All sessions will be held in Churchill College, Cambridge, unless otherwise indicated. Book displays are located in the Bevin Room and Seminar Room 1. Coffee and Tea will be served in the Buttery. Lunch will served in the Dining Hall.

Please note that the Communications sessions schedule, including abstracts, is available here.

Saturday 30th March

Registration from 8.45 a.m. (Wolfson Hall Foyer)

Welcome: Peter Sarris (Cambridge) (9.45 a.m.)

Opening Speaker: Claudia Rapp (Vienna) (10.00 a.m.)

Coffee (10.30-11.00 a.m.)

Session One: The Blood of Christ (sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation) (11.00 a.m. -1.00 p.m.)
Chair: Peter Sarris (Cambridge)
Jane Baun (Oxford) ‘Blood in the Byzantine Religious Imagination’
Heather Hunter-Crawley (Independent) ‘Blood and Materiality in the Early Byzantine Eucharist’
Phil Booth (Oxford) ‘The Body and Blood of Christ: The Eucharist From Chalcedon to Iconoclasm’
Ioannis Papadogiannakis (KCL) ‘The Byzantine Emperor, Pontius Pilate and the Blood of Christ: An Episode in Ritual-Symbolic Communication in 10th Century Byzantium’

Lunch (1.00 p.m.-2.00 p.m.) (Meeting of graduate students and early career academics with Leslie Brubaker, Chair of SPBS, in Seminar Room 5, opposite Dining Hall)

Session Two: The Blood and Milk of the Martyrs (sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research) (2.00 p.m.-3.30 p.m.)
Chair: Averil Cameron (Oxford)
Elena Draghici-Valilescu (Oxford) ‘Nourished by the Manna or By the Word? Blood and Milk in the Writings of Clement of Alexandria.’
Anne Alwis (Kent) ‘Earth, Milk and Fire: Analysing the Blood of the Martyrs’
Stavroula Constantinou (Cyprus) ‘The Martyr’s Body: Sanctification Through Blood and Milk’

Coffee (3.30 p.m.-3.45 p.m.)

Communications (i) (3.45 p.m.-6.00 p.m.) (SPBS Exec Meeting in Seminar Room 5)

Reception (6.00 p.m. in the Foyer) (Sponsored by Cambridge University Press to celebrate the publication of The Cambridge Grammar of Medieval and Early Modern Greek by D. Holton, G. Horrocks, N. Jannssen, T. Lendari, I. Manolessou and N. Toufexis, and The Novels of the Emperor Justinian – A Complete Annotated English Translation by D. Miller and P. Sarris)

Sunday 31 March

Please remember ‘British Summer Time’ begins today, so your watches need to go forward by ONE HOUR.

Session Three: Blood, Dynasty, and Kinship (i) (9.00 a.m.-10.30 a.m.)
Chair: Olenka Pevny (Cambridge)
Andrew Marsham (Cambridge) ‘Kinship and Dynasty in the First Century of Islam’
Philip Wood (Aga Khan University, London) ‘The Politics of Marriage: Christians and Muslims in the Abbasid Jazira’
Nick Evans (Cambridge) ‘Kinship Ideologies Between Byzantium and the Steppe’

Coffee (10.30 a.m.-11.00 a.m.)

Session Four: Blood, Dynasty and Kinship (ii) (11.00 a.m.-12.30 a.m.)
Chair: Michael Humphreys (Cambridge)
Alex Vukovich ‘Dynasty and Bloody Conflict in Early Rus’
Peter Frankopan (Oxford) “I will make your towns and provinces run with blood until I set my spear in Byzantium itself” – Blood, Dynasty and Kinship in Komnenian Byzantium’
Ruth Macrides (Birmingham) ‘Blood or Election? The Imperial Office in the Thirteenth Century’

Lunch (12.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m.) (SPBS AGM 1.00 p.m. -2.00 p.m.)

Session Five: Bloodshed (sponsored by Mr Turlough Stone, Quadrant Chambers, London) (2.00 p.m.- 4.00 p.m.)
Chair: Holger Zellentin (Cambridge)
Yannis Souraitis (Edinburgh) ‘Violence and Bloodshed in Byzantine Internal Strife’
Theodora Antonopolou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) ‘(Re)writing Bloodshed in Middle Byzantine Passions, Homilies and Hymns on Saints’
Maroula Perisanidi (Leeds) ‘There Won’t Be Blood: Comparative Views on Violence in Canon Law’
Michael Humphreys (Cambridge) ‘Blood, Bloodshed and Bloody Penalties in Byzantine Law, c.600-900’

Tea (4.00 p.m.-4.15 p.m.)

Communications (ii) (4.00 p.m.-6.15 p.m.)

Conference Feast, Trinity College (drinks reception in the ‘Old Combination Room’ 7.00 p.m.-8.00 p.m. Dinner will be served in the ‘Old Kitchens’ at 8.00 p.m. Dress code: smart casual. Access via stairs to Hall).

Monday 1 April

Communications (iii) (9.00 a.m.-10.00 a.m)

Coffee (10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.)

Session Six: Blood in Byzantine Medicine (10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.)
Chair: Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (Cambridge)
Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge) ‘Blood and Generation in Late Antique Medicine’
Petros Bouras-Vallianatos  (Edinburgh)‘The Role of Blood in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease in Byzantine Medical Literature’
Barbara Zipser (Royal Hollway University of London) ‘Blood in Byzantine Therapeutic Texts’
Caroline Goodson (Cambridge) ‘Ingredients For Medicine in Early Medieval Italy’

Concluding Remarks: Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (12.30 p.m.) and announcement of next symposium by Ruth Macrides (12.45 p.m.)

Lunch (12.45 p.m.-2.00 p.m.)

Meeting of TTB Editorial Board (2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.) (Seminar Room 5)

From 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 pm there will be a display of Byzantine and Byzantine-related manuscripts in the Wren Library, Trinity College. The items displayed include the famous ‘Freshfield Album’, which constitutes our most important visual record of Constantinople in the early Ottoman period. The Wren Library should be accessed via the back entrance to Trinity College (‘The Avenue’) off Queens’ Road (‘The Backs’) or via Garret Hostel Lane.