Byzantium and the Modern Imagination: Patterns of the Reception of Byzantium in Modern Culture

  • 12 – 13 September 2018
  • Arna Nováka 1, Brno, building A
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12. 09. 2018



Opening remarks (Przemysław Marciniak)

10.00 – 11. 00 

Keynote Speech (chair: Markéta Kulhánková)

  • Helena Bodin (Stockholm/Uppsala): Reception studies beyond Byzantine exceptionalism

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00 

The one with Byzantium and politics (chair: Helena Bodin)

  • Koray Durak (Istanbul): Finding Byzantium in Turkish Highschool Textbooks
  • Andrzej Kompa (Łódź): ‘Byzantium’ and ‘Byzantine’ in the modern public discourse in Poland
  • Dora E. Solti (Budapest): The Image of Byzantium in 21st century Hungary

13.00 – 15.00 Lunch break

15.00 – 16.00

The one with Byzantium and literature (chair: Dora E. Solti)

  • Olof Heilo (Lund): “The Barbarians Will Always Stay”: Rose Macaulay in Trebizond and the Search for Time Lost
  • Matthew Kinloch (Vienna): Historical Fiction and Fictional History of Byzantium: Constructing Causation in Lord Geoffrey's Fancy and the Chronicle of Morea

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break


The one with Byzantium and more literature (chair: Matthew Kinloch)

  • Katerina Liasi (Nicosia): The Byzantinism of M. Karagatsis. The case of the novel Σέργιος και Βάκχος
  • Markéta Kulhánková (Brno): Historical Mystification, Young-Adult Fiction, and Murder Mystery: Fragments of Byzantium in Czech Literature

19.00 Reception for speakers and invited guests


13. 09. 2018

9.30 – 11.00

The one with Byzantium and popular culture (chair: Petra Melichar)

  • Lilia Diamantopoulou (Vienna): Byzantium in Comics
  • Ellen Söderblom Saarela (Stockholm): Empress Theodora: a “Chick Lit” Heroine
  • Marco Fasolio (Genova): Games of Byzantium. The Image of the Empire in Three Strategy Video Games

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30

The one with cinema (chair: Katarzyna Warcaba)

  • Florin Leonte (Olomouc): From History to Propaganda: Byzantinism in Romanian Cinema before 1989
  • Buket Kitapçı Bayrı (Istanbul): The Byzantium as a Metaphor in Turkish Popular Literature and Cinema (1923-2013)

12.30 – 14.30 Lunch Break


The one with Byzantium and art  (chair: Florin Leonte)

  • Myrto Veikou (Uppsala): Bonds and Affinities of Successive Spaces: Spatial Reception at the site of the Museum of Acropolis in Athens, from Late Antiquity to the Present Day
  • Fani Gargova (Vienna): Popularizing Byzantine Architecture – The 1900 Paris World Exhibition as a Turning Point for Byzantine Revival Architecture

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

The one with Byzantium and more art (chair: Koray Durak)

  • Maria Sampatakaki (Athens): Byzantium through Art and Technology
  • Tonje Sorensen (Bergen), Patterns of the Past – Benjamin-Constant’s Depiction of Theodora and its Legacy

Closing remarks

 18.30 Dinner for invited guests


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