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Byzantıne news (2020-21)

after constantıne

We are happy to announce the launch of  a new journal entitled "After Constantine: Stories fro the Late antique and early Byzantine era.

"After Constantine" is a peer-reviewed and open-access academic journal and it is published online once a year. Its purpose is to bring Late Antiquity to the spotlight by hosting papers that underline its importance to classic and byzantine studies and contribute to a better piece of knowledge in the academic community. And the journal is hosted and published by the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), an entity which operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

In order to access the journal: 

Unıversıty of bırmıngham, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies




23rd May 2020, University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham announces the Call for Papers for the 21st Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Papers and posters are invited on the theme of colour, emotion and the senses. The investigation of the above themes has the potential to grant insight into the everyday experiences of people, transcending class, gender and race. This colloquium aims to explore the lives of people across the eastern Mediterranean from a variety of perspectives, from Late Antiquity through to the Present Day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Margaret Mullett, Harvard University/Dumbarton Oaks emerita.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Taste, food and feasting

  • Sound and celebration

  • Family, kinship and relations

  • Religion and the sensory experience

  • Music and dance

  • Costume and colour

Papers of approximately 20 minutes or posters (maximum size A1) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 6th April 2020 to

The Organising Committee

Panagiota Mantouvalou (University of Birmingham)

Laura Marie Clark (University of Birmingham)

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Internatıonal scıentıfıc conference 

Kıng mılutın and the palaeologan age: Hıstory, lıterature, cultural herıtage

(24-26 october 2021, skopje)

King Milutin and the Palaeologan Age, Ca
King Milutin and the Palaeologan Age, Ca

Images of the Holy Passion in Byzantine Art, The Orthodox Academy of Crete and the "After Constantine" journal

(20 aprıl 2021, 18.00 Athens tıme)

The Orthodox Academy of Crete and the "After Constantine" journal, in collaboration with the academic community of the Bilkent and Hacettepe universities "Byzantium at Ankara", as well as the "Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean" community of the University of Birmingham are organizing a webinar entitled “Images of the Holy Passion in Byzantine Art.”


The event aims to present and study Jesus' tortures from their archaeological point, and calls us to travel through the time, understand the Holy crucifixion and its historical background, and familiarize ourselves with its byzantine artistic view through the centuries.


The webinar will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, 20 April, at 18:00 (Athens time) and it will be available for watching via the Orthodox Academy's YouTube channel, by clicking the "LIVE" button during the webinar's start.


Mariam Didebulidze:
Georgian Medieval Mural Painting in the Context of Byzantine and Eastern Christian Art: The 13th-century Wall Painting of the Church at Kintsvisi as an Example of Cultural Interactions
18 May 2021, 3:00pm

Georgian art has been an important part of the Eastern Christian culture since the early Christian period. It shares the main artistic concepts and “language” developed in the Byzantine world, namely in Constantinople and the Holy Land. Yet at the same time, due to its unique cultural and historical traditions, it reveals its own “voice”. Even though strong cultural interactions with Byzantine art can be seen nearly in every sphere of art, especially in painting, Georgian art clearly has its specific character, which does not always coincide with that of Byzantium.

The early 13th-century wall paintings of the St. Nicholas Church at Kintsvisi––one of the most outstanding works of the medieval Georgian art––sheds light on this phenomenon. Its comprehensive theological programme comprises rare themes. This presentation focuses on the royal portraits and the role of the commissioner in the programme’s conception, the coloring of the painting, and the impact of the natural light on the colour’s perception, as well as the pictorial structuring of the interior and the “choreography” of the beholder’s movements prompted by its layout. It furthermore reflects on contemporary religious controversies. The murals at Kintsvisi, which at first glance seem to follow mainstream Byzantine art, are distinguished by an exceptional artistic imagery and a very peculiar iconographic programme. The analysis, moreover, contributes to a better understanding of Georgia’s relations with Byzantine art and Eastern Christian art more generally.

Mariam Didebulidze is a leading scholar of the George Chubinashvili National Research Center for History of Georgian Art history and Heritage Preservation (Tbilisi, Georgia). From 2008–2018 she was a director of the Chubinashvili Centre. She is currently professor at the Tbilisi Theological Academy, where she teaches the history of Byzantine painting. Her academic research focusses on medieval Christian art and architecture in Georgia, with a special emphasis on mural painting, and it covers also the field of cultural heritage preservation. Didebulidze is author and co-author of several books and articles on Georgian medieval art and its relations with Byzantine art. Her most recent publications are “The Tradition of Representation of the Mother of God in Medieval Georgian Art” in The Tradition of the Adoration of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church, ed. by D. Muskhelishvili (New York, 2020);“Representation of Architecture in Medieval Georgian Murals”, in: Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, 13/3, 2019 (Tbilisi, 2019); and “Cultural interaction in Caucasus and Beyond: investigation issues”, in: Cultural Interactions in Medieval Georgia, ed. by. M. Bacci, Th. Kaffenberger and M. Studer-Karlen (Wiesbaden, 2018). 

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