Online Conference:’Interdisciplinary Workshop in Textile Studies: Byzantine and Post Byzantine Productions’, University of Thessaloniki, 20-21 March 2021 (EEST)

The University of Thessaloniki will host an online interdisciplinary workshop examining textile production in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine eras, convened by Paschalis Androudis (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Art, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and Elena Papastavrou (Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Zakynthos). The event will be hosted on Zoom, and can be accessed via this link.


Saturday 20 March (Eastern European Standard Time)

16.00-16.20 – Introduction: Paschalis Androudis, Elena Papastavrou

Α. Medieval Perspectives on the Material Culture of Religiosity (Chair: Pagona Papadopoulou, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Art)

  • 16.20-16.40 – Arielle Winnik (Bryn Mawr College) Wrapping the Body in the Psalms: Inscribed Textiles in Coptic Christian Burials
  • 16.40-17.00 – Marielle Martiniani-Reber (Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva) La chasuble de saint Ebbon de Sens, un vêtement liturgique, relique et reliquaire

17:00-17:20 – Break

  • 17.20-17.40 – Nikos Toutos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Sponsors and Dedicators of Palaiologan Embroidered Epitaphioi
  • 17.40-18.00 – Ηenry Schilb (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University) Anomalies or Evidence? Variants in Categories of Iconography on Epitaphioi of the Fourteenth through the Sixteenth Centuries

18.00-18.40 – Discussion-Pause

Β. Dress, Textiles and Textility in Later Byzantium (Chair: Melina Paisidou, Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Art)

  • 18.40-19.00 – Georgios Makris (University of British Columbia) Threading and Adorning the Aristocracy: Representations of Dress and Accessories in the Late Medieval Southern Balkans
  • 19.00-19.20 Paschalis Androudis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) The Role of Textiles in the Transmission of Motifs and Patterns in Palaeologan Art (13th-15th c.)
  • 19.20-19-40 Nikolaos Vryzidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) From Constantinople to Konstantiniyye: Late Byzantine and Ottoman Textile Cultures in Comparative Perspective

19.40-20.00 – Discussion

Sunday 21 March

Α. Balkan Perspectives (Chair: Natalia Poulou-Papademetriou, Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Art)

  • 16.00-16.20 – Alice Isabella Sullivan (University of Michigan) The Romanian Embroidery Tradition and Byzantium (15th and 16th c.)
  • 16.20-16.40 – Nikos Mertzimekis (Ephorate of Antiquities of Chalcidice and Mount Athos) Double-Sided and Signed Labarum from Zografou Monastery, Mount Athos (16th c.)
  • 16.40-17.00 – Tatjana Vuleta (Independent Scholar, Vienna) On the Back of a Turtle: The Elibelinde Motif on Embroidery and Kilims in Late Medieval and Post-Byzantine Serbia

17.00-17.40 – Discussion-Pause

B. Technical Art Historical Perspectives (Chair: Anastasios Tantsis, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Art)

  • 17.40-18.00 – Sumru Berger Krody (Textile Museum, George Washington University) Woven Comfort: Early Medieval Wool Textiles in Compound Weave
  • 18.00-18.20 – Elena Papastavrou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Zakynthos) & Daphne Filiou (Byzantine and Christian Museum) Between Byzantium and Italy: Ecclesiastical Embroidery on the Ionian Islands (17th-18th c.)
  • 18.20-19.00 – Fani Kalokairinou (Folklore Museum of Larissa) Block-Printed Textiles of Tyrnavos: From the Dying Workshops to the Folklore Museum of Larissa
  • 19.00-19.20 Anna Karatzani (University of West Attica) Evolution of Metal Threads and their Use in Post-Byzantine Ecclesial Fabrics

19.20-19.40 – Discussion

End of Conference


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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