CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference: The Arts and Rituals of Pilgrimage (01-03 December 2022)


Time and Place:
01-03 December 2022, University of Cyprus

Description of the Event:
The Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals (NetMAR), an international, interdisciplinary network investigating the overlaps between medieval arts and rituals, invites applications for 20-minute papers that address the broad theme of Arts & Rituals of Pilgrimage.

Confirmed Speakers: Stavroula Constantinou, Ivan Foletti, Georgia Frank, Cornelia Horn, Stephen Jaeger, Gerhard Jaritz, and Nils Holger Petersen

 

Please send an abstract of 250 words (including a title and the thematic stream you are applying for) together with a short biographical note (100 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 31 July 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 2022.

For further details and the CFP in PDf form , please visit the Official NetMar Website here.

 

 

Medieval Emotions and Cognitive Neuroscience: CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (deadline 15 February 2022)
ONISILOS – Co-funding InternatiONal, InterdiSciplinary and IntersectoraL research excellence at the University Of Cyprus


The Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals (CeMAR; https://www.ucy.ac.cy/cemar/en/), the Centre for Applied Neuroscience (CAN; https://www.cancyprus.org/), and the Discourse, Context, and Society Lab (DISCONSO; https://newdev.ucy.ac.cy/disconso/) at the University of Cyprus (UCY) invite expressions of interest for applications for the ONISILOS Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND project. CeMAR, CAN, and DISCONSO will jointly mentor and support selected eligible candidates with a background in medieval studies and/or cognitive neuroscience in preparing an application for an Individual Fellowship. All supported applications will have to be on topics that fall within the theme of medieval emotions and cognitive neuroscience.

Interested candidates are asked to submit:
1. a two-page description of their proposed project, taking into account the three sections of the Individual Fellowship proposal (Excellence, Impact, and Implementation – see the Guide for Applicants, including the template https://rea.ec.europa.eu/system/files/2021-06/Guide%20for%20applicants%20- %20MSCA%20PF%202021.pdf), and
2. a one-page CV, by email to Dr Stavroula Constantinou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 15, 2022.

For further details, see here.

 

NetMAR first Stakeholders Workshop
26 January 2022


Time and Place: 
The first NetMAR Stakeholder Workshop will be held between 9am and 12pm in the morning of 26th January 2022 at the “Andreas Patsalides” hall of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.

 

Description of the Event: 
The workshop will provide the opportunity for the exchange of ideas, insights, and best practices between a broad network of academics, industry experts, policy makers, and key actors of local and governmental agencies in an informal and friendly environment.

The keynote speaker of the workshop will be Ms Caroline Couret, the renowned founder of the Creative Tourism Network based in Barcelona. Ms Couret will speak on the subject of “Creative Tourism as a New Way to Experience Heritage” and explain the fundamental principles of creative tourism, which promotes tourism linked to the local culture of a place and promotes active participation in creative activities, linked to a place’s heritage and identity.

The workshop will also feature Dr Stavroula Constantinou, Project Coordinator of NetMAR, an international network that pairs the University of Cyprus and its recently launched Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals (CeMAR) with two advanced research centres: the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Bamberg in Germany. Dr Constantinou will speak on the subject of “Bridging Academia and Industry: The Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals”.

 

To register, please fill in the form here: https://forms.office.com/r/Mhn1zkzYZ3 . 

 

For the invitation, the Programme and all further details, please visit the NetMar official site.

 

 

Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium

 5-7 November 2021.

Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals

University of Cyprus
Learning Resource Centre

University of Cyprus Library “Stelios Ioannou”

Room LRC 019

Hybrid Conference with ZOOM presentations.


Register here

POSTER

For the Poster of the Conference click here.

PROGRAMME and ABSTRACTS

For the Final Programme and details, along with the Abstracts of all talks, please click here.

 

 

Online Breastfeeding Seminars for Parents, Cyprus Breastfeeding Association “Gift for Life”


Participation of the MotherBreast Team in the Online Μeetings for pregnant women and young parents organized by the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association (Participating Organization in the MotherBreast Project).

 Presentation:
Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium (4th century BCE-7th  century CE).

 

Time and Place:

Zoom Event
23 October 2021, 10 am.

For details for registration and the schedule of the event please visit the FB page of the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association, here.

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: NetMAR at IMC 2022, 9-14 MAY 2022

 


The international Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals (NetMAR) is seeking to organise a session at the 57th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,  9-14 May, 2022.

 

Drawing on the founding premise of NetMAR – that medieval arts (visual, performing, and literary) cannot be sufficiently or productively understood unless they are examined together and in relation to rituals and that rituals are better comprehended within the framework of their associated arts – the proposed session invites proposals for papers that investigate the intersections between medieval rituals and artworks (visual, performing, and literary).

Deadline for submissions: 05 September, 2021.

For more information, please contact: Stavroula Constantinou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For a full CFP, and for information on how to submit a proposal for this panel please see here.

 

VIRTUAL LEEDS INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS, 5-9 JULY 2021


The MotherBreast Programme is participating in the Leeds International Medieval Congress, which is organized as a virtual event in July 2021 (5-9 July), with a series of sessions (4 in total) entitled: Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages.

Date and Time:
Wednesday 7 July, 9am-6pm British Summer Time (GMT+1).

Breast Rules Leeds Sessions: 
Breast Rules: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages, I - Mothers and Wet Nurses [Session No: 1008]
Breast Rules: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages, II - Motherhood, Breastfeeding, and Religion [Session No: 1108]
Breast Rules: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages, III - Milk and Blood [Session No: 1208]
Breast Rules: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages, IV - Breastfeeding in Art and Literature [Session No: 1308]

SESSION I (Wednesday 7 July 2021: 09.00-10.30)
Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.
1.Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine &Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Whose Milk Is Best?: The Mother-Wet Nurse Debate in Byzantine Culture
2.The Date Palm and the Wet Nurse: Commodified Breast Milk in Medieval Jewish Thought
Rebecca Winer, Department of History, Villanova University, Pennsylvania

SESSION II (Wednesday 7 July 2021: 11.15-12.45)
Mati Meyer, Department of Literature, Language & the Arts, Open University of Israel, Raanana.
1.Birth and Maternity in Byzantine Prayerbooks
Eirini Afentoulidou, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
2. Children in Distress: Agonising Mothers as Intercessors in Byzantine Miracle Collections
Andria Andreou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
3. Mothers in Pain: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding in Greek Martyrdom Accounts
Christodoulos Papavarnavas, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien

SESSION III (Wednesday 7 July 2021: 14.15-15.45)
Christodoulos Papavarnavas, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
1.The Use and Symbolism of a 'Masculine' Milk from the Egyptian Period of the Pyramids to the Medieval Period
Sandra Jaeggi-Richoz, Centre Suisse Islam et Société (CSIS), Université de Fribourg
2.Milk in Ancient and Byzantine Medical Treatises
Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

SESSION IV (Wednesday 7 July 2021: 16.30-18.00)
Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
1.Breastfeeding in the Greek Anthology
Maria Christodoulou, Independent Scholar, Cyprus
2.Breastfeeding in Byzantine Art: Aspects of Materiality and Realia
Mati Meyer, Department of Literature, Language & the Arts, Open University of Israel, Raanana
3. St Nicholas Refuses His Mother's Breast: Some Reflections on Iconography between Byzantium and the West
Irene Caracciolo, Dipartimento di Storia Antropologia Religioni Arte Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'

 

 

NetMar Fringe Event: Leeds International Medieval Congress


Participation of the Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals with a Fringe Event in the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

Time and Place:
8 July, 1-2pm UK time.

Details:

Join us on Thursday 8 July 2021 at the International Medieval Congress hosted by the University of Leeds, where NetMAR members will present the network and talk about the meaning, value, and challenges of heritage. This lunchtime event (1-2pm UK time) will take place as part of IMC 2021 Fringe Events. The panel discussion is organised by NetMAR Project Coordinator, Dr Stavroula Constantinou of the Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals at the University of Cyprus and will feature also Prof. Ingrid Bennewitz (Bamberg), Dr Detlef Goller (Bamberg), Dr Nils Holger Petersen (Southern Denmark), Dr Rosa Rodriguez Porto (Southern Denmark), and Dr Christos Hadjiyiannis (UCY).

 

To register and learn more about the event, please follow the link here.

 

Online Breastfeeding Seminars for Parents, Cyprus Breastfeeding Association “Gift for Life”


 

Participation of the MotherBreast Team in the Online Μeetings for pregnant women and young parents organized by the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association (Participating Organization in the MotherBreast Project).

 Presentation:

Title: Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium (4th century BCE-7th  century CE).

Content: Brief historical overview on the phenomenon of breastfeeding in Antiquity and Early Byzantium, brief presentation of the MotherBreast Project.

Time and Place:

Zoom Events.
First Participation: 12 June 2021, 10 am.

For details for registration and the schedule of the event please visit the FB page of the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association, here.

 

 

International Workshop: Mothers in the Time of the Church Fathers: Maternal Thought and Maternal Practice between Normative Representations and Individual Transgressions



An International Workshop organized by Dr. Giulia Pedrucci, Member of the MotherBreast Team.

  

This workshop builds on a long-lasting research project that aims at investigating how and to what extent religion, through the words of mainly male authorities, has dictated the female perception of the role of mother and has affected the daily life of mothers.


Time and place (tbc):
17-18 February 2022,
University of Verona (Italy).

Please, send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  until 15 July 2021.

 

For the CFP and further details, please see here.

 

FEMALE AUTHORITY AND HOLINESS IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY AND BYZANTIUM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE


Participation of the Project Coordinator Stavroula Constantinou in the International Conference on Female Authority and Holiness in Early Christianity and Byzantium which will take place as a virtual event via Zoom.

Title of presentation:
Mothers' Time: The Temporality of Motherhood in the Life of Martha and the Life of Symeon Stylite the Younger.

Date and Time:
Wednesday 12 May, 10.00-10.30 am (CET)

The conference will take place entirely via ZOOM. To register please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the programme and details, please see here.

 

 

INTERDEPARTMENTAL POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME IN BYZANTINE STUDIES AND THE LATIN EAST: OPEN DAY EVENT


The Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in Byzantine Studies and the Latin East of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Cyprus warmly invites you to its Open Day (online event).

Time and place:
Online Meeting Via Zoom
Wednesday 17 March 2021, 17.00- 19.00.

For details, please see here.

 

VIRTUAL LEEDS INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS, 5-9 JULY 2021


 

The MotherBreast Programme is participating in the Leeds International Medieval Congress, which is organized as a virtual event in July 2021 (5-9 July), with a series of sessions (4 in total) entitled: Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages.

Date and Time:
Wednesday 7 July, 9am-6pm British Summer Time (GMT+1).

For details on the sessions, see here.

 

NETMAR: KICK-OFF EVENT, 11-12 FEBRUARY 2021


The Director of the Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals (CeMAR) of the University of Cyprus, Assoc.Professor Stavroula Constantinou and all the valued co-participants of the NetMar Team, invite you to join them on the kick-off event of the Network of Medieval Arts and Rituals Project (NetMAR). 


Time and online venue: 
ΖΟΟΜ event. Thursday 11 February (starting time on Thursday:15.15), Friday 12 February.

Registration: 
The event is free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration is necessary. Please register at: https://ucy.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdeugpzooHtNgIadlMYT01ka1Lpuy1yvL .

For information please contact Dr. Christos Hadjiyiannis at: the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the Programme of the Event, please see here. 

 

Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium

 5-7 November 2021.


 

Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies

University of Cyprus | Nicosia, Cyprus

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Bolman, Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Stavroula Constantinou, Mati Meyer, Maria Parani, Giulia Pedrucci, Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Laurence Totelin, Niki Tsironi.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

For the Call For Papers (deadline for proposal submissions: end of April 2020), click here.

 

 

ZINONIO FREE UNIVERSITY, LARNACA -EVENT POSTPONED, NEW DATE: 8/12/2020. 24/11/2020. Second postponement of the event. 


All lectures of the Zinonion Open University scheduled up to the end of April 2020 were cancelled, due to the pandemic. The MotherBreast Lecture had been rescheduled for the 24th of November 2020, 7pm. Due to the pandemic, a new postponement of the event has been decided. We are now delighted to announce that the lecture has been rescheduled for the 8th of December (Tuesday). A small number of invited guests will attend the event. But the lecture will also be transmitted live via the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation(CyBC) radio channel 1 (CyBC1, 97.2).


Participation of the MotherBreast Project in the series of lectures of the Zinonio Free University of Larnaca.

Details: 

Presentation:
"Motherhood and breastfeeding from antiquity to today" (lecture to be given in Greek)

Speakers:

Stavroula Constantinou,
Monica Michaelidou,
Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou.

Time and place:

Tuesday,  8 December 2020, 7pm. (17 March, 7pm-9pm, new date 24 November 2020 7pm-9pm).

House of Arts and Literature (former Ottoman Bank),
King Paul Square, 6023 Larnaca
Info: 22894305, 24657745
Email.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: The lecture will also be transmitted live via the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation(CyBC) radio channel 1 (CyBC1, 97.2).

Please see the (old) invitation here. The updated version of the invitation (with the new date) can be seen here.

 

MOTHErBREAST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium (4th c. BCE – 7th c. CE)


Time and venue:

08-09 October 2020.

University of Cyprus (Old Campus, Kallipoleos 75, Nicosia Room A106)

Online Presentations via ZOOM.

For the Final Programme and the Abstracts of the Presentations, please see here.

For the Workshop Inviation and Programme, please see here.

For the Workshop-Poster, please see here.

 

 

Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, NetMAR Twinning Project
VACANT POSITION FOR A SPECIAL SCIENTIST – PROJECT MANAGER


The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Cyprus is seeking to appoint a Special Scientist (Administration Support Staff) to act as Project Manager of the European Research Programme “Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals”.

Starting Date: 02 January 2021.

Final Submission Date: 30 October 2020.

For the full text of the announcement see here.

 

 

Virtual International Medieval Congress 2020, 6-10 July 2020


Participation of Stavroula Constantinou (as Coordinator and Speaker) in the Virtual IMC Congress.

 

SESSION DETAILS:

v8-03 Virtual Session Room 3, Wednesday 8 July 2020, 9.00- 10.30 am BST.

Title:

PREGNANCY, MOTHERHOOD, AND BREASTFEEDING

Organiser:

IMC Programming Committee

Moderator:

Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

Paper v8-03-a:

Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Passion of Perpetua (Language: English)

Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

Paper v8-03-b:

‘Yf a woman be in trauell of childe’: Invocation of the Divine in Late Medieval English Pregnancy and Childbirth (Language: English)

Elizabeth Burrell, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria

Paper v8-03-c:

Breastfeeding in the Greek Anthology (Language: English)

Maria Christodoulou, Independent Scholar, Cyprus

For all details and the programme in full please see here.

 

Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages - CANCELLATION OF EVENT 


Cancellation of the International Medieval Congress 2020 (University of Leeds, July 2020), and consequently of the MotherBreast's Panel on Medieval Motherhood and Breastfeeding taking place in situ. 

See the announcement in full at: https://www.imc.leeds.ac.uk/imc2020/delegates/coronavirus-covid-19/.

 

 

THE HELLENIC CENTRE OF LONDON: CULTURAL EVENTS


 Participation of the MotherBreast Project in the Series of "Cultural Events" of the Hellenic Centre of London.

Details:

Presentation:
Title:
"Breast Rules: Towards a Sociology of the Nursing Woman in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium".
Content: 
This lecture presentation concerns an early chapter of the fascinating social history of breastfeeding. It examines the social realities and ideologies surrounding the nursing woman (mother and wet nurse) from the first centuries of our common era until seventh-century Byzantium. Ancient sources and earlier research are revisited in an attempt to unravel the economic, social, political, cultural, moral and emotional implications that determined the ways in which nursing mothers and wet nurses were perceived and treated in the examined period. 

Time and Place:
The Hellenic Centre, London
25 February, Tuesday. 7pm.


Booking required. Please details at:
https://helleniccentre.org/event/breast-rules-towards-a-sociology-of-the-nursing-woman-in-late-antiquity-and-early-byzantium/

 

 

Conference "The First 1000 days"


Forthcoming Participation of the MotherBreast at the Conference co-organized by the  YGIA Polyclinic Private Hospital, the Technological University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Pediatric Society. 


Time and Place:
Tasos Papadopoulos Building, Technological University of Cyprus, Limassol. 12 October 2019.

Further details: 
The conference is open to the public.
For the participants and for other details see here.
 
 
 
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages

Forthcoming participation of the MotherBreast in the International Medieval Congress 2020.
 
Time and place:
University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2020
 
Further details: 
Organization of  a series of panels revolving around the theme of motherhood and breastfeeding from antiquity to the Middle Ages.
Please find the CALL FOR PAPERS here.

N.B. Deadline for Submissions: 10 August 2019.
 
 
 
ATINER International Conference, 3-6 June 2019, Athens, Greece

Forthcoming Participation of the MotherBreast in the 2nd ATINER Annual International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Studies

Time and place: 
3-6 June 2019, Athens, Greece

Further details:
International Conference organized by the Athens Center for Classical & Byzantine Studies (ACCBS) of ATINER

Title of the MotherBreast Presentation:
“Breast Rules: Towards a Sociology of the Lactating Woman in the Hellenistic Period and Early Byzantium".