Telling Byzantine History: Current Trends and New Directions

May 24, CEU

May 25, University of Vienna

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Conference Program


Friday May 24, 2024

 

09:00: Arrival and Registration

 

09:45: Welcome from Aleksandar Anđelović and Lewis Read (University of Vienna)

 

Keynote 

10:00-11:00

Johannes Preiser-Kapeller | Austrian Academy of Sciences

Stones, Bones, Sherds, Trees, Pollen and Genes: Telling Byzantine History Without Written Sources

 

Session 1: Late Antique Texts in the Museum and the Classroom

11:30-12:30

Chair: Basema Hamarneh | University of Vienna

 

Ivan Mileković | Central European University

From Byzantium to Antiquity: Reevaluating the Place of Late Antique Material in Museum Collections

 
Annegret Weil Helmbold | University of Münster

Approaching Procopius through AI: A Teaching Experiment

 

 

Session 2: Perceiving Byzantium from the Margins

13:30-15:00

Chair: István Perczel | Central European University

 

Márk Besztercei | Eötvös Loránd University

Orthodox Rome and Heretic Constantinople: Patriarchs, Emperors, and Theological Legitimacy at the Lateran Council of 649

 

Pauline Vasselle | University of Nottingham

Byzantine Monastic History from a Rus’ Perspective from the Seventh to the Fifteenth Century

 

Olga Vlachou | Central European University

Disintegration or Prosperity? Unraveling the Economic, Administrative, and Educational Landscape of Byzantine Provinces in Greece (ca. 1150–1204)

 

Session 3: Byzantine Art and Architecture in Armenian Sources

15:30-16:30

Chair: Benedetta Contin | University of Vienna

 

Magdalena Krampe | Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

The Armenian Church within the Thecla Basilica of Meriamlik

 

Armine Petrosyan | Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts and Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Archetype of Predator and Prey: Iconography and Symbolism of Bird Combat Scenes in the Mediaeval Art of Armenia, Byzantium, and Sasanian Iran

 

Session 4: Re-Reading Byzantine Narratives

17:00-18:30

Chair: Volker Menze | Central European University

 

Piril Us-MacLennan | Ghent University

Romance, Memoirs, Tales, or Anecdotes? A Literary and Stylistic Analysis of Nikephoros Bryennios’ Material for History

 
Daiki Sano | The University of Edinburgh

‘And Everything was Abandoned': Late Byzantine Policies in the Eyes of George Pachymeres

 
Radka Pallová | Princeton University

‘De res q(uon)d(am) Guderit liberti’: Empire and Archival Violence in the Ravenna Papyri

  

Saturday May 25, 2024

 

09:00: Arrival and Registration

 

09:45: Welcome from Dunja Milenković and Osman Yüksel Özdemir (Central European University)

 

Session 1: New Perspectives on Byzantine Studies from China

10:00-11:00

Chair: Nikolaos Zagklas | University of Vienna

 

Ziyao Zhu | King’s College London

Beyond Marxist Historiography: A Debate on Byzantium's Middle Class (μέσοι) in China

 
ZiRan Guo | National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Overview of the Study of Byzantine Spirituality and Eastern Orthodox Church in China

 

Session 2: Uses and Abuses of Byzantium in Nation Building

11:30-12:30

Chair: Konrad Petrovszky | Austrian Academy of Sciences

 

11:30–12:00 Osman Kocabal | Central European University

Perception of Byzantine History in the Late Ottoman Period: An Analysis of Celal Nuri Ileri’s Book: Rum ve Bizans

 
12:00–12:30 Zoran Jovanović | University of Belgrade

Byzantium as a Golden Age of Greek History: Nation-Building through Post-Byzantine Narratives

 

Session 3: Byzantium Art and Architecture amongst Rus and in Italy

13:30-14:30

Chair: Grace Stafford | University of Vienna

 

Giada Lattanzio | Masaryk University

A Byzantine Island? Historiographical Issues in (Art) Historical Studies on Early Medieval Sardinia (Sixth–Eleventh Century)

 
Evelina Kachynska | Polish Academy of Sciences

Mastaura Not Constantinople: Transferring Architectural Patterns from a Byzantine Province to Rus

 

Session 4: Byzantium During the Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment

15:00-16:00

Chair: György Geréby | Central European University

 

Aliosha Bielenberg | University of California, Berkeley 

How Do You Read Homer? Ethics, Epistemology, and the Self in Homeric Scholarship

 
Lev Shadrin | University of Innsbruck 

The Use of Greek in Karl Benedikt Hase’s ‘Secret Diary’

 

Keynote 

16:30-17:30

Panagiotis Agapitos | Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Three-Dimensionalities: Towards a Narrative History of Byzantine Literature