School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies seminars

The Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies seminars combine select sessions of the Classics, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and History of Christianity Research seminars with the Byzantine Studies seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies seminar series combines CLAIBS-sponsored events and the Byzantine Studies Research seminar with select sessions of the Classics; Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies; Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations; History of Christianity; and History of Art Research seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the convenor: Dr Lucy Grig (Lucy.Grig@ed.ac.uk)

Semester 2 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Venue
Wed 17 Jan Lucy Grig (Edinburgh)

‘Representations of the emperor in late antique popular culture’

Classics Research Seminar (Classical Association of Scotland)
5.10 pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Wed 24 Jan  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.11 40 George Square
Tue 30 Jan Nayhan Fancy (Exeter)

‘The brain never shuts down’: Sleep theory and practices in premodern Islamic Societies

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Research Seminar

4.10pm, Martin Room, New College
Feb 5 Feb Niels Gaul (Edinburgh)

‘Empires of learning: Comparative perspectives on Byzantium and Song during the long eleventh century’

CLAIBS Seminar

5.10pm, LG.09 40 George Square
Wed 7 Feb  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.09 40 George Square
Mon 12 Feb John Haldon (Princeton)

‘Can there be an early medieval “state”? Challenges in thinking about premodern society, economy and state formation’

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar

5.30pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Tue 20 Feb Andrew Peacock (St Andrews)

‘Translating the Bible in Mongol Tabriz: Persian manuscripts, Syriac translators and European patronage’

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Research Seminar

4.10pm, Martin Room, New College
Wed 28 Feb  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.11, 40 George Square
Mon 4 Mar Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (Athens)

‘Byzantine medicine in light of the Global Middle Ages: current trends and future avenues’

The talk is joint with the History of Science, Medicine and Technology research group. 

5.10pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Tue 5 Mar Emily Selove (Exeter)

Book talk: The Donkey King: Asinine Symbology in Ancient and Medieval Magic

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Research Seminar

4.10pm, Martin Room, New College
Tue 5 Mar Walter Pohl (Vienna)

‘Archaeogenetics and early medieval history – News from the HistoGenes project’

CLAIBS; Medieval History Seminar

5.10pm, LG.08 40 George Square
Wed 6 Mar Chris Wickham (Oxford)

Book talk: The Donkey and the Boat: Reinterpreting the Mediterranean Economy, 950–1180

With ECGH and Medieval History Seminar

4pm
Wed 13 Mar  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.11 40 George Square
Mon 18 Mar Juan Signes Codoñer (Madrid)

‘Old wine in modern vessels? Approaching levels of identity in Byzantium’

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar

5.10pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Tue 19 Mar Sofia Rehman (independent)

Book talk: Gendering the Hadith Tradition: Recentring the Authority of Aisha, Mother of the Believers

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Research Seminar

10am, online only
Mon 25 Mar Sihong Lin (Glasgow)

‘The shadow of the Three Chapters? Ecclesiastical networks under Justinian and Justin II’

CLAIBS Lecture

5.10pm, LG.09 40 George Square
Wed 27 Mar  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.11 40 George Square
Tue 2 Apr Speakers tbc

PhD student panel

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Research Seminar

4.10pm, Martin Room, New College
Mon 15 Apr Elisa Bianchi (Warburg Institute)

‘The so-called Fettaugen-Mode and Beta-Gamma style in the thirteenth century: Meaning, origin and diffusion’

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar

5.10pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Thu 18–Fri 19 Apr Workshop, organised by Beatrice Bersani, Clara Lazzoni and Vicente Flores Militello

‘Overwhelmed: Spectacles & visuality in early & late imperial poetry’

See Events website for details

 
Mon 29 Apr Mark Vessey (British Columbia/Cambridge)

‘New Latin scriptures, or an author’s works? Reading Jerome’s Catalogue of Famous Men (De viris illustribus / De scriptoribus ecclesiasticis)’

CLAIBS Lecture

5.10pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Mon 13 May

Jim Crow (Edinburgh)

‘Peeping under the palimpsest: reclaiming the urban topography of Byzantine Constantinople’

'SPBS-ÖBG Joint Lecture 2024, hosted by CLAIBS

5.30pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre
Fri 17 May Ine Jacobs (Oxford), Margaret Mullett (Edinburgh), Scott Redford (SOAS)

A half-day workshop in honour of Professor Jim Crow

With the Departments of Archaeology and Classics

 

3–6pm, Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre, Old College – see Events website for details
Mon 24–Thu 27 Jun Society for the Medieval Mediterranean Conference

‘Being Human: rhythms, actions, inter-actions in the Medieval Mediterranean’

See website for details

 

Semester 1 2023/24

Date  Speaker Topic Venue
Mon 18 Sep

Glaire Anderson (University of Edinburgh)

'Video games for public impact: the Digital Lab for Islamic Visual Culture & Collections’

 

IMES Research Seminar

5pm, Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square
Wed 27 Sep  

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.10, 40 George Square

Fri 6 Oct

Kate Cooper (RHUL)

‘Family and memory in Augustine’s Confessions’

 

Christian Origins: Kennedy-Wright Opening Lecture
11.10am, Martin Hall, New College
Mon 8 Oct Jenny Yang and Gemma King (University of Edinburgh)

‘Biblical interpretation in early North Africa from Tertullian to Augustine’ /“Female Clergy”: a critical examination of the ministry of Anna Buchan’s women of the manse’

 

History of Christianity
4.10pm, Martin Hall, New College

Wed 11 Oct

  Late Antique Lunch 1pm, LG.10, 40 George Square
Wed 11 Oct Daniel Smail (Harvard University)

‘Slavery and the pursuit of freedom in later medieval Mediterranean Europe’

 

Annual Lecture in the History of Slavery / ECGH
5pm, Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Mon 16 Oct

Paul Magdalino (St Andrews)

*POSTPONED*

‘The first and lost Patria of Constantinople’

 

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar

5.10pm, LG.11, 40 George Square

*POSTPONED*

Wed 25 Oct  

CLAIBS AGM

Late Antique Lunch

1pm, LG.10, 40 George Square

Thu 26 Oct

Vicente Flores Militello (Ghent)

‘Immersive narrative strategies in late Latin epic? (Claud. Eutr. 2.409-461)’

 

Classics Research Seminar
1pm, Seminar Room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Mon 30 Oct Jessica Varsallona (University of Edinburgh)

‘Aristocratic castles, famed architects, and the cult of classical antiquity between fifteenth-century Byzantium and Northern Italy’

 

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar
5.10pm, LG.10, 40 George Square

Wed 8 Nov

  Late Antique Lunch 1pm, LG.10, 40 George Square

Mon 13 Nov

Fedor Benevich (University of Edinburgh)

Testimonial knowledge in Kalam and Fiqh’

IMES Research Seminar

5pm, Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square

Wed 22 Nov   Late Antique Lunch 1pm, LG.10, 40 George Square
Thu 23 Nov Linda Safran (Toronto/Edinburgh)

An exceptional sixth-century Byzantine censer’

 

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar; History of Art Research Seminar

5.15pm, Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017) 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Booking required
Mon 27 Nov Ivan Marić (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection)

‘Currency of salvation: The silver miliaresion of Leo III, its place in the programme commemorating the Arab Siege of Constantinople (717–718), and its extraordinary afterlife’

 

Byzantine Studies Research Seminar

5.10pm, Online (Teams) and Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 1

[includes remote display of objects from the Dumbarton Oaks collections]
Tue 28 Nov Salam Rassi (University of Edinburgh) ‘An Arabic treatise on alchemy and its multireligious transmission: Pseudo-Aristotle’s Epistle on the Craft’ 1pm, Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square

Tue 28 Nov

Adam Cohen (Toronto/Edinburgh)

‘Making the Utrecht Psalter: Copying and creativity in the Carolingian world’

 

Medieval History Seminar
5.15pm, LG.10, 40 George Square
Fri 8–Sat 9 Dec PROSOPON workshop, organised by Niels Gaul (Edinburgh) with Ekaterini Mitsiou (Vienna), Zachary Chitwood (Mainz) and Charalampos Gasparis (Athens) 'Entangled prosopographies: Connecting the "Prosopographies of the Later Roman and Byzantine Worlds" across the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond’ For details see event website
Tue 12 Dec  Workshop, organised by Jessica Varsallona (Edinburgh) and Anna Kelley (St Andrews) ‘Unofficial diplomats: East Mediterranean archaeologists and Britain’s imperial project’ For details see event website

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