48th Spring Byzantine Symposium

48th Spring Byzantine Symposium

Whose Mediterranean is it anyway? Cross-cultural interaction between Byzantium and the West 1204-1669

The Open University, Milton Keynes
28th-30th March 2015


Saturday 28th March

Registration and Welcome – Berril Building

09.30-10.15: Registration / coffee

10.15-10.30: Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Milton Keynes) – Welcome

Morning Session – Berril Building

Chair: Liz James

10.30-11.00: Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Milton Keynes) – Framing of the 48th Spring Byzantine Symposium

11.00-11.40: Jane Baun (Oxford) – Whose Church is it anyway? Mediterranean Christianities in cross-cultural context

11.40-12.00: Discussion

12.00-13.30: Lunch (Berril Building)

Saturday 28th March

Afternoon Session – Berril Building

Chair: Leslie Brubaker

13.30-14.10: Liz James (Sussex) – Made in Byzantium? Mosaics after 1204

14.10-14.50: Stefania Gerevini (Rome) – Beyond 1204? The Baptistery of San Marco, the chapel of St Isidore, and the meaning of Byzantine visual language in fourteenth-century Venice

14.50-15.30: Michele Bacci (Freiburg) – Enhancing the Authority of Icons: Italian Frames for Byzantine Images

15.30-15.55: Discussion

16.00-16.30: Coffee / Tea (Berrill Building)

16.00-17.30: SPBS Meeting (Hub Theatre)

(Coffee / Tea for those attending this meeting will be served at the Hub Theatre)

Open Lecture – Berrill Building

Chair: Angeliki Lymberopoulou

17.45-19.00: Leslie Brubaker (Birmingham) – Space, place and culture: processions across the Mediterranean

19.45 Symposium Feast – Hilton Hotel

Sunday 29th March

Please note: British Summer time begins on Sunday 29th March – clocks go forward one hour


Morning Session – Berrill Building

Chair: Rembrandt Duits

9.00-09:40 Diana Newall (Kent) – Artistic and Cultural Tradition through Candia in the 15th century

09:40-10.20: Maria Constantoudaki (Athens) – Aspects of Artistic Exchange on Crete. Remarks and Question Marks

10.20-10.50: Coffee / Tea (Berrill Building)

10.50-11.30: Sharon Gerstel (Los Angeles) – Between east and West: Locating Monumental Painting from the Peloponnesos

11.30-11.55: Discussion

12.00-13.30: Lunch (Berrill Building)

12.45-13.30: SPBS AGM (Berrill Building)

13.30-15.30: Communications – Two Parallel Sessions (please see additional programme)

Session A: Berrill Building – Chair: Diana Newall

Session B: Hub Theatre – Chair: Tony Eastmond 

15.30-16.00: Coffee / Tea (Berril Building for all)

Sunday 29th March

Afternoon Session – Berrill Building

Chair: Dionysios Stathakopoulos

16.00-16.20: Ioanna Christoforaki (Athens – in absentia) – Crossing Boundaries: Colonial and Local Identities in the Visual Culture of Medieval Cyprus

16.20-17.00: Tassos Papacostas (London) – Where Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture crossed paths: Cyprus under Latin rule

17.00-17.15: Discussion

Open Lecture – Berrill Building

Chair: Angeliki Lymberopoulou

17.30-18.45: Dionysios Stathakopoulos (London) – ‘Latin basillisses’: transcultural marriages in late medieval Greece

18.45: Reception – Berrill Building: Sponsored by Ashgate

Monday 30th March

Morning Session – Berrill Building

Chair: Tassos Papacostas

09.00-09.40: Tony Eastmond (London) – Contesting Art in the Thirteenth Century

09.40-10.20: Hans Bloemsma (Middelburg) – The changing meaning of Byzantine art in the context of early Italian painting

10.20-11.00: Rembrandt Duits (London) – Byzantine Influences in the Iconography of Last Judgment in Late Medieval Italy

11.00-11.30: Tea / Coffee (Berrill Building)

11.30-12.10: Francesca Marchetti (London) – O insignis Graecia, ecce iam tuum finem. Illustrated medical manuscripts in Late Palaeologan Constantinople and their fortune in Sixteenth Century Italy

12.10-12.45: Discussion and Closure of the 48th Spring Byzantine Symposium

12.45-14.00: Lunch (Berrill Building)



  Sunday 29th March 2014, 13.30 -15.30

**Please Note: The allocated time per communication is 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions – a total of 15 minutes per communication. The 20 minute allocation in the programme is provided for those who would like to move between the Berril Building and the Hub Theatre in the Open University campus to attend different communications. Chairs are advised to be ‘Bryer’-ruthless in their time keeping. Thank you for your co-operation.**


Session A: Berril Building – Chair Diana Newall

13.30-13.50: Livia Bevilacqua (Venice) – Venice in Byzantium: Art and Patronage in the Venetian Quarter of Constantinople (13th-15th centuries)

13.50-14.10: Matthew Kinloch (Oxford) – Shared Cultures of Power: Cities and power in Byzantium and Italy

14.10-14.30: Christopher Wright (London) – Prizes or prisons: the Latins and power over islands in the Palaiologan Byzantium

14.30-14.50: Anestis Vasilakeris (Istanbul) – The Drawing Process in Byzantine and Italian Painting around 1300

14.50-15.10: Andrea Mattiello (Birmingham) – The elephant on the page: Ciriaco de’Pizzicolli D’Ancona in Mystras

15.10-15.30: Maria-Vassiliki Farmaki (Athens) – Theatre Arts and Life in Byzantium: the Connection between Byzantine and Latin Theatre


Session B: Hub Theatre – Chair Tony Eastmond

13.30-13.50: Dion Smythe (Belfast) – New Mediterranean Cooking? “Oil and Water in the Same Cup”

13.50-14.10: Leonela Fundic (Brisbane) – Epiros between Byzantium and the West in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries: Visual Evidence

14.10-14.30: Prodromos Papanikolaou (Athens) – A Marble Relief Icon of the Crucifixion; Sculptures and Styles in Hospitaller Rhodes

14.30-14.50: Teodora Konach (Cracow) – The gesture of Dessislava – Byzantine and Western contexts at the Cultural Crossroads

14.50-15.10: Agnes Kriza (Cambridge) – The Royal Deesis: an anti-Latin imagery of Late Byzantine Art

15.10-15.30: Alex Rodriguez Suarez (London) – Bell-ringing in Byzantium during the late Byzantine period: an introduction

All relevant information – invited papers, communications, registration form and general information – can be viewed at: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/ssbs/index.shtml

Appel à contribution – Open Patrologia Graeca Online

Help sought with Metadata for the Open Patrologia Graeca Online

Perseus Project and the Open Philology Project
The University of Leipzig and Tufts University

We are looking for help in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in Archive.org, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis.

more info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OjqmG__xxypZpyUPAXZkGezxECQfaUmovzo11SjKhN8/edit?pli=1

Appel à contribution – Fourth International Graduate Student Conference of CEMS


Ideology, Knowledge, and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean

Fourth International Graduate Student Conference of CEMS
Central European University
Budapest, 4-6 June 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming graduate student conference hosted by Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University. The conference will run from June 4 to June 6, 2015. The workshop intends to provide a forum for graduate students specializing in any discipline related to the study of the eastern Mediterranean from antiquity to early modernity to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks (see “Conference Description” below).

Please send a short paper proposal (approximately 300 words) together with a paragraph about your affiliation and academic interests by February 15, 2015 to cemsconference@ceu.hu

The organizing committee intends to publish a selection of interrelated papers, based on their quality and pertinence to the topic, in an edited volume.

Conference Description:

One of the key objectives of the workshop is to work against the grain of long-established disciplinary boundaries by discussing the ways in which ideology and knowledge were inherited, transmitted, and exchanged in all areas of society in diachronic and synchronic terms:

• How was ideology or knowledge – referring to theory of knowledge (from philosophy to political thought) as well as its practical applications (technology, warfare etc.) – particularized through accommodation, modification, and departure once it was inherited?
• Under what circumstances and frameworks can one see genuine curiosity, selective accommodation, and outright rejection of cultural interaction within and/or across polity/polities?

Papers will be invited to present case studies and reflect upon the question of how, in an increasingly diversified and specialized academic environment, meaningful comparative and/or longue-durée studies across disciplines and source languages (inter alia, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Syriac, Coptic, Hebrew), can be accomplished.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
• Philosophy and Science in the Late Antique, Byzantine, and Ottoman Worlds
• History of Learning and Culture
• Religious Debate and Philosophical Dialogue
• Byzantine Literature
• Legal Thought and Practice
• Political Thought and the Art of Rulership
• Intellectual History and History of Reading
• History Writing, Memory, and Identity
• Knowledge and Authority
• Cultural Translation and Knowledge Production
• Artistic Interaction and Exchange in the Mediterranean
• Ideology and Legitimation of Power
• Performance in Byzantium
• Cultural History of Warfare and Transfer of Military Technology

Keynote Speakers:

George Karamanolis (University of Vienna)
Helen Pfeifer (University of Cambridge)

Accommodation and Travel Grants

All participants will be offered accommodation for the full duration of the conference at CEU Residence Center. A limited amount of travel grants are available to encourage participation from a wide range of individuals and institutions. Those who wish to be considered for the grant should include an additional justification in their paper proposals.

Organizing Committee

Ivan Marić (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies)
Nirvana Silnović (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies, CEMS Junior Member Representative)
H. Evren Sünnetçioğlu (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies)
Máté Veres (PhD Student, Department of Philosophy)

Séminaires du CERHIC – Christianismes orientaux

Les christianismes dans l’Orient européen et méditerranéen (XVe-XIXe siècle)

Échanges, compétitions, mimétismes

De 11 h à 13 h, EHESS, salle Alphonse-Dupront, 10 rue Monsieur-le-Prince 75006 Paris – Métro : ligne 4, Station Odéon

Séminaire organisé et animé par :
Aurélien Girard (aurelien.girard@univ-reims.fr), maître de conférences à l’université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Bernard Heyberger (bernard.heyberger@ehess.fr), directeur d’études à l’EHESS, directeur d’études à l’EPHE. (Cet enseignant est référent pour cette UE)
Laurent Tatarenko (laurent.tatarenko@efrome.it), membre scientifique de l’École française de Rome.

Du temps des réformes à l’âge des nationalismes, les communautés chrétiennes de l’Europe orientale et de l’Empire ottoman connurent de profondes mutations politiques et religieuses. L’historiographie récente a entrepris de renouveler l’étude de ces communautés. Mais la connaissance des langues, la spécialisation par aires culturelles voire par confessions, ou encore un cloisonnement par traditions nationales, n’ont pas permis jusqu’alors de saisir les mutations dans leur globalité. Ce séminaire connectera des historiographies et mettra en dialogue les recherches en cours, non seulement pour dégager les circulations entre les espaces et les échanges entre les communautés, mais aussi pour décrire la cristallisation des confessions rivales, un processus ni linéaire ni achevé. Nous croiserons donc les points de vue et les échelles d’observation, depuis l’analyse des parcours individuels jusqu’à l’ecclésiologie. Nous prêterons une attention particulière au problème de la transposition des modèles culturels et institutionnels, et à l’imitation de l’adversaire confessionnel dans la compétition locale. Il s’agit donc de dégager un ensemble d’objets d’étude, qui peuvent aussi dépasser l’espace indiqué, et de notions communes qui, sans effacer la spécificité des contextes et des sociétés considérés, offriraient des pistes pour l’écriture d’une histoire croisée du fait religieux sur les frontières confessionnelles de l’Europe et de l’espace méditerranéen.

  •  4 février 2015 : Elena Astafieva (CNRS-CERCEC) : Le savoir moderne de l’Église orthodoxe russe sur le catholicisme (XIXe-début du XXe siècle)
  •  4 mars 2015 : Ovidiu Olar (CRH-EHESS) : Cyrille Loukaris : un patriarche oriental au « temps des confessions ».
  •  1er avril 2015 : Sebastien Garnier (EPHE) : Questions liturgiques chez les chrétiens de l’empire ottoman.
  •  6 mai 2015 : Vassa Kontouma (EPHE) : La « Confession de foi » de Dosithée II de Jérusalem (1672).
  •  20 mai 2015 : Bernard Heyberger (EHESS-EPHE) / Nikki Papailiaki (EPHE) / Laurent Tatarenko (École française de Rome) : Les confréries chrétiennes (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle) : sociabilités, dévotions et concurrences (mer Égée, Proche-Orient, République polono-lituanienne).
  •  3 juin 2015 : Ihor Skočyljas (Université catholique ukrainienne de L’viv) : Slavia unita et Slavia orthodoxa face aux modèles du christianisme occidental : la formation des entités ecclésiales de la métropole de Kiev entre l’Union de Brest et l’Âge des Lumières (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle). Discutant : Alexandre Lavrov (université Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Plus d’information ici.

Appel à contribution – Göttingen SPIRIT Summer School


Göttingen SPIRIT Summer School
Ideology, Power and Religious Change in Antiquity, 3000 BC – AD 600
Göttingen, Germany, 20–24 July 2015

This international summer school focuses on ideological messages
communicated by leaders in the ancient world (Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, c. 3000 BC – AD 600) during periods of religious change. The latter can be understood as periods in which new religions, specific religious factions, sects or cults rose, expanded or gained a position of dominance, thereby causing changes in or threatening existing social, religious and/or power structures. Which messages were communicated by central and local authorities as well as specific religious authorities in these epochs? What do these messages tell us about the nature of power exercised by leaders? The summer school is specifically targeted at doctoral candidates and early

postdocs. Each day will commence with a keynote lecture delivered by
renowned scholars and ample opportunities for discussion afterwards. Keynote 
speakers are Paola Ceccarelli (Cambridge), Eckart Frahm (Yale), Olivier Hekster (Nijmegen), Carlos Noreña (Berkeley), and Piotr Steinkeller (Harvard). The afternoons will be dedicated to short presentations by participants based on papers circulated in advance. Selected papers will be published.

Anyone interested in participating is kindly requested to apply with a CV,
list of publications (if available), and an abstract of 500 words at maximum
until 15 March 2015. Please use our portal to upload your application

Accommodation is free for all participants. Reimbursement for travel costs
is predictably available for a limited number of applicants. In case of
further questions, do not hesitate to contact the organizers, Gösta Gabriel
and Erika Manders, via iprca2015@uni-goettingen.de.

For more information, see also http://www.uni-goettingen.de/iprca2015.
Gösta Gabriel and Erika Manders
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Graduate School of Humanities
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen