Thursday, April 28, 2011

1700 Years of the Edict of Milan

In 2013, various events will be organized in Niš to celebrate an important date in the history of Christianity – the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. Emperor Constantine's hometown will be the venue of the big international conference
St. Emperor Constantine and Christianity

The conference is planned to be held in late May or early June 2013, and the organizers are: Center for Church Studies, Niš; Institute for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Ivan Dujčev”, Sofia; Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade; Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge; and Institute for National and Religious Studies, Thessaloniki.

Program Committee: Serbian Patriarch Irinej, president, Dragiša Bojović (Niš), vicepresident, Marcus Plested (Cambridge), Athanasios Angelopoulos (Thessaloniki), Vasja Velinova (Sofia), Siniša Mišić (Belgrade), Francesco Braschi (Milan), Ljubomir Maksimović (Belgrade), Aksinija Džurova (Sofia), Branislav Todić (Belgrade), Ivanka Gergova (Sofia), Thomas Papastergiou (Thessaloniki), Aleksander Naumov (Venice, Krakow), Radomir Popović (Belgrade), Vladimir Cvetković (Aarhus), Kiril Maksimovič (Moscow), Ivica Živković (Niš), secretary and Vladimir Aleksić (Niš), secretary.

We would like to invite you to participate in the conference. The topic should be related to one of the following domains:
• Emperor Constantine in history
• Christianity in the first millennium
• Theological and church-historical circumstances in the 4th century
• St. Emperor Constantine in art
• St. Emperor Constantine in literature
• Roman law and Christianity
• Edicts on religious tolerance.

A paper title followed by an abstract in English or Serbian should be submitted electronically to the email of Program Committee secretaries:, by June 1, 2011.

Since the proceedings volume is planned to be printed before the conference, we ask you to send your paper by May 1, 2012 at latest. The paper may be written in one of the following languages: English, Russian, French, Serbian, Bulgarian. The conference languages will be English and Serbian. Proceedings editorial board: Vladimir Cvetković, Siniša Mišić, Vasja Velinova, Athanasios Angelopoulos, Marcus Plested, Ivica Živković, and Dragiša Bojović, editor.

The conference fee is 30 EUR and will be due during 2012. Additional information about the payment procedure will be available at a later point.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Call for Papers: The XVIth World Economic History Congress

Call for Papers: The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012,
Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Ancient History Session
Panel Title:
“Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World (1st
c. BC – 6th c. AD)”

According to the analyses of modern scholars, the Roman Empire developed one
of the most successful pre-industrial economies. This said, in what ways and
to what extent could the Roman economy perform better than previous (and
indeed later) economies? Factors of economic development such as the
favourable conditions offered by internal peace and the unification of the
Mediterranean World in one empire have often been explored.
However, much less attention has been paid to understand what impact the
Roman network of infrastructures had on economic growth. Doubtless, the
establishment of a network of land, river and sea routes greatly fostered
communication between the different areas of the Empire. Yet, what was its
bearing on the development of the Roman economy?
In the wake of the main theme of the congress, "Exploring the Roots of
Development", this panel aims to demonstrate how the infrastructure built by
the Romans helped the economy and especially trade to develop. More
significantly, this session will attempt to reconstruct the official policy
conceived by Roman rulers and administrators in order to create and
constantly improve this network.
By combining theoretical and case-study papers with a specific focus on the
Eastern part of the Empire, this panel will explore the possibility that an
integrated transport system existed in the Roman World and that its
establishment and improvement represented major factors of economic
development and growth.
We welcome papers that meet either of the following criteria:
a) Theoretical studies. These papers should investigate how public
initiative (whether driven by imperial action or promoted by local
administrators) aimed to develop a coherent and Empire-wide system of
communication and transport which triggered economic growth.
b) Regional studies. Ideally, papers that qualify for this criterion will
concentrate on a region within the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Such
papers should aim to bring out the economic effects that the development of
a network of infrastructures had on the region studied and show how the
newly established links contributed to connecting this and other areas thus
creating a global economy, albeit in an embryonic stage.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Dario Nappo or to Andrea Zerbini by 31 May 2011.