UK Late Antiquity Network Call for Papers: Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity, Leeds IMC 2023 (deadline extended)

We would like to inform you that the deadline for abstracts for the UK Late Antiquity Network’s IMC 2023 strand – ‘Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity’ – has been extended to Monday 12th September 2022.

The link to the full CfP can be viewed here:

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and accompanied by a short academic bio. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (GMT) on Monday 12th September 2022. Abstract submissions and/or queries should be sent to

Applications from masters students, those in the early stages of their PhD, and those without a current institutional affiliation are encouraged. Additionally, applications from female and non-binary scholars are also particularly welcome. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interpret taste in late antiquity broadly within the context of their own area of research.

With best wishes,

Henry Anderson (Exeter) and Ella Kirsh (Brown)

LAN Steering Committee

Call for Papers: Panelists for Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Session at 58th ICMS

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture invites papers for its sponsored panel at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 11–13, 2023.

Audience and Action in Byzantine Ceremonies
Session organized by Nikolas Churik (Princeton University) & Erik Ellis (Hillsdale College)

This panel invites a wide-range of papers on the question of popular presence and participation in Byzantine public ritual. In particular, the panel is interested in idealized and non-idealized participation. It aims to consider especially how the people are understood to take part in public ceremonies through their normative representatives (guilds, nationalities, ethnic groups) or upset those norms due to some limiting factor (geography, social status, ability). The papers may come from relevant disciplines (literary/area studies, history, religious studies, art history, among others) and from any relevant linguistic or cultural field.

To read the full call for papers, please visit

Abstracts of 300 words are due September 15, 2022. Abstracts must be submitted using CONFEX, the conference portal ( The session will take place in-person.

Please submit any questions about the panel to Nick Churik (nchurik[at]

The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $600 maximum for scholars based in North America and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside North America. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Ninth North American Syriac Symposium, June 11-14, 2023

The Steering Committee of the Ninth North American Syriac Symposium, in collaboration with the NASS Advisory Board, are delighted to announce that NASS ’23 will take place at Yale University from June 11-14, 2023.

We anticipate opening registration and a full Call for Papers for the event in September ’22. In the meantime, we are honored to announce the keynote speakers for this event:

Aaron Butts (Catholic University of America)
Muriel Debié (L’École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Cornelia Horn (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)
Ute Possekel (Harvard University)
Hidemi Takahashi (University of Tokyo)
Alexander Treiger (Dalhousie University)

We warmly welcome your inquiries and look forward to welcoming you to Yale next summer.

All good wishes,
Kevin van Bladel
Jimmy Daccache
Maria E. Doerfler
(on behalf of the steering committee)

Call for Papers for CAA 2023 “Engaged Art: Connections and Communities in the Classroom and Beyond.”

Call for Papers for CAA 2023 “Engaged Art: Connections and Communities in the Classroom and Beyond.”

List members are warmly invited to submit a proposal to present at CAA’s 111th Annual Conference to be held February 15—18, 2023 at the New York Midtown Hilton for a SECAC session entitled “Engaged Art: Connections and Communities in the Classroom and Beyond.

Engaged Art: Connections and Communities in the Classroom and Beyond
Session will present: In-Person (unless the conference is changed to virtual)
Affiliated Society or Committee Name: SECAC

Dr. Hallie G. Meredith, Washington State University
Email Address:

For details about how to submit a proposal, please click here.

What kinds of unique contributions can visual art make to create communities in the classroom and beyond? Incorporating core tenets focusing on decoloniality, combating institutional racism, and issues of intersectionality and social justice, there is increasing interest in engaging communities by means of visual expression. The advent of numerous terms index this, for example, Eco Art, New Genre Public Art and Social Practice. Interactions are crucial to foster awareness and space for collaborations. However engaged visual culture extends beyond studio practice to art education and art history with related concepts, such as, embodied and experiential learning. Fundamental to each of these instantiations is a focus on the power of civic engagement to experience and cultivate social change. From empowering marginalized communities to redefine museums, to public events providing opportunities to experience ancient technologies, to graduation requirements and university promotion guidelines highlighting community engagement activities, the dynamic and vital role of engaged communities is widely recognized within and beyond the Academy.

Given the myriad possibilities for partnerships among communities, this session asks: How is visual art uniquely positioned to engage communities both inside and outside of the classroom? How have you incorporated local partnerships to both teach students and build community relationships? What worked and what failed? Is community engagement a sustainable curricular format? Artists, designers, art educators, art historians and museum professionals are invited to submit abstracts focusing on visual art and culture concurrently integral to a teaching event or class and a community engagement partnership.

Proposals are due 23.59/11.59 pm PST on 31st August 2022.

For details about how to submit a proposal, please click here.

CFP: What is Eastern European Art?

What is Eastern European Art?
CAA’s 111th Annual Conference | New York City | February 15–18, 2023
Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)
Session co-organizers:

Alice Isabella Sullivan | Tufts University
Maria Alessia Rossi | Princeton University

This panel explores and challenges understanding about Eastern European art from the Middle Ages to the present through presentations that engage with the artistic production of different regions. The visual material of Eastern Europe has not been at the forefront of art historical conversations in part due to political ideologies, conflicting definitions of what constitutes Eastern Europe, or lack of access to and interest in the material, to name but several issues. The wealth and  complexity of the artistic production of Eastern Europe in various media require more thorough investigation, especially from a comparative perspective, as well as more theoretically grounded methodologies that could account for the rich cultural connections that extended in the regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north that contributed to distinct visual idioms. Papers for this session could explore local developments in art from the Middle Ages into the present, connections between different regions and across media, issues of terminology, methodology, and theories in the study of Eastern European art, as well as modes of integrating visual material from Eastern Europe in teaching, as well as research, curatorial, and artistic projects. The overall aim of this session is to begin to define what Eastern European art is today, and help establish its footing on the map of art history.

Please submit a title, abstract (max. 500 words), and a brief 2-page CV by August 31, 2022 to: alice[dot]sullivan[at]tufts[dot]edu and marossi[at]princeton[dot]edu. Please indicate “CAA proposal” in the subject line. 


Seeing Through Byzantium: a celebration of the career of Prof. Leslie Brubaker

19th November 2022
University of Birmingham
‘Seeing Through Byzantium’ celebrates the career and scholarship of Prof. Leslie Brubaker, Professor Emerita of Byzantine Art History and Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. Focusing on three key themes which have been central to Prof. Brubaker’s research —Vision and Meaning, Iconoclasm, and Gender — the conference will feature a selection of speakers who will reflect on the importance of her research for their own subjects and areas of scholarship.
‘Seeing Through Byzantium’ encapsulates many of the ideas and themes which have made Prof. Brubaker one of the most eminent experts of the field. On the one hand, it recognises her pioneering contributions to our understanding of how the Byzantines utilised and understood images and visual media, both as a means of communication and as a reaction to their world. On the other, it acknowledges how her work on gender, poverty, and family life have yielded new critical perspectives on the Byzantine world when it is seen through the eyes of the ‘other’. Finally, it reflects on the importance of Prof. Brubaker’s work in championing the unique importance of Byzantium as a lens through which to understand contemporary issues of global history, iconoclasm (past and present), gender and the power of the image.
This will be a hybrid event which will take place on the University of Birmingham campus and on Zoom.
Dr Rebecca Darley, University of Leeds,

Dr Daniel Reynolds, University of Birmingham

Call for Papers: Lost & Found: The Legacies of Greek Culture in the Global Middle Ages

Fordham Center for Medieval Studies’ 42nd Annual Conference
The Legacies Of Greek Culture In The Global Middle Ages
March 4-5, 2023, in-person at 
Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, New York NY

The legacies of ancient and Christian Greek culture exerted a powerful influence in western Europe, the Slavic territories, and the Islamic principalities around the Mediterranean rim from the end of antiquity to the fifteenth century, but the transmission of these legacies was neither straightforward nor without difficulty.  From the seventh century onwards, we find intellectuals, theologians, poets, and artists actively discovering, appropriating, and adapting many aspects of Greek literature, medicine, science, and theology to serve their own ends.  This conference examines the channels of transmission that allowed premodern people from western Europe to the Eurasian Stepp to the northern fringe of the Sahara to find the lost legacies of the Greeks, from the industry of the translators who rendered Greek texts into Latin, Arabic, Armenian, and Georgian to the activity of the cultural brokers who travelled back and forth between medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the House of Islam (diplomats, merchants, or soldiers) to the appropriation of Greek cultural objects for the purpose of devotion or as spoils of war.  Interdisciplinary in its approach and expansive in its geographical reach, this conference will consider the impact of Greek learning on medieval theology, medicine, philosophy, law, literature, history, material culture, and the transmission of the classical tradition.

We welcome papers that consider the following or related questions:

  • What does it mean to speak of “Greek” culture and artefacts in the Middle Ages?  How do we decide what is “Greek”?  How did medieval people understand, receive, and authenticate ideas and artefacts from “Greek” lands?
  • How did Slavic, western European, Islamic, and other cultures distinguish (if they did) between classical Greek texts, ideas, and artefacts and “Byzantine” (East Roman) ones?  Were classical texts, artefacts, and ideas prized over contemporary ones?  Did perceptions of the relative value of classical and Byzantine texts, ideas, and artefacts differ in different cultures
  • How did Greek ideas, culture, and artefacts travel?  Which items or elements of Greek culture were most likely to be transmitted by diplomats, merchants, monks, crusaders, or mercenaries?
  • What happened to items and elements from Greek culture when they arrived in a foreign land?  What kinds of translation, mutation, reframing, adoption, and adaptation were they subjected to?  Does reception of these elements in Christian lands differ from their reception in Islamic lands?  Are there features of reception that were common across all cultures?
  • How did contact with living “Greeks” affect the reception, adoption, and adaptation of elements of Greek culture?
  • Did the reception of Greek culture provide a means of contact or dissent between Islamic and Christian communities in the Middle Ages?
  • How did non-native Greek speakers learn to read Greek in the Middle Ages?  What resources did they have at their disposal?  How can we measure their level of proficiency?

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2022 to

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 2023 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 2023 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2023. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2023 IMC is “Networks and Entanglements.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 6, 2022. Proposals should include title, 100-word session abstract, session moderator and academic affiliation, information about the three papers to be presented in the session, for each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract, and organizer’s CV

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $800 maximum for European residents and up to $1400 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

Call for Papers: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Call for Papers: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Dumbarton Oaks will be hosting two panels at the 2023 ICMS – Coins and Seals in Byzantium and North Africa, Byzantium, and the Latin West. The panels are now live and accepting submissions:

Due date for abstracts is September 15, 2022.

UK Late Antiquity Network Call for Papers: Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity, Leeds IMC 2023

Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity: Call for Papers

International Medieval Congress, 3-6 July 2023, University of Leeds, UK

The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network (LAN)

*Apologies for cross-posting*

The aim of this strand is to discuss taste as a category of late ancient experience. The overall theme of IMC 2023 is ‘Networks and Entanglements’ and we encourage speakers to think about how late antique networks, entanglements, and divisions were animated by ideas of taste. As a system of discernment, taste, and its corollary disgust, mediated the intimate process of incorporating foreign substances into the body. By late antiquity, this biological process for selecting foodstuffs had acquired powerful social and moral connotations. One could have taste in foods, but also in people, in institutions, in goods, in practices, in ideas. Taste had become a means of communicating preferences within all sorts of categories; it expressed and critiqued cultural ideas. We therefore invite papers that think expansively about ‘taste’ as a category of historical analysis: from taste as part of an individual’s sensory perception, to the range of cultural tastes, snobberies and resentments that united and bounded late antique societies and empires.

Work on consumption patterns in late antiquity has shown how (voluntary or involuntary) fasting and feasting were blunt instruments which could advertise group membership and cultural identity. The role of taste in articulating social distinctions was more subtle and fluid: taste both negotiated the rules of social cohesion and ordered minute hierarchies within larger social groupings. The physical, moral and cultural tastes of late ancient societies (late Roman, post-Roman, East Roman and beyond) have left traces in the material, literary and environmental record. Notions of taste and disgust were at play across a full range of cultural activities, from liturgy, to medicine, to treatment of the dead. Late ancient taste was a product of tradition and innovation. Governed by the decisions of a given community, taste was temporally and geographically unstable. It could be an intensely local phenomenon, its contours waxing and waning across the course of a community’s life-cycle. What was ‘tasty’/‘tasteful’ in late antiquity? How did late antique individuals or groups lose their appetite, or change their mind about what disgusted them? Who or what controlled the specific mechanisms of late antique taste?

We invite postgraduate and early career researchers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss taste and/or distaste in late antiquity across a series of panels. The Late Antiquity Network was founded in 2012 to provide a platform for junior scholars working on a range of geographical and disciplinary areas within the period. We have held a number of workshops and conferences that aim to provide opportunities for junior researchers to present their research and build connections with others in the field and to discuss their work in a constructive environment. The participants in these panels are strongly encouraged to interpret taste in late antiquity within the context of their research interest. Applications from masters students, those in the early stages of their PhD, and those without a current institutional affiliation are particularly encouraged. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion and question time.

 Suggested areas for discussion include, but are not limited to:

–       Taste as part of the late antique sensory repertoire

–       Taste and the risk of contamination/taboo

–       The usefulness of taste as a category of historical inquiry

–       The role of environmental and/or commercial factors in shaping late ancient diets

–       Taste and nutrition in medical thought

–       The role of taste in liturgical and ceremonial life

–       Material evidence for late antique taste

–       Differential experiences of taste

–       The morality of taste (e.g. disgust of heretics and othered groups)

–       Cultural tastes and the maintenance of social bonds and networks

–       Disgust and tastelessness

–       Taste as metaphor (e.g. in political or religious thought)

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and accompanied by a short academic bio. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday, 2nd September 2022. Abstract submissions and/or queries should be sent to

Henry Anderson (Exeter) and Ella Kirsh (Brown)

LAN Steering Committee

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