Lecture: Responding Icons and Miraculous Images?

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the next lecture in its 2022–2023 lecture series.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST | Zoom
Responding Icons and Miraculous Images? Is There a Theology for Mosaics?
Liz James, University of Sussex
The ‘theology of icons’ is well-discussed in Byzantine Studies: the role that religious images played in Byzantine life; the relationships between the icon, the worshipper and the divine; debates about the representation of the divine. How do these ideas play out with mosaics however, which are not easy to understand as live lines of communication with the divine in the same way that icons (when understood as panel paintings) are? How can we think about mosaics as icons, or is this the wrong question?Liz James is a Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex

Advance registration required at https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/responding-icons-and-miraculous-images

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

Byzantine hagiographies of the fringe and the question of fictionality

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on January 31 with a hybrid lecture on:

Byzantine hagiographies of the fringe and the question of fictionality by Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete.

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link:


Please find here the series program for the spring semester of 2022-23: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/news/2023/2023_ByzantineStudiesLectures.pdf

Bringing the Holy Land Home

Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece (Jan. 26 – April 6, 2023)
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Prior Performing Arts Center, the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, MA

“Bringing the Holy Land Home” explores the impact of art objects manufactured in the eastern Mediterranean on the visual culture of medieval England and western Europe. At its center are an iconic set of mold-made tiles, discovered at Chertsey Abbey outside of London, but probably commissioned for London’s Westminster Palace around 1250. These include a famous pair of roundels showing the English king Richard the Lionheart and the Ayyubid sultan Saladin (Salah al-Din) in combat. Excavated from the ruined site of Chertsey Abbey in the 19th century, the original composition of the fragmented tiles has been reconstructed, including their lost Latin texts. The reconstruction has demonstrated not only that the entire mosaic addressed the theme of the crusades, but also that its design evoked that of imported Byzantine and Islamic silks.

Carried home by crusaders, Byzantine and Islamic silks as well as ceramics, metalwork and other items were highly valued by European audiences, who incorporated them into sacred objects, displayed them in places of esteem, and imitated their designs – as was the case with the Chertsey tiles. The composition of the Chertsey floor relies on visual traditions of textiles developed by Muslim and Orthodox Christian artists in the eastern Mediterranean, even while the iconography attends to the theme of English victory over foreign opponents. By pairing the Chertsey tiles with contemporaneous European and eastern Mediterranean objects, this exhibition endeavors to illuminate the specific and complex contexts that informed the tiles’ production and design.

Along with the Chertsey tiles, on loan from the British Museum, this exhibition also displays the Morgan Library’s Crusader Bible and medieval objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and Harvard Art Museums.

Exhibition website at https://chertseytiles.holycross.edu

Exhibition catalogue with contributions from Michael Wood (OBE), Andrea Achi, Paroma Chatterjee, Meredith Fluke, Eurydice Georganteli, Sean Gilsdorf, Sarah Guerin, Cynthia Hahn, Eva R. Hoffman, Richard A. Leson, A. L. McClanan, Nina Masin-Moyer ’22, Grace P. Morrissey ’22, Suleiman Mourad, David Nicolle, Scott Redford, Euan Roger, Alicia Walker, and Elizabeth Dospel Williams, available at


Thurs. Jan 26, Opening Lecture & Reception
Thurs. Jan 26, 4pm, Rehm Library
Dr. William Purkis, “Bringing the Holy Land Home: Crusaders, Relics, and the Transformation of Latin Christendom’s Sacred Material World.” Dr. Purkis is Head of School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham.
5:30pm, Opening Reception, Cantor Gallery
Sat. March 25, 8:30am-7pm, “Bringing the Holy Land Home” conference, held in association with the NEMC (New England Medieval Consortium) 

Registration details will be posted at https://chertseytiles.holycross.edu/events/ in the coming weeks.

Lloyd de Beer, the British Museum
Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan
Paul Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Gabriele, Virginia Tech
Sarah Guerin, University of Pennsylvania
Cynthia Hahn, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Eva Hoffman, Tufts University
Richard Leson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Amanda Luyster, College of the Holy Cross
Suleiman Mourad, Smith College
Nicholas Paul, Fordham University
Matthew Reeve, Queen’s University
Euan Roger, National Archives, Kew
Naomi Speakman, the British Museum
Elizabeth Williams, Dumbarton Oaks

Finally, if you would like to bring a group to visit the show on any date that the gallery is open (M-F 10 a.m. – 5 pm | Sat noon – 5 pm, Jan. 26-April 6), just email me to make arrangements.  Admission and parking are free.

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar: Hilary Term 2023

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The Seminar takes place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (UK time), via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register to attend, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill [@] worc.ox.ac.uk. All are very welcome.

This term’s papers will be:

Monday 23rd January
Rebecca Amendola (La Sapienza Università di Roma)
Manuscripts in Motion: The Parma Gospel Book (Ms. Pal. 5) and Its Journey to Italy

Monday 30th January
Emma Huig (Universiteit Gent)
Stephanites and Ichnelates: recovering the Eugenian recension?

Monday 6th February
Daniel Alford (University of Oxford)
Adults, Children and Other Animals: The Construction of the Zoroastrian Household
Monday 13th February
James Duncan (University of Liverpool)
Mechanical Dragons and Underground Cults: Quodvultdeus’s Hidden Pagans

Monday 20th February
Nathan D. C. Websdale (University of Oxford)
The Humbled Generation: Racial Otherization and Ethnic Contraction in Byzantium in the Witnesses of the Fourth Crusade

Monday 27th February
Ben Morris (Cardiff University)
‘Against All Men’: The Movement of Military Service in Byzantine and English Treaties, 900-1200

Monday 6th March
Juliana Santos Dinoá Medeiros (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Hagiography and miracle performance in seventh-century Gaul

Monday 13th March
Maria Rukavichnikova (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
War Discourse in Times of Crisis: Authorial Strategies in Byzantine Historical Literature of the 14th Century

The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art: Byzantium and Africa (4th—15th centuries CE)

You are cordially invited to The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art
Dr. Andrea Myers Achi: “Byzantium and Africa (4th—15th centuries CE).”
Friday, February 3, 2023, 3:30 PM EST

Dr. Andrea Achi will speak on the art and visual culture of Africa and Byzantium, the topic of her upcoming 2023 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The talk is free and open to the public.

This event is hybrid: it will take place in person at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University (Arch Room 104), and simultaneously be streamed via Zoom.  An in-person reception will follow the lecture. Zoom registration is required for virtual attendees: Register here
Andrea Achi is Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art is generously sponsored by Lynn Jackson. Additional support comes from the University General Activities Fund (GAF), Temple University.

Who was Alexios Apokaukos? Late Byzantine social history revisited

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on December 21 with a hybrid lecture on:

 Who was Alexios Apokaukos? Late Byzantine social history revisited by Dionysios Stathakopoulos, University of Cyprus.

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link:


A Hidden World Revealed: The Palimpsests of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai

Event announcement via Princeton University, The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies.

A Hidden World Revealed: The Palimpsests of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai

Founded by the Roman emperor Justinian in the sixth century, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai is one of the most famous monasteries in the world and a place whose celebrated manuscript collection is of profound importance for a number of academic fields. A series of workshops at Princeton will highlight the recent, spectacular findings of the Sinai Palimpsests Project, illustrating the methods of multi-spectral imaging and image-processing, along with cataloging and paleographic work with Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Syriac manuscripts. Leading experts in their fields will give presentations followed by hands-on sessions with participants.

Monday, December 12 – Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

219 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544

Opening Keynote Speaker: Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of New York

Closing Keynote Speaker: Father Justin of the Sinai, Librarian of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt

For registration information and complete schedule, see the event website.

Cosponsored by Comparative Antiquity: A Humanities Council Global Initiative, MARBAS (Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies at Princeton), Special Collections, Firestone Library, and Program in Medieval Studies.

The Maritime Infrastructure and Network of the Delian Emporium

Event announcement from the American Research Institute in Turkey

The Maritime Infrastructure and Network of the Delian Emporium

Date: December 6, 2022 Time: 7:00 pm (Istanbul, UTC + 3),11:00 am EST (New York).

An ARIT online lecture by Dr. Mantha Zarmakoupi, Professor of Roman Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. Cosponsored with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and the Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center (KUDAR)

Register here or for more information, please see https://aritweb.org/events/ or write to aritevents@gmail.com.

“The Cyclades at the dawn of the Middle Ages” lecture

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on November 30 with a hybrid lecture on: The Cyclades at the dawn of the Middle Agesby Demetrios Athanasoulis, Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades.

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PcugA8L0RDevPxfTDKE8fw

See also the series program for the autumn semester of 2022-23: http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ihr/news/2022/2022_10_25_ByzantineStudiesSeminars.pdf


“Zooming in on Byzantine Cities”

The Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes d’Istanbul (IFEA), in collaboration with the Department of History, the Department of Archaeology and the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University, the Department of Art History at Hacettepe University, ANAMED and Byzantium at Ankara organized a lecture series in Fall 2022 with the title “Zooming in on Byzantine Cities: Αἱ ἀληθείαι τῶν πόλεων.”

The next event of the series will be held online on 25 November 2022. You can join via Zoom on the day of the event (https://zoom.us/j/3899516358 ).

The language of the event is English. The first session of the event will start at 10:15 with the session entitled “Cities of the Byzantine Heartland,” in which Zeliha Demirel Gökalp (Anadolu University), Jenny Albani (independent scholar), Suna Çağaptay (Bahçeşehir University) and Anais Lamesa (IFEA) will participate. While for the second session, “Urbanism in the Insular and Coastal Koine,” Akın Ersoy (İzmir Katip Çelebi University), Paul Arthur (University of Lecce & Society of Italian Medieval Archaeology) and Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University) will join the event.

The series will continue with further lectures. For the full program of the series, go to https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ZOOMING-IN-ON-BYZANTINE-CITIES.pdf

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