“The Cyclades at the dawn of the Middle Ages” lecture

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on November 30 with a hybrid lecture on: The Cyclades at the dawn of the Middle Agesby Demetrios Athanasoulis, Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades.

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PcugA8L0RDevPxfTDKE8fw

See also the series program for the autumn semester of 2022-23: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/news/2022/2022_10_25_ByzantineStudiesSeminars.pdf

 

“Zooming in on Byzantine Cities”

The Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes d’Istanbul (IFEA), in collaboration with the Department of History, the Department of Archaeology and the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University, the Department of Art History at Hacettepe University, ANAMED and Byzantium at Ankara organized a lecture series in Fall 2022 with the title “Zooming in on Byzantine Cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεων.”

The next event of the series will be held online on 25 November 2022. You can join via Zoom on the day of the event (https://zoom.us/j/3899516358 ).

The language of the event is English. The first session of the event will start at 10:15 with the session entitled “Cities of the Byzantine Heartland,” in which Zeliha Demirel Gökalp (Anadolu University), Jenny Albani (independent scholar), Suna Çağaptay (Bahçeşehir University) and Anais Lamesa (IFEA) will participate. While for the second session, “Urbanism in the Insular and Coastal Koine,” Akın Ersoy (İzmir Katip Çelebi University), Paul Arthur (University of Lecce & Society of Italian Medieval Archaeology) and Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University) will join the event.

The series will continue with further lectures. For the full program of the series, go to https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ZOOMING-IN-ON-BYZANTINE-CITIES.pdf

East of Byzantium Lecture: Dynastic Change, Family Networks and Female Genealogies in Medieval Armenia (11th–13th c.)

East of Byzantium is pleased to announce the next lecture in its 2022–2023 lecture series.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST | Zoom
Dynastic Change, Family Networks and Female Genealogies in Medieval Armenia (11th–13th c.)
Zara Pogossian, University of Florence

This lecture will focus on a period of medieval Armenian history – eleventh to late thirteenth centuries – that was characterized by a gradual deterioration and break-down of its until then traditional social structure based on land-holding military families known as nakharars. In this context a number of new military men, mostly with no illustrious lineage and/or previous connection to certain specific regions, rose to power. As they sought ways of legitimizing their control of recently conquered land and resources in various parts of historical Armenia, marriage alliances and, hence, the building of new family networks via women acquired increasing importance. This is especially true in the case of wives that came from older, prestigious dynasties which had lost or were about to lose their significance. There are also cases of women who were themselves from ‘new families’ but who played a key role in entering local networks of power in different ways. These general considerations will be illustrated on specific cases bringing to the audience’s attention the significance of women from (new or old) élite families, particularly from the end of Bagratid rule, and through Seljuk and Mongol (particularly Ilkhanid) periods. The inter-religious aspects of such family networks will be equally highlighted. Although the talk will address various regions of historical Armenia, greater attention will be paid to Syunik‘, reflecting my on-going research-in-progress.

Zara Pogossian is a specialist in medieval Armenian history, culture and religion, especially in relation to other peoples, cultures and religions in the Near East and Asia Minor. She is Associate Professor of Byzantine Civilization at the University of Florence, and the Principal Investigator of the ERC Project ArmEn: Armenia Entangled: Connectivity and Cultural Encounters in Medieval Eurasia 9th–14th Centuries.

Advance registration required. Register: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

An East of Byzantium lecture. EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard 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.

Dumbarton Oaks Public Lecture: Dynastic Jewels: A Late Antique Rhetoric of Treasure and Adornment November 10, 2022 at 6 pm

Public Lecture in Byzantine Studies Dynastic Jewels: A Late Antique Rhetoric of Treasure and Adornment November 10, 2022 at 6 pm ET, by Cecily J. Hilsdale 

This event is located in the Oak Room of our Fellowship House at 1700 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC.

Late Antique poetry has often been characterized by its ‘jeweled style,’ in which authors mobilized ornament, variety, and tessellation for the purposes of visual splendor and immediacy. Jewels, and treasure more broadly, also serve as particularly effective metonyms for power. And historians frequently describe the programmatic effort to bolster dynastic power over the course of the fourth century as a ‘dynastic imperative.’ Turning from poetry to material culture, this paper considers select extant jewels in conversation with these two key scholarly debates. Read in dialogue with the aesthetics of the jeweled style of contemporary poetry as well as the ideology of the dynastic imperative, the paper focuses on exquisite jewels associated with women of the western court at the turn of the fifth century. These treasures worn by women, it is argued, were an integral part of the sustained program of dynasty building in the tumultuous years following the death of Emperor Theodosius I. This talk is part of a larger research project on late antique and early medieval treasure as the index of both power and loss. Studying treasure in this way provides the opportunity to reassess our relationship to the past—that is, our sense of historicity—as we try to make sense of those versions of the past that are championed and others that are elided.

 

Cecily J. Hilsdale (PhD, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at McGill University in Montreal and author of Byzantine Art and Diplomacy in an Age of Decline (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She specializes in the arts of Byzantium and the Mediterranean, including Byzantine luxury items as diplomatic gifts and the dissemination of styles, techniques, iconographies, and ideologies of imperium. Her research has appeared in the journals Art BulletinArt HistoryDumbarton Oaks PapersGesta, and the Medieval Globe, among others.

 

 Register here: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/dynastic-jewels-a-late-antique-rhetoric-of-treasure-and-adornment

Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on October 25 with a hybrid lecture on:

“Books and Scribes in the Eastern Mediterranean. St Catherine’s Monastery on Mt Sinai and Its Metochion on Crete (13th-15th Centuries)”

by Eleftherios Despotakis, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M0J-HgFhTFyiSlG2-ySFxQ

Tübingen Byzantine and Near Eastern Seminar, Winter Term 2022/23

Tübingen Byzantine and Near Eastern Seminar
Winter Term 2022/23
Thursdays, 6:15 p.m.
“Hegelbau”, Room 2, Wilhelmstraße 36, 72074 Tübingen
Convened by F. Montinaro & the Research Group “Religious Conflict and Mobility: Byzantium and the Greater Mediterranean, 700-900”

October 20, 2022
Milka LEVY-RUBIN (Jerusalem/Tübingen)
Inheriting the Land: Muslim Sanctification of the Holy Land in the Early Muslim Period

November 10
Sergey MINOV (Tübingen)
The Syriac Life of Rubil: Story of a Monastic Community on the Run

November 17
Sergey IVANOV (Munich)
Byzantine Influence over the Early Rus‘: A Reassessment

November 24
Staffan WAHLGREN (Trondheim)
How to Write History in the Tenth Century: On the Working Methods of Chroniclers and Historians in the Age of Constantine VII and His Followers

December 8
Mehmetcan AKPINAR (Tübingen)
The Qur’an and the Near Eastern Legal Traditions: The Case of False Accusations of Adultery

January 12, 2023
Béatrice CASEAU (Paris)
Church Incense and Perfumes (4th-13th C.)

January 19
Albrecht BERGER (Munich)
Von der Legitimierung einer Hauptstadt: Troja, Rom, Konstantinopel

Lecture: The Byzantine Aegean: A Connecting Sea (Oct. 20)

American Research Institute in Turkey
The Byzantine Aegean:  A Connecting Sea

Date: October 20, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm (Istanbul),12:00 pm EDT (New York). UTC + 3
An ARIT online lecture by Dr. Alkiviadis A. Ginalis, German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul

The event is cosponsored with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and the Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center (KUDAR).

Please register in advance:  https://aritweb.org/events/ or write to aritevents@gmail.com

East of Byzantium Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Syriac Christianity along the Silk Road

East of Byzantium is pleased to announce the first lecture in its 2022–2023 lecture series.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 12:00 PM EDT | Zoom
East of Byzantium: Syriac Christianity along the Silk Road
Li Tang, University of Salzburg

Li Tang will discuss the expansion of medieval Syriac Christianity in Central Asia and China and along the Silk Road

Advance registration required. Register: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

An East of Byzantium lecture. EAST OF BYZANTIUM is a partnership between the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Dionysius Circle Online Symposium, October 8

Dionysius Circle 2022 Symposium
exploring the divine procession in The Divine Names
Saturday, October 8th via Zoom
9am–12pm, 1pm–4pm EST
9:00–9:55am
Marcus Hines
The divine processions and the cosmic hierarchy in Divine Names V
10:00–10:55am
Miklós Vassányi
Ontological Prayer in Part III of On the Divine Names and the Syriac tradition

11:00–11:55am
Christos Terezis + Lydia Petridou (keynote)
the Divine “processions” in Dionysius the Areopagite and the “henads” in Proclus
1:00–1:55pm
Ryan Haecker
Gothic Fireflies: The Apophatic and Analogical Grammar of Pseudo-Dionsyius’ ‘Divine Names’

2:00–2:55pm
Gregory T. Doolan
Aquinas on ‘The Good’ as the Principal Name of God: An Aristotelian Reading of Dionysius
3:00–3:55pm
Tikhon Alexander Pino
The Logoi, the Divine Energies, and the Processions of Providence in St Gregory Palamas

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, MICHAELMAS TERM 2022

OXFORD BYZANTINE GRADUATE SEMINAR
MICHAELMAS TERM 2022

Mondays, 12:30 – 14:00 (UK), via Zoom.

To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

Monday 24th October
Joaquin Serrano (University of Edinburgh)
The reliquary-cross of Saint Constantine and the military use of holy relics

Monday 31st October
Nuna Terri (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Saint Thekla’s popularity in Rough Cilicia

Monday 7th November
Niels De Ridder (KU Leuven / Universität zu Köln)
Representations of Jews in Middle-Byzantine hagiographical apocalypses

Monday 14th November
Elvira Miceli (University of Oxford)
The Byzantine Heritage of the Liber ad honorem Augusti

Monday 21st November
Bahattin Bayram (İstanbul Medeniyet University)
Barbarians of Eusebius

Monday 28th November
İrem Kısacık (İstanbul Medeniyet University)
Emotions in Late Antiquity

Monday 5th December
Carlo Berardi (University of Michigan)
Translating Chivalry: The Aesthetics of Warfare in the Age of the Komnenoi

Monday 12th December
Nila Namsechi (University of Birmingham)
The Duchy of Naples under Byzantine rule

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