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

This term's “booklet” of events
(last updated 30 October 2017)

Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

New Cities in Late Antiquity: Documents and Archaeology
(Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35)

Please join us for a discussion to celebrate the publication
of this volume, edited by Efthymios Rizos

Friday 1 December 2017
Tanner Room, Linacre College, at 5pm

The discussion of the book will be led by Bryan Ward-Perkins,
James Howard-Johnston, and Simon Esmonde Cleary

The event will close with a drinks reception


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:

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

The seminars in Weeks 5–8 will be held  jointly with the Empires of Faith project
See next seminar list for details
Conveners: Marc Lauxtermann and Maria Lidova

Empires of Faith seminar series

Wednesdays at 5 pm in Michaelmas Term 2017
Corpus Christi College  Seminar Room

In conjunction with the exhibition
Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (see above)

22 November (Week 7)
Maria Cristina Carile (Bologna):
Re-approaching the late antique and medieval art of Ravenna: Visuality and artistic culture of a Mediterranean city

29 November (Week 8)
Mattia Guidetti (Vienna):
Churches and mosques in early medieval Syria
Convener: Maria Lidova

Late Antique and Byzantine
Archaeology and Art Seminar

Thursdays, 11am–12:30pm in Michaelmas Term 2017
The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’ (First-Floor Seminar Room)

23 November (Week 7)
Grace Stafford:
Literary and Material Evidence for Early Christian Female Pilgrimage

30 November (Week 8)
Irene Giviashvili:
Ishkani, a Medieval Georgian Church in Northeast Turkey: Modern Restoration, New Findings
Conveners: Foteini Spingou and Ine Jacobs

Late Roman Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College, at 5pm on Thursdays (except Week 2)

23 November (Week 7)
Claire Sotinel (Université Paris Est – Créteil):
Constantine’s conversion politics

30 November (Week 8)
Marcello Lusvarghi (Università di Bologna):
Barbari, afri barbari and Mauri: ‘the other’ in the African ecclesiastical authors of the 4th to 6th centuries

Conveners: Neil McLynn and Bryan Ward-Perkins

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

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

Week 7 (24 November)
Edward Schoolman (Nevada):
Saints for Every Age: a Hagiographic Stratigraphy of Ravenna

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Lecture to be held in the Headley Lecture Theatre at the Ashmolean Museum. Please note that this is a ticketed events: www.ashmolean.org/tickets

‘In the Beginning: Jewish Life in the Ancient World’
Friday 8 December 2017, 1–2pm
With Rebecca Abrams (author of The Jewish Journey)
What was Jewish life like in ancient times and where did Judaism come from? Drawing on little-known objects from the Ashmolean, this talk traces the first 2000 years of Jewish history, from its earliest roots in Ancient Mesopotamia to the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.

“Those Who Follow”

30 October 2017 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

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

November 2017 – February 2018, Ashmolean Museum, Gallery 58

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

Deities and Daemons
Hugh Jeffery (Late Antique Archaeology) & Sajda van der Leeuw (History of Art)
Wednesday 22 November 2017 and
Saturday 3 February 2018
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

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

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