Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

(@MedievalWorldCC)

A new magazine about the Middle Ages – Medieval World: Culture & Conflict – launched in May 2022. Published by Karwansaray Publishers, this project features the rich history and material culture of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived geographically and temporally. The magazine is published every two months in full color, both in print and online. It is distributed worldwide.

The articles are written by leading scholars and early career researchers in various fields of study. Each issue centers on a theme that provides detailed coverage of a particular topic from historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary standpoints, among others, as well as special articles on issues of daily life, legends, key figures, events, and monuments from the Middle Ages.

In addition to the excellent written content, the articles are illustrated with images of sites and objects from collections around the world, as well as original maps, drawings, and paintings. Accessibly written and splendidly illustrated, this publication highlights the value of textual and visual records in reconstructing the multifaceted historical and cultural dimensions of the Middle Ages.

In response to current events, the second issue of the magazine focuses on the history, art, and culture of Kyivan Rus. It includes a historical overview of the region, and covers important figures and buildings, like Yaroslav the Wise and his famed cathedral of St. Sophia, the Kyivan Caves Monastery, the coins and writing of early Rus, military saints, and the interactions with the Mongols.

The theme-related articles are:

  • Christian Raffensperger, “The Medieval Kingdom of Kyivan Rus: Expansive and Well-Connected,” 14-22.
  • Mike Markowitz, “The Coinage of Kyivan Rus: Byzantine Models and Local Adaptations,” 23.
  • Adrian Jusupović, “Bookmen, Scribes, and Literates: Writing in Rus between 1000-1400,” 24-27.
  • Donald Ostrowski, “The Mongol Campaigns in Rus in 1252: Searching for the Kniaginia,” 28-35.
  • Özlem Eren, “A Cathedral and Its Patron: Yaroslav the Wise and Saint Sophia in Kyiv,” 36-39.
  • Charles J. Halperin, “Kyivan Rus and the Mongols: Hostility and Accommodation,” 40-43.
  • Monica White, “Protective Warriors: Military Saints from Byzantium to Rus,” 44-47.

You can find more details about this new publication here. If you would like to contribute an article or a news piece, or suggest themes for future issues, please be in touch. Each author who contributes receives an honorarium for their time, effort, and expertise.

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD

Editor, Medieval World: Culture & Conflict

editor@medievalworldmagazine.com

Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum

Dear colleagues,

I have pleasure in letting you know that the first issue of the new journal “Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron/Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum” was recently published. An initiative of the Diocesan Academy of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Stagoi and Meteora, the journal seeks to present and illuminate various unknown or little known aspects of the historical, spiritual and material heritage of the local Church, the Meteora monasteries and, by extension, north-west Thessaly as a whole, as a centre of historical developments and a sphere of intercultural interaction. It aspires to inaugurate new directions in the study of the multifaceted heritage of Meteora, primarily through interdisciplinarity and the variety of subjects accommodated. Our inaugural issue is bilingual and printed in full colour.

On behalf of the editorial team,

Nikolaos Vryzidis

Details follow below:

Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron – Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum 1 (2022), ISSN: 2944-9022, 430 p., 30 €

1. ΣΥΜΕΩΝ ΟΥΡΕΣΗΣ ΠΑΛΑΙΟΛΟΓΟΣ, ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΤΡΙΚΑΛΩΝ (with French précis)

Brendan Osswald

2. THESSALY UNDER THE SERBS (1348 – c. 1373) (with Greek précis)
Maja Nikolić

3. ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΠΟΙ ΣΤΟΝ ΒΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΟΣΙΩΝ ΝΕΚΤΑΡΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΨΑΡΑΔΩΝ (with English précis)
Demetrios Agoritsas

4. THE MONASTERIES OF METEORA DURING THE OTTOMAN PERIOD AND THE PRACTICE OF MONASTIC CONFINEMENT  (with Greek précis)

Elif Bayraktar Tellan

5. ΒΗΜΟΘΥΡΟ ΣΤΗ ΜΟΝΗ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΥ ΑΠΟΔΙΔΟΜΕΝΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΗ ΤΟΝ ΚΡΗΤΑ (with English précis)
Paraskevi Papademetriou

6. THE ARTISTIC ACTIVITY OF THEOPHANES ΤΗΕ CRETAN IN WESTERN THESSALY AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE “CRETAN SCHOOL” OF PAINTING IN OTTOMAN GREECE (with Greek précis)
Konstantinos M. Vapheiades

7. RECREATING A SOCIETY’S MATERIAL CULTURE: TEXTILES IN THE TRIKKE CODEX EBE 1471 (with Greek précis)
Nikolaos Vryzidis

8. FROM THE ORTHODOX MEGALOPOLIS OF MOSCOVY OF GREAT RUSSIA: RUSSIAN HEIRLOOMS FROM THE MONASTERY OF TATARNA, SIXTEENTH -SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES (with Greek précis)
Yuliana Boycheva (with an appendix by Daria Resh)

9. Η ΕΠΙΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ ΣΤΑΣΗ ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΜΟΣΧΟΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΩΝ ΠΕΡΙ ΑΓΙΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΟΡΥΔΑΛΙΚΗΣ ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΡΗΤΟΡΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ 18º ΑΙΩΝΑ (with English précis)
Elias Tempelis

Academia.edu account: https://independent.academia.edu/AnalectaStagorumetMeteororum

Distribution: Tsigaridas Books (orders@tsigaridasbooks.gr).

Dumbarton Oaks Papers Announcement

Via Colin Whiting and Nikos Kontogiannis, Dumbarton Oaks

21 March 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

Greetings from Washington, DC! We have some exciting news about Dumbarton Oaks Papers that we would like to share with you.

First, DOP will now appear on JSTOR shortly after volumes are published. There is no longer a three-year delay! Last year’s volume, DOP 75 (2021), is already available: https://www.jstor.org/stable/e27107147.

Second is that we are now encouraging shorter submissions. For many years, DOP has served as a venue for long pieces on Byzantine topics, typically 10,000 words or more. The journal is, however, uniquely positioned to respond to the changing needs of the field by making itself a venue for the best of all Byzantine scholarship, no matter the length—and we certainly do not want to miss out on new and exciting work. So if you have a shorter piece, please consider submitting it to DOP! These shorter submissions might be concise but particularly outstanding studies; discussions or reinterpretations of significant archaeological material; or studies of objects in the Dumbarton Oaks collections. For more information on submitting, please visit https://www.doaks.org/resources/publications/series/dumbarton-oaks-papers.

Best wishes,

 

Colin Whiting

Nikos Kontogiannis

 

Editors, Dumbarton Oaks Papers

CFP – The Architecture of Medieval Port Cities: Italy and the Mediterranean

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Convivium X/1, 2023 thematic issue:
The Architecture of Medieval Port Cities: Italy and the Mediterranean

Edited by Sarah K. Kozlowski (The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History) and Kristen Streahle (Hollins University)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2022
Deadline for manuscripts: 31 August 2022
Deadline for complete articles: 31 January 2023

Recent scholarship has explored port cities of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean—from the Iberian peninsula, to Italy and North Africa, to the Levant—as complex sites of artistic encounter, exchange, and mobility. In dialogue with current research on the movement of artworks, materials, and people across the Mediterranean world, we invite art and architectural historians, archeologists, and historians to consider the forms and cultural dynamics of port cities themselves. These natural and built environments both configure relationships between land, sea, and the world beyond, and create unique spatial, cultural, social, and economic conditions for artistic production and transformation.

Building upon research presented in “Architecture and Mediation in Medieval Mediterranean Port Cities,” a panel held at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Spring 2020, the co-editors will bring together a collection of essays in a special issue of the journal Convivium, which will be published in April 2023.

Two lines of questioning animate the project. First, how do the physical and material forms of port cities configure and even thematize relationships between land and sea, arrival and departure, openness and closure? Along this line of questioning, we invite contributions that treat topics including but not limited to:

– the design and construction of port infrastructure in relation to hydro-topographic organization;

– ports and their cities as parts of larger systems of borders and frontiers, including strategies of closure, obstruction, and delay (for example, harbor chains, towers, and quarantine stations);

– architectural responses to natural disasters such as disease, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions; and

– urban planning, architectural design and materials, and programs of ornament that figure relationships between a port city and the broader cultural and economic
networks of which it is part.

Second, how do the natural, built, and social environments of port cities mediate and shape artistic circulation and exchange? Contributors may approach this question through investigations of:

– social and legal mechanisms for the movement of artists, architects, builders, engineers, and workshops;

– patterns and logistics in the transport of materials;

– mediums of knowledge transfer such as drawings, model books, and plans;

– representations of port cities in maps, illuminated manuscripts, mercantile handbooks, and travel accounts; and

– topographical, functional, and social dynamics between a city’s port and its neighborhoods of artisans and artists.

We welcome contributions that focus on these and other questions related to the architecture of port cities of the Italian peninsula and islands, as well as Italian port cities within the context of broader Mediterranean networks, circa 700–1600 CE. We encourage investigations of understudied connections between Italy and the wider world (for example, between Italy and northern Africa) as well as new approaches to well-studied connections. Our aim is to assemble a constellation of essays that relate to and converse with each other geographically, chronologically, thematically, and methodologically, presenting the very latest research in the field and opening new avenues for future work.

Further information on: http://www.earlymedievalstudies.com/convivium.html

Submission: Abstracts of 500–600 words should be sent to Sarah Kozlowski and Kristen Streahle (ConviviumX1@gmail.com). After acceptance of an abstract by the editors, the manuscript of the article will be submitted to a process of double-blind peer review.

Sources in Early Poetics (Brill)

Announcing SOURCES IN EARLY POETICS, a new book series published by Brill
https://brill.com/page/sep

Online launch 16 March 2022 free with registration featuring addresses from the editors and a roundtable discussion with Prof. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge), Prof. Rita Copeland (Penn), Dr Lara Harb (Princeton), Prof. Filippomaria Pontani (Venice), and other discussants to be confirmed shortly!

Sources in Early Poetics publishes primary sources in literary criticism from Greco-Roman antiquity to the Enlightenment. Cutting across established period and disciplinary divides, the series emphasizes both the essential continuity and the inventive range of over two millennia of criticism in the West and its neighbouring traditions. From the Levant to the Americas, from Greek and Latin to Arabic, Hebrew, and the rising vernaculars, Sources in Early Poetics provides a forum for new materials and perspectives in the long, cosmopolitan history of literary thought.

The series publishes editions of single works as well as collections of shorter texts by one or more authors, with facing-page English translations provided for all non-English texts. We also publish English translations of works available in adequate editions elsewhere, but unavailable in authoritative and accessible English renderings. Special attention is given to unpublished, unedited, and untranslated sources, especially those remaining in manuscript.

The series has its origin in Poetics before Modernity (https://www.poeticsbeforemodernity.net/), an international project founded by the General Editors in 2016. In addition to sponsoring Sources in Early Poetics and other publications, the project also organizes events and collaborates with affiliated institutions, and is backed by an extensive Advisory Board, featuring some of the most distinguished scholars in the field.

General Editors
Vladimir Brljak (Durham)
Micha Lazarus (Warburg Institute)

Editors
Baukje van den Berg (Central European University)
Elsa Bouchard (University of Montreal)
Bryan Brazeau (University of Warwick)
Andrew Kraebel (Trinity University)

Advisory Board
Gavin Alexander (Cambridge), Jan Bloemendal (Huygens), Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania), Anders Cullhed (Stockholm), Pierre Destrée (U catholique de Louvain), Kathy Eden (Columbia), Roland Greene (Stanford), Beatrice Gründler (Freie U Berlin), Stephen Halliwell (St Andrews), Lara Harb (Princeton), Philip Hardie (Cambridge), Bernhard Huss (Freie U Berlin), Ian Johnson (St Andrews), Casper de Jonge (Leiden), Pauline LeVen (Yale), Martin McLaughlin (Oxford), Alastair Minnis (Yale), Glenn W. Most (Chicago/MPWG Berlin), Stratis Papaioannou (Crete), Aglae Pizzone (Southern Denmark), Filippomaria Pontani (Venice), James Porter (UC Berkeley), Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard), Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (KCL), Peter T. Struck (Pennsylvania), María José Vega Ramos (U Autònoma de Barcelona), Zhang Longxi (City U of Hong Kong), Jan Ziolkowski (Harvard)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Byzantine-related content for Mapping Eastern Europe

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Byzantine-related content for Mapping Eastern Europe

Mapping Eastern Europe is a platform intended to promote study, teaching, and research about Eastern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries through historical and thematic overviews, case-studies and videos of monuments and objects, ongoing projects, as well as reviews of books and exhibitions.

This year, we are expanding our content with more Byzantine-related entries!

If you are interested in contributing to this project with a case study and/or a historical or thematic overview, please let us know by completing this FORM by February 15, 2022.

Please enter your name, affiliation, and email. In the comments section, specify the topic, title, and entry type (long-form case study, video case study, historical overview, or thematic overview) that you would be interested in submitting. Entries are in the range of 1000-2000 words, and video case studies are ~10min long.

We will make final decisions and will be in touch with each author by March 1, 2022. Authors will then be asked to follow a template, and entries will be thoroughly reviewed and edited prior to publication. Each author will receive a modest honorarium for each contribution. Final submissions will be due May 1, 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maria Alessia Rossi, PhD | Princeton University

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD | Tufts University

New Book – The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity

Yuliya Minets. The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity. Cambridge University Press, December 2021.

This is the story of the transformation of the ways in which the increasingly Christianized elites of the late antique Mediterranean experienced and conceptualized linguistic differences. The metaphor of Babel stands for the magnificent edifice of classical culture that was about to reach the sky, but remained self-sufficient and self-contained in its virtual monolingualism – the paradigm within which even Latin was occasionally considered just a dialect of Greek. The gradual erosion of this vision is the slow fall of Babel that took place in the hearts and minds of a good number of early Christian writers and intellectuals who represented various languages and literary traditions. This step-by-step process included the discovery and internalization of the existence of multiple other languages in the world, as well as subsequent attempts to incorporate their speakers meaningfully into the holistic and distinctly Christian picture of the universe.

Plekos – New Mailing List

Plekos is an online review journal, established in 1998/1999, which publishes reviews of new publications in the following fields: Classical Philology, Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Patristics and Church History, as well as Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine Art History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Epigraphy, and Numismatics.

The most recent as well as over 700 previous reviews can be found at www.plekos.de.

The journal is currently published and edited by Balbina Bäbler (Göttingen), Konstantin Klein (Bamberg), Ulrich Lambrecht (Koblenz), and Peter Riedlberger (Bamberg).

The editors would like to embrace the opportunity to alert you that from now on, there will is an additional mailing list for those who wish to receive the c. 50–60 reviews per year via e-mail. To remain up to date, please subscribe at the following link: https://www.listserv.dfn.de/sympa/subscribe/plekos

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