Call for Papers: Panelists for Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Session at 58th

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture invites papers for its sponsored panel at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 11–13, 2023.

Audience and Action in Byzantine Ceremonies
Session organized by Nikolas Churik (Princeton University) & Erik Ellis (Hillsdale College)

This panel invites a wide-range of papers on the question of popular presence and participation in Byzantine public ritual. In particular, the panel is interested in idealized and non-idealized participation. It aims to consider especially how the people are understood to take part in public ceremonies through their normative representatives (guilds, nationalities, ethnic groups) or upset those norms due to some limiting factor (geography, social status, ability). The papers may come from relevant disciplines (literary/area studies, history, religious studies, art history, among others) and from any relevant linguistic or cultural field.

To read the full call for papers, please visit

Abstracts of 300 words are due September 15, 2022. Abstracts must be submitted using CONFEX, the conference portal ( The session will take place in-person.

Please submit any questions about the panel to Nick Churik (nchurik[at]

The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $600 maximum for scholars based in North America and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside North America. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

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