Call for Papers: “Unruly Iconographies? Examining the Unexpected in Medieval Art”

The Index of Medieval Art cordially invites submissions for the one-day conference “Unruly Iconographies? Examining the Unexpected in Medieval Art.”
“Unruly Iconographies?” will take place on November 9, 2024 at the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University, following the Weitzmann Lecture by Dr. Brigitte Buettner, held on November 8 and hosted by Princeton’s Department of Art & Archaeology.
Submissions for the Princeton-based conference are invited by April 1, 2024. They should include a one-page abstract and c.v. and be sent to Travel and hotel costs for the eight selected speakers will be covered by the Index. Speakers will be informed of their selection no later than May 1, 2024.
For details and the full CFP, see the IMA website.

Conference: Written to Last: Medieval and Post-Medieval Inscriptions in Mount Athos (10th-16th c.)

Please see below an invitation and zoom link:


Written to Last: Medieval and Post-Medieval Inscriptions in Mount Athos (10th-16thc.)

16 and 17 February 2024


Zoom link
Passcode: 431367

Time schedule is Athens, GR (UTC/GMT + 2 hours)


Paschalis ANDROUDIS, Associate Professor of Byzantine and Islamic Art andArchaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle Universityof Thessaloniki,

Dimitrios LIAKOS, Dr of Byzantine Archaeology, Ephorate of the Antiquities of Halkidiki and Mount Athos,

DAY 1 Friday, 16 February 2024

17.00- 17.10 The Organizing Committee

Welcoming remarks

17.10- 17.50 KEYNOTE LECTURE

Nektarios ZARRAS

Middle Byzantine Dedicatory Inscriptions: Text, Identity,


1st SESSION – Middle Byzantine Inscriptions

Chair: Nektarios ZARRAS

17.50- 18.10 Alexandra-Kyriaki WASSILIOU-SEIBT Imaging political ambitions and expressing social power on seals: The case of Theodoros Branas

18.10- 18.30 Georgios PALLIS, Manos TSIKOURAKIS Middle Byzantine Athos through Epigraphy: the role of inscriptions in shaping athonite monasticism

18.30- 18.50 Brad HOSTETLER Naming Relics: The Inscriptions of Mount Athos

18.50- 19.10 Dimitris LIAKOS Two 11 th century dedicatory inscriptions from the monasteries of Vatopedi and Iviron; a comparative study

19.10- 19.30 Cyril PAVLIKIANOV Οἱ ἀρχαιότερες σλαβικὲς ἐπιγραφὲς τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους

19.30- 20.00 Questions- Discussion

DAY 2 Saturday, 17 February 2024

2nd SESSION – Inscriptions in Athonite Art and architecture Chair: Georgios PALLIS

10.30- 11.00 Dubravka PRERADOVIĆ The Contribution of Gabriel Millet and the role of the School at Athens in the Study of Athonite inscriptions.

11.00- 11.20 Elena KOSTIĆ Palaeographical examination of the accompanying inscriptions of the Palaeologan decoration in the Katholikon of the Vatopedi


11.20- 11.40 Petros KAPSOUDAS An eleventh c. inscription from the belfry of the katholikon of Megisti Lavra, Mount Athos

11.40- 12.00 Oleg ULYANOV Panagiars from Athos with dedicatory inscriptions (to the historyof the study)

12.00- 12.20 Oleg ULYANOV A Greek Christian Text of Prophecies of the Hellenic Wise MenonAthos frescoes

12.20- 12.50 Questions- Discussion

12.50- 13.00 Coffee Break

3rd SESSION – Byzantine and Post-byzantine inscriptions. Case studies Chair: Dimitris LIAKOS

13.00- 13.20 Paschalis ANDROUDIS

Inscriptions with Psalms from the byzantine church of Prophet

Eliah at Thessaloniki

13.20- 13.40 Miljana MATIĆ

“The stronghold of the Faithful”- Inscriptions and Cryptograms of the Elder Nestor’s Cross at the Serbian Monastery of Dečani: A

Reflection of Postbyzantine Monastic Practices

13.40- 14.00 Darina BOYKINA

The Silver Bowl from Samokov and Its Inscriptions

14.00- 14.30 Questions- Discussion

14.30- 17.00 Lunch Break

4th SESSION – Inscriptions in Athonite art


17.00- 17.20 Paschalis ANDROUDIS  Unknown and little-known minor inscriptions on Mount Athos

17.20- 17.40 Arianna D’OTTONE RAMBACH Lā raʾà li-makdhūb – Non est consilium mendacii arguto: Mamluk wisdom on a speaking tray from Mount Athos

17.40- 18.00 Frédéric TIXIER

À propos d’une plaque émaillée des Rois Mages du Mont Athos : iconographie et inscriptions

18.00- 18.20 Ioannis LIAKOS, Savvas PRASTITIS Notes from Cypriot musical manuscripts

on Mount Athos. A first approach.

18.20- 18.40 Eka TCHKOIDZE Georgian ktetor’s inscriptions from Philotheou Monastery 18.40-

19.10 Questions- Discussion


26th OUBS International Graduate Conference

See below for information about the 26th OUBS International Graduate Conference. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.


26th OUBS International Graduate Conference (24th-25th February 2024)

‘Transgression in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’

Conference Organisers:
OUBS President Alexander Sherborne
OUBS Secretary Ilia Curto Pelle
OUBS Treasurer Benjamin Sharkey

The OUBS Committee is grateful for the generous support of:

  • The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research (OCBR)
  • The Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity (OCLA)
  • Oxford Medieval Studies, in association with The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH)
  • The Faculty of History of the University of Oxford

The OUBS Committee would also like to express its gratitude to Shaun Cason, Eleanore Debs, Gavriella Makri, Bryce O’Connor, Rosalie Van Dael, Sophia Miller, Alexander Johnston, Nathan Websdale and Duncan Antich for their assistance with the conference’s facilitation.


Venue for in-person attendance:

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE

Price for in-person attendance: £15 for OUBS members; or £20 for non-members.

If you wish to register to attend online, please purchase a ticket (£5 for students or £6 for non-students) via our Eventbrite page here.

Conference Programme

Venue: Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL

Saturday (February 24th, 2024)

11.00 a.m. – Opening Remarks (Lecture Theatre)

11.30-13.00 p.m. – Session 1: Panel 1a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 1b (Rees Davies Room)

13.00-14.00 p.m. – Lunch Break (Common Room)

14.00-15.30 p.m. – Session 2: Panel 2a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 2b (Rees Davies Room)

15.30-16.00 p.m. – Coffee and Tea Break (Common Room)

16.00-17.30 p.m. – Session 3: Panel 3a (Lecture Theatre) and Panel 3b (Rees Davies Room)

17.30-19.00 p.m. – Wine Reception (Common Room)

19.30 p.m. – Conference Dinner

Sunday (February 25th, 2024)

11.30-13.00 p.m. – Session 4: Panel 4a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 4b (Rees Davies Room)

13.00-14.00 p.m. – Lunch Break (Common Room)

14.00-15.30 p.m. – Session 5: Panel 5a (Lecture Theatre); and Panel 5b (Rees Davies Room)

15.30-16.00 p.m. – Closing Remarks (Lecture Theatre)

16.00-18.00 p.m. – Parting Tea Reception (Common Room)

Schedule of Papers

Session 1: Saturday, 11.30–13.00

Panel 1a: ‘The Literary’
(Chair: Findlay Willis)
Panel 1b: ‘The Political’
(Chair: Alexander Johnston)
Duncan Antich
(Blackfriars College, Oxford)
Compassion and Community: The Regula Pastoralis and Gregory’s Approach to Schism
Alejandro Laguna López
(Central European University)
An Anti-Novelistic Novel: Subverting Love in Niketas Eugenianos’ Drosilla and Charicles
Averkios (Dimitris) Agoris
(University of Athens)
Multigeneric examples in Michael Choniates’s Educational Activity
Euan Croman
(Queen’s University Belfast)
Transgressing the domus imperii in the fourth and fifth centuries: Treason or Family Trouble?
Daniel Murphy
(Independent Scholar)
Usurpation Narratives as Political Commentary in Fourth-Century Historiography
Merve Savas
(Ohio State University)
Twisting the Narrative: Textual Transgression in Ammianus Marcellinus’ Res Gestae 14

Session 2: Saturday, 14.00–15.30

Panel 2a: ‘The Sexual’
(Chair: Alexander Sherborne)
Panel 2b: ‘The Conciliar’
(Chair: Bryce O’Connor)
Maria Christian
(Independent Scholar)
“Look at that wood!” An Investigation into a Bizarre Sexual Practice Ascribed to the “Chaldeans” Involving Iconography in an Early Islamic Sex Manual
Vid Žepič
(University of Ljubljana) 
Legal Perspectives on Sexual Transgressions in Early-Byzantine Legal Sources
Pierrick Gerval
(University of Nantes)
Sexual violences during wartime, a transgression of Church prohibitions regarding sexuality in Byzantium (7th -13th century)
Kathleen McCulloch
(University of Cambridge)
Did Dioscorus transgress, or adhere to, established conciliar procedure at Ephesus II (449)?
Alexander Johnston
(Kellogg College, Oxford)
The Edge of Divinity: The Role of Wisdom in the Logos Prosphonetikos of the Quinisext Council
Rachel Edney
(University of Notre Dame)
The Eucharist in John Rufus’ Plerophories: Eucharistic Theology and Christological Controversy

Session 3: Saturday, 16.00–17.30

Panel 3a: ‘On the Edges of Byzantium’
(Chair: Benjamin Sharkey)
Panel 3b: ‘In the Land of Egypt’
(Chair: Sophia Miller)
Shaun Cason
(Worcester College, Oxford)
The End of Transgressions? Examining the Seventh-Century Treaty Between Islamic Egypt and Medieval Nubia
Dmitriy Kravets
(St. Hugh’s College, Oxford)
Orthodoxy and/or Empire? A Reassessment of the Career of Gregory Tsamblak (fl. 1402- 1415)
Helena Davies
(Linacre College, Oxford)
Sitt al-Mulk: A Damsel in Distress? Challenging Art-Historical Efforts to Rescue and Vindicate an Early Islamic Princess
Apolline Gay
(Université libre de Bruxelles) 
Looking for Eve: Figures of Female Transgression on Textiles from Byzantine Egypt
Michael Dunchok
(Kellogg College, Oxford)
A Higher Rank of Gods: In Defense of the Greek Magical Papyri
Chloé Agar
(Harris Manchester College, Oxford) 
‘He thrust his spear into the middle of him, and his bowels came out’: Literary violence against religious and legal transgressions in Early Christian Egypt

Session 4: Sunday, 11.30–13.00

Panel 4a: ‘The Archaeological and the Art-Architectural
(Chair: Gavriella Makri)
Panel 4b: ‘The Imperial and the Ecclesiastic
(Chair: Nathan Websdale)
Eleanore Debs
(Pembroke College, Oxford)
Examining the Peculiar Presence of Reliquaries Within Late Antique Baptisteries of the Limestone Massif
Sophia Miller
(Balliol College, Oxford)
Trees ‘Pleasant to the Sight’: Tree-Meaning in Late Antique Floor Mosaics in the Northern Provinces
Karolina Tomczyszyn
(Lincoln College, Oxford)
Transgressive Use of Holy Oils: In Search of Popular Religion in Syriac Christianity
Ziyao Zhu
(King’s College London)
Neither Just nor Unjust: Alexios I Komnenos and the Linguistic Politics of Byzantine Extrajudicial Confiscation.
Dilara Burcu Giritlioğlu
(Middle East Technical University)
Sinners and Saints of Constantinople: Union of Souls and Separation of Church and State
Findlay Willis
(St. Stephen’s House, Oxford)
Natural illness or divine punishment: the use of disability rhetoric to excuse or vilify the transgressions of Michael IV

Session 5: Sunday, 14.00–15.30

Panel 5a: ‘Defining Aspects of Deviance’
(Chair: Dimitri Kravets)
Panel 5b: ‘Transgressing Intellectual Borders
(Chair: Ilia Curto Pelle)
Ekaterina Rybakova
(Pirogov Russian National Researcher Medical University)
Illnesses of Spirit or Being: The Transgression of Pneuma in Byzantine Medicine
Thibaut Auplat
(Aix-Marseille University)
An overview of deviance in the 7th and 8th centuries: the Heresies by John Damascene
Patrick Martin
(University of Winchester)
Transgression in Middle Byzantine eschatological iconography
Mathijs Clement
(University of Cambridge)
Egeria, Traveller of Borderlands
Rosalie Van Dael
(St. Hilda’s College, Oxford)
Seeing is believing? Imagination in Augustine’s Letter 7 to Nebridius
Seyhun Kılıç
(Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Monk in a Mundane Realm: Exploring the Intersection of Spiritual and Secular Realms in the Middle Byzantine Period


SPBS Symposium: Justice in Byzantium

Registration is now open for SPBS’s Annual Byzantine Spring Symposium, on the theme of ‘Justice in Byzantium.’

Here is the link, where you will also find the full conference programme, as well as details on accommodation and travel.

The conference takes place from April 13th-15th at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, and will be hybrid.

For any queries, please contact Anne Alwis (


CFP: 2024 Conference of the Orthodox Canon Law Society of North America

Call for Papers

The 2024 Conference of the Orthodox Canon Law Society of North America

Deadline: May 31, 2024

The Orthodox Canon Law Society of North America (OCLSNA) holds an annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Orthodox canon law and on related topics relevant to the discipline. Orthodox canon law includes the entire field of Eastern Christian canonical history and practice, including the Oriental and Eastern Catholic traditions. The discipline extends beyond the review of formal legislation and includes a vast scope of practice and literature. The canonical and legal life of the Church is reflected in such diverse areas as hagiography, liturgy, art, hymnography, and pastoral practice.

Conference attendance is open to all. Although blessed by Orthodox hierarchy, the society is academic in nature and not affiliated with any Orthodox jurisdiction or with the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States.

The society aims to foster growth in the study of the Orthodox canonical tradition by gathering scholars, professors, graduate students, attorneys, seminarians, and interested clergy in academic conferences to provide an avenue for the presentation of papers embodying current research in a professional setting.

The location of this year’s conference will take place on October 18–19, 2024 at the Maliotis Cultural Center located on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines related to Orthodox canon law, as described above broadly construed. Scholars, professors, graduate students, attorneys, seminarians, and interested clergy are encouraged to contribute. Since the society is academic in nature, all are welcome to submit proposals without any consideration of denominational affiliation.

Paper proposals for the 2024 conference may be in the form of individual papers and complete panels. In both cases, abstracts for proposed papers must not exceed 500 words and must be written in a manner comprehensible to the members of the Program Committee. All proposed papers must be substantially original and, for the most part, not have been published previously. Each author is permitted to deliver only one paper at the conference.

Find more information, see the conference website:

Xlab Unconference and edited volume

We would like to invite you to attend the Carleton Cultural Heritage Informatics Collaboratory (XLab) 2024 unconference, being held at Carleton University in Richcraft Hall from April 2nd to 4th, 2024. We are offering hybrid workshops in cultural heritage informatics methods, as well as a keynote by Dr. Ethan Watrall of Michigan State University and the MSU Museum. The unconference format involves collaborating with fellow conference-goers on subjects of interest to you, to be organized and held in-situ as discussions and panels. This conference is free to attend in person or online; we ask that you let us know of your intention to attend at your earliest convenience through the XLab website at

Funding for the XLab Confab is via Carleton’s participation in a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant with the Computational Research in the Ancient Near East project, and a Carleton Multidisciplinary Catalyst Research Fund grant establishing the XLab.


The XLab Confab Committee:

Dr. Shawn Graham, Katherine Davidson, Kavita Mistry and Scott Coleman.


Call for Papers

Please pass the following call for papers for our upcoming conference volume on Speculative Futures in Cultural Heritage Informatics on to graduate students researching, broadly speaking, cultural heritage-related themes:

You are a graduate student or early career researcher working at the intersection of cultural heritage informatics (CHI) and your discipline. You are at the forefront of a rapidly developing field. What does the future of CHI look like from your vantage point?

The XLab Confab committee invites you to contribute to our edited volume inspired by the upcoming unconference. Current details about the Confab are at the registration page here ( and details about the call for papers for the edited volume may be found here (

The first two days of the confab are scheduled for workshops and an unconference. Dr. Ethan Watrall, who runs the cultural heritage informatics initiative at Michigan State University (, will be joining us on both days, including a keynote address on the second day. Candidates who are invited to submit a chapter for the edited volume will also join us on the third day for a book sprint facilitated by Dr. Watrall and Dr. Shawn Graham, our lab’s PI. Short proposals of a few informal paragraphs should be submitted by February 15th 2024 on the registration page (

While we continue to develop more details about the edited volume, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the volume and Confab. We would be delighted to receive proposals from any interested graduate students working in this broad field.


The XLab Confab Committee:

Dr. Shawn Graham, Katherine Davidson, Kavita Mistry and Scott Coleman.


Workshop: New Perspectives on Personifications in Roman, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art

A workshop on “New Perspectives on Personifications in Roman, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art” will take place in Munich on 26-27 January 2024 and will be live-streamed online ( The language of the workshop is English.

Organized by Prolet Decheva (PhD Candidate, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) and Charles Wastiau (PhD candidate at the Universities of Liège and Bonn)

CFP: Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, Montreal, March 15-16, 2024

The 43rd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be hosted by Concordia University’s Department of Art History on March 15-16, 2024.  Papers in English or French are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture, and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals.

Please submit a short abstract (250 words) and one-page c.v. to by January 12, 2024. Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

With our best wishes,

Cecily Hilsdale, Steven Stowell, and Kristine Tanton

Le 43e colloque canadien des historiens de l’art médiéval sera accueilli par le Département d’histoire de l’art de l’Université Concordia les 15 et 16 mars 2024.  Des communications en anglais ou en français sont souhaitées sur tout sujet relatif à l’art, l’architecture et la culture visuelle/matérielle du Moyen Âge ou de ses renouvellements post-médiévaux.Veuillez soumettre un court résumé (250 mots) et un CV d’une page à avant le 12 janvier 2024. Les chercheurs à tous les niveaux de leur carrière sont encouragés à soumettre des propositions.

Bien cordialement,

Cecily Hilsdale, Steven Stowell, and Kristine Tanton


CCMAH 2024 Organizing committee:

Cecily Hilsdale (

Steven Stowell (

Kristine Tanton (


Round Table Proposals for Vienna Congress due soon

Sent on behalf of Leonora Neville.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a Round Table for the 25th International Congress of Byzantine Studies to be held in Vienna August 24-29, 2026 through the US national committee, please email the proposal directly to me:  The US national committee can submit up to 10 proposals by December 31st, 2023.  So far, I have received 6 and expect two more.  If we end up with more than 10 proposals the US national committee (consisting of Leonora Neville, Cecily Hilsdale, Andrea Achi, and Benjamin Anderson) will ask some of the organizers to submit through different national committees. To give us time to do this, we ask that you get your proposals to us by December 1, or at minimum let us know to expect one.

There will be time to submit regular session proposals next year.

Thanks for helping us contribute to an excellent international congress.

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