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Eleven conference speakers gathered on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary from September 14-16, 2018 to explore the theme of “Byzantine materiality” in preparation for a public conference to be held on May 8-11, 2019. Topics of discussion included Byzantine and ancient theories of matter and form; the use and significance of materials such as wood, stone, gold, and glass in ecclesiastical and other contexts; the roles of matter and materials in the Eucharist, icons, relics, and reliquaries; the rite for consecrating a church; sensory experiences of liturgy; and the neuroscience of viewing icons. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Conference Speakers:

CHARLES BARBER, Professor, Department of Art and Archeology, Princeton University

ROLAND BETANCOURT, Associate Professor, Art History, University of California, Irvine

ANNEMARIE WEYL CARR, Professor Emerita of Art History, Southern Methodist University

BÉATRICE CASEAU, Professor of Byzantine History, Paris-Sorbonne University

HELEN EVANS, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

HOLGER KLEIN, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

SEAN LEATHERBURY, Assistant Professor, Art History, Bowling Green State University

VASILEIOS MARINIS, Associate Professor of Christian Art and Architecture, Yale University and Divinity School

LAURA VENESKEY, Assistant Professor of Ancient, Medieval, and Byzantine Art; Department of Art, Wake Forest College

GARY VIKAN, Director of the Walters Art Museum (retired)

ALICIA WILCOX WALKER, Associate Professor, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

Read a description of the workshop here.

View photos of this event here.

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