News from Groningen

by Peter Hatlie

The second workshop on women and religion in the Middle Ages, sponsored by the Dutch National School of Medieval Studies, will take place on 18-19 oct. 1996 here in Groningen. The Byzantine participants this year will include: Eunice Dautermann-Maguire (University of Illinois), Sharon Gerstel (University of Maryland), Judith Herrin (King’s College London), Henry Maguire (University of Illinois), and Alice- Mary Talbot (Dumbarton Oaks). Peter Hatlie (RuG) will act as the coordinator of the Byzantine section. A publication is expected in 1997-8. Info: hatlie @

In connection with the workshop, Judith Herrin will give a public lecture here in Groningen. Title to be announced. Tentative date 21 october 1996. Info:hatlie @

An International Congress on Pre-Modern Encyclopedic Texts will convene in Groningen on 1-4 july 1996. Among the participants are two Byzantinists. Info:binkley @ The names and their papers are as follows:

  • Christian Mileta, “Diodor, Photios und Konstantin VII Porphyrogennetos und die Sizilischen Sklavenkriege: Über die Schwierigkeiten im Umgang mit byzantinischen Exzerptsammlungen.”
  • Frank Trombley, “Byzantine encyclopaedism and the tactical doctrine in the tenth-century frontier wars”.

Peter Hatlie recently delivered a paper in London, at a conference held at King’s College, entitled “Friends and Friendship Networks in the Middle Ages”. Hatlie’s paper was entitled, “Friendship, Church Politics, and Other Disappointments During the Byzantine Iconoclast Age.”

The Groningen Library has acquired a copy of The Hagiographic Database of the Ninth Century, a computerized data base of all ninth-century saints lives developed at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. under the direction of Alexander Kazhdan and Alice- Mary Talbot.