GKA HUMAN 2021 VIRTUAL

April 19-24, 2021

Welcome to the 10th International Conference on Humanities. This conference aims to bring together scholars from various fields related to PERFORMANCE IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND BYZANTIUM. Performance and performativity represent an aspect of pre-modern Greek literature and culture that has not yet received sufficient attention. We are looking at performativity in its broadest sense across genres in an attempt to trace its function in various contexts. Our interdisciplinary approach is informed by the methodological lens of performance studies. We hope that the conference will contribute to the growing field of performance studies and their application in the fields of Late Antiquity and Byzantium with new material and perspectives and that it will offer scholars working on performance and performativity the possibility for a lively dialogue on aspects related to this exciting topic.

Remember that in order to deliver a talk at the conference, you must first submit your proposal for review. Deadline for submissions: March 2, 2021.
Once it is accepted, you will be able to register. The registration fee is payable to GKA for the technical support of the conference.

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Overview

The international conference aims to bring together scholars from various fields related to PERFORMANCE IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND BYZANTIUM. Performance and performativity represent an aspect of pre-modern Greek literature and culture that has not yet received sufficient attention. We are looking at performativity in its broadest sense across genres in an attempt to trace its function in various contexts. Our interdisciplinary approach is informed by the methodological lens of performance studies. We hope that the conference will contribute to the growing field of performance studies and their application in the fields of Late Antiquity and Byzantium with new material and perspectives and that it will offer scholars working on performance and performativity the possibility for a lively dialogue on aspects related to this exciting topic.

The conference comes as a conclusion to the research project hosted by the Institute for Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and we are particularly grateful to the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University (Washington DC), the Institute of Classical Studies and Liberal Arts of the American College of Greece and the Global Knowledge Academics for their support and participation in this endeavor. We are also indebted to the Center for Hellenic Studies-Harvard, Greece for its support.

Host

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (IHR/NHRF) conducts research on the political, economic, social and cultural history of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Byzantium and modern Hellenism. The Institute emerged in 2012 from the merging of the three former Humanities research institutes of the NHRF (KERA, IBR and INR), the oldest research institutions for historical and philological sciences in Greece. The Institute's research objectives are the historical documentation and interpretation, the diffusion of new knowledge, and the training of young scholars, thus contributing to national self-awareness and active presence in the international scientific community.

Co-organizers

With the support of

Honorary Committee

  • Maria Christina Chatziioannou, Director of the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation
  • Gregory Nagy and Francis Jones, Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of CHS Harvard, Washington, DC
  • Richard Martin, Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek, Professor in Classics at Stanford, Chair of the Senior Fellows and Chair for Academic Affairs, CHS Harvard, Washington, DC.
  • Anna Stavrakopoulou, Member of CHS Greece Board of Directors, Program Director of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
  • Helen Marangou, Professor of English and Modern Languages at ACG, Director of the DEREE International Honors Program, Vice president of the Board of the Hellenic Association of American Studies
  • Loren Jay Sammons, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Executive Director at The Institute for Hellenic Culture and Liberal Arts Integration of ACG
  • Karim Gherab, Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Rey Juan Carlos University, Permanent Scientific Director at GKAcademics.

Organizing Committee

  • Niki Tsironis, Institute of Historical Research - National Hellenic Research Foundation, Associate in Byzantine Studies, CHS-Harvard
  • Yiannis Petropoulos, Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, Democritus University of Thrace, Director Emeritus of CHS Harvard, Greece
  • Maria Leontsini, Senior Researcher, Institute of Historical Research - National Hellenic Research Foundation
  • George Calofonos, Byzantine Historian, Research Associate of the Performance in Late Antiquity and Byzantium Project, Institute of Historical Research, Institute of Historical Research - National Hellenic Research Foundation
  • Maria Sardi, Historian of Islamic Art, Research Associate of the Performance in Late Antiquity and Byzantium Project, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation
  • Katia Savrami, Assistant Professor in Choreology, Theatre Studies Department, University of Patras
  • Academic Secretary: Natalia Gkolfinopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Project Management: Maria Sardi – Ainos Cultural Society

Keynote Address

Performance: True or False?

Professor Peter Meineck, (Associate Professor Of Classics In The Modern World At New York University)

Peter Meineck holds the endowed chair of Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University (USA) and is Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Nottingham (UK). He specializes in ancient performance, cognitive theory, and contemporary classical drama, and has published widely on these subjects. Recent publications include Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre (Routledge 2018), Classics and Cognitive Theory (Routledge 2018), and Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (Palgrave 2015). His new translation of Aristophanes Frogs is currently in press with Hackett Publishing, and he is currently working on a new book on the tragic playwright Aeschylus. Professor Meineck founded Aquila Theatre in London in 1991, which has since become one of the foremost producers of classical drama and innovative public programming in the United States (Aquila is now based in New York). With Aquila, he has produced and/or directed over fifty professional stage productions and developed many programs aimed at giving voice to marginalized communities, including veterans, students in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, immigrants, and refugees. This work received the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Outreach Prize from the American Philological Association.

Highlighted Sessions

(subject to changes)

TEXT AND PERFORMANCE  

  • Athanasopoulou, Maria: That Willing Suspension of Disbelief:  Narratives on Theatre and Faith in the Work of C.P. Cavafy
  • Mullett, Margaret: Performance Issues in the Christos Paschon
  • Skliris, Dionisios: Is There a “Speech-Act” Theory of Performativity in Byzantine Thought?
  • Tsironis, Niki: Performativity in the poetry of Cassia the Hymnographer
  • Walker White, Andrew: Notes towards a Typology of Poetic Scholia
  • Wickes, Jeffrey: The Performance of Presence in Syriac Hagiographical Poetry

SOMATIC PERFORMANCE / BODY AND PERFORMANCE

  • Amoiridou, Evangelia: Mimes as Saints and Outcasts: Approaching the Profession of Mime in Byzantine Literature
  • Bogdanovic, Jalena: Performative Spaces of St. Theodora of Thessaloniki
  • Calofonos, George: Performances of Healing: Dreaming in the Miracles of Saint Artemios (7th c.)
  • Mitrea, Mihail: Performing Holiness in Late Byzantium: Philotheos Kokkinos's Life of Sabas the Younger
  • Savrami, Katia: Cassia’s “Woman of Many Sins”: From the Two-Dimensional to the Three-Dimensional Interpretation of Byzantine Poetry

VISUALITY AS PERFORMANCE

  • Fingarova, Galina: The Hand is Word: The Gesture of the Sign of the Cross in Byzantine Iconography
  • Marsengill, Katherine: The Icon’s Performativity
  • Panou, Eirini: The Function of Dialogues in Byzantine Religious Imagery
  • Spingou, Foteini: Ritual in Demand: The Ritual Function of the Byzantine Dedicatory Epigram on Works of Art
  • Tomić, Marka: Performativity of Old Testament Verses: Proverbs (9:1-16) in the Liturgy and Church Decoration in the Late Medieval Balkans
  • Trahoulia, Nicolette: Vatican gr. 1927: A Case of Performative Manuscript Illustration

RITUAL AND PERFORMANCE

  • Chatziprokopiou, Marios: ‘Weeping at Being Deprived of a Normal Mourning’: Modalities of Antigone in the Dramaturgy of Newton Moreno
  • Chrysafi. Eleni: Veiled Spaces and Bodies in the Byzantine Court: Textiles in Ritual Performances and Imperial Performativity
  • Gador-Whyte, Sarah: Performing Apocalyptic in Byzantine Hymnography: Romanos’ On the Three Children
  • Mavrommati, Eugenia: The Visual and Theatrical Aspects in the Ritual of the Burial Customs during Byzantine Times
  • Maximos, Fr Constas: The Mystical Liturgy of the Heart: The Mystagogy of Maximus the Confessor
  • Olkinuora, Fr Damaskinos: The Notion of Performance in the Works of Symeon of Thessalonica
  • Theologou, Kostas: Collective Memory, Rituals and Performance in Modern Greece: the Folk Dances of Sacrifice

RHETORICAL PERFORMANCE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

  • Gaul, Niels: Theatrical Performances of Epideictic Rhetoric at the (Early) Middle Byzantine Court
  • Giarenis, Ilias: A Learned Clergyman and his Audience: Performative Techniques by Nikolaos Mesarites in Constantinople Before 1204  
  • Gkolfinopoulou, Natalia: Usurpers of Power: “Performing” Legitimacy
  • Grünbart, Michael: Staging Imperial Decision Making in Byzantium
  • Lampakis, Stylianos: Michael VIII “Harranguing”
  • Leontsini, Maria: Projecting Imperial authority and Public Performance within Religious and Secular Settings (7th-8th c.)

SOUND AS PERFORMANCE

  • Blagojevic, Gordana: From the Oral Tradition to Music Text and Vice Versa. How the Performance of the Byzantine Church Music Gives Rise to Different Identity Practices
  • Koutsobina, Vassiliki: Rhetorical Aspects of Renaissance: from Notation to Delivery
  • Solomou, Stavroula: Soundscapes in the Palaiologan period: Preliminary Remarks
  • Torres, Marie Emmanuelle: Hear Byzantine Power. Performing and Experiencing Imperial Soundscape

PERFORMANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

  • Latelis, Korinna: Performers and Performance and/in Community in Mid and Late Byzantium
  • Marciniak, Przemyslaw: Teaching as Performance: Performative Teaching in the Middle Byzantine Period
  • Messis, Charis: Literary Performances of Madness and Demonic Possession in Byzantium
  • Sardi, Maria: Aspects of Performance in Victory Celebrations in Byzantium and Medieval Islam
  • Vroom, Joanita: The Unbearable Brokenness of Artefacts: Dining Utensils as Social Markers of Performance in the Byzantine World (ca. 10th-15th c.)
Not Enrolled

Conference Includes

  • 14 Panels
  • 1 Room