Women in Sacred Chant: Past and Present

A panel discussion celebrating the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana’s release of Hymns of Kassianí, a recording of newly edited medieval Byzantine chants by the 9th-century composer and poet Kassía. Moderated by Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown) and introduced by Professor Alexander Lingas (City and Cappella Romana). Panelists will explore the role of women — as composers and as performers — in sacred Western and Eastern chant from ancient times to the present day, including music by Kassianí (Kassía) and Hildegard of Bingen. This is a history often marginalized or even disregarded in general histories of Christianity, yet it has been — and continues to be — important to the continuing vitality of sacred music as an art form and as a crucial mode of religious expression. Tuesday, 13 April 2021: 18.00–19.30 BST via Zoom.

Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature

Online Lecture: “And all its stories are most comical” Animals and humour in later Byzantine literature by Kirsty Stewart

Meeting ID: 967 7174 0849
Passcode: SgJ1k8

14 April (Wednesday) 4 PM (Warsaw time)

Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh University) received her PhD from the Oxford University in 2015. Currently, she is working on animal studies, theological naturalism in Byzantine texts, and on the presentation of women in Byzantine literature.

Sponsored by the Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia

2021 ELPE Spring Seminars

ELPE (Ελληνική Παλαιογραφική Εταιρεία) Spring Seminars will illustrate aspects of research in Greek manuscripts in the digital environment. Seminars will be held online via Zoom, with the support of the Ionian University, and presume basic knowledge of papyrology and/or paleography.

April 13, Tuesday at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Efthymios K. Litsas – Ioanna Zaire, Online Tools for Greek Paleography & Codicology

May 18, Tuesday, at 19:00 (=12:00 noon U.S. Eastern DS Time / 11:00 Central): Basil Gatos, Digital Analysis and Character Recognition in Codex Manuscripts

Byzantium at Ankara “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” Mini Seminar Series

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new and exciting April Mini-Seminar Series entitled: “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” which includes Irene Giviashvili, Qiang Li, and Aniket Chettry as speakers. We will start our scholarly trip on Friday 9 April (17.00 o’clock, Istanbul time) with Irene Giviashvili who will be talking about the “Intercultural dialogue between Georgia and Byzantium.”

BEMA Online seminar: Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the City of Odessos

Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the City of Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) by Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev (Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager – Varna, Assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History). The lecture will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2 pm New York (EDT), 6 pm London, UK (GMT), 8 pm Sofia, Bulgaria (EET). The event will last approximately 90 mins including Q&A.

Paul Binski, Fiction and Motivation in Medieval Art

The Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the inaugural lecture in the Forsyth Lecture Series, to be delivered by Paul Binski, emeritus Professor of the History of Medieval Art at Cambridge University. Please join us on Wednesday, March 24th at 2:30PM (ET) via Zoom.

Politics and Government in Byzantium. The Rise and Fall of the Bureaucrats

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the fifth seminar of the new Spring 2021 Seminar Series: on Thursday 25 March (h. 18.00 Istanbul Time), Jonathan Shea (Dumbarton Oaks/George Washington University) will talk about his recent book entitled: “Politics and Government in Byzantium. The Rise and Fall of the Bureaucrats.”

Neourgia: The Restoration of Icons in the Premodern World

Please join us for another engaging webinar in the “Byzantine Dialogues from the Gennadius Library” series. Professor Ivan Drpić will present “Neourgia: The Restoration of Icons in the Premodern World.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
1:00 PM EDT (U.S.) / 7:00 PM EET (Greece)
Presented by the Gennadius Library

Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library: Cataloging, Teaching, and Research

We are very pleased to invite you all to the fourth session of the Virtual Encounters on Book History, a series organized by Pablo Alvarez (University of Michigan) and Benito Rial Costas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Our speakers will focus on various aspects of this important collection of manuscripts, presenting case studies that illustrate their historical, textual, and artistic relevance.

15 March 2021, 1:00 pm EST (Ann Arbor); 6:00 pm CET (Madrid) via Zoom. Registration required.

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture: Ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός and Byzantine Astrological Practice

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce its final lecture for 2020–2021: “Ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός and Byzantine Astrological Practice.” Dr. Darin Hayton, Haverford College, will explore ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός to elucidate the culture of astrology in the later Byzantine empire. The lecture will take place April 1, 2021, 4:00–5:00 pm (Eastern time) via Zoom. Registration required.

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