2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on April 18, 2015. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports of 5–7 pages. Conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. Roundtable participants include Dr. Bill Caraher, Associate Professor of History, University of North Dakota, Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Eurydice Georgantelli, Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University and University of Birmingham, and Principal Investigator and Ethical Manager for the TAG CLOUD project (European Collaborative Research Project on Digital Humanities and Lifelong Engagement with Culture), and Dr. Adam McCollum, Lead Cataloger, Eastern Christian Manuscripts, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

This year’s conference immediately follows Trading Places: Cultural Crossings in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Byzantium, Islam, and the West, a symposium organized by the Mary Jaharis Center and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies. The symposium will take place on April 16 and 17 at Harvard University. Please check the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org) in early February for details.

To submit a proposal for either type of paper, complete the short online form and upload a 500-word abstract on the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org/events/2015-graduate-student-conference-on-byzantine-studies/). The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2015. Notifications will be made by the end of February.

An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference. Given the brevity of the conference, please do not submit a proposal if you cannot attend all conference sessions.

The registration fee for the conference is $25. Shared accommodation at the Courtyard Boston Brookline will be provided the nights of April 17 and 18. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the conference. Participants are responsible for travel expenses; however, partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available.

Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu) with any questions about the conference.

Organizing Committee: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Dr. James C. Skedros, Dean of the Holy Cross Graduate School of Greek Orthodox Theology and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Hellenic College Holy Cross, and the Very Reverend Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director, Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Support comes from The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies.

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