Byzantine Worlds [2018-20]

Alternate Wednesdays 17:00-19:00 in Term time

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Bulding, 7 West Road


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 (16 and 30 October and 13 and 27 November). For more information please contact Nick Evans
  • Medieval Arabic Reading group 1.15-2.45pm on alternate Wednesdays in Christ’s College, Room Z6 (9 and 23 October and 6 and 20 November). For more information please contact Edward Zychowicz-Coghill
  • Classical Armenian Reading group: 12-2pm on alternate Tuesdays in the Alison Richard Building, SG2 (8 and 22 October, 5 and 19 November, and 3 December). 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 Nicholas Evans  (Faculty of History, Junior Research Fellow, Clare College)
Dr Edward Zychowicz-Coghill  (Faculty of Classics, Junior Research Fellow, Christ's College)
Stefanie Forrest  (Faculty of History, PhD Candidate, Pembroke College)
 

Previous convenors

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 2019-20

 

Byzantine Worlds
Classical Armenian Session 1
08 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

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

Fourth Annual Public Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies
06 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Speaker tbc

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)

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

Reading Group

Apostasy, Vacillation, and Muslim Women with Christian Men: Abbasid Sources on Family Life
04 December 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Anna Chrysostomides (Oxford)

Past Programmes

 

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