Studying East of Byzantium VIII

Date: Jun 6, 2022 - Jun 7, 2022 Location: Zoom

A workshop bringing together a diverse group doctoral students studying the Christian East and senior specialists in the field to reflect on how the study of material culture can assist in understanding the realities of the Christian East.

Studying East of Byzantium VIII: Material Culture, Zoom, November 19, 2021, February 18, 2022, June 6–7, 2022

Respondents: Marica Cassis, Associate Professor and Department Head, Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary, and Kate Franklin, Lecturer, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London

A three-part workshop that intends to bring together doctoral students studying the Christian East to reflect on how to study the material world of the Christian East, to share methodologies, and to discuss their research with senior specialists in the field.

We invite doctoral students working in any discipline of East Christian studies to discuss the role of material culture—monuments, archaeological sites, artifacts, images—in their research. To consider questions such as how the tools of the study of material culture can assist in understanding the realities of the Christian East? What is the difference between material culture and art-historical and archaeological approaches? How does attention to the non-verbal world harmonize with or challenge historical narratives based on textual study? 

Participation is limited to 10 students. Those interested in attending should submit a C.V. and 200-word abstract no later than September 13, 2021.


This workshop is part of the Studying East of Byzantium workshop series. EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.