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Upcoming gatherings on Early Christianity and Byzantium

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Upcoming talks by prominent scholars in the field

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Learn about course offerings, summer programs, and more

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Current exhibitions relating to the world of the Fathers

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Opportunities to visit holy sites, monasteries, and ancient lands

 

Conferences

9–14 May 2022

57th International Congress on Medieval Studies (online)
Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the ICMS is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of Middle Ages, extending to into late antiquity and the early modern periods. For details, click here.

23--25 May 2022

Inaugural Graduate Conference in Early Christian Studies (University of Notre Dame)

The members of the Program in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame  announce the first graduate conference in Early Christian Studies. We invite graduate students of all programs and levels to join their peers, as well as the faculty of the Departments of Theology and Classics, for three days of scholarship, exchange of ideas, and socializing on the campus of Notre Dame. We will consider papers on all subjects related to the study of early Christianity and late ancient Judaism, as well as late antiquity, broadly defined. Fields of research may include theology, history, literature, art, philosophy, archeology, manuscript studies, gender studies, digital humanities, and others. Keynote speakers: Robin Jensen and Éric Rebillard. Your abstract should have 200-300 words for a 20-minute paper. Please submit it by Monday, March 28, 2022. Decisions on acceptance will be made by Monday, April 4, 2022. For more information, please contact hmuller@nd.edu. Click here for further details and to submit an abstract.

26--29 May 2022

International Conference on St Symeon the New Theologian (Volos Theological Academy, Greece)

On the occasion of the millinery anniversary of the dormition of St. Symeon the New Theologian (1022-2022), Volos Academy for Theological Studies organizes an international conference to commemorate his personality, thought, and contribution to Orthodox theology and spirituality. The Conference aims to bring together scholars who have made important contributions to the study of the work of St. Symeon and its reception from philosophical, historical, philological, and theological points of view. Junior and early career scholars are invited to submit proposals for short papers (15 min.) which preferably should be related to one of the thematic axes of the conference. Provisional title, abstract (max. 350 words), and a concise CV (max. 200 words) should be submitted to Dr. Nikos Kouremenos (nkouremenos@acadimia.org) by March 4, 2022. All proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee. The working languages of the conference are English and Greek (with a simultaneous translation to be provided). Volos Academy will provide full accommodation to all accepted speakers – unfortunately, though, travel expenses cannot be covered. After the conference, speakers will be invited to rework their presentations towards the publication of the conference proceedings, which will be assessed through a peer-review procedure. Click here for further details.

 

26–28 May 2022
Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS) (Chicago, IL)
Held annually at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, this annual meeting brings together graduate students and scholars from across the United States and beyond in the field of patristics and the history and theology of Early Christianity. Deadline for submissions is November 20; and decisions will be announced December 15. Click here for more information.

9–10 June 2022
Plato 2022 (online)
An interdisciplinary workshop organized by Gwen Nally, Doug Reed, and Georgia Sermamoglou that will investigate the contemporary relevance of Plato’s ethical and political thought. The workshop will be held virtually. Accepting abstracts until 1 December 2021. Welcoming papers on Plato’s ethical and political thinking and encourage submissions that relate to contemporary events. For details, click here.

16–17 June 2022
Historiography and Life Writing in the Late Antique World (King's College, London)

We invite scholars of varied specialisms and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the history and literature of the late antique world to submit 500-word abstracts for 30-minute papers. Papers might treat, for example:

• the factors that influenced historians’ choice of a particular model of biographical presentation over another;

• the incorporation and adaptation of biographical source material (including translations) into historiography;

• how historians played with their readers’ expectations by both alluding to and breaking the generic conventions of different types of biographical literature;

• the differences in the presentation of lives across the historiographical traditions of alternative writing cultures, like Syriac or Coptic;

• how imagined audiences determined the stylistic and compositional choices of historians narrating the life of a historical character.

We are happy to announce Peter van Nuffelen (Ghent University) and Anne Alwis (University of Kent) as confirmed keynote speakers of the conference.

Applications from all scholars, including postgraduate students, are welcome. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to karl.dahm@kcl.ac.uk by 5.00pm on 14th January 2022.


22–27 August 2022
24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Venice/Padua)
Preparations are under way for the 2022 Congress of Byzantine Studies, to take the place of the 2021 Congress, which was originally planned to take place in Istanbul. This is an international gathering of Byzantinists -- the largest in the field of Byzantine Studies -- held every five years. You can learn more by visiting the Congress website here.

 

29 September – 1 October 2022

The Reception of St. Gregory of Nyssa in the Christian Traditions, Center for Patristic Studies and Ancient Christian Literature, Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Registration is now open. The event is free, but numbers are limited, so those planning to attend must submit an abstract and register by 1 June 2022. Languages: English and Italian. Lodging, meals, coffee and other refreshments will be provided for all participants. For more information, click here. Register by sending and email to contact@csplca.com

6–9 September 2022
15th International Colloquium on St Gregory of Nyssa (University of Exeter)
This year's Colloquium is dedicated to the De anima et resurrectione. Proposals are due November 26, 2021. Click here for more information.

4--6 November 2022

Friends of Mount Athos Madingly Conference: Pilgrimage to Mt Athos ()

Visit the FOMA website here for updates on the rescheduled conference.

 

19--22 November 2022

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)

Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located in the Colorado Convention Center. Academic sessions will be held in the Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Registration and housing for the Annual Meeting will open in the spring. Proposals are due by March 1, 2022. Click here for more information.

 

Lectures

1 May 2022, 1pm EST (Zoom)

International Catacomb Society Spring Panels

Lily Vuong (Central Washington University): The Apocryphal Mary in Text, Pictorial Art, and Iconography
Ilenia Gradante (Oxford): "A Community Narrative Approach in the Study of Early Christian Syracuse (Sicily) through the Epigraphic Documentation from the Catacombs"
Lindsey A. Mazurek (Indiana University Bloomington): “The Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative: Digital Approaches to Networks at Roman Ostia.”

Click here to view the poster and here to register via Zoom.

3 May 2022, 2pm (Dublin/Online)
Ivana Jevtić (Koç Üniversitesi, Istanbul), Late Antique and Byzantine Virtual Seminar Series, University College Dublin
South Annex of the Kalenderhane Mosque (The Church of the Virgin Kyriotissa) in Istanbul and its Frescoes
Click here to register.

16 May 2022, 4:00 - 6:00pm (Leuven)
Leuven Colloquia on Ancient Platonism 
Marwan Rashed (Sorbonne)
 LCAP is a new lecture series on the history of ancient Platonism (from the Early Academy to Late Antiquity), hosted by the KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy and the De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. The lectures will be held on a monthly basis, starting in January 2022, and will be given by leading specialists in the history of Platonism. All meetings will be held in person with an online streaming option. For more information, click here.

 

Courses and Workshops

June 5 -- 25, 2022

Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition (NEH Summer Institute for College and University Educators (Bradley University, Peoria, IL)
A summer institute for college faculty on the history and culture of Middle Eastern Christians in the Middle East and American society. This is an NEH Institute for 25 participants to integrate Middle Eastern Christianity into their undergraduate courses. This summer Institute will foster an interdisciplinary humanities community centered around the subject of Middle Eastern Christians in their broadest historic and contemporary life. It will augment the traditional NEH Institute experience with immersive cross-cultural field trips to the immigrant Arab Christian communities in central Illinois. Application deadline: March 1, 2022. Click here for more information.

July 5 -- 9, 2022
Byzantine Greek Summer School, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

Directed by Alexandros Alexakis and Stratis Papaioannou, the summer school, which takes place over four weeks, will welcome 10 graduate students from schools across the globe. The course is designed to improve knowledge of Greek among Byzantinists and others interested in the world of Byzantium (especially since related courses are only taught in a very small minority of universities around the world). The principal course will be a daily 1½ hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts. Click here for more information and to apply.

June 6-7, 2022

Introduction to Greek Palaeography, London International Palaeography School, University of London

This is an introductory course in Greek Palaeography, consisting of two parts. Part I is devoted to a brief survey of the earlier history of the Greek script covering evidence from early inscriptions, through majuscule papyri to manuscripts of the Byzantine period up to the ninth century, including the first examples of Greek minuscule.  Part II concentrates on the Greek minuscule from the ninth to the 15th century and the first printed books. The development of the Greek script will be examined with relation to political events and cultural movements which shaped it through the centuries. Participants will learn how to transcribe a text from a facsimile of a Greek manuscript and examine basic codicological and palaeographical aspects, including the layout of the text, the use of ligatures, nomina sacra, abbreviations and colophons. For details, click here.

 

July 11 -- August 5, 2022
Intermediate Classical Syriac (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St John's Univ, Collegeville, Minnesota)
In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week course as an introduction to the Syriac language and paleography in the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac at their own institutions. Click here for details.

July 11 -- August 5, 2022
Intermediate Classical Armenian (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St John's Univ, Collegeville, Minnesota)In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week intermediate level course in the Classical Armenian language and paleography in the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Classical Armenian in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Armenian at their own institutions. Click here for details.

July 11 -- August 5, 2022
Introduction to Arabic Manuscripts (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St John's Univ, Collegeville, Minnesota)

The course will (1) introduce students to the study of Arabic manuscripts in historical, cultural, and material dimensions; (2) provide basic introduction to paleography, codicology, and philological practices, with a special focus on the application of these skills in a digital context; (3) engage with a wide range of scholarly reference tools for the study of Arabic manuscripts; (4) introduce students to a diversity of Arabic manuscript traditions from West Africa and the Middle East, both Islamic and Christian; (5) by the end of the course, students will be able to contribute to the scholarly description of a previously uncataloged manuscript of their choice from the HMML collection. Click here for details.

 

Exhibitions

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Trips and Excursions

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