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 (https://www.imc.leeds.ac.uk/imc-2023/) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/imc-2023). 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 (mjcbac@hchc.edu), 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 (https://bsana.net/graduate-programs/), which we would like to keep up-to-date. Please check the data for your program, and complete this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYBmdS_PAUYC3-_x4x4MYuCzKHEP__bk2DKPih3ofcnKy7cA/viewform) 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: bsana.secretary@gmail.com.

Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

(@MedievalWorldCC)

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

editor@medievalworldmagazine.com

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. (http://www.byzantinistsociety.org.cy/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Athanasios_Papageorgiou_Publications.pdf).

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 bsana.net.

Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum

Dear colleagues,

I have pleasure in letting you know that the first issue of the new journal “Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron/Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum” was recently published. An initiative of the Diocesan Academy of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Stagoi and Meteora, the journal seeks to present and illuminate various unknown or little known aspects of the historical, spiritual and material heritage of the local Church, the Meteora monasteries and, by extension, north-west Thessaly as a whole, as a centre of historical developments and a sphere of intercultural interaction. It aspires to inaugurate new directions in the study of the multifaceted heritage of Meteora, primarily through interdisciplinarity and the variety of subjects accommodated. Our inaugural issue is bilingual and printed in full colour.

On behalf of the editorial team,

Nikolaos Vryzidis

Details follow below:

Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron – Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum 1 (2022), ISSN: 2944-9022, 430 p., 30 €

1. ΣΥΜΕΩΝ ΟΥΡΕΣΗΣ ΠΑΛΑΙΟΛΟΓΟΣ, ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΤΡΙΚΑΛΩΝ (with French précis)

Brendan Osswald

2. THESSALY UNDER THE SERBS (1348 – c. 1373) (with Greek précis)
Maja Nikolić

3. ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΠΟΙ ΣΤΟΝ ΒΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΟΣΙΩΝ ΝΕΚΤΑΡΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΨΑΡΑΔΩΝ (with English précis)
Demetrios Agoritsas

4. THE MONASTERIES OF METEORA DURING THE OTTOMAN PERIOD AND THE PRACTICE OF MONASTIC CONFINEMENT  (with Greek précis)

Elif Bayraktar Tellan

5. ΒΗΜΟΘΥΡΟ ΣΤΗ ΜΟΝΗ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΥ ΑΠΟΔΙΔΟΜΕΝΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΗ ΤΟΝ ΚΡΗΤΑ (with English précis)
Paraskevi Papademetriou

6. THE ARTISTIC ACTIVITY OF THEOPHANES ΤΗΕ CRETAN IN WESTERN THESSALY AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE “CRETAN SCHOOL” OF PAINTING IN OTTOMAN GREECE (with Greek précis)
Konstantinos M. Vapheiades

7. RECREATING A SOCIETY’S MATERIAL CULTURE: TEXTILES IN THE TRIKKE CODEX EBE 1471 (with Greek précis)
Nikolaos Vryzidis

8. FROM THE ORTHODOX MEGALOPOLIS OF MOSCOVY OF GREAT RUSSIA: RUSSIAN HEIRLOOMS FROM THE MONASTERY OF TATARNA, SIXTEENTH -SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES (with Greek précis)
Yuliana Boycheva (with an appendix by Daria Resh)

9. Η ΕΠΙΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ ΣΤΑΣΗ ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΜΟΣΧΟΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΩΝ ΠΕΡΙ ΑΓΙΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΟΡΥΔΑΛΙΚΗΣ ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΡΗΤΟΡΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ 18º ΑΙΩΝΑ (with English précis)
Elias Tempelis

Academia.edu account: https://independent.academia.edu/AnalectaStagorumetMeteororum

Distribution: Tsigaridas Books (orders@tsigaridasbooks.gr).

Call for Papers: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Call for Papers: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Dumbarton Oaks will be hosting two panels at the 2023 ICMS – Coins and Seals in Byzantium and North Africa, Byzantium, and the Latin West. The panels are now live and accepting submissions: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call.

Due date for abstracts is September 15, 2022.

Call for Applications: Dumbarton Oaks Study Day

Dumbarton Oaks will be hosting a Museum Study Day on September 23, 2022.

In conjunction with the special exhibition Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety (https://www.doaks.org/visit/museum/exhibitions/lasting-impressions-people-power-piety) the 2022 Dumbarton Oaks Museum Graduate Study Day will consider the relationship between seals and other forms of religious and secular art in Byzantium. This workshop, led by Dumbarton Oaks curators Jonathan Shea and Elizabeth Dospel Williams and John Cotsonis, (His Grace Joachim Bishop of Amissos), Director of the Archbishop Iakovos Library, Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, will explore the use of images in a variety of media to express piety, identity, group belonging, and social status.

All applications should be submitted to museum@doaks.org by August 7, 2022.

Ilene Forsyth (1928–2022)

BSANA mourns the death of Ilene Forsyth, Professor Emerita in the Department of History of Art at the University of Michigan. A scholar of medieval art, Ilene trained a generation of Byzantinists, and helped organize the fourth Byzantine Studies Conference at the University of Michigan in 1978 by serving on the Program and Local Arrangements Committees. She also served on the BSC’s Committee on Dumbarton Oaks (1980–81).

The following announcement was posted by the International Center of Medieval Art last month:
It is with great sadness that the International Center of Medieval Art announces the death of Ilene Forsyth, a long-time member and supporter of the ICMA. Ilene endowed the ICMA’s Forsyth Lecture in memory of her husband, George H. Forsyth, Jr., and his cousin William H. Forsyth. She was a member of the ICMA from its foundation and served on the Board of Directors at various points, most recently from 2005 to 2008. A preeminent scholar of twelfth-century European sculpture and author of the landmark book The Throne of Wisdom: Wood Sculptures of the Madonna in Romanesque France (Princeton UP, 1972), Ilene was an inspiration and mentor for generations of medieval art historians. She was a member of the art history faculty at University of Michigan for thirty-five years (1962-97), where she generously endowed a professorship in western medieval art, graduate student fellowships, and other programs aimed at ensuring the future of the field.

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