Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies

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 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9–14, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 18, 2021.

“On Being Conquered in Byzantium” Virtual Symposium

Date: April 16-17, 2021 at 9am EDT

The famous adage that history is written by the victors may have become a truism, but the voices of conquered people have never been fully silenced—rather, we may not have been interested in hearing them. All too often, historiography (by no means limited to Byzantine studies) has focused on great-man histories, impersonal studies of societies, or the “longue durée,” all modes that diminish the importance of subjective individual experiences of people who were not great or who were not men.

This symposium therefore aims to refocus the collective scholarly gaze of Byzantinists away from the victors in war and toward the vanquished; away from heroes and rulers and toward victims and casualties; away from the political, economic, historical, and social causes of war and toward the personal and subjective experience of it; away from the insistence of dominant voices and toward the recuperation of marginalized ones.

Bringing together twelve specialists in literature, history, art history, and contemporary cultural theory, this symposium seeks to better understand both how Byzantines themselves understood being conquered and, as importantly, what being conquered in Byzantium can mean for us now.

Women in Sacred Chant: Past and Present

A panel discussion celebrating the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana’s release of Hymns of Kassianí, a recording of newly edited medieval Byzantine chants by the 9th-century composer and poet Kassía. Moderated by Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown) and introduced by Professor Alexander Lingas (City and Cappella Romana). Panelists will explore the role of women — as composers and as performers — in sacred Western and Eastern chant from ancient times to the present day, including music by Kassianí (Kassía) and Hildegard of Bingen. This is a history often marginalized or even disregarded in general histories of Christianity, yet it has been — and continues to be — important to the continuing vitality of sacred music as an art form and as a crucial mode of religious expression. Tuesday, 13 April 2021: 18.00–19.30 BST via Zoom.

Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature

Online Lecture: “And all its stories are most comical” Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature by Kirsty Stewart
Meeting ID: 967 7174 0849
Passcode: SgJ1k8

14 April (Wednesday) 4 PM (Warsaw time)

Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh University) received her PhD from the Oxford University in 2015. Currently, she is working on animal studies, theological naturalism in Byzantine texts, and on the presentation of women in Byzantine literature.

Sponsored by the Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia

2021 ELPE Spring Seminars

ELPE (Ελληνική Παλαιογραφική Εταιρεία) Spring Seminars will illustrate aspects of research in Greek manuscripts in the digital environment. Seminars will be held online via Zoom, with the support of the Ionian University, and presume basic knowledge of papyrology and/or paleography.

April 13, Tuesday at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Efthymios K. Litsas – Ioanna Zaire, Online Tools for Greek Paleography & Codicology

May 18, Tuesday, at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Basil Gatos, Digital Analysis and Character Recognition in Codex Manuscripts

Byzantium at Ankara “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” Mini Seminar Series

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new and exciting April Mini-Seminar Series entitled: “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” which includes Irene Giviashvili, Qiang Li, and Aniket Chettry as speakers. We will start our scholarly trip on Friday 9 April (17.00 o’clock, Istanbul time) with Irene Giviashvili who will be talking about the “Intercultural dialogue between Georgia and Byzantium.”

Deadlines for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

The deadlines for Free Communications and Posters (April 15), Thematic Sessions for Free Communications (April 15), Round Tables (May 15), and Plenary Sessions (May 15) for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Venice – Padua, 22-27 August 2022) are approaching. Please visit the Congress website for more information.

New Journal: Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (JLAIBS)

The JLAIBS as a hotspot for interdisciplinary dialogue aims to disseminate new approaches and methodologies that intend to transform our understanding of broader Late Antique and Medieval phenomena, such as knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges, by looking beyond single linguistic traditions or political boundaries. It provides a forum for high-quality articles on the interactions and cross-cultural exchange between different traditions and of the so-called Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. Thematically, the journal also welcomes submissions dealing individually with Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic literature, history, archaeology, and material culture from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

2021-2022 Hellenic Studies Library Research Fellowship Program Call for Applications

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes and over 430 linear feet of archives. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. The fellowship application deadline is April 2, 2021. No late applications will be considered.

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