Call for Papers: The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus

f49235_95d31cebe0ccdca3577885f4fc03f8a9.jpg_srz_230_320_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzCall for Papers: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
THE ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF LUSIGNAN AND VENETIAN
CYPRUS: RECENT RESEARCH AND NEW DISCOVERIES

Deadline: 30 April 2014

The art and archaeology of the Latin East have regularly been marginalised in broader
accounts of medieval material culture, largely because they cannot fit within the
restrictive parameters established for either the Byzantine East or the Latin West.
Over the years, the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-
1571) have attracted both western medievalists and Byzantinists, each group bringing
its own methodological prejudices to the study of the subject. In the last twenty years,
a number of international conferences, collaborative research initiatives and other
events, culminating in last year’s exhibition Chypre entre Byzance et l’Occident IVe-
XVIe siècle (2012-3) at the Louvre, have paved the way for a more fruitful interchange
between scholars coming at the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus
from a Byzantine or western medieval background.
Increasing specialisation within any given field being a virtual necessity in the
modern academic world, students of medieval material culture West and East are
called upon to broach the issue with an open mind to neighbouring fields, and to
cooperate among themselves to bring about a synthetic, integrated vision of the
complex history of Cypriot material culture in the later Middle Ages and of the
society that produced it. Nevertheless, there is still much ground to cover. The brisk
pace of current research activities has overtaken that of publication; a number of
important excavations are still ongoing or under preparation for publication; and a
host of new doctoral theses are in development. Now, more than ever, there is urgent
need for the sustained exchange of new ideas and information regarding fresh
discoveries, as well as for the rethinking of received knowledge and the renewal of
approaches that this may entail.
This conference is the third in a series focusing on recent archaeological and art
historical research on Cyprus from the Hellenistic period onwards. It aims at
providing a forum for the discussion of the art and archaeology of Cyprus during the
Lusignan and Venetian periods. Art historians and archaeologists engaged in research
on this particular topic, both of the ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ persuasions, are
encouraged to contribute by presenting the results of their recent work. We invite
papers on subjects ranging from archaeological excavation, post-excavation finds
analysis and field survey to monumental art (architecture, sculpture, painting),
metalwork, ceramics, numismatics and other aspects of the island’s material life in the
late medieval period.
We are planning a three-day event, with individual contributions up to 20 minutes in
length. The conference will take place in Nicosia in 12-14 December 2014. Due to
budgetary constraints, the speakers’ travel costs cannot be covered by the conference,
but every effort will be made to secure conference rates at hotels near the conference
venue. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit a title and a 500-word abstract for
consideration electronically, by 30 April 2014. Please send all materials and address
all queries to Michalis Olympios (olympios.michalis@ucy.ac.cy) and Maria Parani
(mparani@ucy.ac.cy).

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