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

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

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)

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


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

Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages” Call for Papers 

Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages” Call for Papers



François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France

Nahir Otaño Gracia, University of New Mexico

Cord J. Whitaker, Wellesley College

For far too long, scholarly consensus held that race and racism were mainly Enlightenment innovations, datable to no earlier than the seventeenth century. As long ago as the early twentieth century, some scholars pushed race’s origins to the sixteenth or even fifteenth centuries, but these scholars were few and far between. The Middle Ages and, with them, medieval studies were set off as a time and discipline innocent of race and racism. This remained generally true until the advent of critical medieval race studies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in 2021, special issues in major journals and no less than six full-length scholarly monographs have treated the imbrications of race with medieval art, literature, religion, and even the periodizing concept of the Middle Ages itself. Many more studies in medieval literature, history, art, religion, and culture have been conceptually informed by race, as have many studies in the modern perceptions and deployments of the Middle Ages. Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies calls for proposals for a themed issue, to be published as one of Speculum’s four quarterly issues, to recognize the intellectual value of the study of race to a comprehensive understanding of the Middle Ages.

We invite proposals for full-length essays (8,000-11,000 words) that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages. For example, essays might consider the roles of race-making and racialization in the Islamic world; how race and identity, together with religion, was negotiated and navigated in border regions such as al-Andalus, Sicily or the Levant (between Latin Christendom and Islam), the Sahara and the Sahel region (between the Islamic world and Subsaharan Africa); how the dynamics of race-thinking informed relations between Latin and Greek Christendom and Islam or the Mongol Empire, or between the Muslim/Islamicate world and Christian, Jewish, Hinduist, and traditional-religious societies within it or beyond its reaches; how race intersected with the dynamics of trade and connectivity, religious affiliation and conversion, slavery and emancipation, peace and war. Essays may also take on the roles of race, race-thinking, and identity in the geography and periodization of the Middle Ages: Are historical moments that are quintessential to the history of race also relevant to medieval-and-modern periodizations? Essays may also consider how and why race, race-thinking, and identity have shaped modern concepts, uses, and scholarship of the Middle Ages.

The editors are open to essays that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages by asking these and other deeply probing questions. Additionally, we are especially interested in essays that consider the globality of the medieval world: those that examine the networked interrelations and interdependences of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. In addition to scholarship in history and literature, we invite proposals using the tools and methods of anthropology, archaeology, art history, book history, historical linguistics, religious studies, sociology, and other fields germane to the studies of race, identity, and the Middle Ages.

The themed issue on race, race-thinking, and identity and the articles selected for it will be in keeping with Speculum’s purview as stated in the Guidelines for Submission: “preference is ordinarily given to articles of interest to readers in more than one discipline and beyond the specialty in question. Articles taking a more global approach to medieval studies are also welcomed, particularly when the topic engages with one or more of the core areas of study outlined above. Submissions with appeal to a broad cross-section of medievalists are highly encouraged.”

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted by email to cord.whitaker@wellesley.edu with SPECULUM PROPOSAL in the subject line by 31 January 2022. The authors of selected proposals will be notified by 28 February 2022. Completed essays will be expected by 1 December 2022.

Medieval Art, Modern Politics (CFP)

Medieval Art, Modern Politics
Volume editors: Brigitte Buettner and William Diebold
Deadline for submitting proposals (500-word abstract and a CV):  December 15, 2021
Anticipated submission of final texts: End of 2022
Historians of medieval art know that the buildings, objects, and images they study were often created for purposes that were overtly political. They have devoted less scholarly attention to a corollary: the political uses and misuses of medieval art after the Middle Ages. In some cases,  the same objects and sites that accrued ideological meanings during the Middle Ages did so again, if differently, in modern times (better known examples include the Bayeux Embroidery, the Horses of San Marco, the Bamberg Rider, the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire, the Crown of St. Stephen, and  Dome of the Rock).
This is a call for papers for a volume of essays that seeks to complicate our understanding of the afterlives of medieval art by concentrating on the politics of its reception. While the ideological instrumentalization of the Greco-Roman artistic legacy has been recounted many times and stories of the rediscovery of national antiquities in eighteenth-century Europe and the revival of Gothic art in the subsequent century are familiar, the use of the medieval legacy has tended to be framed as either an affair of taste or of intellectual and cultural histories. The way in which post-medieval regimes (whether monarchic, imperial, totalitarian, or progressive) or individuals have reframed specific medieval sites, artefacts, and iconographies still await detailed examination.
We invite papers that unpack instances of the uses and misuses of medieval art in various post-medieval contexts and directed towards different political goals. We encourage submissions that represent the full geographic and temporal scope of the medieval period. Possible questions to be addressed include: What messages were extracted from “Gothic” and “barbarian” antiquities that differed from the discourses retrojected into ancient or early modern art?  How were medieval visual creations literally and figuratively repositioned to serve modern political ends? What were  the impulses—aesthetic and ideological—that explain why modern regimes have found it useful, even necessary, to reinvest in the visual legacy of the Middle Ages?
Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Brigitte Buettner (bbuettne@smith.edu) and William Diebold (wdiebold@reed.edu). We will notify authors of the status of their proposal by January 15, 2022. We anticipate c. 8000-word essays and peer review. We are also planning a workshop-type gathering to comment on the papers before publication.

18th Rydén lecture – From Byzantium to ‘Byzantine’: how to approach medieval Greek literature today

You are cordially invited to the 18th lecture in the memory of Lennart Rydén (1931–2002), professor of Byzantine Studies at Uppsala University 1980–1996.
Thursday, 14 October 2021, 18.00 (6 pm), local time, presented in Zoom by the Newman Institute in Uppsala:
Meeting ID: 644 1021 1736
(host: Helena Bodin, <helena.bodin@littvet.su.se>)
From Byzantium to ‘Byzantine’: how to approach medieval Greek literature today
Ingela Nilsson, professor in Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University, and Director of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, will look at the development of the study of Byzantine philology over the past couple of decades: the turn from texts as sources to texts as literature, the implementation of critical theory and the introduction of cross-cultural perspectives.
The event includes a book launch, starting at 19.00 (7 pm):
Reinhart Ceulemans and Barbara Crostini present their edited volume Receptions of the Bible in Byzantium: Texts, Manuscripts, and their Readers (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2021), available in open access: http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1472780&dswid=1454

CFP: “Representations and Interpretations of the Passion and Death of Christ: Global Perspectives”

This Special Issue aims to bring a wide range of scholars who work on passion subjects in different time periods and geographical regions together to examine representations and interpretations of Christ’s passion and death from a global perspective, and across all Christian denominations, on a large canvas. Possible topics for articles include: patristic imagery for Christ’s passion; relics of Christ’s passion and their legends; artistic representations of Christ’s passion; the influence of apocryphal writings on Christ’s passion on vernacular religious literature; pilgrimages, shrines and devotional practices associated with Christ’s passion; the passion of Christ in medieval preaching exempla; the passion of Christ in hymnody; the passion of Christ in sermons; the passion of Christ in devotional treatises; the passion of Christ in prayer books; the material culture of Christ’s passion—relics, paintings, crucifixes, medals, religious prints, holy cards, etc; the passion of Christ in mystical literature; the passion of Christ in religious folklore; passion plays, medieval to modern; the passion of Christ in warfare; the passion of Christ in world literature and film, and its reception, and so on.

Given that a vast body of literature exists relating to the study of representations of Christ’s passion and death, this Special Issue particularly welcomes articles which highlight lesser-known or localized manifestations of passion devotion, especially those which have not yet appeared in scholarly literature in English.

In order to facilitate the gathering of the richest collection of material, this issue welcomes articles of various lengths, from c. 5,000 words to c. 15,000 words.

Please send all expressions of interest to Prof. Dr. Salvador Ryan, Faculty of Theology, St Patrick’s College Maynooth, Salvador.ryan@spcm.ie.

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