CFP: What is Eastern European Art?

What is Eastern European Art?
CAA’s 111th Annual Conference | New York City | February 15–18, 2023
Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)
Session co-organizers:

Alice Isabella Sullivan | Tufts University
Maria Alessia Rossi | Princeton University

This panel explores and challenges understanding about Eastern European art from the Middle Ages to the present through presentations that engage with the artistic production of different regions. The visual material of Eastern Europe has not been at the forefront of art historical conversations in part due to political ideologies, conflicting definitions of what constitutes Eastern Europe, or lack of access to and interest in the material, to name but several issues. The wealth and  complexity of the artistic production of Eastern Europe in various media require more thorough investigation, especially from a comparative perspective, as well as more theoretically grounded methodologies that could account for the rich cultural connections that extended in the regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north that contributed to distinct visual idioms. Papers for this session could explore local developments in art from the Middle Ages into the present, connections between different regions and across media, issues of terminology, methodology, and theories in the study of Eastern European art, as well as modes of integrating visual material from Eastern Europe in teaching, as well as research, curatorial, and artistic projects. The overall aim of this session is to begin to define what Eastern European art is today, and help establish its footing on the map of art history.

Please submit a title, abstract (max. 500 words), and a brief 2-page CV by August 31, 2022 to: alice[dot]sullivan[at]tufts[dot]edu and marossi[at]princeton[dot]edu. Please indicate “CAA proposal” in the subject line. 


ICBS Reception for Fellows and Alumni of the Institute and Dumbarton Oaks

Reception for the Fellows and Alumni of the Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Postbizantini & Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Friday, August 26th, 2022 from nine o’clock in the evening
During the reception, there will be a presentation of editions and scholarly activities.

Castello 3412, Campo dei Greci, 30122 Venezia

Seeing Through Byzantium: a celebration of the career of Prof. Leslie Brubaker

19th November 2022
University of Birmingham
‘Seeing Through Byzantium’ celebrates the career and scholarship of Prof. Leslie Brubaker, Professor Emerita of Byzantine Art History and Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. Focusing on three key themes which have been central to Prof. Brubaker’s research —Vision and Meaning, Iconoclasm, and Gender — the conference will feature a selection of speakers who will reflect on the importance of her research for their own subjects and areas of scholarship.
‘Seeing Through Byzantium’ encapsulates many of the ideas and themes which have made Prof. Brubaker one of the most eminent experts of the field. On the one hand, it recognises her pioneering contributions to our understanding of how the Byzantines utilised and understood images and visual media, both as a means of communication and as a reaction to their world. On the other, it acknowledges how her work on gender, poverty, and family life have yielded new critical perspectives on the Byzantine world when it is seen through the eyes of the ‘other’. Finally, it reflects on the importance of Prof. Brubaker’s work in championing the unique importance of Byzantium as a lens through which to understand contemporary issues of global history, iconoclasm (past and present), gender and the power of the image.
This will be a hybrid event which will take place on the University of Birmingham campus and on Zoom.
Dr Rebecca Darley, University of Leeds,

Dr Daniel Reynolds, University of Birmingham

Call for Papers: Lost & Found: The Legacies of Greek Culture in the Global Middle Ages

Fordham Center for Medieval Studies’ 42nd Annual Conference
The Legacies Of Greek Culture In The Global Middle Ages
March 4-5, 2023, in-person at 
Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, New York NY

The legacies of ancient and Christian Greek culture exerted a powerful influence in western Europe, the Slavic territories, and the Islamic principalities around the Mediterranean rim from the end of antiquity to the fifteenth century, but the transmission of these legacies was neither straightforward nor without difficulty.  From the seventh century onwards, we find intellectuals, theologians, poets, and artists actively discovering, appropriating, and adapting many aspects of Greek literature, medicine, science, and theology to serve their own ends.  This conference examines the channels of transmission that allowed premodern people from western Europe to the Eurasian Stepp to the northern fringe of the Sahara to find the lost legacies of the Greeks, from the industry of the translators who rendered Greek texts into Latin, Arabic, Armenian, and Georgian to the activity of the cultural brokers who travelled back and forth between medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the House of Islam (diplomats, merchants, or soldiers) to the appropriation of Greek cultural objects for the purpose of devotion or as spoils of war.  Interdisciplinary in its approach and expansive in its geographical reach, this conference will consider the impact of Greek learning on medieval theology, medicine, philosophy, law, literature, history, material culture, and the transmission of the classical tradition.

We welcome papers that consider the following or related questions:

  • What does it mean to speak of “Greek” culture and artefacts in the Middle Ages?  How do we decide what is “Greek”?  How did medieval people understand, receive, and authenticate ideas and artefacts from “Greek” lands?
  • How did Slavic, western European, Islamic, and other cultures distinguish (if they did) between classical Greek texts, ideas, and artefacts and “Byzantine” (East Roman) ones?  Were classical texts, artefacts, and ideas prized over contemporary ones?  Did perceptions of the relative value of classical and Byzantine texts, ideas, and artefacts differ in different cultures
  • How did Greek ideas, culture, and artefacts travel?  Which items or elements of Greek culture were most likely to be transmitted by diplomats, merchants, monks, crusaders, or mercenaries?
  • What happened to items and elements from Greek culture when they arrived in a foreign land?  What kinds of translation, mutation, reframing, adoption, and adaptation were they subjected to?  Does reception of these elements in Christian lands differ from their reception in Islamic lands?  Are there features of reception that were common across all cultures?
  • How did contact with living “Greeks” affect the reception, adoption, and adaptation of elements of Greek culture?
  • Did the reception of Greek culture provide a means of contact or dissent between Islamic and Christian communities in the Middle Ages?
  • How did non-native Greek speakers learn to read Greek in the Middle Ages?  What resources did they have at their disposal?  How can we measure their level of proficiency?

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2022 to

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 2023 International Medieval Congress

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2023 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2023. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2023 IMC is “Networks and Entanglements.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 6, 2022. Proposals should include title, 100-word session abstract, session moderator and academic affiliation, information about the three papers to be presented in the session, for each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract, and organizer’s CV

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $800 maximum for European residents and up to $1400 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

BSANA: Graduate Programs in North America

Dear BSANA members,
The BSANA website features a special page dedicated to Graduate Programs in North America (, which we would like to keep up-to-date. Please check the data for your program, and complete this form ( to submit updates about your institution’s graduate programs related to BSANA. We request one form per department, so please share with relevant colleagues at your institution.
Responses are due September 15, 2022.
Thank you for your contribution!
If you have any questions, please write to the BSANA Secretary:

Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

Medieval World: Culture & Conflict


A new magazine about the Middle Ages – Medieval World: Culture & Conflict – launched in May 2022. Published by Karwansaray Publishers, this project features the rich history and material culture of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived geographically and temporally. The magazine is published every two months in full color, both in print and online. It is distributed worldwide.

The articles are written by leading scholars and early career researchers in various fields of study. Each issue centers on a theme that provides detailed coverage of a particular topic from historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary standpoints, among others, as well as special articles on issues of daily life, legends, key figures, events, and monuments from the Middle Ages.

In addition to the excellent written content, the articles are illustrated with images of sites and objects from collections around the world, as well as original maps, drawings, and paintings. Accessibly written and splendidly illustrated, this publication highlights the value of textual and visual records in reconstructing the multifaceted historical and cultural dimensions of the Middle Ages.

In response to current events, the second issue of the magazine focuses on the history, art, and culture of Kyivan Rus. It includes a historical overview of the region, and covers important figures and buildings, like Yaroslav the Wise and his famed cathedral of St. Sophia, the Kyivan Caves Monastery, the coins and writing of early Rus, military saints, and the interactions with the Mongols.

The theme-related articles are:

  • Christian Raffensperger, “The Medieval Kingdom of Kyivan Rus: Expansive and Well-Connected,” 14-22.
  • Mike Markowitz, “The Coinage of Kyivan Rus: Byzantine Models and Local Adaptations,” 23.
  • Adrian Jusupović, “Bookmen, Scribes, and Literates: Writing in Rus between 1000-1400,” 24-27.
  • Donald Ostrowski, “The Mongol Campaigns in Rus in 1252: Searching for the Kniaginia,” 28-35.
  • Özlem Eren, “A Cathedral and Its Patron: Yaroslav the Wise and Saint Sophia in Kyiv,” 36-39.
  • Charles J. Halperin, “Kyivan Rus and the Mongols: Hostility and Accommodation,” 40-43.
  • Monica White, “Protective Warriors: Military Saints from Byzantium to Rus,” 44-47.

You can find more details about this new publication here. If you would like to contribute an article or a news piece, or suggest themes for future issues, please be in touch. Each author who contributes receives an honorarium for their time, effort, and expertise.

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD

Editor, Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

Athanasios Papageorgiou

It is with great sadness that the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus is announcing the death of Dr. Athanasios Papageorgiou, Director Emeritus of the Department of Antiquities and honorary member of our Society. Dr Papageorgiou was the Honorary President of the First Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (13-15 January 2017).

Athanasios Papageorgiou served his beloved homeland of Cyprus with virtue and passion. He was appointed Ephor of Ancient Monuments in 1962 at the Department of Antiquities of the newly established Republic of Cyprus. His previous Theological studies in Athens and graduate work in Paris, next to André Grabar και Paul Lemerle, equipped him with the scholarly breadth and skills in the study of Byzantine History and Art.

He worked with dedication and persistence to conserve and promote the monuments of Cyprus, while he focused with great care on the study of the Byzantine Heritage of the island. His contribution is vast and diverse; it cannot be assessed in one announcement. Indicatively, we mention the excavation of the basilicas at Agia Triada at Yialousa, Limeniotissa and Chrysopolitissa in Paphos, the basilica at the foothills of the Amathus acropolis. He also excavated the earlier phases of churches like Agios Spyridon in Tremethousha, Agios Heraklidios in Politiko, Agios Kyprianos in Menoiko and restored collapsed parts of buildings like the Virgin Apsinthiotissa on the Pentadaktylos. He led the conservation of Byzantine churches like the katholikon of the monastery of the Apostle Barnabas near Famagusta and the church of Agia Athanasia in Rizokarpaso and restored and uncovered the wall paintings in numerous other sites like at Agia Solomoni at Koma tou Yialou, Agios Antonios at Kelia and at Agia Paraskevi in Yeroskepou.

He played a chief role in the establishment of the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Cultural Foundation in Nicosia and the Byzantine Museum of Paphos. After 1974, he made major contributions towards informing the international scientific and academic community about the destruction and looting of Cypriot Cultural Heritage, being the result of the Turkish invasion. He participated as an expert in numerous legal battles aiming at the return of stolen cultural treasures to Cyprus.

Athanasios Papageorgiou published over one hundred articles and studies on the history, the archaeology and the art of Cyprus. Among them, are his important monographs on the ICONS OF CYPRUS, the volume HOLY METROPOLIS OF PAPHOS, HISTORY AND ART, and his momentous work CHRISTIAN ART IN THE TURKISH-OCCUPIED PART OF CYPRUS. (

Without any doubt, his scientific and scholarly work can only be described as immense and irreplaceable. He stood out for his humility, his direct and uncompromising character and importantly his strict adherence to principles and ethical values which guided him throughout his life. Moreover, he was generous and always available to help his younger peers and students with prudent advice and the depth of his knowledge. Athanasios Papageorgiou will remain ever present through his work, his publications and more importantly through his deep love and sincere concern for his cherished Cyprus.

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus expresses its sincere and deep condolences to his children, grandchildren, and all other members of Dr. Papageorgiou’s family.

BSC website is now live

The website for the for the 48th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference is now live.
The registration links are active, as are special reservation links to the hotels (Luskin and UCLA Guest House) where rooms have been set aside for attendees at a reduced conference rate.
The BSC will be hosted by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies with the collaboration of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and assistance from the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World in Los Angeles, California, November 3–6, 2022. The conference website can also be accessed via

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