OCLA: Seminars & Events

Pusey glass
Hercules and the Ceryneian hind, 4th-century
gold-glass from Rome.(Ashmolean Museum)

Listed here are forthcoming academic events within the field of Late Antiquity (individual lectures, seminars, conferences, etc.) being held in Oxford, or being organised outside Oxford by OCLA Researchers. If you are looking for events in a specific area of Late Antiquity (e.g. within ‘Islam and the Islamic World’, or ‘The Post-Roman West’), visit that section of our site, where you will find only the relevant events listed


OCLA Special Lecture

Beat Brenk
(Professor Emeritus, University of Basel):

“The Mosaics of the Rotunda of Thessalonike”

Tuesday 18 October 2016 (2nd Week) at 5pm
Sutro Room, Trinity College

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception


Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm in Michaelmas Term 2015
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

12 October (Week 1)
Filippo Ronconi (EHESS, Paris):
The Material Forms of Cultural Transfer: Migrations of People and Books in the Early Medieval Mediterranean. Greek Texts from East to West

19 October (Week 2)
Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz) [Special OCBR Lecture]:
Andronikos II and an-Nāsir Muhammad: Byzantine–Mamluk relations and the situation of Orthodox Christians under Mamluk rule at the beginning of the 14th century

26 October (Week 3)
Maria Vassilaki (Crete):
Working-drawings of Icon Painters

2 November (Week 4)
Ufuk Kocabaş and Işıl Kocabaş (Istanbul):
The Byzantine harbour and shipwrecks at Yenikapı, Istanbul: Recent research

9 November (Week 5)
Vera von Falkenhausen (Rome):
Title to be confirmed

16 November (Week 6)
Averil Cameron (Oxford):
Byzantium and Empire

23 November (Week 7)
Jim Crow (Edinburgh) [SPBS Autumn Lecture]:
Not Just Cheese and Potatoes: Recent Research on Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean

30 November (Week 8)
Niels Gaul (Edinburgh):
All the Emperor’s Men (and His Nephews): Paideia and Networking Strategies at the Court of Andronikos II Palaiologos, 1290–1320

Conveners: Marek Jankowiak and Marc Lauxtermann

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Fridays, 11am–12:30pm of Weeks 1–7 in Michaelmas Term 2016
The Ioannou Centre, First-Floor Seminar Room

14 October (Week 1)
Adam Izdebski (Krakow):
Byzantium and climate change. Studying resilience in a complex historical society

21 October (Week 2)
Dejan Gorgievski (Kumanovo):
Saint Eustratios of Sebasteia – the intercessor? The appearances of Saint Eustratios on the ivory triptychs and wall paintings in the Middle and Late Byzantine period

28 October (Week 3)
Maria-Nectaria Antoniou:
Church Donor Portraits: Motives for and modes of prayer in Byzantium. A study of their chronological evolution

4 November (Week 4)
Simon Ford:
Evidence for the Conversion of Synagogues in Late Antiquity

11 November (Week 5)
Masue Kato (Rikkyo):
The art of Pope Gregory III (731–741): early medieval Rome between Byzantium and the Lombard kingdom

18 November (Week 6)
Paul Wordsworth:
The legacy of a Sassanian frontier? Barda’a (Azerbaijan), capital of Arran in the early Islamic period

25 November (Week 7)
Marek Jankowiak:
The invisible commodity. Identifying archaeological traces of the early medieval slave trade.

2 December (Week 8): No seminar

Conveners: Ine Jacobs and Marek Jankowiak

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays at 3pm in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 in Michaelmas Term 2016
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

17 October (Week 2)
Letty ten Harkel:
Who was who in the early medieval emporium and ringfort of Domburg (NL)? Old historical questions and new scientific results

31 October (Week 4)
Toby Martin:
The Origins of Early Medieval Europe: A Gendered Perspective

14 November (Week 6)
Kate Weikert (Winchester):
The Past in the Present: Anglo-Saxon Memorialization and Identities at Ely Cathedral in the Twelfth Century

28 November (Week 8)
Adam McBride:
Kingdom Formation and the Distribution of Material Wealth in Early Wessex: a quantitative approach to large-scale power dynamics

Conveners: Helena Hamerow and Letty ten Harkel

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00 pm in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Michaelmas Term 2016
Radcliffe Humanities Building: Colin Matthew Room (ground floor)

14 October (Week 1)
Phil Booth (Trinity College) and Edward Zychowicz-Coghill (Worcester College):
An Unedited Copto-Arabic Text from the End of Late Antiquity: Constantine of Assiout’s First Encomium on St John of Heraclea (c.600)

28 October (Week 3)
James Palmer (Saint Andrew’s)
Beyond Cults and Hagiographies: Collecting Saints’ Stories in the Early Medieval West

11 November (Week 5)
Francesca dell’ Acqua (Birmingham):
The Girdle of Mary: from Jerusalem, to Constantinople, Prato and … Pisa?

25 November
Alan Thacker (London):
The Origin of the Cult of Saints: The Evidence from Salona

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature
in the Graeco-Roman Period

Tuesdays, 2.30–4 pm in Weeks 4–8 of Michaelmas Term 2016
 Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The following two seminars in this series are relevant to Late Antiquity:

1  November (Week 4)
Dr Benjamin Williams (KCL):
Genesis Rabba on the cursing of the ground

22 November (Week 7)
Dr Eitan Klein (Israel Antiquities Authority):
Relations between Judaean and Galilean communities in the late Roman period: the archaeological evidence

Convener: Martin Goodman

The rest of next term's events will be listed here
as soon as details become available


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