OCLA: Seminars & Events

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Hercules and the Ceryneian hind, 4th-century
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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

PDF “booklet” containing this term's events
(last updated 19 February 2017)

Putting domestic ritual in its place.
‘Placed’ deposits and religion between
the 4th and the 10th centuries AD

Friday 17–Saturday 18 March 2017
I oannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

Late antique and medieval archaeologists in northwest Europe and Scandinavia have seen a surge in studies on everyday ritual practices, among them deposits intentionally placed underneath door openings, walls and floors of residential or communal structures. By contrast, research of similar deposits in Roman, late antique and medieval/ Byzantine archaeology elsewhere is much rarer, though not entirely unknown. Although this difference in frequency may be the result of a real difference in practices, more likely it is due to different research traditions.

The post-Roman West and the Byzantine East are usually considered as two separate fields of scholarship, but much of the archaeological material, especially that pertaining to daily life and found in domestic contexts, in fact is very similar at least in appearance. This conference intends to overcome existing boundaries by investigating the occurrence of placed deposits, their meaning and relation with contemporaneous worldviews, popular beliefs, and orthodox religion from the fourth to tenth century AD. By inviting scholars from different backgrounds and working on diverse geographical regions and periods in time, we seek to stimulate discussion on the possible different meanings or purposes of placed deposits in order to arrive at a more accurate understanding of the mindset of people in the past.

Speakers to the conference include:
Ines Beilke-Voigt, Richard Bradley, Roberta Gilchrist, Sonja Hukantaival,
Ine Jacobs, John Ljungkvist, John Mitchell, James Morris, Julia Smith,
Clifford Sofield, Natalia Teteriatnikov and Robert Wisniewski.

Organisers: Ine Jacobs and Clifford Sofield

For registration and further information,
please contact Ine Jacobs <ine.jacobs@classics.ox.ac.uk>

Unlocking the Medinan Qur’an
Sunday 19–Monday 21 March 2017

International workshop at Pembroke College, Oxford

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

Attendance of the workshop is free, but prior registration is required: medinanquran@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

All papers will be c.25–30 minutes in length, followed by 15 minutes of discussion

Convener: Nicolai Sinai

Sunday, 19 March

4–6 pm: Ritual and Law in the Medinan Qur’an

Welcome and introduction (Nicolai Sinai)

Angelika Neuwirth (Free University Berlin):
The Jerusalem qiblah in a Meccan and Medinan Context

Holger Zellentin (University of Nottingham):
Law in the Medinan Qur’an in its Late Antique Context

Monday, 20 March

9–10:30 am: Obedience and Hypocrisy in the Medinan Qur’an

Andrew O’Connor (University of Notre Dame):
Obeying God and His Messenger: Medinan Prophetology in the Meccan Qur’an?

Devin Stewart (Emory University):
The Hypocrites and Dissimulation in the Qur’an

11 am–12:30 pm:Literary, Compositional, and Redactional Aspects (1)

Marianna Klar (SOAS):
Lexical Layers vs. Structural Paradigms in the Opening of Sūrat al-Baqarah

Adam Flowers (University of Chicago):
The Two Medinan Literary Oeuvres

2–3:30 pm: Literary, Compositional, and Redactional Aspects (2)

Nora K. Schmid (Free University Berlin):
Questions, Organisation of Knowledge, and Controversial Theology in the Medinan Surahs

Nicolai Sinai (University of Oxford):
The Composition of the Medinan Surahs

4–5:30 pm: Selected Surahs and Passages (1): From Mecca to Medina

Walid Saleh (University of Toronto):
Surah 16 as a Transitional Medinan Proclamation: The Beginnings of a New Identity

Gabriel S. Reynolds (University of Notre Dame):
An Analysis of Two Surahs Conventionally Classed as Medinan: Q 61 and 66

Tuesday, 21 March

9–10:30 am: Selected Surahs and Passages (2): The Israelites

Cecilia Palombo (Princeton University):
God Speaks in Formulae: The Golden Calf between Medinan and Meccan Surahs

Joseph Witztum (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem):
Moses and the Israelites at Sinai: Intra-Qur'anic Parallels in Light of Rabbinic Traditions

11–12:30 pm: Selected Surahs and Passages (3): Surahs 5, 8, and 9

Karen Bauer (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London):
Emotion in Surahs 8 and 9

Neal Robinson:
Further Thoughts on Sūrat al-Māʾidah

Classical Art Research Centre
Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art

The first workshop of the CARC Gandhara Connections Project,
generously supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March, 2017

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Attendance is free, but please book a place by contacting mailto:carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

Provisional Programme:

Updates to the programme will appear here:

Voices in Late Latin Poetry:
International graduate and early career conference

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
23–24 March 2017

Thursday 23 March

12.00 noon: Opening keynote lecture: Michael Roberts (Wesleyan):
Narrating Saints: Paulinus of Nola’s Natalicia 

2.00pm:  Elena Castelnuovo (Milan):
Presence in the distance: Classical and biblical tradition in the voice of Prudentius

2.30pm:  Francesco Lubian (Vienna):
Teaching through images between claritas and obscuritas: Christ’s parables on the kingdom of heaven in Juvencus’ Euangeliorum libri IV

3.00pm: Gerben Wartena (Amsterdam) and Cédric Roduit (Lausanne):
The narrator’s voice in Sedulius’ Carmen paschale

4.15pm: Florence Garambois-Vasquez (Lyon):
Pingere sonum: Voice in Ausonius’ epigrammes

4.45pm: Brian Sowers (Brooklyn):
Recovering Ausonius’ ludic and encyclopedic voice

5.15pm: Andreas Abele (Tübingen):
Nempe derides: The poems in Symmachus’ correspondence between understatement and self-fashioning

5.45pm: Poster session
Sally Baumann (Graz): Per te namque unum: The glorifying voice of Claudius Claudianus in De bello Gothico
Roberto Chiappiniello Valente (Calne): Tradition and generic innovation: An attempt at deconstructing the Carmen ad uxorem
Hedwig Schmalzgruber (Wuppertal): The mysterious Heptateuch poet (“Cyprianus Gallus”) and his book of Genesis
Berenice Verhelst (Ghent): Claims of novelty and voices from the past in the Aegritudo Perdicae
Joshua Hartman (Ontario): An eternal Gallic voice: A new approach to Ausonius' exchange with Paulinus

Friday 24 March

9.00am: Hope Williard (Lincoln):
The female voice in Merovingian poetry

9.30am: Lorenzo Livorsi (Reading):
The poet and the canon: Venantius Fortunatus’ voice in 
Vita S. Martini I, 1–49

10.00am: David Ungvary (Harvard):
Announcing renunciation: Sidonius Apollinaris and Horatian disavowal

10.30am: Michael Hanaghan (Cork):
Roma’s power and authority in Sidonius’ panegyrics (
carm. 2, 5 and 7)

11.30am     Giulia Sagliardi (Edinburgh):
Alaric’s rabidae voces in Claudian’s Bellum Geticum

12.00 noon  Elizabeth Mcleod Heintges (Columbia):
Aetna numquam tacitura: eruptive voices in Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae

12.30pm: Tamara Lobato-Beneyto (Salamanca):
Vox nuntiat una: The epic proems of Claudius Claudianus

2.00pm: Lynton Boshoff (Oxford):
Voices past and present in the secular poetry of Dracontius

2.30pm: Frances Foster (Cambridge):
Rethinking identity: Rutilius Namatianus’ De reditu suo

3.00pm: Raffaella Colombo (Pavia):
A meta-poetical voice: Nemesianus’ Cynegeticon

4.00pm: Concluding keynote lecture:
Philip Hardie (Cambridge): Mosaics and intertextuality

5.00pm: Concluding discussion

There is no fee to attend, and everyone is welcome!
To book your place, please email helen.kaufmann@classics.ox.ac.uk or voicesinlatelatinpoetry@gmail.com

For more details see voicesinlatelatinpoetry.wordpress.com

The event is sponsored by the British Academy through a
British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm in Hilary Term 2017
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

22 February (Week 6)
Theofili Kampianaki (Oxford):
The twelfth-century chronicle of John Zonaras and its audience

1 March (Week 7)
Gilles Dorival (Aix-Marseille):
The Septuagint in the Biblical Catenae

8 March (Week 8)
Julian Baker (Oxford):
Constantinople between the Ottomans, the Bulgarians, and the West: the creation of the last Byzantine monetary system in 1372

Conveners: Marek Jankowiak and Marc Lauxtermann

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Thursdays, Weeks 1–7 in Hilary Term 2017, 11am–12:30pm
The Ioannou Centre, First-Floor Seminar Room

Please note that the seminar has moved back to its regular time slot, on Thursday

23 February (Week 6)
Ricardo Gonzalez (Nice, CNRS):
The Late Roman coastal surveillance fort of can Blai (Formentera, Baleares). Imperial defence at the beginning of the 4th century AD

2 March (Week 7)
Cristina Murer (Berlin):
Grave Robbing and the Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity

9 March (Week 8): No seminar

Conveners: Ine Jacobs and Marek Jankowiak

Late Roman Seminar

Thursdays at 2pm in Hilary Term 2017
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

*NB 2.00 START*

23 February (Week 6)
Claudia Rapp (Vienna):
Monasticism and Multilingualism

2 March (Week 7)
John Curran (Belfast):
Transforming the Transformation of the Transformation of the City of Rome in the Fourth Century

9 March (Week 8)
Jessica van-’t-Westeinde (Tübingen):
Individual Religious Agency: Jerome and his Jewish ‘Network’

Conveners: Neil McLynn and Conrad Leyser

Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Prophecy and Prophetic Literature

Tuesdays, 4.00–5.30pm in Hilary Term 2017
Christ Church, Room 2

21 February (Week 6)
Eric Hoff (Oxford):
Augustine, Sermo 347 on Is. 11:2–3, the Ascent to Wisdom

28 February (Week 7)
Nathan Betz (Oxford):
Oecumenius on the New Jerusalem in Revelation chs. 21-22

7 March (Week 8)
Professor Mark Edwards (Oxford):
The Book of Revelation in the Early Church

Conveners: Professor Mark Edwards and Dr Stan Rosenberg

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00 pm in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Hilary Term 2017
Trinity College (Sutro Room)

Week 7 (3 March)
Benjamin Fourlas (Mainz):
Offered to Saint Constantine: Thoughts on the Historical Significance of the Early Byzantine Silver Hoard at Karlsruhe

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays at 3pm in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 in Hilary Term 2017

Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

The following seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

Week 8  (6 March)
Irene Bavuso
Gift and trade: the evidence from the Channel, c.5th–7th centuries

Conveners: Helena Hamerow and Letty ten Harkel

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

Tuesdays, 2.30–4 pm in Hilary Term 2017
 Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies,
Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

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

21 February (Week 6)
Professor Tal Ilan (Freie Universität Berlin):
A feminist commentary on Tractate Hullin in the Babylonian Talmud

February 28 (Week 7)
Professor Gilles Dorival (Aix-Marseille):
Was there a Christianisation of the text of the Septuagint?
[Grinfield Lecture on the Septuagint]

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman

The Roman Discussion Forum

Wednesdays at 1pm in Hilary Term 2017
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

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

22 February 2017 (Week 6)
Professor Kutalmis Gorkay (Ankara University):
Mosaic programmes in domestic contexts at Zeugma

The Hidden Gospels of Abba Garima,
Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands

Extended, weekdays
Monday 16 January 2017 – Wednesday 12 April 2017

Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
(on weekdays please phone 01865 288391 to check hours, due to teaching)
Admission free

Outreach Room, Ground Floor,
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Organized by Judith McKenzie, Miranda Williams,
and Foteini Spingou with Michael Gervers’ photographs

Poster with full details


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