Faculty Highlights

Ewing presents paper at Byzantine Studies Conference

History professor Hannah Ewing recently presented a paper entitled "The Multidimensional Leader: Authoritative Flexibility of Byzantine Abbesses" at the 46th annual Byzantine Studies Conference, which took place virtually due to COVID-19.

Based on a survey of the surviving evidence, Ewing’s paper argued that while Byzantine abbesses leaned into a variety of rhetorical archetypes to project authority within their female monasteries, their relationships with outside, often male authorities were much more practical and relied more heavily on prescribed rules and laws. The presentation is part of an ongoing project on Byzantine female leadership in a monastic context, inspired in part by Rollins’ emphasis on responsible leadership.

Ewing also serves on the governing board of the conference’s sponsoring body, the Byzantine Studies Association of North America, and recently completed her second term as the organization’s secretary.