The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Elena Boeck (DePaul University) will present “Byzantine Beholders and Justinian’s Bronze Horseman in the Middle Byzantine Period.”

This presentation charts the key biographical transformations in the life of Constantinople’s greatest monument (the equestrian monument of Justinian) during the middle Byzantine period, when it became a discursive battleground between imperial and Orthodox perspectives of Justinian’s legacy.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9th, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152.

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February 3 – Alexander Beihammer

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Alexander Beihammer (Notre Dame) will present “Byzantine-Turkish Coexistence, State Building, and the Emergence of Islam in Asia Minor in the Age of Alexios I (1081-1118).”

Please join us on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152.

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Winter 2016 Schedule

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is proud to announce our Winter 2016 schedule. All workshops unless otherwise noted will meet in CWAC 152 on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM.

**Unusual time** Wednesday, February 3, 4:30 pm – Alexander Beihammer will present “Byzantine-Turkish Coexistence, State Building, and the Emergence of Islam in Asia Minor in the Age of Alexios I (1081-1118)”

February 9 – Elena Boeck will present “Byzantine Beholders and Justinian’s Bronze Horseman in the Middle Byzantine Period”

**Unusual place and time** Wednesday February 24, 3:30 pm – John Hope Franklin Room SS224 – Anthony Kaldellis will present “The Byzantine Loss of Asia Minor in the Eleventh Century: Causes and Models.” (jointly held with the Ancient Societies Workshop)

March 1 – Jessica Mutter will present “Evolving Depictions of Religious Transformation in Eighth-Century Greater Syria” (jointly held with the Islamic Studies Workshop)

March 8 – Nathan Hardy will present “Portraying Prototypal Presence: The Image of Edessa as an Exemplum of ‘Presence’ in John of Damascus and the Narratio de Imagine Edessena”

**Unusual time** Wednesday, March 9, 4:30 pm – Deborah Deliyannis (title still to be announced)

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December 1 – Tasha Vorderstrasse

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Tasha Vorderstrasse (University of Chicago) will present “Reliquary Crosses in the Middle Byzantine Period.”

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 156.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

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November 17 – Richard Payne

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Richard Payne (University of Chicago) will present “The Making of Turan: The Fall and Transformation of the Iranian East in Late Antiquity.”

Contemporaneously with the fall and transformation of the Roman West, the Iranian Empire yielded its East to Hun – and later Turk – conquerors. The paper will trace the development of post-Iranian regimes through the dynamic interplay of nomadic and sedentary political institutions in the fourth through early seventh centuries. The conquerors adopted Iranian institutions, integrated the Iranian aristocracy, and presented themselves as the legitimate heirs of the kings of kings in a manner reminiscent of post-Roman rulers. At the same time, however, the Huns and the Turks retained the superior military resources of nomadic imperialism, included the Iranian East in trans-Eurasian networks, and distinguished themselves as ruling ethno-classes tied to the steppe. The resulting hybrid political culture came to be known as Turan.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 156.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

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November 3 – David Orsbon

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

David Orsbon (PhD. Student, University of Chicago) will present “The Aesthetics of Apotheosis: The Primacy of Aesthesis in Eastern Neo-Platonic Theurgy.”

This talk focuses on the concept of neo-Platonic theurgy by examining the significance of the overlap between aesthetics and ontology in neo-Platonic thought. In the course of addressing this issue, it examines the significant, and often overlooked, tensions between two different traditions of neo-Platonism: Plotinian and Iamblichan. In examining the concept of, and justifications for, theurgy within the frame of these philosophical tensions, this talk reveals how different attitudes toward theurgy lead to far-reaching consequences for the different threads of neo-Platonic philosophy and their afterlives in the Middle Ages.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 3rd, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 156.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

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October 20 – Jason Osequeda

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Jason Osequeda (PhD. Student, University of Chicago) will present “Boundaries of Authority between Patriarch and Emperor in Fifth Century Constantinople.”

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20th, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 156.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

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October 9 – Leonora Neville

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its first workshop of the year.

Leonora Neville – Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison – will present “Gender & the Historian’s Voice in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad.”

Why didn’t Greek women write history before the modern era? Why was Anna Komnene able to do it?  Thinking about what cultural rules Anna broke by writing history helps us see how Anna’s self-presentation in the Alexiad works to convince her audience that she was capable of writing a reliable history, even though she was a woman, and that she was a morally virtuous woman, even though she wrote a history.

Please join us on Friday, October 9th, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 156.

Please note the exceptional meeting time.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

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Autumn 2015 Schedule

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is proud to announce our Autumn 2015 schedule. All workshops unless otherwise noted will meet in CWAC 156 on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM.

**Unusual time** Friday, October 9, 4:30 pm – Leonora Neville will present “Gender & the Historian’s Voice in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad

October 20 – Jason Osequeda will present “Boundaries of Authority between Patriarch and Emperor in Fifth Century Constantinople”

November 3 – David Orsbon will present “The Aesthetics of Apotheosis: The Primacy of Aesthesis in Eastern Neo-Platonic Theurgy”

November 17 – Richard Payne will present “Eurasian Exchange and the Formation of Iran”

December 1 – Tasha Vorderstrasse will present “Reliquary Crosses in the Middle Byzantine Period”

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Brian Salas (bwsalas@uchicago.edu).

 

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May 19 – Zachary Strietelmeier

The Workshop on Late Antiquity & Byzantium is proud to announce its next meeting of Spring 2015!

Zachary Strietelmeier (M.A. student) will present “The Destruction of the Alexandrian Serapeum: Phenomenology, Space and the Art of Memory-Making.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 19, at 4:30 pm, in CWAC 152.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jason Osequeda (jasonosequeda@uchicago.edu).

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