The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

« The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, in association with Oxford Medieval Studies
The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is a new initiative funded by the Oxford Medieval Studies programme of the Oxford Research Institute in the Humanities (TORCH). It is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.
The Seminar will take place weekly via Zoom on Mondays at 12.30-14.00. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.
To register and for further information, please contact the organiser at »

Monday 26th April 

Katherine Krauss (Somerville College, Oxford), Rereading the ‘Canon’ in Latin Late Antiquity: Exemplarity and Allusion in Macrobius’ Saturnalia 

Monday 3rd May 

Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham), Defining the ‘Byzantine Variable’ in Early Byzantine Italy: The Case of Liguria (500-700 CE) 

Monday 10th May 

Cristina Cocola (Universiteit Gent & Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven), Feeling Repentance in Byzantium: A Study on the Literary Sources of Katanyktic Poetry 

Monday 17th May 

Ben Kybett (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), Themistius and the Muses: Religion, Rhetoric, and Classical Statuary in Fourth-Century Constantinople 

Monday 24th May 

Grace Stafford (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Between the Living and the Dead: Use, Reuse, and Imitation of Painted Portraits in Late Antiquity 

Monday 31st May 

Josh Hitt (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), Ageing, Rejuvenation and Patronage in Twelfth-Century Byzantium 

Monday 7th June 

Constanța Burlacu (Merton College, Oxford), Monastic Presence and Book Circulation in the Lands North of the Danube (15th-16th Centuries) 

Monday 14th June 

Kyriakos Fragkoulis (University of Birmingham), (Re)contextualising a Late Antique City through the Ceramic Record: The Case of Dion in Macedonia (Pieria, Greece)

Webinaire 15 mars : Architecure religious byzantine et gérogiènne approches croisées

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Lundi 15 mars 2021 à 14 :00


  • Thomas Kaffenberger, Université de Fribourg, « L’architecture religieuse Georgienne (Xe-XIIIe s.) : pouvoir royal et renouveau artistique »


  • Brendan Oswald, Université de Tübingen, « L’architecture du Despotat d’Épire dans la région d’Arta (XIIIe-XVe s.) ».

Les Dialogues byzantins de l’AEMB

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Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la création d’une nouvelle série de conférences : Les Dialogues byzantins de l’AEMB.

Les premiers Dialogues aspirent à partager les travaux récents dans diverses disciplines, de la philologie à l’histoire de l’art et l’archéologie, dans le monde byzantin entendu au sens large. Ils visent également à maintenir le contact avec des chercheurs et chercheuses formés en France, que leur parcours a conduits, pour certains, à poursuivre leur carrière dans des institutions étrangères.

Vous trouverez le programme ci-joint, ainsi que les liens Zoom pour assister virtuellement aux quatre Dialogues.

– Lundi 22 mars, 10h00, Geoffrey Meyer-Fernandez, Docteur en histoire et l’art et archéologie : « Recherches postdoctorales entre Chypre, la Crète et Rhodes à la fin du Moyen Âge »

– Lundi 19 avril, 10h00, Pietro d’Agostino, Docteur en philologie : « La littérature chrétienne en terre d’Islam : la figure de Théodore Abū Qurra entre Byzance et les Abbasides »

– Lundi 10 mai, 10h00, Milan Vukašinović, Docteur en histoire : « Moi au pluriel : Autobiographies byzantines du XIIIe siècle »

– Lundi 17 mai, 10h00, Véronique Petiteau, Docteur en histoire de l’art et archéologie : « La sacralisation du pouvoir en Serbie médiévale. Territoire, architecture et image (fin du XIIe siècle – milieu du XIVe siècle) »


Appel à candidatures : Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange

Appel à candidatures  :

A Research Seminar Programme for Early Career Researchers into Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange

The School of Arts at SOAS University of London is pleased to announce the launch of a new research seminar programme for young and early career researchers in the art and archaeology of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange is an online seminar programme for emerging academics which focuses on the role played by cities in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, from the 12th to the 14th centuries CE, in the production, consumption, transformation and understanding of works of art and architecture.

During this time cities in the region were places of exchange of raw materials, manufactured goods, artists and craftsmen, and ideas. With exchange came transformation, either intentional through novel creations, or through creative repurposings and misunderstandings. The mixed populations of cities, in this context mainly ports, contributed to transformation as well, but also to the creation of international languages, whether actual, such as the pidgin of lingua franca which arose at this time, or visual, like the technological transformation of artefacts from the pigments used in manuscript illustration to enamelled glass and glazed ceramics. This led to stylistic developments such as international koinai in architecture (commercial, palatial, military), heraldry (to use the western medieval term: the arts of war and sport) and procession.​

This seminar pairs cities, scholars and the site-specific questions that arise from them to explore these and other aspects of artistic and cultural interchange in the medieval eastern Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on new research in lesser-known cities to highlight recent archaeological and other scholarly discoveries.

The project is open to early career academic researchers (who have received their doctorates in the last three years) and tutors, research students (PhD students) at an advanced stage of their studies and those working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

The target audience for this seminar programme is young professionals with advanced degrees (or equivalent work experience) in art history and/or archaeology of the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean or Middle East.

Participants selected to take part in the programme will receive £2000 (British pounds) each to be used for research purposes: this includes the purchasing of books or other scholarly resources, upgrading of internet access, purchase of headphones, and the like.

The seminar programme will take place online in English and a high level of English language proficiency is required from participants.

Scholars currently residing and working in the Eastern Mediterranean region are especially encouraged to apply.

Prof. dr. Irene van Renswoude, « Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in Late Antique and Early Medieval Manuscripts »

The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network presents a rescheduled second Keynote from its November workshop on ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, hosted (virtually) by the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin :

Prof. dr. Irene van Renswoude

Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in Late Antique and Early Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday, February 25, at 4.00 – 5.30pm GMT

TCD Classics via Zoom

Irene van Renswoude (University of Amsterdam & The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Huygens ING) will be speaking on the late antique editing practices of Rufinus, Jerome and Cassiodorus. She will be exploring these writers’ efforts to ‘clean up’ heretical passages, and the editing of these passages in early medieval manuscripts.


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