2021 Virtual Short Course: Byzantine Material Culture and Topography
The British School at Athens is delighted to invite its students and supporters to attend a free short course, offering virtual tours and virtual object handling sessions on the theme of ‘Byzantine Material Culture and Topography’. This course is intended both for those who are new to the study of the Byzantine world, and also for more experienced scholars who would like first-hand (virtual) access to Byzantine material culture.
Please register for this free series of virtual lectures below:
‘The Byzantine Research Fund Archival Collection‘ – Amalia Kakissis and Hallvard Indgjerd
Monday 14th June, 2pm–3pm
‘Material Culture I: Ceramics‘ – Rossana Valente and Matteo Randazzo
Thursday 17th June, 2pm–3pm
‘The Topography of Byzantine Athens‘ – Maria Papadaki and Michael Loy
Tuesday 22nd June, 2pm –3pm
‘Material Culture II: Coins‘ – Alexandra Vukovich
Friday 25th June, 2pm–3pm
Although these lectures are designed as a series and participants will gain most if they can attend all sessions, attendance throughout the whole course is not mandatory. All times are UK (BST).
- Information on the in-person course (not running in 2021)
This intensive two-week course will provide students with an interdisciplinary masterclass in Byzantine archaeology, art and history. Participants will gain wide-ranging insights into the role of material culture in Byzantine life and belief, together with the role that art, architecture and practice played in shaping experiences and medieval worldviews.
Students will benefit not only from visits to key sites and museums both in and outside Athens but also from unprecedented access to the BSA Archive’s ‘Byzantine Research Fund’ collection. This unique archive of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks was created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects, and records Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus. Teaching will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars both in the classroom or as part of site-visits in museums and sites. Field trips will include a tour of the Byzantine remains of the Acropolis in Athens and the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and also visits to the Monasteries of Dafni, Hosios Loukas, and the Byzantine towns of Mystras and Monemvasia.
The course is limited to 10 places. We welcome applications both from students studying for postgraduate degrees in Byzantine Studies, and from students with no prior background wishing to take this course as an intensive introduction to the subject. Mature students and life-long learners are also very welcome to apply.
The next course in Byzantine Archaeology and History is scheduled to run 13 – 26 June 2021. Please see below for a course programme, flyer, and application form.