Lecture series: From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine: Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage

Dear colleagues,
Please find attached the general poster for our lecture series From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine: Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage. This series is co-organized by Dumbarton OaksNorth of Byzantium, and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.
This series is generously sponsored and endorsed by the following institutions and organizations:
Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Details about the series will be regularly updated on our respective websites. The recording of the inaugural lecture is already available here.
Please join the email list here to receive updates.
Thank you for supporting this important initiative!
Best wishes,
Alice Isabella Sullivan

Tufts University | North of Byzantium
Maria Alessia Rossi
Princeton University | North of Byzantium
Suzanna Ivanič
University of Kent | Connected Central European Worlds
Tomasz Grusiecki
Boise State University | Connected Central European Worlds
Nikos D. Kontogiannis
Dumbarton Oaks
Anatole Tchikine
Dumbarton Oaks

From Roman to Late Antique Butrint: The Evidence on Houses and the Topography of Urban Quarters

HAEMUS Online Guest Lecture no. 8 will be presented on 27 June, at 5 p.m. (UTC+02:00):

From Roman to Late Antique Butrint: The Evidence on Houses and the Topography of Urban Quarters
by Nevila Molla (Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Albanian Studies)

Abstract: Butrint, a multi-period urban settlement on the Ionian coast of south-west Albania, offers ample archaeological evidence on the change and transformation of the Mediterranean city at the end of the Roman period. Recent archaeological excavations in the peninsular lower town area of the so-called Triconch Palace, and on the Vrina Plain suburb on the southern side of the Vivari Channel, inform this subject from the perspective of secular residential buildings. Now published, these excavations chart the development and transformation phases of two large residential complexes from their construction in the early and late Roman imperial periods to their abandonment as areas of human activity in the late medieval period. This presentation will discuss the urban fabric of Butrint in the late antique period (c. AD300 to c. AD600) in the light of the evidence from these excavated domus, pieced together with other fragmentary clues on houses and associated residential facilities elsewhere at the site. Among the few known and archaeologically investigated examples in Albania and in the Balkans, the construction of these domus and their transformation in the late antique period shed light on the nature of houses and house-building, and on the overall changing topography of a small, but significant port-town that enjoyed trade and economic ties with the Adriatic and the wider Mediterranean region.

To register: https://forms.gle/yagKg5fVdfBdisXw8

“Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus –Ukraine –Russia” Virtual Lecture

“Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus –Ukraine –Russia” Virtual Lecture

Date: June 16, 2022, at 12:00pm ET via Zoom

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed both countries into the world’s spotlight. One aspect that is becoming particularly clear is the battle that is taking place, and has been ongoing for decades, if not longer, for the ownership of the idea of the history of the region we know as Rus. This talk will discuss the place of Rus in European history, and the ways that modern scholars have minimized that place; the latter fact being directly relevant to the Russian claim on the history of Rus. Perhaps if we can untangle the history of Rus from modern constructs of nationalism, we can see a new picture of Rus that helps us better understand Europe as a whole.

Christian Raffensperger is the Kenneth E. Wray Chair in the Humanities at Wittenberg University. He is the author of several books including Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ and the Medieval World and Conflict, Bargaining, and Kinship Networks in Medieval Eastern Europe. The larger goal of his work is to demonstrate the interconnectivity of medieval Europe and to break down the barrier between eastern and western Europe created and perpetuated in the historiography.

This event is co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.

Sponsors and Endorsers: Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Lecture at the Gennadius Library by Robert Ousterhout: “Rethinking the Greek School of Byzantine Architecture”

The Gennadius Library invites you to a lecture by Professor Robert Ousterhout entitled “Rethinking the Greek School of Byzantine Architecture” on June 10, 2022, at 7pm (Greek time) – 12 noon (EST)
 
If you cannot attend in person in Cotsen Hall, on Anapiron Polemou 9, Kolonaki, Athens, please register on zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DxDzCv2_TbmZLDFJrvV-mA) or watch on youtube (https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/rethinking-the-greek-school-of-byzantine-architecture#YouTube).
 
Abstract: The Middle Byzantine architectural resurgence in Attica and the Peloponnese corresponds to the period of prosperity following the Byzantine defeat of the Arabs in 961, and the subsequent military interventions in the Balkans by Basil II, who celebrated a triumph in Athens in 1018. Hundreds of churches survive across the region – more than two dozen in Athens alone – many of them small and domed and distinctive in their architectural style. Gabriel Millet offered an important assessment of their stylistic features and construction techniques in his dissertation, L’école grecque dans l’architecture byzantine, published in 1916, situating them in contrast to those of Constantinople. The talk will examine several characteristic aspects of Helladic architecture and ask if we might view these within a broader geographical perspective, as participants in the “global” Middle Ages.
 
Robert G. Ousterhout is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author most recently of Visualizing Community: Art, Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 46 (Washington, DC, 2017); and Eastern Medieval Architecture: The Building Traditions of Byzantium and Neighboring Lands, (Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture: Oxford University Press, 2019), as well as co-editor of Piroska and the Pantokrator, with M. Sághy (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2019); and The Holy Apostles: A Lost Monument, a Forgotten Project, and the Presentness of the Past, with M. Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks Symposia and Colloquia (Washington, DC, 2020).

Register Now- Ukraine Lecture Series: The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv

The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv
June 8, 2022, 12-1:30 pm ET
Virtual Lecture

The cathedral of St. Sophia in the historic center of Kyiv dates to ca. 1037 and is one of the most remarkable medieval monuments of Kyivan Rus. The building was designed, built, and decorated according to Byzantine traditions interpreted in a local context. This roundtable brings together three scholars who will address the distinctive architectural and decorative features of this impressive monument, as well as its visual and symbolic transformations from the Middle Ages into the present.

Speakers:

Thomas Dale (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “‘In Heaven or on Earth’: Saint Sophia in Kyiv and the Reinvention of Byzantine Sacred and Palatine Architecture in the Kyivan Rus”

Ioli Kalavrezou (Harvard University), “The Original Mosaic Program of St. Sophia in Kyiv”

Sofia Korol’ (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), “To the History of the Interwar Church Decorations in Galicia: Kyivan Rus’ Images and Motifs (P. Kholodny and M. Osinchuk)”

This event is co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.

Sponsors and Endorsers: Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Forgotten Christianities 2022

‘Forgotten Christianities’ is a seminar series exploring critical theories of identity formation, communal memory, and intellectual exchange.
For the purposes of this project, ‘Forgotten Christianities’ are defined as those Christian linguistic and ethnic self-defined groups which traditionally have been overlooked by mainstream academia including, Georgian, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic, and Arabic Christianity. The “Forgotten Christianities” seminars will explore critical theories of identity formation, communal memory, and intellectual exchange in the history of the Eastern and Oriental Churches.

Each session will bring together doctoral students and ERCs from various fields such as history, archaeology, theology, and the social sciences. Spanning Late Antiquity, the early Islamic era, and the Middle Ages, they will provide a diachronic and kaleidoscopic view of these historical communities and their self-representation. Participants are invited to engage critically with a range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies, such as postcolonial studies, memory studies, the history of ideas, and the development of cultural, religious, and social identity. Through exploring Christianities outside of Western Europe, the seminars aim to contribute to the paradigm shift which decentralises academic interest from a Eurocentric perspective, while showcasing the interconnectedness of societies.

The conveners Bogdan Draghici (DPhil in Oriental Studies – Syriac, Wolfson College), Alexis Gorby (DPhil in Classical Archaeology, St John’s College), Dan Gallaher (DPhil in History – Armenian/Byzantine Studies, Balliol College) can be contacted at forgottenchristianities@gmail.com.

This seminar series is funded by the Ancient World Research Cluster at Wolfson College, Oxford and supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

6th June, 5pm 

Dr Ani Honarchian (Utah)

‘Veiling and Stripping the Sasanian Empire: Some reflections of political theologies from Armenian and Syriac sources’

Earnestine Qiu (Princeton)

‘Kingship, Travel, and Animals in the Armenian Alexander Romance’

 

13th June, 5pm

Dr Peter Miller (Iowa)

‘Learning Ascesis in Three Steps: Training Novices in the Reform Monastic Tradition of the Church of the East

David Gyllenhaal (Princeton)

‘The Rebuke Homily: Collective Trauma and the Christianization of the Syriac Speaking Peasantry

 

20th June – 5pm

Chloe Agar (Oxford)

‘Shaping Coptic Christian Identity: Forging Collective Memories through Hagiography’

Mikail Berg (Brown)

The Conversation of Nubia and the Divine Feminine: Reverence of the Holy Mother as a communal Memory of  Cult of Isis’

 

27th June – 5pm

Dr Yuliya Minets (Jacksonville)

‘Revising the Instrumentarium: How do we discuss Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity’

Walter Beers (Princeton)

Chalcedonian counterinsurgency and Miaphysite ruralization: John of ephesus’ persecution narrative in the Zuqnin chronicle

Byzantinist Society of Cyprus lecture series: Athanasios Markopoulos, “Education in Byzantium”

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus lecture series Athanasios Markopoulos, “Education in Byzantium” (the lecture will be given in Greek: “Η Εκπαίδευση στα χρόνια του Βυζαντίου”). Thursday, 9 June at 19:00 (ΕΕΤ)

Meeting link:
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Tübingen Byzantine and Near Eastern Seminar, May 19

Tübingen Byzantine and Near Eastern Seminar
Religious Conflict in Baghdad: Proto-Sunnism and Its Opponents in Ibn Qutayba’s (d. 276/889) Kitāb Ta’wīl Mukhtalif al-Ḥadīth
Gabriel Said Reynolds, Jerome J. Crowley and Rosaleen G. Crowley Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame
Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 6:15 p.m.
Kupferbau, Lecture Hall 22
Philosophische Fakultät
The lecture is hybrid. For online (Zoom) registration please contact viola.osswald@student.uni-tuebingen.de or markus-piet.kleemann@student.uni-tuebingen.de.

Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) and Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies (ÖBG) Joint Lecture

Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) and Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies (ÖBG) Joint Lecture

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 17:00 (London), 18:00 (Vienna) over Zoom

The Byzantine Empire and the Shape of Afro-Eurasia Today (and Tomorrow)
Dr Rebecca Darley (University of Leeds)

Between the fourth century and the eleventh, the Byzantine Empire was the hinge point in a power shift that continues to shape global geopolitics today. In the fourth century the Mediterranean was a Roman sea. Italy was closer culturally and politically to North Africa than to France or Germany, the Mediterranean coast of West Asia to Greece and even the Iberian peninsula than to southern Arabia. By the eleventh century the Mediterranean was divided more-or-less on a Northwest to Southeast axis between increasingly mutually self-defining Islamicate and Christian spheres. It was becoming increasingly normal for political leaders and social commentators to think of social solidarity being defined by this line and military mobilisation crossing it. This much has not gone unnoticed in world history, though it can too easily be re-imagined by politicians as an eternal state of affairs. The critical role that Byzantium played in this transformation, however, and the role that Byzantine studies has to play in understanding it has, however, been less well-explored. This lecture will examine Byzantium as a consistent challenge to efforts to define Europe, the world and the Mediterranean as a battleground between East and West, Muslim and Christian, ‘us’ and ‘other’.

Respondent: Dr Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

 

Ukraine Lecture Series: The Holy Rus’: Concept and Religious Art with Political Connotations

The Holy Rus’: Concept and Religious Art with Political Connotations

May 19th, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Virtual Lecture by Mariana Levytska

The notion of Holy Rus’, constructed throughout Russian imperial history is important for understanding this “sacred space,” and the elucidation of the links between religion, politics and art, reveals one of the mechanisms for spreading this doctrine, raised to a sacred level. Pochayiv monastery which has existed for centuries as one of the most important Ukrainian sacred places (Christian—Orthodox, Uniate, and even Catholic) is a vivid example of how theology can be transformed into ideology. This lecture is focused on the consequences of the political transformations of Ukrainian religious art in the nineteenth century, after the forced transfer of the shrine of the Ukrainian Uniate to the Russian Orthodox Church.

The aim of this paper is the analysis of how religious art in Pochayiv became a visual tool in the implementation of the Holy Rus’ concept through analysis of Pochayiv monastery’s architecture, icons and decorative artefacts as well as historical documents and the monastery’s chronicles. It can be argued that new imperial authorities legitimized their reign not only “through the law of force”, but also “through the power of tradition” (Edward W. Said), addressing both history and faith.

Bibliography

Dmytro Chizhevsky (1959), Edward Kinnan (2003), Valter Lang (2003), Eric J. Hobsbaum & Terence Ranger (2005), Ewa Thompson (2006 ), Alain Besançon (2012), Martin C. Putna (2015).

This lecture is part of a series of events co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700.

Sponsors and Endorsers: Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

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