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Liturgy and Hymnody in Byzantium Across Centuries and Spaces - 22-23/11/2018, Moscow (Russia)

On 22–23 November 2018 the Centre for Medieval Studies, School of History, HSE is delighted to be running the international conference 'Liturgy and Hymnody in Byzantium Across Centuries and Spaces. This event brings together scholars from across a spectrum of specializations, affiliations, and academic traditions to look at Byzantine liturgy and hymnography across a consider'able time span. Through talks and exchange of various kinds of academic expertise, we aim to seek new insights into the historical development of Christian liturgical ritual, hymn-writing and singing from the earliest times into late Byzantine epoch.

FECHA / DATE/DATA: 22-23/11/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Higher School of Humanities Main Building (Moscow, Russla)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The Centre for Medieval Studies, Higher School of Humanities (Moscow)

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22 November

HSE Main building, 20 Myasnitskaya street, Room 101

11–11.45 Registration & Coffee

11.45–12.00 Opening remarks

Session One. Framing the Prayer: Byzantine Liturgy and Hymnody in Contrasting Academic Perspectives (chair Stig Frøyshov)

12.00–13.00 Harald Buchinger (University of Regensburg) Earliest Christian Liturgy in Recent Scholarship: a Critical Review of the Last Decade

13.00–14.00 Alexander Lingas (City University, London) Hymnody of the Constantinopolitan Cathedral Rite in Musically Notated Source

14.00–15.00 Lunch break

Session Two. Late Antique Backdrop: Hymns, Homilies, and Liturgy in Early Byzantium (chair Arkadiy Avdokhin)

15.00–16.00 Mikhail Zheltov (United Ecclesial Graduate School, Moscow) Alphabetic Acrostic Poems in early Christian Papyri

16.00–17.00 Thomas Arentzen (Dumbarton Oaks Library, Washington) Holy Week in Late Antique Constantinople: Discombobulations

23 November

HSE Main building, 20 Myasnitskaya street, Room 101

Session Three. Liturgy and the Local: Specific Centres and Patterns in Prayer and Hymn-Singing (Chair Alexander Lingas)

9.00–10.00 Alexandra Nikiforova (St Tikhon University, Moscow) Local Features in Sinai Tropologia, 9th–10th centuries

10.00–11.00 Arkadiy Avdokhin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) Singers Silently Speaking: Psalm-Singers in Coptic Inscriptions from Bawit (Middle Egypt)

11.00–11.20 Coffee break

Session Four. Form in Focus: Literary Aspects of Byzantine Hymnody (chair Harald Buchinger)

11.20–12.20 Roman Krivko (University of Vienna) Byzantine Models of the Earliest Church Slavonic Liturgical Poetry: Aspects of Poetic Form

12.20–13.20 Stig Froyshov (University of Oslo) Kata stichon Hymnography in the Horologion

13.20–14.30 Lunch break

Session Five. Individual Impact: Case-Studies of Prominent Personalities in the Making of Liturgy (chair Mikhail Zheltov)

14.30–15.30 Ksenia Morugina (Russian Academy of Science, Moscow) Patriarch Philotheus Kokkinos: a Comparison of Textual Variants of his Canon to St Nicholas

15.30–16.30 Sergey Kim (Moscow Theological Academy, Moscow & Paris) St George of Athos: Constantinopolitan and Antiochene Greek Originals of his Georgian Translations

16.30–16.50 Coffee break

16.50–17.30 Open floor discussion & concluding remarks

18.30 – Conference dinner

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