Friday, April 23, 2021


Special Thematic Strand for 2021: Ideology

Keynote speaker: Professor JOHN HALDON

Organized by the Institute of National History, Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and University of Bologna, in partnership with Faculty of Theology "St. Clement of Ohrid", Skopje and AHRM, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

The International symposium in Byzantine and Medieval Studies "Days of Justinian I" is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to bring together scholars from around the world to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Europe and wider.

This year the special thematic strand Ideology will instigate scholarly debate about the different aspects of ideology in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe. Ranging from the general belief of the people about their world, to the particular sets of ideas and notions, the ideology operated at different levels in the Middle Ages, articulating the power and impacting the societies. Various questions will be raised in exploring the ideology as a function of propaganda that legitimized a political order and justified influence. This will encompass an ideological framework of imperial action, competition over status and identity, rival ideological claims to the Roman Empire, relationship with nationalism.

The Symposium will embrace broader geographical areas and chronological scope, addressing wide range of conceptual issues in examining the ways of which ideology functioned in different political, social, economic, cultural, religious conditions in the Eastern Roman Empire and in Medieval Western Europe, generating specific sets of ideas, values and beliefs that changed with time.

Please note that the Organizing Committee will be closely following the Covid-19 situation and will organize blended sessions with physical presence and online presentations for remote participation for those participants who will be prevented from traveling to Skopje due to the pandemic.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

⊕ Ideology and Identity

⊕ Imperial ideology and political thought

⊕ Ideology and social practices

⊕ Religion and Ideology

⊕ Ideology and the political order

⊕ Ideology and rhetoric

⊕ Ideology and propaganda

⊕ War Ideology

⊕ Iconography and Ideology

⊕ Ideology and the Romanness

⊕ Ideological claims to the Roman Empire

⊕ Ideology and ethnicity

⊕ Ideology and assimilation

⊕ Historiography and Ideology

⊕ Ideology and diplomacy

⊕ Ideology and education

⊕ Ideological content of law

⊕ Ideology and literary practice

⊕ Art and architecture as an expression of ideology

⊕ Ideology and gender

⊕ Ideology and music

⊕ Ideology, customs and traditions

⊕ Ideology, Heresy and violence

⊕ Ideology and Cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration, protection

⊕ Ideological claims and nationalism

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 August, 2021

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 October, 2021

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 20 August, 2021

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2021

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2022.

Please send the application form to the following address:

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian and English.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed.

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquiries you can contact the Secretary of the Symposium, Prof. Dragan Gjalevski:

You can download the Call for papers at:

Application form at:

Please check the Facebook page and website for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

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 
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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