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

The rest of next term's seminars and events will be added when details become available

Empires of Faith Conference:
Imagining the Divine: Art in religions of Late Antiquity across Eurasia

Thursday 11 January 2018 from 4pm to Saturday 13 January at 7pm
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles'

Full details, including registration

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)

18 January (Week 1)
Vera Tchentsova (Oxford):
Greek painters in Kyiv at the time of the orthodox renewal

25 January (Week 2)
Suna Çağaptay (Cambridge/Istanbul):
Water nymphs and the Kolymbos: The Laskarid Palace at Nymphaion revisited

1 February (Week 3)
Adam Bollok (Oxford):
Mortuary display and the burial of the rich in the late antique Eastern Mediterranean  

8 February (Week 4)
Panagiotis Doukelis (Athens):
Between ideology and utopia: urban space and landscape in Libanios’ Antiochikos

15 February (Week 5)
Łukasz Sokołowski (Warsaw):
Canon or dynamics? Some reflections on the origin and development of funerary portrait reliefs from Palmyra

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

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

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:

Talking Religion

Two remaining talks at the “Imagining the Divine” exhibition. Please note: these talks will require a valid ticket for the exhibition; free to Oxford University students

Ashmolean Museum, Gallery 58

The doctoral students of Talking Religion, part of the Empires of Faith research project, present a series of interdisciplinary talks

Hallowed Ground: Marking Sacred Spaces in Early Christian Britain
Penny Coombe (Classical Archaeology) & Kristýna Syrova (History)
Wednesday 31 January 2018, 12:15–13:00
What do we think of as sacred space? From the image of Christ on a Roman floor, to a standing stone in the Welsh valleys, Penny and Kristýna explore how images and objects make space sacred

Deities and Daemons
Hugh Jeffery (Late Antique Archaeology) & Sajda van der Leeuw (History of Art)
Saturday 3 February 2018, 12:15–13:00
Incantation bowls and amulets of all shapes and sizes sit on the fringes of religion and magic. Hugh and Sajda draw together remarkable pieces from the Mediterranean to Afghanistan, to think about what they share.

www.empiresoffaith.com                   talkingreligioneof@gmail.com

“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:

Talking Religion

One remaining talk at the “Imagining the Divine” exhibition. Please note: these talks will require a valid ticket for the exhibition; free to Oxford University students

Ashmolean Museum, Gallery 58

The doctoral students of Talking Religion, part of the Empires of Faith research project, present a series of interdisciplinary talks:

Wandering Images: Envisioning the Buddha and Christ
Sylvia Alvares-Correa (History of Art) & Hugo Shakeshaft (Classical Archaeology)
Saturday 27 January 2018, 12:15–13:00
The image of Christ and of the Buddha combine artistic influences from more than one religion. Sylvia and Hugo trace the fascinating developments through two sculptures of these most important of religious figures

www.empiresoffaith.com                   talkingreligioneof@gmail.com


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