Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, Michaelmas Term 2021



Mondays, 12:30-14:00 UK time, via Zoom.

Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk or follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxford-byzantine-graduate-seminar-michaelmas-2021-tickets-181858984117.


25th October

Sofia Simões Coelho (Oxford)

Holy Fools in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Rus’


1st November

Thomas R. Langley (Cambridge)

Julian, Constantinople, and the Role of Civic Patriotism in the Fourth Century


8th November

Jessica Varsallona (Birmingham)

Michael VIII Palaiologos and the southern shore of Constantinople


15th November

Nicola Ernst (Exeter)

The Athanasian Emperors: Reconsidering Orthodox and Heretical Emperors in the 340s


22nd November

Callan Meynell (Oxford)

Roman? Greek? Byzantine? Some thoughts on the trial of Maximus the Confessor and Roman identity


29th November

John-Francis Martin (Oxford)

Byzantine Catholics (exact title TBC)


6th December

Kelly E. McClinton (Oxford)

The Case Romane del Celio: Living in Rome in Late Antiquity


13th December

Mark Huggins (Edinburgh)

The Many Byzantine Chrysostoms: A Look at Competing Sanctification Narratives at the Heart of Byzantine Spirituality

Is it Time to De-Colonize the Terms Byzantine & Byzantium

Is it Time to De-Colonize the Terms Byzantine & Byzantium

Monday, October 4, 2021
4 p.m.
via Zoom

The people we call “Byzantine” self-defined as “Romans.” The terms “Byzantium” and “Byzantine” were first employed by Western scholars more than a century after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in an effort to differentiate what they perceived to be the authentic Roman empire from its later, eastern, and Christian derivation. For centuries, these terms circulated within Western scholarship with a not-so-subtle sense of derogatory critique (e.g. Edward Gibbon). Perhaps ironically, the terms Byzantine and Byzantium were subsequently embraced among Orthodox Christian populations who tend to view the period as a golden age of Orthodox civilization. This expert panel will explore these issues and debate the viability/suitability of revising the terminology for the field.

Elizabeth Bolman, Case Western Reserve University
Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University
Leonora Neville, University of Wisconsin
Alexander Tudorie, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Moderated by George Demacopoulos, Fordham University

Orthodox Christian Studies Events are free and open to the public.

“Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence” Virtual Lecture Announcement

Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence
Date: Saturday, October 2nd at 1pm EDT
Where: Via Zoom
The lecture will focus on an aspect of the Greek War of Independence that calls for answers to questions as basic as they are elusive. What role did the Byzantine heritage play in conceptualizing, representing, or animating the struggle against the Ottoman Empire? What strands of Byzantium were foregrounded and through which mechanisms did they find a place in the collective imaginary of the period? In what ways was that process of reception and signification manifested, and to what extent? How can it be studied and properly understood today?
The event is cosponsored by the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture (https://hellenic.ucla.edu/) and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC. Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, will provide opening remarks.
Nikos Panou is assistant professor of comparative literature and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies in the Department of English at Stony Brook University. His current research focuses on articulations of power and authority in pre-modern moral and political discourse, with emphasis on advice literature and related genres. He has written on topics ranging from Byzantine historiography to seventeenth-century satire, and has coedited a volume on conceptions of tyranny from antiquity to the Renaissance with Oxford University Press.

International Forum on the Venizelou Metro Station, Thessaloniki

Institute for Advanced Study and UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology present
Sunday, September 26
9:00 AM (PST) / 12:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (Greece)
The uncovering of unique Late Roman and Byzantine remains in the course of excavations for a new metro system in Thessaloniki has called into question how a country comes to terms with the treatment and display of its material past. This international forum aims to present factual information about the significance of the finds, review decisions made by the Ministry of Culture and the Central Archaeological Council concerning the Venizelou Station remains, summarize past and ongoing litigation in Greek courts, and discuss the practical solutions offered by engineers. Following brief presentations by four speakers, listeners will be able to ask questions about the remains, the solutions to the technical challenges that their preservation on site presents, and their significance for the city’s future.
  • Angelos Chaniotes, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Costa Carras, Founder of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA-Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage / EUROPA NOSTRA Council member
  • Vlasis Koumousis, Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
  • Maria Mavroudi, Professor of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Sharon Gerstel, Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, UCLA
Please register below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Simultaneous translation into Greek will be available.

East of Byzantium Lecture: Cosmopolitanism as Hospitality

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the first East of Byzantium lecture of 2021–2022.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm (Eastern Time, UTC -4) | Zoom
Cosmopolitanism as Hospitality: Christian Charity and the Archaeology of the Medieval Silk Road in Armenia
Kate Franklin, Birkbeck, University of London
Kate Franklin will discuss piety, patronage, hospitality, and hotels in medieval Armenia.
Advance registration required. Registration closes at 9:00 AM (ET) on October 5, 2021. Register: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/
East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.
Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

“Curating the Art of the Global Middle Ages” VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE

The Delaware Valley Medieval Association (DVMA) invites you to attend its fall 2021 symposium “Curating Art of the Global Middle Ages,” Saturday, September 25, 1-4pm (EST).
The event will consist of a roundtable in which participants will reflect upon recent and current curatorial projects as presented in short, prerecorded talks (the talks, listed below, can be accessed here):
Andrea Myers Achi
Assistant Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Curating The Good Life: Reflections on organizing an exhibition about joy in 2020”
Kristen Collins
Curator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum
Gerhard Lutz
Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art, Cleveland Museum of Art
“Romanesque Reimagined: Curating across Disciplines”
Amanda Luyster
Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, College of the Holy Cross
“Old, Valuable, and Strange: Medieval Practices of Collection and Modern Global Exhibitions”
Risham Majeed
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Ithaca College
“Primitivism before/beyond Modernism”
Elizabeth Dospĕl Williams
Associate Curator, Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
“Transformative Processes and New Global Narratives: Reimagining the Permanent Byzantine Galleries at Dumbarton Oaks”
Space for this virtual event is limited, and registration is required.
Information about registration, links to the prerecorded talks, and relevant bibliography can be found on the event website: https://curatingartoftheglobalmiddleages.blogs.brynmawr.edu/
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Culture, the Program in Museum Studies, the Program in Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Arabic, and the Office of the President of Bryn Mawr College and organized by Alicia Walker (awalker01@brynmawr.edu).

UCD Late Antique and Byzantine Virtual Seminar Series

You are invited to attend a new Late Antique and Byzantine seminar series hosted by the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. Please find the flyer for this term’s seminar programme below.

Sessions will be run on Zoom, and all are welcome to attend; please register in advance at https://ucd-ie.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kmFoxs03Rd-iyzXDsYF7pw.

The first speaker in our series, on 5 October from 4:00-5:15pm (Dublin time), will be Mikael Muehlbauer (Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), ‘An Ethiopian “Constantine” in the 12th century: The architecture of the early Zagwe dynasty and monumental ruins’.

Edinburgh Byzantine Studies Seminar Series – Semester 1

The newly established Centre of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) invites you to attend the Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh.
The seminars take place at 17:15 and will be held via ZoomYou can register by following this link.
Monday, 20 September 2021, at 17:15, Stratis Papaioannou (University of Crete):
‘The philosopher’s tongue: or a short (hi)story of a Byzantine fiction’

Monday, 4 October 2021, at 17:15, Alicia Simpson (American College of Greece):
‘Philippopolis: a Byzantine metropolis in the northern Balkans’

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, at 17:10, Mary Whitby (University of Oxford):
‘An emperor and his poet: George of Pisidia on the Emperor Heraclius (610-641 CE)’
Co-hosted with the Classics Seminar

Monday, 18 October 2021, at 17:15, Julian Baker (University of Oxford):
‘Monetary transformations in western Anatolia in the first decades of the fourteenth century: Byzantines, Turks, and Franks between the Propontis and Rhodes’

Monday, 1 November 2021, at 17:15, Nicole Paxton Sullo (Princeton University):
‘The visuality of memory in later Byzantium’

Monday, 15 November 2021, at 17:15, Tristan Schmidt (University of Silesia in Katowice):
‘Performing military leadership in Komnenian Byzantium’

Monday, 29 November 2021, at 17:15, Pantelis Golitsis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki):

Collis Lecture (Virtual): Dr. Maria Vassilaki, September 26

“Viewing St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai”
Maria Vassilaki, Professor Emerita, Byzantine Art History, University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece), and Member of the Benaki Museum Board of Trustees (Athens, Greece)

September 26, 2pm-3pm EST (USA) via Zoom

An Annual Lecture Devoted to Ancient Greek and Byzantine Art

Saint Catherine’s Monastery is located in Sinai, a place associated with well-known events narrated in the Old Testament, making the region the ultimate locus sanctus (holy place). Built in Egypt in the mid-sixth century by emperor Justinian on the site of Moses’s Burning Bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, the fortified monastery remains intact to this day. In this lecture, Maria Vassilaki investigates how and when the Sinai landscape was transformed from a mere background setting into an independent composition.

© 2022 Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc. (BSANA) . All Rights Reserved.