theme of travelling into wider larger social and cultural contexts.
We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical,
Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective.
If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words (setting out thesis and conclusions) for a twenty-minute paper together with your contact details (with academic affiliation, address and e-mail) by e-mail attachment to the conference secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstracts is September 15 2014, and the notification of paper acceptance will be made in November 2014.
Conference papers may also be presented in French, German or Italian, however, supplied with an English summary (as a hand-out) or translation if the language of presentation is not English. The sessions are formed on the basis of thematic coherence of the papers and comparisons between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, thus session proposals focusing on one period only will not be accepted.
The registration fee is 100 EUR (doctoral students: 50 EUR). For further information, please visit http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages/ or contact the organizers by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. The registration opens in November 2014 at http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages.