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The Byzantine Commonwealth 50 Years On: Empires and Their Afterlife

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018
Worcester College, Oxford

United Kingdom

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Celebrating the centenary of Dimitri Obolensky's birth, this conference is one of a series of events which aim to explore the singularity of Byzantium and the empire's place in the Eurasian world, and its interaction with other societies, cultures, and powers. The phenomenon of the Byzantine Commonwealth will be a central feature of these investigations.

The two-day conference, organised by Peter Frankopan and Jonathan Shepard, will address such questions as what were Byzantium's vital ingredients? Was it inclusive, exclusive, or expansionist? How and why did it appeal to members of external societies or elites? Was the afterlife of Byzantium wholly a matter of religion?

Speakers include:

Jean-Claude Cheynet (Paris-Sorbonne), Nicola Di Cosmo (IAS Princeton), Shay Eshel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nicholas Evans (Cambridge), Marie Favereau (Oxford), Tim Greenwood (St Andrew's), Cecily Hilsdale (McGill), Michael Humphreys (Cambridge), Sergei Ivanov (Moscow), Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), Paul Magdalino (St Andrew's), Kirill Maximovich (Göttingen/Frankfurt am Main), David Morgan (Wisconsin-Madison), Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz), Daphne Penna (Groningen), Peter Sarris (Cambridge), Juan Signes Codoñer (Valladolid), Vlada Stanković (Belgrade), Monica White (Nottingham), Marcin Wołoszyn (Leipzig).

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Please note that spaces are limited and registration essential. The registration fee of £20 (£10 students) covers the cost of attending all sessions, coffees and teas, and a sandwich lunch on both days.

Registration is via the Oxford University Stores.

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The conference is the first part of a series of events celebrating Dimitri Obolensky’s centenary. These feature:

An exhibition of Dimitri Obolensky’s papers mounted by Christ Church Library to run during the Conference and Michaelmas Term 2018, with a reception to mark its opening on Wednesday 26 September.

Eight lectures on the same theme of aspects of The Byzantine Commonwealth from Oxford-based scholars in Michaelmas Term 2018, constituting the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies seminar for the term.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of: John Fell OUP Research Fund; Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, Oxford History Faculty, Christ Church, and Worcester College, Oxford. 

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