Call for Papers – Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

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

Organised by Andrea Mattiello (University of Birmingham) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

To be held at the University of Birmingham

24th-25th February 2017

Submission deadline: 30th September 2016

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, 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

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.

Call for Papers – Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

Call for Papers – Diogenes 5

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Diogenes

Submission deadline: 31st August 2016

The editorial team is proud to announce a Call for Papers for the fifth issue, to be published in November 2016. We look forward to receiving contributions in English by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies in the UK and abroad, in the following forms:

Article

We welcome articles on topics of history, archaeology, anthropology, or on any other field relating to the three areas of our Centre. Contributions should be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and must include a bibliography (excepted from the word count). Articles should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should include a 150-word abstract. It is author’s responsibility to obtain permission in written form to use any copyrighted image.

Book Review

Reviews of between 700 and 1,000 words are welcomed on any work published in the last three years in the fields of Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the general editor about the choice of book for review before submitting.

For enquiries or submission, please contact the general editor Anna Kelley:

diogenes[at]contacts.bham.ac.uk

The deadline for contributions is Wednesday 31st August 2016. Contributors will be informed by the general editor of the status of their submission(s) within four weeks of receipt.

Call for Papers – Diogenes 5

Call for Papers – Mount Athos – the Light of the Orthodox Christianity Interaction of Cultures

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Mount Athos – the Light of the Orthodox Christianity: Interaction of Cultures

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation; the Repin Art Institute of the Russian Academy of Arts

5th-7th October 2016

Submission deadline: 1st May 2016

The conference will take part at the Conference Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts, University emb. 17, Saint Petersburg.

The acceptable topics as follows: Mount Athos art objects and historical treasures, Byzantine, Balkan and Medieval Russian Art and Culture, Artistic cross-contacts in the Christian World, Monastic Spiritual Traditions in the Contemporary Christian Culture, Preservation and Research of the Christian Art objects.

Deadline for participant applications until 1 May 2016; deadline for text of papers not exceed 6 pages in Word before 1 July 2016 forward to the Conference Committee academyart@yandex.ru; application should be marked “Athos 2016”.

Call for Papers – Mount Athos – the Light of the Orthodox Christianity Interaction of Cultures

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 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

Call for Papers – Diogenes 4

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Diogenes

Submission deadline: 1st February 2016

The editorial team is proud to announce a Call for Papers for the fourth issue, to be published in April 2016. We look forward to receiving contributions in English by postgraduate students in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies in the UK and abroad, in the following forms:

Article

We welcome articles on topics of history, archaeology, anthropology, or on any other field relating to the three areas of our Centre. Contributions should be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and must include a bibliography (excepted from the word count). Articles should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should include a 150-word abstract. It is author’s responsibility to obtain permission in written form to use any copyrighted image.

Book Review

Reviews of between 700 and 1,000 words are welcomed on any work published in the last three years in the fields of Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the general editor about the choice of book for review before submitting.

Supplementum

This section aims to present the diversity of postgraduate research activities and opportunities in Byzantine, Ottoman, and/or Modern Greek Studies. Contributions between 500 and 1,000 words are welcomed. Types of contribution may include, but are not limited to, archaeological reports, thesis summaries, conference reports, workshop reports, student society introductions, notices of events, etc.

For enquiries or submission, please contact the general editor Wei-sheng Lin:

diogenes[at]contacts.bham.ac.uk

The deadline for contributions is 1 February 2016. Contributors will be informed by the general editor of the status of their submission(s) within four weeks of receipt.

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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.

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

Call for Papers – GEM Forum Spring 2015

GEM Forum Spring 2015

Submission deadline: 14th December 2014

The concept is the same as previously: in each Forum session, we would like 1-2 postgraduate student(s) to give a talk about a topic of their research. Alternatively, the GEM Forum can be a film screening, a ‘seminar’ (an open discussion about a given topic, chaired by one of the Centre’s students) or a visit to the university’s facilities relevant to fields covered by the CBOMGS.

Apart from being an excellent opportunity to expand an academic CV, the forum allows participants to:

  • practice giving papers and presentations (e.g., in preparation for upcoming colloquia);
  • receive feedback on research and various work in progress;
  • improve confidence in asking and answering questions in a public, yet friendly, atmosphere;
  • meet and socialise with other postgraduate students.

Prospective Chairperson

If you are interested in chairing a session of the GEM forum, this would involve giving a short introduction about the speaker/s and their work, then directing the Q&A session afterwards. Any suggestions for seminar topics that you might like to chair are also welcome.

Prospective Speaker

In order to plan a programme, please send your abstracts by 14th December including:

  • proposed paper topic AND field of study (e.g. Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek Studies);
  • an abstract of approximately 200 words;
  • dates of your availability (GEM forum sessions are going to take place, as per usual, at the Whitting Room from 5:15 PM onwards, but during this term they are going to be every Wednesday);
  • whether you would require any AV facilities.

Yes, I am interested!

Both prospective chairperson and speaker should contact Yannis Stamos by 14th December 2014 through IXS233[at]bham.ac.uk.

Call for Papers – GEM Forum Spring 2015