Call for Papers – OUBS Graduate Conference February 22-23 2019, University of Oxford

Call for Papers – OUBS Graduate Conference February 22-23 2019, University of Oxford

« Contested Heritage: adaptation, restoration and innovation in the Late Antique and Byzantine world », Oxford University Byzantine Society, 22-23 February 2019, History Faculty, Oxford.


Byzantines considered themselves the legitimate heirs of the ancient world, a title they passionately defended against emerging empires east and west that also claimed hereditary rights to the Graeco-Roman past. From the fostering of cultural, scientific, and literary revivals and the commissioning of projects that used a well-established artistic and architectural vocabulary to the collection, conservation and display of consecrated ancient artefacts, anachronism was a powerful political and cultural tool, frequently used to build analogies with either past prosperity or a divine eternity. In addition, the use of deliberate archaism in literary forms and language served as both a demonstration of classical learning and elite status. Especially in Constantinople, ceremonial practices not only invited the participants to experience past events as if they were present, but also processed through consecrated landmarks from different historical periods – merging perception of space and time in a single, collective experience. Nevertheless, literary sources, such as the Parastaseis Syntomoi Chronikai, reveal that Byzantines sometimes had only a limited understanding of their own history and urban heritage. They compensate with interpretations, based on oral tradition and observation that often endowed ancient architectural remains and statues with a contemporary relevance. Subsequently this interpretation of the past was actively reshaped to fit contemporary worldviews. Lastly, extensive reuse of ancient material dominates our perception of Byzantium. Innovative aspects of its cultural output therefore often lie unnoticed and are deserving of greater scholarly attention.

Including contributions on political, social, literary, architectural and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean and beyond, this conference aims to provide a kaleidoscopic view of how cultural heritage was constructed, perceived and maintained in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Literary works: stylistic imitation, adaptation and innovation in form and function of narrative sources and other literary production, as well as incorporation of older texts, historiographical traditions and archaiologia.
  • Manuscripts: scribal habits, palimpsests, marginal comments, illustrations and other decorative elements.
  • Architecture and urbanism: repurposing, adaptation and restoration of buildings and sites, architectural innovation and symbolism, monumentality, genius loci, use of spolia.
  • Religious objects: translation of relics, liturgical equipment, and vestments.
  • Ceremonial practice: religious processions, triumphs, adventus.
  • New aesthetics, especially in the reuse of old material.
  • Sculpture: interpretation and repurposing of ancient statues.
  • Epigraphy: textual content, form and style, use and location.
  • Mosaics: departures from classical and late antique mosaics, reuse of materials and reinterpretation of existing compositions.
  • Numismatics: reuse, adaption, or creation of imagery or types.
  • Comparative perspectives of the above elsewhere, in opposition or concordance with practices in Byzantium.
  • The past as a framework for political, legal and economic discourse.
  • Contemporary reaction to innovation, both overt and when disguised as restoration.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at by Friday, 23rd November 2018.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French.

As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

Cycle de conférences de Günder VARINLIOǦLU – The Archaeology of Late Antique and Medieval Cilicia: Landscape, Architecture, and Connectivity

Cycle de conférences de Günder VARINLIOǦLU – « The Archaeology of Late Antique and Medieval Cilicia: Landscape, Architecture, and Connectivity »

Invitée par Catherine Saliou et Ioanna Rapti de l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Günder VARINLIOǦLU, directrice d’étude à Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University à Istanbul, donnera un cycle de conférence sur le thème « The Archaeology of Late Antique and Medieval Cilicia: Landscape, Architecture, and Connectivity »:

  • Jeudi 24 mai 2018 de 14h à 16h, en Sorbonne, salle D52 – « Moving into and across Cilicia: pilgrims, traders, and armies »
  • Mercredi 30 mai 2018 de 14h à 16h, en Sorbonne, salle D59 – « Building with limestone: the architectural landscapes of rural Cilicia »
  • Mercredi 6 juin 2018 de 14h à 16h, en Sorbonne, salle D59 – « Urban space and architecture in late antique and medieval Cilicia »
  • Jeudi 7 juin 2018 de 14h à 16h, en Sorbonne, salle D52 – « The islandscapes of the Taşucu Gulf: Boğsak Archaeological Survey (BOGA) from 2010 to present »

Pour consulter l’affiche, cliquez ici.

Conférences IMAGO-EIKΩN « Histoires chrétiennes en images » – le 31 mai et le 21 juin 2018

Conférences IMAGO-EIKΩN « Histoires chrétiennes en images » – le 31 mai et le 21 juin 2018


Dans le cadre du programme de recherche  Imago-Eikon. Regards croisés sur l’image chrétienne médiévale entre Orient et Occident, vous êtes cordialement convié-e-s à deux demi-journées de conférences et débats autour du thème :  Histoires chrétiennes en images : espace, temps et structure de la narration.

Les  jeudis 31 mai et 21 juin 2018, de 14h à 18h.

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris,   salle Vasari (entrée libre)

Organisation scientifique :

Sulamith Brodbeck, Anne-Orange Poilpré, Isabelle Marchesin et Ioanna Rapti.

 Jeudi 31 mai 2018

« Les temporalités de l’image : mobilité de la narration, fixité de l’image »

– Francesca Dell’ Acqua (Università di Salerno), Telling the Incarnation during Byzantine Iconoclasm
– Pierre-Yves le Pogam (Musée du Louvre), Le langage des retables à la fin du Moyen Âge : séquençage et mise en page
– Liz James (University of Sussex), Narrative and the Wall Mosaic: Telling a Story or Filling the Wall?
Répondant : Jean-Marie Guillouët (Université de Nantes)

•  Jeudi 21 juin 2018

« Les temporalités de l’image : construction et déploiement du récit dans l’espace »

– Ivan Foletti (Université de Brno), Quand l’histoire devient prétexte : les cycles narratifs de Rome au Ve siècle
– Sébastien Douchet (Université Aix-Marseille), Narratologies du texte et de l’image : faire le récit de la création du monde
– Mary Cunningham (University of Nottingham), The Portrayal of Joachim and Anna in Byzantine Texts and Images: An Intersection of Historical and Liturgical Time
Répondant : Jannic Durand (Musée du Louvre)

Programme ici.

Appel à contribution – ‘Between Lust and Chastity’, Buenos Aires, 28-29 August 2017


  “ Between Lust and Chastity: the Byzantines on Love and Sex”


Buenos Aires

28–29 August 2017

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Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge no study to date covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of works tackling these and similar issues


A historical, anthropological or sociological perspective still has a fair job to do in this area. The UBA research team, with its focus on narratology, will pay special attention to love as a dynamic principle in Byzantine storytelling, either hagiographical, historical, or of other kind. Indeed, the centrality of love, which can take myriad forms (as a topos, as a target towards which a given plot aims, as a powerful tool towards meaningful characterization, as a social expectation horizon, etc.) should be evaluated in the framework of the evolution of narrative forms. We believe that a dynamic analysis of erotic motifs can be so productive for diachronic narrativity as the spatiality, temporality, or the studies of narrators and narratees.


At the same time, any other point of view is welcome: from a presentation on the Song of Songs, to a study of Byzantine marriage; from the love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from the ever-lasting reading of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations – or not – of virginity and mystical experience. More metaphorical subjects such as the “love of learning” are also welcome.


Please send your abstract, no later than May 31st, 2017, to, Any query or comment will also be more than welcome.

Affiche ici.

Séminaire de Mme Ioanna Rapti (EPHE) – Programme du 2e semestre

Histoire de l’art et archéologie et du monde byzantin et de l’Orient chrétien

Ioanna Rapti – directrice d’étude, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Programme 2 semestre

17 rue de la Sorbonne salle 59


22 février

9-10 Lilyana Yordanova

The Issues of Visual Narrative, Literary Patronage and Display of Virtues of a Bulgarian Tsar in the Fourteenth century

10-11 Manuscrits bilingues à l’époque byzantine tardive


1 mars

9-11h Le psautier Hamilton : aspects matériels

11-12h Byzantinische Elfenbeianarbeiten


8 mars

9-11h Ioanna Rapti

  • Psautier Hamilton question matérielles
  • Les tableaux de la phototèque Gabriel Millet : un enjeu scientifique et patrimonial
  • Regards sur l’art chrétien : l’enjeu de voir et de montrer (autour des expositions récentes)


15 Mars

Tassos Papacostas KCL

Chypre aux alentours de l’an 1300 : architecture et espace urbain


22 mars

9-10h Pierre Charrey

Mesure et imaginaire social à Byzance : les poids protobyzantins et leurs décors (IVe-VIIe siècle)

10-11h Camilla Musci Les collections d’art byzantin en Italie au début du XXe siècle et leur dispersion

11-12h Maria Chronopoulou Les homélies liturgiques de saint Grégoire de Nazianze. L’ouvrage de Galavaris et le manuscrit Par. gr. 550


29 mars

9-10 François Miran

Images de la Vierge dans la tradition syriaque médiévale

10-11h L’exaltation de la Vierge en images : culte marial et essor de l’Acathiste

11-12h Présentation des expositions réalisées dans le cadre du symposium Global Byzantium


26 avril 9h-12h

La culture des commanditaires au XIIIe siècle : trois thèses en cours

Geoffrey Meyer-Fernandez (Aix-Marseille) Portraits de donateurs en Chypre Lusignan

Véronique Deur-Petiteau (EPHE) Image et pouvoir en Serbie médiévale

Lilyana Yordanova (EPHE) Commande et donation pieuse en Bulgarie médiévale



3 mai 9-11h

Denis Stathakopoulos KCL

Identity, language and culture in the late Byzantine world

11-12h Présentation de mémoire : Le sacrifice d’Isaac



10 mai

9h-11h Manuela Studer (Fribourg)

Les préfigurations de la Vierge dans les programmes iconographiques byzantins


17 mai

Charbel Nassif Paris-Sorbonne

L’influence arabe sur les arts des chrétiens d’Orient (XVIIe-XIXe siècles) 


24 mai

9-10h Nina Iamanidzé UMR 6781

Art géorgien en transition : originalités, inspirations et décadence aux XIIIe-XIVe siècles.

11-12h Sipana Tchakerian Paris 1

Images de la Vierge sur les stèles arméniennes