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THE ROLE OF "PERFORMANCE" IN LATE ANTIQUITY
Organizer: Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
The 2014 panel sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, to be held in January 2-5 2014 in Chicago, will be devoted to the topic of "performance" in all of its manifestations: administrative, bureaucratic, political, social, and religious. Late Antiquity was a world of ceremony, ritual, and performance. Performative rituals greased the wheels of interaction between patrons and clients, bishops and laity, officials and populace, and emperors and subjects. Manifestations of performance cropped up everywhere, in mime and pantomime, in circus factions, in religious liturgy, in the audience halls of the rich and powerful. Symbolic actions were manifested in verbal cues and gestures that were understood only by other participants in the performance. Different forms of expression had to be decoded in order to be understood. Meaning often lay beneath the surface. Things were not always as they seemed. Wheels moved within wheels. This panel will look at different kinds of manifestations of "performance" in Late Antiquity, and consider why the concept of performance was so well suited to Late Antiquity as a uniquely defined period of history.
Details from Ralph Mathisen at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please contact Ralph Mathisen, History, Classics, and Medieval Studies, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at the email address above.
REINVENTING PROCOPIUS: NEW READINGS ON LATE ANTIQUE HISTORIOGRAPHY
17-18 January 2014, Al-Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, Oxford OX1 4JF
Confirmed Speakers: Averil Cameron (Oxford), Geoffrey Greatrex (Ottawa), Juan Signes Codoñer (Valladolid), Henning Börm (Konstanz), Conor Whately (Winnipeg), Charles Pazdernik (GVSU), Maria Kouroumali (Independent), Caterina Franchi (Oxford), Elodie Turquois (Oxford), Alan Ross (Kwazulu-Natal/Oxford), Marion Kruse (OSU), Ian Colvin (Cambridge), James Murray (KCL), Simon Ford (Koç), Miranda Williams (Oxford), Christopher Lillington-Martin (Independent), Alexander Sarantis (Kent), Marek Jankowiak (Oxford), Federico Montinaro (Cologne).
The provisional schedule is available at: http://procopius2014.blogspot.co.uk/p/abstracts.html.
Those wishing to attend are requested to register their interest by contacting the organisers at email@example.com.
Registration (including sandwich lunch, coffee/tea and drinks on both days): £20 (£15 for students).
This conference has been organised with the generous support of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity.
ASCS (35) 2014
ASCS 35 (2014) is to be held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January 2014. The conference convenors are Dr Gina Salapata (G.Salapata @massey.ac.nz) and Dr Stuart Lawrence (S.E.Lawrence@massey.ac.nz). Further details will be placed from time to time on the ASCS website (www.ascs.org.au, click on the ‘News Flash’ on the home page).
Deadline for Offers of Papers and Review Procedure
All offers of papers must be received by Saturday 31st August 2013. Any offers which come in after that date unfortunately will have to be rejected.
The following requirements will be in place again for this conference. Only one offer will be accepted from any one person. Those attending the conference (and offering a paper) must be ASCS members; if you are not a member and wish to join in order to attend ASCS 35, you can find a membership application form on the ASCS website (www.ascs.org.au, under ‘membership’). Scholars from countries other than Australia and New Zealand will not be required to become ASCS members.
An alternative to offering a paper, particularly for postgraduate students, is a ‘poster presentation’, and we would be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to present using this format.
All offers of papers will be reviewed (anonymously) by a conference program review committee. Its task is to make recommendations to the Conference Convenor about the suitability (or not) of the papers offered.
Emeritus Professor John Davidson has been appointed Chair of the review committee. In coming weeks, ASCS will issue a call for expressions of interest from ASCS members to serve on this committee with him. In consultation with other senior ASCS members, he will form a group which can assess the abstracts across the wide range of the topics which the ASCS conference traditionally attracts.
Bruce Marshall, along with the ASCS Secretary Kathryn Welch, will co-ordinate the committee but neither will be a member of it. If you have any questions about the procedure for submitting an abstract, please send them to Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Offers of papers should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words.
Abstracts over the limit will be returned to the person making the offer to be reworded to fit the maximum and delays in conforming to this limit could lead to the rejection of the offer. On the other hand, abstracts should not be so short that the review committee will not get the real gist of what you want to argue. Advice on what should be contained in an abstract is given below as a guide, particularly for those with less experience in offering conference papers.
All papers will be 20 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Offers of papers and abstracts, or of poster presentations, or interest in offering a paper, panels and other presentations etc. should be sent to Bruce Marshall (email@example.com) and to Kathryn Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is no special form – all that is needed is the title, your university or other affiliation, and the abstract of your paper or summary of your proposal. However, it would be greatly helpful to the coordinators if you could include your name in the file name of your document. We suggest the formula of LastnameFirstnameInstitution.
Content of Abstracts
The abstract should contain the following information:
a clear initial statement of purpose;
a brief explanation of the abstract’s relationship to the previous literature on the topic, including some brief citations of, or reference to, any important literature;
a summary of the argumentation;
some examples to be used in the argumentation (this step could be left out if the word limit is affected);
do NOT include a separate bibliography; simply include references in a short style within the abstract itself, e.g. “Smith (2012) argues . . . .”.
The abstract should make it clear that the paper is suitable for oral presentation within the time limit (maximum time is 20 minutes).
Withdrawal of Offers
To avoid disruption to the draft program (and to preserve the convenors’ sanity) by last-minute withdrawals at the last minute, please note the following requirements:
No offer of a paper will be accepted finally until the conference registration fee has been paid.
Refund of the registration fee will be available up to one month before the conference (less an administrative fee).
There will be no refund of the registration fee for a withdrawal from the conference (except in the case of illness or serious misadventure) in the month before the conference.
Below are listed some websites containing abstract guidelines, which may be particularly useful for those submitting an offer and abstract for the first time.
The APA website:
URBAN CULTURE AND IDEOLOGIES IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EUROPE: 1100-1600
Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland, NZ, Thursday 30th & Friday 31st January 2014
This conference will focuses on the textual traditions of the urban world: the literature of all kinds produced in the urban context, from chronicles to song, illumination to speech acts. Its main theme is notions of 'urbanity'. What is 'urban' about 'urban culture? In what ways did urbanity contribute to cultural and ideological sign systems in political speech, historiography, literature, the visual arts and music? How did the production and reception of chronicles shape urban identity – or identities?
An official call for papers will be sent out shortly. If you would like to express an interest in giving a paper at this stage, please contact Dr Andrew Brown, School of Humanities, Massey University: A.D.Brown@massey.ac.nz.
FROM BYZANTIUM TO CLONTARF: EMOTIONAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL PERCEPTIONS IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND RECEPTION OF THE EARLY MEDIEVAL PAST
The 10th conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA)
7–8 February, 2014, Macquarie University, Sydney
Dr Ken Parry, Macquarie University
Dr Juanita Ruys, Sydney University
AEMA’s 10th conference spans the eight centuries from late antiquity through to the twelfth century, extending from the Byzantine capital of Constantinople in the East to Ireland in the West, and all areas in between. Impressions of the early medieval world over this period and region are based on sources that capture the emotional, intellectual, cultural or religious perceptions and biases of their creators.
2014 marks the 1000th anniversary of two important early medieval battles, Clontarf in the West and Kleidion in the East. Accounts of events, including battles like Clontarf and Kleidion are often highly subjective and emotionally charged, while modern cultural, intellectual, political, and religious sentiments can influence our reading of sources and our perceptions of events of the early medieval past. These events can then sometimes take on new meaning or symbolism for later audiences, just as perceptions of the battles of Clontarf and Kleidion and their aftermath have shifted over the last millennium.
This conference invites papers that address the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, or cultural aspects of written and non-written sources of the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods (c. 400–1150). Priority will be given to papers which relate to the conference theme but submissions related to any aspect of the early medieval world will be considered. Papers on the reception of events of this period by non-contemporary writers and artists are also welcome, particularly the role played by emotion, intellect, politics, culture, or religion in framing the ways in which societies or individuals view their past.
Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to email@example.com by 1 September 2013. Limited financial assistance may be available for postgraduates and early career researchers travelling interstate for this conference and there will also be a prize for the Best Postgraduate/ECR paper at the conference (AEMA membership required).
For more information, please contact the convenors, Janet Wade and Nicole Moffatt, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.aema.net.au.
VIOLENCE IN THE ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WORLD
International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-19 February 2014
Conference web site
With the goal of promoting and encouraging a critical reflection on the permanence of personages, values and perspectives from the ancient and medieval world(s) in western literature and culture, the Research Area "Classical Antiquity: Texts and Contexts" of the Center for Classical Studies, in collaboration with the Center of History, of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, is organising an international conference on Violence in the Ancient and Medieval World.
The conference, to be held 17-19 February, 2014, aims at bringing together different fields of research to deal with the theme of violence and its multiple interpretations, representations and narratives in the ancient and medieval worlds.
Having in mind this interdisciplinary approach, the international conference "Violence in the Ancient and Medieval World" has the purpose of:
approaching the criteria/standards of violence in the historical and literary contexts of Antiquity and the Middle Ages;
examining representations and readings of violence in literature and material culture;
pondering the ancient and medieval worlds as stages of violence in its various manifestations.
The conference organisers invite paper proposals on the topic Violence in the Ancient and Medieval World. We welcome abstracts on the following subtopics from all social and human sciences:
violence and war
violence and law
violence and politics
violence and familiar bounds
violence and sexuality
violence and religion
violence and myth
rhetorics of violence
The conference will include plenary lectures by guest speakers and thematic parallel sessions for registered delegates.
Working languages: Portuguese, English, Italian, French and Spanish.
Papers: 20 minutes
individual proposals for a 20-minute paper (ca. 500 words);
joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 papers (ca. 350 words per paper).
Please include the following information with your proposal:
the full title of your paper / of your panel and respective papers;
abstract (ca. 500 words per paper), eventually with a short list of bibliographical references;
a short biographical note (ca. 200 words)
All paper proposals will be peer-reviewed. Selected papers delivered at the Conference will be eligible for publication.
Deadline for proposals: August 31, 2013.
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2013
Please submit your abstract:
by e-mail (saved in MS Word or PDF format): email@example.com; subject header: Abstract proposal
or by post:
International Conference «Violence in the Ancient and Medieval World»
A/C Centro de Estudos Clássicos OR Centro de História
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa – Alameda da Universidade
THEORISING RECEPTION STUDIES DOWN UNDER
20-21 February 2014, The University Of Newcastle, NSW
Classical Reception is an exciting and increasingly vocal element of Classical Studies today. While much research has been done on the interconnections between antiquity and modernity in terms of the United States, Europe and Britain, there has not been a thematic focus on the interchanges between the ancient worlds and Australia and New Zealand.
This two-day think-tank seeks to unpack the role of Reception Studies and its place within Australia and New Zealand from multiple perspectives.
Each day includes a round-table think-tank:
Think-tank 1: Classical Reception Studies, the current state-of-play, opportunities for collaboration, networks, joint-publications (Moderator: Alastair Blanshard)
Think-tank 2: Opportunities for collaboration, grants, etc (Moderator: Liz Hale)
There is also the opportunity for paper presentations on:
Theorising Australasian Reception Studies
Australian and New Zealand receptions – connections/disconnections
Historical contexts, including early colonial representations through to modern times
The Fine Arts
Creative Works by practitioners
Pedagogies – theoretical and practical perspectives
Papers are 30 minutes (+ 10 minutes q&a). Postgraduate students are warmly invited to present.
Abstracts: Please send abstracts between 150-300 words plus a brief biography by 1 November 2013
Registration: $100 or $55 [postgraduates/unwaged]
Registration Deadline: 1 February 2014
Contact: Marguerite Johnson Marguerite.Johnson@newcastle.edu.au 0432104884
BESSARION'S TREASURE: EDITING, TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING BESSARION'S LITERARY HERITAGE
An International Conference organized by the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich, Germany and hosted by the German Center of Venetian Studies in Venice, Italy.
Venice, 4-5 April 2014
In his act of donation written in 1468, Bessarion underlined that the greatest treasure he had ever possessed in his life was his library, which he was now donating to Venice, the "alterum Byzantium". While generations of historians and philologists have been ever grateful to Bessarion for this invaluable act of preserving for posterity one of the most significant vestiges of Byzantine civilization, it is not until recently that the literary heritage of Bessarion himself and his circle has begun to attract close attention of the scholarly world.
On the occasion of presenting the forthcoming critical edition, translation and philosophical commentary on Bessarion's treatise De Natura et Arte, the members of the Munich research group responsible for the project invite contributions from colleagues who work on editing, translating and interpreting texts written by Bessarion and his circle. Contributions are expected to be between 20 and 45 minutes in duration and may be delivered in English, German, Italian or French.
Confirmed key-note speaker: Prof. John Monfasani, Albany, USA
If you would like to participate, please send a short abstract (200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2013. Inquiries about the possibility of obtaining financial support (travel and accommodation grants) should also be addressed to email@example.com.
The Conference is organized by Dr. Sergei Mariev, Dr. Katharina Luchner and Dr. Monica Marchetto on behalf of the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich with the support of the Byzantine Studies Association of Germany and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Venice.
OTHELLO'S ISLAND: THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MEDITERRANEAN AND LEVANTINE CULTURAL HISTORY IN THE BYZANTINE, MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERIODS AND THEIR LEGACIES
Second Annual Conference, Cyprus, 9-12 April 2014
Organised by the Cornaro Institute, Larnaca, in association with the University of Sheffield School of English
Following its successful launch in 2013 the new annual conference to explore the Medieval and Renaissance cultural history of the Mediterranean and Levant, Othello's Island, returns in 2014.
Cyprus is a particularly appropriate location for the study of the Mediterranean and Levant during this period, as it was a time when the island what was arguably the zenith of its civilization and international influence. Under almost 400 years of French and Italian rule, Cyprus developed a unique courtly culture and trade links that extended throughout Europe, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and the Near East. This had an immediate impact, but the legacy of this period lived on after the fall of Venetian Cyprus to the Turks in 1571, in literature and even musical forms such as opera.
Yet Cyprus is only one element of the Mediterranean and Levant of interest and the remit of the conference extends to the whole of the Mediterranean, Levant and North African region, and not simply Cyprus. Therefore papers dealing with topics relevant to the period from the wider Mediterranean and Levantine region are also welcome.
This multi-disciplinary conference aims to bring together academics, researchers and research students covering a wide range of topics, including art historians, social and economic historians, museum curators, archaeologists, literary historians and others, covering not only the Western Christian Mediterranean world, but also Byzantine culture, Muslim and other societies relevant to the region.
We would also welcome suggestions from individuals or groups for parallel strands and semi-autonomous conferences which might share some of the plenary sessions and social elements of the event. For example, a strand dealing specifically with Shakespeare and the Mediterranean might be big enough to require its own semi-autonomous event alongside the one we are organising.
If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Papers can be as short as 20 minutes, up to a maximum of 50 minutes.
We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given here please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.
Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:
Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
Your institutional affiliation (if any)
Length of time for your paper (min. 20 minutes, max. 50 minutes)
Your postal address, e'mail address and telephone number
The title of your proposed paper
With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: OTHELLO 2014.
All papers must be delivered in English.
The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2013.
PEOPLE, POLITICS AND RES PUBLICA: STRATEGY AND IDEOLOGY IN REPUBLICAN ROME
University College London, April 11 -13 2014
How did politics in the Roman Republic actually work? This colloquium, part of the European Research Council-funded project 'The Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators' based at the University of Glasgow (www.frro.gla.ac.uk), seeks to explore this question.
Themes to discuss include factionalism and networking, political careers, ideology, bureaucracy, speakers and audience, and the relationship between mass and elite. Lobbying and networking were inescapable elements of the political landscape, but how are we to understand the nature and impact of personal alliances in Roman Republican politics? How exactly did politicians manage their public careers, explain successes and failures, and negotiate the unpredictable elements in a highly competitive political environment? What was involved in claiming to be popularis, or in having that label imposed by others? Writing speeches for others may not have been widespread, but can we detect a bureaucracy of clerks, researchers, and coaches behind the polished public facades and eloquent speeches presented by Roman politicians? What were the factors which influenced audience responses to Roman politicians, whether speaking or silent, and in what ways did discrete events form individual careers, programmes of action and recognisable political groupings?
Keynote speakers are Anna Clark, Claudia Tiersch and Alexander Yakobson.
Proposals (300 words max.) for 25 minute papers on these or any other relevant topics should be submitted to Professor Catherine Steel (email@example.com) or Dr Henriette van der Blom (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 13 2013. Programme decisions will be made by the end of October 2013.
49TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 8-11 May 2014 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
THE SEVENTH CENTURY ACROSS CULTURES
Panel sponsored by the Seventh Century Studies Network; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11 2014.
Drawing inspiration from the recent Edinburgh Seventh Century Colloquium, this session will attempt to bring together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilization of ideas. We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar.
The session will be an examination of whether the seventh century can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents a break in the longue durée. What was the level of discontinuity between the 'long sixth' and 'long eighth' centuries?
We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history, literature, numismatics and religion, as well as in fields including Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic and Late Antique studies to submit 100 word abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with aspects of continuity and/or discontinuity during the long seventh century.
We seek to have an interdisciplinary panel that reflects the various ways that questions of continuity and discontinuity can be addressed.
Please send proposals and a Participant Information Form (link below) to email@example.com by September 1.
The Participant Information Form can be downloaded in MS Word or pdf format from http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.
INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2014
The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 7-10 July 2014.
THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED? LETTING GO OF ROMAN IDENTITY IN THE POST-IMPERIAL WORLD
Session at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 7-10 July 2014
Dating the end of the Roman Empire has long been a popular parlour game. Numerous years can be proposed as date of the 'fall' of the empire. Yet all of these ignore the obvious question of when did the peoples of the Roman Empire themselves come to think of themselves as living in a post-imperial era?
The answer seems far from simple and varies from region to region but it is clear that, whenever people ceased to think of themselves as living within the Empire, it was long after the Empire had ceased to rule over them.
The strand 'The Empire Never Ended? Letting Go of Roman Identity in the Post-Imperial World' proposes to examine when and how that rupture in thinking occurred within the framework of the IMC 2014.
The IMC, an annual conference running continuously since 1994, is the biggest humanities event in Europe, attracting over 1800 delegates in 2013, and provides a unique forum for sharing and comparing approaches across a wealth of disciplines.
Responding to the 2014 theme 'Empire', 'The Empire Never Ended? Letting Go of Roman Identity in the Post-Imperial World' will offer further opportunities for fruitful exchange between scholars working on concepts of identity, community and authority throughout the post-Roman world.
Proposals for papers are warmly invited from new and established researchers in the field, and topics may include:
Being 'Roman' along the frontier: the formation of Roman 'ethnic' identities in post-Roman environments;
The Empire as a thing of the past: literary identification of the Roman Empire as a historical subject in the early middle ages;
Waiting for the Restoration? Continuing Roman identity long after the legions have left.
These are only a few possible ways of looking at the question. Researchers looking at all aspects of it are strongly encouraged to join the discussion.
Organised by Thomas J. MacMaster (PhD student, University of Edinburgh)
If you are interested in offering a 20-minute paper within this session please send a title and a brief abstract of 100 words by 1 September 2013 to Thomas J. MacMaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Speakers invited cannot present a paper in another session at the IMC. All speakers will have to pay the appropriate IMC registration fee to attend.
For more information on the IMC see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/ and for the call for papers for the 2014 Congress see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2014_call.html.
THIRD AUSTRALIAN EGYPTOLOGY CONFERENCE
The Third Australasian Egyptology Conference will be held at Macquarie University on July 16-19 2014. The conference is the main forum for researchers in the fields of Egyptology and Coptic Studies in the Australasian region and meets every 2-3 years.
Although the primary focus of the conference is on the Pharaonic period, previous conferences have featured papers on later periods, and offers of papers are very welcome from postgraduate researchers and scholars working on Ptolemaic, Roman, and Late Antique Egypt.
Those interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of up to 400 words by 1 March 2014 to AustralasianEgyptology2014@gmail.com. The abstracts should contain the title of the paper, the author's/authors' name(s), and affiliation. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and notification of accepted proposals will be sent out before the end of April 2014. Presentations at the conference will be 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes question time.
AUGUSTUS FROM A DISTANCE
A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney, 29 September to 2 October 2014.
Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.
Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.
Confirmed speakers include Dr Barbara Levick and Professor Nicholas Purcell. Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.
The venue: The conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia on the main campus of the University of Sydney (http://sydney.edu.au/ccanesa/).
50TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 14-17 May 2015 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
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