Category: Conferences & Symposia

Byzantine Culture in Translation

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

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.

Authors, Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts

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)

Registration required.

Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c.

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

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

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.

Deadline for registration is August 25, 2014.

Textile Terminologies from the Orient to the Mediterranean and Europe 1000 BC–AD 1000

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)


The conference is open for interested scholars and colleagues. There is no registration fee.

Please contact Dr Salvatore Gaspa for registration.

European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting

European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, September 10–14, 2014

The 20th Annual meeting is expected to draw over 2000 delegates and has 142 approved sessions. The program includes daily excursion in and around Istanbul and multiple-day trips across Turkey.

Hatra, Palmyra, Edessa

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

“… 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

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.

Courses offered:

  • Social Network Analysis: Description and Inference
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Managing Big Data
  • Large-scale Data Networks
  • Hadoop for Huge Data Sets
  • Data Studies Using SAS
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Introduction to Data Visualization

Society for Biblical Literature 2014 International Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagining Space
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

Mapping Space
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

Building Space
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

Experiencing Space
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

Administering Space
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

Digitizing Space
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

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Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium

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 & Archaeology of Lusignan & Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent Research & New Discoveries

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.

The Organisers
Michalis Olympios
Maria Parani

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

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
Global Sanctity

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

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)

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.

Visualisation of the Late Antique City

Visualisation of the Late Antique City, The Society of Antiquaries, June 7, 2014

This conference presents the results of a Leverhulme-funded research project by the University of Kent on everyday life in Mediterranean cities A.D. 300–650.


Public Space
Streets in late antiquity: form and function
Luke Lavan

New approaches to the architectural reconstruction of churches
Nikos Karydis
Object groups in ecclesiastical space
Joe Williams

Architecture and decoration of modest houses
Solinda Kamani
Domestic material culture: function to cultural meaning
Joanna Stoner

Architecture and decoration of colonnaded shops
Aoife Fitzgerald
Commercial object groups: production, storage and sale
Joe Williams

Guest Lecture
Visualising Constantinople: recent work
Tayfun Oner

Manufacture, wear and repair of late antique garments (with a fashion show of historic costumes produced for the event)
Faith Morgan

From Research to Art
Artefact studies to everyday life: spoons and late antique dining habits
Ellen Swift
Drawing architecture, objects and dress
Will Foster

Case Study
Late Roman Ostia: urban life in AD 387, as seen by St Augustine
Luke Lavan

Pouvoirs et Religion à Byzance

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)

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.

Graeco-Arabica: Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field

Graeco-Arabica: Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field, Yale University, April 25–27, 2014

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations presents “Graeco-Arabica Present” State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field,” an international conference in commemoration of the centennial of the birth of Franz Rosenthal.


  • Graeco-Syriaca with Adam McCollum (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University) and Hidemi Takahashi (The University of Tokyo)
  • Secular Graeco-Arabica with Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Gerhard Endress (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Christian Graeco-Arabica with Andre Binggeli (CNRS-Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes) and Alexander Treiger (Dalhousie University)
  • Graeco-Arabica in Intellectual History (Reception) with Sabine Schmidtke (Freie Universität Berlin and IAS, Princeton) & Reza Pourjavady (Freie Universität Berlin) and Peter E. Pormann (The University of Manchester)
  • Graeco-Arabica and Intellectual History (Method, Scope, and Import) with Kevin van Bladel (The Ohio State University) and Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)

ESSHC 2014

Tenth European Social Science History Conference, organized by the International Institute for Social History, Vienna, April 23–26, 2014

The aim of the ESSHC is to bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences.

The conference is characterized by a lively, small group exchange, rather than in formal plenary sessions. The conference is organized in many networks covering specific topics.

Panels of interest to Byzantinists:

Thursday April 24, 11:00–1:00 (Hörsaal 41 first floor)
O-6 - ETH06a: Early Medieval Migrations I: Migrations in the Abbasid Caliphate - Iran - East Slavic Lands

Chair: Johannes Koder
Organiser: Dirk Hoerder
Discussant: Johannes Koder

Aksumites in South Arabia: An Ethiopian Diaspora in Late Antique Yemen
George Hatke
Migration – Travel – Commerce – Cultural Transfer: The Complex Connections Byzantium-Kiev-Novgorod-Varangian Land, 6th–14th Century
Dirk Hoerder
Regime Change and Elite Migration in the Islamic Caliphate (642–969 AD)
Lucian Reinfandt

Thursday April 24, 2:00–4:00 (Hörsaal 41 first floor)
O-7 - ETH06b: Early Medieval Migrations II: Migrations in Byzantium and Armenia
Chair: Claudia Rapp
Discussant: Claudia Rapp

Turkish Migration Processes and Patterns of Cross-Cultural Permeation in Medieval Anatolia (Eleventh–Thirteenth Century)
Alexander Beihammer
Remarks on the Slavic Immigration and landnahme in the Byzantine Balkans
Johannes Koder
Aristocrats, Mercenaries, Clergymen and Refugees: Deliberate and Forced Mobility of Armenians in the Early Medieval Mediterranean and Near East (6th to 11th century)
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller
Migrating within Medieval Empire: Towards a Typology of Movement of People and Groups in Post-Seventh Century Byzantium
Ioannis Stouraitis

The Experience of the Sacred Places: Times and Sceneries

The Experience of the Sacred Places: Times and Sceneries, IV Ars Mediaevalis Colloquium, Aguilar de Campo, September 26–28, 2014

Speakers include:

The Aesthetic Act: Hagia Sophia and Santiago de Compostela
Bissera Pentcheva, Stanford University

Black Box Theater: Reliquaries as Experimental Drama
Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University

COMMEMORATING AUGUSTUS: a bimillennial re-evaluation

COMMEMORATING AUGUSTUS: a bimillennial re-evaluation, University of Leeds, August 18–20, 2014

The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 commemorates the end of his life and the beginning of a rich posthumous reception history. Running over the date of the bimillennium itself, the Commemorating Augustus conference will undertake a focused, comparative exploration of this history of responses, from AD 14 to 2014.

Already in his lifetime, Augustus was a man of many images. Since his death, he has served in one context as a model of ideal rule and another as a tyrant, while playing a key role in narratives about the emergence of Christianity, the foundation of Europe and the relationship between politics and the arts. His reception history is a vivid exemplum of historical relativism in action, demonstrating the scope of the source material to support utterly conflicting interpretations. Yet to date it has been studied only sporadically. The Commemorating Augustus conference aims to address the full range of Augustus’ reception history, to trace its evolution, to explore its connections and disjunctions, to understand its impact on contemporary perspectives, and to put us in a better position to articulate what Augustus means to us in the 21st century.

Sessions on late Antiquity and Byzantium scheduled for August 19.

H.J. Scheltema - Symposium on Byzantine Law

H.J. Scheltema - Symposium on Byzantine Law, University of Groningen, June 23–24, 2014

On 24 June 2014, Prof. Giuseppe Falcone will give his solemn address marking his acceptance of the H.J. Scheltema-chair of Byzantine Law at the University of Groningen. Preceding this festive occasion, the Department of Legal History in cooperation with the University of Palermo (Italy) will host a Symposium on Byzantine Law. The aim of the symposium is to present the results of the two year cooperation between Groningen and Palermo following the establishment of the H.J. Scheltema-chair. The results will also be published in the Subseciva Groningana, scheduled to appear in June 2014.

Registration is open until June 10, 2014. There is no registration fee.


The first constitution of the Codex Justinianus
Jan H.A.Lokin (Univ. Groningen)
Thalelaios' translations  and the first draft of the commentary on the Codex Iustinianus
Salvatore Sciortino (Univ. Palermo)
Preluding the Basilica, but how?
Tom van Bochove (Univ. Groningen)
The ὅρος ἤτοι ἐτυμολογία of testamentum and the problem of sources in the Paraphrase of Theophilus
Francesca Terranova (Univ. Palermo)
Graeca Pandectarum in Basilicis
Bernard H. Stolte (Univ. Groningen)
Quelques  considérations sur le "Breviarium Novellarum" de Theodorus
Francesco Sitzia (Univ. Cagliari)
Hagiotheodorites the last antecessor? Some remarks on one of the ‘new’ Basilica scholiasts
Daphne Penna (Univ. Groningen)
The personality of Theophilus and the influence of his previous professional experiences on the Paraphrase
Stefania Scarcella (Univ. Messina)
Subsecivum Groninganum
Frits Brandsma (Univ. Groningen)
The ‘mysterious’ beauty of Laws
Giuseppe Falcone (Univ. Groningen)

The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers

The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers, Princeton University, April 26–27, 2014

The High Middle Ages were a period of profound transformation for the Christian cities of the central and western Mediterranean. However, it has generally been thought that the urban centers of the Islamic and Byzantine worlds to the south and east did not share in the same economic, political, and cultural developments. Most interregional studies carried out so far have promoted this understanding of the period by considering the "classic example" of the cities of northern Italy solely in the context of the situation on the other side of the Alps. Otherwise, attention has tended to be focused on specific polities within each of the three Mediterranean macro-regions, to the neglect of the picture across macro-regions. There has been no in-depth comparison of how cities were ruled in the various lands encircling the Great Sea, despite the existence of a strong common Roman heritage, as well as evidence for extensive interaction through long-distance trade, pilgrimage, diplomacy, and warfare. This conference will begin to undertake such an analysis, highlighting similarities and differences in governmental institutions, civic identity, and revolutionary activity throughout the Mediterranean.  The event is intended as a pilot establishing a network of scholars. The next meeting will be held at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and is being organized by Dr. Gianluca Raccagni, Chancellor's Fellow in History.


David Abulafia, Cambridge University
Adam Beaver, Princeton University
Amira K. Bennison, Cambridge University
Ronnie Ellenblum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Justine Firnhaber-Baker, University of St. Andrews
Molly Green, Princeton University
R. Stephen Humphreys, University of California, Santa Barbara
Alison Isenberg, Princeton University
Paul Oldfield, University of Manchester
Gianluca Raccagni, University of Edinburgh
Scott Redford, Koç University
Zdenka Janekovic ́ Römer, Institute for Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Teresa Shawcross, Princeton University
Deborah G. Tor, University of Notre Dame

Institutions in Egyptian Villages

Institutions in Villages in Egypt from the Early Roman to the Fatimid Period, King’s College London, July 3–4, 2014

This conference will focus on the study of administrative, economic and social institutions in villages in Egypt from the early Roman period through to the Fatimid period.


Private Associations and Village Life in Early Roman Egypt
Mario C. D. Paganini (Copenhagen)
Private Banks in Villages of Roman Egypt
François Lerouxel (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Feste und Feierlichkeiten im Hinterland
Andrea Jördens (Heidelberg)
Security, Legality and Police Procedures in Roman Egypt: The Role of Village Officials in the Submission of Complaints
Roberto Mascellari (Florence)
The Organisation of the State Farmers and Its Role in Village Administration
Thomas Kruse (Vienna)
Village or Town: Does It Matter in Legal Terms?
Maria Nowak (Warsaw)
Presbyteroi nell'Egitto Romano: I Casi di Bakchias e Karanis
Silvia Strassi (Padua)
Record-offices in Villages in Roman Egypt
Micaela Langellotti (King's College London)
Fiscal Institution or Local Community? The Village Koinon in Late Antiquity (4th–8th Centuries)
Lajos Berkes (Heidelberg)
Associations (Koina) in Villages and Minor Localities of the Apion Estate between Reality and Documentary Formulas
Roberta Mazza (Manchester)
The Monastery of Apa Apollo as Landowner and Employer
Gesa Schenke (Oxford)
The Lashane and the ‘Great Men’: Secular Authority in Villages of the Umayyad Period
Arietta Papacostantinou (Reading)
Tribal Institutions in Ayyubid Fayyum (1243 CE)
Yossef Rapoport (London)

The Emperor in the Byzantine World, 47th Byzantine Spring Symposium

The Emperor in the Byzantine World, 47th Byzantine Spring Symposium, Cardiff University, April 25–27, 2014

In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. While there may be books on individual emperors or periods or aspects there is no general book on the emperor across the span of the Byzantine empire. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man.


Dynasty: Imperial Families
Family, Dynasty, and the Construction of Legitimacy: The Roman Background
Mark Humphries (Swansea University)
The Dynasty of Heraclius
Mike Humphreys (University of Cambridge)
Basil II and the Macedonian Dynasty
Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington)

Imperial Literature: The Emperor as Subject and Author
Imperial Panegyric
John Vanderspoel (University of Calgary)
The Emperor in Historiography – The History of John Kantakouzenos
Savvas Kyriakidis (University of Johannesburg)

The Imperial Court: The Emperor’s Men
The Court of Theodosius II and its Consequences
Meaghan McEvoy (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Emperors and Administrators in the Middle Empire
Jonathan Shepard (Oxford)
Who was who at the Court of Constantine XI (1449-1453)
Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Imperial Duties: The Emperor as Ruler
The Emperor and Law
Bernard Stolte (University of Groningen)
The Emperor and the Patriarch
Michael Grünbart (University of Münster)
The Emperor and War
Frank Trombley (Cardiff University)

The Material Emperor: Imperial Art and Architecture
The Emperor in Art
Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College)
The Emperor and Coinage
Eurydice Georganteli (University of Birmingham)
Emperor and Palace
Lynn Jones (Florida State University)

Public Lecture
Byzantium and Wales: Antiquity, Connections, and Collections
Mark Redknap (National Museum Cardiff)



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