Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

SECOND BYZANTINE COLLOQUIUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES

Between Lust and Chastity: The Byzantines on Love and Sex

Buenos Aires, 28–29 August 2017

Download details or see www.arts.kuleuven.be/byzantium.

Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge no study to date covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of works tackling these and similar issues.

A historical, anthropological or sociological perspective still has a fair job to do in this area. The UBA research team, with its focus on narratology, will pay special attention to love as a dynamic principle in Byzantine storytelling, either hagiographical, historical, or of other kind. Indeed, the centrality of love, which can take myriad forms (as a topos, as a target towards which a given plot aims, as a powerful tool towards meaningful characterization, as a social expectation horizon, etc.) should be evaluated in the framework of the evolution of narrative forms. We believe that a dynamic analysis of erotic motifs can be so productive for diachronic narrativity as the spatiality, temporality, or the studies of narrators and narratees.

At the same time, any other point of view is welcome: from a presentation on the Song of Songs, to a study of Byzantine marriage; from the love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from the ever-lasting reading of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations – or not – of virginity and mystical experience. More metaphorical subjects such as the “love of learning” are also welcome.

Please send your abstract no later than May 31 2017 to Tomas.Fernandez@conicet.gov.ar, pablo.a.cavallero@gmail.com. Any query or comment will also be more than welcome.

GRIEF AND CONSOLATION

IAS/UWA Classics and Ancient History/CHE Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia
15 September 2017

More info: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/grief-and-consolation
Submissions Deadline: 1 August, 2017
Submissions: Send to Lara O’Sullivan (lara.osullivan@uwa.edu.au)

Grief, particularly the grief associated with bereavement, has been a constant companion of humanity throughout the ages. But how are we best to deal with grief? Traditional rituals have had a part to play, but consolation for grief has also been sought through intellectual processes: through awareness and (self-) analysis of the emotional and cognitive responses to grief, and through the articulation of grief in language, music and the arts.

Held under the joint aegis of the Institute of Advanced Studies UWA, the Discipline of Classics and Ancient History at UWA, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions, this interdisciplinary colloquium proposes a broad exploration of grief, and of the strategies employed in the consolation grief across time and culture. Papers (of c. 20 minutes’ duration) are invited to engage with this theme, whether literary, musical, philosophical, medical or other perspectives.

The special guest at the colloquium will be Professor Han Baltussen, the Walter Watson Hughes Professor Classics at the University of Adelaide. Professor Baltussen will be visiting UWA in September as an IAS Visiting Professor; while in Perth, he will be working on his current project, which traces the emergence of the conscious treatment of grief in ancient Greek oratory, philosophy and medicine.

RUSSIAN STATE HERMITAGE CONFERENCES

The State Hermitage museum is happy to announce Call for Papers for two conferences: Christian Orient: Cultural Interactions with other Traditions (September 28-29 2017) and Byzantium Within the Context of the World Culture dedicated to the memory of Alisa V. Bank (October 2-4 2017).

The Christian Orient conference topics include the wide range of problems concerning Eastern Christian contacts with other religious groups and traditions, focusing basically on discussing written sources.

Byzantium Within the Context of the World Culture conference emphasizes mostly studies in different aspects of Byzantine cultural heritage.

You can choose any of these conferences or participate in both of them.

The deadline for submitting proposals to the conferences is June 1 2017.

Please send the title of your paper to orient.chretien@gmail.com.

The conference languages are Russian and English.

On September 30–October 1 2017 (Saturday, Sunday) there will be a special cultural programme for the speakers.

THE FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE

University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, October 5-8 2017

The Byzantine Studies Association welcomes submissions by March 1, 2017 using its online system for the 2017 BSC to be hosted by the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Papers from a wide range of medieval disciplines, and on diverse topics related to Byzantine Studies are encouraged. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15. For inquiries, please contact the 2017 BSC Program Chair, Sarah Brooks (brooksst@jmu.edu).

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies and related disciplines, 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).

Full CFP instructions: http://www.bsana.net/conference/index.html.

Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:

  1. Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
  2. A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions.

2017 MEETING OF RELACS (REGIONAL LATE ANTIQUITY CONSORTIUM SOUTHEAST)

October 19-20 2017, Vanderbilt University

ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a regional workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.

The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged.

The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.

On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.

In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.

Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu). Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1 2017.

5th INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM “DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I”

Special Thematic Strand for 2017: “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, Skopje, 17-18 November 2017

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Italy,
in partnership with the Institute of National History – Skopje.

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the City of Skopje.

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.

Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scope addressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

- The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

- The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

- Slavic Ethnicity and identity: A reinterpretation

- Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

- Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

- Christianization of the Slavs and the concept of barbarism

- Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

- State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

- Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

- Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

- Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

- Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19th and 20th century Balkans

- The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

- Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

- Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

- Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

- Language and folklore

- Music and liturgical practices

- Heritage politics and the perception of the Past
- Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection
PAPER SUBMISSION

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2016

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2017

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2017

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2018

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk; romaion@gmail.com

EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Blvd. Aleksandar Makedonski 24, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / Tel: 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed.

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski:

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/drx4BDilQ49MI8?domain=euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

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Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

EDITING LATE-ANTIQUE AND EARLY MEDIEVAL TEXTS: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES

International Workshop, University of Lisbon, 23-24 November 2017

This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance:
- an ‘open’ text or a ‘fluid’ one (as in the case of some glossaries, grammatical texts, chronicles or scientific treatises),
- a Latin text translated from another language, like Greek, or bilingual texts (like some hagiographic texts, hermeneumata, Latin translations of Greek medical treatises, etc.),
- a text with variants by the author or in double recensions,
- a text with linguistic instability,
- a collection of extracts,
- a lost text recoverable from scanty remnants or fragments,
- a text transmitted by a codex unicus or, on the contrary, a text transmitted by a huge number of manuscripts,
- a text with a relevant indirect tradition,
- homiliaries and passionaires as collections of selected texts.

Attention will be devoted as well to different aspects of editorial practice and textual criticism.

Keynote speakers:
Carmen Codoñer (U. Salamanca), Paolo Chiesa (U. Milano), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute).

The papers should be 30 minutes in length and will focus on the edition of late-antique and early Medieval texts, in particular on editions currently in preparation, forthcoming or recently concluded. The scientific committee will select a number of proposals to be presented and discussed during the workshop. The papers can be presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

An abstract of around 200 words, including the name, institution and email, should be sent before May 30, 2017 to: Lisbonworshop17@letras.ulisboa.pt.
Acceptance of the papers will be communicated until June 30, 2017.

Inscription fees
70 € for participating with paper.
50 € for Ph.D. students presenting a paper.

Organizing Committee: Paulo F. Alberto (Univ. Lisboa), David Paniagua (Univ. Salamanca), Rossana Guglielmetti (Univ. Milano).
Centro de Estudos Clássicos
Faculdade de Letras
Cidade Universitária
1600-214 LISBOA
TEL (351) 21 792 00 05 (Secretariado)
FAX (351)21 792 00 80
E-mail: centro.classicos@fl.ul.pt / centro.classicos@letras.ulisboa.pt
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THE ART OF PRAISE: PANEGYRIC AND ENCOMIUM IN LATE ANTIQUITY

Organizer: Paul Kimball, Bilkent University

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

Near the turn of the last millennium two collections of essays appeared which called our attention to late antique panegyric.The Propaganda of Power: The Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity, ed. Mary Whitby (1998) underlined the genre’s public and political contexts, while Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity, edd.Thomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau (2000) explored its links with the forms and practices of biography and hagiography. The contributions to both volumes made it clear that from origins in the fourth century BCE to the end of antiquity (and beyond), panegyric proved a long-lived and highly adaptable platform for the articulation of social relations and the values that supported them. At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from 4-7 January 2018, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session to revisit the significance of the rhetoric of praise in late antiquity. We are especially interested in proposals that examine what, if anything, was distinctively “late antique” about late antique panegyric and encomium. In addition to papers addressing this specific question, we also welcome submissions on all aspects of these genres in late antiquity: theory and practice, political and private contexts, literary and declamatory presentations, prose and verse, parodic and ironic, etc.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of twenty minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 15, 2017 by email attachment to Paul Kimball at pkimball@bilkent.edu.tr. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts:https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts. The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2018 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Boston.

AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR CLASSICAL STUDIES 2018

The 39th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Queensland from 30 January to 2 February 2018.  Full details and the call for papers are available on the conference web site.

Submission of abstracts closes 28 July 2017.

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.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2018

Conference Web Site

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