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CFP: Ruling an Empire in a Changing World. Studies on Origin, Impact, and Reception of the Notitia Dignitatum

In the late 4th and the first half of the 5th century, administrative lists were compiled, which have become known under the name of Notitia Dignitatum. This collection of lists offers us nowadays a unique insight in the administrative and military structures of the Roman Empire, in both its Western and its Eastern part. The number and quality of the illustrations in particular, as the whole composition and character of the document, point towards the assumption that the original version was no traditional administration manual. In research, the analysis of the transmission history has been of the same fundamental importance as the use of the Notitia Dignitatum as a historical source. The extant manuscripts are all tracked back to a Carolingian parchment codex from the library of the diocesan chapter of Speyer; a codex that was last mentioned in 1566 and is assumedly lost. Since more than 100 years, the mysteries of the lacunary transmission history and the variations in the manuscripts from the Late Medieval/Early Modern times have been fundamental for every scientific approach to this document. Due to these factors, the Notitia Dignitatum has remained until today an important, but at the same time very controversial part of numerous historical and archaeological studies.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Dr. Peter Brennan (University of Sydney);
Prof. Bernhard Palme (University of Vienna);
Dr. Jeroen W. P. Wijnendaele (Ghent University)

One of the aims of this international conference is to reflect, for the first time since the 1974 Oxford colloquium organised by R. Goodburn and Ph. Bartholomew, upon the considerable increase in knowledge about the Notitia Dignitatum which has occurred over the last decades. This has largely been due to new possibilities, for example offered by the digitalisation of the extant manuscripts. Furthermore, there remain older theories to be discussed at the conference, and space for new approaches shall be created equally. Until a few years ago, practically everyone conducting research on the Notitia Dignitatum was working with those manuscripts or older editions which were the most easily accessible. By now, however, digitalisation of all known manuscripts and fragments allows easy and unrestricted access so crucial for detailed studies based on source criticism. The Notitia Dignitatum demands, as hardly another antique source does, interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration between different historical and archaeological disciplines in order to address properly all the various aspects of this multi-faceted document. Consequently, colleagues from all the disciplines in question, Ancient History, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Provincial Roman Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Art History, Medieval Studies, Palaeography, and related fields are invited to submit abstracts.

Applications in German, English, or French should include information about the following points:

Title of the presentation, abstract (250 words max), name, institution, postal address, mail address, short biography (150 words max). Presentations should not last longer than 20 min and will be followed by a discussion of 10 min. The successful applicants will be informed via mail by 30th November 2018.
We are planning to cover the travel costs for the participants. However, this cannot yet be confirmed as we are awaiting the outcome of funding applications for this conference.


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Conference: Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio, Granada, October 19-22, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConference: Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio, Granada, October 19-22, 2016
Inscription deadline: October 17, 2016.

The Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Escuela de la Alhambra present “Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio,” a colloquium/ course in honor of the memory of Prof. Henri Terrasse, to he held 19-22 October 2017 at the Palace of Carlos V in the Alhambra (Granada).

2016 is the 900th anniversary of the conquest of the Balearic islands by the Almoravids (1116), an event which corresponded to the greatest territorial expansion of their empire and started the moment of its maximum splendor. With the occupation of the Islands, the empire obtained a vast territory extending from Mauritania to Zaragoza, as since the end of the 11th century they had been gaining power over the taifas of Al-Andalus, becoming the most important empire of Western Islam during the first half of the 12th century. They were the first to unite the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar under the same political and religious power. This fact enabled a lively social, commercial and cultural exchange between Al-Andalus and North Africa, centered around the great capitals of the Empire, especially the North African Marrakech, and the peninsular Granada.

Moreover, this year marks 45 years since the death of Professor Henri Terrasse, a great scholar of the art of Morocco and Al-Andalus. Among his works are several publications dedicated to the art and arquitecture of Al-Andalus, necessary starting points for anyone interested in pursuing research in these fields.
During this international seminar, several specialists of the Almoravides will commemorate the 900th centernary of the apogee of the greater Western Islamic empire, with a special attention to the legacy of Henri Terrasse.

1a JORNADA: miércoles 19 de octubre
10:00 a 10:15 – Presentación
10:15 a 11:15 – Conferencia inaugural.
“Henri Terrasse y su contribución historiográfi ca”
D. Rafael LÓPEZ GUZMÁN (Universidad de Granada). 11:15 a 11:30 – Pausa-café

Sesión de mañana:
MESA 1.- Origen, génesis y evolución del Imperio almorávide
11:30 a 12:30
“Camelleros saharianos: la caracterización de los almorávides en las fuentes”
D.a Helena DE FELIPE (Universidad de Alcalá).
12:30 a 13:30
“El primer urbanismo de Marrakech”
D. Abdellatif MAROU (Conservador de la Inspección de Monumentos y Sitios Históricos de Marrakech, Ministerio de Cultura del Reino de Marruecos).
13:30 a 14:30
“El nacimiento del Califato almohade y el  fin de los almorávides. Introducción de un nuevo arte” D.a Dolores VILLALBA SOLA (IEM – FCSH/UNL, Lisboa).
14:30 a 17:00- Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde:
MESA 2.- El Imperio almorávide: organización económica, política y jurisdicción
17:00 a 18:00
“La evolución de la organización política y administrativa del emirato almorávide al imperio almohade”
D. Pascal BURESI (CNRS, Lyon).
18:00 a 18:30- Pausa-café
[MESA 1.- Origen, génesis y evolución del Imperio almorávide]
18:30 a 19:30
“Historia de los almorávides a través de las fuentes textuales”
D.a Ma Jesús VIGUERA MOLINS (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
19:30 a 20:00- Debate sesión de tarde

2a JORNADA: jueves 20 de octubre
Sesión de mañana

MESA 2 (b).- El Imperio almorávide: organización económica, política y jurisdicción 10:00 a 11:00
“Cadíes y cadiazgo andalusí en época almorávide”
D. Rachid EL HOUR (Universidad de Salamanca).
11:00 a 12:00
“La economía de los almorávides saharianos en el Sur de al-Andalus según sus indicios” D. Eduardo ESCARTÍN GONZÁLEZ (Universidad de Sevilla).
12:00 a 12:30 – Pausa-café
MESA 3.- Trabajos arqueológicos, conservación y difusión de la cultura material almorávide
12:30 a 13:30
“El registro arqueológico almorávide en Šarq al-Andalus: arquitectura y producciones cerámicas”
D. Pedro JIMÉNEZ CASTILLO (Escuela de Estudios Árabes – CSIC, Granada) y Manuel PÉREZ ASENSIO (Arqueólogo).
13:30 a 14:00 Debate sesión de mañana 14:00 a 17:00 – Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde
17:00 a 17:30
“La colección almorávide del Museo de la Alhambra: inventario y catálogo”
D.a Paula SÁNCHEZ GÓMEZ (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.) y Eva MORENO LEÓN (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.).
17:30 a 18:30
Visita a la colección del Museo de la Alhambra
D.a Paula SÁNCHEZ GÓMEZ (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.) y Eva MORENO LEÓN (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.).
18:30 a 19:00- Pausa-café
19:00 a 20:00
“Otra forma de enseñar la Historia”
D. Juan CASTILLA BRAZALES (Escuela de Estudios Árabes – CSIC, Granada).

3a JORNADA: viernes 21 de octubre
Sesión de mañana

MESA 4.- El arte y la cultura en la época almorávide: arquitectura, artes suntuarias y pensamiento estético
10:00 a 11:00
“La estética andalusí en el siglo XII”
D. José Miguel PUERTA VÍLCHEZ (Universidad de Granada).
11:00 a 12:00
“¿Existe un arte almorávide? Contribuciones y nuevas perspectivas”
D.a María MARCOS COBALEDA (Instituto de Estudos Medievais – FCSH/UNL, Lisboa).
12:00 a 12:30 – Pausa-café
12:30 a 13:30
“El Panteón Real del monasterio cisterciense de las Huelgas de Burgos. Historiografía, arqueología artística y modelo de conservación”
D.a Concha HERRERO CARRETERO (Patrimonio Nacional).
13:30 a 14:00 Debate sesión de mañana
14:00 a 17:00 – Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde
MESA 5.- Las civilizaciones coetáneas a los almorávides
17:00 a 18:00
“Toledo en el siglo XII: de la casa al barrio”
D. Jean PASSINI (LaDéHiS – CRH – EHESS, Paris).
18:00 a 18:30 – Pausa-café
18:30 a 19:30
“Relaciones entre musulmanes, judíos y cristianos en el Mediterráneo del siglo XII”
D. Brian A. CATLOS (University of Colorado, Boulder (EEUU) / The Mediterranean Seminar). 19:30 a 20:00 Debate sesión de tarde y conclusiones  nales

4a JORNADA: sábado 22 de octubre (opcional)
10:00 a 14:00
Visita al Palacio de Dar al-Horra, las murallas de la Alhacaba y el Bañuelo (personal de Huerto Alegre).

Time and place
El Seminario se celebrará en el Conjunto Monumental de la Alhambra y Generalife, en el Palacio de Carlos V, Granada.
Las clases tendrán lugar los días 19 al 22 de octubre de 2016, en horario de mañana y tarde (excepto el sábado 22 que será sólo de mañana).

How to apply:
Número de plazas y condiciones de admisión
El número de plazas es limitado, por lo que las solicitudes se atenderán por riguroso orden de matriculación.
La Universidad comunicará expresamente la matriculación del solicitante.
El seminario va dirigido fundamentalmente a alumnado universitario de los grados de Filología Árabe y Hebrea, Historia del Arte e Historia; medievalistas, arabistas y otros investigadores; guías e intérpretes; profesores de Instituto.

El plazo de matrícula  finaliza el 17 de octubre de 2016.
El importe es de 8 € de apertura de expediente.
Número de horas: 25.
El pago de la apertura de expediente deberá efectuarse por transferencia bancaria libre de gastos o por ingreso a la cuenta de La Caixa, O cina Isla de la Cartuja (Sevilla) IBAN: ES78 21009166752200074348

Formalización de la matrícula
Deberá aportarse la siguiente documentación:
1- Solicitud en el impreso que facilita la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.
2- Fotocopia del DNI.
3- Justificante de haber abonado los derechos correspondientes.

CFP: Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

palaiologos-to-deleteCFP: 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 – m.alessiarossi@icloud.com and Andrea Mattiello – axm570@bham.ac.uk by 30 September 2016.


Harlaxton medieval conference 2014: The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453

King Henry VI presented to the Virgin and Child by St Louis © The British Library Board (Cotton MS Domitian A. XVII f.50r)

King Henry VI presented to the Virgin and Child by St Louis
© The British Library Board (Cotton MS Domitian A. XVII f.50r)

The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453
Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th July 2014
Harlaxton Manor, Harlaxton, Lincs

Provisional Programme
Tuesday, 15th July
2:00 Welcome by Christian Steer (Symposium Secretary)
2:15–3:30 Session 1: Introductions: Themes and Approaches
Mark Ormrod, David Green, Peter Crooks
This session will offer some introductory thoughts on approaches to the subject of the Plantagenet Empire, with considerations of methodology, historiography, terminology, and the ‘imperial model’.

3:30 -4:15: Tea

4:15–5:30 Session 2: Ideology and Perceptions of Empire
Jean-Philippe Genet, „Empire and the English identity: reflections on the king of England‟s dominium‟
Len Scales, „The Empire in translation: English perspectives on imperium and emperors, 1220-1420‟
6:00–7:00: Dinner
7:15 Informal visit to Harlaxton church

Wednesday, 16th July
7:00-8.30: Breakfast
9:00–10:15 Session 3: Domination and Conquest
Brendan Smith, „Status and Power in the Plantagenet Empire‟
Craig Taylor, „Imagining the Lancastrian Empire in France‟
10:15-11:00: Coffee
11:00–12:45 Session 4: Resistance and Collaboration
Seán Duffy, „Irish and Welsh responses to empire, 1258-1327‟
Francoise Lainé, „Uncommon seneschals in Aquitaine: three Gascon commoners in Edward II‟s time‟
Rachel Moss, „Substantiating Sovereignty: Regal Imagery in Plantagenet Ireland‟
1:00: Lunch
2:00–3:45 Session 5: Peripheral Perspectives
Jackson Armstrong, „Peripheries, Provinces and the Plantagenet North‟
Peter Fleming, „Bristol and the end of Empire: the consequences of the fall of Gascony‟
Helen Fulton, „Cultural interactions between Wales and Ireland, c. 1300‟
3:45–4:15: Tea
4:15–6:00 Session 6: Imperial Networks 1
Anne Curry, „The baillis of Lancastrian Normandy: English men wearing French hats?‟
Andrea Ruddick, „Clerical careers and networks in the Plantagenet world‟  Joel Rosenthal, „Have Mitre, will travel: Edward III‟s bishops as diplomats‟ 6:00–7:00: Dinner
Thursday, 18th July
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
9:00–10:45 Session 7: Race and Identity
Julian Luxford, „Specimens of race: their representation in Plantagenet documents‟
Godfried Croenen, „Regional identities in France: Froissart and other chroniclers‟
Kim Woods, „Plantagenets in Alabaster‟
10:45-11:15: Coffee
11:15–1:00 Session 8: Imperial Networks 2
Michael Bennett, „The Plantagenet empire as „enterprise zone‟: war and business networks, c. 1415-1450‟
Jessica Lutkin, „Patterns of purchase – the networks of English goldsmiths, alien merchants and Plantagenet patrons‟
Gwilym Dodd, „Minor Diplomatic Incidents: the English Crown and Foreign Litigants‟
1:00: Lunch
2:00: Excursion to Tattershall Castle and Church
7:00: Reception
7:30: Symposium Dinner in the Great Hall

Friday, 18th July
7:00-8:30: Breakfast
9:30–10:45 Session 9: Language and Communication
Serge Lusignan, „Communication in the Later Plantagenet Empire: the Use of Anglo-French in England and in continental domains‟
Steve Boardman, „ “Our mother tongue”: language and the “end of empire” in fourteenth-century Scotland‟
10:45–11:15: Coffee
11:15–12:30 Session 10: Responses: The Empire in Retrospect and Prospect
Michael Brown, „The Plantagenet Empire and the Insular World‟
John Watts, „The Plantagenet Empire and the Continent‟
12:45: Lunch and departure