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Centre for Hellenic Studies: Event Archive

Through its regular seminars, colloquia, public lectures and international conferences, the Centre for Hellenic Studies is a concentrated force for the advancement of research in all aspects of Hellenic culture.

All its activities are free, open to the public and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.

 

Public Events Diary 2018-19

Seminars and events series

Weekly CHS seminars in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies take place at the Strand Campus as follows:

Alternate Tuesdays during teaching terms at 17.30

Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

The Modern Greek Studies events series takes place throughout the academic year.

 

2019

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 18:00 to 20:00

Music and Poetry of the Troubadours at the Latin Kingdom of Thessalonia after 1204

River Room. 

This lecture will analyse the short life of the Kingdom of Thessalonica and some of the pieces of Raimbaut and Elias that refer to that period and give important information about the historical context in the kingdom of Thessalonica between 1204 and 1209. 

Monday 14 October 2019, 18:00 to 20:00

Patriarchs and Politics: From Cyprus 431 to Kiev 2019

Bush House. 

Bernard Casey. This presentation is motivated by the reorganisation of the Orthodox church in the Ukraine at the end of 2018/start of 2019, which led to the installation of, for the first time, a Patriarch in Kiev.

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 18:00 to 20:00 

Mystras and Sparta: Antiquarian connections in context.

Bush House. 

The talk analyses the art and architecture of the city of Mystras, capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea, in the first half of the fifteenth century in light of its proximity to Sparta.

 

Monday 17 June 2019, 18.00

Annual Katie Lentakis award, with the Anglo-Hellenic League

K2.29 Council Room

Fidelity vs. Creativity: The Screen Reception of Ancient Tragedy in Modern Greece

 

Thursday 23 May 2019, 18.30

Niki Marangou Lecture, sponsored by Mr Constantis Candounas

Safra Lecture Theatre

‘Blowing up the Parthenon': Greek antiquity as a burden and as a rival on the modern Greek stage, Vayos Liapis (Open University of Cyprus). Part of the Modern Greek Studies events series.

Friday 17 May - Saturday 18 May 2019

Conference on Popular Music of the Greek World, organised by the British School at Athens and the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

Upper House, British School at Athens, Souedias 52, GR10676 Athens, Greece

More information here.

 

Thursday 9 May 2019, 10.00-18.00

Workshop: ‘It sounds Greek to me’: Greek art music since the nineteenth century, under the auspices of the EU-funded project GRIDAMUS: Greek Identity in Art Music since the Early Nineteenth Century: Towards an Interdisciplinary Methodology. Part of the Modern Greek Studies events series.

K2.29 Council Room

 

Tuesday 26 March, 17.30

The earliest traces of Christianisation from northeastern Italy and a newly discovered late antique inscription from Venice

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Lorenzo Calvelli (Venice). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Monday 18 March, 17.30

‘Out with the bases of death’: Andreas Papandreou, Greece and the peace movement during the Euromissile crisis

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield and British School at Athens). Part of the Modern Greek Studies events series.

 

Wednesday 13 March, 18.30

The 6th annual Rumble Fund lecture in Classical Art 2019 - Looking East: Early Christian art outside the world of Christian Hegemony

Bush House Auditorium, King's College London, London WC2R 4BG

Presented by the Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Classics.

 

Tuesday 12 March, 17.30

Foreign trade in the early Byzantine Empire: beyond the Silk Road

River Room

A seminar with Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 26 February, 17.30

Approaching Byzantine slavery

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Marek Jankowiak (Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Thursday 14 February, 19.00

“Staging the Greeks in the 21st Century: Adaptation, Re-contextualisation, and the Ethics of Directing”

Nash Lecture Theatre, King's Building

A lecture with Avra Sidiropoulou, Assistant Professor at the M.A. in Theatre Studies Programme at the Open University of Cyprus, and artistic director of Athens-based Persona Theatre Company.

 

Monday 11 February, 17.30

On continuity: From the Hellenistic Jews to the Romaniotim of Modern Greece. Greek Turkish Encounters (jointly with SOAS).

River Room, King's Building

A seminar with Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis (Freie Universität, Berlin).

 

Thursday 7 February 2019, 18.00

The 28th annual Runciman lecture by Professor Richard Martin (Stanford University), ‘Poor the house on Homer’s shores’: Ancient epic and modern Greek song;

Great Hall

Introduced by the Director, Professor Gonda Van Steen, vote of thanks by Professor Ahuvia Kahane (Royal Holloway University of London). The lecture is preceded by Orthodox Vespers in the Chapel at 17.15. The event is sponsored by Matti Egon and the late Nicholas Egon.

 

Wednesday 6 February, 18.00

Small Committee Room

Book launch followed by refreshments: ‘Religion and Politics in the Orthodox World’ by Prof. Paschalis Kitromilides

 

Tuesday 5 February, 17.30

Commemorative religious processions in Byzantine Constantinople

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Vicky Manolopoulou (King’s College London). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Wednesday 23 January, 18.00

Modern Greek literature through a translator's lens.

K2.29 Council Room

With the British School at Athens in collaboration with Aiora Press, kindly supported by Creative Europe programme. Participants: Patricia Barbeito (Rhode Island School of Design), Victoria Hislop (author), Panos Karnezis (author), David Ricks (King’s College London). Chaired by Professor Emeritus Roderick Beaton (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek Studies events series.

 

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 17.30

A Rus traveller in Constantinople

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Alexandra Vukovich (University of Cambridge). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

2018

Monday 26 November 2018, 19.00

The London Hellenic Prize

Great Hall

 

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 19.00

Annual Greek Archaeological Committee UK (GACUK) lecture by Professor Emeritus Stelios Andreou, The late prehistoric polities of the Thermaic Gulf:  Recent archaeological research at Thessaloniki Toumba and the Anthemous Valley

Great Hall

 

Monday 19 November, 17.30

Multilingualism in a buffer zone community: Insights from the linguistic landscape of Nicosia’s Green Line.

K0.31 Small Committee Room

A seminar with Christiana Themistocleous (Reading).

A seminar with Sophie Moore. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 13 November, 17.30

Revising the chronology of Late Antique Ephesus: Urban phasing and epigraphic landscapes

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Luke Lavan (University of Kent). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 23 October, 17.30

Identifying Medieval burials – what to do with unexpected Byzantines?

River Room

 

Tuesday 9 October, 17.30

Equines and the margins of Byzantine power: Humility or humiliation?

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

 

Monday 1 October, 17.30

Launch of the book The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination (Yale University Press), by Robert Holland

River Room

With a talk by the author, preceded by presentation of the annual Schilizzi Scholarships.

 

Tuesday 25 September, 17.30

Understanding settlements in Byzantine Greece: Old data and new approaches for the Peloponnese (11th -12th centuries)

K2.29 Council Room

A seminar with Maria Papadaki (University of Edinburgh / University of Patras). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine studies seminar series.

Monday 18 June 2018, 18.00,

A celebration of 100 years from the founding of the Koraes Chair

Great Hall

With the award of the Katie Lentakis Prize for 2018 by the Anglo-Hellenic League.

To celebrate the centenary Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature distinguished experts will speak on relations between Britain and the world of Hellenism in the fields of culture, literature and history, from the time of Adamantios Koraes to the present, and prospects for the future.

STOP PRESS: we are proud to announce that the closing remarks will be made by Mrs Lydia Koniordou, Minister for Culture and Sport, Hellenic Republic.

 

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018

International conference

The Macedonian Front 1915-1918: Politics, society and culture in time of war

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Conference website is now live here.  

This conference is organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in partnership with King’s College London, the British School at Athens, the Imperial War Museum, under the auspices of the British Embassy, Athens.

Speakers are by invitation only. Others with an interest who wish to attend will be welcome to do so, but should register in advance with the Secretary of the conference, Aris Tachinoslis, at macedonianfront@gmail.com

 

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 17.30

Death of a Patriarch: The Murder of the John VII of Jerusalem (†966) and the Question of the ‘Christian minority’ of tenth-century Palestine

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Daniel Reynolds (Birmingham). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 26 March 2018, 17:30-19.00

Spaces of Greek-Turkish encounters in 20th-century Istanbul

Council Room

A seminar with Méropi Anastassiadou (INALCO, Paris). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Saturday 24 March, 14.30

A celebration of the life of Alan Cameron

Room 349, Senate House

 

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 18.00

The 5th annual Rumble Fund lecture by Mary Beard

Bush House Lecture Theatre

The 2018 Rumble Lecture, delivered by Mary Beard, will explore some of the ways modern artists have re-imagined ancient Roman emperors: it will uncover some 'missing persons', and reveal some unexpected misidentifications.

 

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 17.30

Plato and Hipparchus have read the Bible: Early Christian Appropriations of Ancient Greek Cosmology

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Efthymios Nicolaidis (Athens). Followed by the launch of: Greek Medical Literature and its Readers From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium, Edited by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Sophia Xenophontos.

Discussants: Michael Trapp (King’s College London) and William MacLehose (University College London).

CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 12 March 2018, 17.30-19.00

The Greek foreign policy in the Middle East: Making a new friend and keeping an old one

Council Room

A seminar with Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 27 February, 17.30

Natural Beauty – Ideals and Realities of Beauty in Late Byzantium

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Kirsty Stewart (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

**Please note that this event has been cancelled**

 

Monday 26 February 2018, 17.30-19.00

Niki Marangou: Cyprus, female voice and memory

Council Room

A seminar with Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 6 February 2018,17.30

Nazareth as a Byzantine Pilgrimage Centre

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Ken Dark (Reading). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 5 February 2018, 17.30-19.00

In the footsteps of Evgenios Voulgaris: Problems of biography and reception in the Greek Enlightenment

Council Room.

A seminar with Paschalis Kitromilides (Professor Emeritus, University of Athens). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Thursday 1 February 2018, 18.00

The 27th annual Runciman lecture by Professor Emerita Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London)

Seeing the Levant: From Herodotus to the present day

Great Hall and Entrance Hall

The lecture is preceded by Orthodox Vespers in the Chapel at 17.15. The event is sponsored by Matti Egon and the late Nicholas Egon. This year’s lecture is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Egon.

 

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 17.30

City and Army in the East Roman Balkans (4th to 6th c.)

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Efthymios Rizos (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 22 January 2018, 17.30-19.00

“Cyprus Lecture Series” in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission - Cultural Section.

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ Greek in a heritage language setting: transplanted diglossia in London’s Greek Cypriot parikia

Council Room

A lecture by Petros Karatsareas (University of Westminster). Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus under the auspices of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Euripides L. Evriviades. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Followed by the launch of Cyprus from Colonialism to the Present: Visions and Realities

Essays in Honour of Robert Holland

Edited by Anastasia Yiangou, Antigone Heraclidou.

 

Thursday 11 – Friday 12 January 2018

International conference: C. P. Cavafy: The poetics of history and the music of poetry

The event will close with recitation of selected poems by Cavafy in Greek by Dionysis Kapsalis and in English translation by Jeremy Irons.

Hellenic Centre, Paddington Street (Thursday evening) and Great Hall, KCL (all day Friday).

In collaboration with the Athens Conservatoire, including a concert and exhibition at the Hellenic Centre. Includes the launch of the English edition of the book by Stefanos Geroulanos, C.P. Cavafy: Historia Arcana. A Hidden History, concert with the first musical settings of Cavafy’s poetry by Dimitri Mitropoulos, recitation of Cavafy’s poems in English and Greek. Confirmed participants include Angelos Chaniotis (Princeton), Angelos Delivorrias (Benaki Museum, Athens), Stephanos Geroulanos (Athens), Nikos Tsouchlos (Athens Conservatoire).

 

2017

 

Monday 11 December, 18.30

Book launch for Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After,

  1. Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns

Anatomy Museum

Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After is edited by Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns, with the editors and a presentation by Niels Gaul (Professor of Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh), who will speak on ‘Tears and Laughter in Medieval Constantinople (Episodes from Michael Psellos and Niketas Choniates)’

 

Tuesday 5 December, 17.30

Associative Iconography in Byzantine Art: two for the space of one?

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Milton Keynes). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 27 November, 18.00 (please note later start time)

Coming home to the other: a Greek, a Turk and stories of a shared past (a story-telling performance, with music)

Council Room

A seminar with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut (International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Sussex). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series. Part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, jointly with SOAS.

 

Tuesday 21 November, 17.30

‘Not the last frontier’: the Byzantine insular system between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Luca Zavagno (Ankara).CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 20 November, 17.30-19.00

The metamorphosis of the Muses in recent Greek poetry: Classical reception in the era of postmodernism

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Irene Loulakaki-Moore (Ministry of Education, Greece). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

 

Tuesday 14 November, 19.00-20.30

Political economy, state formation and urbanism the land of Ancient Paphos

Greek Archaeological Committee UK Annual Lecture with Professor Maria Iacovou (University of Cyprus), introduced by Gerald Cadogan (Chairman, Anglo-Hellenic League).

 

Friday 10 November

Modern Classicisms: Classical Art & Contemporary Artists in Dialogue

The Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

This workshop sets out to explore the contemporary relevance of classical visual traditions: by bringing together art historians, collectors, critics and artists, we aim to examine what the classical artistic legacy means from the vantage-point of contemporary artistic practice. Confirmed artists, speakers and respondents include: Tiphaine Besnard, Bruce Boucher, Matthew Darbyshire, Brooke Holmes, Nick Hornby, Polina Kosmadaki, Lisa Le Feuvre, Christian Levett, Simon Martin, Minna Moore-Ede, Verity Platt, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Marc Quinn, Mary Reid Kelley and Caroline Vout.

 

Wednesday 8 November, 16:00-17:30

Quasi Phreneticus: metaphorical and technical interactions in the history of the ancient disease concept phrenitis

Room S8.08

A lecture with Chiara Thumiger (Warwick). This lecture is presented by CHS with CHoSTM (Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine).

 

Tuesday 7 November, 17.30

The craft of noble metals: production of silverware and golden jewellery in Crete (14th-17th centuries)

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilidou (Athens). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 6 November, 17.30-19.00

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES

Migration, translingualism, translation

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Karen van Dyck (Columbia University, New York). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 17 October, 17.30

Historical symbolism of the Great Palace of Constantinople

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Michael Featherstone (Paris / Fribourg / Cambridge). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 16 October, 17.30-19.00

Edward Lear and Mount Athos

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Stephen Duckworth (independent scholar). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 3 October, 17.30

What is Later Byzantium? Towards a new periodisation of Byzantine cultural history (1081 – ca. 1330s)

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Foteini Spingou (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 2 October, 17.30-19.00

The music of the Jews of Greece

Council Room

A seminar with Chris Williams (British School at Athens), followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi Scholarships 2017. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Saturday 23 September, 09.30- 19.45

Cyprus, Female Voice and Memory: Literature, Arts and History in the work of Niki Marangou

British School at Athens, Souedias 52, 10676 Athens

This workshop aims to assess the multifaceted work of Niki Marangou (1948-2013) by placing it within the broader context of modern Cypriot literature, history and art.

 

Wednesday 24 May, 16.00-18.00

Exploring, Interpreting and Understanding the Body in the fourth and third centuries BC by Dr Orly Lewis

Anatomy Museum, 6th Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus

Join the Centre for Hellenic studies and Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine for 'Exploring, Interpreting and Understanding the Body in the fourth and third centuries BC', a talk lead by Dr Orly Lewis, which will depict the contours of Praxagoras' ideas on the vascular system, the heart, blood and air and their implications for Greco-Roman theories concerning body and mind.

 

Thursday 27 – Friday 28 April, refer to programme for timings

'New Light on Tony Harrison' Conference - convened by Professor Edith Hall (King's College London)

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

CHS is delighted to be among the sponsors of this landmark conference.  It aims to illuminate previously neglected aspects of the work of one of Britain’s greatest living poets, who among his many other achievements has a distinguished record as a translator from classical Greek.  For further details including a provisional programme and booking information, see the conference webpage.

 

Tuesday 28 March, 17.30

Perceptions and understanding of the Greek schism in the Latin pilgrimage literature of the Late Middle Ages

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper will seek to examine how late medieval Latin pilgrims understood the issues of contention between the Roman and the Greek Churches at the end of the Middle Ages (13th – 15th centuries). Nicky Tsougarakis is a historian of the late Middle Ages. He studied for his MA and PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, where he wrote a thesis on the Latin monastic orders in medieval Greece. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 20 March, 17.30-19.00

Ottoman diplomacy, humanist fiction and diplomatic poetics in the 18th-century Balkans

Event postponed from 2016. A seminar with Miltos Pechlivanos (Freie Universität Berlin). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series and also part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, with SOAS.

 

Wednesday 15 March, 18.00-19.30

The Fourth Annual Rumble Fund lecture, with Professor Liz Prettejohn

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

This lecture explores the ways in which modern artists may help us not merely to understand, but genuinely to see the beauty of classical form. It takes as a test case the art of Frederic Leighton. The lecture argues that the seriousness of Leighton’s engagement with classical form may be seen as progressive and forward-looking.

 

Tuesday 14 March, 17.30

“They barked like dogs”. A case of Kynanthropy in Amida, 560 AD, and the dangers of retrospective diagnosis

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Instead of retrospective diagnosis, the paper seeks to contextualize and interpret the significance of dog-like behaviour for the people of the sixth century. Nadine Metzger is a medical historian whose research focuses on psychopathological phenomena in Late Antiquity and their reception, i.e. lycanthropy, epilepsy, possession, kynanthropy and psychological trauma. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 6 March, 17.30-19.00

  1. M. Woodhouse’s war in Greece in fiction and history

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with David Roessel (Stockton University, New Jersey). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 28 February, 17.30

Between China and the Viking North: A group of 9th/10th-century Byzantine silverware as evidence of mediaeval cross-cultural interchange

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This talk will examine a group of Byzantine silver vessels datable to the 9th/10th centuries from the perspective of cross-cultural interchange between the Byzantine empire and foreign polities. Natalija Ristovska is a D.Phil. student in archaeology, University of Oxford. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 13 February, 17.30-19.00

History, time and economic crisis in Central Greece, with Daniel Knight

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

Daniel M. Knight is a Lecturer and Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, and co-editor of History and Anthropology journal. He works in central Greece, writing on time, temporality, and extractive economies in the context of the on-going financial crisis. Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 7 February, 17.30

The Byzantium that could have been? Learning and the transmission of classical texts around the year 800

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper explores if in the seminal decades around the year 800, i.e. in the period following the so-called first Iconoclam and prior to the second Iconoclasm, Byzantine culture might perceivably have gone down an altogether different path – one of rhetorical paideia based on the writings of the ‘three hierarchs’, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, and of slightly later Christian figures, such as John Chrysostom. Niels Gaul has taught Byzantine Studies and Greek Palaeography at the University of Oxford and the Central European University Budapest and is now the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Thursday 2 February, 18.00

The 26th annual Runciman lecture: Greece in the Balkans: A Cohabitation of Past, Present and Future

Great Hall and Entrance Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

On modern Balkan history, by Professor Thanos Veremis (University of Athens). The lecture is preceded by Orthodox Vespers in the Chapel at 17.15. The event is sponsored by Nicholas and Matti Egon.

 

Monday 30 January, 17.30-19.00

Deconstructing patriarchy in post-war Greek cinema and society: A socio-historical reading of Cacoyannis’ Stella (1955)

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus.

A seminar with Achilleas Hadjikyriacou (Cyprus High Commission and CHS). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 24 January, 17.30

Reuse, relocation and reinterpretation of pagan statuary in the sixth century: Sagalassos and beyond

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper will examine case-studies from Sagalassos as well as other cities of the Roman East and attempt to reconstruct the various meaning and purposes of pagan gods and mythological personae in the sixth century. Ine Jacobs is Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 16 January, 17.30-19.00

Greek-Alphabet English: Multilingual writing and trans-scripting in digital communication

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Tereza Spilioti (Cardiff University). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

2016

 

Monday 5 December, 18.30

Cyprus Lecture: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – The Case of Cyprus

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Mary Koutselini (Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Education, University of Cyprus; UNESCO Chair Holder for Gender Equality, and Women's Empowerment and President of the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Euripides L. Evriviades. Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 29 November, 17.30

Alexios among the heretics: ethnic and religious violence in the Komnenian era

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This seminar explores the transformation of state violence during the period of the Komnenoi (1081-1185) against the backdrop of the evolving nature of imperial authority in both domestic and foreign settings. Teresa Shawcross is Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Thursday 24 November, 19.00

Of related interest - "Freedom or Death": a commemoration of the Cretan uprising and the Arkadi holocaust of 1866

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

The Society for Modern Greek Studies and the Cretan Association of Great Britain are jointly organising a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Arkadi holocaust. Speakers include Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (King's College London), Dr Manos Perakis (University of Crete) and Dr Maria Karaiskou (University of Crete).

 

Wednesday 23 November, 16.30

Of related interest - “But laughter too can help to win the day”: political satire from Mikhail Bulgakov to Marios Hakkas

VWB6.01, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway

Michalis Chrysanthopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) will present this seminar as part of the Comparative Literature Research Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 22 November, 19.00

Greek Archaeological Committee UK Annual Lecture

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis discusses recent research and new finds from the MENTOR shipwreck at Cythera (1802).

 

Tuesday 15 November, 17.30

Art, politics and eschatology in the burial chapel of lay monastic founders in Byzantium, 11th-14th c.

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

The purpose of this presentation is to unravel the unexpectedly rich array of concepts—historical, political, eschatological and broader spiritual—of the image in a particular kind of building in Byzantium: the burial chapel of lay monastic founders between the 11th and 14th centuries. Dimitra Kotoula studied history, art and archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 7 November, 17.30-19.30

What is an Author in Nineteenth-Century Greece?

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sotirios Paraschas (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 25 October, 17.30

The evolution of a Byzantine craft: Greek-Orthodox church embroidery in Ottoman Constantinople

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The objective of this lecture is to present the various stages of development of ecclesiastical embroidery in Constantinople after 1453, showing some special technical features, discussing the artistic tendencies and revealing information about the organization of the various workshops.

 

Monday 24 October, 17.30-19.30

Of emigrants and immigrants: the literary construction of expectation and disillusionment in Mann, Sebald, Valtinos, Karystiani and Papamarkos

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Michalis Chryssanthopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Monday 17 October, 17.30-19.00

Solar Acclivity: Irish Poets in Paros

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Joanna Kruczkowska (University of Lodz, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

Tuesday 11 October, 17.30

A (narrative) history of early Palaiologan imperial rhetoric: trends and traditions

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Using the rhetorical output of the Constantinopolitan orators Manuel/Maximos Holobolos, George/Gregory of Cyprus, Maximos Planoudes and Nikephoros Gregoras as case studies, this paper will examine the composition, context and reception of imperial rhetoric in the first hundred years of the Palaiologan rule. Ida Toth is Senior Instructor and Lecturer at the History Faculty and Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, where she teaches Byzantine Greek language and literature and Byzantine epigraphy. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 3 October, 17.30-19.30

Book launch for Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

Edited by Roderick Beaton and Christine Kenyon Jones, based on a selection of papers given at the 39th International Byron Conference in 2013 (volume 18 in the series Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London) with the editors Lord Robin Byron and Dr Alan Rawes (University of Manchester). This event is part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Saturday 1 October

Libya Matters: Safeguarding Libyan Heritage

K0.16, King's Building, Strand Campus

In 2012 the Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Society for Libyan Studies held a one day event, drawing attention to the value for world history of the heritage of Libya. Four years later, that heritage is threatened in many ways. We are therefore organising a second event, presenting the work which we and others, in the UK and abroad, are doing to support our Libyan colleagues in confronting the current challenges.

 

Tuesday 27 September, 18.30-20.00

Book launch for John II Komnenos: Emperor of Byzantium with the presentation of the Schilizzi Scholarships for 2016 at 18.30

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Alex Rodriguez Suarez (volume 17 in the series Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London). This event is part of the Late Antique & Byzantine Studies seminar series. Please note later start time.

Monday 4 July (13.00-21.30) - Tuesday 5 July (09.00-13.00)

Sounds of the Hellenic world, ancient and modern

Safra Lecture Theatre and Great Hall, Strand Campus

An afternoon and evening celebrating the musical traditions of Greece, followed by a morning workshop on music and the current crisis in Greece

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 18.00-20.00

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

In association with the Anglo-Hellenic League, followed by a report from the Director, Professor Roderick Beaton, on the work of the Centre during the past year and the programme of activities for 2016-17.

 

Wednesday 8 June - Friday 10 June, 08.45

The art of Hegel’s Aesthetics: Hegelian philosophy and the perspectives of Art History

River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

An international conference, hosted in partnership with the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata (Universität zu Köln) and the New School for Social Research (New York).

 

Friday 3 June - Saturday 4 June, 10.00-18.30

Classics and/as World Literature conference

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A two-day international conference designed to emphasise the rightful place of ancient Greek and Latin texts at the heart of the 21st-century international World Literature syllabus.

 

Monday 21 March, 17.30-19.00 CANCELLED

Ottoman diplomacy, humanist fiction and diplomatic poetics in the 18th-century Balkans

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Miltos Pechlivanos (Freie-Universität, Berlin). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series and also part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, with SOAS.

 

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 18.30-19.30

The Third Annual Rumble Fund Lecture: 'Queering Classical Art'

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley), will explore modes of ‘queering’ ancient Greek art and will re-examine some standard interpretive modes in the aftermath of J. J. Winckelmann’s 1764 History of the Art of Antiquity.

 

Tuesday 15 March, 17.30-19.00

Egyptian Bishops in the Twilight of Rome

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Philip Booth (University of Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 7 March, 17.30-19.00

‘Dying’ language or ‘living monument’? Language ideologies and practices in the case of Griko

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Manuela Pellegrino (Brunel) will present a paper that highlights the effects of the Griko cultural revival on local language practices, ideologies and community self-perception and presentation. This seminar replaces the Modern Greek Seminar 'Attributing an identity to a language: the Greek case'.

 

Tuesday 1 March, 17.30-19.00

Four miniatures recently rediscovered: Christian Art in Muslim Anatolia and manuscript trade in 20th-century Europe

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 15 February, 17.30-19.00

Trust, faith and confidence in times of crisis

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Maria Couroucli (CNRS, Paris). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 9 February, 17.30-19.00

'The Shape of Water': Rewriting virgin martyrs in Byzantium

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anne Alwis (University of Kent). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 8 February, 18.30 (Date changed from 1 February)

Hazardous operations: British SOE agents in Nazi-occupied Greece and the strain of clandestine warfare

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Roderick Bailey (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Oxford). A joint event with the Society for Modern Greek Studies, followed by a reception in the Anatomy Museum. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Thursday 4 February 2016, 18.00

The 25th Annual Runciman Lecture

Great Hall and Entrance Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

Preceded by Orthodox Vespers, celebrated in the College Chapel by Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos at 17.15. Followed by a Reception. Professor Lord Renfrew, 'Who were the Greeks? New insights from Linguistics and Genetics'.

 

Tuesday 26 January, 17.30-19.00

The Laskarids and the Seljuks: material cultural evidence for contact and exchange

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Scott Redford (SOAS). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 18 January 2016, 17.30

Theodore Stephanides, poet-translator extraordinary: his work (known and unknown) on Greek poets from Sappho to Palamas

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anthony Hirst (King’s College London), followed by a book launch. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

2015

 

Friday 4 December 2015, 9.15-18.00

Visions and realities: Cypriot experience in the transition from empire

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus  

A one-day international conference under the auspices of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Euripides L. Evriviadis, in honour of Professor Robert Holland, sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Cyprus High Commission, London.

 

Tuesday 1 December, 17.30-19.00

‘Gothic’, ‘Renaissance’ or ‘Renaissance Gothic’? Some thoughts on Cretan art c. 1500 and the ‘Cretan Renaissance’

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Michalis Olympios (University of Cyprus). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 24 November, 19.00-21.00

Greek Archaeological Committee Annual Lecture

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

Nicolaos Stampolidis (Director, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens) presents a lecture entitled ‘Unearthing the past and engaging the present at Eleutherna, Crete’, followed by a reception.

 

Monday 23 November, 17.30-19.00

The Caryatids’ lament: the "Elgin Marbles" in modern Greek literature

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Georgia Gotsi (University of Patras). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Saturday 21 November, 11.30-18.00 - CANCELLED

Prosopa: persons real or imagined

The launch of the next version of the online Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire, and this accompanying event, have had to be postponed; an announcement will be made in early 2016.

 

Tuesday 17 November, 18.30-20.00 (NB: Please note the later time)

Is a history of Byzantine literature possible? Questions of literary method in a postmodernist world

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Panagiotis Agapitos (University of Cyprus). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 9 November, 17.30-19.00 OWING TO ILLNESS, TONIGHT’S MODERN GREEK SEMINAR IS CANCELLED.

"Have I never told you that Corfu is Prospero’s island?": marvels of the Levant and the Venetian colonial imagination

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

 

Thursday 5 November, 18.30

Annual Lecture of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29) and Anatomy Museum, King's Building, Strand Campus

In association with CHS. Dr James Howard-Johnston (Oxford), ‘Byzantium’s First Encounter with the Turks’, followed by a Reception.

 

Tuesday 3 November, 18.45

Launch of the Cyprus Gazetteer project

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

In association with the A.G. Leventis Foundation. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 19 October, 17.30-19.00

Fabrication of the self and Modern Greek identity in Karkavitsas’ The Beggar

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Edith Hall. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series and an Arts & Humanities Festival event.

 

Tuesday 13 October, 17.30-19.00

The revival and decline of medieval Butrint: a metaphor for Byzantium’s later history

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Nevila Molla (Albanian Institute of Archaeology, Tirana). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Wednesday 7 October, 18.30 - CANCELLED

Book Launch: Syriza Inside the Labyrinth

This event has had to be cancelled for reasons outside of our control. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Monday 5 October, 17.30-19.00

The human rights record of the Greek "Colonels" (1967-74), the anti-torture campaign, and the rise of global standards

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Konstantina Maragkou (LSE), with Schilizzi presentations. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

 

Tuesday 16 June, 18.30-20.30

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2015 and book launch

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The presentation will be followed by the launch of Carmera Graeca: Photographs, Naratives, Materialities edited by Philip Carabott, Yannis Hamilakis and Eleni Papargyriou.

For details of events at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE, please visit theirseminars page or their events listing.

 

Thursday 11 June, 17.30-19.30

The foreign policy of the Syriza government in Greece: between East & West?

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A roundtable discussion with Emmanuel Karagiannis (King's College London), James Ker-Lindsay (LSE) and Panayotis Tsakonas (University of the Aegean, Greece & St Antony's College, University of Oxford). In collaboration with the Regional Security Research Centre, Department of Defence Studies.

 

Wednesday 10 June, 10.00-17.30

2015 Graduate Research Colloquium in Modern Greek Studies

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Convened by The Society for Modern Greek Studies in association with the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

 

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 May

Music, language and identity in modern Greece: defining a national art music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Athens Conservatoire and British School at Athens

An international conference scrutinising approaches to the creation of national poetry and art music in Greece since the nineteenth century. Convened by the Centre for Hellenic Studies with the Department of Music at King's College London, the Athens Conservatoire and the British School at Athens

 

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 March

Locating the daimonic: daimones, spaces and places in the Greek world

River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A 2-day symposium examining a range of spatial and locative notions of daimonic activity across Greek literature. Convened by Emmanuela Bakola & Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (King's College London). Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, The Gilbert Murray Trust and the ERC project 'Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean'.

 

Tuesday 24 March, 17.30-18.30

Non extinctus est fons musarum: The production and dissemination of Greek scientific illustrated manuscripts in the late Palaeologan period and after 1453

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Francesca Marchetti (London). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Wednesday 18 March, 18.00-19.00

What made Greeks rectangular and Romans round? Neuroscience and the formation of Classical Culture

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

The 2nd Annual Rumble Fund Lecture with John Onians (University of East Anglia). Hosted in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies.

 

Monday 16 March, 17.30-18.30

Greek antiquity and beyond: Engonopoulos' poetry from Pindar to Abraham Lincoln

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Liana Giannakopoulou (University of Cambridge). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 10 March, 17.30-18.30

Byzantine Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The team of the international collaborative project IOSPE: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea will mark the launch of the first collection, authored by Dr Andrey Vinogradov (University "Higher School of Economics", Moscow). Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies and the Department of Classics. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 2 March, 17.30-18.30

A politician and his books: the Venizelos Library in Chania

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith (King's College London). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 24 February, 17.30-18.30

Plutarch's revival in late Byzantium: self-identity and model in Theodore Metochites' Essay 71 of the Semeioseis gnomikai

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Wednesday 11 (14.30) -  Friday 13 February (19.00)

Greek Play 2015: Aristophanes' Clouds

Greenwood Theatre

The King's Greek play 2015 is Aristophanes' Clouds - a spectacular comedy with a touch of tragedy. Directed by Oliver Harrington.

 

Monday 9 February, 17.30-18.30

Fighting EOKA: the British counter-insurgency campaign in Cyprus, 1955-1959

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with David French (University College London). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Thursday 5 February, 18.00-19.30

The 24th Annual Runciman Lecture

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

From empire to nation: historical transitions and the meaning of Hellenism. With Paschalis M. Kitromilides (University of Athens). Sponsored by Nicholas & Matti Egon.

 

Tuesday 3 February, 17.30-18.30

The coastal infrastructures of Skiathos as a reflection of Byzantine harbour traditions

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Alkiviadis Ginalis (Universität Wien). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 26 January, 17.30-18.30

"Greece will decide the future of Europe": the recontextualisation of the Greek national elections in a British broadsheet

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sofia Lampropoulou (University of Liverpool). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 20 January, 17.30-18.30

Gregory of Nyssa on theôsis

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Elena D-Vasilescu (University of Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 12 January, 17.30-18.30

Angelos Sikelianos and the ideology of the Delphic Festivals

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Eleftheria Ioannidou (University of Birmingham). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

2014

 

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 December

Greek medical texts and their audience: perception, transmission, reception

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A conference seeking to examine the interplay between Greek medical text and their contemporary readers. Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King's College London) & Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow). Sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

 

Thursday 4 December, 18.30-19.30

Launch: Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) launches Edith Hall's new book.

 

Monday 24 November, 17.30-18.30

El Greco, a Cretan painter?

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Open University). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 18 November, 17.30-18.30

Between empires: negotiating identity on the Veneto-Ottoman frontier

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Milena Grabacic (University of Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Thursday 13 November, 19.00-20.00

Achaeans in Khania, western Crete

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

The Greek Archaeological Committee UK Annual Lecture 2014 with Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki (General Director of Antiquities & Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture & Sports, Greece).

 

Monday 10 November, 17.30-18.30

"Private invasions of Greece": a journey through the archive of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Graham Stewart and David McClay (National Library of Scotland). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 4 November, 17.30-18.30

The political dimensions of Venetian merchant networks, 1418-1443

Small Committee room, Strand Campus

A seminar with Julius Morche (Universiteit Leiden). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Friday 24 October, 18.30-20.00

Hellish Persons: personifications of the underworld from antiquity to the present

Nash Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

Part of the Art & Humanities Festival 2014: underground

 

Monday 20 October, 17.30-18.30

"Honoured prisoners of the Reich": the Rizos Rangavis family, 1941-1945

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with George Vassiadis (Royal Holloway, University of London). Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Saturday 18 October, 19.30-21.00

Rebetika & the Eastern Mediterranean underground

Tutu's, Macadam Building, Strand Campus

Part of the Art & Humanities Festival 2014: underground

 

Tuesday 14 October, 17.30-18.30

The Late Antique city: change or decline?

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Luke Lavan (University of Kent). Part of the Late Antique &Byzantine seminar series.

 

Monday 6 October, 17.30-21.00

Launch: Journal of Greek Media and Culture

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The launch will be followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi scholars, 2014.Part of the Modern Greek seminar series.

 

Tuesday 30 September, 17.30-18.30

The floating state: trade embargoes and the rise of a late medieval fiscal state

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Georg Christ (University of Manchester). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July, 09.00-17.00

Ancient Greek Theatre in the Black Sea

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

A conference exploring the theatre of the Greek colonies in the Black Sea, bringing together international experts in the archaeology and cultural history of the area, and including performances by acclaimed artists.

 

Monday 16 June, 18.00

Book Launch: A Short History of the Byzantine Empire

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Professor Judith Herrin introduces Dionysios Stathakopoulos' "A Short History of the Byzantine Empire".

 

Tuesday 10 June, 18.00

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award & Book Launch

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Presentation of the annual Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award, followed by the launch of When Greeks and Turks Meet, edited by Vally Lytra. Hosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

 

Thursday 29 May, 18.00

Socrates and Athens: Why we still need to care about both today

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Bettany Hughes, writer and broadcaster.

Part of the CHS 25th Anniversary events series: "Why Greece matters today", sponsored by the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

Thursday 22 May, 18.00

Power and Passion in Greek Theatre

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by the renowned playwright and translator Frank McGuinness.

Part of the CHS 25th Anniversary events series: "Why Greece matters today", sponsored by the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

Tuesday 13 May, 18.00

Why Greece matters today

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by H.E. John Kittmer, UK Ambassador to Greece.

Part of the CHS 25th Anniversary events series: "Why Greece matters today", sponsored by the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

Monday 24 March, 17.30

Language and age identities among older Greek Cypriot women

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with Anna Charalambidou (University of Surrey). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 18 March, 17.30

“El più bello li… ”: Recovering the lost church of Saint Francis in Heraklion

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with Donal Cooper (Cambridge University). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 10 March, 17.30

Real and imagined: philhellenic travel in the Greek war of independence

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with Paul Stock (LSE). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

 

Wednesday 5 March, 18.00

Likeness and Likelihood in Classical Greek Art

River Room, 2nd floor, King's Building, Strand Campus

The Rumble Lecture 2014 by Verity Platt (Cornell University).

 

Tuesday 4 March, 17.30

Understanding each other: Latin and Greek theology between the 11th and the 12th century

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with Alessandra Bucossi (King's College London). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Friday 28 February, 10.00-18.00

New Perspectives in Late Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A Graduate Workshop on History and Visual Culture, convened by Thomas Kaffenberger and Tassos Papacostas.

 

Monday 24 February, 17.30

'Laughter and Tears': The comic, the tragic and the tragicomic in Cretan Renaissance literature

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with David Holton (Cambridge). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

 

Friday 21 - Saturday 22 February

Patterns of Argumentation in Late Antique and Early Islamic Interreligious Debates

River Room, Strand Campus

Part of the DEBIDEM workshop series

 

Thursday 20 February, 18.00

A World Full of Talk: Religious Debate and Discussion in the Sixth Century

Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus

A lecture by Professor Dame Averil Cameron (Oxford).

 

Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 February, performance times vary

Greek Play 2014

Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge

This year's play is Aristophanes' Wasps.

 

Tuesday 11 February, 17.30

Holy haulage: shipping Hagia Sophia to Palestine

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture with Konstantin Klein (Oxford University/University of Bamberg). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Thursday 6 February, 18.00

Alexander, Asia and the Natural World

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

The 23rd Annual Runciman Lecture by Robin Lane Fox. This event will be preceded by Orthodox Vespers at 17.00 in the Chapel, King's Building, Strand Campus.

 

Tuesday 4 February, 18.30

War…Love…Politics: Does Greek drama matter now?

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

A debate on the relevance of Greek drama today.

 

Monday 3 February, 17.30

The Future of the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dimitris Tziovas (Birmingham). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 28 January, 17.30

The ‘Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem’: Dealing with an abundant manuscript tradition

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Ilse de Vos (King's College London). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 27 January, 18.00

Enlightenment and Revolution: The Making of Modern Greece

Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

Launch and panel discussion of the book, by Paschalis M. Kitromilides, published by Harvard University Press.

 

Monday 20 January, 17.30

The ambivalence of anti-austerity indignation in Greece: Resistance, hegemony and complicity

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (Kent). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 14 January, 17.30 - CANCELLED

Revealing the networks of islands: The coastal infrastructures of Late Roman and Byzantine Skiathos

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Alkiviadis Ginalis (Oxford). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

2013

 

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 December

ATTEMT - Approaches to the Editing of Texts with a Multilingual Tradition

River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A two-day workshop organised within the framework of the ERC funded research project DEBIDEM (Defining Beliefs and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean).

 

Tuesday 10 December - 17.30

Byzantium's relations with the Islamic East: trade and beyond

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dr Koray Durak (Boğaziçi University). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Monday 2 December - 17.30

Simulating the State: Turkish Cypriot 'State' Foundation, 1958-1974 

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus   

An event with Dr Rebecca Bryant (LSE). A joint Modern Greek series seminar with the Greek-Turkish Encounters series.

 

Saturday 30 November

Rhetoric of Images: Logos - Icon -Logo

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Presented by the Onassis Foundation and the Centre of Hellenic Studies.

Part of The Athens Dialogues series.

 

Tuesday 26 November - 17.00

An island settlement in Late Antiquity: Boğsak off the coast of Isauria (Rough Cilicia)

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dr Günder Varınlıoğlu (Koç University). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

Wednesday 20 November - 17.30

The Invention of a Holy Site: the Lateran Church in the Middle Ages

Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London

An event with Professor Michele Bacci (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Monday 18 November - 17.30

The Relevance of 'Europe' to Greek Foreign Policy

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Spyros Economides (LSE). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

Thursday 14 November -19.00

Early Christian Mosaics at Aghia Kyriaki (Central Greece): New Evidence of a flourishing Centre

Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

A Greek Archaeological Committee Lecture to be given by Dr George Kakavas, Director Numismatic Museum and Deputy Director, National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

Tuesday 12 November - 17.00

Ephesus during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods

Old Committee Room (K0.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dr Yaman Dalanay (Oxford University)

Monday 28 October - 17.30

Multi-Media 'Translations' of Cavafy

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus;

A lecture by Sarah Ekdawi (Oxford). Part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

Tuesday 22 October - 17.30

Space and history: A ‘longue durée’ approach to Constantinople and the provinces (11th-21st centuries)

Old Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Dr Buket Bayrı (Bilgi and Yeditepe Universities). Part of the Byzantine Seminar Series.

Friday 18 - Saturday 19 October

Narratives and Identities in the Medieval Levant Amiens

An event run in conjunction with Guillaume Saint-Guillain on medieval physicians.

Monday 14 October - 17.30

National Poets Stammering the Nation: Foscolo, Kalvos and Solomos

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Konstantina Zanou (Open University of Cyprus) as part of the Modern Greek Seminar Series.

Tuesday 8 October -17.30

Byzantine Studies in Turkey: current trends and future directions

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Prof. Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğaziçi University, secretary general of the Turkish National Committee for Byzantine Studies)

This event will be followed by the launch of a new book by Prof Judith Herrin. Joint seminar with the Greek-Turkish Encounters series

Monday 30 September -  17.30

Georgios Chortatsis: Patrons, Play-texts and Performance

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The seminar will be followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi prize and drinks reception

Saturday 28 September 2013

Newton Workshop: Sharing science and knowledge in medieval Levant

River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

Wednesday 4 September - Friday 6 September 2013

Byzantium and British Heritage: Byzantine influences on the Art & Crafts Movement

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

This conference opens a dialogue between specialists on the Byzantine world and on the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 

 

 

Modern Greek Seminar Series, convened by Roderick Beaton.  

2018 

Monday 26 March, 17:30

Spaces of Greek-Turkish encounters in 20th-century Istanbul

Council Room

A seminar with Méropi Anastassiadou (INALCO, Paris)

 

Monday 12 March, 17.30

The Greek foreign policy in the Middle East: Making a new friend and keeping an old one

Council Room

A seminar with Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College London)                

 

Monday 26 February, 17.30

Niki Marangou: Cyprus, female voice and memory

Council Room

A seminar with Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London),

 

Monday 5 February, 17.30

In the footsteps of Evgenios Voulgaris: Problems of biography and reception in the Greek Enlightenment

Council Room.

A seminar with Paschalis Kitromilides (Professor Emeritus, University of Athens)

 

2017

 

Monday 22 January, 17.30

“Cyprus Lecture Series” in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission - Cultural Section.

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ Greek in a heritage language setting: transplanted diglossia in London’s Greek Cypriot parikia

Council Room

A lecture by Petros Karatsareas (University of Westminster). Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus under the auspices of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Euripides L. Evriviades.

 

Monday 27 November, 18.00 (please note later start time)

Coming home to the other: a Greek, a Turk and stories of a shared past (a story-telling performance, with music)

Council Room.

A seminar with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut (International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Sussex). Part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, jointly with SOAS

 

Monday 20 November, 17.30

The metamorphosis of the Muses in recent Greek poetry: Classical reception in the era of postmodernism

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Irene Loulakaki-Moore (Ministry of Education, Greece)

 

Monday 6 November, 17.30

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES

Migration, translingualism, translation

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Karen van Dyck (Columbia University, New York)

 

Monday 16 October, 17.30

Edward Lear and Mount Athos

Small Committee Room

A seminar with Stephen Duckworth (independent scholar)

 

Monday 2 October, 17.30

The music of the Jews of Greece

Council Room

A seminar with Chris Williams (British School at Athens), followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi Scholarships 2017

 

Monday 20 March, 17.30-19.00

Ottoman diplomacy, humanist fiction and diplomatic poetics in the 18th-century Balkans

Event rescheduled from 2016 postponement. A seminar with Miltos Pechlivanos (Freie Universität Berlin). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series and also part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, with SOAS.

 

Monday 6 March, 17.30-19.00

  1. M. Woodhouse’s war in Greece in fiction and history

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with David Roessel (Stockton University, New Jersey).

 

Monday 13 February, 17.30-19.00

History, time and economic crisis in Central Greece, with Daniel Knight

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

Daniel M. Knight is a Lecturer and Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, and co-editor of History and Anthropology journal. He works in central Greece, writing on time, temporality, and extractive economies in the context of the on-going financial crisis.

 

Monday 30 January, 17.30-19.00

Deconstructing patriarchy in post-war Greek cinema and society: A socio-historical reading of Cacoyannis’ Stella (1955)

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Achilleas Hadjikyriacou (Cyprus High Commission and CHS).

 

Monday 16 January, 17.30-19.00

Greek-Alphabet English: Multilingual writing and trans-scripting in digital communication

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Tereza Spilioti (Cardiff University).

 

2016

 

Monday 5 December, 18.30

Cyprus Lecture: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – The Case of Cyprus

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A lecture by Mary Koutselini (Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Education, University of Cyprus; UNESCO Chair Holder for Gender Equality, and Women's Empowerment and President of the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Euripides L. Evriviades.

 

Monday 7 November, 17.00-19.00

What is an Author in Nineteenth-Century Greece?

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sotirios Paraschas (King’s College London).

 

Monday 24 October, 17.00-19.00

Of emigrants and immigrants: the literary construction of expectation and disillusionment in Mann, Sebald, Valtinos, Karystiani and Papamarkos

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Michalis Chryssanthopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and King’s College London).

 

Monday 17 October, 17.30-19.00

Solar Acclivity: Irish Poets in Paros

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Joanna Kruczkowska (University of Lodz, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow).

 

Monday 21 March, 17.30-19.00

Ottoman diplomacy, humanist fiction and diplomatic poetics in the 18th-century Balkans

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Miltos Pechlivanos (Freie-Universität, Berlin). Also part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, with SOAS.

 

Monday 7 March, 17.30-19.00

‘Dying’ language or ‘living monument’? Language ideologies and practices in the case of Griko

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

Manuela Pellegrino (Brunel) will present a paper that highlights the effects of the Griko cultural revival on local language practices, ideologies and community self-perception and presentation. This seminar replaces the Modern Greek Seminar 'Attributing an identity to a language: the Greek case'.

 

Monday 15 February, 17.30-19.00

Trust, faith and confidence in times of crisis

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Maria Couroucli (CNRS, Paris).

 

Monday 8 February, 18.30-20.00 (NB: please note date change from 1 Feb)

Hazardous operations: British SOE agents in Nazi-occupied Greece and the strain of clandestine warfare

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Roderick Bailey (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Oxford).  A joint event with the Society for Modern Greek Studies, followed by a reception in the Anatomy Museum.

 

Monday 18 January 2016, 17.30

Theodore Stephanides, poet-translator extraordinary: his work (known and unknown) on Greek poets from Sappho to Palamas

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anthony Hirst (King’s College London), followed by a book launch.

 

2015

 

Monday 23 November, 17.30-19.00

The Caryatids’ lament: the "Elgin Marbles" in modern Greek literature

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Georgia Gotsi (University of Patras).

 

Monday 9 November, 17.30-19.00

"Have I never told you that Corfu is Prospero’s island?": Marvels of the Levant and the Venetian colonial imagination

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anastasia Stouraiti (Goldsmiths, University of London).

 

Monday 19 October, 17.30-19.00

Fabrication of the self and Modern Greek identity in Karkavitsas’ The Beggar

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Edith Hall (King’s College London). Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival.

 

Monday 5 October, 17.30-19.00

The human rights record of the Greek "Colonels" (1967-74), the anti-torture campaign, and the rise of global standards

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Konstantina Maragkou (LSE), with Schilizzi presentations.

 

Monday 16 March, 17.30-18.30

Greek antiquity and beyond: Engonopoulos' poetry from Pindar to Abraham Lincoln

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Liana Giannakopoulou (University of Cambridge).

 

Monday 2 March, 17.30-18.30

A politician and his books: the Venizelos Library in Chania

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith (King's College London).

 

Monday 9 February, 17.30-18.30

Fighting EOKA: the British counter-insurgency campaign in Cyprus, 1955-1959

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with David French (University College London).

 

Monday 26 January, 17.30-18.30

"Greece will decide the future of Europe": the recontextualisation of the Greek national elections in a British broadsheet

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sofia Lampropoulou (University of Liverpool).

 

Monday 12 January, 17.30-18.30

Angelos Sikelianos and the ideology of the Delphic Festivals

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Eleftheria Ioannidou (University of Birmingham).

 

2014

 

Monday 24 November, 17.30-18.30

El Greco, a Cretan painter?

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Open University).

 

Monday 10 November, 17.30-18.30

"Private invasions of Greece": a journey through the archive of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Graham Stewart and David McClay (National Library of Scotland).

 

Monday 20 October, 17.30-18.30

"Honoured prisoners of the Reich": the Rizos Rangavis family, 1941-1945

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with George Vassiadis (Royal Holloway, University of London).

 

Monday 6 October, 17.30-21.00

Launch: Journal of Greek Media and Culture

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The launch will be followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi scholars, 2014.

Monday 24 March - 17:30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Anna Charalambidou (University of Surrey)

Language and age identities among older Greek Cypriot women

 

Monday 10 March - 17:30

K0.31(Old Committee Room)

Paul Stock (LSE)

Real-and imagined philhellenic travel in the Greek War of Independance

 

Monday 24 February - 17:30

K2.29 (Council Room)

David Holton (Cambridge)

"Laughter and tears": the comic, the tragic and the tragicomic in Cretan Renaissance literature

 

Monday 3 February - 17:30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Dimitris Tziovas (Birmingham)

The future of the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture

 

Monday 20 January - 17:30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (Kent)

The ambivalence of anti-austerity indignation in Greece: Resistance, hegemony and complicity

 

2013

 

Monday 2 December - 17.30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Rebecca Bryant (LSE)

Simulating the State: Turkish Cypriot 'State' Foundations, 1958-1974

A joint seminar with the Greek-Turkish Encounters series

 

Monday 18 November - 17.30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Spyros Economides (LSE)

The Relevance of 'Europe' to Greek Foreign Policy

 

Monday 28 October - 17.30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Sarah Ekdawi (Oxford)

Multi-Media 'Translations' of Cavafy

 

Monday 14 October - 17.30

K0.31 (Small Committee Room)

Konstantina Zanou (Open University of Cyprus)

National Poets Stammering the Nation: Foscolo, Kalvos and Solomos

 

Monday 30 September - 17.30

K2.29 (Council Room)

Rosemary Bancroft Marcus (independent scholar)

Georgios Chortatsis: Patrons, Play-texts and Performance

Including a book-launch: Georgios Chortatsis (fl. 1576-96), Plays of the Veneto-Cretan Renaissance. Volume I: Texts and Translations.

Followed by presentation of the 2013 Schilizzi scholars and a reception

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series

Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

2018

 

Tuesday 27 March, 17.30

Death of a Patriarch: The Murder of the John VII of Jerusalem (†966) and the Question of the ‘Christian minority’ of tenth-century Palestine

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Daniel Reynolds (Birmingham). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 13 March – 17.30

Plato and Hipparchus have read the Bible: Early Christian Appropriations of Ancient Greek Cosmology

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Efthymios Nicolaidis (Athens). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 27 February, 17.30

Natural Beauty – Ideals and Realities of Beauty in Late Byzantium

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Kirsty Stewart (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 6 February,17.30

Nazareth as a Byzantine Pilgrimage Centre

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Ken Dark (Reading). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 23 January, 17.30

City and Army in the East Roman Balkans (4th to 6th c.)

Council Room (K2.29)

A seminar with Efthymios Rizos (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

2017

 

Tuesday 5 December, 17.30

Associative Iconography in Byzantine Art: two for the space of one?

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Milton Keynes). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 21 November, 17.30

‘Not the last frontier’: the Byzantine insular system between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Luca Zavagno (Ankara).CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 7 November, 17.30

The craft of noble metals: production of silverware and golden jewellery in Crete (14th-17th centuries)

Small Committee room (K0.31)

A seminar with Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilidou (Athens). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 17 October, 17.30

Historical symbolism of the Great Palace of Constantinople

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Michael Featherstone (Paris / Fribourg / Cambridge). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

 

Tuesday 3 October, 17.30

What is Later Byzantium? Towards a new periodisation of Byzantine cultural history (1081 – ca. 1330s)

Old Committee room (K2.30)

A seminar with Foteini Spingou (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Convened by Tassos Papacostas.

2017

 

Tuesday 28 March, 17.30

Perceptions and understanding of the Greek schism in the Latin pilgrimage literature of the Late Middle Ages

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper will seek to examine how late medieval Latin pilgrims understood the issues of contention between the Roman and the Greek Churches at the end of the Middle Ages (13th – 15th centuries). Nicky Tsougarakis is a historian of the late Middle Ages. He studied for his MA and PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, where he wrote a thesis on the Latin monastic orders in medieval Greece.

 

Tuesday 14 March, 17.30

“They barked like dogs”. A case of Kynanthropy in Amida, 560 AD, and the dangers of retrospective diagnosis

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Instead of retrospective diagnosis, the paper seeks to contextualize and interpret the significance of dog-like behaviour for the people of the sixth century. Nadine Metzger is a medical historian whose research focuses on psychopathological phenomena in Late Antiquity and their reception, i.e. lycanthropy, epilepsy, possession, kynanthropy and psychological trauma.

 

Tuesday 28 February, 17.30

Between China and the Viking North: A group of 9th/10th-century Byzantine silverware as evidence of mediaeval cross-cultural interchange

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This talk will examine a group of Byzantine silver vessels datable to the 9th/10th centuries from the perspective of cross-cultural interchange between the Byzantine empire and foreign polities. Natalija Ristovska is a D.Phil. student in archaeology, University of Oxford.

 

Tuesday 7 February, 17.30

The Byzantium that could have been? Learning and the transmission of classical texts around the year 800

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper explores if in the seminal decades around the year 800, i.e. in the period following the so-called first Iconoclam and prior to the second Iconoclasm, Byzantine culture might perceivably have gone down an altogether different path – one of rhetorical paideia based on the writings of the ‘three hierarchs’, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, and of slightly later Christian figures, such as John Chrysostom. Niels Gaul has taught Byzantine Studies and Greek Palaeography at the University of Oxford and the Central European University Budapest and is now the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Tuesday 24 January, 17.30

Reuse, relocation and reinterpretation of pagan statuary in the sixth century: Sagalassos and beyond

SW-2.07, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This paper will examine case-studies from Sagalassos as well as other cities of the Roman East and attempt to reconstruct the various meaning and purposes of pagan gods and mythological personae in the sixth century. Ine Jacobs is Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford.

 

2016

 

Tuesday 29 November, 17.30

Alexios among the heretics: ethnic and religious violence in the Komnenian era

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

This seminar explores the transformation of state violence during the period of the Komnenoi (1081-1185) against the backdrop of the evolving nature of imperial authority in both domestic and foreign settings. Teresa Shawcross is Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University

 

Tuesday 15 November, 17.30

Art, politics and eschatology in the burial chapel of lay monastic founders in Byzantium, 11th-14th c.

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

The purpose of this presentation is to unravel the unexpectedly rich array of concepts -historical, political, eschatological and broader spiritual- of the image in a particular kind of building in Byzantium: the burial chapel of lay monastic founders between the 11th and 14th c. Death, funerary ceremonials and posthumous commemoration were central to the spiritual and social life of the Byzantines. Dimitra Kotoula studied history, art and archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

 

Tuesday 25 October, 17.30

The evolution of a Byzantine craft: Greek-Orthodox church embroidery in Ottoman Constantinople

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The objective of this lecture is to present the various stages of development of ecclesiastical embroidery in Constantinople after 1453, showing some special technical features, discussing the artistic tendencies and revealing information about the organization of the various workshops.

 

Tuesday 11 October, 17.30

A (narrative) history of early Palaiologan imperial rhetoric: trends and traditions

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Using the rhetorical output of the Constantinopolitan orators Manuel/Maximos Holobolos, George/Gregory of Cyprus, Maximos Planoudes and Nikephoros Gregoras as case studies, this paper will examine the composition, context and reception of imperial rhetoric in the first hundred years of the Palaiologan rule. Ida Toth is Senior Instructor and Lecturer at the History Faculty and Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, where she teaches Byzantine Greek language and literature and Byzantine epigraphy.

 

Tuesday 27 September – 18.30-20.00 (Please note the later start time)

Book launch for John II Komnenos: Emperor of Byzantium

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Alex Rodriguez Suarez (volume 17 in the series Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London).

Convened by Tassos Papacostas.

2016

 

Tuesday 15 March, 17.30-19.00

Egyptian bishops in the twilight of Rome

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Philip Booth (University of Oxford).

 

Tuesday 1 March, 17.30-19.00

Four miniatures recently rediscovered: Christian Art in Muslim Anatolia and manuscript trade in 20th-century Europe

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris).

 

Tuesday 9 February, 17.30-19.00

'The Shape of Water': Rewriting virgin martyrs in Byzantium

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Anne Alwis (University of Kent).

 

Tuesday 26 January, 17.30-19.00

The Laskarids and the Seljuks: material cultural evidence for contact and exchange

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Scott Redford (SOAS).

 

2015

 

Tuesday 1 December, 17.30-19.00

‘Gothic’, ‘Renaissance’ or ‘Renaissance Gothic’? Some thoughts on Cretan art c. 1500 and the ‘Cretan Renaissance’

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Michalis Olympios (University of Cyprus).

 

Tuesday 17 November, 18.30-20.00 (NB: please note the later start time)

Is a history of Byzantine literature possible?: questions of literary method in a postmodernist world

Anatomy lecture theatre (K6.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Panagiotis Agapitos (University of Cyprus).

 

Tuesday 3 November, 18.45

Launch of the Cyprus Gazetteer project

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

Funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

 

Tuesday 13 October, 17.30-19.00

The revival and decline of medieval Butrint: a metaphor for Byzantium’s later history

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Nevila Molla (Albanian Institute of Archaeology, Tirana).

 

Tuesday 24 March, 17.30-18.30

Non extinctus es fons musarum: The production and dissemination of Greek scientific illustrated manuscripts in the late Palaeologan period and after 1453

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Francesca Marchetti (London). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 10 March, 17.30-18.30

Byzantine Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

The team of the international collaborative project IOSPE: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea will mark the launch of the first collection, authored by Dr Andrey Vinogradov (University "Higher School of Economics", Moscow). Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies and the Department of Classics. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 24 February, 17.30-18.30

Plutarch's revival in late Byzantium: self-identity and model in Theodore Metochites' Essay 71 of the Semeioseis gnomikai

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 3 February, 17.30-18.30

The coastal infrastructures of Skiathos as a reflection of Byzantine harbour traditions

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Alkiviadis Ginalis (Universität Wien). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 20 January, 17.30-18.30

Gregory of Nyssa on theôsis

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Elena D-Vasilescu (University of Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

2014

 

Tuesday 18 November, 17.30-18.30

Between empires: negotiating identity on the Veneto-Ottoman frontier

SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

A seminar with Milena Grabacic (University of Oxford). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 4 November, 17.30-18.30

The political dimensions of Venetian merchant networks, 1418-1443

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Julius Morche (Universiteit Leiden). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 14 October, 17.30-18.30

The Late Antique city: change or decline?

Small Committee Room (K0.31), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Luke Lavan (University of Kent). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 30 September, 17.30-18.30

The floating state: trade embargoes and the rise of a late medieval fiscal state

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus

A seminar with Georg Christ (University of Manchester). Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

 

Tuesday 18 March – 17.30

K2.29 (Council room)

Donal Cooper (Cambridge)

“El più bello li… ”: Recovering the lost church of Saint Francis in Heraklion

 

Tuesday 4 March – 17.30

K2.29 (Council room)

Alessandra Bucossi (KCL)

Understanding each other: Latin and Greek theology between the 11th and the 12th century

 

Tuesday 11 February – 17.30

K2.29 (Council room)

Konstantin Klein (Oxford/Bamberg)

Holy haulage: shipping Hagia Sophia to Palestine

 

Tuesday 28 January – 17.30

K0.31 (Small Committee Room)

Ilse de Vos (KCL)

The ‘Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem’: Dealing with an abundant manuscript tradition

 

Tuesday 14 January – 17.30

K2.29 (Council room)

Alkiviadis Ginalis (Oxford)

Revealing the networks of islands: The coastal infrastructures of Late Roman and Byzantine Skiathos

 

2013

 

Tuesday 10 December - 5.30pm

Council Room, King’s Building

Dr Koray Durak (Boğaziçi University)

Byzantium's relations with the Islamic East: trade and beyond

 

Tuesday 26 November - 5.30pm

Council Room, King’s Building

Dr Günder Varınlıoğlu (Koç University)

An island settlement in Late Antiquity: Boğsak off the coast of Isauria (Rough Cilicia)

 

Tuesday 12 November - 5.30pm

K0.31, King’s Building

Dr Yaman Dalanay (Oxford University)

Ephesus during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods

 

Tuesday 22 October - 5.30pm

K0.31, King’s Building

Dr Buket Bayrı (Bilgi and Yeditepe Universities)

Space and history. A ‘longue durée’ approach to Constantinople and the provinces (11th-21st centuries)

 

Tuesday 8 October - 5.30pm

Council Room, King’s Building

Prof. Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğaziçi University, secretary general of the Turkish National Committee for Byzantine Studies): Byzantine Studies in Turkey: current trends and future directions

This event will be followed by the launch of a new book by Prof Judith Herrin. Joint Seminar with the Greek-Turkish Encounters series