To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9–14, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 18, 2021.
Date: April 16-17, 2021 at 9am EDT
The famous adage that history is written by the victors may have become a truism, but the voices of conquered people have never been fully silenced—rather, we may not have been interested in hearing them. All too often, historiography (by no means limited to Byzantine studies) has focused on great-man histories, impersonal studies of societies, or the “longue durée,” all modes that diminish the importance of subjective individual experiences of people who were not great or who were not men.
This symposium therefore aims to refocus the collective scholarly gaze of Byzantinists away from the victors in war and toward the vanquished; away from heroes and rulers and toward victims and casualties; away from the political, economic, historical, and social causes of war and toward the personal and subjective experience of it; away from the insistence of dominant voices and toward the recuperation of marginalized ones.
Bringing together twelve specialists in literature, history, art history, and contemporary cultural theory, this symposium seeks to better understand both how Byzantines themselves understood being conquered and, as importantly, what being conquered in Byzantium can mean for us now.
The conference will take place via Zoom on 22nd and 23rd April 2021 (British Summer Time).
The deadlines for Free Communications and Posters (April 15), Thematic Sessions for Free Communications (April 15), Round Tables (May 15), and Plenary Sessions (May 15) for the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Venice – Padua, 22-27 August 2022) are approaching. Please visit the Congress website for more information.
Aquafauna has recently been the topic of several conferences and publications focusing on zoological knowledge, its transmission, and transformation. Our workshop aims to investigate the imagery of aquatic animals in literature, their symbolism, their metaphorical use, and widespread views and misconceptions about such animals. We ask for proposals for papers looking at the period between ca. 500 and 1500 from a broader perspective, trying to understand how aquatic animals made their way into literature, oral traditions, proverbs, idioms, and art. Proposals due by April 15. The workshop will take place online (via the ZOOM platform) September 27-28, 2021.
School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University (Vienna/Budapest) is pleased to announce the 7th International Graduate Conference on “Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World”, Vienna, 28-29 May 2021 (ONLINE). The conference provides a forum for graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the Eastern Mediterranean to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.
Application deadline: April 5
CFP: Studying Byzantium in the interwar years
Workshop at the XXIV International Conference of Byzantine Studies
Venice/Padua, August 22–27, 2022
Submissions due March 31, 2021
The present workshop aims to explore how Byzantine art history has developed at a key moment in European history, during the 1920s and the 1930s, focusing on the individual stories of Byzantine art historians in that period. Formed by pioneers of the field, scholars working on the art of the Eastern Roman Empire during the interwar period pursued their research in a world radically transformed by the First World War.
This workshop invites early graduate students (considering their options for research topics) to discuss the place of various forms of diversity in the region and consider topics which cross the communal and linguistic boundaries imposed on premodern history by most graduate education today. The goal is to expose graduate students to the region’s diversity early in their academic trajectory to allow them to acquire the skills necessary to pursue wide-ranging research. The workshop will take place May 17-21, 2021 via Zoom. Submit your proposals by March 26. Notifications of successful applications will be made by April 5 or shortly thereafter.
The Association des étudiants du monde byzantin (AEMB) is happy to announce the 12th edition of the AEMB international post-graduate conference, September 24–25, 2021. For this edition, the board of the association has opted for a new format: one day will be dedicated to free presentations, and the second day will center around a precise theme. The selected theme, chosen through consultation with members of the association, is Time. The deadline for proposals is April 18.