Forthcoming Conferences of Interest


Following on the success of our lightning paper panels at the Pacific Partnership for Late Antiquity Zoom conference earlier this year, we will host another Zoom conference on November 12-13 2022 (North American dates) as a way to present some ideas related to current research.  The format will follow that of the lightning papers – 5 minutes for presenting the paper, 10 minutes for discussion of each paper.  If you are interested in presenting a paper or a panel of papers, please submit a short (150 word) abstract to Lisa Bailey by October 1.  Please circulate to any graduate students; we are particularly keen to encourage graduate student participation!


The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Boğaziçi University is pleased to announce the online conference “Provisioning of Late Antique Constantinople: Annona Civilis and Beyond” to take place on 2-3 December 2022.

The new capital of the eternal Roman Empire, Constantinople, was a stage for most impressive imperial processions, a site for grandiose religious and imperial buildings, and a home to vast shopping streets and fora. All these activities and places found meaning when large crowds were present, but such large crowds could not reside in cities with poor provisioning capacity. Late antique Constantinople’s social and cultural activities, economic life, and the interactions between its residents and the state machinery took place in the background of a provisioning system that made possible the constant movement of commodities and people in and out of the city.

In spite of its importance, the provisioning of late antique Constantinople is an understudied subject compared to the supply of the city in the Middle Byzantine period or the provisioning of Imperial Rome. The scholarly production on the subject is mostly dated to the twentieth century. The online conference aims to bring together the new evidence from recent excavations in both modern Istanbul and in other regions of the Empire that contributed to the supply of Constantinople (from the fourth century to the early Middle Ages) as well as new insights resulting from the rereading of written sources in the light of new theoretical approaches. This process will most definitely lead to a new understanding of annona civilis, and, as a result, to a deeper knowledge of a major facet of the economic life of the late antique Eastern Roman Empire.

Please send an email message to if you have not already registered.


Society of Classical Studies 154th Annual Meeting, 5-8 January 2023, New Orleans

Call for Papers for Panel Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity: Slow and Fast Violence in Late Antiquity

Organized by Henry Gruber, Department of History, Harvard University

We invite papers that address violence — of all types — in the long Late Antiquity.

The period now known as Late Antiquity was originally defined by catastrophic military violence: Hordes of barbarians poured across the Roman frontiers, burning fields, plundering cities, and leaving destruction in their wake. In recent decades, catastrophist views of the period 250-750 CE have receded in scholarly discourses, replaced by a narrative that foregrounds transformation, accomodation, and cultural intermingling. While there have been some notable and controversial attempts (Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome, 2005) to recenter military violence as a primary — and destructive — historical agent in Late Antiquity, for the most part this latter approach seems to dominate.

Although military violence has receded from the foreground of late antique studies, violence has not. Rather, broader and more nuanced understandings of violence shape our understanding of the period (Drake, ed., Violence in Late Antiquity, 2016). Major recent works have focused on religious violence within and between faith communities (Gaddis, There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ, 2005; Sizgorich, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity, 2009; Shaw, Sacred Violence, 2011; Kalleres, City of Demons, 2015); violence as a source of and form of social control (Cooper and Wood, Social Control in Late Antiquity, 2020), and the related violence of enslavement (Harper, Slavery in the Late Roman World, 2011; Rio, Slavery After Rome, 2017).

Many of these new types of violence can be understood to exemplify Slow Violence, a concept pioneered by Humanities and the Environment scholar Rob Nixon (Slow Violence, 2011) to encompass the ways in which violence—especially against the poor—can occur in ways that are not as immediately visible as the fast violence of military conflict. This slow violence, which feminist critics (Christian and Dowler, “Slow and Fast Violence: A Feminist Critique,” 2019) have also pointed out is often gendered feminine, shapes and structures contemporary society through pollution, workplace exploitation, and other long tendrils of the global supply chain. We hope to show how interrogating slow violence, as opposed to violence as necessarily fast and presumably military, reopens the question of the violence in Late Antiquity by expanding its definition to include the everyday violence of social domination in the city and the countryside.

In this session, we will ask about types of violence — fast and slow — in Late Antiquity. We welcome papers on religious violence, spiritual violence, and visions of violence; fast military violence like battles, sacks, and sieges, as well as the slow violence of recruitment, requisition, and taxation; enslavement and slavery; sexual violence and sexual labor, inside and outside of enslavement; judicial violence such as prisons and the slow violence of the Roman penal state; the mines; the gladiators; gender based violences; and the often-hidden role of women as both victims and purveyors of violence, which include domination and enslavement in the domestic sphere, sexual exploitation, and the violence inherent in Late Antique high politics.

Papers may last no longer than twenty minutes, and will be followed by five minutes for discussion. The session will conclude with an extended period of discussion between panelists and audience members. Please send questions and abstracts of no longer than 500 words by email to Henry Gruber (Harvard University) at by the extended deadline of 15 February 2022. Abstracts should be sent as an email attachment; please make sure they are anonymous. 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 guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts). Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors of abstracts by April 1, 2022, with enough time that those whose abstracts are not chosen can participate in the individual abstract submission process for the upcoming SCS meeting.

Submitting an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2023 meeting if the paper is accepted. No papers will be read in absentia, and the Society for Late Antiquity is unable to provide funding for travel to New Orleans.


Call for Papers for the ASCS 44 Annual Meeting and Conference.  This event will be a face-to-face conference hosted at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 31 January–3 February 2023.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and should be for papers that can be delivered in 15-18 minutes.  All abstracts (including those for papers in panels) should include a bibliography of between one and three items that you deem most relevant to your argument; do not list ancient sources.

Panels should ideally comprise only three papers; panel proposals for four papers might be considered, but would require a reduction in time allotted to each speaker.  Panel proposals should begin with a 150-250 word description of the panel’s aims, and should nominate both a panel convenor and a session moderator (although these can be the same person).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 August 2022.  All forms should be emailed to

Abstracts will be vetted anonymously by teams of at least two qualified experts.  These experts will determine whether the topic of the abstract meets ‘The aim of the Society’, which is ‘the advancement of the study of ancient Greece and Rome and related fields’ (which over the years has come include Egyptology, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Museums & History of Collections, Reception Studies, etc.); and whether the abstract is of a suitable academic quality.  You might be contacted by an abstract vetting team with questions about your abstract or bibliography, and it is possible that you might be asked to resubmit as a condition of acceptance.  In any case, it is hoped that all applicants will receive a formal conference acceptance or rejection by 15 September 2022.

Please send any queries at all about the process to


The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 11-13 May 2023.

Hybrid Format

The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies will include traditional in-person sessions, virtual sessions via our online platform and some new blended-format sessions that make it possible for speakers to present and audiences to attend both in-person and online. We welcome proposals for sessions and papers both from scholars planning to attend ICMS on the ground here in Kalamazoo and those attending virtually from around the world.

The portal for session proposals is now open. The deadline for session proposals is 1 June 2022.


3-6 July 2023

Congress website and call for papers.

Paper proposal deadline: 31 August 2022
Session proposal deadline: 30 September 2022

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus. In 2023 this is ‘Networks and Entanglements’.


To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2023 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2023. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2023 IMC is “Networks and Entanglements.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center web site ( The deadline for submission is September 6, 2022. Proposals should include title, 100-word session abstract, session moderator and academic affiliation, information about the three papers to be presented in the session, for each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract, and organizer’s CV

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $800 maximum for European residents and up to $1400 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. 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. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.