CFP: Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West


Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West

Online workshop | Tufts University & Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio | 9-10 February 2023



Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Tufts University

Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, University of Vienna | Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio


Throughout the Middle Ages, artificial illumination was used to draw attention to and enhance the symbolism of certain areas, objects, and persons inside Christian sacred spaces. The strategies usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analyzed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, have received less scholarly attention. The uses of artificial light in churches were likely shaped by aspects such as inherited practices, the imitation of other societies, as well as by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters.

Following a similar workshop that focused on natural light, which showed how uses of sunlight reveal patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world throughout the Middle Ages, this workshop invites papers on the economy of artificial light in medieval churches across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea. Whether innovative or inspired by the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are to be examined in order to understand how artificial light was used in ecclesiastical spaces, and how it brought together the architecture, decoration, objects, and rituals.

Following the workshop, select papers will be revised and published in a volume that will complement the edited collection that resulted from the workshop on natural light, which is currently in print with Brill.

Proposals for 20-min. papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at alice.sullivan[at] and vladimir.ivanovici[at] by 1 September 2022. Please include in the email subject line “Artificial Light Proposal.”

Postdocs in the History of Science and Medieval Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study

The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton NJ) is offering two postdocs in  History of Science and Medieval Studies.

The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding, or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests is the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science, and late modern history. Support is available each year for one scholar in music studies. A Ph.D. (or equivalent) and influential publications are required.

For the current admission cycle, two postdoctoral fellowships in the disciplines of History of Science and Medieval Studies will also be available. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have received their Ph.D. degrees after 1 July 2020 and before 1 September 2022. Postdoc fellowships are for one year and renewable for a second. Residence in Princeton during term time for both members and postdoc fellowships is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their research. Scholars can find further information in the announcement on the web at or on the School’s website, Inquiries by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540, or by email address:

Deadline: 15 October 2022.

Fourth International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies – Byzantinist Society of Cyprus

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (BSC/ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Fourth International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of March 2023.

Scholars, researchers, and students are encouraged to present their  ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Deadline for abstracts: December 19, 2022.

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

Job Opening: Editorial Assistant for Studies in Late Antiquity

Job Opening: Editorial Assistant for Studies in Late Antiquity

To apply, click:
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Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is a journal that provides a forum for scholarly research on global Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE). This field-leading, international journal is published quarterly by University of California Press and is currently operated at Princeton University. We seek an editorial assistant for SLA who will oversee editorial management of the day-to-day operations of the journal. A cover letter is required as part of the application process and can be submitted as an iFORM. This is a one-year term position, subject to renewal based on performance and funding.

The primary responsibilities of the editorial assistant will include coordinating the peer-review, copy-editing, production and publication processes of the journal. In addition, the editorial assistant will provide organizational and logistical support for the senior Editorial team of the journal, including oversight of the book-review team, coordination of bi-annual meetings of the Editorial Board, and promotion of the journal.

PhD and minimum one year of experience
Proficiency in several editorial computer packages
Skills and knowledge in relevant research, editorial, and administrative software
Knowledge of the study of the ancient Mediterranean and West Asian world from one or more disciplinary perspectives (e.g., history, art history, archaeology, comparative literature, religious studies, linguistics)
Experience conducting historical research
Ability to work collaboratively with scholars, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and in various fields and departments
Ability to multi-task and manage projects in accordance with appropriate timelines

Skills and experience in editing, copyediting, proofreading, and managing the editorial process
Multilingual a plus, especially in one or more languages of modern scholarship (e.g., German, French, Italian, Hebrew) and one or more languages of the ancient or late ancient world (e.g., Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic)

For full consideration, please apply by June 30, 2022.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours: 18.13
Eligible for Overtime: No
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Dumbarton Oaks Library Reopening Procedures

Dumbarton Oaks research library will be opening its doors to readers again starting June 6, 2022.  Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19, the number of readers who can use the library each will be limited each day. All readers must provide proof of having received an approved COVID vaccination and booster, must wear a securely fitting mask while inside the Library, and must provide proof of a negative COVID test. Readers are currently not permitted to enter the Refectory building; current information on access to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and Museum can be found online:

Please contact for more information.

Workshop on ancient and medieval “urbanities” (10-11 June, Fondation Hardt)

The international workshop
The city’s finest: exploring notions of “urbanity” between East and West, from antiquity to the Middle Ages,
will take place at the Fondation Hardt (Vandœvres, Geneva) on June 10 and 11, 2022. The event is organised by the University of Geneva (Département des Sciences de l’Antiquité, Unité de Grec) and is co-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Société Académique de Genève.
Should you be interested in participating (both in person and remotely via Zoom) or should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address:




Egypt was part of the Roman world for seven centuries, from the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 BC to the annexation of Egypt by the Rashidun caliphate in AD 646. This dynamic period saw the exchange of languages, cultural and religious ideas and concepts across borders, including the spread the Egyptian Isis cult into the Roman West and the emergence of Christian monastic culture in Egypt’s deserts. We call for proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars across diverse disciplines such as Egyptology, Classical archaeology, art history and religious studies, examining the ways in which cross-cultural encounters between Egypt and the Roman Empire resulted in the exchange of religions and ideas, and impacted visual and material culture. We welcome papers dealing with any Roman or Byzantine province, including Egypt; papers focusing on the Western Roman provinces are particularly encouraged.

The conference will take place on 13 and 14 April 2023, at the British School at Rome and the Norwegian Institute in Rome. Please send abstracts to Maiken Mosleth King (Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Bristol) at by 4 September 2022. We look forward to hearing from you.

Archaeology of İzmİr: an internatıonal symposium, İzmir, November 17-18, 2022

The Department of Archaeology is glad to inform you that the first international symposium of this annual series will take place on November 17-18, 2022 at the DEU in İzmir with a focus on latest archaeological discoveries on the region of İzmir in western Turkey. Since the 15th century archaeologically and historically İzmir became a special focus in the fields of ancient Anatolian studies. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of archaeological research concerning İzmir from the Paleolithic period until the end of the Ottoman period. Thematic and geographical focus of the first symposium will be latest archaeological research in İzmir and its close surrounding in Ionia, Aeolis, Lydia and Upper Cayster Valley in the administrative territories of the today’s Turkish province of İzmir.

Intended to bring together scholars of archaeology, ancient history, historical geography, epigraphy and other related disciplines in ancient Anatolian studies to discuss a range of issues concerning this region’s archaeology and history, this symposium should be an excellent opportunity to increase our knowledge about this region. The following theme groups are the main questions of the symposium which are prescriptive:

– Recent archaeological field projects (excavations and surveys) and museum studies as well as discoveries in and around İzmir,

– İzmir in ancient mythology,

– Prehistory and protohistorical researches in İzmir,

– İzmir during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods,

– İzmir in ancient authors, eg. Homer, Herodotus, Strabo etc.,

– Ethno-cultural landscape of ancient İzmir and ethnoarchaeology,

– Epigraphical research in İzmir,

– Numismatic research in İzmir: circulations, dynamics and mechanisms,

– Relationships between İzmir and other cities of Ionia, the Achaemenid Empire as well as other neighbouring regions,

– Historical geography and settlement patterns in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine İzmir,

– Ancient roads, routes and population in İzmir,

– İzmir as a part of the Roman province Asia and the “seven churches of Apocalypse”,

– The province İzmir under the tetrarchy reform of Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 296,

– Population and settlement boom in the “Justinianic” era in the region of İzmir,

– Archaeometric researches in İzmir,

– Miscellanea.

On these themes and questions, all approaches and methods susceptible to bring some progress to our current knowledge are of course welcome: archaeology, ancient history, classics, historical geography, epigraphy, numismatic, history of art, cultural anthropology etc. English is the official language of the symposium and both abstracts as well as papers should be written and presented in English. The symposium will take place live at the Faculty of Letters of the DEU in Buca, İzmir as well as virtually on a conference platform (most probably on Zoom). The proceedings of the symposium will be published in December 2022. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on November 19 to the archaeological sites in the metropolitan area of İzmir.

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before September 9, 2022. Our e-mail address is: or

Every abstract submitted to our symposium should at least be two pages, but not exceed four pages in total, and must include two or three figures related to its subject.

For all your queries concerning the symposium our phone number is: +90.539.577 07 33 (Professor Ergün Laflı).

CfP: Constructing and performing hope in the premodern world

Call for papers for a workshop (April 13-14, 2023) and a volume:

Constructing and performing hope in the premodern world

Throughout history, people have gone on with their lives despite many kinds of trials and tribulations. In this, hope has been a main driving force to manage uncertainty, mitigate despair, and to give meaning to living. There are historically changing sets of practices anchored in social and cultural values, through which individuals deal with the ultimate question of existence and anxiety: how is one to live a meaningful life in the face of inevitable death?

To this end, people have constructed different strategies for hope and futurity in their everyday life. These can be categorized as strategies for securing one’s life – hope to recover from an illness or overcome poverty or old age; strategies for reproduction – which have at their core the hope of continuity through children; strategies for the preservation of memory and reputation, transmission of values and family traditions; and strategies for transcendental hope and continuity. As is easy to recognise, most of these strategies are, ultimately, social and communal. Therefore, hope is a central factor in everyday life through which both individuals and communities think about future and negotiate their personal and communal crisis.

Indeed, in historical research, hope refers not so much to a psychological state maintaining meaningfulness in life, but it points to a goal-oriented disposition and strategical agency. Hope, therefore, offers a fresh perspective on human experiences and action, as it has only too seldom been discussed in historical research.

With the described methodological background, we aim at organizing a workshop concentrating on the ways in which the future of individuals, their families and communities were negotiated in ancient, Byzantine and Western medieval Europe, with special focus on the practices and practicalities of everyday life. Analyzing how premodern societies found ways of managing anxieties about the future amidst cultural change is of essential relevance for understanding the functions and motivations of individuals and communities.

We especially welcome papers which explore experience-related and performative aspects of hope and futurity: How did the practices of hope manifest in everyday life and what shapes did they take? What kind of agency and strategies would have given people a sense of hope? What kind of strategies to maintain hope and plan for the future were adopted in everyday life? How did changing discourses and social circumstances affect decision-making aimed at maintaining hope, and how did this manifest in the longue durée? Comparing the continuities and changes in the ways in which individuals pursued their future-oriented goals is at the very heart of our project. Themes we seek to discuss in the workshop include the following (but are not limited to these):

• practices to ascertain the continuity of the family in social capital, wealth and progeny (e.g., marriage, divorce, childlessness, adoption)

• permanence of the individual/communal memory and name (e.g., material donations, gifts and promises, benefactions and vows, as well as death and wills)

• religious hope and futurity through personal piety, religious rituals and lifestyle

• emotions and experiences related to hope and futurity

• legal, ideological and conceptual aspects (while keeping in mind the relationship with lived experience)

We aim at publishing an edited volume (with a leading publisher) based on the papers presented in the workshop in April 13-14, 2023, Tampere, Finland. Therefore, those whose papers are accepted to the workshop are asked to send their early drafts of what will become their contributions to the edited volume beforehand (in mid-March 2023), so that we can circulate them to all the workshop participants. This way we will be able to give discussion a good start, to concentrate on discussing the central ideas of the papers in the workshop, and to move swiftly to the final phases to write the volume with 9000 word chapters (inc. bibliography, notes).

Keynote speakers:
Stavroula Constantinou (University of Cyprus)
Jenni Kuuliala (Tampere University)
Ville Vuolanto (Tampere University)

There is a place for ca. twelve to fifteen participants for the workshop and the volume.

Deadline for the abstracts (with 300 to 500 words, with description of the theme, methodology,

main questions, and sources) is JUNE 20, 2022.

Please, let us hear about you!
Oana Cojocaru & Ville Vuolanto /

Tampere Institute for Advanced Study
Department of History, Tampere University
Trivium – Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies


For further references on the study of hope you may want to check some of the following:

Bobou, O. 2018. ‘Hope and the Sub-Adult’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 329–350.

Caston R.R. and Kaster R.A. (eds.) 2016. Hope, Joy, & Affection in the Classical World. Oxford University Press.

Chaniotis, A. 2018. ‘Elpis in the Greek Epigraphic Evidence, from Rational Expectation to Dependence from Authority’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 351–364.

Feldman, D.B. 2013. ‘The Meaning of Hope and Vice Versa: Goal Directed Thinking and the Construction of a Meaningful Life’, in J.A. Hicks and C. Routledge (eds.), The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies. Springer, 141–150.

Kazantzidis, G. and Spatharas, D. 2018. Hope in Ancient Literature, History, and Art. De Gruyter.

Nelis, D. 2016. ‘Emotion in Vergil’s Georgics: Farming and the Politics of Hope’, in Caston and Kaster 2016, 45–74.

Rosenwein, B. 2006. Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages. Cornell University Press.

Scheer, M. 2012. ‘Are Emotions a Kind of Practice (And Is That What Makes Them Have A History?)’, History and Theory 51, 193–220.

Tataranni, F. 2013. ‘Hope and Leadership in Ancient Rome’, Teoria. Rivista di filosofia 32:2, 65–75.

Vlassopoulos, C. 2018. ‘Hope and Slavery’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 235–258.

Vuolanto V. 2015. Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity: Continuity, Family Dynamics and the Rise of Christianity. Ashgate.

Wisman, A. and Heflick, N.A. 2015. ‘Hopelessly Mortal: The Role of Mortality Salience, Immortality and Trait Self-esteem in Personal Hope’, Cognition and Emotion 30:5.

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