Call for Papers for the conference Staging Early Christianities, taking place at King’s College London between Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th December 2023.

Bernard Mulholland, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014).

From public performances on the Roman stage, private orations at opulent dinner parties, and pantomimes enthralling crowds on street corners, the ancient world was saturated with theatrical spectacle. This was the performative reality into which Christianity was born, grew and spread. The likes of Tertullian, Clement, Arnobius and Tatian all offered early criticism of such popular entertainments, some rejecting them outright. Whilst some vocal early Christians clearly felt attendance at (or even indifference towards) these events to be a display of sinful vice, figures such as Paul and James described the Christian life as a public spectacle, while Clement and Tertullian borrowed theatrical language to illustrate their Christological understanding. Either way, these growing communities not only engaged with but thought with this ubiquitous element of ancient culture.

 While the relationship between Christians and the Roman arena has been widely evaluated – particularly because of the connections between such public entertainments and early Christian martyr narratives – the relationship between Christians and the theatre remains understudied. This conference therefore invites papers on all aspects of the intersection between Christians and the stage in the Graeco-Roman world. From the parodying of dramatic dialogues in apologetic literature to the role of Christians within the physical space of the Roman theatre, this conference seeks to explore the rich intersection between the early church and ancient performance.

We are delighted to announce Prof. Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge) as the two keynote speakers of the conference.

Abstracts of up to 250 words for a 25 minute paper should be sent to by 17.00 on 1st July 2023. We particularly welcome submissions that engage the conference theme across interdisciplinary boundaries, from postgraduate students, and from members of communities traditionally under-represented in academia.

Call for Papers – Conference: “Collaborations and Contestations: Interfaith Architectural Encounters in Egyptian Society” American University in Cairo (AUC) July 25, 2023 (Deadline: May 15, 2023)

Bernard Mulholland, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).

Call for Papers

Conference: “Collaborations and Contestations:

Interfaith Architectural Encounters in Middle Eastern and North African Societies”

American University of Cairo (AUC)

July 25, 2023 (Deadline: May 31, 2023)

For many centuries in the Middle East and North Africa, various religious groups and architectural sites have been in dialogue. 

We seek short papers for a workshop, particularly with regard to architecture from all periods (up to the present) regarding Jewish, Christian, and Muslim (including Sunni and Shi‘a) interactions.

Topics might include but are not restricted to the following: mutual influence of Christian and Islamic architecture;

heritage preservation (especially perceived biases); shared sacred spaces; shared practices of worship;

contestation of sites at the time of construction or subsequently;

use of spolia, architectural rivalry of synagogues, churches, and mosques.

Please submit a 200-word abstract and a CV to and by May 31, 2023.

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The seminar takes place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (BST), via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register to attend, please contact All are very welcome.

This term’s papers will be:

  • Monday 24th April
  • Prolet Decheva (University College Dublin), Late Antique Personifications of Abstract Ideas and Elite Identity 
  • Monday 1st May
  • Paul Ulishney (University of Oxford), The Crisis of the Chalcedonian Episcopate in Egypt, c. 652-c. 710 
  • Monday 8th May
  • Valeria Annunziata (La Sapienza Università di Roma), Challenging Authorities: How and Why Byzantine Scholars Emended Classical and Authoritative Texts 
  • Monday 15th May
  • Benjamin Morris (Cardiff University), ‘Against All Men’: The Movement of Military Service in Byzantine and English Treaties, 900-1200 
  • Monday 22nd May
  • Emily Chesley (Princeton University), Collateral Damage: Eastern Women’s Experiences in the Roman-Persian Wars, 4th-6th c. 
  • Monday 5th June
  • Peter Boudreau (McGill University), Keeping Time in Byzantium: Temporal Imagery and Thought in the Calendars of Later Byzantium 
  • Monday 12th June
  • Jack Dooley (Royal Holloway, University of London), Between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’: the case of the gasmouloi in Late Byzantium 
  • Monday 19th June
  • Rachel Catherine Patt (Princeton University), From Pliny’s Potter to Proclus’ Vision: Tracing the Role of Pothos in Byzantine Visual Culture

42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC, June 29-July 1

42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC
for the 40th anniversary of the first CCSA volume

Please find attached the program of the 42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC that will take place in Lyon (France), June 29-July 1. An online participation is possible (see registration link in program).

#Patristics #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #France #Christian #Church #liturgy #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

DOAKS Opportunities for Scholars at Risk

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

Dumbarton Oaks Mentorship Program and Research Grants for Scholars Affected by the Conflict in Ukraine

In response to the current conflict in Ukraine, Dumbarton Oaks is offering two initiatives to support scholars at risk. The newest initiative—a four-session remote mentorship program co-organized with scholars at Boise State University, University of Kent, Princeton University, and Tufts University—will offer professional development and workshop opportunities around a variety of topics. The second initiative is a limited number of research grants, open to scholars active in any of the three areas of studies supported by Dumbarton Oaks, namely Byzantine Studies, Pre-Colombian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies.

New Research Project: “Spaces that Matter: Enclosed and Secluded Places in Early and Middle Byzantine Hagiography” (FWF Project: P34478-G: March 2022 – February 2026)

See the website

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

This four-year project housed at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is being undertaken by Carolina Cupane and Christodoulos Papavarnavas and has a twofold aim: first, to examine how places of confinement and seclusion are depicted in saints’ Lives on a literary-narrative level; second, to study how the protagonists, predominantly male and female ascetics and monastics, experience their stay in such places and to what extent this experience affects both the development of the narrative and the protagonists’ character, especially their spiritual progress.

The 25th International Congress of Byzantine Studies (2026)

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music

Please see attached and below an announcement about The 25th International Congress of Byzantine Studies will be held on 24 to 29 August 2026 in Vienna, Austria.

Dear Colleagues,

Following the online meeting of the Organizing Committee of the 25th International Congress of Byzantine Studies -Vienna 2026 with the members of the AIEB Bureau on 16 March 2023, we would like to inform you about the preliminary profile and structure of the Congress program and to appeal to all National Committees to send us their proposals for Round Tables by 31 December 2023. The call for Free Communications will be sent in spring 2025. You may find below the main theme of the Congress, the themes of six Plenary Sessions, as well as the timetable and procedures for Round Tables, to be confirmed and approved at the Inter Congress meeting in Athens on 12 April 2024.


Date: The 25th International Congress of Byzantine Studies will be held on 24 to 29 August 2026 in Vienna, Austria.

Main Theme: “Byzantium beyond Byzantium”, “Byzance au-delà de Byzance”, “Το Βυζάντιο πέρα από το Βυζάντιο”

General Rule:

Scholars can participate in no more than two sessions throughout the Congress. (i.e., as speaker in two sessions, or as speaker in one session plus as convener, or as convener in two sessions).

Plenary Sessions:

There will be six Plenary Sessions. The list of Plenary Session themes and speakers will be approved at the Inter-Congress meeting in Athens on 12 April 2024. National Committees will be informed about the details shortly before the meeting. The themes for Plenary Sessions are:

Byzantium lost and found

Romanitas beyond Byzantium. Diffusion and impact of ideas of Rome in a „post-Roman” world

The beasts, the crops and the bones. Biological perspectives on the Byzantine world

Byzantine Diversities

Reading Byzantine literature across the centuries

Byzantium in Central Europe

Round Tables:

General rules

Round Tables must be proposed through the National Committee of the proposer. There is also the option of joint proposals by more than one National Committee.

Round Tables are allocated 90 minutes. They should consist of no fewer than four and no more than six speakers, plus the convener(s), in order to ensure adequate time for discussion.

The professional affiliation of the speakers should represent at least two countries. We particularly encourage the inclusion of young researchers.

We strongly encourage those who propose Round Tables to follow the Congress main theme.

The most important criterion for accepting a Round Table proposal will be its innovative scholarly contribution.

The number of proposals, including joint proposals by each National Committee is limited to ten.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of 250 words, 5 key words, the names of the convener(s) and speakers as well as the name of the person sending the proposal, his/her affiliated institution and his/her mail address.

Proposals should be written in English or French. Timetable

The deadline for submission of Round Table proposals by National Committees to the Organizing Committee is 31 December 2023. Any Round Table proposal sent after the deadline will not be accepted. The proposals should be sent to

Conveners of Round Tables will be informed about the decision of the Program Committee (in accordance with the Bureau of the AIEB) in mid-February 2024. Proposed Round Tables will either be accepted or rejected or the option of an Organized Session will be offered.

Conveners of accepted Round Tables will be asked to confirm their participation and the organization of their Round Tables by 31 March 2024.

The list of Round Tables will be presented at the Inter-Congress meeting in Athens on 12 April 2024.

Vienna, March 2023

The Organizing Committee

Call For Papers – Byzantine Studies Conference, Vancouver, Oct. 26–29

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christianity #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music

The Forty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference DEADLINE: April 14, 2023

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on all aspects of Byzantine Studies and on topics related to the field. Conference attendance is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. All conference attendees are encouraged to attend the annual Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 28.

To deliver your paper at the BSC, you must be a member of BSANA in good standing, enrolled in a graduate program at the time of submission, or hold a graduate degree. We encourage undergraduate attendance, but do not accept submissions from undergraduates. To join or renew your membership in BSANA, pay your dues according to your current status at:

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and thematic panels on all topics and in all disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, broadly construed. Paper proposals for the 2023 BSC may be submitted in the form of individual papers or as part of organized panels. Instructions for both are included below. Abstracts should be written to be accessible to a broad audience of readers on the Program Committee. All proposed papers must be substantially original and never have been published previously. Each contributor may deliver only one paper.

SAMR Zoom Flash Conference: Religion and Material Culture in Late Antiquity, April 25-27, 2023

#religion #culture #archaeology #art

The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR) is hosting a zoom flash conference discussing evidence for and methodological issues in the study of materiality and late antique religion.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 pm Eastern Time

The Space of a Stylite: Columns and their Topographical Contexts

Dina Boero (The College of New Jersey)

Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 pm Eastern Time

Desire in the Archive: A 1934 Excavation in Antioch’s Southeastern Nekropolis

Sarah Porter (Gonzaga University)

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 pm Eastern Time

Animating Attachments: An Affective Archaeology of Late Antique Monastic Refectories

Camille Angelo (Yale University)

For more information and to sign up:

Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, First Volume, Open Access

The first volume of the Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies has just been published and is available Open Access for circa 60 days.

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