Byzantine Worlds [2018-21]

Alternate Wednesdays 17:00-19:00 in term time, unless otherwise noted. Please see programme for details (UK Time).

Online sessions until further notice.


About

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar provides a venue for exploring the material and intellectual entanglements between the medieval worlds of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Byzantinists have long appreciated the need to look beyond the political boundaries of the empire. However, recent international conferences and projects devoted to 'Global Byzantium' and mobility within and beyond Byzantium have reaffirmed the need for scholars and students to incorporate into their work newly-developing research agendas on material evidence from around the globe, as well as on texts preserved in a wide array of medieval languages. Specialists from different disciplines, departments and institutions need venues to facilitate this kind of collaboration and research cross-fertilisation. Yet the concentration of specialists required to do this has been long hindered by the liminal place of Byzantium and its neighbours within traditional university departments. Cambridge, however, has a critical mass of researchers in these fields and is well placed to become an important hub for the study of the worlds of Byzantium and its neighbours. 

The seminar builds on the existing work of the Cambridge Byzantine Seminar and the Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar, and invites the involvements of historians, archaeologists, classicists, theologians and specialists in the languages and cultures of Afro-Eurasia. This expanded research community seeks to contribute to wider discussions across the University about global connections and cultural diversity before the era of European colonialism.

The seminar, which meets for two hours fortnightly during each Full Term, presents the research of speakers from within and outside of Cambridge. Invitations seek to ensure a balance of junior and more established scholars with an emphasis placed on broadening the diversity of backgrounds represented in the field.

We also run primary source reading groups in parallel with the seminar. These are now offered in Greek, Arabic and Armenian.

Seminars and Reading groups:
  • Byzantine Worlds Seminars: 5-7pm on alternate Wednesdays (week 1) in the Alison Richard Building, SG2
  • Byzantine Greek Reading Group: 12-2pm on alternate Wednesdays in the Alison Richard Building, SG2 (7 and 21 October, 4 and 18 November, and 2 December 2020). For more information please contact Stephanie Forrest
  • Medieval Arabic Reading group 12-2pm on alternate Wednesdays (week 2) in the Alison Richard Building, SG2 (14 and 28 October and 11 and 25 November 2020). For more information please contact Edward Zychowicz-Coghill
  • Classical Armenian Reading group: 12-2pm on alternate Tuesdays (week 2) (13 and 27 October and 10 and 24 November 2020). For more information please contact Stephanie Forrest

For further information see the programme, please.

 

Administrative assistance: Networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Supported by CRASSH and Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS)  

   

Convenors

Convenors

Dr Edward Zychowicz-Coghill  (Christ's College, Junior Research Fellow, Faculty of Classics) [2018-21]
Stefanie Forrest  (Pembroke College, PhD Candidate, Faculty of History) [2019-21]
 

Previous convenors

Dr Nicholas Evans  (Clare College, Junior Research Fellow, Faculty of History) [2018-20]
Dr Louise Blanke  (Research Associate, Impact of the Ancient City, Faculty of Classics) [2018-19]
Rosie Finlinson  (PhD candidate Dept Slavonic Studies, Fitzwilliam College) [2018-19]


Faculty Advisors

Dr Peter Sarris (Reader in Late Roman, Medieval and Byzantine History)
Professor Simon Franklin  (Professor of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Dr Caroline Goodson (University Lecturer in Early Medieval History)
Dr Elizabeth Key Fowden (Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Classics, Affiliated Researcher in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr Mike Humphreys (Temporary Lecturer in Byzantine and Early Medieval History)

Programme 2020-21

All online events are scheduled at UK time. Please check time for individual events. 

Byzantine Worlds
Byzantine Greek Reading Group
07 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Classical Armenian Reading Group
13 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Medieval Arabic Reading Group
14 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Early Rus' Jewry: Byzantine Connections
14 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION (17:00 UK Time)

Alexander Kulik (Jerusalem) 

'As We Heard from the Enemy Himself': Intercultural Transmission in Early Medieval Armenia
21 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION (18:00 UK Time)

Alison Vacca (Tennessee, Knoxville)

Byzantine Greek Reading Group
21 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Classical Armenian Reading Group
27 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Medieval Arabic Reading Group
28 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Visions of Heaven and Hell: Byzantine Apocalyptic in the Seventh Century and Beyond
04 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION (10:00 UK Time)

Bronwen Neil (Sydney)

Byzantine Greek Reading Group
04 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Classical Armenian Reading Group
10 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Medieval Arabic Reading Group
11 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
From Documents to the Digital Turn: Prosopography and Networks of the Lascarid Period
18 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION (10:00 UK Time)

Ekaterini Mitsiou (Vienna)

Byzantine Greek Reading Group
18 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Classical Armenian Reading Group
24 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
Medieval Arabic Reading Group
25 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION
The Emergence of Islam in its Pre-Islamic and Byzantine Contexts
02 December 2020, ONLINE SESSION (10:00 UK Time)

Nadia El Cheikh (Beirut)

Byzantine Greek Reading Group
02 December 2020, ONLINE SESSION

Past Programmes

Programme 2019-20

Byzantine Worlds
Classical Armenian Session 1
08 October 2019, Seminar Room S2, 2nd Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT. NB Different room today.

Reading Group

Byzantine Greek Session 1
16 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading group

Classical Armenian Session 2
22 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Weddings, Gifts and Paideia: Culture and Diplomatic Brides in Twelfth-Century Constantinople
23 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Foteini Spingou (Edinburgh)

Byzantine Greek Session 2
30 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Classical Armenian Session 3
05 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

The Empress’s New Clothes
06 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Petra Melichar (Prague)

Byzantine Greek Session 3
13 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Classical Armenian Session 4
19 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Reconciling Stories of Decline in the Medieval Caucasus: Case Study from the Kura Plain, Azerbaijan
20 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Paul Wordsworth (Oxford)

CANCELLED Byzantine Greek Session 4
27 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED Classical Armenian Session 5
03 December 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

CANCELLED Apostasy, Vacillation, and Muslim Women with Christian Men
04 December 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Anna Chrysostomides (Oxford)

Pachymeres on the Acropolis at Sardis
15 January 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Benjamin Anderson (Cornell)

Byzantine Greek – Reading Group 1
22 January 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Byzantine Greek – Reading Group 2
05 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Anonymous Cosmographer Maps the Mediterranean (from Ravenna to the Black Sea)
12 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Judith Herrin (KCL)

Byzantine Greek – Reading Group 3
19 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED: A Christian Insurgency in Islamic Syria: New Thoughts about the Jarājima/ Mardaites
26 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Christian Sahner (Oxford)

CANCELLED: Byzantine Greek – Reading Group 4
04 March 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED: Visions of Heaven and Hell: Byzantine Apocalyptic in the Seventh Century
11 March 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Bronwen Neil (Macquarie University)
 

CANCELLED: Apostasy, Vacillation, and Muslim Women With Christian Men:Abbasid Sources on Family Life
22 April 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Anna Chrysostomides (QMUL)

POSTPONED Modes of Exchange in Late Antique and Medieval Eurasia
02 May 2020, Christ's College Cambridge, St Andrew's St, Cambridge CB2 3BU

Workshop

CANCELLED: From Documents to the Digital Turn: Prosopography, Space and Networks of the Lascarid P
06 May 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Ekaterini Mitsiou (Frankfurt)

ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
06 May 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
CANCELLED: A Christian Insurgency in Islamic Syria: New Thoughts about the Jarājima/ Mardaites
20 May 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Christian Sahner (Oxford)

ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
20 May 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
26 May 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Arabic Reading Group
27 May 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
CANCELLED: Byzantine Worlds
03 June 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden)

ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
03 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
09 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Arabic Reading Group
10 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Slavonic Reading Group
15 June 2020, Online session 5.00pm BST
ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
17 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
23 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Arabic Reading Group
24 June 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Slavonic Reading Group
29 June 2020, Online session 5.00pm BST
ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
01 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
07 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Arabic Reading Group
08 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Slavonic Reading Group
13 July 2020, Online session 5.00pm BST
ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
15 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
21 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Arabic Reading Group
22 July 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
04 August 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Byzantine Greek Reading Group
12 August 2020, Online session 10.00am BST
ONLINE Classical Armenian Reading Group
18 August 2020, Online session 10.00am BST

Programme 2018-19 

Byzantine Worlds
Markets Without (Much) Money: Exchange of Everyday Items in Italy Before 1000
03 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Caroline Goodson (Cambridge) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 1
10 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds 

Judicial Shaving in Middle Byzantium
17 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Mike Humphreys (Cambridge) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 2
24 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

An Ekphrasis of the Hippodrome Scenes in Kyivan Sophia
31 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Robert Romanchuk (Florida State U) and Brad Hostetler (Kenyon College) - Byzantine Worlds

The Old Slavic Digenis Akritis: Its Origin, ‘Formulaic Style,’ and Problems of Its Edition
02 November 2018, Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP

Robert Romanchuk (Florida State University) - Joint Postgraduate Workshop Byzantine Worlds/Cambridge Ukrainian Studies.
Free Registration Online

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 3
07 November 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

The Experience of Mobility and Migration in Byzantium
14 November 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Claudia Rapp (Vienna) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 4
21 November 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

CANCELLED: Is Kiev Writing Really Muscovite? The Texts and Contexts of Slav Rus pre-1500
16 January 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Jana Howlett (Cambridge) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 1
16 January 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds 

Viewing St Catherine's Monastery at Sinai
23 January 2019, 4a Trumpington Street, Department of History of Art, Cambridge

Robin Cormack (Cambridge), Maria Vassilaki (Thessaly) - Joint session Byzantine Worlds and Cambridge Art History Research Seminar 

Military Administration in Byzantine Africa: New Evidence
30 January 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Vivien Prigent  (CNRS, Paris/Maison Française d'Oxford)- Byzantine Worlds

POSTPONED to 6 Feb.Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 2
30 January 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 2
06 February 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

Councils in Perspective: A Colloquium in the Research of Late-Antique Christian Synods
11 February 2019, Thirkill Room, Old Court, Clare College, Cambridge

Marek Jankowiak (Oxford), Richard Price (London) et al. - Joint event Byzantine Worlds/Senior Patristics Seminar (Divinity)

Translating Sex in the Medical Literature of Muscovite Rus
13 February 2019, Seminar Room, SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Rosie Finlison (Cambridge) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 3
13 February 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

Dalmatius, Eutyches, Victor and the Transmission of Consensus in Christological Controversies
27 February 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Luise Marion Frenkel (São Paulo)- Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 4
27 February 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

Attempts at Imitations: Byzantine and Islamic Army and Administration
13 March 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Marie Legendre (Edinburgh) - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text RG 5
13 March 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - Byzantine Worlds

Byzantine Greek Primary Text 1
01 May 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

The Last Orders of Antiquity: Constantinopolitan Trends and Provincial Countercultures
08 May 2019, Seminar Room, SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Allison Kidd (Edinburgh)

Aristotle in Late Antique Dialogues and Beyond
15 May 2019, Different venue and day. Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ

Dawn LaValle Norman (Australia)

The 'Imperiality' of Sicily as Seen by Arab Writers
22 May 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Annliese Nef (Paris)

Byzantine Greek Primary Text 2
29 May 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Byzantine Ceramics from Sagalassos: A New Window on the Late Antique Economy
05 June 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Sophie Moore (Cardiff University)

Byzantine Greek Primary Text 3
12 June 2019, Different room today. Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group