2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies

Panel from a Cover for an Icon of the Virgin (detail). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.644). © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date: Apr 18, 2015 Time: Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

Graduate students working in any field related to Byzantine studies present their research.

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College will host the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies April 18, 2015. We welcome graduate students studying in any field related to Byzantine studies to the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus to engage in a lively exchange of ideas and to share and broaden their research interests in a collegial and intellectually rigorous environment.

A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. Roundtable participants include Dr. Bill Caraher, Associate Professor of History, University of North Dakota, Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Eurydice Georganteli, Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University and University of Birmingham, and Principal Investigator and Ethical Manager for the TAG CLOUD project (European Collaborative Research Project on Digital Humanities and Lifelong Engagement with Culture), and Dr. Adam McCollum, Lead Cataloger, Eastern Christian Manuscripts, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

This year’s conference immediately follows Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages, a symposium organized by the Mary Jaharis Center and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies. The symposium will take place on April 16 and 17 at Harvard University. Please check the Mary Jaharis Center website in early February for details.

To submit a proposal for either type of paper, use the Call for Papers tab to complete the short online form and upload a 500-word abstract. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2015. Notifications will be made by the end of February.

An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference. Given the brevity of the conference, please do not submit a proposal if you cannot attend all conference sessions.

The registration fee for the conference is $25. Shared accommodation at the Courtyard Boston Brookline will be provided the nights of April 17 and 18. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the conference. Participants are responsible for travel expenses; however, partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available.

Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions about the conference.  

Organizing Committee: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Dr. James C. Skedros, Dean of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Hellenic College Holy Cross, and the Very Reverend Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director, Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Support comes from The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies

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