Thursday, November 12, 2009


McCormick Hall, Room 106

1:30 p.m.      Welcome:  Dimitri Gondicas (Princeton University)

                     Introduction:  Marina Brownlee (Princeton University)

1:45 p.m.      Session I:  Philosophy and Politics
                    Chair:  Christian Wildberg (Princeton University)

John Monfasani (State University of New York, Albany) Abstract
“George Gemistus Pletho and the West:  Greek Emigrés, Latin Scholasticism, and Renaissance Humanism”

Katerina Ierodiakonou (University of Athens) Abstract
The Western Influence on Scholarios’ Logical Commentaries

Teresa Shawcross (University of Cambridge) Abstract
“Italian Political Thought and its Impact on Byzantium: The De regimine principis of Theodore Palaeologus, also known as Theodore of Montferrat” 


5:00 p.m.         Helen Buchanan Seeger Lecture 

McCormick Hall, Room 101

                       Introduction:  Peter R. Brown (Princeton University)

Giles Constable (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
“The Meeting of East and West in Medieval Monasticism in Sicily and Southern Italy”

6:30 p.m.         Reception            


8:00 p.m.         Concert: Cappella Romana        

Princeton University Chapel


Friday, November 13, 2009

McCormick Hall, Room 101

9:00 a.m.         Session II:   Art and Material Culture                                          
                       Chair:  Patricia Fortini Brown (Princeton University)        

Maria Georgopoulou (Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens) Abstract
“Sacred Commodities? Icons from Venetian Crete”

Linda Safran  (University of Toronto and Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Abstract
“Betwixt or Beyond?  Apulia in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries”

Maria G. Parani (University of Cyprus) Abstract
“Encounters in the Realm of Fashion:  Attitudes towards Western Styles in the Greek East”

Maria Evangelatou (University of California, Santa Cruz) Abstract
 “Between East and West:  The Symbolism of Space in the Work of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco)”

12:30 p.m.       Lunch         

Scheide Caldwell House

2:00 p.m.         Session III:  Venice, Florence, Ferrara

McCormick Hall, Room 101

                        Chair:  Pietro Frassica (Princeton University)

Antony Molho (European University Institute, Florence) Abstract
What Did Greeks See of Italy?  Thoughts on Byzantine and Tuscan Travel Accounts

Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford) Abstract
“Four Seventeenth-Century Grammars of Modern Greek”

Judith Herrin (King’s College London) Abstract
“Unexpected Consequences of the Council of Ferrara-Florence: Manuscript Transmission after 1438/9”

6:00 p.m.         Reception         

Index of Christian Art, McCormick Hall

Saturday, November 14, 2009 

McCormick Hall, Room 106

9:00 a.m.         Session IV:  Literary Encounters, East and West
                       Chair: Sarah Kay (Princeton University)

Roderick Beaton (King’s College London) Abstract
“Boccaccio and the Greek World of his Time: A Missing Link in the ‘true story of the novel’?”

Panagiotis A. Agapitos (University of Cyprus) Abstract
“The Poetics of Exoticism in French and Byzantine Romance:  The ‘Greek’ Cligès and the ‘Latin’ Livistros

Elizabeth M. Jeffreys (University of Oxford) Abstract
“Byzantine Romances: Eastern or Western?”

This conference is organized in celebration of 30 years of Hellenic Studies at Princeton,
supported by the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.

Co-sponsored by:

The Council of the Humanities
Department of Art and Archaeology
Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Department of French and Italian
University Center for Human Values
Department of History
Department of Classics
Index of Christian Art
Program in Medieval Studies
Department of Comparative Literature
Center for the Study of Books and Media

Program Committee:

Peter R. Brown (History; Hellenic Studies)
Marina Brownlee (Comparative Literature; Spanish and Portuguese; Hellenic Studies)
Dimitri Gondicas (Classics; Hellenic Studies)

Open to the Public; No Registration Required.