Past Events

EAST OF BYZANTIUM LECTURE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021 | 12:00 PM–1:30 PM (EDT, UTC -4) | ZOOM

COSMOPOLITANISM AS HOSPITALITY: CHRISTIAN CHARITY AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MEDIEVAL SILK ROAD IN ARMENIA

KATE FRANKLIN, BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

A lecture exploring the materiality of charity in high medieval Armenia. Advance registration is required. REGISTRATION CLOSED.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium VII
November 20, 2020, February 26, 2021, June 3–4, 2021 | Virtual (with possible live final events at Tufts University, Medford, MA)

STUDYING EAST OF BYZANTIUM VII: IN CONVERSATION WITH ANTI-RACISM, PANDEMIC, AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Zsuzanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University
Sergio La Porta, California State University, Fresno

A three-part workshop that intends to bring together doctoral students studying the Christian East to discuss how the events of 2020—from the intensified conservations about systemic racism and economic inequality stemming acts of police violence on Black men and women in the United States to the dramatic changes to life and work brought about by the coronavirus pandemic—have impacted their research with a diverse group of colleagues and senior specialists in the field. Participation is limited to 10 students. Those interested in attending should submit a C.V. and 200-word abstract no later than Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM LECTURE

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:00–4:30 PM (EST) | Zoom

BACK TO BYZANTIUM: TRANSLATION, LEGITIMACY, AND WORLDING ON THE BYZANTINE FRONTIER

Sergio La Porta, California State University, Fresno

A lecture discussing the translation of the martyrology of St. Step‘anos Ulnec‘i and its place in the larger Mediterranean world. Advance registration is required.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM LECTURE

Friday, January 29, 2021 | 3:00–4:30 PM (EST) | Zoom

SIDEWAYS-ORIENTED IMAGES OF MANICHAEAN AND ARMENIAN LITURGICAL BOOKS

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

A lecture exploring codicological connections between Manichaean manuscripts and Eastern Christian and Islamic manuscripts from Syro-Mesopotamia and what these similarities suggest about contact between the Manichaean communities in East Central Asia and their Mesopotamian homeland well into the medieval period. Advance registration is required.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium VI
Friday, March 13–Saturday, March 14, 2020 | Tufts University, Medford, MA
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the workshop was held virtually on March 13, 2020

STUDYING EAST OF BYZANTIUM VI: THE STATE OF THE FIELD

Valentina Calzolari, Université de Genève
Christina Maranci, Tufts University

A two-day workshop that intends to bring together doctoral students in North America studying the Christian East to reflect on the state of the field across its many disciplines, to share methodologies, and to discuss their research with senior specialists in the field. Participation is limited to 10 students. Those interested in attending should submit a C.V. and 200-word abstract no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium V
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

IMAGE-MAKING AND ANXIETY AMONG NEW JULFA’S ARMENIAN ARTISTS, THEOLOGIANS & MERCHANTS

Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution

A workshop for students exploring how Armenian artists, theologians, merchants, among others, thought about images and image-making in early modern Iran. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM LECTURE

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 6:15–7:45 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

ARMENIAN MERCHANT PATRONAGE OF EARLY MODERN IRAN

Amy Landau, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution

A lecture discussing the patronage of New Julfa’s Armenian merchant community.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium V
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 10:00 AM–1:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

A MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN TEXT IN ITS EURASIAN CONTEXT

Sergio La Porta, Fresno State, and Alison M. Vacca, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

A workshop for students focusing on a history of the Islamic conquest and rule of Armenia by the 8th-century Armenian priest Łewond. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium IV
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

ARMENIA! STUDY DAY

Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A study day for students focusing on the exhibition ARMENIA! on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attendance is strictly limited to 10 matriculating students. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop. East of Byzantium will reimburse students for travel expenses. Please review the reimbursement requirements on the More Information page carefully.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium III
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 10:00 AM–12:30 PM | Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown, MA

WORKSHOP & STUDY DAY AT THE ARMENIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICA

V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary & Christina Maranci, Tufts University

A study day for students focusing on Armenian liturgy and Armenian liturgical objects. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop. Transportation between Harvard Square and Watertown will be provided.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM LECTURE

Monday, October 16, 2017 | 6:15 PM–7:45 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

ARABIC-SPEAKING CHRISTIANS AND THE BIBLE

Jack Tannous, Princeton University

A lecture discussing the status of Arabic as a Christian language.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium III
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

AN EARLY ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT TRANSLATION

Jack Tannous, Princeton University

A workshop for students focusing on early Arabic translations of the New Testament. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium III
Friday, September 29, 2017 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

LANGUAGE CONTACT IN CENTRAL ASIA

Adam McCollum, University of Notre Dame

A workshop for students offering the opportunity for a broad look at the linguistically diverse textual witness to life on the Silk Road(s), or Central Asia, during the 9th–13th centuries. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium II
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

EAST SYRIAC CHRISTIANITY IN THE MONGOL EMPIRE

Mark Dickens, University of Alberta

A workshop for students focusing on East Syriac Christianity in the Mongol Empire. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM SYMPOSIUM

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 9:30 AM–5:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

CULTURAL HERITAGE ACROSS THE CHRISTIAN EAST

A symposium exploring the challenges of preserving the cultural heritage of the Christian East.

SPEAKERS: Allison E. Cuneo, American Schools of Oriental Research; Laurent Dissard, University College London; Karel C. Innemée, University of Amsterdam; Anton Pritula, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and The State Hermitage Museum.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium II
Friday, November 18, 2016 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

WHICH NUBIA AND WHICH BYZANTIUM?

Giovanni R. Ruffini, Fairfield University

A workshop for students on medieval Nubia and its place in Byzantine society and the larger Mediterranean world. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium II
Friday, October 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

ANTI-JEWISH POLEMIC AMONG SYRIAC CHRISTIANS DURING THE FIRST CENTURIES OF ISLAM

Aaron Michael Butts, The Catholic University of America

A workshop for students exploring anti-Jewish polemical texts written by Syriac-speaking Christians during the early centuries of Islam. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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Alaeddin Mosque

EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium II
Friday, September 30, 2016 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

THE LATE MEDIEVAL ANATOLIAN CITY: URBAN SELF-GOVERNANCE AND THE QUESTION OF DEMOCRACY

Rachel Goshgarian, Lafayette College

A workshop for students considering the development of the city in late medieval Anatolia. Seating is limited. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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Makaravank for web

EAST OF BYZANTIUM WORKSHOP

Studying East of Byzantium I
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

STUDYING EAST OF BYZANTIUM

Antony Eastmond, The Courtauld Institute of Art

A workshop for students designed to introduce the study of the Christian East. Seating is limited. Registration is required.


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Wall painting, church of the Holy Mother of God, Akhtala, Republic of Armenia, early 13th century. Photo: Anthony Eastmond

EASY OF BYZANTIUM INAUGURAL LECTURE

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6:15 pm | Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

EAST OF BYZANTIUM: SHIFTING IDENTITIES AND NEW APPROACHES

Antony Eastmond, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Anthony Kaldellis, The Ohio State University, Respondent

Antony Eastmond traces developments in the study of lands east of Byzantium over the past thirty years.

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