OCLA: Seminars & Events

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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

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(last updated 16 October 2014)

A Central Asian Trade Hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period

Public lecture: Irina Arzhantseva (Moscow): The fortress of Por-Bajin
Friday 28 November 2014, 5–6.30pm in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium at Wolfson College: All welcome

Workshop to be held in the Buttery, Wolfson College on Saturday 29 November from 9am–6.15pm, followed by drinks: registration essential, contact Paul Wordsworth. Participants will be charged £15 (Students and Wolfson £10) for catering

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Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, at 5pm

29 October (Week 3)
Claudia Rapp (Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Vienna) :
Towards a study of microstructures in Byzantine society: preliminary considerations

5 November (Week 4)
Mark Janse (University of Ghent):
The principle of pairing. A cognitive approach to Byzantine versification

12 November (Week 5)
Rebecca Darley (University of Birmingham):
Travel, wonder and science: Byzantine perspectives on Book Eleven of the Christian Topographyand the Periplous of the Erythreian Sea

19 November (Week 6)
Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna):
Inscriptions and Manuscripts in Byzantium: a fruitful symbiosis?

26 Novemer (Week 7)
Aslıhan Akışık (Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton NJ):
Laonikos Chalkokondyles and the early Ottoman Historians: A Herodotean Approach to Source Material

3 December (Week 8)
Fanny Bessard (SOAS, London) :
Merchants and Markets in early Islam

Conveners: Marc Lauxtermann and Mark Whittow

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology
and Art Seminar

Thursdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
St John’s College, New Seminar Room, 11am–12.30pm

30 October (Week 3)
Dr Jane Chick:
Disorder and Diversity in Cyrenaica:  a Late Antique pavement at Qasr el Lebia

6 November (Week 4)
Dr Ulrich Gehn (Europeana Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy project):
Some considerations on the late Roman toga

13 November (Week 5)
Professor Robert Hoyland:
The Arab conquests revisited

20 November (Week 6)
Dr Efthymis Rizos:
The military annona and its warehouses in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans (3rd–6th centuries AD)

27 November (Week 7)
Dr Troels Myrup Kristensen (Aarhus University, andWolfson):
Meriamlik and Seleukeia: the spatial politics of city and saint

4 December (Week 8)
Dr Luke Treadwell and Dr Marek Jankowiak (Khalili Research Centre):
Update on the ‘Dirhems for Slaves’ project

Conveners: Dr Marlia Mango (St John’s) and Dr Georgi Parpulov (Wolfson)

Late Roman Seminar

Thursdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Danson Room, Trinity College at 5pm
unless otherwise stated (see Wk 8)

30 October (Week 3)
Hope Williard (Leeds):
Patronage in the Early Middle Ages

6 November (Week 4)
Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (Tübingen):
The Compilation of the Theodosian Code and a Crisis of Imperial Rule in the Early Fifth Century 

13 November (Week 5)
Peter Heather (KCL):
Constantine's Conversion (again), and the Christianisation of the Empire

20 November (Week 6)
Susan Walker (Ashmolean Museum):
Saints and Salvation: Gold-Glass from Late Antique Rome in the Wilshere Collection, Ashmolean Museum

27 November (Week 7)
Glenn McDorman (Princeton):
Remembering and Commemorating War in the Post-Imperial West

4 December (Week 8) Starting at 5.30pm
Ian Wood (Leeds):
The ancient and modern creation of Columbanian monasticism

Conveners: Conrad Leyser and  Bryan Ward-Perkins 

Marine Worlds Seminar

The following seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

Wednesday 12 November (Week 5)
Dr Rebecca Ingram (Texas A&M University):
Yenikapı Shipwreck YK 11: The Excavation and Analysis of a Seventh-Century Byzantine Merchantman

This seminar will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', 3.30–4.30pm

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

Tuesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street, 2.30–4 pm

The following seminars relate to Late Antiquity:

4 November (Week 4)
Jonathon Wright (St Stephen's House)
Nachleben of Jewish Pseudepigrapha: the case of Joseph and Aseneth

18 November (Week 6)
Dr Hector Patmore (Cardiff):
The Evil Inclination in the Targums to the Pentateuch and the Prophets

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman

The Roman Discussion Forum

Wednesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont Street at 1.00 pm

The following items on the programme are relevant to Late Antiquity:

Wednesday 5 November (Week 4)
Victoria Sainsbury (University of Oxford):
Industry or in decline? Preliminary evidence for glass recycling in Britain between the 1st–7th centuries AD

Wednesday 19 November (Week 6)
Dr Daphne Briggs (University of Oxford):
Reflections of Ovid in runic text on a bracteate from fifth-century Norfolk

Organisers: Andrew Wilson, Nichole Sheldrick, and Amanda Sharp
with the support of the Faculty of Classics, the School of Archaeology,
and All Souls College

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room at 3pm

The seminar in Week 4 is relevant to Late Antiquity:

3 November (Week 4)
Cate Green:
Britons & Anglo-Saxons in the Lincoln Region, c.400–700

Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies

Tuesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Fraenkel Room, All College, 2.30–4.00pm

The following two seminars in the programme are relevant to Late Antiquity:

11 November 2014 (Week 5)
Paul Scade (Istanbul Sehir University):
Thought and Reality in Stoic Ontology

2 December 2014 (Week 8)
Vladimir Mikes
(Czech Academy of Sciences) :
[Title to be confirmed]

Khalili Research Centre Seminar

Tuesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre, 3 St John Street, 2.00–4.00pm

The following items on the programme are relevant to Late Antiquity:

28 October (Week 3)
Dr Luke Treadwell (Khalili Research Centre):
Early Islamic kings – when did they first appear and why?

25 November (Week 7)
Dr Seth Priestman (University of Edinburgh):
Indian Ocean ceramic exchange

Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Wednesdays in Michaelmas Term 2014
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room, 36 Beaumont Street

The following two items on the programme are relevant to Late Antiquity:

5 November (Week 4) at 5pm
Edward Peveler:
Discovering Dorchester-on-Thames

12 November (Week 5) at 5.30pm
Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez:
Managing heritage and archaeological research: the Consorcio de Merida and the International Archaeology Course

Conveners: Abi Thompkins and Clifford Sofield

Nonnus’ Dionysiaca Reading Group

The group will read two books per week during term for the duration of the 2014–15 academic year, on Fridays 1–2 pm.

In Michaelmas this will take place in the first-floor seminar room of the Ioannou Centre in Weeks 2–8: T.

These sessions are a joint event with a parallel Nonnus reading group in Cambridge (through Skype). Each week two books will be covered in English translation, while focusing in on selected passages in Greek.

All are welcome; for more information contact: Laura Miguélez-Cavero and Pavlos Avlamis

Call for papers: Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission, and Influence

30–31 January 2015 at Ertegun House, Oxford

This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c.3rd–9th century) Near and Middle East. It will also provide an opportunity for postgraduate and emerging scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology and religion, late antique and Byzantine studies, near eastern studies, and rabbinics to present their work on Syriac literature within the University of Oxford’s vibrant late antique studies community.

The conference welcomes proposals for papers on the following and related topics:

1.    The reception and revision of Syriac biblical translations, especially works such as the Harklean and Syrohexaplaric versions and Jacob of Edessa’s Old Testament revision. How did Syriac authors navigate the diversity of translation options available to them? How were later translations and revisions received in both exegetical and liturgical contexts? Which textual variants were employed by exegetes, and in what contexts?

2.    What role do translations of Greek patristic literature, such as the works of Gregory Nazianzen and Theodore of Mopsuestia, play in the context of Syriac literature? How is material from Greek historiography, such as the ecclesiastical histories of Eusebius, Socrates, and Theodoret, translated and transmitted by Syriac chroniclers?

3.    What factors played a part in the development of literary canons and exegetical traditions in Syriac? How did different communities determine which texts to elevate to canonical status? When and why were authors from rival communities read and utilized? How did Greek-language authors, such as Severus of Antioch, undergo a process of ‘Syriacization’? Which authors survived the decline of spoken Syriac and were translated into Christian Arabic, and how?

4.    What forms did Syriac intellectual life take over the course of the period, in monastic, scholarly, and church communities? How did Syriac culture react to and interact with influences such as Aristotelian and neo-Platonist thought, rabbinic scholarship, and other vernacular literatures? What role did Syriac scholars play in the early development of Arabic-language intellectual culture, and how did this role affect or change their own traditions?
Keynote papers will be given by Jack Tannous (Princeton University) and Timothy Michael Law (Universität Götttingen/University of St Andrews). Publication of selected conference papers is anticipated.

Those wishing to present a twenty-minute paper may submit a brief abstract (250 words or less) and academic biography to oxfordsyriac2015@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 17 November 2014.

For more information please see the conference website


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