Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

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 grey@sas.upenn.edu. 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.

ASCS 36

The 36th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Adelaide from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 January 2015. The conference conveners are Professor Han Baltussen (han.baltussen@adelaide.edu.au) and Dr Jacqueline Clarke (jacqueline.r.clarke@adelaide.edu.au). The deadline for offers of papers is Friday 31 July 2014. Full details at http://ascs.org.au/news/.

CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN THE BYZANTINE WORLD, C. 300-C.1500

The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s XVII International Graduate Conference, 27–28 February 2015, University of Oxford.

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor topdown. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28 November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected ontheme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

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SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN LATE ANTIQUITY XI

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The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy and Healthcare in Late Antiquity, Iowa City, IA, March 26-29 2015.

The eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and healthcare. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of healthcare, and questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas. Two subjects in particular, the ascendency of Pope Francis to the papacy and debate over the federal provision of healthcare in the United States, helped to inspire the conference’s goal of surveying how early Christians viewed, wrote upon, depicted, and grappled with these issues, and how they shaped the late antique world economically, socially, politically, and topographically. Questions that we may wish to address are: What were elite attitudes towards the poor? What do we mean by the “economy of charity”? How did monasticism shape healthcare in the later empire? What is the interaction between religion and science?  We hope to receive proposals for papers concerning all aspects of poverty, philanthropy, and healthcare, which approach these issues from textual, archaeological, numismatic, papyrological, or epigraphic standpoints.

Two keynote speakers will be taking part in the conference: Professor Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor Emeritus in History and Classics, Yale University (U.S.A.) and Professor Susanna Elm, History Department, University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.).

The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2014. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length. Papers should be in English. Proposals from graduate students are welcome, but they should indicate on their submission whether they have discussed their proposal with their supervisor or not. We encourage international applicants, and may be able to provide a limited number of speaker subvention grants primarily for registration. Please note that the submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be accepted.

Proposals should be sent to: shiftingfrontiers2015@gmail.com.

50TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

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The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 14-17 May 2015 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

LATE ANTIQUITY, KALAMAZOO 2015

The Society for Late Antiquity will again sponsor two sessions at the International Medieval Studies Congress, May 14-17, 2015 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. As in the past, topics are open. One-page abstracts for 15-minute papers are invited relating to the history, literature, religion, art, archaeology, culture, and society of Late Antiquity (that is, the European, North African, and Western Asian world ca. 250-750). Attention should be given to how the paper relates to Late Antiquity as a discrete period with its own individual characteristics. Titles and abstracts may be forwarded to Ralph Mathisen at ralphwm@illinois.edu and ruricius@msn.com. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is September 15 2014. Abstracts must be accompanied by an e-copy of the participant information form available at http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF or http://wmich.edu/medieval/files/pif-2015.pdf. Please note that with the exception of a few awards (information available from conference organizers at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress) there is no travel funding available for participants, and that the submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be accepted.

INTERIORITY AND TOPOGRAPHIES OF SELF FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO THE MIDDLE AGES

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, May 14-17 2015

How can we locate and interpret the constituent elements of a premodern self, and what are the processes by which articulations of the self were asserted? Scholars of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages have recently highlighted the importance of studying the interior worlds, emotions, and experiences of individuals and intellectual communities. While we once heard of an “age of anxiety” (E.R. Dodds), increasingly we hear of the “invention of the inner self” (Phillip Cary), “inwardness and selfhood” (Pauliina Remes), “varieties of selves” (Richard Sorabji), “consciousness and introspection” (Suzanne Stern-Gillet), the “corporeal imagination” (Patricia Cox Miller), and “inward turns” (Peter Brown, Kerem Eksen). This panel aims to assemble and place into dialogue interdisciplinary studies on the premodern self by inquiring into the constitution of selfhood, individual experience, identity, emotion, memory, and nostalgia. How are interior worlds represented in our sources? What is the relationship between self-reflection and physical and imaginary spaces? How do strategies of self-representation change over time and space? Most frustratingly, did non-elites have “selves” or did they take their selves for granted?

A focus on interiority invites exploration of the role of memory, mobility, and space on the constitution of self. A topography of self suggests that, like memory, assertions of the self could be embedded in the built environment through procession, pilgrimage, patronage, and inscription. This panel therefore invites studies of literary, documentary, and material culture that elucidate premodern interiors, anthropologies, or maps of the self.

Please send paper titles, one-page abstracts, and a completed participant information form for 15-minute papers to Jason Moralee (jmoralee@history.umass.edu) by September 15, 2014. This panel is sponsored by the Five College Medieval Seminar. Participant information form: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.

EPIGRAMS ON ART IN BYZANTIUM, KALAMAZOO 2015

Organizer and presider: Dr. Ivan Drpić, University of Washington, Seattle
Sponsor: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

Papers are invited for Epigrams on Art in Byzantium, a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 14–17 2015.

The cohabitation and synergy of the physical object and the inscribed verse was a common facet of daily life in Byzantium. From monumental architecture to pieces of jewelry, seals, and even coins, a range of Byzantine objects bore verse inscriptions, or epigrams. While philologists and literary historians have furthered our understanding of Byzantine epigrammatic poetry in recent years, art historians have only begun to integrate the evidence of epigrams in the study of Byzantine art, aesthetics, and material culture. There is a great deal to be learned from engaging with this tremendously rich yet lamentably understudied evidence. How does the epigram inflect, transform, and empower the object it accompanies? How does it frame or guide the viewer’s sensorial, cognitive, and emotional responses? If poetic inscriptions, as scholars have convincingly argued, were commonly read aloud by the Byzantines, how does the experience of the epigram as performed speech affect the viewer’s interaction with the object? What is the ritual dimension of inscribed verse and how may it relate to liturgical rites, commemorative prayers, solemn vows, or magical incantations? What is the agency of poetic inscriptions beyond verbal communication? What role does the visual aspect, materiality, and spatial presentation of the written word play in making the inscription “legible”? How does the epigram function as a social tool, a site for the construction of identity for the object’s commissioner, donor, or maker? Can we speak about an epigrammatic discourse on art, and if yes, how does this discourse interact with or differ from the discourses on art formulated in theology and rhetoric? This session seeks contributions that take a fresh and penetrating look at the complex interplay between art and epigrammatic poetry in Byzantine culture.

Paper proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/50th-international-congress-on-medieval-studies/). The deadline for submission is September 15 2014. Proposals should include:
-Proposed paper title
-Paper abstract (about 300 words)
-CV

Successful applicants will be notified by October 1 2014.

The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants 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.

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

GOOD BEHAVIOR/BAD BEHAVIOR: ASSERTING AND ADVOCATING BEHAVIORAL NORMS IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

Panel at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo May 14-17, 2015.

In art, architecture and literature from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, we see good behavior defined, defended, explained, extolled and urged. We see bad behavior defined, denounced, exposed, excoriated and urged against. Ecclesiastical building programs sought to inculcate model behavior and stave off impropriety; letters contained evaluations of the good or bad behavior of their carriers; legal contracts offered a veneer of legitimacy for illegal acts or a sheen of lawlessness for formerly legal acts; preachers railed against unmanly (and unwomanly) behavior. In this session we seek to explore what the constructions of good and bad behavior were in late antiquity and the early middle ages. What can these constructions tell us about early medieval life, society and aspirations?

But we are also interested in the process by which these good behaviors and bad behaviors were inculcated. How did late antique and early medieval “culture-makers” use visual or verbal rhetoric to regulate behavior in their audiences? What techniques did they use to assert their constructions of good and bad behavior, or to argue against the acceptance of previous definitions? How does a preacher tell a rich man he’s wrong to steal his neighbor’s land? How does a baptistry mosaic help define good behavior? How do laws, poetry, theological tractates and political actions help their authors define bad behavior and instill good behavior? In this session we seek to explore how constructions of good and bad behavior were argued for and made persuasive. How could behavior be justified as “good” and how vitiated as “bad” in the various media available in the early middle ages?

Please submit 300-word abstracts to Diane Fruchtman (dianeshanef@gmail.com) by September 15, 2014.

Participant Information form available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.

HERAKLES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH: FROM THE FIRST APOLOGISTS TO THE END OF THE QUATTROCENTO

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 23-26 June 2015.

The study of the reception of classical figures into Christianity is a recently renewed scholarly trend which overcomes decades of isolation between classicists and medievalists, while drawing attention to an often overlooked fact: the early Christian masses were none other than the recently converted, dissatisfied pagan citizens of the faltering Roman Empire. In those early days, Christian theologians zealously took up the task of debating and defining the self-projections of their flocks against the backdrop of pagan outrage typically embodied by the Roman emperors. However, in addressing their followers, early Christian theologians could not ignore the wealth of classical literature and philosophy as points of reference, recognizable by their audiences and powerful enough to warrant modification. Indeed, the majority of early Christian writers were themselves products of the pagan educational system and hence, well versed in pagan traditions. Their handling of Heracles, the most quintessential pagan hero known for his strength, his twelve labours, and his civilizing efforts as well as for his quick temper, lust and frenzied violence, the hero idealized by emperors such as Nero, Commodus and Maximian, is indicative of the urgency to reform pagan models in the Christian context, but, also, of the affinities between pagan and early Christian intellectual debates. Centuries later, while the Church was proclaiming the death of paganism, it was continuing to appropriate many pagan gods and heroes, including Heracles, into its service.

Our conference seeks papers on any aspect of the adoption/adaptation of Heracles from Late Antiquity to the end of the Quattrocento, including the use of his image in Christian and non-Christian context, and the use of his mythology in Christian and non-Christian literature (poetry, prose, didactic, polemic, libretti, etc.). Panel proposals would be welcome.

For individual papers please send an abstract of 300 words with tentative title by June 15 2014 to both Arlene Allan (arlene.allan@otago.ac.nz) and Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides (eva.anagnostoulaoutides@monash.edu).

For panels proposals we would request that the panel leader first collect the 300-word abstracts and then submit them as a group with a proposed panel name to the above email addresses by 30 June 2014.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2015

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2015_call.html

The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 6-9 July 2015.

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES

10th Biennial Conference, The University of Queensland, 14-18 July 2015

Sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland

We invite proposals for papers and panels for ANZAMEMS 2015.

This is an open-themed conference in order to encourage the widest range of participation in the academic disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. We welcome individual papers and full panels on themes from across the period 600 to 1800, that includes, but is in no way limited to, the disciplines of history, literary studies, music, art history, intellectual history, theology and religious studies, the history of emotions, cultural studies, philosophy, science, political and constitutional history, medicine, maritime studies, law, performance studies, gender studies, and cultural heritage.

We particularly encourage papers and panels from graduate students, early career researchers, as well as honours students.

The deadline for paper and panel submissions is 31 October 2014. Early submissions, however, are encouraged and will be processed immediately.

Conference papers are no longer than 20 minutes each in order to leave 10 minutes discussion time for each paper in any session. Each session contains three papers, and the conference program is arranged in parallel sessions spanning all 5 days of the conference. Proposals for full panels, comprising three papers, centred on a theme, as are individual paper submissions, are most welcome.

All proposals should be sent to: anzamems2015@uq.edu.au.

Please find the full CFP for the conference here.

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, passages@uta.fi. 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 passages@uta.fi. 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.

51ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 12-15 May 2016 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.