Forthcoming Conferences of Interest

52ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

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

The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 11-14 May 2017 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

BARBARIANS AND BARBARIAN KINGDOMS I-III: ICMS 52

Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14 2017

Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms.  Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of three sessions at ICMS 52 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.”  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for a disparate range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event.  What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 350-700.

Please direct inquiries or abstracts with a completed Participant Information Form (here: http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Jonathan Arnold (jon-arnold@utulsa.edu) by September 15.

CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION and THE TRANSFORMATION OF LEADERSHIP

Papers are being sought for two panels on Late Antique Italy to be held at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo on May 11-14 2017. These panels are sponsored by the Central European University (CEU).

In 2007, the Central European University held a summer program entitled The Birth of Medieval Europe: Interactions of Power Zones and their Cultures in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy at which an international and interdisciplinary collection of scholars and graduate students convened to discuss and debate the issues associated with the ‘Fall of Rome’ and its aftermath. Focusing on the relationships between different centres of power, authority, and culture in Late Antique Italy, The Birth of Medieval Europe considered new ways of thinking about late Roman imperial administration, the economy, the ‘barbarian’ invasions and the arrival of new ethnic groups into Italy, the nature and evolution of ethnicity and ethnic identity, and ultimately the ‘fall’ of the Roman Empire. These were contentious subjects then, and remain so today.

Organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original CEU program, these two sessions will examine new developments in the field and reassess the conclusions of the original 2007 program. More specifically, the organizers invite contributions that (re)consider the relationship between different centres of power, authority, and culture, in Late Antique Italy. These include but are not limited to the cities of Ravenna and Rome, the Roman Church and secular power, the Roman Empire in Italy and its relationship with the East/the Provinces, and the Ostrogothic, Lombard, and ultimately Carolingian successor kingdoms established in Italy. Following the plan of the original program, contributions are welcome from scholars studying ancient and medieval history, Italian studies, Byzantine history, Mediterranean history, archaeology, and church history.

If you wish to participate, please submit a paper title, a short abstract (no more than ~250 words) and a CV to the organizers at lateantiqueitaly@gmail.com by Thursday September 15 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of the organizers: Samuel Cohen (samuel.cohen@sonoma.edu); Laurent Cases (ljc5157@psu.edu); and Edward M Schoolman (eschoolman@unr.edu).

FROM THE HUMAN BODY TO THE UNIVERSE:  SPATIALITIES OF BYZANTINE CULTURE

Uppsala University, 18-21 May 2017

Call for papers

The injunction to historicize space has not always been on the agenda of researchers in Byzantine Studies. Traditionally,  philologists, archaeologists, historians and art-historians have been tempted to take space for granted. And yet, within the recent Spatial Turn in the humanities and the social sciences,  research on spatial paradigms and practices has been expanding, gaining great attention across disciplines and vastly different periods. In this context, space has been attributed a complex involvement in historical developments, as a comprehensive concept constituted by the integration of absolute and relative, relational and materially-sensed, physical and social, conceptualized and lived space. An engagement of Byzantinists with these ways of thought and action opens up an entire new set of possibilities for understanding the Byzantine world.

Many cultural aspects speak for the crucial importance of spatialities for the Byzantines. Their bodies and minds are performed as their most personal spaces of social identity and control. These bodies interact with their natural environments in their struggle to survive and create, thus producing their spatial experiences. In that way they construct their own culturally appropriated spaces, producing Byzantine landscapes. These landscapes are dominated by power relations, which divide them into territories, and performed by cultural practices. Passing from the body to the mind, imaginary spaces host moments of a universe of heaven and human passions. How are all these Byzantine spaces relevant to us, today, and in what ways can we understand them? These are the main issues addressed by this conference.

We are welcoming abstracts which interrogate the various understandings of space in Byzantine culture, those which present new methodological approaches to the topic, and case studies which are placed within a wider theoretical context from all fields of Byzantine Studies (history, archaeology, philology, art history, museum studies etc).

The papers should refer to one of the following broad thematic panels:

1. The (most) Private Space: the body as topos
2. Natural Spaces: Byzantine environments
3. Experienced Spaces: human bodies within the natural environment
4. Anthropogenic Spaces: Byzantine landscapes
5. Empowered Spaces: Byzantine territories
6. Performed Spaces: the spatiality of cultural practices
7. Imaginary Spaces: Byzantine story worlds
8. Representations of Byzantine Spaces, now and then

Possible topics may touch upon, but are not limited to, the following areas of research:

  • Byzantinists and Space: methodological and theoretical approaches in history, archaeology, art histroy and philology
  • Representations of space
  • Going Global: linking local, regional, national, transnational Byzantine histories
  • Symbolic geography and cultural spaces: for example ‘Byzantium, ‘Asia Minor’  or the ‘Balkans’, the ‘Levant’, the’West’ and the ‘Orient’, etc.
  • The spatial constitution of politics: the empires and neighbouring states (territoriality, kinship)
  • Economic history: economic systems, ‘core’ and ‘periphery’
  • Spatial dimensions of everyday life: approaching gender, ethnicity, class, religion
  • Urban spaces (morphology, planning; spaces of production, consumption and exchange, urban/rural divides)
  • Geographies of knowledge: production and transfers
  • Space and Memory.

The working languages of the conference will be English and French. If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to myrto.veikou@lingfil.uu.se by September 30, 2016.  Due to the wide scope of this event, we would like to ask participants to prepare oral presentations of no more than 15 minutes, so as to allow ample time for discussion.

Dr Myrto Veikou
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 471 7679
E-mail: myrto.veikou@lingfil.uu.se

Professor Ingela Nilsson
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone:  +46 18 4711424
E-mail: ingela.nilsson@lingfil.uu.se

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2017

Conference Web Site

The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 3-6 July 2017.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS: ROMAN EMPERORS AND WESTERN POLITICAL CULTURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the international conference, ‘The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present’, which is being held from July 5-7, 2017, at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.

We are pleased to host Prof. Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Prof. David Scourfield (Maynooth) and Dr Penelope Goodman (Leeds) as our keynote speakers. The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday, July 5, with a public lecture by Prof. Ash on ‘Emperors in Space’, followed by a full two-day programme featuring speakers from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, July 6, at Saint Lucy Caffé e Cucina on the St Lucia Campus.

Delegates coming from outside Brisbane may be interested to know that the exhibition ‘Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum’ will be on at the Queensland Museum in July. We have secured a limited number of tickets at a discount rate for an excursion on Saturday, July 8.

The conference web site, including a full programme, is available here: https://hapi.uq.edu.au/once-and-future-kings-conference

Download the poster.

Registration closes on May 31, 2017.

We are grateful to the R. D. Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and to the Australasian Society for Classical Studies for their financial support of this conference.

Best wishes,
Caillan Davenport and Shushma Malik
c.davenport@uq.edu.au
s.malik@uq.edu.au

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.

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.

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.

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
https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/2mpEBkUX350SZ?domain=letras.ulisboa.pt

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, 2017by 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 readin absentiaand the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Boston.