lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2016

Llamamiento en defensa del Liceo classico italiano

Antiguo Collegio romano de los Jesuitas 
(hoy Liceo Classico “Ennio Quirino Visconti")

La única enseñanza secundaria europea que ha resistido numantinamente los embates contra las humanidades ya está amenazada.
Colabora para que el estudio del mundo antiguo resista en las aulas de los institutos de enseñanza secundaria italianos firmando el Appello “Task force per il classico”.

domingo, 4 de septiembre de 2016

Webinar: Greek Documentary Practice in Egypt from Byzantium to Islam (6th-8th c.)

Lajos Berkes (Institute for Papyrology, University of Heidelberg) is offering in Winter Semester 2016/17, in cooperation with Heidelberg's Center for Cultural Heritage, an online seminar on Greek Documentary Practice in Egypt from Byzantium to Islam (6th-8th c.). The course is free of charge and will take place Thursdays, 16:15 - 17:45, Central European Time. The first meeting will be October 20, 2016 and the course will run until February 9, 2017. The language of instruction is English, and good knowledge of Greek is required. Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the class.

Those wishing to take part should send a statement of interest and CV to Michaela Böttner ( by September 30. Questions about the course can be directed to Laios Berkes ( Please be advised that the number of people who will be permitted to participate is limited to ten.

Course Description

Papyri from Egypt are extraordinary sources of information about documentary practice of the early Byzantine empire. Tens of thousands of letters, contracts, receipts and other documents shed light on aspects of everyday life that can barely be seen elsewhere around the Mediterranean. After the Islamic conquest in 642, Greek continued to be employed both in the private sphere and administration, where it was used probably up to the early 9th century. In this webinar we will decipher, translate and interpret documents both on papyrus and other writing materials (ostraca, parchment, etc.) written in Greek from a variety of genres and contexts from Byzantine and early Islamic Egypt.
Discussion of the documents will include paleographic, historical and linguistic aspects. Through comparison with parallel material from other provinces we will look at the problem of the uniqueness of the Egyptian papyri: to what extent do they represent realities of the Byzantine empire? Special emphasis will also be placed on the status of the Greek language and Hellenic culture under Islamic rule.

viernes, 12 de agosto de 2016

50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies (Birmingham, 2017)

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A finales de marzo de 2017 se celebrará el Spring Symposium de estudios bizantinos en Birgmingham. Se trata de uno de los encuentros más importantes sobre estudios bizantinos en el Reino Unido y se ha venido celebrando anualmente desde hace décadas y en varios puntos del país. Este año es el quincuagésimo simposio; tendrá lugar en Birmingham, que fue su lugar de origen, y ciudad que ya ha acogido varias veces este evento.
El tema general es Global Byzantium, por lo que está abierto a ponencias que pongan a Bizancio en relación con otras sociedades o a los estudios bizantinos con otras disciplinas.
Tanto en el enlace al final de la página como en la imagen de la cabecera tenéis todos los datos para aquellos que quieran participar con una comunicación de 10 minutos. Se puede mandar un resumen de no más de 250 palabras hasta el 1 de octubre.
Por otra parte, uno de nuestros socios, Francisco López-Santos, es miembro de la organización, ya que está estudiando en esta ciudad, y nos ha indicado que podéis contactar con él para cualquier tema relacionado con el simposio (no para recibir los abstracts), desplazamientos o alojamiento (FXL491 @

jueves, 14 de julio de 2016

Cyprus, First Annual Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies (13th-14th January 2017) CALL FOR PAPERS


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the First Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14 of January 2017.
Honorary President: Athanasios Papageorghiou, Director Emeritus, Dept. of Antiquities.
Keynote Speaker: Ioli Kalavrezou, Professor, Harvard University.
Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in- progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.
The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.
Programme Committee: Nikolas Bakirtzis (Chair), Stavros Georgiou, Maria Parani, Ourania Perdiki, Andreas Foulias.
Organizing Committee: Doria Nicolaou, Christina Kakkoura, Andriani Georgiou, Despoina Papacharalampous.
Deadline for abstracts: 15, September 2016 
Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):
1. A cover sheet detailing the paper’s title, author’s details and session information (if applicable; see below)
2. An abstract between 300 and 500 words in English and/or Greek summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.
3. A second copy of the paper abstract in a separate page without the author’s details.
Submit your proposal as an email attachment to the address: abstractCBMS@
Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together as separate attachments by the session organizer.
Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit by the conference’s Programme Committee. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email or fax by the end of October, 2016. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper
limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.
Graduate Paper Award: The best graduate student paper will be selected by the Programme Committee and awarded upon the conclusion of the conference.
Student bursaries: A small number of bursaries will be available, upon application, to assist graduate students’ travel and participation.
The conference is organized in conjunction with the annual meeting of the members of the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus. 
For membership information please visit the society’s website:
For inquiries send email to:
Paper proposal preparation instructions
Prepare the 3-page paper proposal as a single Microsoft WORD document. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point. Line spacing: single.
Cover Sheet
Include the following information in the listed order. Please align text left and allow a blank line between each information detail:
Name, position or graduate status and academic affiliation (i.e. PhD Candidate, University of...), address, phone, email address, title of paper, indication of proposed session (if any). Graduate students must also indicate their interest to be considered for the Graduate Prize Competition and/or travel bursary (see above).
Title line: Title in capitals. No more than two lines. Boldface and centered. Skip one line.
Author line: Author’s name followed by institutional affiliation in parentheses or, for independent scholars their city. No titles or degrees (i.e. Prof., Dr, PhD). Boldface and centered. Lower case, capitalize first letters of words. Skip two lines.
Abstract text: Justify text. No intend in the first line of paragraphs. Skip one line between paragraphs. Foreign language words transliterated and italicized. No footnotes or images.