A Sociolinguistic Approach to Late Byzantine History Writing, Vienna, September 1–2, 2014
Even though ‘Style switching’, ‘Levels of style’, ‘Mimesis’ and ‘Intertextuality’ are familiar concepts to scholars of Byzantine philology, and have been explored as signs of a Byzantine author’s education (or lack of it), their pragmatic function has not drawn enough attention from modern scholars. Moreover, the target audience and the active role that it played in shaping texts have not been sufficiently appreciated.
This conference aims to approach late Byzantine history writing from a sociolinguistic point of view, which implies that even written literary texts have to be considered as a product of the relationships linking an author, his communicative purpose, the sociocultural context and his target audience. The workshop will focus on the reception of the milestones of historical sociolinguistics – from Romaine 1982 to Eckert 2012 – in the field of Byzantine philology and will address the challenging questions of whether and how the actual scientific debate in (historical) sociolinguistics may influence the hermeneutic of medieval Greek literature.
Byzantium and the West: Perception and Reality (12th–15th c.), University of Athens, September 5–6, 2014
In the period from the twelfth to the fifteenth century the interaction between Byzantium and the Latin West was intimately connected to practically all the major events and developments which shaped the medieval world in the High and Late Middle Ages. The aim of the conference is to explore not only the actual avenues of interaction between the two sides (trade, political and diplomatic contacts, ecclesiastical dialogue, intellectual exchange, armed conflict), but also the image each side had of the other and the way perceptions evolved over this long period in the context of their manifold contact.
The event will be held under the auspices of the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens and with the support of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.
‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Madingley Hall, Cambridge, February 6–8, 2015
This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. Variously referred to as ‘the voice of Orthodoxy in the West’, ‘the closest approximation to an Athonite elder outside Athos’, and ‘the leading theologian in the Orthodox Church today’, Bishop Kallistos stands for many different things for many different people, but for every one of us he is a very special person. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends.
There will be seven sessions spread over three days. On the first evening, after an inaugural dinner and a short welcoming address, there will be a ‘medley of tributes to His Eminence’. This will comprise six short (fifteen-minute) talks on some of the ways in which Metropolitan Kallistos has touched our lives: as spiritual father (by Frances Jennings); as teacher (Marcus Plested); as translator and writer (Fr Ephrem Lash); as pastor and bishop (Fr Stephen Platt); as theologian (Fr Andrew Louth); and as monk of Patmos (Fr Nikolai Sakharov). Each of the subsequent six sessions consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by discussion. The speakers will be:
Archdeacon John Chryssavgis (Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and formerly Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA) on the theme ‘Philokalia: A Vocabulary for our Time’
Metropolitan Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia (monk of Simonopetra) on ‘The Desert, Hesychia, and Askesis: Then and Now’
Archpriest John Behr (Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary, New York) on ‘Patristic Texts as Icons’
Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk (Chairman of the Department of Foreign Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church) on ‘St Symeon the New Theologian and the Studite Monastic Tradition’
Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia (President of the Friends of Mount Athos) on his ‘Fifty-four Years as an Athonite Pilgrim: Then and Now’
Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth (Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and formerly Archbishop of Canterbury) on ‘The One Face of Christ, the Many Faces of the Spirit’
Oasis Magna: Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Antiquity, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, September 19–20, 2014
In the middle of Egypt’s vast Western Desert lie the Kharga and Dakhla Oases, called the Great Oasis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These islands of green in the midst of the desert plateau were places of refuge and exile, but also of production and culture. For the last four years, the French team working at El-Deir in the Kharga Oasis (University of Limoges, with the support of specialists from the University of Poitiers) and the NYU team working at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis have been collaborating thanks to a grant from the Partner University Fund (French Embassy Cultural Services). In this conference, twenty members of the two teams will present their fieldwork, ranging across landscape, administration, economy, literature, paintings, and society. The talks are open to the public, but space is limited and reservation is required.
13th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Université de Neuchâtel, September 1–6, 2014
The 13th International Conference for Nubian Studies to be held from September 1st to 6th, 2014, draws together archaeologists, historians, anthropologists and scholars working on the rich cultural heritage of ancient Nubia and Sudan. Following the tradition set by previous meetings, plenary sessions will be held in the morning and three to five parallel sessions addressing recent research, art and architecture, language, archaeology etc. in the afternoon. The plenary morning sessions will be devoted to examining the actual state of research in the aim to define future directions, thus offering a reflection on the relation and equilibrium between programmed research projects and necessity to conduct salvage excavation due to the development of infrastructures in the Sudan.
The Religious Institutions of Jerusalem and Its Hinterland in Late Antiquity Colloquium, Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem, August 11–12, 2014
Organized by Sean Leatherbury (Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem) and Konstantin Klein (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) with the help of Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS/Kenyon Institute)
In Late Antiquity, Jerusalem was a centre for the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of these faiths transformed the sacred and physical topographies of the city in different ways. However, while much research has been done on Jerusalem and its most famous religious buildings—the Temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock—the relationship between these institutions in the centre and the religious settlements, buildings, and complexes of Jerusalem’s periphery has remained largely unexplored. This is rich ground for further exploration, and previous studies of some of the religious foundations outside of Jerusalem, for example Mar Saba and other desert monasteries, have revealed both connections and disjunctions between life in the holy city and in the surrounding cities, towns, countryside, and desert.
By illuminating the relationship between Jerusalem and the surrounding regions in the period, this colloquium aims to encourage a broader contextual approach to the study of religion, politics, and architecture, bounded by an emphasis on religious institutions. We encourage papers to consider the religious, social, political, architectural, art historical, and literary relationships between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious institutions in Jerusalem and the surrounding regions from the third through the ninth centuries CE. Papers might investigate pilgrim routes and sacred topography between Jerusalem and neighboring holy sites, religious and political links between religious buildings and settlements in the region, or artistic and architectural relationships between religious structures in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Le onzième centenaire d’Aghtamar : politique, art et spiritualité au royaume du Vaspurakan, Paris IAS - Institut d’études avancées de Paris & Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca, Paris, September 22–23, 2014
September 22, 2014
l’Institut d’Etudes avancées (17 Quai d’Anjou)
Historical Tradition, Memory and Law in the Era of Gagik Artzruni Tim Greenwood, Université de St-Andrews
Le royaume du Vaspourakan et Byzance au Xe siècle Jean-Claude Cheynet, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
Basfurğān and the Artzruni Family in Arabic Sources Alison Vacca, Université du Tennessee, Knoxville
A Case of a Rough Interaction: What was Money in the Kingdom of Vaspurakan (9th-11th c.)? Aram Vardanyan, Académie des sciences d’Armenie, Erevan
Biblical Exegesis in Vaspurakan in the 10th Century Robert Thomson, Université d’Oxford
La lettre du roi du Vaspourakan Gaguik à l’empereur Romanos concernant la foi Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev, Université Boğaziçi, Istanbul
Beyond Image and Text : Armenian Readings of the Old Testament Scenes on the Church at Aght‘amar Sergio La Porta, Université de Californie, Fresno
L’émancipation de l’image dans le royaume du Vaspourakan Krikor Beledian, INALCO, Paris
September 23, 2014
Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca (10 Rue Alfred de Vigny)
Le culte de la Croix à Constantinople au Xe siècle : le témoignage du Livre des cérémonies Bernard Flusin, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
From Héraclius to Gagik: Veneration of the True Cross in Vaspurakan Zara Pogossian, Université John Cabot, Rome
La Sainte-Mère-de-Dieu d’Aparank‘: politique, diplomatie et spiritualité Jean-Pierre Mahé, Membre de l’AIBL
Sainte-Croix d’Aght‘amar. Observations sur le sens symbolique, architectural et iconographique de la dédicace Patrick Donabédian, Aix-Marseille Université
The Church of Aght‘amar: a New Image in Medieval Architecture Armen Kazaryan, Académie d’architecture de Moscou
About the Architecture of the Historical Palace Complex in Aght‘amar Island David Kertmenjian, Académie des Beaux-Arts d’Erevan
Calling Holy Patrons : the Hagiographic Component in the Iconography of Aght‘amar Ioanna Rapti, UMR 8167, Orient et Méditerranée, Paris
La frise de la vigne de l’église d’Aght‘amar et la Bible Edda Vardanyan, Institut d’études avancées de Paris
King Gagik Artzruni’s Portrait on the Church of Aght‘amar Gohar Grigoryan, Université de Fribourg, Suisse
Byzantine Culture in Translation, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 18th Biennial Conference
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
DigiPal IV, King’s College London, Council Room, Nash Theatre, September 1, 2014
It is with great delight that the DigiPal team at the Department of Digital Humanities and the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS) announce the programme for the fourth DigiPal Symposium. Building on the conversations of previous years, the focus will be the computer-assisted study of medieval handwriting and manuscripts. This year there is something of an international theme with speakers discussing Scandinavian fragments, Scottish charters, Greek and Latin inscriptions, Hebrew manuscripts of Portuguese provenance, Old English from the eleventh century, and a corpus of French documents. There will be a mix of epigraphy, numismatics, Digital Humanities, codicology, exciting technology to decipher material scratched into manuscripts and… and… ah yes, palaeography!
Registration is free and the first 80 people to register will receive a free lunch.
The Authors, Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, September 1–2, 2014
This conference considers the history and literature of the medieval Middle East and discusses what it might mean when we refer to “authors”, “editors”, and “audiences” of medieval texts. Medieval is to be interpreted broadly as falling between the seventh and fifteenth-centuries CE.
September 1, 2014
Waving the Mantle of the Prophet: The journey of Umm Salama’s narration of Ḥadīth al-kisāʾ over six centuries Yasmin Amin (Exeter)
Authoring Ḥujja: The Difficult Subjectivity of Early Imāmī Muḥaddithūn George Warner (SOAS)
Concepts of Governance and the Governance of Concepts in “Sultanic” Political Literature Jennifer Viehl (Salle/Beirut)
Al- Ḥarīrī and Authorial Self-Fashioning: Reception, Authorization, and Commentary Matthew Keegan (New York)
Inspiration, Instability, and Authorship in Umayyad Poetry Sam Wilder (Cambridge)
The Sources of al-Balādhurī's Kitāb Futūḥ al-Buldān Ryan J. Lynch (Oxford)
Representations of the Marwanids in the Ansāb al-ashrāf and the reception of its audience in the ninth-century cultural milieu Su i-Wen (Edinburgh)
Authors, Editors, Compilers? Al-Balādhurī, al-Dīnawarī and al-Ṭabarī on Kharijite Origins Hannah Hagemann (Edinburgh/Hamburg)
September 2, 2014
Whose martyrdom is it anyway? An exploration of Syrian-Palestinian Martyr life audiences 9th-10th centuries CE Anna Chrysostomides (Oxford)
Whatever works: Coptic Historiolae starring ancient Egyptian deities, and their Christian redactors and audiences in late Coptic and early Islamic Egypt Edward Love (Oxford)
Authorship versus Authority: the case of the Pseudepigrapha from Umayyad Egypt Cecilia Palombo (Princeton)
The compilers of medieval Arabic geographical works: authors or editors? Aglaya A. Yankovskaya (Saint Petersburg)
Composing, editing and transmitting an Arab cosmography: The case of the Ḫarīdat al’ajā’ib wa Farīdat al-Ġarā’ib by Sirāj al-Dīn Ibn al-Wardī Francesca Bellino (Turin)
From Prolegomena to Populace: Tafsīr Writing with al-Biqāʿī in Medieval Cairo Roy Michael McCoy III (Oxford)
Idrīs ʿImād al-Dīn and Ismāʿīlī Historical Writing in 9th/15th Century Yemen Asif Rawji (Cambridge)
Author, Editor or Compiler? The Construction of a Medico-Philosophical Encyclopaedia in the Mid Ninth-Century Joshua Olsson (Cambridge)
An Adīb or Defensor Fidei: Intellectual Enterprise of Amr ibn Mattā in the late tenth Century Iraq Ayse Icoz (Birmingham)
Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c., Museum of Cycladic Arts, Athens, October 17–19, 2014
“Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c.” is the title of the 2nd International Scientific Conference on The Greek World in Travel Accounts and Maps organized by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.
The aim of the Conference is to highlight the historical dimensions of a phenomenon that has recurred in the Mediterranean history up to the end of the 19th century.
More than 20 scientists and scholars of international repute from six countries (Greece, Cyprus, USA, UK, Malta, Turkey) will shed light to the multidimensional phenomenon of piracy and corsair raids in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The conference will open with the welcoming address by the Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis. The keynote speech will be delivered by David J. Starkey (Department of History, University of Hull).
Chapters and Titles in Byzantine Literature, KU Leuven, September 12, 2014
This one-day colloquium will consider the way in which Byzantine texts label literature: how do they refer to earlier and contemporary literature, and how to they characterize themselves in terms of genre and format? It is interesting not only to document such characterizations but also to reflect upon them in view of what they tell us about the transmission of knowledge in Byzantium. Particular attention will be paid to the typically Byzantine literary format of chapters (κεφάλαια), in which usage of and references to earlier literature play an important role. The colloquium concludes the KU Leuven research project Investigations into the Nature of Patristic and Byzantine Literature.
From the Simple to the Complex: the First Chapters of Nicetas Stethatos’ Gnostic Centuries Dirk Krausmüller (Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi)
The Capita de ieiunio: A Spin-off in the Manuscript Tradition of the Anthologium gnomicum (CPG 7716) Eva De Ridder (KU Leuven)
Byzantine Chapter Collections: Investigations into the Roots of a Genre Katrien Levrie (KU Leuven)
Labelling Literary Works in the Middle and Late Byzantine Period Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Attendance is free but registration is required before 10th September. To register, just send an e-mail to Reinhart Ceulemans.
Palladas and the New Papyrus, University College London, September 4–5, 2014
Epigram papyri are not generally compared to London buses but there is a striking similarity in their pattern of arrival: you wait ages for one and then a number appear all together. Hot on the heels of the Milan papyrus, which was published in 2001, came the publication in 2012 of P.CtYBR inv. 4000, a papyrus codex in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Containing approximately 60 new fragmentary epigrams, written in elegiac couplets, it was identified by Kevin Wilkinson, editor of the editio princeps, as the work of Palladas of Alexandria. The papyrus opens up intriguing questions about the content of the poems, intra- and inter-textuality; the historical events to which they allude; its contextualisation in the historical, literary and inscriptional background of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD; the transmission and structure of epigram collections in antiquity.
This exciting two-day conference gathers together a group of international experts, who will explore the new text from a range of perspectives, and discuss date, structure, historical, literary, cultural, textual and generic context. The conference is a must for scholars and students of the Greek epigram; Greek literary history; the literature of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD; manuscripts and papyri. It will equally appeal to those who become excited by new texts.
Textile Terminologies from the Orient to the Mediterranean and Europe 1000 BC–AD 1000, official Satellite Event to the Euroscience Open Forum, Copenhagen, June 18–22, 2014
Textile terminologies represent a fundamental sector of technical knowledge of the ancient and modern societies. This international conference, which will gather international scholars from universities, research institutes, and museums, will investigate the whole gamut of lexicological topics and methodological approaches about textiles attested in the languages of the Near East, the Mediterranean and Europe from 1000 BC to 1000 AD. Accordingly, terms for fibres, tools, techniques, garments, professions, metaphorical uses of textiles as well as ongoing projects of classification of textile terminologies will be discussed in this conference.
Irritating Byssus - A Term Through the Ages
Felicitas Maeder (Projekt Muschelseide, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel)
Hatra, Palmyra, Edessa: Contacts and Cultural Exchange between Cities in the Fertile Crescent before Islam, ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies: Fortieth International Conference, The Oriental Institute, Oxford, July 14–16, 2014
July 14, 2014
Roman and Byzantine Inscriptions in the Museum of Şanlıurfa Prof. Ergün Lafli (Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir)
Roman Sculptures from the Museum of Şanliurfa Dr. Sami Pataci (University of Ardahan, Turkey)
Hatra Epigraphy: Evidence from Published and Unpublished Graffiti Dr. Marco Moriggi (Catania, Italy)
The Main Gates of Hatra: A Functional, Decorative and Comparative Study Dr. Enrico Foietta (University of Torino)
Cultic Objects and Religious Practices in the Fertile Crescent in the Roman Period Ms. Amélie Le Bihan (PhD Candidate at the University of Paris 1)
Some Aspects of the Cult Rituals and Ceremonies in Hatra Dr. Kryzysztof Jakubiak (University of Warsaw)
Palmyra and the Trade-route to the Euphrates Prof. Jørgen Christian Meyer & Dr. Eivind Heldaas Seland (University of Bergen)
Forms of Territorial Control in the Shade of the Empires: Palmyra, Hatra, Edessa Dr. Leonardo Gregoratti (Durham University)
July 15, 2014
Upublished Old Syriac and Hatraen Inscriptions Prof. Christa Müller-Kessler (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena)
The Beginnings of Syriac in Context: lLanguage and Script in Early Edessa and in Palmyra Prof. John Healey (Manchester University)
Palmyra and Poidebard: Roman Foundations for the Building of Early Christianity and Islam Dr. Erica Cruikshank Dodd (University of Victoria, Canada)
Architectural notes and Christian elements of the Great Sanctuary at Hatra Dr. Roberta Ricciardi Venco & Roberto Parapetti (University of Torino)
Between Rome and Parthia: Edessan Culture in the Time of King Abgar VIII Dr. Ute Possekel (Gordon College, USA)
Between Palmyra and Hatra: Cultural Coexistences, Economic Interactions and Military Conflicts in Kifrin (Iraq) during the I–III Cent. AD. Dr. Giacomo Tabita (Italy)
Dress Code in the Local Societies on the Eastern fringe of the Roman Empire Prof. Dr. Michaela Konrad (Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg)
Dress and Identity in the Syrian–Mesopotamian Desert: The Case of Palmyra and Dura-Europos Dr. Sanne Klaver (University of Amsterdam)
Some Unpublished Small Finds from the Italian Excavations at Hatra Mr. Jacopo Bruno (PhD researcher at the University of Torino)
July 16, 2014
The North Street at Hatra: A Multifunctional Area Dr. Francesca Dorna Metzger (University of Torino)
Contacts and Cultural Exchange: The Input of the Inscriptions on Clay Dr. Danila Piacetini (Roma, Italy)
Gods without Names? Ms. Aleksandra Kubiak (Warsaw University & Sorbonne University Paris IV)
Hatra, Palmyra, Edessa: A Note on Comparing Local Cultural and Religious Identities Dr. Lucinda Dirven (University of Amsterdam)
Considérations sur les tribus hatréennes Dr. Roberto Bertolino (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
The Status of Women in Syriac and Hatran Aramaic Inscriptions Dr. Adil al-Jadir (Manar University, Tunis)
The Urban Development of Palmyra Prof. Michael Gawlikowski (University of Warsaw)
Hatran Onomastics Dr. Enrico Marcato (Ca’ Foscari University of Venise)
“… But How Shall We Converse?” Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium, Keble College, Oxford, July 4–5, 2014
Literary and philosophical dialogues were one of the most enduring and most practised forms of writing in antiquity and throughout the Byzantine period. Yet the hundreds of examples known from the early Christian period until as late as 1453 and beyond have rarely received the attention they deserve. If Byzantine literature was the ‘Cinderella’ of Byzantine studies, dialogues are still the Cinderella of Byzantine literary history.
Well over two hundred dialogues are known in Greek and Syriac from the second century CE to 1453 and later; as well as Latin examples from the early centuries, scholastic disputations and dialogues in Latin from the later medieval period, and many more from the Renaissance in Latin, Italian, and other languages. The genre also includes question-and-answer treatises (erōtapokriseis), dialogues between body and soul popular in many ancient and medieval cultures, and the many dialogues written by Christians to argue against Jews (the so-called Adversus Iudaeos texts), as well as against Muslims, some of the latter written in Arabic.
While there have been some general contributions on dialogue in the late antique part of the millennium under consideration, there is still no overall study of the material, and in particular for the properly Byzantine period: it is exactly this gap that the workshop aspires to ﬁll by bringing together for the first time experts on the early empire, late antiquity and Byzantium from the second to the ﬁfeenth centuries CE.
Data Matters: Data Science Summer Workshop Series, Chapel Hill, NC, June 23–27, 2014
Sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the “Data Matters: Data Science Summer Workshop Series” is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other individuals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome. Both one- and two-day courses will be offered; participants are welcome to register for one, two, or three classes.
Social Network Analysis: Description and Inference
Society for Biblical Literature, 2014 International Meeting, Vienna, July 6–10, 2014
Sessions of interest to Byzantinists:
July 7 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 7-25: The Bible in Byzantium: The Use and Abuse of Tradition
Theme: The Bible between Jews and Christians in Byzantium
Presiding: Christian Gastgeber
The Bible in Byzantine-Jewish Relations: A Problematic History Claudia Rapp, Universität Wien
Relics of Biblical Kingship between Jews and Christians in Byzantium Ra’anan Boustan, University of California-Los Angeles
Bibelrezeption im Heiligen Land: Der Beitrag der Proskynetaria ton Hagion Topon Andreas Külzer, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Women of the Bible in Early Byzantine Religious Poetry: The Case of Romanos Leena Mari Peltomaa, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jesus, Maria, und die Apostel in der Kirchengeschichte des Nikephoros Kallistou Xanthopoulos: Ein Beitrag zur Spätbyzantinischen Bibelhermeneutik Albrecht Berger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Sebastiano Panteghini, Institut für Mittelalterforschung - OEAW
July 7 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 7-25: The Reception of the Bible in Greco-Roman Tradition
Theme: Text, Themes, and Narratives
Itur in antiquam silvam: Chopping Down Trees in Christian Latin Literature Philip Burton, The University of Birmingham
Augustine’s Reception of Jacob the Trickster (Gen 30:37-43) Karin Schlapbach, University of Ottawa
Byzantinisches Christentum und Islam: Überlegungen zum Transfer Biblischer und Christlicher Glaubensinhalte in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter Johannes Koder, University of Vienna
Josephus and Christ in Ben-Hur Jon Solomon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
July 8 (2:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) Session 8-42: Judaica
Theme: Biblical Figures and Ideas in Ancient Media
Presiding: Mayer Gruber
Architecture, Space, and Liturgy: Reflections on Results from Kinneret Regional Project's 2010–2013 Excavations in the Byzantine Synagoue at Horvat Kur (Galilee) Jürgen K. Zangenberg, Universiteit Leiden
Trial, Divine Knowledge, and Providence: A Reading on the First Part of Maimonides’ Interpretation of the Binding of Isaac Ying Zhang, East China Normal University
Revisiting Zadok and the Zadokites in Bible, Qumran, and Rabbinic Literature Harry Fox, University of Toronto
Serach Bat Asher and Pharoah: The Survivor as Witness in Midrash and Art Naomi Graetz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Death of Moses Re-told in Midrash and Music Helen Leneman, Independent Scholar
Transmission of Original Sin in Classical Judaism Tirzah Meacham, University of Toronto
July 9 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)
Session 9-6: Domestic Space and Religion in Imperial and Late Antique Ephesos
Presiding: Christine Thomas Part I: Cult Evidence in Terrace House Two in Ephesos
Emperor Cult in Private Dwellings: Ephesos and Beyond Elisabeth Rathmayr, Austrian Academy of Sciences
The Dionysian Clubhouse of C. Fl. F. Aptus and Other Baccheia in Asia Minor Hilke Thür, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Archaeological Evidence of Private Worship and House Cult in Terrace House 2 Norbert Zimmermann, Austrian Academy of Sciences Part II: Early Byzantine
Early Byzantine Residences in Ephesos Andreas Pülz, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Respondent: Christine Thomas
July 10 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 10-4: Bible and Syriac Studies in Context
Theme: Comparative Perspectives: Music, Liturgy, and Interreligious Interactions
Presiding: Basil Lourié
The Madrasha: Didactic Poem, Historical Ode, or Hymn? Rebekka Nieten, Freie Universität Berlin
Madrasha and Surah: Common Characteristics between the Historical Ode and the Hymn Stephanie Schewe, Freie Universität Berlin
"Terminum Figat": Remarks on a Difficult Phrase in the Eucharistic Prayer of the Traditio Apostolica Predrag Bukovec, University of Vienna
Neue Studien zum syrischen Oktoechos Maher Farkouh, Universitaet Rostock
July 10 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 10-14: Hellenistic Judaism
Theme: Apocryphal Traditions in the Balkans (non-Greek)
Life of Adam and Eve in the Romanian Lands: A Closer Look at Textual History and Idiosyncrasies Silviu N. Bunta, University of Dayton
Apocryphal Tradition in Medieval Bulgaria: Adaptation or Deviation? Anissava Miltenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Collecting Transcripts of Serbian Apocryphal Tradition Tomislav Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Flavius Josephus in the Slavic Realm Michael Tuval, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
July 10 (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 10-25: The Bible in Byzantium: The Use and Abuse of Tradition
Theme: Biblical Scholarship in Byzantium
Presiding: Claudia Rapp
How to Study the Septuagint: Greek Church Fathers and Manuscripts of the Catenae in Vetus Testamentum in the Austrian National Library Ernst Gamillscheg, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
The Use of Bible Quotations in Byzantine Documents: A Text Pragmatic Approach Christian Gastgeber, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Biblical Imagery in the Homiletic Writings of a Constantinopolitan Patriarch in Exile: The Case of Germanos II (1223-1240) Elisabeth Schiffer, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Biblical Learning in Byzantium: The Exegetical Didaskaliai in Context Antonia Giannouli, University of Cyprus
July 10 (1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.) Session 10-33: Biblical Interpretation in Early Christianity
Theme: Psalms and Acts in Early Christian Interpretation
Presiding: Craig Blaising
Exegesis of Ps 99:5 in Byzantine Hymnography Bogdan G. Bucur, Duquesne University
The Pre-Existence of the Church in the New Testament and Early Patristic Thought Justin A. Mihoc, University of Durham
July 10 (1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.) Session 10-44: The Bible in Byzantium: The Use and Abuse of Tradition
Theme: Biblical Foundations of Byzantine Identity and Culture
Andreas Külzer, Presiding
Echoes of Scripture in Byzantine Political Identity Meredith Riedel, Duke University
Using the Bible to Legitimize Byzantine Warfare Ioannis Stouraitis, Universität Wien
Biblische Reminiszenzen auf Byzantinischen Siegeln mit Metrischen Inschriften Alexandra Wassiliou-Seibt, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
The Posthumous Judgement in Byzantium: The Transformation of a Biblical Theme Eirini Afentoulidou, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
After the Global: Constructions of Historiography in Visual and Material Spaces, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, June 5–6, 2014
The academy is in a crisis, of sorts. Globalization, with its cultural implications and awareness warrants a global history. But can there be a global history that steers completely clear of universalizing tendencies? The common concern that brings academics and writers together in this symposium is a very basic one - what histories? Starting on the premise that the past is no longer seen or read as one single story, this symposium seeks to explore the ramifications and possibilities of a horizontal historical landscape of multiple histories.
Viewing historiography as more than the study of the writing of history and of written histories, the symposium addresses alternative histories of representation, display, objects, encounters, and remains that do not necessarily occur only in text and fall within, without and in between the established canons of the humanities. Acknowledging that historiographies are by nature constructed, Slicing through rather than charting the canon of Western historiography and art historiography, the symposium seeks an approach in which historiography does not register as method but a means of relooking at stories that grow out of objects, institutions, individuals, groups, presentations and re-presentations of cultural identity.
The aim of the symposium, through a series of talks and discussions across disciplines, is to allow the participants to think about contingencies - space, time, people and things in visual and material terms, reviewing historical narratives to question established ontological and epistemological categories, and to explore contemporary methods of rethinking the past.
Identité religieuse et minorités, de l’Antiquité au XVIIIe siècle, Université d’Angers, June 12–13, 2014
Provisional List of Speakers:
Les Arméniens dans l’Empire byzantin (VIIe-XIIe siècle) : définition et modalités d’intégration d’une minorité agissante Isabelle Augé (PU, Université de Montpellier)
Les minorités européennes à Alger au XVIIe siècle". Le sous-titre: "Témoignage de J.-B. Gramaye Abd El Hadi Ben Mansour (docteur en histoire, CNRS)
Le paradigme du petit résidu dans les discours de résistance huguenots du XVIIe siècle : valorisation biblique d’une identité minoritaire déchirée Chrystel Bernat (MCF, faculté libre de Montpellier), UMR 8584 (CNRS-EPHE)
Les Chalcédoniens d'Alexandrie durant la seconde moitié du Ve s Philippe Blaudeau (PU Histoire ancienne, CERHIO-Angers)
Nicodémisme et révocation de l'édit de Nantes Didier Boisson (PU, CERHIO-Angers)
La conversion à l'islam des enfants juifs et chrétiens selon le droit musulman (malikite) en al-andalus, à l'époque médiévale Farid Bouchiba (RELMIN - doctorant en co-tutelle, Paris et Nantes)
Les minorités du Levant ottoman dans la correspondance de l’ambassadeur de France à Constantinople au XVIIIe s François Brizay (MCH HDR, CERHIO-Angers)
Pouvoirs et encadrement religieux des minorités dans le port de Malte à l’époque moderne Anne Brogini (MCF HDR, Université de Nice)
Le regard des voyageurs médiévaux sur les minorités religieuses du pourtour méditerranéen à l'époque des croisades Michael Cousin (doctorant, ATER Angers)
"Le petit troupeau" : les réformés face à la violence politique, 1661-1715 Luc Daireaux (docteur en histoire, professeur au lycée d’Evreux)
Minorité et identité religieuse en Orient à la fin de l’Antiquité : le cas miaphysite Claire Fauchon (MCF, ENS Lyon)
Les marqueurs d’identité des chrétiens de Cordoue (al-Andalus, VIIIe-XIe s.) Christine Mazzoli-Guintard (MCF HDR, Université de Nantes, CRHIA)
La norme de l’entre-deux. Crypto-judaïsants et crypto-catholiques dans l’Espagne et l’Angleterre des XVIe et XVIIe siècles Natalia Muchnik (MCF, EHESS)
Les populations grecques de l'Italie méridionale post-byzantine. Je pense explorer la construction de l'identité religieuse italo-grecque au XIIIe siècle Annick Peters-Custot (MCF HDR, Univ. de Saint-Etienne)
Gnostiques, juifs et chrétiens premiers siècles, entre exclusion et assimilation : le cas des Clémentines Bernard Pouderon (PU Histoire ancienne, université de Tours)
Juifs, musulmans, morisques, Indiens : des minorités religieuses? Vocabulaire et classifications dans quelques traités juridiques et théologiques (Espagne, Italie, XVIe-XVIIe siècles) Isabelle Poutrin (MCH HDR, Université de Créteil)
Entre accord et rejet, identité et spécificités des juifs en Péninsule ibérique à la fin du Moyen Âge Claire Soussen-Max (MCF, Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
Hymns of the First Christian Millennium - Doctrinal, Devotional and Musical Patterns, Annual Byzantine Colloquium, Institute of Classical Studies, London, June 9–10, 2014
This year's Annual Byzantine Colloquium will focus on Hymns of the First Christian Millennium - Doctrinal, Devotional and Musical Patterns. Organized by King's College London, the Colloquium is supported and funded by the Institute of Classical Studies.
This two-day event aims to explore the fascinating, though under-studied, field of Christian hymnody of the first millennium. The twelve papers address wide-ranging aspects of Christian hymns and chant: from pagan and pre-Nicene origins on to the middle Byzantine chant, from Syriac hymnody to Coptic to Greek and Latin hymnic writings. Theological implications, musical developments and translation issues will be discussed.
The attendance is free, however, registration is essential.
Digital Scholarship & Pedagogy, Bates College, May 16, 2014
Bates College, with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, has organized a one-day colloquium dedicated to digital scholarship and pedagogy.
The colloquium, to be hosted at Bates on May 16, 2014, provides an opportunity for a range of scholar-teachers to generate and lead discussion about the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities that attend digital scholarship in the liberal arts.
Ottoman Topologies - Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond, Stanford University, May 16–17, 2014
The conference brings together scholars of Ottoman history who have been working on space-related themes in dialogue with the spatial turn in social sciences and humanities. The papers discuss how men and women in the Ottoman world imagined, experienced, built, mapped, and administered space in early modern times and how we can understand these imaginers, movers, builders, geographers, and administrators. The conference includes a panel that considers new possibilities of digital technology in space-related historical studies.
The Politics of Space in Ottoman Historiography: Sacralization, Contestation, and Mulberries in the Middle Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University
Sufi Paths and the Spatial Turn Ahmet Karamustafa, University of Maryland
Landscape and the Subjective Experience of Place in Mediaeval Anatolia Nicolas Trépanier, University of Mississippi
How Big Was the Ottoman Empire in the 17th Century? Placing Ethnicity, Language and the State in an Armeno-Ottoman Manuscript from Kaffa (Feodopolis) Rachel Goshgarian, Lafayette College
Poetic Cartographies, Urban Anxieties: Lâmi‘i Chelebi’s ‘Bursa Shehrengizi’ Redux Selim Kuru, University of Washington
Perception of Space in the Early Modern Ottoman World: “Vatan” and “Diyar-ı Aher” within the Triangular Context of “Memalik-i Mahruse”, “Diyar-ı Acem” and “Frengistan” Özer Ergenç, Bilkent University
Rendering Ptolemy’s Geography from Greek into Arabic at the Court of Mehmet the Conqueror: Ancient Toponyms Maria Mavroudi, University of California, Berkeley
Ottomans Mediating Islamic Cartographic Space Karen Pinto, Gettysburg College
Time, Space, and Politics in Ottoman Maps Gottfried Hagen, University of Michigan
The Ottoman Enlightenment: 'Geography' and Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century Pinar Emiralioğlu, University of Pittsburg
All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier? Early Ottoman Architecture and Its Contemporaries in Eastern Anatolia Patricia Blessing, Stanford University
Land Reclamation and Expansion of Agricultural Production in Ottoman Istanbul and Mamluk Cairo at the End of the Fifteenth and Beginning of the Sixteenth Century Aleksandar Sopov, Harvard University
City and Landscape in the Ottoman Empire: Experiencing Architecture, Narrating Space in Aleppo Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, University of California, Davis
In and Out of Place: The Everyday Spaces of Istanbul’s Migrants, 1720–1840 Shirine Hamadeh, Rice University
An Ottoman Humanist on the Long Road to Egypt: Space, Time and Belonging in Salih Celalzade’s Tarih-i Misr al-Cedid Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota
The Well-Mannered Domains: Adab and the Road to a Pan-Ottoman Sociability Helen Pfeifer, Princeton University
Ottoman Horses on the Move - A Window into Ottoman-Mughal Relations Elizabeth Lambourn, De Montfort University
Qazvin to Istanbul: The Journey of a Safavid Prince through Imperial Eyes Sinem Arcak Casale, University of Minnesota
Ottoman Iceland Alan Mikhail, Yale University
Dividing the Empire to Rule: Juridical Space in the Early Modern Ottoman Legal Discourse and Practice Himmet Taşkömür, Harvard University
Ottoman Space, Empire, and International Law Will Smiley, Yale University
Insularity and Empire: The Production of Space in Ottoman Cyprus Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Princeton University
Money and Empire in the Sixteenth Century, The Spatial Dimension Şevket Pamuk, Boğaziçi University
The Hinterland of Sinop in the Context of Black Sea Empires: A Comparative Perspective Owen Doonan, California State University, Northridge
Tracking the Movements of Masses throughout Ottoman Space: The Views from Non-narrative Documents and Their Value for Spatial History Victor Ostapchuk, University of Toronto
Where IS Edirne? Situating an Ottoman City in the Time-Space Continuum Amy Singer, Tel Aviv University
Mapping Ottoman Inscriptions Hakan Karateke, University of Chicago
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 art and archaeology of the Latin East have regularly been marginalised in broader accounts of medieval material culture, largely because they cannot fit within the restrictive parameters established for either the Byzantine East or the Latin West. Over the years, the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571) have attracted both western medievalists and Byzantinists, each group bringing its own methodological prejudices to the study of the subject. In the last twenty years, a number of international conferences, collaborative research initiatives and other events, culminating in last year’s exhibition Chypre entre Byzance et l’Occident IVe-XVIe siècle (2012-3) at the Louvre, have paved the way for a more fruitful interchange between scholars coming at the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus from a Byzantine or western medieval background.
Increasing specialisation within any given field being a virtual necessity in the modern academic world, students of medieval material culture West and East are called upon to broach the issue with an open mind to neighbouring fields, and to cooperate among themselves to bring about a synthetic, integrated vision of the complex history of Cypriot material culture in the later Middle Ages and of the society that produced it. Nevertheless, there is still much ground to cover. The brisk pace of current research activities has overtaken that of publication; a number of important excavations are still ongoing or under preparation for publication; and a host of new doctoral theses are in development. Now, more than ever, there is urgent need for the sustained exchange of new ideas and information regarding fresh discoveries, as well as for the rethinking of received knowledge and the renewal of approaches that this may entail.
This conference is the third in a series focusing on recent archaeological and art historical research on Cyprus from the Hellenistic period onwards. It aims at providing a forum for the discussion of the art and archaeology of Cyprus during the Lusignan and Venetian periods. Art historians and archaeologists engaged in research on this particular topic, both of the ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ persuasions, are encouraged to contribute by presenting the results of their recent work. We invite papers on subjects ranging from archaeological excavation, post-excavation finds analysis and field survey to monumental art (architecture, sculpture, painting), metalwork, ceramics, numismatics and other aspects of the island’s material life in the late medieval period.
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, The Medieval Institute, Kalmazoo, MI, May 8–11, 2014
Sessions of interest to Byzantinists:
Thursday, May 8 (10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 1
Aspirations Unmet and Exceeded: Failure and Its Fruits in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Session 15
Ethnic Identities and Multicultural Societies in Medieval Europe Session 26
Topics in the History of the Eastern Roman Empire
Thursday, May 8 (1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.) Session 86
The Bible in the Byzantine World
Thursday, May 8 (3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.) Session 90
“Byzance après Byzance”: Adaptations and Transformations in the Balkans, 1260–1500 Session 116
Tracking Medieval Manuscript Books and Documents through Time: Networks of Transmission and Practices of Collecting Session 119
The Cultures of Armenia and Georgia
Thursday, May 8 (7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.) Session 148
Identity in Medieval Art
Friday, May 9 (10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 204
Topics in Medieval Numismatics
Friday, May 9 (1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.) Session 225
Late Antiquity I: Religion and Society in Late Antiquity Session 262
Making Meaning: Technologies of Transformative Production and Creative Consumption I: Diachronic Redefinition
Friday, May 9 (3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.) Session 311
Monks Going Wild Session 321
Saturday, May 10 (10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) Session 344
Inter-Cultural Exchange in the Medieval Western Mediterranean Session 348
A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late Fourteenth Century I: Shaping, Defining, and Reshaping an Empire Session 362
Eastern Anatolia in Translation: Cultural Competition, Coexistence, and Transformations (1000–1500) Session 368
Saturday, May 10 (1:30–3:00 p.m.) Session 402
A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late Fourteenth Century II: Engaging in Empire, from Center to Periphery and Beyond Session 414
Moving Image as a Means of Documenting and Promoting Byzantine and Medieval Culture (A Panel Discussion)
Saturday, May 10 (3:30 –5:00 p.m.) Session 471
Eucharistic Controversies, Byzantine East and Latin West
Sunday, May 11 (8:30–10:00 a.m.) Session 520
Byzantium and Contested Spaces
Sunday, May 11 (10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon) Session 552
Medieval Apocalypticism: The Meaning of History at the End of Days Session 557
Remaking the Empire: Socioeconomic Connectivity and Imperial Architecture under Justinian
Crafting Textiles from the Bronze Age to AD 1600: A Tribute to Peter Collingwood, Early Textiles Study Group 2014 Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, October 10–11, 2014
Peter Collingwood, a renowned weaver and master of textile structures, was a member of the Early Textiles Study 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.
Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks (c. 400–1300 AD), Leiden & Amsterdam, May 17–18, 2014
For thousands of years, land and sea routes served to exchange goods and ideas over thousands of kilometers from the Pacific East to the Atlantic West. Contacts between east and west are often assumed to have developed first in the Roman period, and then again in the post-Marco Polo era. Exchange however continued, evolving along clusters of networks and changing routes and roads, which were commonly known as ‘the Silk Road’. Networks were created with commercial, social, religious, diplomatic incentives and connected geographical regions over any distance.
In this conference, we aim to highlight the complexity and sophistication of interactions through and between such networks by exploring their diversity, connective infrastructure and organization across natural or human-imposed boundaries. In addition, we hope to discuss development over routes and roads under influence of political, religious, economic and social changes.
Pouvoirs et Religion à Byzance, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, April 25, 2014
Vue de Byzance, la légende noire des derniers Mérovingiens Isabelle Brousselle (Lille III, UMR 8164 HALMA-IPEL)
La christianisation de la figure d’Alexandre le Grand à Byzance Corinne Jouanno (Caen, UMR 6273 CRAHAM)
Constantinople dans les éloges impériaux : nouvelle Rome, nouvelle Jérusalem Matthieu Parlier (Lyon II, UMR 5648 CIHAM)
Higoumènes de Patmos, réseaux et pouvoirs Lucile Hermay (Paris IV, UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerrannée)
La survie d’une île monastère : la diplomatie des moines de Patmos Marie-Myriam Carytsiotis (Aix-Marseille, UMR 7298 LA3M)
Maxime Planude et Andronic II : leurs relations d’après les lettres de Planude Jean Schneider (Lyon II, UMR 5189 HiSoMA)
L’exercice de l’autorité au Mont Athos aux XIVe et XVe siècles Christophe Giros (Lyon II, UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerrannée)
Language as Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean (330–2013), 15th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, May 24, 2014
Keynote Address: Dr. Maria Georgopoulou (The Gennadius Library, ASCSA)
The colloquium will bring postgraduate students together to discuss the significance of language in the eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age. Beginning with the observation that all studies are routinely possessed by language, it is important to understand the relationship between language and culture. A major goal is to examine the role of culture in linguistic meaning, language use and, conversely, the role of linguistic form and culture in social action and in cultural practices. Language is a key to understanding the social, symbolic and expressive lives of members of society.
Studies of ritual and performance, of patronage and status often draw on linguistic evidence to talk about various forms of cultural production: attesting to the crucial and hitherto unacknowledged role of language in the creation of cultural subjectivities. Language as a term should not be limited to literary forms, as verbal products, but may be extended to encompass a broader range of visual narratives, including, potentially, painting, architecture and other kinds of material culture. We are interested in the production, interpretation and reproduction of social meanings, as expressed and accrued through language and in exploring the relation to culture and society.