Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

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
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Politics
  • Theology
  • History of Science
  • Ethics
  • Sacred texts
  • Technology
  • Eco-criticism
  • Music
  • Art history
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • Spirituality
  • Medicine
  • Population studies
  • Geography
  • Media

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

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

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 edinburgh7th@gmail.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 (r.evans@latrobe.edu.au) or visit URL http://pacrim28.wordpress.com/.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2014

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2014_call.html

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 empireatleeds@gmail.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.

For more information on the IMC see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/ and for the call for papers for the 2014 Congress see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2014_call.html.


CONFLICT IN HISTORY

Australian Historical Association (AHA) 33rd Annual Conference, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 7-11 July 2014

Conference Web Site

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: simon.perris@vuw.ac.nz.

2ND INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM – DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I

Skopje 26-27 September, 2014

Organised by Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic Of Macedonia and University Of Bologna, Ravenna Campus – School Of Humanities And Cultural Heritage, Italy, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.

Special Thematic Strand for 2014: “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage”

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 “Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, and Heritage”. Namely, the year 2014 commemorates the millennium of the legendary conflict between Emperor Basil II and Tsar Samuel over the Balkans that ended with the tragic death of Samuel in October 1014, after the defeat at the battle of Belasica. The conflict itself is an illustrative example of how the legends and myths were created and constructed, both in Medieval and Modern times, incorporating many aspects of historical and cultural tradition and heritage. The specificity of this conflict is its enduring impact on the Medieval and Modern Balkans, consequently indicating the need to present a more thorough and broader picture in order to understand the contested interpretation and different perspectives and to offer a clearer picture of how the medieval past was used in modern history, politics and culture. The legendary conflict between Basil II and Samuel is a universal phenomenon, thus embracing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of religion, ideology, identity, heritage, political and cultural memory and myth-making reflected in the historical and cultural legacy.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of discussion:

  • Basil II versus Samuel: Real or imaginary conflict over the Balkans?
  • The Legend of Basil II and Samuel and the “Macedonian question”
  • Interpreting the legends in medieval and modern Europe
  • (De)Constructing the narratives and myths in medieval and modern Europe
  • Continuity and discontinuity in political ideology between medieval Bulgaria and Samuel’s state
  • Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: Defining the “others” in Europe
  • Popular religion, “native” churches, and medieval heresy
  • The Ohrid Archbishopric and religious tradition: medieval and modern perceptions of religion and ideology
  • The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture: medieval and modern concepts and approaches
  • Byzantine and the Middle Ages in European history and culture: Bridging the East and West
  • Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
  • Cultural legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue between different cultures in Europe

Paper Submission

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 July, 2014
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 September, 2014
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 5 July, 2014
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 5 September, 2014
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2015

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

Euro-Balkan University
Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 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 by the International Scientific Committee.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Petar Stevkovski: pstevkovski@gmail.com.

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: www.euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Days-of-Justinian-I/260759300767845.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

AUGUSTUS FROM A DISTANCE

http://classics.org.au/augustus/

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
  • Linguistics

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 (konstans@ucy.ac.cy) and Maria Gerolemou
(mariagerolemou@live.de).

CONFLICT IN LATE ANTIQUITY

Tvärminne, Finland, 17–18 October 2014

The XXIII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 17–18 October 2014. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines. Our main aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history, theology, religious studies, art history and other disciplines that deal with Late Antiquity.

The theme of the symposium in 2014 is “Conflict in Late Antiquity”. It will be approached from a wide perspective, including different types and levels of conflict and attempts at solving them. Conflict can be discussed from the from the point of view of politics and competition for power, ethnic conflicts, conflicts between different areas and peoples of the empire, cultural and religious conflicts between and within traditions, doctrinal conflict, interpretation and portrayal of conflict in literature and art, personal conflicts, and conflicts versus everyday life. We welcome papers that discuss scholarly approaches to late antiquity, why the sources and scholarship focus so emphatically on conflict, and what other perspectives can be applied instead.

There is space for a maximum of nine more papers. If you wish to deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (maximum length 300 words) by 1 June 2014 to Dr. Ville Vuolan to ville.vuolanto@uta.fi. We encourage not only senior, but also junior scholars and postgraduate students to participate.

Applicants will be informed by 19 June 2014 whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 30 minutes for each presentation including discussion, wherefore we recommend limiting the papers to 20 minutes.

The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a beautiful location at Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland (http://luoto.tvarminne.helsinki.fi/english). It is organized by an interdisciplinary organizing committee under the auspices of the center of excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition” in the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, together with Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.

The seminar is free. We will offer transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and the return journey, as well as accommodation (one night) and meals in Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover any travel costs to or accommodation in Helsinki. Registration for the conference will start 1 September and close on 30 September 2014.

The organizing committee:
Maijastina Kahlos, PhD, Classics/Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, maijastina.kahlos@helsinki.fi
Ulla Tervahauta ThD, Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, ulla.tervahauta@helsinki.fi
Ville Vuolanto, PhD, History, University of Oslo/University of Tampere, ville.vuolanto@uta.fi

The Symposium web site: http://www.helsinki.fi/worldcultures/fsla/index.html

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 bosmapr@unisa.ac.za, 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.

Programme:

A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and published on the Departmental website after the final date for submissions.

Conference Fee:

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.

Registration

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:
Frances Pritchard
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.

Further information at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=25&VolunteerUnitId=329.

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 conference@aabs.org.au.

Closing date for submissions: 31 August.

Bursaries:

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 president@aabs.org.au.  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.

Information: conference@aabs.org.au

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/.

50TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

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

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

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.

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.