CfP: Constructing and performing hope in the premodern world

Call for papers for a workshop (April 13-14, 2023) and a volume:

Constructing and performing hope in the premodern world

Throughout history, people have gone on with their lives despite many kinds of trials and tribulations. In this, hope has been a main driving force to manage uncertainty, mitigate despair, and to give meaning to living. There are historically changing sets of practices anchored in social and cultural values, through which individuals deal with the ultimate question of existence and anxiety: how is one to live a meaningful life in the face of inevitable death?

To this end, people have constructed different strategies for hope and futurity in their everyday life. These can be categorized as strategies for securing one’s life – hope to recover from an illness or overcome poverty or old age; strategies for reproduction – which have at their core the hope of continuity through children; strategies for the preservation of memory and reputation, transmission of values and family traditions; and strategies for transcendental hope and continuity. As is easy to recognise, most of these strategies are, ultimately, social and communal. Therefore, hope is a central factor in everyday life through which both individuals and communities think about future and negotiate their personal and communal crisis.

Indeed, in historical research, hope refers not so much to a psychological state maintaining meaningfulness in life, but it points to a goal-oriented disposition and strategical agency. Hope, therefore, offers a fresh perspective on human experiences and action, as it has only too seldom been discussed in historical research.

With the described methodological background, we aim at organizing a workshop concentrating on the ways in which the future of individuals, their families and communities were negotiated in ancient, Byzantine and Western medieval Europe, with special focus on the practices and practicalities of everyday life. Analyzing how premodern societies found ways of managing anxieties about the future amidst cultural change is of essential relevance for understanding the functions and motivations of individuals and communities.

We especially welcome papers which explore experience-related and performative aspects of hope and futurity: How did the practices of hope manifest in everyday life and what shapes did they take? What kind of agency and strategies would have given people a sense of hope? What kind of strategies to maintain hope and plan for the future were adopted in everyday life? How did changing discourses and social circumstances affect decision-making aimed at maintaining hope, and how did this manifest in the longue durée? Comparing the continuities and changes in the ways in which individuals pursued their future-oriented goals is at the very heart of our project. Themes we seek to discuss in the workshop include the following (but are not limited to these):

• practices to ascertain the continuity of the family in social capital, wealth and progeny (e.g., marriage, divorce, childlessness, adoption)

• permanence of the individual/communal memory and name (e.g., material donations, gifts and promises, benefactions and vows, as well as death and wills)

• religious hope and futurity through personal piety, religious rituals and lifestyle

• emotions and experiences related to hope and futurity

• legal, ideological and conceptual aspects (while keeping in mind the relationship with lived experience)

We aim at publishing an edited volume (with a leading publisher) based on the papers presented in the workshop in April 13-14, 2023, Tampere, Finland. Therefore, those whose papers are accepted to the workshop are asked to send their early drafts of what will become their contributions to the edited volume beforehand (in mid-March 2023), so that we can circulate them to all the workshop participants. This way we will be able to give discussion a good start, to concentrate on discussing the central ideas of the papers in the workshop, and to move swiftly to the final phases to write the volume with 9000 word chapters (inc. bibliography, notes).

Keynote speakers:
Stavroula Constantinou (University of Cyprus)
Jenni Kuuliala (Tampere University)
Ville Vuolanto (Tampere University)

There is a place for ca. twelve to fifteen participants for the workshop and the volume.

Deadline for the abstracts (with 300 to 500 words, with description of the theme, methodology,

main questions, and sources) is JUNE 20, 2022.

Please, let us hear about you!
Oana Cojocaru & Ville Vuolanto /

Tampere Institute for Advanced Study
Department of History, Tampere University
Trivium – Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies


For further references on the study of hope you may want to check some of the following:

Bobou, O. 2018. ‘Hope and the Sub-Adult’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 329–350.

Caston R.R. and Kaster R.A. (eds.) 2016. Hope, Joy, & Affection in the Classical World. Oxford University Press.

Chaniotis, A. 2018. ‘Elpis in the Greek Epigraphic Evidence, from Rational Expectation to Dependence from Authority’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 351–364.

Feldman, D.B. 2013. ‘The Meaning of Hope and Vice Versa: Goal Directed Thinking and the Construction of a Meaningful Life’, in J.A. Hicks and C. Routledge (eds.), The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies. Springer, 141–150.

Kazantzidis, G. and Spatharas, D. 2018. Hope in Ancient Literature, History, and Art. De Gruyter.

Nelis, D. 2016. ‘Emotion in Vergil’s Georgics: Farming and the Politics of Hope’, in Caston and Kaster 2016, 45–74.

Rosenwein, B. 2006. Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages. Cornell University Press.

Scheer, M. 2012. ‘Are Emotions a Kind of Practice (And Is That What Makes Them Have A History?)’, History and Theory 51, 193–220.

Tataranni, F. 2013. ‘Hope and Leadership in Ancient Rome’, Teoria. Rivista di filosofia 32:2, 65–75.

Vlassopoulos, C. 2018. ‘Hope and Slavery’, in Kazantzidis & Spatharas 2018, 235–258.

Vuolanto V. 2015. Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity: Continuity, Family Dynamics and the Rise of Christianity. Ashgate.

Wisman, A. and Heflick, N.A. 2015. ‘Hopelessly Mortal: The Role of Mortality Salience, Immortality and Trait Self-esteem in Personal Hope’, Cognition and Emotion 30:5.

Late Byzantine Metrical Metaphraseis

Late Byzantine Metrical Metaphraseis, June 23, 2022 9:00–17:30 (hybrid form)

To participate in the workshop online or in person, please contact Dr Ekaterini Mitsiou via email: Registration is mandatory.

2022 Cleveland Symposium CFP

The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University invites graduate students to submit abstracts for the 2022 Annual Symposium, Recentering the Periphery: An Inclusive Future of Art History. This event, in partnership with FRONT International 2022: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (July 16-October 2, 2022) and Assembly for the Arts will take place over in a two-day collaborative event on September 16th and 17th. There will be opportunities to present scholarship, network with professionals, and engage in dialogues surrounding community engagement.

Current and recent graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit a 350-word abstract and a CV to by Friday, June 24, 2022. Selected participants will be notified by the end of July. Presentations will be no more than 10-15 minutes in length, and accompanied by a PowerPoint. Presentations will be followed by a roundtable Q&A session to facilitate dialogue among panelists and the audience. Accepted presenters will be able to apply for partial need-based travel assistance.

Please see the attached Call for Papers for full information.

Luke Hester, Arielle Suskin, & Katharine Young
Co-Chairs, 2022 Cleveland Symposium 

Conference, 2-3 June 2022: Sung, Written and Painted. The Ἀκάθιστος ὕμνος and Intermedial Compositional Processes in Later Byzantium

Conference, 2-3 June 2022: Sung, Written and Painted. The Ἀκάθιστος ὕμνος and Intermedial Compositional Processes in Later Byzantium.
It is planned as a hybrid event, which all of you are warmly invited to join.
Painted cycles based on the Akathistos represent one of the great novelties of late Byzantine art, translating a by then already ancient piece of liturgical music into the world of visual art. However, even though the Akathistos Hymn to the Virgin Mary has been studied quite extensively, the relationship between its text, music, and illustrations has not yet been fully explored.
Building on the Akathistos Hymn, the planned conference will examine late Byzantine intermedial compositional processes. Painted cycles based on the Akathistos should be studied as a product of the interaction between hymnography, psalmody, and visual art – not just as a mere visualisation of a text. Illuminated and notated manuscript copies of the hymn ought to be examined as evidence for varied liturgical and devotional practices. Icons and murals that illustrate the Akathistos need to be seen as constituent elements of sacred space. At the same time, the broader social and religious context(s) for the hymn’s use during the late Byzantine period need to be considered.
Methodologically, the conference will have as its focus the concept of intermediality, that is, the interface between various media of cultural expression. The organisers hope that it will contribute towards bridging the methodological gaps that separates various scholarly approaches to the study of medieval culture.
Join us!
2.Juni.2022 06:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Stockholm, Wien
Join Zoom-Meeting
Meeting-ID: 617 2779 2998
Code: 432988

Gedenkveranstaltung für ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfram HÖRANDNER (1942-2021)

Gedenkveranstaltung für ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfram HÖRANDNER (1942-2021)
mit Vorträgen von

Panagiotis Agapitos / Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Diskrete Innovation und handwerklicher Modernismus: Zum Werk von Wolfram Hörandner

Martin Hinterberger / Universität Zypern
Eine stille Revolution: Wolfram Hörandner zur byzantinischen Sprachkunst in Lehre und Forschung

Zeit: Montag, 23. Mai 2022, 16 Uhr s.t.

Ort:Erika Weinzierl-Saal, Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Präsenzteilnahme: Anmeldung bei
und online (Registrierung unbedingt erforderlich)

CfP: Southeast European Silversmithing

Southeast European Silversmithing: Liturgical Objects and the Construction of a Cultural, Technological and Iconographical Network in the Early Modern Period

The conference is scheduled to take place on 4th-5th November 2022. Due to the ongoing epidemiological situation, postponement until Spring 2023 is possible. The conference will be held at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, with the option of remote participation online.
To submit, please provide your full name, title, affiliation, and the theme of your conference paper with a 400 words abstract written in English. The deadline for submissions is 1st June 2022. You should also provide a short personal bio (max. 300 words) and photo for use on the conference website. Prospective conference participants will be notified if their paper has been accepted no later than by 10th June 2022. The conference will be held entirely in English. All information about the conference, including participants, proposal themes and abstracts will be made available on the conference website. A collection of papers is planned following the conference.

The Virgin’s Milk in Global Perspective: On the Fluidity of Images and the Politics of Divine Presence (May 11)

The Virgin’s Milk in Global Perspective: On the Fluidity of Images and the Politics of Divine Presence

May 11, 2022
Amherst College

A daylong conference featuring contributors to The Virgin’s Milk in Global Perspective: On the Fluidity of Images and the Politics of Divine Presence, the volume co-edited by Visiting Professor of History Jutta Sperling. Keynote address by Elizabeth Bolman.

Organizers: Jutta Sperling, Mati Meyer, Vibeke Olson, Bronwen Gulkis.

In conjunction with the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.
Funded by the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of History at Amherst College, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, the Time and Narrative Learning Collaborative at Hampshire College, and The Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.

PAIXUE workshop

This final meeting will explore the complex ways in which ideas, beliefs, values and practices appealing to classical antiquity – however defined – played out in the realm of visual culture and its broader contexts, particularly from the 10th-14th centuries. Bringing together scholars with expertise in diverse fields spanning the arts, sciences, philosophy, and intellectual culture of both China and Byzantium, the conference aims to explore connections and commonalities among different visual media, and to advance our understanding of how developments in visuality and visual culture were linked to changes in thought, values, and intellectual life more broadly.

Monday 9 May to Wednesday 11 May 2022

Launch of the University of Edinburgh’s new Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies

The new Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) aims to galvanise collaboration across the three thriving fields of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies at Edinburgh and beyond. Based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology it promotes collaborative projects, interdisciplinary research and teaching – at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels – in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies across the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences and in close cooperation with neighbouring universities.

The School very cordially invites you to join the launch event either in person or online.

Tuesday 3 May 2022

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