Interwoven: Textiles from the Medieval Mediterranean – 2015 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Workshop

Margaret Mullett (Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks) will deliver the 2015 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Lecture. Her talk, Byzantium On the Move: Mobile Empire, Traveling Textiles, will take its cue from some middle Byzantine tent poems and then address two questions: first the implications for Byzantine ceremony and administration of the importance of tents in Byzantium, and then secondly the problem of arriving at a clear view of what Byzantine tents looked like.

The lecture will take place on Monday, March 9 at 5:30 pm in Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room), 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge. A reception precedes the lecture at 4:30 pm.

Interwoven: Textiles from the Medieval Mediterranean, the 2015 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Workshop, will explore the production, uses, and meanings of textiles in the Byzantine, Islamic, and Latin Mediterranean basin, drawing upon the rich collections of the Harvard Art Museums. Presenters: Gudrun Bühl, Katherine Eremin, Eurydice Georganteli, Brandie Ratliff, Georgina Rayner, and Elizabeth Williams.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 11 from 10:30 am–1:00 pm. Space for the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello ( at the Harvard Art Museums by Monday, March 9.

The events are co-sponsored by the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross.

« Heresy from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages »

« Heresy from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages »

Saturday 14 March 2015, 11am-5pm
TORCH Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford

The past few decades have seen a burgeoning scholarly interest in heresy in early and medieval Christianity. Research on Christian heresy and its representation (‘heresiology’) has proliferated, in particular, in two periods: late antiquity and the later middle ages. However, despite deriving inspiration from similar trends in modern cultural theory and critical historical analysis, these two fields of scholarship have developed largely in isolation from one another. This workshop seeks to bring together historians working on heresy across the late-antique and medieval periods, to consider how and why heresy (or its representation) might change over time and in different contexts, and to think through the possibilities of common (or indeed divergent) approaches.

To register, or for more information, e-mail Robin Whelan ( A sandwich lunch is available; please request it on registration and supply any dietary requirements. Thanks are due to the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity and the Oxford Medieval Studies Network for their generous support.

11:00 Registration and Welcome

11:15 Session 1: Chair: Antonia Fitzpatrick (St John’s)
Richard Flower (Exeter) ‘The birth of scientific heresiology in late antiquity’
Jill Moore (Birkbeck) ‘Set a thief to catch a thief? Family experience of heresy among thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italian inquisitors’

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Session 2: Chair: Phil Booth (Trinity)
Liz Mincin (St Andrews) ‘Curing the common soul: reexamining the heresiological motif of disease in Middle Byzantium’
Ali Bonner (Jesus) ‘The reception of Pelagius and interactionist theory’

15:15 Coffee

15:45 Session 3: Chair: Robin Whelan (TORCH/Brasenose)
Lucy Sackville (York) ‘The great divide: inquisition texts and the history of heresy’

Plenary Discussion
Conrad Leyser (Worcester) and Kantik Ghosh (Trinity)

Ikarian Centre – Modern Greek Course for Archaeologists and Classicists

 Modern Greek Course for Archaeologists and Classicists
Ikarian Centre
13-29 June 2015; Island of Ikaria, Greece

Full information, including application:

Brief Description:
This course is designed for those who wish to learn Modern Greek to enhance their study of/work on Classical Antiquity. Texts and vocabulary will be targeted towards ancient and archaeological themes, as well as to the demands of professional communication in Modern Greek (in the field, at museums, with local authorities, etc.).

Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (A, B, Γ).

Class sizes are small (no more than 8 students) for maximum speaking time.

The course provides 3.5 full hours (60’ / hour) of instruction daily (52.5h full hours in total: significantly more than a single semester’s worth [13 weeks semester x 4 class/week x 50 minutes/class = 43 hours and 20 minutes!]).

The course emphasizes all critical language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and so is appropriate for students preparing to take Modern Greek reading / translation exams.

Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar by Koç University GSSSH & RCAC « Istanbul Through the Ages »

Istanbul Through the Ages
Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar by Koç University GSSSH & RCAC

Understanding Istanbul from pre-history to present…

DATE:  29 JUNE – 21 JULY 2015

Being the center of magnificent empires through time, İstanbul is calling you to discover its rich cultural heritage by following the footmarks of saints, sultans and angels in this enriching summer seminar.  Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations is excited to invite you to have a taste of İstanbul with its intellectual, in-depth program developed by world renowned Ottoman and Byzantine academicians. This exclusive program is designed for graduate students interested in:

  • An intensive program organized chronologically, carrying participants from pre-historic times to present
  • An opportunity to deepen their understanding of İstanbul and add this unique value to their academic focus
  • Gain exposure of lecturers with outstanding expertise and perspectives
  • Collaborate with a cohort of equals, bonded by a mutual interest in historical mysteries and myths of İstanbul through time
  • Have access to the extensive resources available at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations and Koç University as a whole
  • Attend field trips offering students invitations to opportunities otherwise unavailable to general public

…all the while spending your summer in an exotic city bursting with energy, history, spontaneity and endless roads to travel and discover.  With over 12 million inhabitants representing a true melting pot of cultures and faiths, İstanbul-supplemented by the continents of this unique summer program-gives you the chance to enrich your academic pursuits while concurrently enriching your mind and soul.

In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 15 students. Accommodation will be provided by the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, located at the heart of İstanbul, Beyoğlu.

This program is only open to graduate level students.

All instructions will be in English.

Philippe Blaudeau – Introduction à la géo-ecclésiologie : le cas de figure présenté par la crise chalcédonienne (451-553)

Séminaire de Giusto Traina
Géopolitique et géographie religieuse dans l’Orient méditerranéen

Laboratoire d’excellence « Religions et Sociétés dans le Monde Méditerranéen » (RESMED)

Université Paris Sorbonne, UFR d’Histoire, Séminaire doctoral et Master de recherche en Histoire, École doctorale 1 (Mondes anciens et médiévaux)

 Jeudi 5 mars 2015

Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers/Institut Universitaire de France) :
Introduction à la géo-ecclésiologie : le cas de figure présenté par la crise chalcédonienne (451-553)

Du Concile de Chalcédoine au concile de Constantinople II (451-553) les nombreux changements décidés par l’autorité impériale montrent l’incertitude du conflit autour des définitions christologiques qui oppose les trois grandes puissances ecclésiastiques, le Siège apostolique de Rome, le siège de Constantinople et son concurrent monophysite d’Alexandrie, pour ne rien dire d’Antioche. Souvent traitée selon une approche restrictive ou anachronique, cette lutte est globale et peut être étudiée sous l’angle géo-ecclésiologique : en effet, ce sont plusieurs conceptions alternatives du dogme, de l’organisation et du contrôle de l’Église qui s’affrontent à grande échelle. Chaque protagoniste tente de faire triompher ses principes spécifiques de gouvernement qui sont fondés sur une compréhension particulière de la tradition et des canons, pour définir un espace significatif d’influence et y affirmer sa présence pour légitimer ses revendications. Afin d’assurer la réalisation de ce projet, le soutien de l’empereur et l’adhésion de l’opinion publique doivent être conquis. Cela implique de développer les médiations symboliques et d’organiser des campagnes de persuasion particulièrement ambitieuses mais comporte aussi le risque de voir les cibles, l’empereur en premier lieu, se muer en acteurs, autonomes et majeurs, de la controverse.

Maison de la Recherche, Salle D323
28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris – 18h-20h