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WHO WAS MARY?

THE MOTHER OF GOD SEEN THROUGH BYZANTINE EYES

21 April 2023

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The Fount of Knowledge

A SYMPOSIUM ON ST JOHN OF DAMASCUS

4 November 2022

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Colloquium on the Mystagogy
of St Maximos the Confessor

Boston, 29-30 April 2022

Conferences

10--15 January 2023

International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA), 2nd International Mega-Conference (Volos, Greece)

In-person only. IOTA’s twenty-seven groups invite paper proposals on the topics specified in the Call for Papers (CFP). As in the past, each group has its own CFP. Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2022. Decisions regarding the submitted proposals will be shared with applicants by September 15, 2022. Click here for details and to submit a proposal.

15--17 February 2023

New Approaches to Asceticism in Late Antiquity (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge)

A conference to be held in honor of Professor David Brakke. Presenters include: Brian Alt, Michael Beshay, Charles A. Bobertz, Austin Busch, Kate Cooper, Andrew Crislip, Stephen Davis, Georgia Frank, David Frankfurter, Diane Shane Fruchtman, J. Albert Harrill, Jennifer Hart, Rebecca Krawiec, David Maldonado-Rivera, Ellen Muehlberger, Tola Rodrick, Caroline T. Schroeder, Stephen J. Shoemaker, Bradley Storin, and Felege-Selam Yirga. Contact Brad Storin (bstorin@lsu.edu) or Ellen Muehlberger (emuehlberger@umich.edu) by November 1, 2022 to attend.

9--10 February 2023

Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West (online)

Organized by Tufts University and Accademia di architectura di Mendrisio (Italy), this online workshop explores the uses of artificial illumination in churches with a view towards symbolism, sacred space, and how these were shaped by local climate, economic and theological parameters, and other factors. The focus is on the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in the regions of the Balkan peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains. CFP deadline is September 1, 2022. View poster here. Email vladimir.ivonivici@usi.ch.

1 April 2023

Easter in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Zoom)

The After Constantine Journal, the Medievalists.net, and the Orthodox Academy of Crete are inviting academic scholars to participate in the conference Easter in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, which will take place on Zoom on April 1st, 2023. This conference will examine how Easter was celebrated and viewed from Late Antiquity throughout the medieval period. Every year this would be a high point of the Christian life, and medieval people were keenly interested in many aspects of this event. For details, click here.

 

21 April 2023

Who Was Mary? The Mother of God Seen Through Byzantine Eyes (The Pappas Patristic Institute, Boston)

A public lecture and reception, Bright Friday, 7:00 PM, at the Maliotis Cultural Center of Hellenic College Holy Cross. Dr Mary Cunningham is a world-renowned expert on the Virgin Mary in Byzantine literature and theology. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MA and PhD from the University of
Birmingham. She has taught at Queen's University Belfast, King's College London, and the University of Nottingham. Dr Cunningham is the author of Gateway of Life: Orthodox Thinking on the Mother of God (2015), The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images (2019), and The Virgin Mary in Byzantium, c. 400 - 1000 CE: Hymns, Homilies and Hagiography (2021). She has recently completed an English translation and commentary on the Life of the Theotokos by Epiphanios of Kallistratos. Click here for details.

11--13 May 2023

International Congress of Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo)

The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of Middle Ages, extending to into late antiquity and the early modern periods. This year's program includes two panels (one online and one in-person) sponsored by the North American Patristics Society: "Christianity in Late Antiquity". Click here for details and information.

18--21 May 2023

Orthodoxy and Contemporary Life: Inaugural Meeting of Paideia

Taking place at Antiochian village in the Laurel Mts of Pennsylvania, the meeting will feature a plenary text-seminar devoted to a chapter (in English) from the previously untranslated masterpiece of Florensky’s later thought, Философия культа: “The Philosophy of Worship.” Read the full CFP here.

 

28--30 May 2023

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (Toronto)

This year’s meeting will take place in person, with some capacity for virtual presentations and virtual access to in-person sessions via Zoom. Papers are invited on any theme relevant to the study of late antiquity, patristic studies, or the study of Christianity between the second and seventh centuries CE. Submissions that consider this year’s Congress theme, “Reckonings & Re-Imaginings,” as it might relate to our discipline are especially encouraged (though not required). For details, click here.

 

11--14 June 2023

9th North American Syriac Symposium (Yale University)

Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora. In 2023, the event will be hosted at the Yale Divinity School, with the opportunity to visit the Dura-Europos exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery and to see an exhibition of Syriac manuscripts from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The theme of this Symposium is “Syriac at the Center.” Syriac has often been treated as an auxiliary language in the modern humanities, an adjunct tool to scholarship on Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, early Islam, the histories of theology and of science, and other areas of inquiry. It is an “extra language” in humanistic curricula. This conference welcomes papers on topics that treat Syriac as central, not peripheral, to scholarly investigation. How do our research subjects look when we stand with Syriac and regard other traditions and areas as peripheral? For conference details and information, click here.

12--14 June 2023

Tenth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (St Louis University)

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern world.​ The plenary speakers for 2023 will be Uta-Renate Blumenthal, of Catholic University of America, and Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library. For details, click here.

 

22--23 June 2023

Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity (University of Liverpool)

A conference (and planned edited volume) on Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity. The remarkably homogeneous ways of thinking about Christian political authority across the Roman world in late antiquity (c. 250-700 CE)—so carefully reconstructed in classic mid-20th century accounts—mask the immense diversity of the social and institutional contexts in which those ideas mattered. The character of Christian governance could look very different to an official placed at the centre of power as against an ordinary Christian standing in the nave of an urban basilica, a civic grandee sitting in the plush seats of a provincial town council, or an ascetic keeping vigil in a remote monastic cell. In fact, widely divergent visions of what the divine sanctioning of earthly rule meant in practice are visible even across the many different (and sometimes competing) institutions of late ancient states. The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2022. Please send a title and an abstract (no longer than 500 words) to Dr Robin Whelan. See here for more information on the project.

Conferences

Lectures

17 January 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Grigori Simeonov (Vienna)

Pastoralism in Macedonia from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries: Levels of Mobility, Everyday Life, and Economic Impact

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro. See the full program here.

 

 

19 January 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (Ben-Gurion University/Yale University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

21 February 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Lorenzo Ciolfi (Paris)

Oedipe à Byzance. Le rapport conflictuel entre l’héritage de Jean III Vatatzès et les projets de Michel VIII Paléologue

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro. See the full program here.

25 February 2023 (Saturday), 10:30am Online

Todd Berzon (Bowdoin College)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

16 March 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Mark Letteney (MIT)

Boston Area Patristics Group/ Providence Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

21 March 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Adrian Marinescu (Munich)

Implicity and Explicity in Byzantine Catanyctic Literature. Symeon the Monk, About himself and His Soul

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro. See the full program here.

21 April 2023

Who Was Mary? The Mother of God Seen Through Byzantine Eyes

A public lecture and reception, Bright Friday, 7:00 PM, at the Maliotis Cultural Center of Hellenic College Holy Cross. Dr Mary Cunningham is a world-renowned expert on the Virgin Mary in Byzantine literature and theology. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MA and PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has taught at Queen's University Belfast, King's College London, and the University of Nottingham. Dr Cunningham is the author of Gateway of Life: Orthodox Thinking on the Mother of God (2015), The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images (2019), and The Virgin Mary in Byzantium, c. 400 - 1000 CE: Hymns, Homilies and Hagiography (2021). She has recently completed an English translation and commentary on the Life of the Theotokos by Epiphanios of Kallistratos. Click here for details.

 

 

20 April 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Chance Bonar (Harvard University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

25 April 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Adrian Marinescu (Munich)

Implicity and Explicity in Byzantine Catanyctic Literature. Symeon the Monk, About himself and His Soul

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro.

29 April 2022 (Saturday), 10:00am

Annemarie Weyl Carr (Dallas)

Reflections on the Eleousa of Kykkos Monastery

Providence Patristics Group. For information, contact Dr Susan Harvey (susan_harvey@brown.edu) or Dr Arthur Urbano (aurbano@providence.edu).

23 May 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Béatrice Caseau (Paris)

Perception des stylites à l’époque médiobyzantine

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro. See the full program here.

20 June 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online

Nunzio Bianchi (Bari)

Photius and the ancient novel

Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at contact@srsb.ro. See the full program here.

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