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

OCLA “booklet” of events for this term

PDF version, updated regularly
Last updated 13 February 2018

Oxford University Byzantine Society
20th International Graduate Conference:
“Space and Dimention in Late Antiquity and Byzantium”

Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February 2018

History Faculty, George Street

Full details

OCLA discussion to celebrate the publication of
James Moreton Wakeley, The Two Falls of Rome in Late Antiquity: The Arabian Conquests in Comparative Perspective

Monday 5 March 2018 at 5pm in the Sutro Room, Trinity College

The discussion of the book will be led by Phil Booth, James Howard-Johnston,
and Christian Sahner.

The event will close with a celebratory drink


Religious Conversions – Medieval Perspectives
Oxford Medieval Studies Workshop

Tuesday 13 March 2018
Taylorian, Room 2, from 1pm


1–2 pm              Sandwich lunch

2–2.15 pm          Preamble:
                               Mark Smith
Tracing the Demise of Traditional Religion in Egypt
2.15–2.30 pm     Phil BoothTowards Miaphysite Egypt
2.30–2.45 pm     Helena HamerowAnglo-Saxon female burials of the Conversion Period
2.45–3.00 pm     Annie SutherlandEnclosure as Conversion

3.15–3.45 pm    Coffee break  

3.45–4.00 pm     Almut SuerbaumConversion and return: refrain structures
                                      in medieval German mystical song

4.00–4.15 pm     Christian LeitmeirConversion in/of song: Perspectives from
                                      medieval monasticism

4.15–4.30 pm     David ZakarianCatholicism and the Armenian Apostolic Church
                                      in the Middle Ages: Conversion and Conflict

4.30–4.45 pm     David BoweConversions and agency: Dante's Piccarda and
                                      the Compiuta Donzella

4.45 pm             General discussion

Places are limited, so registration is essential. To register, or if you have any questions, please email the organisers. A sandwich lunch will be provided free of charge for attendees.


Generously supported by the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm in Hilary Term 2018
The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

21 February (Week 6)
Emilio Bonfiglio:
Cultural Mobility in Late Antique Armenia

28 February (Week 7)
Luca Zavagno:
Beyond the periphery: the Byzantine Insular World between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (ca. 600–ca. 900)

7 March (Week 8)
Foteini Spingou:
What is Later Byzantium? Towards a New Periodization of Byzantine Cultural History

Conveners: Phil Booth and Ida Toth

Late Antique and Byzantine
Archaeology and Art Seminar

Thursdays, 11am–12:30pm in Hilary Term 2018
The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’ (First-Floor Seminar Room)

22 February (Week 6)
Rachele Ricceri (Ghent):
See the beauty of these writings: visual elements of Byzantine book epigrams

1 March (Week 7)
Brigitte Pitarakis (Paris):
Religious and domestic rituals with water and copper alloy vessels

8 March (Week 8)
Nektarios Zarras (Münster):
Middle Byzantine dedicatory inscriptions from Macedonia. New insights into patronage: authority, identity and space

Conveners: Foteini Spingou and Ine Jacobs

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00 pm in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Hilary Term 2018
Trinity College, Sutro Room

Week 7 (2 March)
Raúl Villegas Marín (Barcelona):
Processus and Martinian: From African Montanist Martyrs to Roman Wardens of Peter and Paul

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Late Roman Seminar

Thursdays in Hilary Term 2018 at 2pm [note change of time]
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

22 February (Week 6)
Silvia Orlandi (Rome):
A new inscription of Iunius Pomponius Ammonius and the praefecti annonae in Late-Antique Rome and Ostia

1 March (Week 7)
Pawel Nowakowski (Oxford):
Constantine and the translation of relics to Constantinople: further remarks on a recently published inscription from Ephesos

8 March (Week 8)
Jennifer Chaloner (Oxford):
A Reflection of the Heart: Speech, Silence, and Caesarius of Arles's Convent of St. John

Conveners: Conrad Leyser and Neil McLynn

Lecture series: Mosaics and Society in Late Antiquity

Tuesdays at 9 am at the Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’ (First Floor Seminar Room)

20 February (Week 6)
Stefanie Lenk:
Merely decorative? How mosaics in baptisteries shape the ritual

27 February (Week 7)
Ine Jacobs:
Text and image in late antique mosaics

6 March (Week 8)
Grace Stafford:
Muscular women and beautiful men: gender and identity at the Piazza Armerina

Convener: Ine Jacobs

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays at 3pm in Hilary Term 2018
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

The following seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

19 February (Week 6) 
Matt Austin:
Anglo-Saxon ‘Great Hall Complexes’: Elite residences and landscapes of power in early England, c. AD 550–700

Conveners: L. Ten Harkel and J. Kershaw

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

Tuesdays, 5 to 6.30pm
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The following seminar in this series is relevant to Late Antiquity:

27 February (Week 7)
Professor Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv):
A Palestinian Jewish Aramaic mythological hemerologion from the Cairo Genizah in the Bodleian Library

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman

Khalili Research Seminar:
Islamic Art and Archaeology today: Theories in Practice

Thursdays at 2pm in the Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room

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

8 March (Week 8)
Professor Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina (Wolfson College):
Defleshing the dead: Zoroastrian excarnation then and now

Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

Continuing to 18 February 2018 at the Ashmolean Museum
(closed Mondays; open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays)

In partnership with the British Museum and the University of Oxford

Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism,
this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world
religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD

Further details, and information on purchasing tickets:

“Those Who Follow”

Continues to March 2018
10am to 4.30pm, Mon–Fri and on certain weekends

Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies,
66 St Giles’, Oxford

Empires of Faith is hosting Those Who Follow, a photographic journey across Oxford’s modern religious spaces by photographer Arturo Soto. The exhibition is in part an artistic response to Imagining the Divine, bringing the incredible histories of art and religious material culture into the present day and showcasing the diversity of the Oxford community.

The Exhibition confronts us with buildings we might pass every day, that are part of our lives but that we don’t often pause to consider – affording us the opportunity to reflect on those that by contrast are prominent, distinctive, and immediately communicate ideas about faith. The exhibition goes behind the facades to explore how these buildings work for their communities from inside and out, both as spaces of worship and as places of the community.

For further details about the exhibition,
the vision behind the photographs, and on
free events running around Those Who Follow,
see the link below:


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