From Roman to Late Antique Butrint: The Evidence on Houses and the Topography of Urban Quarters

HAEMUS Online Guest Lecture no. 8 will be presented on 27 June, at 5 p.m. (UTC+02:00):

From Roman to Late Antique Butrint: The Evidence on Houses and the Topography of Urban Quarters
by Nevila Molla (Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Albanian Studies)

Abstract: Butrint, a multi-period urban settlement on the Ionian coast of south-west Albania, offers ample archaeological evidence on the change and transformation of the Mediterranean city at the end of the Roman period. Recent archaeological excavations in the peninsular lower town area of the so-called Triconch Palace, and on the Vrina Plain suburb on the southern side of the Vivari Channel, inform this subject from the perspective of secular residential buildings. Now published, these excavations chart the development and transformation phases of two large residential complexes from their construction in the early and late Roman imperial periods to their abandonment as areas of human activity in the late medieval period. This presentation will discuss the urban fabric of Butrint in the late antique period (c. AD300 to c. AD600) in the light of the evidence from these excavated domus, pieced together with other fragmentary clues on houses and associated residential facilities elsewhere at the site. Among the few known and archaeologically investigated examples in Albania and in the Balkans, the construction of these domus and their transformation in the late antique period shed light on the nature of houses and house-building, and on the overall changing topography of a small, but significant port-town that enjoyed trade and economic ties with the Adriatic and the wider Mediterranean region.

To register: https://forms.gle/yagKg5fVdfBdisXw8

Late Byzantine Metrical Metaphraseis

Late Byzantine Metrical Metaphraseis, June 23, 2022 9:00–17:30 (hybrid form)

To participate in the workshop online or in person, please contact Dr Ekaterini Mitsiou via email: ekaterini.mitsiou@oeaw.ac.at. Registration is mandatory.

“Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus –Ukraine –Russia” Virtual Lecture

“Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus –Ukraine –Russia” Virtual Lecture

Date: June 16, 2022, at 12:00pm ET via Zoom

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed both countries into the world’s spotlight. One aspect that is becoming particularly clear is the battle that is taking place, and has been ongoing for decades, if not longer, for the ownership of the idea of the history of the region we know as Rus. This talk will discuss the place of Rus in European history, and the ways that modern scholars have minimized that place; the latter fact being directly relevant to the Russian claim on the history of Rus. Perhaps if we can untangle the history of Rus from modern constructs of nationalism, we can see a new picture of Rus that helps us better understand Europe as a whole.

Christian Raffensperger is the Kenneth E. Wray Chair in the Humanities at Wittenberg University. He is the author of several books including Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ and the Medieval World and Conflict, Bargaining, and Kinship Networks in Medieval Eastern Europe. The larger goal of his work is to demonstrate the interconnectivity of medieval Europe and to break down the barrier between eastern and western Europe created and perpetuated in the historiography.

This event is co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.

Sponsors and Endorsers: Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

University of Bologna: Summer School in Classical Languages  

University of Bologna: Summer School in Classical Languages
(20 June – 23 July 2022)
Applications deadline: 10 June

Apologies for cross-posting. This is a reminder that he Summer School in Classical Languages (formerly Greek and Latin Summer School) of the University of Bologna is now confirmed for Summer 2022. Applications are open!

All courses will be held in person. The deadline for applying is Friday 10 June, but places are limited.

The School offers intensive classes in Greek and Latin (50 hours each) and a complementary Classical Literature class (4 hours). The following courses are available:
Beginners Latin (20 June – 5 July)
Intermediate Latin (20 June – 5 July)
Beginners Greek (7 – 23 July)

A single course lasts for 3 weeks, Monday to Friday; students can choose to attend a double course (Greek + Latin) at a discounted fee, attending classes for the whole 5-week period above.

Discounts are also available for Erasmus students, former SSCL students, and Unibo students.

Classes will be held fully in person, at the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies of the University of Bologna, with the assistance of a resident tutor.

Our courses are open to students (any level) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over; admission is also allowed to 17-year-old students currently enrolled to the last year of high school.

All teaching and activities will be in English.

For further information please read the full call and the application form at:
https://ficlit.unibo.it/it/didattica/summer-e-winter-school

Please feel free to get in touch:
diri_school.latin@unibo.it

Lecture at the Gennadius Library by Robert Ousterhout: “Rethinking the Greek School of Byzantine Architecture”

The Gennadius Library invites you to a lecture by Professor Robert Ousterhout entitled “Rethinking the Greek School of Byzantine Architecture” on June 10, 2022, at 7pm (Greek time) – 12 noon (EST)
 
If you cannot attend in person in Cotsen Hall, on Anapiron Polemou 9, Kolonaki, Athens, please register on zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DxDzCv2_TbmZLDFJrvV-mA) or watch on youtube (https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/rethinking-the-greek-school-of-byzantine-architecture#YouTube).
 
Abstract: The Middle Byzantine architectural resurgence in Attica and the Peloponnese corresponds to the period of prosperity following the Byzantine defeat of the Arabs in 961, and the subsequent military interventions in the Balkans by Basil II, who celebrated a triumph in Athens in 1018. Hundreds of churches survive across the region – more than two dozen in Athens alone – many of them small and domed and distinctive in their architectural style. Gabriel Millet offered an important assessment of their stylistic features and construction techniques in his dissertation, L’école grecque dans l’architecture byzantine, published in 1916, situating them in contrast to those of Constantinople. The talk will examine several characteristic aspects of Helladic architecture and ask if we might view these within a broader geographical perspective, as participants in the “global” Middle Ages.
 
Robert G. Ousterhout is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author most recently of Visualizing Community: Art, Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 46 (Washington, DC, 2017); and Eastern Medieval Architecture: The Building Traditions of Byzantium and Neighboring Lands, (Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture: Oxford University Press, 2019), as well as co-editor of Piroska and the Pantokrator, with M. Sághy (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2019); and The Holy Apostles: A Lost Monument, a Forgotten Project, and the Presentness of the Past, with M. Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks Symposia and Colloquia (Washington, DC, 2020).

Register Now- Ukraine Lecture Series: The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv

The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv
June 8, 2022, 12-1:30 pm ET
Virtual Lecture

The cathedral of St. Sophia in the historic center of Kyiv dates to ca. 1037 and is one of the most remarkable medieval monuments of Kyivan Rus. The building was designed, built, and decorated according to Byzantine traditions interpreted in a local context. This roundtable brings together three scholars who will address the distinctive architectural and decorative features of this impressive monument, as well as its visual and symbolic transformations from the Middle Ages into the present.

Speakers:

Thomas Dale (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “‘In Heaven or on Earth’: Saint Sophia in Kyiv and the Reinvention of Byzantine Sacred and Palatine Architecture in the Kyivan Rus”

Ioli Kalavrezou (Harvard University), “The Original Mosaic Program of St. Sophia in Kyiv”

Sofia Korol’ (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), “To the History of the Interwar Church Decorations in Galicia: Kyivan Rus’ Images and Motifs (P. Kholodny and M. Osinchuk)”

This event is co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.

Sponsors and Endorsers: Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Forgotten Christianities 2022

‘Forgotten Christianities’ is a seminar series exploring critical theories of identity formation, communal memory, and intellectual exchange.
For the purposes of this project, ‘Forgotten Christianities’ are defined as those Christian linguistic and ethnic self-defined groups which traditionally have been overlooked by mainstream academia including, Georgian, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic, and Arabic Christianity. The “Forgotten Christianities” seminars will explore critical theories of identity formation, communal memory, and intellectual exchange in the history of the Eastern and Oriental Churches.

Each session will bring together doctoral students and ERCs from various fields such as history, archaeology, theology, and the social sciences. Spanning Late Antiquity, the early Islamic era, and the Middle Ages, they will provide a diachronic and kaleidoscopic view of these historical communities and their self-representation. Participants are invited to engage critically with a range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies, such as postcolonial studies, memory studies, the history of ideas, and the development of cultural, religious, and social identity. Through exploring Christianities outside of Western Europe, the seminars aim to contribute to the paradigm shift which decentralises academic interest from a Eurocentric perspective, while showcasing the interconnectedness of societies.

The conveners Bogdan Draghici (DPhil in Oriental Studies – Syriac, Wolfson College), Alexis Gorby (DPhil in Classical Archaeology, St John’s College), Dan Gallaher (DPhil in History – Armenian/Byzantine Studies, Balliol College) can be contacted at forgottenchristianities@gmail.com.

This seminar series is funded by the Ancient World Research Cluster at Wolfson College, Oxford and supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

6th June, 5pm 

Dr Ani Honarchian (Utah)

‘Veiling and Stripping the Sasanian Empire: Some reflections of political theologies from Armenian and Syriac sources’

Earnestine Qiu (Princeton)

‘Kingship, Travel, and Animals in the Armenian Alexander Romance’

 

13th June, 5pm

Dr Peter Miller (Iowa)

‘Learning Ascesis in Three Steps: Training Novices in the Reform Monastic Tradition of the Church of the East

David Gyllenhaal (Princeton)

‘The Rebuke Homily: Collective Trauma and the Christianization of the Syriac Speaking Peasantry

 

20th June – 5pm

Chloe Agar (Oxford)

‘Shaping Coptic Christian Identity: Forging Collective Memories through Hagiography’

Mikail Berg (Brown)

The Conversation of Nubia and the Divine Feminine: Reverence of the Holy Mother as a communal Memory of  Cult of Isis’

 

27th June – 5pm

Dr Yuliya Minets (Jacksonville)

‘Revising the Instrumentarium: How do we discuss Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity’

Walter Beers (Princeton)

Chalcedonian counterinsurgency and Miaphysite ruralization: John of ephesus’ persecution narrative in the Zuqnin chronicle

Byzantinist Society of Cyprus lecture series: Athanasios Markopoulos, “Education in Byzantium”

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus lecture series Athanasios Markopoulos, “Education in Byzantium” (the lecture will be given in Greek: “Η Εκπαίδευση στα χρόνια του Βυζαντίου”). Thursday, 9 June at 19:00 (ΕΕΤ)

Meeting link:
https://byzantinistsociety.my.webex.com/byzantinistsociety.my/j.php?MTID=m9fe6fec42fd1409eedfa3ace5ff85077

Meeting number:
2557 253 8664

Meeting password:
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Join from a video or application
Dial 25572538664@webex.com
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2022 Cleveland Symposium CFP

The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University invites graduate students to submit abstracts for the 2022 Annual Symposium, Recentering the Periphery: An Inclusive Future of Art History. This event, in partnership with FRONT International 2022: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (July 16-October 2, 2022) and Assembly for the Arts will take place over in a two-day collaborative event on September 16th and 17th. There will be opportunities to present scholarship, network with professionals, and engage in dialogues surrounding community engagement.

Current and recent graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit a 350-word abstract and a CV to clevelandsymposium@gmail.com by Friday, June 24, 2022. Selected participants will be notified by the end of July. Presentations will be no more than 10-15 minutes in length, and accompanied by a PowerPoint. Presentations will be followed by a roundtable Q&A session to facilitate dialogue among panelists and the audience. Accepted presenters will be able to apply for partial need-based travel assistance.

Please see the attached Call for Papers for full information.

Sincerely,
Luke Hester, Arielle Suskin, & Katharine Young
Co-Chairs, 2022 Cleveland Symposium 

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