Wednesday, March 27, 2019

East of Byzantium Lecture and Workshop, April 11 & 12, 2019
by Brandie Ratliff
The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts
University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at
Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the
final East of Byzantium events for 2018–2019.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

*Armenian Merchant Patronage of Early Modern Iran*
A lecture by Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, discussing
the patronage of New Julfa’s Armenian merchant community.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

*Image-making and Anxiety among New Julfa’s Armenian Artists, Theologians &
A workshop for students exploring how Armenian artists, theologians,
merchants, among others, thought about images and image-making in early
modern Iran. Led by Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution.

Advance registration is required for the workshop. Registration closes April
9. Additional information and registration at [1]

*East of Byzantium* is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara
Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center
for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline,
MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine
empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

For questions, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for
Byzantine Art and Culture ( [2]).


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apologies for the late notice, but the final deadline for paper
proposals for this year's Ecclesiastical History Society Summer
Conference is THIS SUNDAY: 31 March.

The conference this year takes place in Durham, UK (16-18 July), on
the theme of 'Inspiration and Institution' - and the relationship
between in any period or place within Christian history.

The EHS is always a very welcoming conference for postgrad speakers -
not least because the society offers generous student bursaries!

All details on the website:<>



All best wishes,


Dr Conor O'Brien FRHistS

Associate Professor (Research)/Solway Fellow in the History of Christianity

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/University College,
Durham University

'Empire, Ethnic Election and Exegesis in the Opus
just published; winner of the Ecclesiastical History Society's
President's Prize 2017

'Kings and Kingship in the Writings of
Bede'<> -
recently published in English Historical Review

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Via Hallie Meredith (Washington State University)

SECAC 2019

in Chattanooga, Tennessee

16th – 19th October 2019

*Integrating Process: Cross-Temporal Approaches in Art History*

As a discipline art history suffers from a lack of integration. There is no
established process-focused framework for the history of art before the 21st
century. Although there is a great deal of scholarship concerning process
in contemporary art and production integral to objects in circulation,
discussions of art processes in antiquity are rare. In part, this lacuna
exists because scholars have mistakenly discounted the possibility of
ancient work with a processual focus. This session will investigate this
gap. In what ways and to what extent can a cross-temporal approach to art
history establish a disciplinary framework with which to address
process informed
by complementary counterparts from ancient and contemporary visual culture?

This panel seeks to redefine process in visual art by focusing on aspects
of production from any geographic location approached through a cross-temporal
lens by juxtaposing themes and material from antiquity and the 21st
century. Papers will address debates concerning issues such as, but not
limited to: active beholders as co-creators; private studio vs. public
commercial spaces; and processes (for example, in-process, serial,
unfinished, completed, erased, repaired, re-made work). This session seeks
to engage in a dynamic debate about process by transforming disciplinary

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400
words in length by *Monday, 1st April 2019* on the SECAC portal.

*Submission link: **

If you have any questions please email Hallie Meredith (


Friday, March 22, 2019

Call for Papers

*Sacred Space and the Archaeology of Landscapes from Antiquity to the
Post-Medieval World*

Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the
Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Justin Mann and Darlene Brooks Hedstrom on behalf of the AIA
Medieval and Post- Medieval Archaeology Group

The proposed colloquium will examine how current archaeology has treated
the creation and maintenance of sacred spaces and landscapes in the broadly
defined Mediterranean region from antiquity to the post- medieval period.
Our understanding of sacred spaces has too often been delimited to the
identification and definition of religious architecture as the locus for
sacrality. The ensuing analysis, therefore, disconnects these culturally
important sites from their wider social and cultural contexts. As a result,
less work has been done to understand how concepts of the sacred connect
with and extend beyond the precincts of religious architecture or the
environmental setting of the religious built environment.

This panel seeks to engender a wider analysis of the archaeological record
of sacred spaces and landscapes. We seek papers that assess how
archaeological concepts of the sacred communicate with broader socio-
economic or environmental consequences. For example, potential papers may
relate to the continuity or discontinuity of religious practice, the
topography of the sacred, the economy of sacred landscapes, and the
ramifications of sacred space or landscapes on daily life and local
authority. We welcome papers from all periods of history, and those from
the Byzantine and post-medieval are particularly encouraged.

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400
words by Thursday, March 28 to the panel co-organizers: Justin Mann ( and Darlene Brooks Hedstrom (

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


for the 14th session of the study group “Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages” / AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter

together with the Römisch-Germanische Kommission
and the Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.

9-11 October 2019

at Frankfurt am Main


Value Concepts
Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
– Practices, Contexts, Meanings –

Although late Roman and early medieval hoards often consist of extraordinary objects, the actual phenomenon itself has not recently been the focus of extensive discussion. Most continental research has focussed on findings attributed to armed conflicts or ritual
deposition. Waste or scrap, for example, have only seldom been the centre of debate. A
review of literature on prehistoric hoards shows that up to now the potential of their early
historic counterparts may have been underestimated. Moreover, the dichotomy between
religious and profane interpretations of hoards should be questioned.
Besides shedding light on fundamental questions concerning e.g. the character of depositions in „Christian times“, a general analysis of hoards can provide insights into ritual practices, value concepts and socio-economic change in various early historical societies. The material, object types and chronology of single artefacts within a deposition are thereby just as important for the interpretation as are its context, composition, and distribution of similar assemblages.
As a result of new findings, current research projects, but also in light of more recent
theoretical and methodological approaches, the source material and prerequisites for
interpretation have significantly expanded in recent years; the upcoming conference / workshop now offers the opportunity to examine either or both aspects anew.
The conference aims to establish new perspectives on old and new findings, and to give a platform for current research on depositions from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In the light of recent theoretical and methodological developments, we will explore the source potential and interpretations of „hoards“, and facilitate a transfer of ideas.
In this year’s meeting of the AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter, to be held from 9th to 11th October 2019 in Frankfurt am Main on the subject of „Value Concepts. Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages – Practices, Contexts, Meanings“, new research will be presented considering the following aspects:

• The variability of interpretations ranging from treasure to scrap, intentional offering
to random loss, cache to storage, means of payment to recycling material, offerings
for the dead to stolen goods, public pomp to private hiding place, remnants of political
alliances to investments in the future.
• Transformations of materiality and material values.
• Human-object relationships and the relationality of space and time.
• The transfer of meaning(s) and questioning thereof.
• Religious and socio-cultural ideas and practices.
• Regional distribution of hoards and cycles of depositions: synchronous and diachronic
• Potentials of new theoretical and methodological approaches.

We would be pleased if you could enrich our session with contributions from your work. The duration of the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts with a half-page written summary (300–500 words) should be submitted to until 30.07.2019.