Thought I would add a quick message. As 2014 draws to a close I am lucky enough to have my sister visiting from the northern hemisphere…that means writing and research has rightfully taken a back seat to festivities. It is also just over a year since I started this blog. It has been an actioned-packed year as I had a very productive year of writing.
Of special interest for this blog is my forthcoming paper on the Byzantine Emperor Leo I that will be published in early January. It began on here as a bit of a rough draft. Indeed I had no real intentions of trying to publish it , but it received a positive reaction, so I kept at it over the last nine months and with some further editing it made a decent article. It is being published in an Italian journal Porphyra XXII. Here is the link to the journal: porphyra.it/. So my experiment paid off as I started this blog with the intentions to put some of my thoughts to “paper”.
I have another baby due in the next few weeks number 4 so I am not sure how much writing I will be posting in the next month or so! But I have a group of reviews and other articles coming out in 2015 so I will add those links for those interested.
I am also attending Leeds this year and am involved in a fascinating session with the esteemed Byzantinists Philip Rance and Dmitri Krallis. I have not written the paper yet…but have been doing some extensive data collecting for my paper on andreia and generalship in Procopius so I will begin to share some of that here. So stay tuned
Themed journals are an interesting way for one to adapt their research to “fit” into current trends. Similar to how conferences have a theme…that indeed many presenting scholars ‘choose’ (and I am saying that in the nicest possible way) not to follow… these themes can be interpreted very differently by different scholars. I have submitted a couple of articles for upcoming themed journals. Networks & Neighbours a journal out of Leeds has a call for papers for their July 2015 issue that centers upon the notion of return. What follows is a brief excerpt of my part of a discussion I had with some scholars on this theme.
“Returns” are always exciting (e.g., Return of the King, Return of the Jedi!). As a Procopian scholar, Justinian’s campaigns in Italy and North Africa naturally came to mind. One can tackle that ‘return’ in a myriad of ways. I have taken on the Eastern Romans’ view of their own Romanitas versus their perception of the native Italians, but numerous other pathways could be explored. So for me this topic seems particularly stimulating since someone like Roger Scott would argue (in my mind wrongly) that Procopius was not describing a return or a reconquest but “a punishment of rebels”. Procopius with his numerous digressions on foreign places and peoples too can be seen as a world historian describing micro Romes, so perhaps one could tackle that complex topic in his writings. Though others may disagree, I love the idea of taking these themes and applying them to one’s own research. They certainly help one see their own topics from a different angle.