Piroska and the Pantokrator:

Dynastic  Memory, Healing and Salvation

in Komnenian Constantinople


An International  Conference

organized by


the Medieval Studies Department at CEU, the Center for Eastern Medieval Studies at CEU,  the Hungarian National Museum, the Humanities Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Lendület Research Group at the University of Debrecen

with support from the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources and the Council of Budapest’s Fifth District (Belváros-Lipótváros)


3 June 2015

9:30-19 h

CEU Auditorium, 1051 Nádor utca 9.


9:30 Welcome and introduction

Marianne Sághy (CEU)


Session I Chair: Pál Fodor (Humanities Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

9:45-10:15   Attila Bárány (University of Debrecen) Diplomatic Relations between

                        Hungary and Byzantium in the Eleventh-Twelfth Centuries

10:15 – 10:45 Roman Shlyakhtin (CEU) Empress Eirene in the Poems of Nicholas Kallikles

10:45-11:15    Coffee Break

11:15-12: 15       Session II Chair: Gábor Klaniczay (CEU)

Michael Jeffreys (Oxford University)

The Family Poet of Piroska-Eirene’s Children:

Manganeios Prodromos and the Hungarians

12:30-14:00     Lunch


Session III Chair: Volker Menze (CEU Center for Eastern Medieval Studies)

14:00-14:30     Maximilian Lau (Oxford University) Piroska-Eirene, an

Empress from the West

14:30-15:00      Roberta Franchi (Humanities Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Imperial Women under the Komneni

15:00-15:30     Sandro Nikolaishvili (CEU)           Female Power between the Byzantine

 and Islamic Worlds:  The Example of Queen Tamar

15:30-16:00     Coffee Break


Session IV Chair: Niels Gaul (CEU)

16:00-16:30 Elif Demirtiken (CEU) The Politics of (Female) Monastic Foundations

in Komnenian Constantinople

16:30-17:00 Marianne Sághy (CEU) Healing and Salvation:

the Christ Pantokrator Hospital

17:00-17:30 Etele Kiss (Hungarian National Museum) Piroska-Eirene

and the Holy Theotokos


17:30-18:00     Coffee Break


18:00-19:00 Session V Chair: Daniel Ziemann (CEU)

Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)

Piroska and the Pantokrator


Champagne reception offered by the Hungarian National Museum