Fourth Annual Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop: "Saints in Hymns, Homilies, and Hagiography"


Location: Medieval Institute Main Reading Room (715 Hesburgh Library) and via Zoom (by registration) (View on

Join the Byzantine Studies Program for its fourth annual workshop on "Saints in Hymns, Homilies, and Hagiography." The workshop is a half-day public seminar discussion with the institute's 2020–21 Mellon Fellow, Kosta Simic (Ph.D., Australian Catholic University), on hiswork, joined by four distinguished discussants: Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos (Catholic University of America), Mary Cunningham (Honorary Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies), Maria-Lucia Goiana  (University of Vienna), and Fr. Damaskinos Olkinuora (University of Eastern Finland). 


Registration (free) is required to attend. If you have difficulty registering, please email

Register to Attend in Person

In-person attendance is limited to members of the Notre Dame community and lunch will be provided (let us know of any dietary needs when you register.)

Register to Attend on Zoom

Anyone may attend via Zoom.


10:00 a.m. Opening remarks

10:05 a.m. Speakers

  • Kosta Simic, Saints in Hymns, Homilies, and Hagiography"
  • Mary Cunningham, "Hymns, Homilies, and Hagiography in the Middle Byzantine Period: What is Their Relationship?"

11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. Speakers

  • Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, "Nuancing the Studite Synthesis: The Role of the Canon in the Shift from 'Cathedral' to 'Monastic' Liturgy in Constantinople"
  • Maria-Lucia Goiana, "Promoting Models of Sanctity in Prose and Verse: The Case of Theodore the Stoudite"
  • Fr. Damaskinos Olkinuora,  "Performative aspects of Middle Byzantine hymnography"

12:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)

01:15 p.m. Questions and discussion

02:00 p.m. End

About the Fellow

Dr. Simic holds a Ph.D. from Australian Catholic University. During his fellowship year he will be completing his book manuscript, Liturgical Poetry in the Middle Byzantine Period: Hymns Attributed to Germanos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730), in which he pays special attention to the content and certain important formal features in a set of largely unpublished hymns, mostly kanons, composed during the iconoclastic and post-iconoclastic periods. Aside from bringing to light a considerable body of unpublished hymnographic material, his aim is to examine these hymns as a separate genre of Byzantine literature that served a practical function, namely, to convey dogmatic and ethical teachings to the congregation.

About the Workshop

As part of its Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Medieval Institute offers a workshop with each Fellow, organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar and treating the fellow’s subject matter. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, are invited for this event and will discuss draft versions of the Fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.