- Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kievan tradition
- the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity
- spiritual culture
- publishing and literature
- theological and philosophical thought
- religious traditions
Call for Papers: Moving People, Shifting Frontiers: Re-contextualising the Thirteenth Century in the Wider Mediterranean, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018
Deadline: 10 September 2017
Organizers: Katerina Ragkou (University of Cologne) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Every day we witness people moving, with them objects and skills, knowledge and experience; either forcibly or willingly; for work or for pleasure. The communities living along the shores of the Mediterranean and the hinterlands of the Balkans during the thirteenth century share many of the characteristics of our contemporary world: military campaigns and religious wars; the intensification of pilgrimage and the relocation of refugees; the shifting of frontiers and the transformation of socio-political orders.
The transformations of the thirteenth century span from east to west, from northern Europe to the Byzantine Empire and from the Balkans to the Levant. The geographic breadth is paralleled by crucial events including the fourth crusade, the fall of Acre, the empowerment of the Serbian Kingdom and the Republic of Venice, the loss and following restoration of the Byzantine Empire, and the creation of new political entities, such as the Kingdom of Naples and that of Cyprus, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Principality of Achaia. Eclectic scholarly tradition has either focused geographically or thematically, losing sight of the pan-Mediterranean perspective. These societies had multifaceted interactions, and comprised a variety of scales, from the small world of regional and inter-regional communities to the broader Mediterranean dynamics.
This session aims to address questions such as which are the various processes through which military campaigns and religious wars affected the urban landscape of these regions and their material production? Is there a difference in economic and artistic trends between “town” and “countryside” in the thirteenth-century wider Mediterranean? What observations can we make in regards to trade, diplomatic missions, artistic interaction and exchange of the regional, interregional and international contacts? How did these shape and transform cultural identities? How did different social, political and religious groups interact with each other?
This session welcomes papers focused on, but not limited to: the role played by economic activity and political power in thirteenth-century artistic production and the shaping of local and interregional identities; the production and consumption of artifacts and their meaning; the transformation of urban and rural landscapes; religious and domestic architecture and the relationship between the private and public use of space.
Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2017 to the session organizers: Katerina Ragkou (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Alessia Rossi (email@example.com).
Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.
Byzance dans le Nord : icônes de saint Luc dans la peinture flamande du XVe au XVIIe siècle
par Didier Martens, historien de l’art et germaniste, professeur à l’Université libre de Bruxelles, auteur de nombreux ouvrages dont Peinture flamande et goût ibérique XVème-XVIème siècles (Le Livre Timperman, Bruxelles, 2010)
Lieu : Académie royale de Belgique
Palais des Académies, 1 rue Ducale, 1000 Bruxelles (Espace Baudouin)
Date : Jeudi 4 mai 2017 à 18h00
Inscriptions : firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme (Académie royale de Belgique) :
18h15 Mot d’accueil par Monsieur Marc Seminckx
Président du Conseil d’administration de Koregos
Byzance dans le Nord : icônes de saint Luc dans la peinture flamande du XVe au XVIIe siècle
par Monsieur Didier Martens
À partir du XVe siècle, des représentations de la Vierge à l’Enfant attribuées à l’évangéliste Luc vont commencer à circuler dans le nord-ouest de l’Europe, sous la forme de copies plus ou moins fidèles venues d’Italie.
Ces images, procédant de modèles byzantins, seront considérées comme des témoignages véridiques, ayant valeur de documents quant à l’aspect physique du Christ et de sa Mère. Elles susciteront dès les années 1490 de nombreux miracles et donneront lieu à des pèlerinages. L’engouement du public pour ces représentations estimées authentiques amènera à son tour, dans les anciens Pays-Bas, une importante production de copies.
Avant le XVIIe siècle, le modèle byzantin fut le plus souvent adapté aux traditions artistiques locales : l’icône fut sans autre forme de procès convertie en un panneau de Primitif flamand.
À partir du XVIIe siècle, les copistes s’efforceront en revanche d’imiter le plus fidèlement possible leurs modèles et créeront ainsi un étonnant style néo-byzantin. En réalité, il est clair que l’art de Byzance plaisait peu aux peintres des XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles et que la valorisation des icônes pour des raisons d’ordre religieux a donné naissance à un véritable conflit entre esthétique et dévotion, goût et authenticité.
C’est à ce conflit et à la difficile gestion de la différence artistique durant trois siècles d’art flamand que sera consacrée la présente conférence.
Entrée gratuite. Inscription souhaitée avant le 2 mai à l’adresse : email@example.com
Prof Liz James (University of Sussex): ‘Light and colour; dark and shadow’
Liz James is Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex and a Byzantinist. She has been interested in light and colour for a long time, writing her doctoral thesis on colour in Byzantium. She has just finished writing a book about medieval mosaics (provisionally entitled ‘A short history of medieval mosaics’).
Ticket / entry details:
Tuesday 11 October 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
This lecture launches the Frank Davis Memorial Series on Light/Darkness
Open to all, free admission
Conference Programme: Minority Influences in Medieval Society, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, November 25-26, 2016.
Friday 25 November
9.45 Welcome (Nora Berend)
Session 1. 10-11.15
Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg) Influences of mudejar spirituality on majority Christian religious life
Teresa Shawcross (Princeton) Ethno-religious Minorities and the Shaping of Byzantine Society during the Crusades
Session 2. 11.30-12.45
Annette Kehnel (Mannheim) Minority language, minority culture, minority tradition: Who exactly cares?
Amira Bennison (Cambridge) The Berber imprint on the medieval Maghrib
Session 3. 14.15-15.30
Ana Echevarría (Madrid) Reinventing law codes under foreign conditions: influence, adaptation or endurance in the Iberian peninsula
Eduard Mühle (Münster) Real and perceived influence of minority groups in medieval Poland (12th-13th c)
Session 4. 16-18 Eva Haverkamp (München) Jews in the high medieval economy: how to evaluate their role
István Petrovics (Szeged) The Role of “Latin” Guests in the Economic Life and Urban Development of Medieval Hungary
James Barrett (Cambridge) Northern Peoples and Medieval European Trade: Locating Agency
Saturday 26 November
Session 1. 9.30-10.45
Przemysław Wiszewski (Wrocław) Cultural turn in 12th-14th c. Silesia: how the German-speaking minority became the cultural majority
Luciano Gallinari (Cagliari) Catalans in Sardinia and the transformation of Sardinians into a political minority
Session 2. 11.15-12.30
Matthias Hardt (Leipzig) Western immigrants in High Medieval Bohemia
Katalin Szende (Budapest) Iure Theutonico? German settlers, local rulers, and legal frameworks for immigration to medieval East Central Europe LUNCH
Supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German
Federal Foreign Office (FFO)
How to register: To register for the conference, please email Dr Nora Berend, firstname.lastname@example.org and send a cheque for £ 7 (or the appropriate cost for one day; an optional charge for lunch can also be added, see below) to her to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL. Cheques must be made payable to St Catharine’s College. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Registration is £4 for Friday and £3 for Saturday; this is to cover the cost of refreshments during the day. Coffe, tea and biscuits will be available.
Lunch will ONLY be provided for those who order and pay £12 by 10 November, but it will be possible instead to leave during the lunch break to get some food in town.
CFP: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era, One day and a half Symposium & Worshop, University of Birmingham, February, 24-25, 2017.
Deadline: 30 September 2016
Organisers: Andrea Mattiello – University of Birmingham
Maria Alessia Rossi – The Courtauld Institute of Art
Keynote Speakers: Niels Gaul – University of Edinburgh
Cecily Hilsdale – McGill University
Angeliki Lymberopoulou – The Open University
This one day and a half conference combines a symposium and a workshop. The aim is to examine and contextualise the artistic and cultural production of the geopolitical centres that were controlled by or in contact with the late Byzantine Empire, such as the Adriatic and Balkan regions, the major islands of Cyprus and Crete, and the regions surrounding the cities of Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mystras. This conference will explore the many intellectual implications that are encoded in the innovative artistic production of the Palaiologan Era often simplified by a rigid understanding of what is Byzantine and what is not.
In its last centuries, the political entity of the Empire of the Romaioi released cultural and artistic energies migrating towards new frontiers of intellectual achievements. The intent is to counter-balance the innovation of these works of art with the notion of decline and the narrative of decay frequently acknowledged for this period; and to promote an understanding of transformation where previous cultural heritages were integrated into new socio-political orders.
The Symposium – hosted on the afternoon of the 24 and the morning of the 25 February – will bring together established scholars, early-career scholars, and postgraduate students. Three keynotes will provide the methodological framework for the discussion; while the selected papers will focus solely on the visual expressions and cultural trajectories of the artworks produced during the late Palaiologan Era.
The Workshop, hosted on the afternoon of the 25 February, will offer the opportunity to further the discussion in a more informal setting and for a selected number of Master students to interact and offer brief presentations.
Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on art and architecture history, material culture and archaeology, visual aspects of palaeography and codicology, and gender studies.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
– Gift exchange in view of diplomatic missions or dynastic marriages both within the Empire and with its neighbours
– Visual evidence of the interaction between the Emperor and the Patriarch
– Innovations in the visual agenda of the Palaiologan dynasty
– Aspects of religious iconography and visual representations of theological controversies, i.e. Hesychasm
– Artistic patronage and manuscript production as the outcome of dynastic and institutional interactions
– Visual and material production as the outcome of political and social circumstances, i.e. the Zealot uprising or the Unionist policy
– Evidence of artistic exchanges in the depictions of women, men, and children during the Palaiologan Era
How to submit: Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – email@example.com and Andrea Mattiello – firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2016.