A message from BSANA President, Lynn Jones

A message from BSANA President, Lynn Jones:

Help keep BSANA strong by joining or renewing today at one of four levels, including free and reduced-cost memberships.  Make a targeted donation to help support graduate students, early career scholars, and/or Byzantinists of Color. Take advantage of all that BSANA membership has to offer by signing up for our listserv.

We begin 2023 with new initiatives, partnering with the Mary Jaharis Center, Dumbarton Oaks, and Smarthistory, to bring new opportunities in Digital Humanities training, BSC support, and new video content, respectively.

We look forward to convening in Vancouver for the 49th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, hosted by Dimitris Krallis and Lauren Gilbert of Simon Fraser University, from October 26-29th.  Look for the Call for Papers to be issued in late February-early March.

CFP: Priests and their Manuscripts in the Holy Land and Sinai

Priests and their Manuscripts in the Holy Land and Sinai

Conference at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna Institute for Medieval Research, Department of Byzantine Research

8–10 November 2023

Call for Papers

Where did priests learn to read and write? What did they copy and where? How did their libraries look? What did they do with their books? Little is known about these topics, and a general overview is missing, especially if we focus on clerics active in the Holy Land and Sinai. By addressing these and related topics, this conference will aim at gaining a better understanding about the social and cultural role of priests latu sensu (preferably priests and priestmonks, but also monks, nuns, lectors, deacons, bishops) in the Holy Land and Sinai.

We invite the submission of abstracts (300 words max.) for 20-minute papers dealing with manuscripts copied, owned, and used by priests in Sinai and Palestine during the Byzantine and immediate post-Byzantine period in the languages of the Christian Orient. Contributions by historians, archaeologists, art historians, epigraphers, liturgiologists, which aim at shedding light on the social and cultural role of priests in this region and historical period are welcome as well.

Topics that that may be addressed include the following, but participants are encouraged to develop their own questions and approaches within the parameters of the conference theme:
Social context: Which sources offer information about the social role and cultural life of priests in the Holy Land and Sinai? What can we learn from them?
Priests as copyists of manuscripts: Where and how did priests learn how to read and write? What was their level of literacy? Which script styles did they use? Which techniques of book-making did they employ? How many languages did they know and write?
Priests as owners of manuscripts: Which manuscripts did priests own? What do we know about their private ‘libraries’?
Priests and their use of manuscripts: Which signs of use (including annotations, colophons, etc.) did priests leave on the manuscripts they used? Where were manuscripts used and how?

Organizer: Dr. Giulia Rossetto (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Please send the title of your paper and an abstract (max. 300 words) to Giulia Rossetto (giulia.rossetto@oeaw.ac.at) no later than March 15, 2023. The speakers will be notified by April 15.

If selected, we can offer you reimbursement for your travel expenses (second-class) as well as pre-paid accommodation for two nights in Vienna.

This conference is organized within the framework of the project “Priests, Books and the Library at Saint Catherine’s (Sinai)” (T1192 – G25) funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.


2nd Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

2nd Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival


9-12 March 2023

The Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival is the first of its kind as a way to learn about recently published books on any area of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (AD ca.300–ca.1500), including literature, history, archaeology, and material culture. The Festival is an online event, allowing attendees from all over the world to join in. It holds every two years in order to promote a wider understanding and awareness of Byzantine scholarship in a spirit of collegiality. It is also intended to encourage future collaborations and networking among the various presenters and attendees.

The 2nd Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival includes volumes published in 2021 and 2022, and forthcoming books with an estimated publication date no later than June 2023. It features monographs published in English, French, German, Italian, and Turkish.

Please see below the programme:


Registration via Eventbrite:


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

Database of Religious History: Call for Contributions

The Database of Religious History, based at the University of British Columbia, is a digital, open access, and queryable repository of quantitative and qualitative information with the goal of covering the breadth of human religious experience. Begun in 2013, the DRH now has almost a thousand entries by qualified scholars, covering religious groups, places, and texts (the three types of polls that make up the entries in the database), but we need your help! As part of a new initiative we are attempting to expand our entries that deal with Late Antique and Medieval Christianity and Judaism, and Early Islam, as well as other contemporary religious movements in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. In an effort to build the database in as swift a manner as possible, and improve the quality of any analyses produced with it, the DRH is offering $300 CAD honoraria for each completed entry.

If you are a PhD candidate or above and would like to contribute an entry on any religious group, place, or text, please contact Dr. Ian Randall (irandall@mail.ubc.ca) or sign up for the database at https://religiondatabase.org/landing/get-involved and select Dr. Randall as your entry editor.

Information in commemoration of Hans Belting

Information in commemoration of Hans Belting, via A. Kartsonis.

For the obituary of Hans Belting (1935-2023) by Michael Diers posted by ArtHist.net

See: https://arthist.net/archive/38397

For the HANS BELTING LIBRARY at the the Center for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, as well as for HANS BELTING’s  most complete bibliography to date:




YouTube.com has also posted entries in the name of Hans Belting


Diogenes Journal: New Deadline of March 1, 2023

CFP via Jacopo Marcon

On behalf of the general editors of the Postgraduate journal “Diogenes” from the University of Birmingham, I kindly ask you if you could please circulate the updated CFC with the new deadline (1st of March, 2023). Attached you can find the new poster and the link to the GEM page (Diogenes Journal – Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean (wordpress.com).

Diogenes Journal

Since its launch in January 2014, Diogenes is an open-access and peer-review online journal edited by the postgraduate students at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. This year Diogenes is expanding its editorial team to other disciplines within the College of Arts and Law and also its audience. The new refreshed Diogenes is now collaborating with the School of Theology and Religion and the Department of History of Art.

Diogenes aims to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers and provide a platform at which they can further develop their research ideas and communicate them to a general audience.

The articles published in Diogenes cover a wide range of research interests, yet they all fall under the umbrella of the often-separate fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. We look forward to any article that actively engages with any of these fields, from universities in the UK and abroad. It is published twice a year.

Therefore, indicative topics cover yet are not limited to:

  • Byzantine archaeology, material culture, art history and textual analyses
  • Ottoman history, archaeology, literature and art
  • Modern Greek history, literature, film, pop culture, and politics
  • Book Reviews in BOMGS
  • Theoretical Reflections and Methodological explorations on BOMGS

Before submitting, please consult the author manuscript guidelines (Diogenes Manuscript Guidelines)

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in Diogenes or submitting articles or reviews, please contact the editors at:


The editorial team is proud to announce the Call for Contributions for the 15th issue, to be published in June 2023. We look forward to receiving contributions in English by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies in the UK and abroad, in the following forms:


We welcome articles on topics of history, archaeology, anthropology, or on any other field relating to the three areas of our Centre. Contributions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must include a bibliography (excepted from the word count). Articles should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should include a 150-word abstract. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission in written form to use any copyrighted image.

Book Review

Reviews of between 700 and 1,000 words are welcome on any work published in the last three years in the fields of Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the general editors about the choice of book for review before submitting.


This section aims to present the diversity of postgraduate research activities and opportunities in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. Contributions between 500 and 1,000 words are welcome. Types of contribution may include, but are not limited to, archaeological reports, thesis summaries, conference reports, workshop reports, student society introductions, notices of events, etc.

For enquiries or submission, please contact the general editors: Danielle Krikorian, Penny Mantouvalou and Jacopo Marcon at: diogenesjournal@outlook.com

The deadline for contributions for the Winter Issue is 1 March 2023. Contributors will be informed by the general editors about the status of their submission(s) within four weeks of receipt.

Lecture: Responding Icons and Miraculous Images?

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the next lecture in its 2022–2023 lecture series.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST | Zoom
Responding Icons and Miraculous Images? Is There a Theology for Mosaics?
Liz James, University of Sussex
The ‘theology of icons’ is well-discussed in Byzantine Studies: the role that religious images played in Byzantine life; the relationships between the icon, the worshipper and the divine; debates about the representation of the divine. How do these ideas play out with mosaics however, which are not easy to understand as live lines of communication with the divine in the same way that icons (when understood as panel paintings) are? How can we think about mosaics as icons, or is this the wrong question?Liz James is a Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex

Advance registration required at https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/responding-icons-and-miraculous-images

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

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

Byzantine hagiographies of the fringe and the question of fictionality

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on January 31 with a hybrid lecture on:

Byzantine hagiographies of the fringe and the question of fictionality by Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete.

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

To join via Zoom please follow the link:


Please find here the series program for the spring semester of 2022-23: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/news/2023/2023_ByzantineStudiesLectures.pdf

Bringing the Holy Land Home

Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece (Jan. 26 – April 6, 2023)
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Prior Performing Arts Center, the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, MA

“Bringing the Holy Land Home” explores the impact of art objects manufactured in the eastern Mediterranean on the visual culture of medieval England and western Europe. At its center are an iconic set of mold-made tiles, discovered at Chertsey Abbey outside of London, but probably commissioned for London’s Westminster Palace around 1250. These include a famous pair of roundels showing the English king Richard the Lionheart and the Ayyubid sultan Saladin (Salah al-Din) in combat. Excavated from the ruined site of Chertsey Abbey in the 19th century, the original composition of the fragmented tiles has been reconstructed, including their lost Latin texts. The reconstruction has demonstrated not only that the entire mosaic addressed the theme of the crusades, but also that its design evoked that of imported Byzantine and Islamic silks.

Carried home by crusaders, Byzantine and Islamic silks as well as ceramics, metalwork and other items were highly valued by European audiences, who incorporated them into sacred objects, displayed them in places of esteem, and imitated their designs – as was the case with the Chertsey tiles. The composition of the Chertsey floor relies on visual traditions of textiles developed by Muslim and Orthodox Christian artists in the eastern Mediterranean, even while the iconography attends to the theme of English victory over foreign opponents. By pairing the Chertsey tiles with contemporaneous European and eastern Mediterranean objects, this exhibition endeavors to illuminate the specific and complex contexts that informed the tiles’ production and design.

Along with the Chertsey tiles, on loan from the British Museum, this exhibition also displays the Morgan Library’s Crusader Bible and medieval objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and Harvard Art Museums.

Exhibition website at https://chertseytiles.holycross.edu

Exhibition catalogue with contributions from Michael Wood (OBE), Andrea Achi, Paroma Chatterjee, Meredith Fluke, Eurydice Georganteli, Sean Gilsdorf, Sarah Guerin, Cynthia Hahn, Eva R. Hoffman, Richard A. Leson, A. L. McClanan, Nina Masin-Moyer ’22, Grace P. Morrissey ’22, Suleiman Mourad, David Nicolle, Scott Redford, Euan Roger, Alicia Walker, and Elizabeth Dospel Williams, available at


Thurs. Jan 26, Opening Lecture & Reception
Thurs. Jan 26, 4pm, Rehm Library
Dr. William Purkis, “Bringing the Holy Land Home: Crusaders, Relics, and the Transformation of Latin Christendom’s Sacred Material World.” Dr. Purkis is Head of School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham.
5:30pm, Opening Reception, Cantor Gallery
Sat. March 25, 8:30am-7pm, “Bringing the Holy Land Home” conference, held in association with the NEMC (New England Medieval Consortium) 

Registration details will be posted at https://chertseytiles.holycross.edu/events/ in the coming weeks.

Lloyd de Beer, the British Museum
Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan
Paul Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Gabriele, Virginia Tech
Sarah Guerin, University of Pennsylvania
Cynthia Hahn, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Eva Hoffman, Tufts University
Richard Leson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Amanda Luyster, College of the Holy Cross
Suleiman Mourad, Smith College
Nicholas Paul, Fordham University
Matthew Reeve, Queen’s University
Euan Roger, National Archives, Kew
Naomi Speakman, the British Museum
Elizabeth Williams, Dumbarton Oaks

Finally, if you would like to bring a group to visit the show on any date that the gallery is open (M-F 10 a.m. – 5 pm | Sat noon – 5 pm, Jan. 26-April 6), just email me to make arrangements.  Admission and parking are free.

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar: Hilary Term 2023

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The Seminar takes place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (UK time), via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register to attend, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill [@] worc.ox.ac.uk. All are very welcome.

This term’s papers will be:

Monday 23rd January
Rebecca Amendola (La Sapienza Università di Roma)
Manuscripts in Motion: The Parma Gospel Book (Ms. Pal. 5) and Its Journey to Italy

Monday 30th January
Emma Huig (Universiteit Gent)
Stephanites and Ichnelates: recovering the Eugenian recension?

Monday 6th February
Daniel Alford (University of Oxford)
Adults, Children and Other Animals: The Construction of the Zoroastrian Household
Monday 13th February
James Duncan (University of Liverpool)
Mechanical Dragons and Underground Cults: Quodvultdeus’s Hidden Pagans

Monday 20th February
Nathan D. C. Websdale (University of Oxford)
The Humbled Generation: Racial Otherization and Ethnic Contraction in Byzantium in the Witnesses of the Fourth Crusade

Monday 27th February
Ben Morris (Cardiff University)
‘Against All Men’: The Movement of Military Service in Byzantine and English Treaties, 900-1200

Monday 6th March
Juliana Santos Dinoá Medeiros (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Hagiography and miracle performance in seventh-century Gaul

Monday 13th March
Maria Rukavichnikova (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
War Discourse in Times of Crisis: Authorial Strategies in Byzantine Historical Literature of the 14th Century

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