SPACES MAKE SAINTS. EXPERIENCING CONFINEMENT IN BYZANTINE HAGIOGRAPHY
Vienna, Austria, November 15 – 17, 2023
The conference aims to bring together scholars from Austria and abroad to address the importance of space, especially enclosed space, in a saint’s life or afterlife. Different aspects of the nexus between confinement and sainthood will be discussed based on a variety of Byzantine sources, mainly textual, but also art-historical and archaeological evidence.
The following speakers will present their relevant research on the topic: Carolina Cupane, Stephanos Efthymiadis, Galina Fingarova, Antonia Giannouli, Martin Hinterberger, Christian Høgel, Markéta Kulhánková, Christodoulos Papavarnavas, Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, Claudia Rapp, Elisabeth Schiffer, Myrto Veikou, Bryan Ward-Perkins (Keynote), and Elizabeth Zanghi.
Venue: Institute for Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, Third Floor, Lecture Hall 3A) and/or online via Zoom.
On the last day of the conference, all attendees are invited to a walking tour of medieval Vienna with Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Department of Byzantine Research, ÖAW).
There is no attendance fee. Pre-registration is mandatory for the online event; please contact the convener Dr. Christodoulos Papavarnavas: christodoulos.papavarnavas(at)oeaw.ac.at
The event is organised in the framework of the project ‘Spaces that Matter: Enclosed and Secluded Places in Early and Middle Byzantine Hagiography’, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF no. P34478-G)