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, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration opens in November 2014 at http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages.
THE EMPEROR JULIAN
Organizer: Gavin Kelly, University of Edinburgh
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Julian ruled as sole emperor for less than 20 months between November 361 and June 363; however, his reign is among of the best attested periods of ancient history, and more of his writings survive than of any previous Roman emperor. The last pagan emperor was also the first emperor born in Constantinople, and the first to have been baptized and brought up as a Christian. His religious reversal made Julian the object of intense interest debate for contemporaries such as Libanius, Gregory Nazianzen, and Ammianus Marcellinus (recently illuminated in Gregory’s case by Susanna Elm’s Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church); he continued to provoke fascination throughout the Byzantine period and for historians and writers since the renaissance, including among many others Gibbon, Ibsen, and Cavafy. Interest in his religious reaction and the vivid personality revealed in his and his contemporaries’ writings has stimulated numerous popular biographies and biographically oriented scholarly works, and to some extent overshadowed literary interest in his works (though see now Nicholas Baker Brian and Shaun Tougher (eds.), Emperor and Author),or interpretation of his actions in the broader context of fourth-century political history. His context in the religious history of the period might merit further attention in the light of contrasting recent views of the religious history of the fourth century from Alan Cameron and Peter Brown. We invite proposals for papers on Julian as politician, as author, or as thinker; on the relationship between his actions and his writing; on Julian in the context of fourth-century literature and history; and on perceptions of Julian, whether by contemporaries or by later historians and creative artists.
This panel, sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity, will form part of the 2016 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association), to take place in San Francisco between 7 and 10 January 2016. One-page abstracts (ca. 400 words) for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent by email attachment to Gavin Kelly at Gavin.Kelly@ed.ac.uk no later than Monday, 16 February 2015. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts: http://www.apaclassics.org/index.php/annual_meeting/abstract_instructions/guidelines_for_authors_of_abstracts. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their SCS membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. All proposals will be judged anonymously by two referees. Note that submitting an abstract represents a commitment to attend the meeting and that the Society for Late Antiquity cannot provide funding for travel.
ASCS (37) 2016
ASCS 37 (2016) is to be held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, from 2-5 February 2016. The conference convener is Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard (email@example.com).
Full details of the call for papers are at http://www.ascs.org.au/news/ascs37_call_for_papers.html. Further details will be placed from time to time on the ASCS website (www.ascs.org.au), click on the ‘News Flash’ on the home page.
All offers of papers must be received by Friday 31 July 2015. Any offers which come in after that date unfortunately will have to be rejected.
The following requirements will be in place again for this conference. Only one offer will be accepted from any one person. Those attending the conference (and offering a paper) must be ASCS members; if you are not a member and wish to join in order to attend ASCS 37, you can join by following the relevant instructions on the ASCS website (www.ascs.org.au, under ‘membership’). Scholars from countries other than Australia and New Zealand will not be required to become ASCS members.
An alternative to offering a paper, particularly for postgraduate students, is a ‘poster presentation’, and we would be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to present using this format.
Members may also propose a panel of papers on a particular theme. The panel structure will need to conform to the 90 minutes allocated to each session. Applications to have a panel considered must conform to the guidelines for panels at ASCS.
We also invite archaeological reports as a specific category of presentation. We recognise that the submitted abstracts may be projections rather due to the fact that the field season will possibly take place after the call for papers has closed. Please read the guidelines for this category before submitting your proposal.
All offers of papers will be anonymously reviewed by the conference program review committee. Its task is to make decisions about the suitability (or not) of the papers offered.
RITUALIZING THE CITY: COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCES AS ASPECTS OF URBAN CONSTRUCTION
Brno, Czech Republic, 3-4 March, 2016
Organizer: Ivan Foletti, Masaryk University in Brno and University of Lausanne – Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour.
The conference aims to reflect on the ways in which collective liturgies– religious as well as civic and totalitarian – contributed to the construction of urbanism from late Antiquity to the twentieth century and, on the other hand, how urban topography and the layout of the city influenced collective performances. The goal of such a reflection is to indicate how a collective ritual performance grows and develops in dialogue with the surrounding urban space. But especially how it participates in the determination of that same space.
The purpose of the conference is thus to explore the dialectic relationship between the city and collective rituals, beginning with Late Antique Rome, marked out by stationary liturgy, through medieval and modern cities designed to celebrate sovereigns and bishops, up to Stalinist Moscow, constructed to embrace the manifestations of Soviet power.
Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: the methods used by the rituals to integrate the space of the cities; in what way collective performances are modified and adjusted to a specific urban situation; the manner in which urban space is reconstructed and modified to facilitate collective performances; how, with a change of regime, the new collective liturgies adapted themselves to the new situation. Papers presenting a historiographical and diachronic art historical and methodological perspective are especially welcomed.
Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 10 September 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARED INVENTION: FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
Clermont-Ferrand, Aubusson and Limoges, 6–8 April 2016
An international colloquium entitled ‘Shared Invention: From Antiquity to the 21st Century’ will be held 6–8 April 2016, and proposals for papers are now being accepted. The colloquium is being organized by Laurence Riviale and Jean-François Luneau, lecturers at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand (France), in partnership with Musée national Adrien Dubouché, Limoges (France) and Cité de la Tapisserie, Aubusson (France). It will take place in Clermont-Ferrand, Aubusson and Limoges. ‘Shared invention’, or collective creation, is the chosen theme for this international colloquium, whose aim is to enable art historians working in a range of fields to understand better creation in the fine arts and production in the decorative arts.
When an artist’s work of art is translated into another medium, if the craftsman is not himself the inventor, but only a docile workman, how can differences in two items made by two craftsmen according to the same design be accounted for, but by a margin of liberty and sensitivity in which the very personality of the maker expresses itself? This margin will be at the heart of the debate, taking into account historical, social, and cultural contexts of all the periods in question.
After the Middle Ages, during which painters and sculptors belonged to a regular, legally instituted trade, those whom we now denote ‘artists’ tried to distinguish themselves by invention, leaving execution or transposition to craftsmen, and strove to elevate their trades to the dignity of liberal arts. For Giorgio Vasari, such a claim is satisfied by the expression ‘arts of design’, which were to become the ‘fine arts’, that is, painting, architecture and sculpture. ‘Design’ thereby has became the discriminating point for all academies that were subsequently founded, from the Accademia delle arti del disegno in Florence (1563) to the French Académie royale (1648), and later on, the British Royal Academy (1768). Art historians have seldom questioned this hierarchy and have more readily studied the creations of a ‘genius’, leaving the craftsman’s production in the shadow.
But is invention only the privilege of the artist who provides the design? Recent scholarly studies have striven to understand the processes of creation at the heart of workshops through artistic documentation, such as the miscellanies of modelli and inventories of human positions collected by painters in the sixteenth century, revealing the almost universal use of what has been called, paradoxically, the ‘invention copy’ – that is, the creation of a new composition achieved by putting together heterodox bits from everywhere. This type of process highlights the role of the patron, who may be the true inventor, as he owns designs and ideas and is responsible for this aspect of the composition from beginning to end. In this case, the so-called ‘artist’ is but a kind of go-between, and can only be understood as a mere workman.
Papers devoted to etchings or engravings, stone masonry, wall-painting or paper, furnishing or fashion fabrics, chinaware, stoneware, stained glass, etc., are welcome, especially if they emphasize not only the margin of liberty mentioned above, but also the aspects of works of art appropriate to their destination and intended meaning. Summaries of 2500 or 3000 characters will be submitted, along with a short CV (three lines), before 22 June 2015, to laurence.RIVIALE@univ-bpclermont.fr, or email@example.com, or J-Francois.LUNEAU@univ-bpclermont.fr. Applicants will receive a reply in September 2015.
51ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 12-15 May 2016 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
SESSION PROPOSALS INVITED FOR MARY JAHARIS CENTER SPONSORED PANEL AT KALAMAZOO 2016
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center web site (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/51st-international-congress-on-medieval-studi/). The deadline for submission is May 24, 2015. Proposals should include:
- Session abstract (300 words)
- Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words)
- List of session participants (proposed list of presenters and session presider)
Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2015 if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the 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 presider) up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. 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 presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/.
About the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
Founded in 2010 through a generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of knowledge about the rich heritage of Byzantine art and culture. The Mary Jaharis Center’s location on the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus provides a unique opportunity to foster Byzantine studies within an Orthodox Christian community. The Center sponsors a wide range of public programming and supports the study of Byzantium through grants and other resources.
BYZANTIUM: A WORLD OF CHANGES – 23RD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BYZANTINE STUDIES
The Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB) will hold its next congress, the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, in Belgrade from 22-27 August, 2016. The members of the Serbian National Committee for Byzantine Studies, as well as all Byzantinists and medievalists of Serbia, are proud that the Belgrade school for Byzantine studies is to be entrusted again with the organization of this congress. We warmly welcome Byzantine scholars from around the world to participate and contribute to this important exchange of ideas and thereby establish the present state of research in Byzantine studies.
The upcoming congress will focus on deepening the understanding of Byzantium (the Byzantine Empire) as a living organism that lasted for more than a millenium and in which ideology, erudition, art and culture essentially contributed to the deveolpment of Europe from the Late Antique and Medieval period up to the present day. The congress will also offer young researchers the opportunity to share their ideas and projects for future research on Byzantium. Bearing all this in mind, the Réunion-Intercongrès held in Athens in September 2013 accepted the name and motto of the Congress suggested by the organizers. Both elements emphasize the above-mentioned need for understanding Byzantium as a complex organism that calls for innovative approaches to the future research.
The president of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić, will act as patron for the International Congress due to its importance for scientific research in Serbia and for the cultural identity of the country, for which the organizing body would like to expresses its deep gratitude. In addition, because of the scientific and cultural prominence of the International Congress, the organizers have taken further steps to secure international patronage.
The official languages of the Congress are English, French, German, Greek, Italian and Russian.
Online registration: 1 April 2015–15 April 2016 (for participants with a communication), or 20 August (for participants without a communication).
Submission of abstracts: 1 April 2015–15 April 2016.
Final program: 1 June 2016.
A printed copy of the Congress program, containing the daily schedule of activities and other useful information will be distributed to participants upon their registration at the Congress venue. An electronic version of the program will also be available shortly before the Congress.
12TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CRETAN STUDIES
According to the decision taken during the closing session of the 11th International Congress of Cretan Studies (27/10/2011), the organization of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies was entrusted to the Society of Cretan Historical Studies which has appointed its Organizing Committee. The President and the Members of the Committee hereby address the call for the expression of interest to all wishing to participate in the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies.
The Congress will be held in the city of Heraklion from the 22nd to the 26th of September 2016, and its proceedings will be divided into three main sections which correspond to the three long periods of Cretan history:
a) the Prehistoric and Ancient Greek period,
b) the Byzantine and Medieval period, and
c) the Modern period (up to the late 20th century).
The selected thematic axis for all three sections of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies shall be mobility. Those interested in participating in the Congress are thus invited to address the theme in reference to Crete and insularity in historical perspective. More specifically, the thematic of mobility addresses:
• The migration of people to, from and within Crete. Mobility therefore refers to geographic and spatial -peaceful or violent- human group mobility and the new realities it engendered.
• The flow of goods, services and practices in relation to paths, routes, journeys and the exchange of both tangible and intangible forms of culture.
• Social mobility and social and ideological transformations with reference to social change, stratification, and the configuration of the urban and rural areas. Changes in the social, institutional (civic, political and administrative), cultural and natural environment are also included, with the correlation and integration of these aspects into broader geopolitical and cultural contexts being considered preferable.
All wishing to participate in the Congress are invited to submit an abstract of 300-500 words of their proposal at the electronic platform www.12-ICCS.gr, from the 15th of July to the 30th of November 2015.
Proposals may include either panels or paper presentations (oral or poster). For joint proposals for Workshops, please submit an overall summary of 200-400 words and abstracts of 300-500 words for each separate announcement.
The thematic axis of “mobility” is not considered obligatory in the cases of poster presentation proposals.
The abstracts submitted should list the main issues addressed, the general research framework, marking out the aspects of originality of the proposed contribution.
Only one proposal per applicant should be submitted (either individually or jointly).
The languages of the Congress will be Greek, English, French, German and Italian.
The acceptance or rejection of submitted proposals will be communicated preserving the anonymity of the scientific committee’s reviews, by the 15th of March 2016.
Each presentation should not exceed fifteen (15’) minutes plus another five (5’) minutes for discussion.
The Congress will be organized in three plenary sessions with invited speakers to be announced shortly.
The participation fee for contributors is thirty (30) Euros. Free participation will be granted to postgraduate and PhD students, and unemployed scholars.
The Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies will certainly be published and at least in the form of an e-book shortly after the completion of the Congress.
For any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat:
Society of Cretan Historical Studies – Historical Museum of Crete
Andreas & Maria Kalokerinos House
Sofokli Venizelou 27
Tel.: +30 2810 283219 – +30 2810 288708 / Fax: +30 2810 283754
DREAMS, MEMORY AND IMAGINATION IN BYZANTIUM
Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference, 24-26 February 2017, Monash University, Melbourne
In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and architecture.
Professor Derek Krueger of Greensboro University, North Carolina, will be our guest speaker at this international conference.
We welcome papers on any aspect of the topic, including reception studies. The call for papers will be issued in July 2016. Two student bursaries will be offered to HDR students who present papers.
52ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 11-14 May 2017 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.