STARC in the 2nd Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus

Friday, January 12, 2018

STARC with a strong participation of speakers participated in the 2nd Conference and Medieval Studies, organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.

Important to mention that prof. Vassos Karageorghis was this year’s Honorary Chair and keynote speaker with a very interesting talk “From Polytheism to Christianity”, while Dr. Nikolaos Bakirtzis was the Chair of the conference.

The members of STARC presented their work in various sessions covering topics such as scientific and technological approaches for Byzantine and Medieval cultural heritage, the transition in the cities, the connection between society, art and material culture, the traces of historic graffiti in Cyprus, and even new interpretations.

Thanasis Koutoupas - Saturday, 10:35 – 12:05 – Room Fos: “Alexandria: In Search of the Early Christian City”
Polina Christofi – Saturday, 10:35 – 12:05 – Room Fos: “Approaching the Unknown: The Development of the City of Larnaka in the Middle Ages”
Brita Lorentzen, Nikolas Bakirtzis, Sturt W. Manning,  Sotiris Hadjicharalambous, Giorgos Filotheou – Saturday, 15:15 – 16:45 – Room Fos: “Dendrochronology in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine  Monuments in Cyprus”
Svetlana Gasanova, Sorin Hermon, Ropertos Georgiou – Saturday, 15:15 – 16:45 – Room Fos: “ The Crucifixion Panel Painting by Giovanni (Da Rimini) Baronzio: Identification of Restoration and Modification Interventions Through Non-Invasive Chemical Investigation”
Dante Abate, Sorin Hermon, I. Eliades  – Saturday, 15:15 – 16:45 – Room Fos: “Documenting the Inaccessible: 3D Investigation of Looted Artistic Heritage in North Cyprus and the Case-study of Christ Antiphonitis”
Efrosyni Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou – Saturday, 15:15 – 16:45 – Room Zoe: “Υδατόσημα στο κατάστιχο περιουσίας του Δραγομάνου της Κύπρου Χατζηγεωργάκη Κορνέσιου”
Christina Roditou – Sunday, 08:45 – 10:15 – Room Fos: “Staging the Medieval Landscape of Cyprus in the 1950s;  a Set of Conflicting Perceptions”
Mia G. Trentin – Sunday, 10:30 – 12:00 – Room Fos: “Geometrical Graffiti in the Church of Timios Stavros – Pelendri:  A Unique Case Study”
Ropertos Georgiou - Sunday, 10:30 – 12:00 – Room Fos: “The Last Frontier of Graffiti Documentation: RTI Technology”
Efthymia Nikita, Corisande Fenwick, Moheddine Chaouali - Sunday, 12:10 – 13:40 – Room Fos:  “The Osteobiography of Late Antique North Africa: A Case Study from Bulla Regia, Tunisia.”

This year Professor Holger Klein (Columbia University) gave the keynote lecture under the title “Art, Faith, and Diplomacy: Cyprus between Jerusalem and Venice in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries”. As the participants came from over 20 countries, the conference was truly an international event, with scholars, researchers and students presenting their research in the fields of history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The conference took place at Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Center, which is next to Famagusta Gate. For more information you could visit also the website of the conference: