Some Friday Varia

I’m traveling today, so the the picks are a bit more spartan than usual, but there are always things worth reading on the so-called internets.

At the end of the page, you’ll find the program for today’s colloquium at Dumbarton Oaks. You can read my paper here.

IMG 4463Bargepole at The Beach
Here’s the rest of my day:

The Insular World of Byzantium

Friday, November 15

8:30am                        Morning registration and coffee
9:00                Welcome (Anna Stavrakopoulou, Dumbarton Oaks)
9:15                 Introduction (Luca Zavagno and Nikolas Bakirtzis) 

Chair: Luca Zavagno

9:30-10:00       Salvatore Cosentino (Università di Bologna)
Pillars of Empire: The Economic Role of the Big Mediterranean Islands from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

10:00-10:30     Sarah Davis-Secord (University of New Mexico)
Encounters on the Edge of the Empire: Muslims and Christians in Byzantine Sicilian Hagiography 

10:30-11:00     Q&A Session
11:00-11:15     Coffee Break 

11:15-11:45     Joanita Vroom (Leiden University)
From Euboia to Cyprus: Byzantine Trade in Context

11:45-12:15     Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute)
Islands as Deserts: Monastic Practice, Patronage, and Control

12:15 – 12:45  Q&A Session
12:45 – 2:30     Lunch Break 

Chair: Nikolas Bakirtzis

2:30 – 3:00       William Caraher (University of North Dakota)
An Island Archaeology of Early Byzantine Cyprus

3:00-3:30         Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)
“A Lost World That Never Died”: Urban Landscapes in the Byzantine Tyrrhenian in the Passage from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

3:30-4:00         Q&A Session
4:00-4:15         Coffee Break 

4:15-4:45         Jonathan Shea (Dumbarton Oaks)
Ruling the Islands of Byzantium: Evidence for Administration and Government in the Sigillographic Material

4:45-5:00         Q&A Session 
5:00-5:30         Final discussion and concluding remarks 

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