The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images

The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images

Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies and Online

March 25–27, 2022

The International Conference The Byzantines and the Sea in Text and Images will be held at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice and live-streamed (YouTube and Zoom) on March 25–27, 2022.


Call for papers: Narrative and narratology in pre-modern historiography

Call for papers: Narrative and narratology in pre-modern historiography

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 3-4 November 2022

Convenors: Aske Damtoft Poulsen, Matthew Kinloch, Ingela Nilsson

The aim of this workshop is to bring together PhD students and early career scholars who work with issues of narrative and narratology in pre-modern historiography. We wish to share and discuss different approaches, examine theories and methodologies, and – above all – encourage dialogue between students and scholars working on different periods and different cultures, from antiquity onwards and beyond. Questions and topics could include, but are in no way limited to:

  • How should we approach issues of factuality and fictionality in historiography?
  • How can postclassical narratology be useful for the study of historiography?
  • To what extent are concepts such as worldmaking, possible worlds, and storyworlds useful for the study of historiography?
  • How can narratology help us explore power dynamics, subalternity, and minor characters in historiography?
  • How do historians negotiate the conflicting demands of teleology and experientiality?

The workshop format is designed to facilitate interaction between the participants, especially that between senior and junior scholars. The 2-day workshop will have ca 12 participants, who will be asked to pre-circulate their papers; at the workshop, short introductions by the authors (15 minutes) will be followed by responses from designated discussants (10 minutes) and a general discussion. The workshop will close with a roundtable discussion introduced by Eva von Contzen, Jonas Grethlein, and Karin Kukkonen.

Please send an abstract (max 500 words) and CV to or by 30th April 2022. We hope to provide flights and accommodation (3 nights) for the participants.

Dura-Europos: Past, Present, Future

Dura-Europos: Past, Present, Future

This three-day hybrid conference (March 31-April 2, 2022) is arranged to celebrate the centennial of excavations on-site at Dura-Europos (Syria). Papers and discussion will explore the town’s regional and long-distance ties in antiquity, 21st-century geopolitical entanglements, and avenues for future research. Registration is free, and online attendance is open to all.

For information about the papers and presenters, and to register, please see:

“Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent” Symposium

“Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent” Symposium

Date: April 29-30, 2022, at 9:00am EDT via Zoom

Though closely connected with the study of conversion and Christianization in the premodern era, the history of Christian missions has received little attention in recent scholarship. The recipients of Christian faith—individuals, nations, or social groups—and the processes of integrating the new religion have continued to attract analysis, but the agents of religious transformation have been relatively understudied, especially beyond the boundaries of medieval western Europe.

The symposium aims to illuminate the inner motives that characterized Byzantine missions, the changing incentives that inspired them, and the nature of their missionary activity; and ultimately to better understand how the Byzantines perceived the universal claims of their empire and their church. At the same time, the organizers hope to throw light on the broader religious dynamics of the medieval world.

Free and open to the public. Register here:

Hesychasm in Context: Theology and Society in the Fourteenth Century

The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Maison Française d’Oxford invite you to attend the hybrid conference Hesychasm in Context: Theology and Society in the Fourteenth Century, Thursday 17th – Friday 18th March 2022. 


To register for the in-person event (including lunches), please email Dr Rei Hakamada ( as soon as possible, as numbers are limited.

Registration to participate online is via the following link:



Thursday 17th March 

Lecture Room, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU 

9.00: Welcome

9.15: Rei Hakamada (Okayama University / University of Oxford), Lay Hesychasts? Isidore and Palamas among Lay People 

10.00: Mihail Mitrea (Babeș Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca / Institute for South-East European Studies, Bucharest), Hesychasm and Hagiography in Fourteenth-Century Byzantium [online] 

10.45: Coffee

11.15: Ralph Greis (St Joseph’s Benedictine Abbey, Gerleve), The Connection Between Liturgical Theology and Hesychastic Spirituality in the Homilies of St. Gregory Palamas 

12.00: Christiaan Kappes (Ss Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary), Gregory Palamas’s Theotokos in Light of Latin Contacts and his Reception of Latin Literature in Byzantium  

12.45: Lunch

13.45: Marie-Hélène Blanchet (CNRS, UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Paris), John VI Cantacuzene, the Hesychast Crisis and the Latin World: An Ambiguous Strategy 

14.30: Judith Ryder (University of Oxford), When To Speak and When To Hold Your Peace: The Conflict between Demetrios Kydones and Philotheos Kokkinos 

15.15: Coffee

15.45: Monica White (University of Nottingham), Hesychasm in Rus? 

16.30: Norman Russell (St Stephen’s House, Oxford), Engaging with Islam in Late Byzantium: Strategies of Resistance and Accommodation  

17.15: Drinks – The Maison française d’Oxford is delighted to offer participants a glass of champagne


Friday 18th March 

Miles Room, St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DL 

10.30: Eiji Hisamatsu (Ryukoku University), The Jesus Prayer and Yoga: The Early Literature of Hesychasm and the Svetasvatara Upanishad [online] 

11.15: Vassa Kontouma (École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL, Paris), The Re-enchanted Universe of Iakovos of Nea Skete (19th c.). A Hesychast Response to the Copernican Revolution? 

12.15: Final remarks

12.30: Lunch

Conference program ‘Narrative forms in Byzantine Literature: Theory and Practice’ (online, 7-8 April 2022)

Conference program ‘Narrative forms in Byzantine Literature: Theory and Practice’ (online, 7-8 April 2022)

Fourth Byzantine Colloquium of the University of Buenos Aires

The aim of this colloquium is to discuss case studies that show what is singular to certain key Byzantine narratives; to underscore the concrete influence of works discussing the art of narration upon narratives themselves; to determine the expectations of a given audience; and to underline the interaction between theory and practice of narration.

Keynote speakers include Inmaculada Pérez Martín (ILC-CSIC, Madrid) and Martin Hinterberger (University of Cyprus).

The conference will take place online (Zoom): the link and more information can be found here.

Conveners: Pablo Cavallero, Tomás Fernández, Reinhart Ceulemans

CFP: The Medical Paratext – Glasgow, 7-8 September 2022

Papers are sought for ‘The Medical Paratext’ a conference organised by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (University of Edinburgh) and Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow), funded by the Wellcome Trust to be held, to be held on  7-8 September 2022 at the University of Glasgow.

‘Paratext’ is a term coined by Gérard Genette in 1987 to refer to the material surrounding a printed text, including titles, prefaces, introductions, and footnotes. The notion of the paratext has recently been introduced to the study of medieval codices, with scholars working on medieval palaeography and codicology currently negotiating its various categorisations and the challenges thereof. An important category of medieval manuscripts that has often been neglected in that respect is that of medical codices. This conference aims to plug this gap by applying the concept of the paratext right to the very heart of the study of medieval medical manuscripts containing texts in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Persian, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and other European vernacular. It thus seeks to make a significant advance in our understanding of how medieval medical manuscripts were used by their producers and consumers.

We are interested in encouraging theoretical reflection on the following subjects/questions:

  • Different kinds and categories of paratextual elements (e.g. prefaces, foliation, decoration, illustrations, diagrams, annotations of any sort, colophons) and their significance;
  • Transformation of texts through paratexts. How can the use of specific paratextual elements enhance/influence the reading/understanding of a particular medical text/theory?
  • Paratextual elements as visual aids, especially, but not exclusively, in scholastic settings;
  • The features of scribal and editorial paratextuality in medical works;
  • Extensive paratexts (e.g. commentaries and scholia) and their function;
  • The mobility of paratexts (e.g. their infiltration into the main text) and the transmission of the resulting ‘hidden’ paratext;
  • Medical paratexts and their reception;
  • Paratext and memory in medieval medicine (e.g. through the lens of cognitive theory);
  • Paratext as a means of tracing the history of medical codices through time, geographical and social space;
  • Paratext as a means of constructing and disseminating medical knowledge.
Confirmed speakers:

•    Giulia Ecca (Sapienza University of Rome) Sivan Gottlieb (Bar-Ilan University)
•    Fabian Käs (University of Cologne)
•    David Langslow (The University of Manchester)
•    Oliver Overwien (Humboldt University of Berlin)
•    Ignacio Sánchez (University of Warwick) Anna Maria Urso (University of Messina)
•    Iolanda Ventura (University of Bologna)
•    Elvira Wakelnig (University of Vienna)

Our aim is to hold a face-to-face event. Each paper will be 30 minutes long followed by a session of questions and answers (around 10 minutes). We are looking for papers dealing with original and previously unpublished material; extended versions of the papers will form a peer-reviewed edited volume. For a brief introduction to the medieval paratext, please see the study by Cooper.

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of ca. 250 words to and by 30 April 2022.

International Conference “Still ‘Caput Mundi’? The Role of Rome between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the Western Mediterranean” (University of Hamburg), 3-5 March 2022

International Conference „Still ‘Caput Mundi’? The Role of Rome between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the Western Mediterranean“

Organized by the RomanIslam – Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies, University of Hamburg, and headed by Prof. Sabine Panzram and Dr. Rocco Selvaggi.

The workshop will take place on 3-5 March 2022 (in person and on Zoom) and will comprise the following lectures:

Thursday, March 3, 6 pm – 8 pm (CET)

  • Sabine Panzram / Rocco Selvaggi (Universität Hamburg), Introduction
  • Carlos Machado (St. Andrews University), Imagining pagan topography in Christian Rome
  • Fabrizio Oppedisano (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Subsersive aristocracy: the Roman senate and the end of the ancient world


Friday, March 4, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm (CET)

  • Christian Raschle (Université de Montréal), Rome without emperor – the transformations of the “emperor cult” in the Western Empire from the 4th to the 6th century
  • Umberto Roberto (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), The pagan reaction to the decline of Rome in the 5th century
  • Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers), The Petrinian primacy of Rome: claim and reception of an elaborated geo-ecclesiological conception (IV-VIIth centuries)
  • Paolo Tedesco (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen), Eternal Persecutions: Trauma and Memory of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa
  • Alberto D’Anna (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Political function and evolution of the story about Peter and Paul in Rome
  • Ingo Schaaf (Université de Fribourg), Mutatio rerum at Rome: Urban religious change through the eyes of Jerome
  • Giandomenico Ferrazza (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), “Greek” popes, texts and translations in 7th century Rome
  • Klaus Herbers (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), The Liber pontificalis: Images and constructions of Roman Papacy?
  • Waldemar Königshaus (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), Project and book presentation: Regesta pontificum Romanorum – Dalmatia-Croatia Pontificia


Saturday, March 5, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm (CET)

  • Geoffrey D. Dunn (Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II), Hilary of Narbonne and Papal Correspondence with Bishops in Gaul: The Example of Boniface I, Ep. 12 (Difficile quidem)
  • Sabine Panzram / Lorenzo Livorsi / Rocco Selvaggi (Universität Hamburg), Letters from Rome to the Iberian Bishops: The Case of Vigilius and Profuturus of Braga – Challenges and Problems
  • Stanislaw Adamiak (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Maintaining Autonomy and Asking for Intervention: the Relation between the Churches of North Africa and Rome in the Late Antiquity
  • Francesca Tinti (Universidad del País Vasco), Rome and the Anglo-Saxons in the 7th century
  • Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), The Transformation of Urbs Roma in Late Antiquity
  • Antonio E. Felle (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro), Inscriptions by Christians in Late Antique Rome (3rd to 7th century): an overview
  • Javier A. Domingo (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce), Saint Jerome in Rome. Historical data, tradition and archaeological evidence
  • Ralf Behrwald (Universität Bayreuth), A Cityscape dissolved and reassembled. Rome’s many meanings at the end of Antiquity
  • Javier Arce (Université de Lille), Conclusions

Please confirm your participation by March 3, 2021 (3 pm) to romanislam@uni-hamburg.deYou will then receive a link enabling you to access the event.

Documenter les défis de l’Église miaphysite tardo-antique

Documenter les défis de l’Église miaphysite tardo-antique
March 17-18, 2022
Château d’Angers

Entre 536 et 588 (date probable de la mort de Jean d’Éphèse), un événement historique frappant et inattendu se produit à l’échelle de l’Empire romain chrétien d’Orient : la restructuration d’une importante Église institutionnelle (principalement en Syrie, en Mésopotamie et en Egypte) et à ses frontières (voire même au-delà). Basée sur une affirmation miaphysite (une seule nature incarnée de Dieu le Verbe), cette communauté doit alors justifier son existence (sur les plans théologique, canonique et historique). Privé de soutien officiel et parfois même persécutée, elle entend néanmoins perpétuer son action et développer sa dynamique. Intense, ce processus offre donc la rare opportunité d’observer la reconfiguration d’une Église qui cherche à cultiver un lien fort avec son passé et ses héritages. Ainsi donc un important effort est-il alors consenti pour doter les assemblées miaphysites d’une armature hiérarchique, doctrinale et canonique, au moment où elles sont confrontées à des défis vitaux. Aussi notre réunion aura-t-elle vocation à considérer la formation de ce corpus de références, sa variété ainsi que ses caractéristiques et le devenir de son exploitation jusqu’aux débuts de la domination arabo-musulmane.

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