CFP- The 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

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Celebrations in the Eastern Mediterranean: private and public

 1st June 2019, University of Birmingham

 

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers in celebration of the 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

From antiquity to the present peoples in the eastern Mediterranean have taken part in celebrations and ceremonies. These vary from large-scale public events to private and personal rituals. As we continue to take part in social rituals derived from these traditions and develop new ways to manifest them it is important to examine these celebrations in detail.

The colloquium aims to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives on how people experience celebrations across the eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anniversaries, holidays, weddings
  • Feast days and holidays
  • Secular and religious ceremonies
  • Processions
  • Gift giving
  • Festivals
  • Celebrations in text and art
  • Spaces and Objects

Papers of approximately 20 minutes and posters (A3 format) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Sunday 7thApril 2019 at  2019CBOMGSColloquium@gmail.com.

A selection of papers will be published in the proceedings on the online journal Diogenes (https://gemuob.wordpress.com/diogenes/)

Come and celebrate with us!

The Organising Committee

Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham)

Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)

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The 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham)

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PROGRAMME

THE EVENT IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME, BUT REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT HERE.

HURT AND HEALING: PEOPLE, TEXTS, AND MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

THE 19TH ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE COLLOQUIUM OF THE CENTRE FOR BYZANTINE, OTTOMAN AND MODERN GREEK STUDIES

SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018

G51, EUROPEAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

9:00–9:30 Registration & Coffee

9:30–9:45 Opening Remarks

9:45-10:30 Keynote

Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

10:30–12.10 Panel 1- From Collective Trauma to Reconstruction

Chair: TBC

On how to treat the Traumas of Conquest: The Implementation of Ottoman Rule in mid-15th Century Macedonia, The Case of the vilayet of Kastoria

Dimitrios Lamprakis (University of Birmingham)

Hurting the weaker to appease the mightier: Manuel I, Venice, and the relocation of the Pisan quarter

Daniele Morossi (University of Leeds)

From the Darkness Came Light: The Emergence of a New ‘Working Class’ in 6th and 7th Centuries Byzantium

Aristotelis Nayfa (The University of Edinburgh)

The Gothic trauma? Looking for evidence of the effect of the 5th-century settlement of Goths in the Pieria area (Northern Greece)

Kyriakos Fragkoulis (University of Birmingham)

12:10–12:25 Tea and Coffee

12:15 –13:40 Panel 2- Medical discourses: on Healing and the Psyche

Chair: TBC

Re-Reading the portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Vienna: visual arts, psychoanalysis, pre-feminism. A palimpsest via the literary and artistic strategies of the superego

Stella-Alkistis Moysidou (Cambridge)

Masonry, Medicine, and Monotheism: the Conversion of the Volga Bulgars in the Kyssa’i Yusuf, the Risāla of ibn Fadlān and the Tārīkh-i- Bulghār

Alex Feldman (University of Birmingham)

Healing the blind. Description of miracles performed by Saints.

Nikolaidou Evanthia (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

13:40–14:40 Lunch

14:40–16:20 Panel 3: Dealing with Unhealed Wounds

Chair: TBC

A trauma that was never healed: depicting the 200 of Kaisariani as heroes and/or victims in Rita Boume-Papa’s Οι Διακόσοι (1944)

Anastasia Tantarouda-Papaspyrou (University of Birmingham)

Antonin Artaud and Romos Filiras: Towards a comparative approach of personal trauma as an element of poetic narrative.

Nikoleta Kouti-Spyrantzou (University of Athens)

Healing the Body Politic and Corporal: Revolutionary Doctors in the late Ottoman Empire

Christin Zurbach (University of California, Berkeley)

Synthesis between Byzantine and Coptic Eucharistic rites in the Celtic Church – a starting point for healing the rift.

Melangell Roe-Stevens- Smith (University of Birmingham)

16:20–16:35 Tea and Coffee

16:45–18:15 Panel 4: Spaces of  Hurting and Healing

Chair: TBC

Sacred spaces, stolen spaces, Saving spaces

Michael Burling (University of Birmingham)

Constructing the ethereal and earthly bond between pilgrimage and the holy spring: A case study of the Hagiasma of Philip the Apostle

Tülay Yeşiltaş (University of Birmingham)

Athens in Late Antiquity: Christianizing pagan buildings

Panagiota Mantovalou (University of Birmingham)

Art of Healing and Healing Saints in the Art of Byzantine Cappadocia

Şükran Köse Ünser (Hacettepe University)

18:15-18:30 Closing Remarks

19.00 Wine Reception

For more information please visit: https://cbomgs2018colloquium.wordpress.com


This is a student-led postgraduate colloquium organised under the auspices of the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham and with the generous support of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the journal ‘Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies’. 

CFP- 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

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*CALL FOR ABSTRACTS*

‘Hurt and Healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’.

2nd June 2018, University of Birmingham

 

The Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

The concepts of hurt, trauma and healing cross between the different disciplines that deal with Eastern Mediterranean. The colloquium aims to explore transformations and multifarious dimensions of the notions of trauma and wreckage, and their opposition, healing, from the Late Antiquity to the Present.

Whilst serving as antitheses to one another they are also complementary. After destruction and breakage comes the need for repair. However, when a broken textile’s ripped edges are joined again, the visible seam signifies the damage that has happened. Trauma and healing are key concepts in medicine, psychology, and sociology. However, political ideology has constantly used them in order to justify the rising and the existence of authoritarian regimes. In the past, medicine, saints, and magic offered different ways for healing the body and the soul. The current aim of restoration practices is to heal remnants of cultural heritage after damage and to prevent damage with appropriate conservation strategies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Healing power of saints and healing people in society;
  • Medicine and magic;
  • Cultural heritage and material culture: restoration and preservation practices, as well as preventive actions for the preservation;
  • The individual aspects of trauma,especially in relation to the politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, and identity (sexual abuse, domestic violence, shame and fear, death and mourning or melancholia);
  • Collective experiences of trauma (war, genocide, terrorism, victims and perpetrators, practices of memory and oblivion);
  • Migration from the Late Antiquity to the current migration crisis and harrowing events in refugee camps;
  • Public health and medical, therapeutic approaches to illnesses and trauma from the Late Antiquity tothe Present;
  • Texts and images related to medical practices

 

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 7th April 2018 to 2018cbomgscolloquium@gmail.com. Applicants will be notified of selection by 21thApril 2018.

 

For more info visit https://wordpress.com/view/cbomgs2018colloquium.wordpress.com

The Organising Commitee

Vassiliki Kaisidou

Stephanie Novasio

Flavia Vanni

Call for Papers – The 18th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity

18th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

3rd June 2017

Submission deadline: Monday 3rd April 2017

We are pleased to enclose the Call for Papers for the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Multiculturalism is a concept which is present in modern everyday life but also extremely relevant to the past. Empires by their very nature are multicultural constructs and while a great deal of scholarship looks at how minorities were treated or survived throughout history this colloquium is interested in the places in which cultures interact. This colloquium will focus on cultural, social and religious interactions in all spheres of life from armed conflict to diplomacy and cultural assimilation. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Multiculturalism        Diplomacy    Diaspora        Segregation

Urbanism      Identity         Inclusiveness             Community

Warfare         Trade             Insularity              Captive narratives

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 3rd April 2017 to cbomgs2017@gmail.com. Applicants will be notified of selection within a week of this date.

Please note that a limited amount of discretionary funding may be available to assist overseas speakers to cover partial cost. This will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Please make your interest known upon submission of your abstract.

PDF Link: CBOMGS 2017 Call for Papers

Call for Papers – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

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Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean

The 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

4th June 2016

Submission deadline: 31st March 2016

Papers are invited for the 17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. There are fashions in scholarship just as there are in costume or architecture, which means that certain topics are emphasised while others are marginalised. For example, 25 years ago a huge proportion of Byzantine art historical scholarship was devoted to illuminated manuscripts; today this is a much smaller field of study. This colloquium will focus on those ‘lost’ subjects, or subjects that never held the spotlight. We are interested in ‘peripheries’ of all sorts, including more traditional forms of marginalisation. The act of ‘marginalisation’ has been perpetuated and experienced in societies throughout the world: to construct the ‘other’, to classify as ‘fringe’ or outside the ‘mainstream’, to define and to diminish borders, populations, cultures, and ideas, both with or without intention.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes in any of the fields related to Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words no later than Thursday 31st of March to Anna Kelley ACK442[at]bham.ac.uk. Applicants will be notified of selection within two weeks of this date.

Please note: limited bursaries to help with travel costs of speakers are available. Please contact the organiser for details.

Call for Papers – The 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

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Fragmentation: The Eastern Mediterranean in Conflict and Cohesion

The 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

30th May 2015

Submission deadline: 31st March 2015

Papers are cordially invited for the 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. ‘Fragmentation’ is as important a phenomenon as ‘continuity’ in politics, economics, and cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern times. Instead of foreclosing debate on such common heritage in the region, the theme ‘Fragmentation’ provides a dimension on how institutions and various political, social, and economic groups interacted in harmony or in conflict, because of or in spite of such commonality.

We welcome 20-minute papers on topics in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and/or Modern Greek Studies that include, but are not limited by, the following:

Economic activities/institutions;

Literature and narrative;

Political institutions;

Historiographical scholarship;

Identity;

Societal affiliation/mentality.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015 to cbomgs.colloquium@gmail.com. The applicants will be notified of the selection results within two weeks of receipt of submissions.