The supplicatory processions that took place in Constantinople in both times of danger and joy and on their annual commemoration, transformed the entire landscape into a church. This lecture will explore the spatiotemporal attributes of this practice by examining evidence drawn from art, text and archaeology, using digital tools, methods of analysis and visualization. It will show how the commemorative processions of tenth-century Constantinople shaped the identity of the City by providing a vehicle for the preservation and accessing of social memory.

Vicky Manolopoulou specializes in the History and Archaeology of Byzantine landscapes. She studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens after which she received a scholarship from the Holy Synod of Greece to study Byzantine Archaeology at Newcastle University (M.A., Ph.D.). Before joining Princeton she was a Lecturer in Byzantine History at King’s College London. Her research interests include topics on sacred landscapes, mobility, memory, emotion and digital approaches to Byzantine spaces. She has participated in various archaeological projects, public engagement and impact activities in the UK, Italy and Greece. She seats on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Classical Studies as an early career representative and is a member of the McCord Centre for Landscape (Newcastle University).

Respondent: Teresa Shawcross, History and Hellenic Studies