Forgotten Christianities Seminar Series

Forgotten Christianities is a new initiative sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) through the ‘Critical Thinking Communities’ initiative and the Ancient World Research Cluster (Wolfson College, Oxford). The first seminars will take place June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021.

Three Critical Moments in Caucasian Architecture

Robert G. Ousterhout, Three Critical Moments in Caucasian Architecture

01 June 2021, 3:00pm (CEST) / 9:00am (EDT)

In this talk, I shall examine three important periods in the development of Georgian and Armenian architecture, focusing on what I perceive as moments of creativity and innovation in design, planning, and decorative details. For each ‘moment,’ I shall focus on once specific monument, while attempting to situate it within the broader perspective of Christian and Islamic architecture in the East. Much of what I say will derive from my 2019 book, Eastern Medieval Architecture: The Building Traditions of Byzantium and Neighboring Lands.

Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the last seminar of the Spring 2021 Seminar Series; on Thursday 27 May (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time), Sercan Yandim (Hacettepe University) will deliver a paper entitled: “Lilith, Xnoubis and the Others: living in-between Faith, Magic, and Spells.” For further info and registration, go to https://www.byzantiumatankara.net/program-1 or send an email to byzantiumatankara@hotmail.com.

Power of Rhetoric. First OEBG-SPBS Joint Online Lecture

The First Joint Online Lecture of the Austrian Byzantine Association and the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Tuesday, 25 May, 17.00 UK time.
Nikolaos Zagklas, University of Vienna, “The Power of Rhetoric in the Byzantine Classroom and Beyond: Fluid Relations and Intersections between Prose and Poetry.”
Respondent: Foteini Spingou, University of Edinburgh

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar – Summer 2021

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar – Summer 2021
Mondays 12.30 BST, via Zoom. To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk

Monday 26th April. Katherine Krauss (Somerville College, Oxford), Rereading the ‘Canon’ in Latin Late Antiquity: Exemplarity and Allusion in Macrobius’ Saturnalia

Monday 3rd May. Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham), Defining the ‘Byzantine Variable’ in Early Byzantine Italy: The Case of Liguria (500-700 CE)

Monday 10th May. Cristina Cocola (Universiteit Gent & Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven), Feeling Repentance in Byzantium: A Study on the Literary Sources of Katanyktic Poetry

Monday 17th May. Ben Kybett (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), Themistius and the Muses: Religion, Rhetoric, and Classical Statuary in Fourth-Century Constantinople

Monday 24th May. Grace Stafford (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Between the Living and the Dead: Use, Reuse, and Imitation of Painted Portraits in Late Antiquity

Monday 31st May. Josh Hitt (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), Ageing, Rejuvenation and Patronage in Twelfth-Century Byzantium

Monday 7th June. Constanța Burlacu (Merton College, Oxford), Monastic Presence and Book Circulation in the Lands North of the Danube (15th-16th Centuries)

Monday 14th June. Kyriakos Fragkoulis (University of Birmingham), (Re)contextualising a Late Antique City through the Ceramic Record: The Case of Dion in Macedonia (Pieria, Greece)

Women in Sacred Chant: Past and Present

A panel discussion celebrating the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana’s release of Hymns of Kassianí, a recording of newly edited medieval Byzantine chants by the 9th-century composer and poet Kassía. Moderated by Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown) and introduced by Professor Alexander Lingas (City and Cappella Romana). Panelists will explore the role of women — as composers and as performers — in sacred Western and Eastern chant from ancient times to the present day, including music by Kassianí (Kassía) and Hildegard of Bingen. This is a history often marginalized or even disregarded in general histories of Christianity, yet it has been — and continues to be — important to the continuing vitality of sacred music as an art form and as a crucial mode of religious expression. Tuesday, 13 April 2021: 18.00–19.30 BST via Zoom.

Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature

Online Lecture: “And all its stories are most comical” Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature by Kirsty Stewart

https://zoom.us/j/96771740849?pwd=N2xONE9PN3d4dWhYWFRPMVhVU29QQT09
Meeting ID: 967 7174 0849
Passcode: SgJ1k8

14 April (Wednesday) 4 PM (Warsaw time)

Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh University) received her PhD from the Oxford University in 2015. Currently, she is working on animal studies, theological naturalism in Byzantine texts, and on the presentation of women in Byzantine literature.

Sponsored by the Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia

2021 ELPE Spring Seminars

ELPE (Ελληνική Παλαιογραφική Εταιρεία) Spring Seminars will illustrate aspects of research in Greek manuscripts in the digital environment. Seminars will be held online via Zoom, with the support of the Ionian University, and presume basic knowledge of papyrology and/or paleography.

April 13, Tuesday at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Efthymios K. Litsas – Ioanna Zaire, Online Tools for Greek Paleography & Codicology

May 18, Tuesday, at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Basil Gatos, Digital Analysis and Character Recognition in Codex Manuscripts

Byzantium at Ankara “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” Mini Seminar Series

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new and exciting April Mini-Seminar Series entitled: “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” which includes Irene Giviashvili, Qiang Li, and Aniket Chettry as speakers. We will start our scholarly trip on Friday 9 April (17.00 o’clock, Istanbul time) with Irene Giviashvili who will be talking about the “Intercultural dialogue between Georgia and Byzantium.”

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