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martes, 10 de marzo de 2020

#cfp Licht aus dem osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West (Berlín, 11-12 junio)

El envío de propuestas está abierto hasta el 20 de mayo. Además hay beca de asistencia. 

Licht aus dem osten?

Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West

Workshop | Freie Universität Berlin | 11-12 June 2020

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, USI | Masaryk University Brno

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore a variety of theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analysed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop invites papers on the economy of natural light in medieval churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, or rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered analyses of light Inszenierung examined in this workshop cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Proposals for 30-minute papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at aisulli[at] and vladimir.ivanovici[at] by 20 March 2020. Please include in the email subject line “Berlin Workshop Proposal”.

For all accepted presenters, the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals will be covered by the host institution through a grant sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

miércoles, 4 de marzo de 2020

Workshop on Isaac Comnenus at the Centre for Medieval Literature (Odense, 5-6 marzo)

Os compartimos la información de este congreso que tendrá lugar a finales de esta semana en Odense (Dinamarca), y en el que participa nuestro socio Alex Rodríguez.


5-6 March 2020

Convent of Noble Maidens, Centre for Medieval Literature (University of Southern Denmark, Odense)
Contact: Valeria F. Lovato (

In the last decades, modern scholarship has devoted much attention to the Comnenian dynasty. Surprisingly, no comprehensive study has yet been dedicated to Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus, son of emperor Alexius I and brother of both John II and Anna Comnena. Isaac is an intriguing figure, at the crossroads between different worlds: classical scholarship, artistic patronage, courtly intrigues and international political alliances. Traditional divisions between scholarly fields have prevented a comprehensive exploration of Isaac’s many facets.
Challenging this very compartmentalization, this workshop aims to bring together Isaac’s different worlds, contributing to a better understanding of 12th-century Byzantium.


§ 9.30 – 10.00: MORNING COFFEE

§ 10.00 – 10.30: Valeria F. Lovato and Lars Boje Mortensen (SDU): welcome and introduction

§ 10.30 – 12.30: PANEL 1: Isaac and 12th-century literature
Nikolaos Zagklas (University of Vienna), “Isaak Komnenos and Theodore Prodromos: Forging Intellectual and Patronage Ties in Twelfth-Century Constantinople”
Respondent: Divna Manolova (University of York)
Marina Loukaki (University of Athens), “Notes on the construction of Isaakios Komnenos' profile by Theodoros Prodromos”
Respondent: Nikolaos Zagklas (University of Vienna)
Aglae Pizzone (SDU), “Isaac against Proclus? A problem of authorship”
Respondent: Christian Høgel (SDU)

§ 12.30 – 13.30: LUNCH BREAK

§ 14.00 – 15.15: PANEL 2: Homeric philology
André-Louis Rey (University of Geneva), “Isaac Comnenus and the scholarship of a learned prince”
Respondent: Silvio F. Bär (University of Oslo)
Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari University), “The dignity of kingship asserted: Isaac’s ‘political’ notes on the Iliad”
Respondent: Silvio F. Bär (University of Oslo)

§ 15.15 – 15.30: COFFEE BREAK

§ 15.30 – 17.30: PANEL 3: Isaac as patron, literatus and founder
Kallirroe Linardou (Athens School of Fine Arts), “Komnenian Book-Culture: Tracing Tastes, Mapping Networks”
Respondent: Rosa Rodríguez Porto (SDU)
Margaret Mullett (University of Belfast), “A ‘barren and senseless shoot’, a ‘flawless ally’, and ‘an enkolpion of pearls’: Isaac's Kosmosoteira”
Respondent: Aglae Pizzone (SDU)
Valeria F. Lovato (SDU), “What kind of exile? Isaac’s poem to the Virgin and the final days of a repented (?) usurper”
Respondent: Margaret Mullett (University of Belfast)


§ 9.30 – 10.50: PANEL 4: Innovation, change and conflict in the Comnenian era (Part One)
Vlada Stanković (University of Belgrade), “Dynastic conflict in the Comnenian era”
Respondent: Nikolaos Chrissis (Democritus University of Thrace)
Angeliki Papageorgiou (University of Athens), “Ties of blood, bids for power: Usurpation attempts during the reign of John II Komnenos”
Respondent: Nikolaos Chrissis (Democritus University of Thrace)

§ 10.50 – 11.10: COFFEE BREAK

§ 11.10 – 12.30: PANEL 4: Innovation, change and conflict in the Comnenian era (Part Two)
Maximilian Lau (Hitotsubashi University), “‘Ten Tongues’ on the Transformations of Isaakios”
Respondent: Julian Yolles (SDU)
Alex Rodríguez Suárez (Orient-Institut Beirut), “Change and innovation in twelfth-century Byzantium: The case of hair and hairstyles”
Respondent: Valeria F. Lovato (SDU)

§ 12.30 – 13.00: FINAL REMARKS