Monday, April 18, 2016

XXIV Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity
Slavery in Late Antiquity

Sorry for potential cross-posting - 2nd call - deadline for abstracts May 2nd

Tvärminne, Finland
11–12 November, 2016

The multidisciplinary Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be  
organized on 11–12 November 2016. The symposium brings together  
scholars and postgraduate students of Late Antiquity from a variety of  
universities and academic disciplines.

The theme of this year’s symposium is Slavery in Late Antiquity.  
Research on slavery in the late Roman Empire and in the post-Roman  
kingdoms has been expanding and evolving in the recent decades. The  
theme will be approached from a wide perspective, including social,  
economic, political, legal, ideological and religious levels. We  
welcome papers that discuss slavery from the point of view of  
landowning, local differences, changes in rural and urban settings,  
alterations in ideas and attitudes, and modifications in status and  
everyday life. Papers that analyse scholarly approaches to late  
antique slavery are also welcome.

Please send a short abstract of 250–300 words along with your name,  
institution, e-mail and title by 2nd May 2016 to Dr. Ville Vuolanto:  
ville.vuolanto(at) Applicants will be informed by 1st June 2016  
whether they have been accepted. 20 minutes is reserved for each  
presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion.


The keynote speakers of the symposium are:

Chris De Wet: Emancipating the Spirit: Late Ancient Slavery in/and the  
Religious Thought of Eunomius and Basil of Caesarea. Prof. De Wet (New  
Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa), is  
specialist of slavery in early Christianity and early Christian Greek  
and Latin literature, especially John Chrystostom. His next book The  
Unbound God: Slavery and the Making of Early Christian Theology will  
be published this year.

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow: The Paradox of Slavery in Early Christian  
Discourse: An Intersectional Approach. Prof. Kartzow (New Testament  
Studies at the University of Oslo) has worked with theories of gossip  
and other types of oral communication in the ancient world, and  
written books and articles related to gender and slavery in early  
Christian texts.

Marja Vierros: Slaves in the Sixth Century Palestine in the Light of  
Papyrological Evidence.
Dr Vierros (Classics, University of Helsinki) is specialist of Greek  
papyrology and linguistics. She is author of Bilingual Notaries in  
Hellenistic Egypt. A Study of Greek as a Second Language (2012) and  
has been involved in publishing the Byzantine papyrus dossier found in  
Petra, Jordan.


The symposium is free, but the number of participants we can take is  
limited. It will be organized at the Tvärminne Zoological Station on  
the southern coast of Finland. We offer transportation from Helsinki  
to Tvärminne and the return journey, as well as accommodation (one  
night) and meals in Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover any  
travel costs to or accommodation in Helsinki. Registration for the  
symposium starts on 1 October and closes on 26 October 2016.

The symposium is organised by
Maijastina Kahlos, University of Helsinki,
Ulla Tervahauta, University of Helsinki and
Ville Vuolanto, University of Tampere / University of Oslo.

Internet pages of the symposium are to be found here:

The Symposium is funded by the Centre of Excellence “Reason and  
Religious Recognition”, Faculty of Theology; Jaakko Frösen Fund; and  
Department of World Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, University of  

Saturday, April 16, 2016



APRIL 29-30, 2016 (EAST PYNE 010)
For further information visit
Florin Curta, Merle Eisenberg, Andrei Gandila, Stefan Heidemann, Richard Hobbs, Marek Jankowiak, Jonathan Jarrett, Tommi Lankila, Lee Mordechai, Cecile Morrisson, Rory Naismith, Vivien Prigent, Jane Sancinito, Peter Sarris, Alejandro G. Sinner, Alan Stahl, Paolo Tedesco, Jan Van Doren, Luca Zavagno, Ruth Pliego
Cosponsored by:
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Firestone Library, Center for Collaborative History, Department of History, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, PIIRS (Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies), Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, Program in the Ancient World, Graduate School, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Medieval Studies, Center for Digital Humanities

Friday, April 15, 2016

 think this list is an excellent audience to properly present our research project in progress, Arnau DB. Digital corpus on Arnau de Vilanova. You are invited to visit our website < >, where you will find:
  • A rigorous up-to-date view of the figure and works of the physician and religious reformer Arnau de Vilanova (Arnold of Villanova, Arnaldus de Villanova), in contrast to the distorted perception that is still all too common today even in academy.
  • Access to the databases that our team is developing on 1) The works attributed to Arnau, both authentic and apochryphal (medical, religious and alchimical), more than 300 titles including translations and different versions, 2) the manuscripts transmitting these works (c. 900 mss. so far recorded), 3) the early modern editions of Arnau's or Pseud-Arnau's works (more than 200 so far recorded, 4) the archive documents related to Arnau's biography, and 5) the secondary literature referring to Arnau de Vilanova and to his corpus (more than 1100 references). By now only databases 1 (works) and 5 (bibliography) are open to any visitor, while we are finishing the others.
  • news about the research on Arnau de Vilanova.
We hope it will be useful to you,

Sebastià Giralt
Professor agregat

Departament de Ciències de l'Antiguitat i l'Edat Mitjana
Filologia llatina
Edifici B, Campus de la UAB  08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) 
Please pass this message along to graduate students in your department. The Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is now accepting applications for our 2018 host institution. The conference is an itinerant, interdisciplinary graduate student conference focusing on the Middle Ages, and is entirely organized and run by graduate students. Vagantes in a unique opportunity to showcase the Medieval Studies community at your institution, as well as to gain valuable professional development experience in planning and organizing the event, and to meet and interact with top medievalist graduate students. Applications can be found on the conference website, at Please submit any questions and completed applications to Kyle G. Sweeney [] by 4 May 2016. The 2018 host will be selected at the Vagantes Board Meeting at Kalamazoo.


The Vagantes Board of Directors

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference, 24-26 February
2017, Monash University, Melbourne In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in
the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive
increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the
Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that
the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to
fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the
Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and
architecture. Professor Derek Krueger of Greensboro University, North Carolina, will be
our guest speaker at this international conference. We welcome papers on any aspect of the topic, including reception studies.
The deadline for the first call for papers is 31st July 2016. Two student
bursaries will be offered to HDR students who present papers. Further information will be available on the web site or from the Convenor,
Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, at, or for
general enquiries Andrew Stephenson
Australian Association for Byzantine Studies

The University of Rochester, in cooperation with the University of St.
Andrews, Scotland, will sponsor a two-day conference (9-10 May 2016) on Older
Scots Literature and Culture. Seventeen scholars, from the UK, EU, Canada and
the US, will present cutting-edge research in a series of plenary panels. The
event is open to all, from specialists to those in the general public who
simply love Scots poetry and culture. The program and instructions on how to
take part in the proceedings are available at the conference website: . For further information, get in touch with
Tom Hahn ( ) or Rhiannon Purdie (rp6@st- ).