Online Conference: Epiphanies of the Saints in Late Antique Literature (University of Warsaw, 21st May 2021)

The international conference “Epiphanies of the Saints in Late-antique Literature”, hosted by the University of Warsaw, will take place on May 21, 2021. Keynote addresses will be given by Vincent Déroche, Stephanos Efthymiadis, Danuta Shanzer, and Bryan Ward-Perkins. 

Advanced registration is required; the deadline to do so is 16th May 2021. The link to register and to the zoom conference can be found here.

The complete programme is listed below:

10:00-10:15 WELCOME ADDRESS

10:15-11:15 PATTERNS AND MODES
Vincent Déroche (Paris; key note) /Modes of epiphany in early Byzantine hagiography: convictions, strategies and hesitations
Stavroula Constantinou (Nicosia) /Patterns of epiphany in Byzantine miracle stories
Robert Wiśniewski / Chair

11:30-13:00 DOUBTS AND QUESTIONS
Danuta Shanzer (Vienna; key note) / “Did I, or didn’t I (see him/her)?”
Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford; key note) /Why were Martin of Tours and Julian of Brioude so rarely seen by their devotees?
Przemysław Piwowarczyk (Katowice) /Bifurcated hagiography: epiphanies of Saint Menas in Greek and Coptic miracle collections
Stavroula Constantinou / Chair

14:30-15:30 TRICKS AND SECRETS
Stephanos Efthymiadis (Nicosia; key note) / The epiphany of „secret saints”: questions of cult and literary promotion for late-antique holy men and women who did not seize the glory of the day
Julia Doroszewska (Warsaw) / Saint tricksters: playful epiphanies in late-antique literature
Danuta Shanzer / Chair

15:45-16:45 DISPUTES AND DEFINITIONS
Efthymios Rizos (Thessaloniki) / „Not physical, but real”: debating and defining the apparitions of the saints in the Greek Fathers during the 5th and 6th centuries
Paweł Nowakowski (Warsaw) / „He judged it preposterous to oppose visions from God”. The know-how of the visions of living ascetics in late-antique Syria and Palestine
Bryan Ward-Perkins / Chair

17:00-18:00 ‘PAGANS’ AND PARALLELS
Darja Šterbenc Erker (Berlin/Vienna) / Epiphanies in ancient Roman literature
Krzysztof Pierzchalski (Cracow) / Epiphany dreams in antiquity: a cognitive approach
Julia Doroszewska / Chair

18:00-18:15 CLOSING REMARKS

Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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