Forgotten Christianities Seminar Series

Forgotten Christianities is a new initiative sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) through the ‘Critical Thinking Communities’ initiative and the Ancient World Research Cluster (Wolfson College, Oxford). The first seminars will take place June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021.

Three Critical Moments in Caucasian Architecture

Robert G. Ousterhout, Three Critical Moments in Caucasian Architecture

01 June 2021, 3:00pm (CEST) / 9:00am (EDT)

In this talk, I shall examine three important periods in the development of Georgian and Armenian architecture, focusing on what I perceive as moments of creativity and innovation in design, planning, and decorative details. For each ‘moment,’ I shall focus on once specific monument, while attempting to situate it within the broader perspective of Christian and Islamic architecture in the East. Much of what I say will derive from my 2019 book, Eastern Medieval Architecture: The Building Traditions of Byzantium and Neighboring Lands.

Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the last seminar of the Spring 2021 Seminar Series; on Thursday 27 May (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time), Sercan Yandim (Hacettepe University) will deliver a paper entitled: “Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells.” For further info and registration, go to https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program-1 or send an email to byzantiumatankara@hotmail.com.

CFP: Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire

Call for Papers: PhD Candidates and Early-Career Researchers

Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 August 2021 and the workshop will take place online on 7 December 2021. We envisage the publication of a volume based on the papers delivered at the conference, dependent upon a peer-review process.

Senior Lecturer in Classical and Mediterranean Studies

Via David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt has recently posted an opening for a full-time Lecturer for the 2021-22 academic year starting August 16, 2021. Review of applications began on 15 May 2021 but is ongoing until the position is filled, so I encourage you to apply if you are interested as applications are still being accepted.

Book Announcement, Antioch: A History

We are excited to announce the publication of our book, Antioch: A History. This book tells the complete story of the “lost city” of Antioch-on-the-Orontes, from its foundation by the Seleucids in the 4th century BC to the 20th century. Of particular interest to you, our esteemed Byzantinists, is a more extensive and holistic view of the late antique and medieval periods and their transition. The early Byzantine period is in two chapters, and there is a chapter on the Middle Byzantine period, all contextualized with histories from the Early Islamic, Saljuq, and Crusader periods. This history of Antioch is grounded in a discussion of the urban transformations that took place and incorporates recent studies on the archaeology of the city, reevaluations of some of Princeton’s excavations, numismatic evidence, and inclusion of the hinterland of Antioch. Best, Asa Eger and Andrea de Giorgi.

New book series: CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures

The CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures series provides a platform for interdisciplinary medieval scholarship centred on visual and material cultures, through which it seeks to gain new perspectives and bring greater depth to existing historical narratives of the medieval world. Drawing on methodologies from a variety of disciplines—archaeology, art history, and anthropology—it can provide an understanding that is otherwise hindered by a focus solely on written sources. The series is a venue for established scholars as well as early career researchers from partners and countries within the CARMEN Medieval Network. Under its earlier name “CARMEN Monographs and Studies” we showed our commitment to publishing research from scholars outside Western Europe and North America. The renamed series retains its global commitment.

Power of Rhetoric. First OEBG-SPBS Joint Online Lecture

The First Joint Online Lecture of the Austrian Byzantine Association and the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Tuesday, 25 May, 17.00 UK time.
Nikolaos Zagklas, University of Vienna, “The Power of Rhetoric in the Byzantine Classroom and Beyond: Fluid Relations and Intersections between Prose and Poetry.”
Respondent: Foteini Spingou, University of Edinburgh

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