[CFP, Kalamazoo 2022] Decentering the Self: Liminality and Marginality in Self-Presentation

Recent work on subjecthood and patronage in Byzantine studies has shown the import of formulas and models, especially in light of liturgical and literary ones, for understanding and presenting the self. At the same time, theories of queerness and intersectionality have been used to bring greater awareness to previously overlooked medieval identities. Drawing on these discourses, this panel revisits traditional sites of self-presentation, such as seals, donation images, and objects of commemoration to ask how these issues were visualized. How did patrons with marginal or liminal identities represent themselves? Or why would a patron choose to represent themselves via a figure whose identity did not fit neatly into societally defined categories? For example, why would a man choose an angel as his emblem? At stake is how we recognize and interpret medieval self-identification. Speakers are encouraged to address de-centered subjects, either patrons or iconographies, and ask how the arena of self-presentation can aid our understanding of what liminal and marginal meant to medieval patrons and viewers. Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 2022 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 2022 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. The deadline for submission is September 3, 2021.

Amassing Perspectives: Recent Trends in Syriac Iconography

This virtual conference, which will take place on September 17–18, 2021, gathers diverse scholars from across the globe whose research touches on all aspects of Syriac iconography and visual culture in any geographic region from late antiquity throughout the Middle Ages, to roughly 1400 C.E. It is structured around roundtable workshop sessions for pre-circulated papers, disseminated to registered participants approximately one month in advance. The conference is hosted by the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, with additional support from the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity (CSLA) and the Center for Collaborative History (CCH).

Job Announcement: Foundation for Hellenic Studies-Illinois Chair in Hellenic Studies

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies and the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invite applications and nominations for the endowed chair “Foundation for Hellenic Studies—Illinois Chair in Hellenic Studies.” We seek a scholar in the humanities with a research focus on any aspect of Hellenic Studies, broadly understood. Areas of research focus may range from antiquity to the foundation of the modern Greek state to the present. Preference will be given to scholars who demonstrate in their research or teaching diachronic expertise in Greek culture and history. The appointment will reside in the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies or the Department of History. Shared appointments between these two units may be possible when appropriate.

HIMME: Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East

The Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East (HIMME) is a new research tool for exploring the people, places, and practices of the most diverse part of the premodern world, through primary sources chosen from a wide range of literary languages and cultures. A series of webinars will introduce HIMME to scholars by exploring some of the resources now available to scholars through this tool.

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor, History of Medieval Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Medieval Christianity. The research and publication specialization is open. We invite applications from scholars who work on medieval Christianity’s theological, cultural, and social aspects. Candidates must be prepared to teach an introductory survey course on early and medieval church history. Ability and/or experience in teaching courses on the varieties of medieval Christianity beyond Europe, and on the interactions among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the middle ages is desirable. A letter of interest and curriculum vitae (including bibliography) should be uploaded to the online application site. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021.

Symposium on the Paris Psalter (BnF gr. 139)

Symposium on the Paris Psalter (BnF gr. 139), July 2-3, 2021. Registration is compulsory before June 30. The link to the videoconference will be sent the day prior to the event. Click on the link for full program details.

Distance Learning Program in Greek Civilization, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

The Program provides an in-depth acquaintance with all major aspects of Greek civilization through space and time (history, literature, visual arts, language, philosophy, theatre, music, dance and cinema). It is taught by recognized scholars in each field, exclusively in English, and through the distance learning platforms of the University of Nicosia, one of the leaders in this domain in the European academic scene. The program start date has been changed to October 2021.

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