The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 21st of April, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Please find here the programe, and here the registration form, for the fantastic yearly event that is the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies’ postgraduate colloquium.

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Please find here an article detailing the recent return of a twelfth-century manuscript to the Athnoite Dionysiou Monastery.

 

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Please find here the program for the conference, ‘Heaven & Earth: Perspectives on Greece’s Byzantium’, taking place between May 1st and 3rd, 2014, in Los Angeles.

 

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Symposium | Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 12:45pm to 5:15pm
Location:
Institute of Sacred Music (SDQ), ISM Great Hall
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
For more information please see here.
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The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce
the final lecture in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On April 22, 2014, at 4pm, Dr. Anastasia Drandaki (Benaki Museum, Athens) will present “Deserts, Rivers and Mountains: Nature and Divinity in Byzantine Pilgrimage Art.” Dr. Drandaki will consider the role of the natural landscape in Byzantine pilgrimage art.
Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:00–6:00 pm
Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room
Hellenic College Holy Cross
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Please visit www.maryjahariscenter.orgmaryjahariscenter.org or contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.
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Syriaca.org is pleased to announce publication of The Syriac Gazetteer (http://syriaca.org/geo/), a geographical dictionary of places relevant to Syriac Studies. The first in a suite of reference works to be published as a part of The Syriac Reference Portal, The Syriac Gazetteer contains entries for over 2400 places, from ancient centers of Syriac culture (such as Edessa) to imperial capitals (such as Constantinople), and from individual monasteries (such as the monastery of St. Simeon Stylites outside Aleppo) to large regions (such as Cilicia).
The potential scope for The Syriac Gazetteer includes not only places where Syriac speakers lived or are living.  The editors understand the notion of relevance to Syriac Studies very broadly, encompassing the larger regions and inter-regional connections necessary for modern scholars to situate Syriac culture within its world.  Our hope is that this will be a useful resource for all Byzantine historians, and we are eager to discuss collaborations and interfaces with other digital projects for the Byzantine world.
The Syriac Gazetteer is an ever expanding resource created by and for users. This first edition is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather it establishes a framework for the scholarly community to collaborate in collecting and publishing geographic information. This framework facilitates the linking of various online resources.  Through user contributions, all records may be expanded to include additional name forms, latitude and longitude, events, prose descriptions, information about a wide range of religious communities, bibliography, and attestations in primary sources.
Users are encouraged to begin exploring The Syriac Gazetteer through these links:
About the Gazetteer: http://syriaca.org/geo/about.html
Browse the Collection: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html
Browse via Interactive Map: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html?view=map
Edessa, the model entry: http://syriaca.org/place/78
Syriaca.org, the larger project: http://syriaca.org/
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Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope this email finds you all well! Please find here the latest version of the List of Editions and Translations in Progress. As usual comments and corrections are more than welcome.
If you want to add a new entry, please, send me an email with the following details:
Author:
Title: 
Editor/s: 
Language:
Note: 
Institution/s: 
Email: 
All the best from Venice,
Alessandra Bucossi
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COMMEMORATING AUGUSTUS: A BIMILLENNIAL RE-EVALUATION
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, 18TH-20TH AUGUST 2014
The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 commemorates the end of his life and the beginning of a rich posthumous reception history. Running over the date of the bimillennium itself, the Commemorating Augustus conference will undertake a focused, comparative exploration of this history of responses, from AD 14 to 2014.
Already in his lifetime, Augustus was a man of many images. Since his death, he has served in one context as a model of ideal rule and another as a tyrant, while playing a key role in narratives about the emergence of Christianity, the foundation of Europe and the relationship between politics and the arts. His reception history is a vivid exemplum of historical relativism in action, demonstrating the scope of the source material to support utterly conflicting interpretations. Yet to date it has been studied only sporadically. The Commemorating Augustus conference aims to address the full range of Augustus’ reception history, to trace its evolution, to explore its connections and disjunctions, to understand its impact on contemporary perspectives, and to put us in a better position to articulate what Augustus means to us in the 21st century.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Karl Galinsky (Austin, Texas).
OTHER INVITED SPEAKERS: Mary Harlow (Leicester), Ray Laurence (Kent), Valerie Hope (Open University), Alison Cooley (Warwick), Steven Green (UCL), Shaun Tougher (Cardiff), Martin Lindner (Göttingen).
TOPICS COVERED: Augustus’ old age and death; worship and deification; Tiberius, Nero and the Flavians; Seneca, Tacitus and Suetonius; posthumous provincial responses; coinage and the visual arts; late antique responses; Byzantine politics and literature; early Christianity; medieval history and literature; European literature; European politics and power; Augustus in novels and on screen; Augustus between the wars; Historiography and scholarship; monuments and architecture.
PAPERS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO BYZANTINISTS:
Birgitta Hoffmann (Liverpool) – Belisarius’ triumph and Justinian’s Equestrian statue – Justinian as a new Augustus?
Kosta Simic (Brisbane) – The Byzantine Augustus: Examples from Chronicles – Homiletics and Hymnography
Elizabeth Fisher (George Washington University) – The “Essential” Augustus in the Excerpta of Constantine Porphyrogenitus
FURTHER DETAILS: A full programme, abstracts and details of how to register are available at: http://augustus2014.com/conference/. Registration closes on 1st August 2014, and a late fee will apply to bookings made after 17th July 2014.
For any queries, pleased contact augustus2014@leeds.ac.uk
The conference venue is Devonshire Hall, a self-contained University of Leeds residence in the style of an Oxbridge college.
The conference is generously supported by the Classical Association, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and the Augustus Collection.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

Please find here the call for contributors to a three volume multi-disciplinary encyclopedia (under contract with ABC-Clio) that considers pivotal events in religious history. I am currently a co-editor of the project (along with Florin Curta of the University of Florida) and we are actively seeking contributors for short essays covering over 700 entries. 

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 MAY 2014
The authority of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) in reviving the human anatomy is without any doubt a landmark in the history of science. Yet, his breakthrough was inconceivable without his predecessors’ works, and later on, his own legacy would not remain untouched. This multidisciplinary conference aims at bringing together international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics. Its goal is to conceptualize and contextualize the interactions in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance between, on the one hand, dogma and authority, and, on the other hand, the progress of empirical sciences, both in the development of anatomy and in the changing views on the human body. Part of the conference will deal specifically with the creation and elaboration of scientific terminology in Greek, Latin and the vernacular.
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Papers may be given in English or French, and should be 25 minutes long.
To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words, along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information by 15 May 2014 to marleen.reynders@kuleuven.be.
The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).
The keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Alain Touwaide (Smithsonian Institute, USA), Prof. Ian Maclean (University of Oxford, UK) and Prof. David Trotter (Aberystwyth University, UK). For more information please see here.

 

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3. JOB & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the KU Leuven is looking to employ a doctoral student (4-year full-time position).
The successful applicant is expected to prepare a doctoral dissertation in the field of Byzantine Studies (Greek philology). The applicants need to have a MA degree from a non-EEA university in hand by the start of the fellowship (preferably October 1, 2014 or any later date as close to it as possible).
More information can be found in attachment or at http://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52900311?lang=en. Additional questions may be directed to the project promoters, Peter Van Deun (Peter.VanDeun@arts.kuleuven.be) and Reinhart Ceulemans (Reinhart.Ceulemans@arts.kuleuven.be).
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The Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professorship – a visiting position for an American scholar at the University of Warsaw:

http://www.aatseel.org/joblist/visiting-professor1.htm

The Dean of the Faculty of „Artes Liberales“, University of Warsaw invites applications for the position of the Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor. The position is co-sponsored by the University of Warsaw and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The appointment will be for five months, either in Fall (from October 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015) or in Spring (from February 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015). The professorship is open to American senior scholars with accomplishments in humanities or social sciences. The visiting professor will be appointed in the Collegium „Artes Liberales“ which serves as a center of excellence in research and teaching at this major Polish university. The Collegium has developed a unique program inspired by the curricula of U.S. colleges of liberal arts and sciences and seeks to restore awareness of the affinities between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to nurture creative thinking and civic responsibility.

The visiting professor will teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. The visitor is also expected to give at least two public lectures and participate in the academic life of the Collegium and the University. No knowledge of Polish is required.

For inquiries about the position please contact:

Piotr Wilczek,

Head of the Collegium Artes Liberales (piotr.wilczek@al.uw.edu.pl)

Submit all materials by email as PDF files to:

piotr.wilczek@al.uw.edu.pl

Application deadline: May 15, 2014. All candidates will be informed about the results of their application by June 10, 2014.

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Please find here the details for an illustrated lecture by Professor Jonathon Harris on the Perivleptos monastery of Constantinople.
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APRIL 26-27, 2014: “The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers: A Comparison of Byzantium, Islam, and Western Christendom in the High Middle Ages”

Details of the program and further information can be found at: http://www.princeton.edu/piirs/research/piirs-conferences-and-wor/ or received by contacting: smullins@princeton.edu.

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We would kindly like to announce that applications for Koç University RCAC’s Summer Programs 2014 will continue until April 30th, 2014.
We are conducting summer programs in Istanbul focused on Byzantine Art History and Ottoman Art History for young scholars who are working on their graduate studies. You can find our program flyers in the attachment.
Please visit our website to find more info about the programs on http://rcac.ku.edu.tr/summerprograms
We would very much appreciate if you can announce our programs on your website and circulate in your academic circles. It is very important for us to reach out to young archeaologists through well-known portals and websites.
Please also visit us from our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/ANAMED-RCAC/1433313463550830
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The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is pleased to invite you to attend a two-days symposium on June 23-24 to celebrate the cooperation between Groningen and Palermo. The symposium will take place in the Senaatskamer of the University, Broerstraat 5. On June 24 at 16.15 hrs, Professor Giuseppe Falcone, who has held the H.J. Scheltema Chair for two years, will bring the symposium to a conclusion with a solemn address, entitled The ‘mysterious’ beauty of Laws.

For more information on the symposium and/or the so-called Groningen School of Byzantine Law, please visit the website: http://www.rug.nl/rechten/organization/vakgroepen/rg/h.j.-scheltema-symposium-on-byzantine-law

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A.S.
Onassis
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in 
Hellenic 
Studies
Hellenic
 Studies
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 2013‐2014: 
“Transitions”


“Cultural 
Τransition 
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Μedieval 
Balkans:

The
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Nikos 
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, for full details please see here.
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An Afternoon Symposium at the Penn Museum, FROM CONSTANTINOPLE TO CAPPADOCIA
Sunday, April 13, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, for more details please see here.
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Ravenna in the Imagination of Renaissance Art
Organized by Giancarla Periti and Alexander Nagel
Giancarla Periti (University of Toronto, Department of Art) andAlexander Nagel (New York University, Institute of Fine Arts) haveorganized a one-day conference, RAVENNA IN THE IMAGINATION OFRENAISSANCE ART, to be held in the University of Toronto Historyconference room (Sidney Smith Room 2098), on Thursday April 10.
For full conference details, please visit: www.ravennaart2014.com. TheHistory conference room is on the second floor of Sidney Smith Hall,100 St. George Street, on the St. George campus.
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The Mosaics of Thessaloniki Revisited, Friday 30 May 2014
A One-Day Workshop at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London Sponsored by the AG Leventis Foundation The mosaics of Thessaloniki provide the most comprehensive ensemble of Byzantine mosaics in the world, with examples from late antiquity right through to the fourteenth century. They present remarkable testimony to the skills of artists throughout the Byzantine millennium, and give insights into many aspects of Byzantine society and belief. They also document the changing concerns of the city and its relationship with the earthly and divine worlds. The publication of The Mosaics of Thessaloniki, 4th-14th century (Athens: Kapon editions, 2012), edited by C. Bakirtzis, E. Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou and Ch. Mavropoulou-Tsiumi, has provided an exemplary documentation of the mosaics in the city, with photographs of exceptional quality. In the light of this book as well as the growing quantity of recent work on the mosaics this workshop will look once more at the issues and controversies surrounding the mosaics, especially their dating, contexts and meanings, but also to look at new ways forward in the study of this extraordinary group of monuments. The day includes papers which examine all the major mosaic monuments in the city, but there will be extensive time for discussion so that the controversies and relationships between them can all be discussed.
Booking for the conference is up on the website (under forthcoming conferences, soon to be moved into main section once the summer term programme is up). There are links to the programme and abstracts, and the online booking has also been opened (£12, £7 concessions). http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/calendar.shtml

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The British Institute at Ankara warmly invites you to a one-day event being held on Saturday 11 October at King’s College London, Strand Campus.   The  programme provides a fascinating menu of topics for anybody who is enthusiastic and curious to discover more about Turkey past and present  and will foreground the achievements of research promoted by the BIAA, which has supported pioneering and ground-breaking work in the country since 1948.  The speakers are all in the forefront of research on Turkey, and their presentations will cover prehistoric archaeology, Roman village life, Ottoman art, the role of women and the contemporary political scene.  There will be a musical interludes provided by a London-based Turkish group, and a drinks reception after the programme, with opportunities to talk to the speakers and other active BIAA members.   We are also holding at dinner before the event at the British Academy on Friday 10 October, and we hope that as many as possible of you will join us there for a relaxed and enjoyable Turkish evening.  Please see the programme and kindly book tickets through the BIAA website, the links are provided below.  Tickets for the one day event and pre-event dinner can be purchased separately, or combined with a discount for those who wish to attend both. We very much look forward to seeing you at both the dinner and the one day event! http://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-one-day-event-member-ticket - ONE DAY EVENT TICKET for MEMBERShttp://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-one-day-event-non-member-ticket  - ONE DAY EVENT TICKET for NON-MEMBERShttp://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-dinner-member-ticket - PRE-DINNER TICKET for MEMBERShttp://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-dinner-non-member-ticket - PRE-DINNER TICKET for NON-MEMBERShttp://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-dinner-and-one-day-event-member-combined-ticket - COMBINED ONE DAY EVENT and DINNER TICKET for MEMBERShttp://biaa.ac.uk/event/alan-hall-dinner-and-one-day-event-non-member-combined-ticket - COMBINED ONE DAY EVENT and DINNER TICKET for NON-MEMBERS
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Antioch on the Orontes, Early Explorations in the City of Mosaics
Edited by Scott Redford
From the very first moment when their picks and shovels hit the ground in 1932, archaeologists started to expose the remains of an enchanted city hidden under the roads, squares, and gardens of modern Antioch. The olive trees that constitute one of the most important symbols of the city, as they are also depicted in the mosaics of the Roman villas, concealed underneath their roots some of the most impressive works of ancient pictorial art…
Thus came to light one of the most magnificent cities of the Roman Empire. Antioch on the Orontes, Early Explorations in the City of Mosaics narrates the story of the first archaeological expeditions with articles and photographs, and provides news of the most recent archaeological excavations in Antioch.
For more information click here.
Purchase here.

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Wales and Byzantium: Public Lecture, Cardiff, 25 April 2014
‘Antiquity, Connections and Collections’
Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre,National Museum CardiffFor more details please see here.
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CFP – Material culture and diplomatic relations between the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamic East (11th-16th c.)

by Frederic Bauden

Material culture and diplomatic relations between the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamic East (11th-16th c.) / Culture matérielle et contacts diplomatiques entre l’Occident latin, Byzance et l’Orient islamique (XIe-XVIe siècle). Submissions are invited for this international conference to be held at the University of Liege (Belgium) on 27-28 April 2015. The deadline for submissions is 30 June. The call for papers may be downloaded at the following address: http://www.islam-medieval.cnrs.fr/actus_colloques.php. Papers may be submitted either in French or in English. F. Bauden

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2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM “DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I” Skopje 26-27 September, 2014
Organised by EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA andUNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, RAVENNA CAMPUS - SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, ITALY
Special Thematic Strand for 2014
“Samuel’s State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage”, for more details see here. First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 July, 2014
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 1 September, 2014

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 5 July, 2014
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 5 September, 2014
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2015
Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mkpstevkovski@gmail.com
Euro-Balkan UniversityBlvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of MacedoniaTel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.
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The BIAA would like to extend the deadline for the 2K Study Grant applications until Monday 14 April
The British Institute at Ankara, one of the foreign schools and institutes supported by the British Academy, invites funding applications for project grants (up to £5000 per year for up to three years) and for study grants (up to £2000 per year), to be carried out in 2014/15.

The research remit of the BIAA covers Turkey and the Black Sea.  BIAA research engages with Turkey as a crossroads, Turkey’s interactions with the Black Sea region and its other neighbours, and Turkey as a distinctive creative and cultural hub in a global and neighbourhood perspective. The overall focus of applications should be on History, Society and Culture.  The BIAA has primary experience and resources as an archaeological and historical research centre, including a first-class library in Ankara.  Priority is given to research projects with a historical dimension, even when the prime focus is on contemporary Turkey or climate issues. In line with the mission of the BIAA as a centre of excellence for archaeological research, substantial funds will be set aside for selected field projects running over a number of years. Currently three or four projects of this type are supported.
Applications for funding should fit within the five Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) which define the current shape of BIAA research policy:
Climate and its historical and current impactMigration, Minorities and regional identitiesReligion and politics in historical perspectiveHabitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspectiveCultural heritage, society and the economyProposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey.  The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding.  A single applicant (e.g. an excavation project director) may only apply for funding under one of these headings.  The organizers of potentially diverse and multifarious projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.
Applications for research that involves archaeological field work or museum-based research are welcome, but applicants should be aware of the need to hold official permits from the General Directorate of Monuments and Museums of the Turkish Ministry of Culture for such projects, and are advised to consult the BIAA if they need guidance about these permits.
Please visit our website at http://www.biaa.ac.uk/opportunities-grants for information and application forms. The closing date for all applications is 1 April 2014.  Please email the London Manager at biaa@britac.ac.uk for more information.
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BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS DEADLINES31st March Visiting Fellowship (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/content.php?cat_id=38&award_id=14)Early Career Fellowship at (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/content.php?cat_id=38&award_id=15) 11th AprilThe Macmillan-Rodewald Studentship (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/content.php?cat_id=39&award_id=12)The Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/content.php?cat_id=39&award_id=25)
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Joining a team of accomplished, nationally and internationally recognised researchers, as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow you will conduct research relating to the Project: Negotiation of Ecumenical Relations between East and West in the Late-Antique Church.
To be successful in the role you will have completed a PhD or equivalent in Classics, Early Christian studies, or studies in Late Antiquity or the Middle Ages within the preceding 8 years and demonstrate an emerging international standing and research reputation.
Total remuneration valued to $68,440 – $92,880 pa, including salary component $57,833 – $78,485 pa (Academic Classification Level A), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
A range of generous conditions of employment and entitlements are provided, these include: generous leave conditions; flexible working arrangements; salary packaging benefits and comprehensive staff development programs.
Applicants should demonstrate commitment to the specific mission and Catholic ethos of the institution. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning and research and scholarship.- See more at: http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=926784&stp=aw&sLanguage=en#sthash.aKbIUpg2.dpuf
Please see full details and how to apply at the following link:http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=926784&lWorkTypeID=&lLocationID=&lCategoryID=&stp=AW&sLanguage=en

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 9th of March, 2014
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & SUMMER PROGRAMS
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
 
People may be interested in this article from the Turkish Airlines magazine (August 2013) about H Sophia’s more recent history…
 
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Please find here poster attached for the symposium “Senses, Affect, and the Imagination in Late Antiquity,” to be held April 11-12, 2014, at Colgate University. The Keynote address will be given by Prof. Carlin Barton  (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), “The Consecration of Fear: Religio from Plautus to Tertullian and the Psychological and Social Roles of Fear and Shame.”
 
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The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the International Medieval Congress (8-11 May 2014, Western Michigan University) to participate in the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program. The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. Do recall that BSANA is sponsoring sessions this year, so there hopefully will be a good turnout of Byzantinists at all levels! The deadline to sign up as a mentor or mentee for Kalamazoo draws near — 31 March 2014.
 
The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended. 
 
To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked to this email, by Monday, 31 March. Find the online form here: GSC Mentoring Form (Link) If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.
 
Best, 
 
Richard Barrett, on behalf of the MAA Graduate Student Committee
 
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Bessarion’s Treasure: Editing, Translating and Interpreting Bessarion’s Literary Heritage, International Conference, Venice, 4-5 April 2014
The Conference is organized by Sergei Mariev, Monica Marchetto and Katharina Luchner on behalf of the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Munich with the support of the German Research Foundation and the Department of Cultural Studies of the LMU University of Munich and in collaboration with the Byzantine Studies Association of Germany (DAFBS), the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani (DSZV) and Venice International University (VIU).
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Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece’s Byzantium
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Evening lecture, Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Friday, May 2, 2014 – Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – UCLA at the Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 4 – Optional trip to the Gamble House, Pasadena
More information (including program):
Registration is free, but you must reserve tickets for each of the days.
For hotels close to UCLA (and with access to bus transportation to the Getty Villa and to St. Sophia Church:
UCLA Tiverton House: http://tivertonhouse.ucla.edu/
Hilgard House Hotel & Suites: Reservations@HilgardHouse.com
If you are planning to attend and need to take advantage of bus transportation between the hotel and the venues, please contact Professor Sharon Gerstel: gerstel@humnet.ucla.edu
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Programma ps.-Dionigi / Programme ps.-DionysiusSOCIETÀ INTERNAZIONALE PER LO STUDIO DEL MEDIOEVO LATINO – SISMEL
Via Montebello 7, Firenze
9 aprile 2014
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The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased
​to announce ​
the second
​lecture​
in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On April 3, 2014, at 4pm, Dr. Ivan Drpić (University of Washington) will present “The Reliquary-Enkolpia of Saint Demetrios and the Wonder of Art.” Professor Drpić will explore the intersection of personal piety, art, and aesthetics in his discussion of the reliquary-enkolpia of Saint Demetrios.
Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:00–7:00 pm
Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room
Hellenic College Holy Cross
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Please visit maryjahariscenter.org
​or contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, ​for additional information.
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Byzantine Money: The Politics and Aesthetics of a World Currency
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6pm
Arthur M. Sackler Museum lecture hall
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Memorial Lecture
Eurydice Georganteli, Harvard University Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture
When the Roman Empire’s capital moved from Rome to Constantinople in 330 CE, Europe’s political and economic center shifted. The coinage produced in the new imperial capital, and in cities across what was to become the Byzantine Empire, defined the society, politics, economic practices, and art of medieval Europe and beyond. This lecture, drawn from Harvard’s outstanding collections of coins and seals, explores Byzantine money as one of the most enduring world currencies. For more information please see here.
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
CAA Annual Conference, New York City, February 11-14, 2015
Session: “The Talisman: A Critical Genealogy”
The word “talisman,” like “totem” and “fetish,” has traditionally implied a non-aesthetic form of reception, according to which the object is more interesting for what it does than for what it represents or how it looks. This panel aims to move beyond standard claims about agency, and to lend the term “talisman” an analytically effective meaning derived from, but not limited to, its emic fields of reference (e.g. Greek telesma, Arabic tilsam). Can the talisman be understood as a site where efficacy, representation, and aesthetics meet? Treatises on talismans prescribe astronomical conditions that must pertain at the moment of facture, the materials to be used, and the texts to be recited. The talisman thus stands at the intersection of multiple systems of knowledge and troubles basic assumptions regarding the relationship between art and reality. By investigating this nexus, we hope to reactivate the talisman as an engine of critical discourse. Historiographical, methodological, and historical contributions are welcome.
Session organizers: Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University, bwa32@cornell.edu; and Yael Rice, Amherst College, yrice@amherst.edu
The deadline to submit abstracts is May 9, 2014. For further information, please see: http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2015callforparticipation
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Subject:  CFP: Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade
Call for Papers: Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2015 AIA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Jan. 8-11, 2015 Sponsored by: AIA Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University
Organizers: Rebecca Ingram and Michael Jones, Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Session Overview:
Maritime activity played a vital role in the political and economic success of the Byzantine Empire. Recent fieldwork, both on land and underwater, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the complexity of the Byzantine maritime world. The 58,000 m2 rescue excavation of the Theodosian Harbor in the heart of Istanbul, begun in 2004, is perhaps the most significant of these new discoveries, yielding the remains of 37 Byzantine shipwrecks and tens of thousands of artifacts related to maritime trade, shipbuilding technology, and daily life in Constantinople from the late 4th to the early 11th century. However, because the Yenikapı finds are from the hub of a vast maritime network, they cannot be understood in isolation. Along with the finds from Yenikapı, results from recent studies involving shipwrecks, surveys and excavations of harbor sites, and studies of long-distance trade goods are poised to make a significant contribution to our understanding of Byzantine trade, society, and culture. In order to examine this new data within the proper overall context of late antique and Byzantine archaeology, this colloquium session, co-sponsored by the AIA Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, will present new discoveries from a range of sites concerning maritime activity in this period. This session aims to bring together archaeologists who focus on topics such as ship construction, harbors, metrology, coastal settlement, and maritime trade goods in the Byzantine world. By seeking greater integration between research from terrestrial and nautical archaeological sites, this session will provide an appropriate venue for the dissemination of recent finds and will shed new light on our understanding of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbors.
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If you are interested in participating in this colloquium session, please complete the attached form and return it to Rebecca Ingram (rsingram@charter.net) or Michael Jones (rsingram@charter.net) by Friday, March 21, 2014. You will receive an email by the end of March with additional information.
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Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul
 The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad
Seminar at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014
The Turkish Straits between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are often described as a symbolic dividing line
between Europe and Asia, but historically their function has been uniting and not separating. At the crossroads of
land routes between the Balkans and Anatolia, and the sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,
they have constituted a natural meeting place for peoples and cultures since ancient times. Two world empires,
the Byzantine and the Ottoman, were ruled from the straits and left their marks on the two main world religions
of Christianity and Islam. Greeks, Slavs, Scandinavians, Italians, Turks and Englishmen have tried to gain
control over the Straits and sometimes succeeded; but the prize has remained contested and been a recurrent
source of dispute. As such, the straits have also been at the core of Eastern and Western political discourses at
least since the accession of the Persian king Xerxes 2500 years ago, and their significance to the outbreak of the
First World War in 1914 has come to the foreground in recent years.
To mark these historical convergences, and to initiate an interdisciplinary platform for future research about the
history of the Straits, we invite junior (pre-doc and post-doc) scholars to present their own research and
exchange perspectives on the topic during a one-week seminar with excursions at the Swedish Research
Institute in Istanbul, November 1-7, 2014. We welcome submissions from different areas of research, such as
the Ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman eras, art history, archaeology and memory studies, studies in the religious,
cultural and political relations, as well as the topography, landscape and environment history of Eastern Europe,
the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to
nbneidolon@gmail.com no later than Friday, May 15, 2014, together with a CV and a few lines about their
interest in the topic, from a subject specific as well as from an interdisciplinary point of view.
For those who are accepted, the stay in Istanbul, the excursions and most meals will be arranged and paid for by
the seminar. In addition to this, we may consider reimbursing the cost of travel to and from Istanbul for a strictly
limited number of applicants (those who wish to be considered for such travel funding should specify it in their
application and explain why other sources are not available).
 
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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & SUMMER PROGRAMS
 
The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA, http://www.doaks.org/icfa) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with ongoing archival processing and preservation projects for Byzantine archival collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, processing, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork papers produced or created by Byzantine scholars and archaeologists.

For the full job description, please see: http://www.doaks.org/about/employment/part_time_byzantine_archival_assistant. For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: http://www.doaks.org/icfa. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to: Rona Razon, ICFA Archivist,RazonR@doaks.org<mailto:RazonR@doaks.org>.

 
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The Department of History of Art at Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey, invites applications for a full-time position in Art History particularly specialists in Islamic Art, Seljukid and Ottoman Art, Byzantine Art, European Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art with a strong theoretical background. Successful candidates, are expected to fulfill the department’s requirements with regard to teaching, research, record of publications, and service to the institution. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment and have a command of Turkish and English languages. Submit information about your research and teaching interests, your curriculum vitae, and one sample of written work to Assistant Professor Dr. Birgül Açıkyıldız Şengül: bacikyildiz@artuklu.edu.tr, or birgul@acikyildiz.com. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2014
 
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Dear all,
For those of you who may be interested, application details for an upcoming
postdoctoral research position at ACU McAuley are available at
Kind regards,
Andrew.
Andrew Stephenson
Treasurer
Australian Association for Byzantine Studies
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THE  BYZANTINE GREEK SUMMER SCHOOL
will be held again this year at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the University of Birmingham, UK.
The dates are as follows:
27 July – 10 August 2014: Level-1 (Beginners)
10-24 August 2014: Level-2 (Intermediate), Level 2.5 (Higher Intermediate) and Level-3 (Advanced Reading Course).
The fee is 470 GBP per two-week course, including 14 nights accommodation; or 250 GBP without accommodation.
A limited number of bursaries is available. The deadline for applications which include application for a bursary is Monday 31 March 2014. The deadline for all other application is Monday 12 May 2014.
Full details of the courses and an application form may be found at:
For all enquiries, please contact  the Director of the Summer School, Dr Anthony Hirst by email:
(Please do NOT contact the University of Birmingham. The University very kindly hosts the Summer School but is not involved in the organization, except for dealing with finances and the visa requirements of non-EU applicants; but even visa enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Dr Hirst.)
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Lecturer in Modern Greek History (19th-20th century)
Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Modern Greek History in the Department of History.
Three Year fixed term appointment
Salary is in the range £39,890 to £47,187 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Since its foundation in 1886 Royal Holloway has built a strong tradition of Classical and Byzantine Studies at the University of London. In order to promote further this tradition the College established the Hellenic Institute in 1993, as a research centre for the study of Hellenism, to cover all aspects and periods and to act as a forum for all those interested in Hellenic history and culture, organizing lectures, seminars and conferences for students, scholars and the wider public.
As a further step towards the strengthening of Modern Greek Studies at the History Department, the Hellenic Institute and the College, the post of a three-year full-time Lectureship in Modern Greek History is established, thanks to the generous support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. The lecturer should have a special interest in 19th and 20th century Greek history. Applications from those with interests in Anglo-Hellenic relations and in the history of the world-wide Greek Diaspora are particularly welcome.
Candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant topic and be able to demonstrate a developing record of publications and research plans. The successful candidate will design, teach and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Modern Greek History as well as in the wider area of the History of South-Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and transnational studies. Experience in academic administration, organising conferences and fund raising is also essential.
This is a full time post, available from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 3 years. This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Jonathan Phillips (Head of Department) on J.P.Phillips@rhul.ac.uk or +44 (0)1784 443295
To view further details of this post and to apply please visit http://www.rhul.ac.uk/aboutus/jobvacancies/home.aspx. The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk  or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.
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The Oxford Lisitngs

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Oxford Listings, Hilary Term 2014, Week ​8

 

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MONDAY ​10th March

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls

 

Margaret Bent

(All Souls)

An Anglo-Castilian detective story: Jacobus, royal author of the Speculum musice (c. 1325)?

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TUESDAY ​11th ​March

2:00 PM Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre (Next to Gallery 36, Japan after 1860)

 

​​Dr. Julian Baker

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450

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2.30 PM Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oriental Institute

 

​Dr Peter Stewart

(Wolfson)

The Beth Alpha synagogue mosaic and late antique provincialism

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5.00 PM Patristic Exegesis of the Psalms

Examination Schools

 

​Dr Susan Griffith

Ambrose

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WEDNESDAY ​12th ​March

5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

 

​Tom Higham and Georges Kazan​

(School of Archaeology, Oxford)

Science and the Sacred: a modern, network-based, cross disciplinary study of Early Christian Sources

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THURSDAY ​13th March

11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations

St. John’s College, Seminar Room

 

Dr Jonathan Bardill

St Polyeuctus and San Marco: symbolism and spolia

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2.00 PM An Introduction to Ancient Armenian Literature and Culture

Pembroke College – Henderson’s Building, Garden Seminar Room

 

​​Emilio Bonfiglio

(Pembroke College, Oxford)

The transmission of Armenian literary culture: rudiments of Armenian epigraphy, codicology, and palaeography. 

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5.00 PM Late Roman Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

 

Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

(KCL)

Ideas of Diabolical Heresy in Late Antiquity

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FRIDAY ​14th March

12.00 PM First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Byzantine Text Seminar

 

Ida Toth

(Wolfson College, Oxford)

The Epigraphy of Thessaloniki and Northern Greece

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The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 9th of March, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Special Jubilee Session on the occasion of the
20th anniversary of the Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar:
Dr. Jonathan Bardill will speak on
“St Polyeuktos at Constantinople and San Marco at Venice:  symbolism and spolia”
This will be followed by a few words on the history of the seminar by Dr. Bryan Ward-Perkins (Trinity) and a message from Professor Andrew Wilson, Chairman of the School of Archaeology.
A drinks reception will be provided by the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research (OCBR).
Thursday of Week 8, March 13, 11 o’clock, St John’s College, New Seminar Room.
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There is an upcoming conference at Notre Dame, entitled “Medieval Art History after the Interdisciplinary Turn,”, which features a good number of Byzantine papers. The poster for the conference is here, and the web link is: https://blogs.nd.edu/med-art-hist-conf-2014/
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Please find the February Dumbarton Oaks newsletter here.
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Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April 2014,
The Ursuline School, Naxos Chora
The Norwegian Institute at Athens in collaboration
with the 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine
Antiquities, and the Demos of Naxos and The Small
Cyclades wishes to announce the forthcoming
conference.
Background
The Norwegian Institute at Athens has carried out field
work on Naxos at the 7th century Byzantine urban fortress
of Kastro Apalirou in collaboration with The 2nd Ephoria
of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities (EBA) since
2010. The project has recently been widened to include the
Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle. The conference
aims to bring together scholars working on Naxos and
other Byzantine sites in the Aegean and will focus on
Byzantine research on Naxos, though some aspects of Late
Antique settlement will be included. The following
research themes will be covered: Archaeology, History,
Landscape History, Ecclesiastical History, and
Iconographic and Architectural development.
Please find the full program here.
Contact
For academic program: jim.crow@ed.ac.uk
For organisational matters: david.hill@khm.uio.no
For matters concerning arrangements on Naxos: sophiakaravias@yahoo.co.uk
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Manar al-Athar Online Photo Archive
The Manar al-Athar open-access website, based at the University of Oxford, aims to provide high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication. These images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC), through the Islamic period, to the present.
It has strong coverage of Late Antique sites in Syro-Palestine which have undergone conversion from paganism to Christianity, and sometimes, in turn, to Islam. Other Late Antique strengths include mosaics (of Jordan, Syria, Antioch, and Tunisia), synagogues, and Umayyad buildings and art. More images are being loaded regularly at present to build up this coverage.
Images are freely downloadable for use in academic and educational publications simply by acknowledging the source (no form-filling). [with hyperlink to  http://www.manar-al-athar.ox.ac.uk/copyright.html]
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Sessantaduesima Settimana di studio
LE CORTI NELL’ALTO MEDIOEVO
An international conference to be taking place in Spoleto, 24 – 30 aprile 2014
For the program please see here, and for available scholarships please see here.

 

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2. POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS & SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

Postdoctoral Announcements
The Research Centre “Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean world” (RESMED), a laboratory of excellence affiliated to Sorbonne University (Paris) offers:
* three (3) one-year RESMED postdoctoral fellowships, starting September 2014. Deadline for applications: 18 April 2014.
* four (4) 9-month Fernand Braudel IFER-RESMED postdoctoral scholarships, starting September 2014. Deadline for applications: 3 April 2014.
Candidates may apply for both calls. Details are given below.
1. RESMED postdoctoral fellowships
The Laboratory of excellence RESMED (“Religions and societies in the Mediterranean world”) offers 3 one-year postdoctoral fellowships starting September 2014.
Candidates should submit a resarch project corresponding to one of the following profiles:
Profile 1. Cultural backgrounds of the Greek christian exegesis.
Profile 2. Food and religion in the Mediterranean world: from polytheistic to monotheistic religions.
Profile 3. Music, ritual, sociability in ​​the area of the former Ottoman Empire
Profile 4. Religious festivals in the Mediterranean in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (1st to 10th century)
Profile 5. Religions and social practices: mutual assistance in multicultural societies
See details on the call, eligibility and selection process here http://www.labex-resmed.fr/spip.php?article21&lang=en
Deadline for applications: 18 April 2014 at midnight.
2. Fernand Braudel IFER-RESMED postdoctoral scolarships
The Fernand Braudel IFER programme is an international mobility programme open to candidates from all countries who wish to carry out a 9-month research project in France. It is supported by the European Commission (Marie Curie Action Programme – COFUND – FP7). The Research Center “Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean world” (RESMED) is part of the Fernand Braudel IFER network.
Four (4) postdoctoral scholarships starting in September 2014 are offered. Candidates should submit a resarch project corresponding to one aspevt of RESMED’s programme on the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean: 1. Religions, places and conflicts; 2. Religion and reason: tradition and innovation; 3. Religions and social practices.
The online application form (accessible from March 3 midday until April 3 midday),  as well as details on the call, elegibility and selection process are available at http://www.fmsh.fr/en/c/4723
Deadline for applications: 3 April 2014 midday.

 

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Please find here a poster for the Columbia-Boğaziçi Summer School in Byzantine and Ottoman Studies.

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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Oxford Listings, Hilary Term 2014, Week ​7​

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MONDAY ​2nd March

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar

​Ertegun House

 

​Julia Crick

(​King’s College London)

Medieval Forgeries 

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TUESDAY ​3rd ​March

2.00 PM KRC Research Seminar

Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

 

​Dr Alain George

(Edinburgh University)

​​Three Umayyad poems about the Great Mosque of Damascus 

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2:00 PM Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre (Next to Gallery 36, Japan after 1860)

 

​​Dr. Julian Baker

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

​The Byzantine and post-Byzantine world, ca. 1200-1450

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2.30 PM Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oriental Institute

 

​​​Dr David Taylor

(Wolfson)

​​Jewish exegetical traditions in Syriac sources 

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5.00 PM Patristic Exegesis of the Psalms

Examination Schools

 

Dr Sebastien Morlet

(University of Paris, Sorbonne)

​​Eusebius and Origen on the Psalms 

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WEDNESDAY ​4th ​March

5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

 

​Tom Higham and Georges Kazan​

(School of Archaeology, Oxford)

Science and the Sacred: a modern, network-based, cross disciplinary study of Early Christian Sources

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THURSDAY ​5th March

11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations

St. John’s College, Seminar Room

 

​Dr Chris Entwistle

(British Museum)

​​Byzantine weights: typologies and patterns of distribution

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2.00 PM An Introduction to Ancient Armenian Literature and Culture

Pembroke College – Henderson’s Building, Garden Seminar Room

 

​​Emilio Bonfiglio

(Pembroke College, Oxford)

​​​Ełišē’s​ ​History​ ​of​ ​Vardan​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Armenian​ ​War​ ​(5th/6th-c.?):​ ​problems​ ​of​ ​assimilation​ ​and​ ​defense​ ​of​ ​faith:​ ​Armenians​ ​agains​t Persians​ ​(II).

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5.00 PM Late Roman Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

 

​Julia Hillner

(Sheffield)

​​Imperial Women and the City of Rome in Late Antiquity

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FRIDAY ​6th March

​12.00 PM First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Byzantine Text Seminar

 

Marc Lauxtermann

(Exeter College, Oxford)

Thessaloniki​ in Byzantine Literature

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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Oxford Listings, Hilary Term 2014, Week 6

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MONDAY 24th February

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls College

 

Antonia Fitzpatrick

(St. John’s)

Thomas Aquinas on resurrection and personal identity

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5.00 PM Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint, First Series

‘Japheth in the Tents of Shem: Greek Bible Translations in Medieval Judaism’

Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

 

Nicholas De Lange

(Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Cambridge)

New Light on an Old Question

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TUESDAY 25th February

2.00 PM KRC Research Seminar

Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

 

Dr Zeynep Yürekli-Görkay

(KRC, Oxford)

Naṣūḥ al-Silāḥī al-Maṭrāqī. (TBC)

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2:00 PM Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre (Next to Gallery 36, Japan after 1860)

 

Dr. Julian Baker

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The Commercial Revolution and the long thirteenth century

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5.00 PM Patristic Exegesis of the Psalms

Examination Schools

 

Dr Stan Rosenberg

Jerome on nature and the natural world

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5.00 PM Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint, First Series

‘Japheth in the Tents of Shem: Greek Bible Translations in Medieval Judaism’

Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

 

Nicholas De Lange

(Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Cambridge)

Aquila Fragments from the Genizah

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WEDNESDAY 26th February

5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

 

Kyle Sinclair

(University of Birmingham)

Michael Attaleiates and eyewitness accounts of war in Byzantine literature

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THURSDAY 27th February

11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations

St. John’s College, Seminar Room

 

Marek Jankowiak

(Khalili Research Centre)

Byzantine coins and ornaments in northern lands (ninth–tenth century)

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2.00 PM An Introduction to Ancient Armenian Literature and Culture

Pembroke College – Henderson’s Building, Garden Seminar Room

 

Emilio Bonfiglio

(Pembroke College, Oxford)

The History of the Armenians of Łazar P‘arpec‘i (5th-c.): problems of assimilation and the defense of faith: Armenians against Persians (I).

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5.00 PM Late Roman Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

 

Susan Walker

(Ashmolean Museum)

Saints and Salvation: Gold-Glass from the catacombs of Rome in the Wilshere

Collection, Ashmolean Museum

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5.00 PM Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint, First Series

‘Japheth in the Tents of Shem: Greek Bible Translations in Medieval Judaism’

Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

There will be a drinks reception afterwards.

 

Nicholas De Lange

(Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Cambridge)

The Successors of Aquila

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The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 23rd of February, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. SUMMER PROGRAMS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that a new article of the fourth volume of Parekbolai (2014) has just been uploaded.
It is available for downloading at:
The Editorial Board

 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this email finds you well. I write to let you know about an upcoming symposium at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) that might be of interest, The Material Text in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Europe, to take place on March 5. This symposium will consider inscribed texts from antiquity to the modern period with the aim of articulating shared problems or issues related to materiality, legibility, and literacy and forging connections between readership in different cultures and contexts. In three sessions, scholars from the BGC, Columbia, NYU, Rutgers, and Brooklyn College will consider the problematic of the “speaking object,” from Greek vases to early modern dinnerware, visual and conceptual reactions to pages and books, and the material and visual properties of inscriptions in the ancient, medieval, and early modern Mediterranean.
I am quite happy with the way the event turned out, so please do join us in person in New York or watch the papers live via the BGC website (the video of the day will also be available on the website at a later date). Please find the program and instructions as to how to livestream the symposium at the BGC website: http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/symposium-material.html. To join the discussion remotely via twitter, either with questions or comments, you may use the twitter hashtag #bgctv.
All best wishes,
Sean Leatherbury
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Dear Colleagues,
we would be grateful if you could circulate the following petition:
since our colleagues of the Institutes of Classical Archaeology (and due to joint structures the Studies of Prehistory) are in serious troubles
due to recent political decisions in Saxony/Germany,
with best regards,
Dietrich Raue
Egyptian Museum Georg Steindorff, University of Leipzig

 

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

Please find here the call for papers for Diogenes, the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies postgraduate journal; issue 1 can be foundhere. Please also find here the call for papers for the CBOMGS’ annual postgraduate colloquium to be held in May.

 

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3. SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

Cappadocia in Context

Immerse yourself in Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Cappadocia…
INFO:  Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC
DATE: 16 JUNE – 04 JULY 2014
Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia?  Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.
The program will start in Istanbul, with lectures and field trips.  After three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia.  Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.
Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips.  A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!
In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students.
Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Application deadline 30 April 2014.
All instructions will be in English; reading skills in French highly recommended.
This program is only open to graduate level students in appropriate fields of study.
For more information see: http://rcac.ku.edu.tr/cappadocia
For information concerning other RCAC programs please see here.
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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Oxford Listings, Hilary Term 2014, Week 5

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MONDAY 17th February

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls College

 

Katherine Cross

(Wolfson)

Comparing English and Norman narratives of the Viking Age

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TUESDAY 18th February

2.00 PM KRC Research Seminar

Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

 

Professor Chase Robinson

(City University of New York)

A hedgehog’s view of the late eighth-century economy of Northern Syria

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2:00 PM Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre (Next to Gallery 36, Japan after 1860)

 

Dr. Julian Baker

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The Middle Byzantine period, ca. 800-1200

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2.30 PM Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oriental Institute

 

Professor David Jacobson

(UCL)

Hasmonean coinage: some issues and fresh insights

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5.00 PM Patristic Exegesis of the Psalms

Examination Schools

 

Professor Gillian Clark

(Emerita, Bristol)

Ptarmigan Lecture in Patristics: Words and Music: Augustine and the Psalms

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WEDNESDAY 19th February

5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

 

Ioanna Rapti

(UMR8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Paris):

Byzantine–Armenian gift diplomacy and the making of a holy place in the late

tenth century

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THURSDAY 20th February

11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations

St. John’s College, Seminar Room

 

Dr Julian Baker

(Ashmolean Museum)

The silver gigliato currency of the fourteenth century in the Aegean: new data

and interpretations

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2.00 PM An Introduction to Ancient Armenian Literature and Culture

Pembroke College – Henderson’s Building, Garden Seminar Room

 

Emilio Bonfiglio

(Pembroke College, Oxford)

The History of the Armenians of Agat‘angełos (5th-c.): Gregory the Illuminator and the conversion to Christianity from the beginning of the Sasanian rule (224) to the council of Nicaea (325).

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5.00 PM Late Roman Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

 

Jitse Dijkstra

(Ottawa)

The “Alexandrian World Chronicle” Reconsidered: Place in the Late Antique

Chronicle Traditions, Date and Historical Implications

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FRIDAY 21st February

12.00 PM Byzantine Text Seminar

1st Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

 

Marc Lauxtermann

(Exeter College, Oxford)

Thessaloniki in Byzantine Literature​

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5.00 PM Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research Special Lecture

Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

 

Robert Nelson

(Yale)

Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople

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The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 16th of February, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & FELLOWSHIPS
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
 
It is with enormous pleasure that we announce the fourth issue of ‘The Byzantinist‘, the annual Oxford University Byzantine Society newsletter. Also on our website is the finalised program for the International Graduate Conference, taking place on the 28th February – 1st of March. For that and all other information about the conference, including online registration, please see here.
 
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On Thursday at 8pm in the Swire Room of University College, Oxford, will be a joint-organised event of the Oxford University Byzantine and Oxford Medieval societies, entitled ‘Near Eastern Change and Interchange at the Close of the First Millenium’. Please find all the details on the poster here.
 
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(1) We are delighted to circulate, on behalf of our sister institution, OCBR, the following announcement:
Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research Special Lecture:
Robert Nelson (Robert Lehman Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University),
‘Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople’
5pm, Friday 21 February, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles’, Oxford
The illuminated Greek Gospel lectionary, containing those passages read during the liturgy and arranged according to the church calendar, is of central interest both for its lavishness of decoration and for what it has to tell us about the ritual life of the Patriarchal church of Hagia Sophia, especially during the eleventh century. This lecture will look further into the history of the Patriarchal lectionary before, during, and after this period.
Robert Nelson studies and teaches medieval art, mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean. He was the co-curator of Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2006-2007. His book, Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950, 2004, asks how the cathedral of Constantinople, once ignored or despised, came to be regarded as one of the great monuments of world architecture. Current projects involve the history of the Greek lectionary, illuminated Greek manuscripts in Byzantium and their reception in Renaissance Italy, and the collecting of Byzantine art in twentieth-century Europe and America. The last involves the publication of the letters between Royall Tyler and Robert and Mildred Bliss, the founders of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., which has just begun to be published online: http://www.doaks.org/resources/bliss-tyler-correspondence
(2) Below are the details of an additional seminar with late-antique interest.
Legal History Seminar
Codifying the law – II
Convenors : Boudewijn SIRKS, All Souls College and
Soazick KERNEIS, Université Paris Ouest – MFO
Monday 17 February 2014, 5–7 pm
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Aldo Schiavone (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane),
“The historiography on Roman legal thought from Fritz Schulz until our time”
The aim of the paper is to sketch a brief history of studies in Roman jurisprudence from the mid twentieth century to the present day. It also aims to describe the theoretical frame in which this research was conducted.
Particular emphasis is given to the figure of Fritz Schulz, whose History of Roman Legal Science opened up new perspectives, but also remained trapped in serious contradictions, which have in part conditioned subsequent historiography.
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ICOMOS Turkey: Briefing on the Hagia Sophia Museum, http://icomos.org.tr/?Sayfa=Kapak&sira=17&dil=en
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Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) announces the public launch of its online inventory, AtoM@DO (atom.doaks.org). A searchable database of Dumbarton Oaks’ archival collections, AtoM@DO brings together the holdings of ICFA and a selection of the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA) into a single virtual space, enabling discovery of related materials across the institution.
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New Perspectives on Late Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus:
A Graduate Workshop on History and Visual Culture
Friday  28 February 2014,  King’s College London,  Strand  (Council Room)
 
For full details please see here.
 
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The program is now available for the SPBS’ 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, entitled ‘The Emperor in the Byzantine World’; please find it here.
 
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Workshop King’s College London
20-22 February 2014
‘Patterns of Argumentation in Late Antique and Early Islamic Interreligious Debates’
Organised by Yannis Papadogiannakis and Barbara Roggema as part of the ERC PROJECT ‘Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Role of Interreligious Debate and Interaction (6th-8th c. AD)’
Thursday February 20, at 18.00
Professor Dame Averil Cameron (University of Oxford): A World Full of Talk: Religious Debate and Discussion in the Sixth Century
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/eventrecords/2013-14/world-of-talk.aspx. For more details on the talks taking place on Friday, February 21st, and Saturday, February 22nd, please see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/eventrecords/2013-14/debidem2.aspx
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Dear friends,
I wanted to bring your attention to the Hellenic Studies Series at New York University (http://hssnyu.wix.com/hellenicstudies), which has been running since last September. Several talks of Byzantine interest are scheduled for this term.
Best wishes,
Kostis Smyrlis
 
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
 
The Oxford Medieval Society would like to invite graduates to take part in its Research Presentation Day on Friday 0th week Trinity term (25th April). For M.St students or first-year D.Phils this would be a perfect opportunity to gain some experience of presenting your research to a friendly audience, and to receive some useful feedback. And if you are a more experienced D.Phil student, we would like to invite you to chair panels of papers. Snacks, coffee and lunch will be provided, and the day will conclude in the pub. If you are interested, please email oxfordmedievalsociety@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! Please find the full call here.
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Propose a session for the upcoming BSC in Vancouver this fall (November 6-9, 2014), and, with ICMA sponsorship, be able to pay travel expenses for your speakers, even if they come from abroad!
Thanks to the generosity of the Kress Foundation, the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA: medievalart.org) is able to provide travel and hotel funds for the speakers at such a session up to a maximum of $500 for US residents, and up to $1000 for speakers coming from abroad.  Every speaker must be an ICMA member at the time of application.
To be properly considered, the proposed session should relate to both art history and Byzantine studies. The BSC warmly welcomes the participation of western and Islamic art historians.
The proposed session will need to pass two hurdles. The procedure is the following:
Submit a proposal for an organized session, with a title, an abstract, a CV of the organizer and the names of 4-5 speakers, to the Programs and Lectures Committee of the ICMA for its approval.
The ICMA committee will decide whether to sponsor the proposed session.  It will notify the organizer, who will then submit the approved proposal to the Program Committee of the BSC, which will make the final decision.
The deadlines are these:
1 March
Submit the session proposal to the ICMA by sending it to Prof. Elina Gertsman at Case Western Reserve University, Chair, ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee (exg152@case.edu). Guidelines are available on the ICMA website, under Membership/Kress Research and Travel Awards. Please note that speakers ALONE are eligible for these funds: session organizers, chairs or discussants are not. Successful applicants will be notified in mid March.
1 April
Submit the approved session proposal to the BSC, following the guidelines that are posted on the Byzantine Studies Association of North America website: bsana.net. An abstract for each of the individual papers will be required at this time. Abstracts are reviewed blindly; speakers and session organizers are usually notified by mid May.
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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & FELLOWSHIPS
The Department of History, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, invites applications for a two-year
postdoctoral fellow, with a particular emphasis on pedagogical innovation. The fellowship is funded by
the Andrew Mellon Foundation and begins August 1, 2014. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by
September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years out of their doctorate. This is a half-time
teaching position with salary and benefits of a full-time assistant professor. The fellow will teach three
courses during the academic year 2014-15 and two courses in 2015-16. The reduced teaching load is
designed to support innovation in teaching and on-going professional research. Some funds to support
scholarly work are also available.
Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-
6480 at academicservices@bates.edu, a letter of application, C.V., writing sample, teaching statement,
and three letters of recommendation. Please include your last name and R2527 in the subject line of all
submissions. Consideration of applications will begin on March 17, 2014, and continue until the position
is filled. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. For more information
please see the full announcement here.
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Salary: £29,837 – £31,664 p.a.
Fixed-term for four and a half years
Oxford vacancy reference: 111754
We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher from 1 April 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on the project ‘The Cult of Saints: a christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development’, directed by Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins and funded by a €2.3 million ERC Advanced Grant (2014-18). The project will investigate the origins and development of the cult of Christian saints, gathering all the evidence that is available on the cult, from its origins until around AD 700, across all the languages of early Christianity that have left evidence from this period (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, Greek and Latin). The project will employ six postdoctoral researchers in producing a series of monographs and a freely-available searchable database of the evidence for the cult of saints, with English translations of texts and full reference to relevant scholarly work. During the project, two workshops will be held with expert scholars from across Europe, in particular to test the effectiveness of the nascent database, and a major international conference will take place.
The appointee will have responsibility for collecting and researching all the material in Syriac, and will also produce a sole-authored monograph on some major aspect of the cult of the saints among the Syriac-using churches. S/he will liaise closely with Dr David Taylor of the Oriental Studies Faculty, Oxford. The appointee will be required to represent the project and deliver papers at team workshops, external workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings. The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in a relevant field, have excellent knowledge of Syriac and the historical context of late-antique Christianity, and an effective working knowledge of the necessary modern scholarly languages. Knowledge of relevant ancient languages beyond Syriac, experience of working with hagiographical material and experience of working with databases would be desirable.
Only applications received before mid-day UK time on Monday 3 March 2014 can be considered. Interviews are expected to be held during early March. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

 

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