Call for papers/Appel à communications:

The Soul’s Encounter with God in Medieval Western and Byzantine Christianity: Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Art/ La communion de l’âme avec Dieu dans le christianisme médiéval occidental et byzantin: théologie, philosophie, littérature, art. International conference organized by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bucharest,11th-12th of November 2022.


International Conference

The Soul’s Encounter with God in Medieval Western and Byzantine Christianity: Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Art / La communion de l’âme avec Dieu dans le christianisme médiéval occidental et byzantin: théologie, philosophie, littérature, art

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God” (Ps 41 LXX / 42 NIV)

This year marks the millenary anniversary of the passing of Saint Symeon the New Theologian (949 – 12th March 1022), one of the most influential mystical theologians, to whose writings the evolution of the Byzantine Church is much indebted. Saint Symeon’s writings belong to the tradition of Christian mysticism, which originated in the early Church and appropriated part of the philosophical thoughts of Plato and his followers. Mysticism developed equally in Western Christianity through the channel of monasticism or through translations of writings belonging to Eastern Church Fathers.

In the past decade, the mystics, the large spectrum of their corpus of writings, as well as the art and the movements that they inspired, have been subject of an increasing interest for scholars such as Bernard McGinn, Jean Daniélou, Ilaria Vigorelli, Martin Laird, Douglas Burton-Christie, Dyan Elliot, Andrew Louth, Charles Stang, Brian Patrick McGuire, Columba Stewart, and many others. The University of Oxford has created The Mystical Theology Network, which organizes a yearly conference and has published six volumes on mysticism and mystical theology. No less than four Companions focus on conceptualization, devotional practices, and contexts of the soul’s movement toward, contemplation, and encounter with God have been published since 2012. Yet other scholars focus on individual visionary figures in both Western and Byzantine Christianity, such as Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, Symeon the New Theologian, or Meister Eckhart. In this context, the international conference organized by the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Bucharest aims at contributing to these achievements by surveying diachronic aspects of mysticism, ranging from the roots of the mystical tradition in Greek philosophy and Judaism to the Early Christian expressions, followed by the Western Medieval and Byzantine developments. Mystical experiences and accounts of the soul’s encounter with God can be scrutinized in theological, philosophical, literary, or artistic sources.

The Center’s scientific committee suggest the following possible research directions:

– points of convergence and divergence between Medieval Western and Byzantine mysticism

– pre-Christian traditions of the intellectual quest for God

– travelling in search of God

– the proper space for contemplating God

– time and memory of contemplating God

– ways of approaching and communicating with the Divinity

– stages in the ascension and communion with God

– the apophatic approach to God

– obstacles and failures in the quest for God

– gendered mysticism

– emotions in the quest for God

– textual, visual, and musical representations of the soul’s communion with God

– mysticism as a political instrument

– profane and religious literature on the soul’s communion with God

– conceptualizing the soul’s encounter with God.

We invite junior, early career, and senior scholars to submit proposals for short lectures (20 minutes).

Languages of communication: French, English, Spanish, Italian.

Submission of proposals:

The applications must include the title, a 350-word abstract in English or French, and a biographical note, and will be sent electronically to the following addresses:

Please specify, in the body of the message, the title of the communication, the name of the author (s) and the institution (s) of affiliation.
The proposals will be assessed by a scientific committee consisting of senior members of the Center for Medieval Studies. 
 Deadline for submission of proposals: 
September the 1st, 2022.
Notification of acceptance of proposals: a response will be sent to contributors no later than October the 1st, 2022
 Expected duration of communications: 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussions).
  Place of the event: University of Bucharest.

The conference will be a hybrid event, organized both in person at the University of Bucharest, in compliance with the necessary sanitary regulations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and online.


After the conference, the presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a peer-reviewed volume gathering the conference proceedings.

Organizer: The Center for Medieval Studies, University of Bucharest.
 Scientific committee:
Mihaela Voicu (University of Bucharest)
Luminița Diaconu (University of Bucharest)
Mianda Cioba (University of Bucharest)
Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest)
Corina Anton (University of Bucharest)
Andra Jugănaru (University of Bucharest)
Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban (Institute for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy)

Conferinta Classical culture and Witchcraft, sustinuta de Marina Montesano, Universitatea din Messina

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București a avut-o invitată vineri, 18 martie 2022, pe doamna Marina Montesano, profesor dr. la Universitatea din Messina, care a ținut conferința cu titlul: “Classical culture and witchcraft“.

Specialistă în istorie medievală, doamna profesor Marina Montesano este autoarea mai multor lucrări despre cultura folclorică, vrăjitorie, istoria culturală în evul mediu și la începuturile epocii moderne (între care La cristianizzazione dell’Italia nel Medioevo, Roma- Bari, Laterza, 1997; Caccia alle streghe, Roma, Salerno, 2012, Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy, London, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2018; Folklore, Magic, and Witchcraft: Cultural Exchanges from the Twelfth to Eighteenth Century, (ed), London, Routledge, 2021)      

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Conferința a avut loc pe platforma Google Meet. Au participat 46 de masteranzi, doctoranzi, cercetători și profesori din cadrul Centrului de Studii Mediavale.

Comunicare 18 mai 2021

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București vă invită marți, 18 mai 2021, ora 18.00, în spațiul virtual, la comunicarea:Iubirea ce rotește sori și stele. Paradisul dantesc în miniaturile Evului Mediu târziu: idei in figura, prezentată de conf. dr. Simona Drăgan, Universitatea din București.

Comunicarea va avea loc pe platforma Webex. Pentru obținerea datelor de conectare puteți scrie la adresa:

Sesiune de comunicări

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București vă invită la Sesiunea de comunicări cu tematica Corpul în imaginarul medieval: reprezentări textuale și iconografice, care va avea loc marți, 30 martie, ora 16, online (platforma Zoom). Persoanele care doresc să asiste la sesiune sunt rugate să le contacteze pe organizatoare pentru a obține datele de conectare:

conf. dr. Luminița Diaconu (

prof. dr. Ecaterina Lung (

Call for papers-Online Conference – The Human Body in the Arts

Call for Papers: Online Conference – The Human Body in the Arts

University of Bucharest, Department of Ancient History, Archaeology and History of Art, Faculty of History

Accepted languages: English, French.

Submission of abstracts: January 30, 2021.

No more than 300 words to be submitted at the e-mail address

 The abstract should also feature: the title of the presentation, the name and academic title of the author(s) and their home institution(s), and 3-5 keywords.

Announcement of accepted proposals: February 15, 2021.

Conference: March 5-6, 2021

Duration of each presentation: 20 minutes

Full paper submission for proceedings: May 15, 2021.

Organizers and contact: Vladimir Crețulescu (University of Bucharest), Daniela Zaharia (University of Bucharest), Isabela Popa (University of Bucharest) at

Comunicare joi 26 noiembrie

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București găzduiește joi, 26 noiembrie 2020, ora 18.00,  comunicarea:

Giochi di pazienza. Viața Sf. Nifon și istoria Țării Românești,

susținută de dr. Ovidiu Cristea, directorul Institutului de Istorie Nicolae Iorga, Academia Română.

Comunicarea va avea loc pe platforma Webex iar datele de conectare pot fi obținute de la Cercul de Studii Medievale, pagina de Facebook (

Call for Papers Online International Conference “Communicating Objects. Material, Literary and Iconographic Instances of Objects in a Human Universe in Antiquity and the Middle Ages”/Objets en dialogue. Présences matérielles, littéraires et iconogra-phiques des objets dans l’univers humain pendant l’Antiquité et au Moyen Âge

Organizers: University of Bucharest – Faculty of History, Department of Ancient History, Archaeology and History of Art and International Society for Cultural History
November 27th-29th 2020
Accepted languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish.
Extended Deadline: September 25th 2020.
Abstracts: no more than 300 words to be submitted at the e-mail address The abstract should also contain the title of the presentation, the name of the author(s) and the home institution(s).
Duration of each presentation: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussions.
Announcement of accepted proposals: September 30th 2020.

Objets en dialogue.
Présences matérielles, littéraires et iconogra-phiques des objets dans
l’univers humain pendant l’Antiquité et au Moyen Âge
Université de Bucarest – Faculté d’Histoire, Département d’Histoire Ancienne, Archéologie et Histoire de l’Art et Internationa Society for Cultural History, 27-29 novembre 2020.
Langues de communication : Anglais, Français, Italien, Espagnol.
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 25 septembre 2020.
Propositions de communication: on attend des propositions d’environ 300 mots à l’adresse mail De plus, les propositions vont clairement indiquer le titre de la communication, le nom des auteurs et les institutions de rattachement.

Digital poster section: a poster gallery will also be available for researchers preferring to send their presentation in this form. The gallery will be open to the public for the whole duration of the conference. On demand, the posters may be accompanied by a recorded audio presentation, no more than 10 minutes in length.
Technical details will be available shortly, on the dedicated page at
Host institution: University of Bucharest (online).
Deadline for papers to be published in a collective volume: January 15th 2021.
Organizers and contact: Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Liţu (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Ţârlea (University of Bucharest) at
Material culture occupies a special place in most research conducted on Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Interdisciplinary approaches have allowed for the enrichment of traditional paradigms used by archaeologists and historians, as a follow-up to the valorization of the social life of things, or of the agency characterizing objects in any
given society. Objects which are deliberately associated are more susceptible of becoming expressive in the presence of humans. From this perspective, associating objects, and exploring potential reasons for their association and for their compatibility, opens up multiple possibilities for reflection.
Here are some suggested topics, meant to inspire, without limiting, the participants’ choice of subject matter:

  • the place of associated objects in literary sources. Suggested lines of
    investigation: the place of associated objects in literary discourses, their role in the construction of characters or as vehicles used to advance the action, to create images or to emphasize key moments in the economy of the texts; the practices of writing about objects, ways of selecting and including them in texts, and the study of certain characteristics of objects judged as indispensable to the fulfillment of said objects’ narrative roles.
  • the place of associated objects in constructing images, be they objects carrying images or objects being represented. Suggested lines of investigation: the manners of representing objects, the objects’ insertion in representations and their contributions to visually illustrated discourses.
  • the intrinsic materiality of objects places the discussion in the field of
    archaeology. From this perspective and for the purpose of a better
    investigation of associated objects and their potential meanings, one (though by no means the only) possible line of enquiry would turn the researcher’s gaze towards funerary archaeology.
    Beyond these suggestions, the synchronic and comparative approaches to various media where objects are placed in association (texts, materiality, images) are strongly encouraged, in order to better assess multiple perspectives and perceptions to which the objects could be subjected, as well as the ways in which objects, once put together in particular and deliberate ways, acquire the capacity of
    acting as agents.

Comunicare in spatiul virtual

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București vă invită vineri, 22  mai, ora 17, la comunicarea: “De la gândirea muzicală greco-romană la cea religioasă medievală”, prezentată de prof. dr. Mihaela Pop, Facultatea de Filosofie a Universității din București. Intalnirea va avea loc pe platforma Zoom.

Comunicare in spatiul virtual, 30 aprilie 2020

Centrul de Studii Medievale al Universității din București vă invită joi, 30 aprilie, ora 18.00, în spațiul virtual, la comunicarea:

“Pelerinajele femeilor pioase din Antichitatea Târzie în viziunea contemporanilor: drumeții spre locuri sfinte vs. peripluri spirituale “, susținută de dr. Andra Jugănaru, Universitatea Aristotel, Salonic.

Colocviul anual al Centrului de Studii Medievale

De la Sfântul Toma la Petrarca și Erasmus. Declinări medievale ale relației dintre intelectual și lume



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14 decembrie 2019

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9:00-9:15 Deschiderea lucrărilor colocviului: Amf. Maiorescu, FLLS (Edgar Quinet 5-7, etaj 3, dreapta)

  • 9:30-10:30

Masă rotundă – Vladimir Crețulescu, Claudia Coldaș, Gabriel Ban:

Omul vitruvian. Origini. Semnificații. Interpretări. De la Hildegard von Bingen, la Giacomo Andrea de Ferrara și Leonardo da Vinci

  • 10:30-12:10 Moderator: Mihaela Alexandra Pop

Manuela Dobre: Laonic Chalcocondyl – un intelectual bizantin renascentist

Ecaterina Lung: Istoricii și cronicarii începutului de Ev Mediu și rolurile lor cultural-politice

Andra Jugănaru: Școli și viață intelectuală în Capadocia secolului al IV-lea

Bogdan Tătaru Cazaban: Condiția intelectualului creștin și cultura clasică. Polemica Sfântului Grigorie din Nazianz împotriva împăratului Iulian 

  • 12:10-12:30

Pauză de cafea

  • 12:30-14:00 Moderator: Ecaterina Lung

Liviu Damian: John Wycliffe: reformator intelectual, influențe și mișcări pre-reformatoare 

Miruna Tătaru-Cazaban: Dante- condiția intelectualului și cele două finalități ultime (duo ultima)

Alexandru Anca: Intelectualul și res publica. Francesc Eximenis, regele și binele public. Model politic și pragmatism în Coroana Aragonului la sfârșitul secolului al XIV-lea.

  • 14:00-15:00

Pauză de masă

  • 15:00-17:10 Moderator : Anca Crivăț
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Simona Drăgan: Clericalism și patronat artistic în Evul Mediu târziu: rolul intelectualității franciscane în definirea unor programe iconografice și inovații artistice italiene

Robert Mirică: Malleus Maleficarum: Codificări ale discursului intelectual într-un tratat de demonologie din secolul al XV-lea. 

Mihaela Alexandra Pop: Neoplatonism bizantin și gândire politică – Gemistos Plethon

Silvia-Alexandra Ștefan: Figura intelectualului Thomas Morus în oglinda prozei lui Fernando de Herrera

  • 17:10-17:30

Pauză de cafea

  • 17:30-19:10 Moderator: Mianda Cioba

Alexandru Călin: „De sapiencia l’apellaven doctor”. Surprizele prozodice ale unui poem despre Boetius

Lavinia Stoleru: Tirso de Molina si autolegitimarea intelectualului prin scriitură

Ruxandra Toma: Diego de Almela. Condiția intelectualului în vremea Regilor Catolici

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Organizatori: prof. dr. Mianda Cioba, prof. dr. Anca Crivăț, prof. Dr. Ecaterina Lung, drd. Ruxandra Toma, drd. Lavinia Stoleru.

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bucharest

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