Friday, April 16, 2021

 The Centre for Advanced Studies “Migration and Mobility in Late 

Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” at the University of Tübingen, 
Germany, headed by Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian 
Schmidt-Hofner, invites applications for resident fellowships starting 
in 2021 and 2022. The fellowships are available for a duration between 
one and twelve months.

The Centre for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Research 
Foundation (DFG), brings together scholars from a wide range of 
disciplines working on migration and mobility in Europe and the 
Mediterranean between 250 and 900 CE. The overall aim of the Centre is 
to explore new approaches to migration and mobility in this period and 
to set the scholarly debate in the field on a new footing. For more 
details on the program, see;!!DZ3fjg!sOGP1L4jlrqcibPwYTvfXCIWNw2o3xnMKRPEkPX4hAC1kAavjq7v1tWdCriNuYw$

Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic 
career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an 
independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a 
research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the 
Centre’s interests in migration and mobility in the period and area in 
question. The Centre also welcomes applications from scholars working 
on migration and mobility in the contemporary world whose research has 
a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues.

Fellows are required to reside in Tübingen, where they pursue their 
own research project while also participating in the colloquia held at 
the Centre. For the duration of their stay fellows receive a 
remuneration covering accommodation, travel, and/or living expenses in 
accordance with their needs and the pertinent regulations of Tübingen 
University and the DFG.

Applications should include a CV, a research proposal for the project 
pursued at Tübingen (2000 words), and an indication of the months the 
applicant wants to spend at the Centre and the kind of financial 
support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf 
document to by May 31, 2021.

Should you have any questions pertaining to the details of the 
fellowship program or the application, please contact our coordinator 
Thomas Kohl:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kohl
DFG-Kollegforschergruppe "Migration und Mobilität in Spätantike und 
Keplerstraße 2, 72074 Tübingen


Thursday, April 15, 2021

 Applications are open for the online summer university school at the Central European University: 

György Geréby 

associate professor
director SLTG
Mediaeval Studies Department
Central European University PU

Quellenstrasse 51-55
1100 Wien

Landline (home): + 36.1.3412634
Mobile: +36.30.9969874
Skype: gyorgy.gereby

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 We would like to kindly invite you to the International Conference City, Citizen & Citizenship. New Perspectives on the Middle Ages, AD 400-1600, which will be held on a digital platform on 16-18 June, 2021.  The conference is organised by the NWO-VICI research project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1100, in close cooperation with the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies. A short abstract with more detailed information can be found below.

For more information, including a full programme, please visit the Citizenship Discourses project website:
You can register for any or all of the days by sending an email with your name and affiliation (if applicable) to .

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

Merel de Bruin – van de Beek and Robert Flierman

City, Citizen & Citizenship:
This international conference explores how medieval societies conversed about the city and citizen in texts, visual imagery and material culture. It adopts a long-term, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, bringing together contributions on the early, high and later Middle Ages, covering both the medieval East and West, and representing a wide variety of disciplinary angles and sources. From scriptural cities in illuminated manuscripts to treatises on urban hygiene and civic government, the conference aims to understand how, why and in what contexts medieval individuals and communities reached for the concept of the city and the citizen.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

 we would like to announce our upcoming virtual conference “Cassiodorus’ Variae: Authority under Construction” on April 21-22, 2021.

For further information, please check the programme below and access the conference flyer (here) and an event page (here).

The conference is open to everyone, but registration is required. Please register for digital access via mail to Michael Becker ( A link and abstracts of the presentations will be sent after registration.

If you have any questions, please email to Anna-Lena Körfer (kö or Michael Becker (

We are looking forward to see you!



Online Conference

Cassiodorusʼ Variae: Authority under Construction

21st – 22nd April 2021 (in cooperation with the German Historical Institute, Rome)



The society of 6th-century Ostrogothic Italy heavily depended on authority (auctoritas) and its constant negotiation. The king presented himself as being in control of both the establishment and the maintenance of relationships based on authority. By administering the provinces and exercising jurisdiction, the king’s officials implemented his directives and thus functioned as his representatives. However, authority will only fulfil its potential if those lower in the hierarchy accept it as a binding principle: They need to negotiate its validity in political, social and intellectual terms. Due to their highly diverse subject matter, Cassiodorus’ Variae offer insights into the areas of Ostrogothic Italy in which the negotiation of authority takes places on various functional and intellectual levels. Taking Cassiodorus’ corpus of letters as a starting point, the conference addresses questions as to the mechanisms underlying the establishment and continuation of auctoritas. Besides traditional methodological scholarship on Cassiodorus and Ostrogothic Italy the conference focuses on digital pathways for examinating and reconsidering Cassiodorusʼ letters.

Conference Coordinators

Dr. Anna-Lena Körfer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Dr. Christian Stadermann (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Dr. Jörg Hörnschemeyer (DHI Rom / Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma)


Conference Registration for digital access

Michael Becker:


Conference Programme


Wednesday 21st April 2021

Welcome & Introduction

10.00 am – 10.30 am

Marietta Horster, Anna-Lena Körfer, Christian Stadermann (Mainz), Martin Baumeister (Rome)

Panel I: Making Tradition

Chair: Verena Epp (Marburg)


10.35 am – 11.15 am

Tabea L. Meurer (Mainz): Portare principis imaginem. Negotiating office authority and principate ideology in formulae and letters of congratulations from Ostrogothic Italy.

11.20 am – 12.00 am

Christian Stadermann (Mainz): Remembering Theoderic the Great. Making Tradition and Construction of Authority at the Court of King Athalaric (526-534).

12.05 pm – 12.45 pm

Robert Kasperski (Warsaw): The dynastic tradition of the Amals. A deliberate construction?

12.45 pm – 2.00 pm

Lunch Break

Panel II: Communicating Authority

Chair: Ignazio Tantillo (Naples)

2.00 pm – 2.40 pm

Peter J. Heather (London): Render unto Caesar. Religious Authority in the Ostrogothic Kingdom.

2.45 pm – 3.25 pm

Valerié Fauvinet-Ranson (Paris): Impressionner et se distinguer. Quelques symboles utilisés par les souverains ostrogothiques.

3.25 pm – 3.40 pm

Coffee Break

3.40 pm – 4.20 pm

Marco Cristini (Pisa): Light’s Loans and Ostrogothic Helmets. Communicating Authority during the Reign of Theodahad.


Chair: Arnaldo Marcone (Rome)

4.25 pm – 5.15 pm

Andrea Giardina (Rome): In che mondo viveva Cassiodoro.


Thursday 22th April 2021

Panel III: Aestheticizing Letters

Chair: Danuta Shanzer (Vienna)

10.00 am – 10.40 am

Anna-Lena Körfer (Mainz): Variarum nomine praenotavi. Reading Variety and Variety of Reading in Cassiodorus’ Letters.

10.45 am – 11.25 am

Willum Westenholz (Vienna): Cassiodorus iocosusHumour and the supposed lack thereof in the Variae.

11.25 am – 11.40 am

Coffee Break


11.40 am – 12.20 pm

Raphael Schwitter (Bonn): Cassiodorus’ Synaesthesia: Iconicity and Sensory Symbolism in the Variae.

12.25 pm – 1.05 pm

Konrad Löbcke (Mainz): Between Christian Condemnation and Cultural Prestige. The Representation of the spectacula in Cassidorus’ Variae.

1.05 pm – 2.30 pm

Lunch Break


Panel IV: Digital Humanities under Construction

Chair: Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt)

2.30 pm – 3.10 pm

Tim Geelhaar (Frankfurt/Main): Corpuslingiustic evidence and historical interpretation – Digital semantic approaches towards Cassiodorus’ Variae.

3.15 pm – 3.55 pm

Jörg Hörnschemeyer, Jörg Voigt (Rome): Strengths and limits of quantitative analyses of medieval regesta collections using the example of the Repertorium Germanicum.


3.55 pm – 4.10 pm

Coffee Break

Final Discussion & Farewell

Chair: Marietta Horster (Mainz)


4.10 pm – 4.40 pm

Final discussion

Farewell: Marietta Horster, Anna-Lena Körfer, Christian Stadermann (Mainz)

 The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the programme for 'Memory', the 17th Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, is now available. The conference will take place via Zoom on 22nd and 23rd April 2021 (British Summer Time). To view the programme and to register, please follow this link:

 Epiphanies of the Saints in Late-antique Literature"

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On behalf of prof. Julia Doroszewska, University of Warsaw:

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that registration for the international conference "Epiphanies of the Saints in Late-antique Literature" has been just opened.

The conference will be held on 21 May 2021, 10:00-18:15 CET, via Zoom.

Participation is free of charge upon registration which closes on 16 May 2021.

The conference programme, as well as the registration form and the link to the meeting on Zoom are available at the conference website: 

The keynotes include: Danuta Shanzer, Vincent Déroche, Stephanos Efthymiadis, and Bryan Ward-Perkins.

For your convenience, I am copying the programme below.

With my best wishes,

Julia Doroszewska
Conference organizer


Vincent Déroche (Paris; key note) /Modes of epiphany in early Byzantine hagiography: convictions, strategies and hesitations
Stavroula Constantinou (Nicosia) /Patterns of epiphany in Byzantine miracle stories 
Robert Wiśniewski / Chair

Danuta Shanzer (Vienna; key note) / “Did I, or didn't I (see him/her)?” 
Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford; key note) /Why were Martin of Tours and Julian of Brioude so rarely seen by their devotees? 
Przemysław Piwowarczyk (Katowice) /Bifurcated hagiography: epiphanies of Saint Menas in Greek and Coptic miracle collections 
Stavroula Constantinou / Chair

Stephanos Efthymiadis (Nicosia; key note) / The epiphany of "secret saints": questions of cult and literary promotion for late-antique holy men and women who did not seize the glory of the day 
Julia Doroszewska (Warsaw) / Saint tricksters: playful epiphanies in late-antique literature Danuta Shanzer / Chair

Efthymios Rizos (Thessaloniki) / "Not physical, but real": debating and defining the apparitions of the saints in the Greek Fathers during the 5th and 6th centuries 
Paweł Nowakowski (Warsaw) / "He judged it preposterous to oppose visions from God". The know-how of the visions of living ascetics in late-antique Syria and Palestine 
Bryan Ward-Perkins / Chair

Darja Šterbenc Erker (Berlin/Vienna) / Epiphanies in ancient Roman literature 
Krzysztof Pierzchalski (Cracow) / Epiphany dreams in antiquity: a cognitive approach 
Julia Doroszewska / Chair


Monday, March 29, 2021

 Call for Posters 


 Narrating Relationships in Holy Lives from the first millennium AD
Department of Classics & Ancient History 

, University of Exeter via Zoom, 12th July 2021 


We are excited to announce an afternoon workshop on ‘Narrating Relationships in Holy Lives’. Communities wrote about holy figures for many reasons. Our speakers consider the characterisation of various holy figures or ‘the very special dead’ in texts from multiple religious (Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Manichaean) and linguistic (Latin, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew) communities. The workshop will explore the construction of holy and unholy characters, their relationships, and the role of narrative order in texts about holy figures. We are especially interested in how these features change as texts and figures are translated, transmitted, epitomised or received in different contexts across the late-ancient and early-medieval Mediterranean.  


Keynotes: Christian Sahner (Oxford) “How to construct a holy life in the early Islamic period”  

& Christa Gray (Reading) TBC 

Speakers: Nic Baker-Brian (Cardiff) “Is there a Narrator Here? The Role of Narrative and Narration in Manichaean Kephalaia”; Stavroula Constantinou (Cyprus) “Narrating Friendship in Byzantine Hagiography” ; Edmund Hayes (Leiden) TBC; Jillian Stinchcomb (Brandeis) “Narrating the visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon's Court in Late Antique Sources; Chontel Syfox (Wisconsin-Madison) Rewriting Leah: The Feminine Ideal in the Book of Jubilees 


The workshop will be held in English and will comprise a short opening and closing keynote, brief panels, and discussion. This will culminate in a roundtable discussion General registration will be opened in late May. 


Applications are now open for pre-circulated posters. We invite contributions that consider: 


  •  Order in which characters and relationships are introduced or developed 
  • Choice of narrator(s) and narrative perspectives 
  • Types of relationship (e.g. confrontational, supportive, ambiguous) as narrative devices 
  • Relationship formation, breakdown and misunderstanding as narrative progression 
  • Relationships as constructors of inclusion, exclusion & difference (e.g. status, gender etc.) 
  • Reconfiguration of relationships in transmission, translation, paraphrase and epitome 
  • Receptions and reinterpretations of characters from other narratives 
  • Relationships beyond the human (e.g.  supernatural, environmental, non-human) 
  • Characters in context: narratives and audience, performance, relics 


Posters will be shared with registered attendees, who will be invited to pose questions to individual poster presenters via email. General themes and questions arising from the posters will also be raised at the roundtable discussion.


 We will accept posters in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Modern Standard Arabic. To facilitate wide comprehension, presenters are asked to provide an English synopsis if the poster is not in English; if this is a barrier then please contact us.  We are especially keen to encourage submissions from postgraduates, ECRs and independent scholars who may not have a departmental profile. 


Please send one-page poster submissions in PowerPoint or PDF format to by 1st July 2021, along with affiliation, year of study and synopsis if applicable. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Enquiries about poster topics and format are also welcomed (we recommend A1 format, 26pt font minimum) and we can provide a poster guidance sheet.  


Alice van den Bosch (Exeter) & Becca Grose (Reading/Exeter) 

Becca Grose, BA (York), MA (Utrecht)

SWW DTP doctoral researcher in Classics
University of Reading