Byzantine Worlds

Seminar or event series

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar provides a venue for exploring the material and intellectual entanglements between the medieval worlds of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It builds on the existing work of the Cambridge Byzantine Seminar and the Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar, and invites the involvements of historians, archaeologists, classicists, theologians and specialists in the languages and cultures of Afro-Eurasia. This expanded research community seeks to contribute to wider discussions across the University about global connections and cultural diversity before the era of European colonialism.

The seminar, which meets for two hours fortnightly during each Full Term, presents the research of speakers from within and outside of Cambridge. Invitations seek to ensure a balance of junior and more established scholars with an emphasis placed on broadening the diversity of backgrounds represented in the field.

The seminar is hosted by CRASSH as an interdisciplinary Research Network. The convenors gratefully acknowledge the support of CRASSH and the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.


All of the following sessions will be online - sign up for them by clicking on the event at:


3 February

Christian Sahner (University of Oxford)
A Christian Insurgency in Islamic Syria: The Jarajima (Mardaites) between Byzantium and the Caliphate.

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17 February

Marica Cassis (University of Calgary)
Reconsidering the Narrative of Identity in Byzantine Anatolia.

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3 March

Hannah Hagemann (University of Hamburg)
The “Khārijite” Uprising of Muṭarrif b. al-Mughīra - Patterns of Rebellion in the Marwānid Period

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17 March

Talia Zajac (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto)
Power and Patronage in the Charters of the Rus-born Duchess Gremislava (Polish: Grzymisława, d. 1258) of Kraków and Sandomierz

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At a glance

Lent Term
7:00 - 8:30 pm UK time
Open to
Everybody welcome
Edward Zychowicz-Coghill
Stephanie Forrest
Faculty of History