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

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 58th 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 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 11–13, 2023. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies will include traditional in-person sessions, virtual sessions, and new blended-format sessions that make it possible for speakers to present and audiences to attend both in-person and online.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is May 16, 2022.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) 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.

For further details and submission instructions, please visit

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

History of Science in the Medieval World Summer School (18-22 July 2022, Veliko Tarnovo): CfA and Poster



organized by University of Veliko Tarnovo “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” with Academic Theatre Ikaros, in cooperation with the International Summer Seminar in Bulgarian Language and Culture

Pilot edition: 18–22 July 2022, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Format: The morning lecture sessions will be conducted in a hybrid way, whereas the afternoon workshops, Covid-permitting, will be in person.



Dr Divna Manolova (Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science); Associate Professor Nikolay Kanev (Department of History, University of Veliko Tarnovo “Sts. Cyril and Methodius”); Professor Dr Dimitar Dimitrov (Department of History, University of Veliko Tarnovo “Sts. Cyril and Methodius”); Associate Professor Angel Nikolov (Department of History, Sofia University “St. Kliment of Ohrid”).

Summer School Philosophy and Vision

The School studies the wider medieval world of Afro-Eurasia and aims to shed light on Byzantium and the Slavonic world, and their intellectual heritage as agents in the development of medieval science, which, though significant, nevertheless remain largely unknown to the scholarly community. Even though current scholarship is focused on the so-called ‘Global Medieval’, the medieval Slavonic, Byzantine and Black Sea regions remain a blind spot for both the researchers and the general public outside of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Thus, the School aims at positioning Byzantium and the Slavonic world on the map of history of medieval science, thus offering the participants the rare opportunity to get acquainted with their respective heritage.

In its pilot edition, the Summer School will problematize the medieval manuscript and approach it as a space and as a territory. Building upon this conceptual premise, the School will also introduce students to the medieval epistemic fields (sciences) which study the natural world (the kosmos) as a space, namely geography, cosmography and astronomy. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge concerning the place and role of the sciences in the intellectual world of the Middle Ages. They will also develop an understanding of premodern science as a spectrum of disciplines wider than the late antique framework of the four mathematical sciences (arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy) and inclusive of all epistemic domains dedicated to the intellectual exploration of the natural world (the kosmos) and of humanity. The School relies on a discussion-based and experiential / experimental format. That is, the School includes workshops, which will guide the students into the use of medieval instruments and maps as preserved in the surviving manuscripts.

The common discussion language of the School will be English.
If the participants know a medieval scholarly language (for this pilot edition: Latin, Greek and/or Old Church Slavonic, but in the future also Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Classical Armenian, and so forth), this would be an advantage, but it is not an essential requirement for participation.
During the selection process, preference will be given to MA and PhD students, but researchers with interest in the Middle Ages and / or History of Science can also apply.
Available places: The School offers twelve places for in-person participants wishing to attend both the morning (lectures) and afternoon (workshops) sessions.
There is no limit for the number of online participants, but their registration is restricted solely to the morning sessions.
We cannot offer any financial support to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
There is no registration fee.
In order to apply, please send a short bio and description of what motivates your application (maximum one page altogether). Please indicate in your application whether you would like to attend the Summer School in person or online.

Please address your informal inquiries and your application materials to Dr Divna Manolova at

Application Deadline: 29 April 2022.

Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages

Symposium—Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages

April 28–29, 2022
Zoom / 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Bard Graduate Center

Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political, and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.

This conference seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages. Current scholarship on the topic in Byzantine, western medieval, Eurasian art, as well as Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.

TGHS Call for Papers: Encounters and Exchanges in a Global Past, Oxford, 25 June 2022

TGHS Postgraduate Conference Call for Papers:

Encounters and Exchanges in a Global Past

The Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar is inviting submissions for a postgraduate conference, Saturday 25 June, 2022. The conference will be held in person in the Oxford History Faculty.

We welcome submissions on the theme ‘Encounters and Exchanges in a Global Past.’ We will explore the ways in which encounters and exchanges were experienced in the near and distant past. Despite the recent proliferation of frameworks for understanding contact and the exchange of goods, ideas and biota that accompanied it, contact is rarely considered from a truly global perspective that spans millennia, continents and disciplines.

We welcome interdisciplinary submissions relating to exchanges across time and space. We are particularly interested in submissions on the infrastructure that underlay encounters and exchanges, such as technology and ideology; multi-scalar interaction; the role of translation in contact; the environmental history of encounters and exchanges.

Sessions will consist of 20 minute papers with time for questions and discussion.

Interested postgraduates should send a 400-word abstract and brief biography to

Submission deadline: 1 May 2022

Places of Illness, Spaces for Healing:The Built Environment of Healthcare in Anatolia Through the Ages

Places of Illness, Spaces for Healing:The Built Environment of Healthcare in Anatolia Through the Ages

25 March 2022, 09:00-17:30 (GMT +03:00, Turkey time)

The events of the 2019-2022 pandemic, including quarantining and the hospitalization of millions, have made us all think more consciously about how people of the past dealt with illness and health. From Classical Antiquity to the modern era, a variety of sites and spaces in Anatolia and its neighboring areas formed the focus of healing and illness, often building on earlier traditions of medical practices, illness, and healthcare architecture. Based on these ideas, organized in collaboration with the Koç University Medical and Health Humanities Initiative, and convened by Lucienne Thys-Şenocak and Inge Uytterhoeven, the 16th International ANAMED Annual Symposium will explore diverse archaeological sites, architecture, built heritage, landscapes, locations, and spaces where healing, healthcare, and medicine have been practiced in Anatolia and its broader regional context.

ARAM Conference on Melkite Christianity, 11-13 July 2022

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty First International Conference on Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria) and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 11th – 13th July 2022.
The conference will start on Monday 11th July at 9pm, finishing on Wednesday 13th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email:

EuQu International Workshop – The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites in the World of Eastern Christianity

International Workshop – The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites in the World of Eastern Christianity

May 11-12, 2022   |   University of Copenhagen

The Holy Book of the Ishmaelites was the name commonly used by Eastern Christians of various traditions to refer to the Qur’an. Since the emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity, Eastern Christians speaking Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Church Slavonic, Russian and Syriac came in contact with Islam and its Holy Scripture. From the Mediterranean lands to Russia via the Balkans, Anatolia and Caucasus, the experience of Eastern Christians with their Muslim neighbors and/or rulers was shaped by diverse multicultural and multiconfessional contexts in which their approach to the Qur’an played a significant role in defining religious identity and the dynamics of communal life.

This international workshop will explore how Eastern Christians engaged with the Qur’an and its Islamic interpretations from the medieval period until the end of the eighteenth century. Bringing together different religious traditions, one of the main scopes of the workshop is to build a platform of discussion between scholars working with source material from Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Georgian, Greek, Church Slavonic, Russian and Syriac contexts, with a focus on how these milieus shaped Eastern Christian responses to Islam and its Holy Scripture.

How did texts on Islam and Qur’an circulate within groups and networks? How did they cross confessional boundaries? Who were their authors and intended audiences? These and similar questions will guide the discussions, and will generate – we hope – new debates for the entangled history and cross-cultural history of the Eastern Christian communities from the medieval to the dawn of modernity.

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