My research focuses on Byzantine cloisonné enamel and precious metalwork, with an emphasis on the intersection of Byzantine study of the natural sciences with practices of artistic production. My other interests include the role that highly-skilled craftsmanship played in Byzantine articulations of imperial power, and the position of art-making in Byzantine hierarchies of knowledge. I’ve held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. I am also a practicing goldsmith and incorporate aspects of historic technique reconstruction into my research and publications.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Center for the Study of Christianity, October 2017) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, September 2016) Postdoc in History of Medieval Art (Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Urbino, March 2016) Visiting Professor (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, 2015-2016) Teaching Fellow (Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome) Postdoc in History of Medieval Art (Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, 2014-2015) Phd in History of Byzantine Art (Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, June 2013) Webmaster for the official website of AISB – Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini http://www.studibizantini.it — RESEARCH INTERESTS — * Medieval art and architecture in Italy; * Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval ivory carvings; * Byzantine book illumination; visual rhetoric and relation between text and image; * History of Medieval and Byzantine studies at the turn of the twentieth century; * Impact of the Grand Tour on the rediscovery of medieval and Byzantine art between the 18th and the 19th centuries; * Fakes, forgeries, copies; * Collections and collectors of early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval works of art.
…I am studying for a DPhil (PhD) in Byzantine History at St John’s College, Oxford, where I completed the MPhil Late Antique and Byzantine Studies in 2017 with Distinction. I previously studied for the BA History at Brasenose College, Oxford, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours….
My research interests lie in the textual and material culture of Byzantine and Norman Italy, particularly relating to questions of community structure and ethnic and religious identity on the imperial frontier with Islamic North Africa. My thesis focuses especially on synthesising the Arabic sources for Byzantine Italy with their Greek and Latin counterparts, and I aim to show that, through relationships between Italo-Greek Christians and different religious and ethnic communities, the westernmost Byzantine province of Calabria was deeply connected to the Fatimid world of North and sub-Saharan Africa, certainly more so than its connection to the imperial centre at Constantinople. In this vein, my MPhil thesis analysed the construction of authority in Calabrian hagiographic texts and Arabic documents from Tunisia, observing the ways in which the highly stylised portrayal of the ‘holy man’ revealed tensions in local society between Orthodoxy, loyalty to the imperial government, and the attractions of the Islamic world. My secondary interests are the reception and portrayal of the far south of Italy in modern Italian cultural discourse and the life of Matilda of Canossa. I am interested more broadly in Byzantine and Early Medieval history, hagiography, historical geography, numismatics, and cultural history. I am always keen to debate comparative questions on the history of religious pluralism and identity in frontier societies. Outside of my academic research, I am determined to improve the accessibility of Byzantine Studies to students and lay-readers alike. I am passionate about the translation of foreign-language sources into English, and work on this myself, and about challenging the underlying Eurocentric assumptions in medieval studies that lead to Byzantine history being relegated from medieval curricula. I would be delighted to be contacted by western medievalists wishing to work collaboratively on this matter. I am the president of the Oxford University Byzantine Society.
…PhD Candidate In Byzantine Studies…
…BA in Classic and Medieval Archaeology at Sapienza University of Rome.
MA Antiquity in Byzantine Studies at University of Birmingham.
PhD candidate in Byzantine Studies at University of Birmingham….
Nila Namsechi is currently a PhD candidate in Byzantine, Ottoman and Greek modern Studies at University of Birmingham where she offers the first systematic study of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Duchy of Naples from c650-1000.Drawing together over fifty years of textual and archaeological research, her thesis will address the transition period that Naples underwent during these centuries by examining the built environment and monumental topography of the city and the territory of Duchy of Naples. Furthermore, her thesis aims to understand the cultural impact of Byzantium alongside other regional cultures on Naples. She is also interested in the study of Persian literature and transcription of Medieval manuscripts in English.
…Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ, Former Chair of the Communications Committee)
Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC)
Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature (SSMLL)
The Society for Emblem Studies (SES)
The Society for the Promotion of the Byzantine Studies (SPBS)
The Tolkien Society (TS)…
…Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies (2016), Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in Byzantine Studies, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Cyprus
M.Litt. with Distinction in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2009), Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (GCMRS), University of Glasgow
B.A. with Distinction in History and Archaeology with a Minor in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2008), Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, University of Cyprus…
…2018-present PhD Candidate, Medieval History, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2017-2018 MSc Late Antique, Islamic & Byzantine Studies (distinction), University of Edinburgh, UK
2015-2017 MRes Historical Studies (cum laude), Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2016 Exchange student at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
2012-2015 BA History (cum laude), Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands…
PhD Candidate in Medieval History at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands My doctoral research is on the role of charitable institutions and the care for the body in late antique and middle Byzantine urban centres.
…Byzantine Studies Association of North America
College Art Association
International Center for Medieval Art
Medieval Academy of America
Sweet Briar Friends of Art
Society of Architectural Historians…
…BA History, Pembroke College, Cambridge, 2012-15
MRes Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, 2015-17
Studying at University of Vienna, 2017-present…
I’m James Baillie, I’m a pre-doctoral Universitatsassistent in digital humanities at the University of Vienna, originally hailing from the east of England. My research interests focus on the Black Sea region and the Caucasus in the Middle Ages, especially the history of Georgia, and my current project is the construction of a Prosopographical database covering Georgia in the twelfth century.
…2015–2019: PhD in History, University of Manchester.
Thesis: ‘Ecclesiastical Networks and the Papacy at the End of Late Antiquity, c. 550–700’.
2014–2015: MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford.
2011–2014: BA in History, University of Oxford….
I am a historian of cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. My doctoral research revisited the history of the seventh-century papacy through the perspective of its networks. Although this period is frequently seen as when the unity of Christendom fractured, by considering together admirers of Rome from both the post-Roman West and the Eastern Roman Empire, I argue that we can trace how echoes of Greek disputes were passed westwards by these transnational pro-papal networks. My current and forthcoming publications therefore focus on the influence of eastern ideas on Latin authors, particularly Gregory of Tours and the Venerable Bede, and argue for a more interconnected Christendom at the end of late antiquity. My postdoctoral project, beginning in October 2019 and funded by the Irish Research Council, examines mobility in the Merovingian kingdoms and places the well-known monastic and ecclesiastical movements of this period within a larger history of late-antique ascetic migrations. I will also continue to explore other aspects of mobility in the sixth and seventh centuries in a number of planned publications, including studies on exchanges across the Roman-Persian frontier and the post-Roman reception of eastern ‘heresies’.
2019. “An Astronomical Curriculum between Byzantine and Islamicate Worlds”, the 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies