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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 21st September, 2014

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
  2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
  3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

Symposium in Bucharest: the legacy of French assumptionists for Byzantine Studies, New Europe College, 25th-27th September 2014

Please find a poster and a programme for the conference attached.
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40th Byzantine Studies Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 6th November-9th November 2014
Attached please find the Program for the 40th Byzantine Studies Conference, to be held at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 6 – November 9, 2014.

The final version of the Abstracts of Papers is downloadable from the following site:
http://www.bsana.net/conference/Abstracts_2014.pdf

Hard copies of the Abstracts will be available at the conference as in past years. Please remember that BSANA no longer mails out bound copies of the Abstracts to members not present at the BSC.

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Warren Woodfin
BSANA Secretary

Please find draft programme here.
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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean, European University Cyprus and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

3rd-6th June 2015
Over the centuries, the peoples and nations of the Mediterranean have been divided but also connected by the sea. Its trade routes have facilitated traffic and ideas, artistic creativity, and architecture, as well as commerce. Cultures have evolved and empires have risen and declined through processes that have impacted the histories and cultures of countries washed by the Mediterranean. This sea has helped create what Edward Said refers to as “lines between cultures” that permit us to discern identities in a process of constant evolution while also revealing the “extent to which cultures are humanly made structures of both authority and participation.”   Indeed, this interplay of geography and culture, politics and art, climate and society invites multiple modes of inquiry. How have the “humanly made structures” of the Eastern Mediterranean helped both to unite and divide the peoples of the region?  As peripheral cultures, have these structures and/or peoples taken on aspects and attributes similar to those found in other peripheral but also metropolitan settings? To what extent has the region’s geopolitical frame affected lifestyle and artistic expression for those living there? How did Empire mediate in the interactions between Mediterranean colonies? How have the structures created by Greeks, Ottomans, Britons, and other imperialists in the Eastern Mediterranean altered the landscape — human, sociological, anthropological, linguistic, and cultural?

We invite proposals for papers, posters, and panels that engage with these questions as well as with any other aspects and politics of culture and empire in the Eastern Mediterranean. We welcome papers that explore any of the issues that focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. Through these papers, we hope to explore the ways in which the arts in this “extremely small sea,” as Lawrence Durrell puts it, have helped to “make us dream that it is larger than it is.”

Abstracts of a 250-word maximum for 20-minute papers, and a 400-word maximum for three-paper panels (with the names of the panelists) that engage with these and other relevant questions should be submitted electronically addressed to David Roessel or Petra Tournay at eucrscconference2015@gmail.com by Friday, 10 October 2014. Please make sure that you send the proposal as an attachment and include “Conference Proposal” in the topic line of your email.

The organizers are looking into the possibility of a publication that will feature a selection of papers from the conference. Acceptances will be sent by 19 December 2014.

For further information about the conference and the detailed list of suggested topics  please check the conference website: http://eucrscconference2015.org/call-for-papers.

Best regards,
Conference organizers

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Leeds IMC 2015- Approaches to Medieval Court Records: Trials, Testimony, Voices from the Archives

Following the success of our three-session strand at the 2014 Leeds IMC, “Approaches to Late Medieval Court Records I-III”, we intend at the 2015 congress to explore further the riches of late medieval judicial archives and to continue building networks between scholars working on these fascinating sources. We therefore invite papers examining any aspect of medieval law courts and the records they produced – secular or ecclesiastical –to submit proposals. Thematically, whilst all approaches are welcome, we particularly encourage contributors to explore the methodological problems of their sources as well as the challenges and the rewards of engaging with the narratives of medieval litigants and judiciaries.
We therefore invite proposals from scholars working in the historical disciplines as well as any other relevant subject area for papers of 20 minutes on the topics outlined here. Please include name, institution, contact information, paper title, and an abstract of around 200 words in all proposals. Possible topics for papers may include:

· Methodologies of approaching medieval court records
· Gender and its importance in court
· Sex and sexualities in court
· Court records and wider society
· The voices of “common people”
· Deviancy and delinquency
· Comparative/regional differences and approaches
· The use of the courts in political conflicts

Please send proposals to jp86@st-andrews.ac.uk by September 25th 2014.
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3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

A 14 months Postdoctoral position (Experienced Researcher), Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC

A 14 months Postdoctoral position (Experienced Researcher) is available in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC. The Postdoctoral position will be based in an audiovisual company (Lopez Li Films-Spain). The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance of 57,000 Euros/year (base rate) and a mobility allowance of 700-900 Euros/month (base rate). She/he will participate in PIMIC, a project combining academic research on medieval institutions with training in wider dissemination, based on collaboration between universities and private sector companies and funded by the European Union. The Experienced Researcher will participate in a groundbreaking project: the creation of the Media School for Historians, a training course designed to teach historians how to make a documentary film from its conception to post-production. She/he will work actively with Lopez-Li Films in order to get familiar with the company and its productions. She/he will equally enable the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PIMIC to implement ambitious schemes for the diffusion and transfer of its conclusions.

Required skills: Ph.D or at leat 4 years of research experience with specific studies related to audiovisual media, film, communication, cultural management and/or applied media sciences. Some educational background in History is a plus. Experience on documentary production will be appreciated.

Languages: English and Spanish (understanding only)

Closing date of applications: 30 September 2014

Duration of Fellowship 14 months – starting in November

Submitting an application Applications including a CV (maximum two pages), a letter of interest, a scanned diploma (PhD or equivalent) and a sample of work must be sent in English to pimic@cchs.csic.es

Contact person Laura Rodríguez (PIMIC Project Manager) pimic@cchs.csic.es

For full details, see http://www.pimic-itn.eu/content/pimic-postion-available-experienced-researcher-1-l%C3%B3pez-li-films

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The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: January 15

The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly know as the Gennadeion Fellow in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of photographer and archaeologist, M. Alison Frantz (1903 – 1995) whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.

The Frantz Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose fields of study are represented by the Gennadius Library in Athens, i.e. Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Successful candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from September 1 to June 1. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library of the School.

Application: Submit application for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project, and three letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/student-associate-membership.

Web site: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/grants
E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The award will be announced by March 15.

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The British Institute at Ankara

The BIAA is now offering the following opportunity at the Institute at Ankara:

 

Research Scholar – 2015

http://biaa.ac.uk/grants/research-scholarship

 

The following opportunity is jointly offered by the BIAA and Koç University’s Research Centre for Ancient Civilisations  (RCAC)

http://www.rcac.ku.edu.tr/fellowships

 

The following are offered by the British Academy – Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants

www.britac.ac.uk/newton-advanced-fellowships

www.britac.ac.uk/newton-mobility-grants

 

Both the above British Academy schemes are currently only available for researchers in the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Turkey

 

Please forward this email including the above links to any interested parties.

 

Many thanks,

 

Claire
Claire McCafferty | London Manager
The British Institute at Ankara |10 Carlton House Terrace | London SW1Y 5AH
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The Byzness, 15th September, 2014
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Public Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks
Ancients and Moderns: Reconsidering Style in the Visual Arts of Late Antiquity:  A Public Lecture in Byzantine Studies by Sarah E. Bassett, University of Indiana, Bloomington
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:00pm

Please find more details here.
‘Out of the Margins': New ideas on the boundaries of Medieval Studies, University of Cambridge, 19th-20th September 2014

Dear Professors, Colleagues and Friends,

Please find the final programme of the “Out of the Margins” conference (University of Cambridge, 19-20 September 2014) attached here.
Best Regards,
G. Gasbarri
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A Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life

The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the British Museum present: a Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014 from 930am until 445pm

Where: Sackler Room B, British Museum

Programme: There are six presentations of thirty minutes, each followed
by a ten minute questions period, plus an introduction and a handling
session of related objects by Museum Curator Chris Entwistle.

Please find full programme here.
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Rus’ and Mount Athos: a Millenium of Spiritual and Cultural Ties, Ukraine National Academy of Science
Organized by the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine

to mark the 1000th anniversary of the monasticism of Ancient Rus’ on Athos and the 220th anniversary of the repose of St Paisy Velichkovsky (☩ 28 November, 1794).

28-29 November 2014
Chernihiv, Ukraine

The official notice with call for papers and related info and a cover letter are attached.
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Medieval Urban Planning: Beyond the Monastery??, ICMA sponsored session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 14th-17th May 2015

Please find full details here.
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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

I Tatti- RCAC Joint Fellowship


Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Here they will carry out projects that represent advanced research in any aspect of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.Applications will be available mid-September; the deadline for submission is 15 January 2015.

Please find more details here.

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Two positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara

The Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, is currently searching for two tenure-track
positions in the Architecture, Urbanism, and Visual Culture of the
Ancient World, and the Art and Architecture of the Medieval World
respectively. Please find details here.

Swati Chattopadhyay
Professor and Chair
History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-8060

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The Byzness, 24th August, 2014

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  4. NEWS & EVENTS

VIENNA BIBLIOGRAPHY, no. 153, July 2014

Please find here.

http://aleph.univie.ac.at/F/3VD35717HDXHASSA7JF42HPV9F6FI8B53FGDF54QDKYT1T52TU-21518?func=file&file_name=start-find-a085&local_base=A085

http://bibliothek.univie.ac.at/fb-byzantinistik/

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A SYMPOSIUM IN HONOUR OF METROPOLITAN KALLISTOS OF DIOKLEIA

‘RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH’, Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 6–8 February 2015

METROPOLITAN KALLISTOS AT 80

This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. Variously referred to as ‘the voice of Orthodoxy in the West’, ‘the closest approximation to an Athonite elder outside Athos’, and ‘the leading theologian in the Orthodox Church today’, Bishop Kallistos stands for many different things for many different people, but for every one of us he is a very special person. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends.
Please find more details here.

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: IN MOTION, BRITISH INSTITUTE AT ANKARA, 26th-27th September 2014

Dear BIAA members and supporters,

 

We are happy to announce that the registration for listeners wishing to attend the international workshop ‘In motion: Movements, crossings and transfers in Turkey’ that will be held in Ankara on the 26 and 27th September 2014 is now open. Places are limited and on-line preregistration is required.

 

In order to register please follow the link:

http://inmotionworkshop2014.wordpress.com/register-to-attend-as-listener/

 

‘In Motion’ opens a cross-disciplinary dialogue between Archaeology and Archaeology-related disciplines, History, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology to explore diverse itineraries across temporal, geographical and cultural borders in Turkey. Turkey is approached in its widest and most stretched sense connoting both the modern state/nation/society, as a place imagined from different viewpoints, and also the space/territory/land marked by the traces of pre- and proto-historic, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman or contemporary histories. Researchers from both Turkish and international institutions will present recent and unpublished work on a variety of themes relating to the conditions and regimes that facilitated, permitted and enforced the movement of people, things and ideas.

 

The workshop is the third of a series of events exploring ‘divisions, connection and movement’ in Turkey from pre-historic times until the present day, organized by the British Institute at Ankara in collaboration with major academic and research institutions. ‘In motion’ is organized by the BIAA in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Higher Education (NiHA)

 

Kind regards,

The organising committee.

 

Also a reminder about the Alan Hall Events in October!  ‘Turkey Ancient and Modern – a Day of Exploration’ will be a full day programme in honour of the late Alan Hall. There will be lectures, music, book presentations and a

reception at King’s College London – Strand Campus on Saturday 11 October 2014. Tickets available for purchase at http://biaa.ac.uk/events The dinner to inaugurate the one day event will be held on Friday 10 October at the British Academy, with a three course Turkish meal, Turkish music and dancing for those who want to!   Tickets can also be purchased by following the ‘events’ link and a combination ticket for both events is also available!

Kind regards,
Claire

 

Claire McCafferty | London Manager
The British Institute at Ankara |10 Carlton House Terrace | London SW1Y 5AH
| T: +44 20 7969 5204 |F: +44 20 7969 5401|E: biaa@britac.ac.uk | W: www.biaa.ac.uk

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WINTER SCHOOL IN GREEK PALEOGRAPHY AND CODICOLOGY

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE VATICAN LIBRARY

 

In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.

Dates: January 5-16

Costs:

Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography@aarome.org by October 15, 2014.

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  1. CALL FOR PAPERS

RENAVATIO IN THE ROMAN & BYZANTINE WORLD, 395-1453

PROPOSED OUBS SPONSORED SESSION AT THE LEEDS INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS, 2015

We are at the OUBS are happy to announce a call for papers for our society-sponsored sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2015. Having hosted successful sessions last year, we have seen the Congress’ potential to expand interest in Late Antique and Byzantine studies, and to forge relationships with western specialists. We highly encourage as many as possible to apply. Please find the call attached here, and feel free to circulate it wherever fitting.

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PROJECT CURATOR: EMPIRES OF FAITH, BRITISH MUSEUM

To be responsible, with colleagues where appropriate, for the research and curation of the Late Antique collections of the British Museum within the context of a 5 year Trust funded research programme on religious imagery and political authority from the Mediterranean to South Asia. To work to and closely with the Programme leader to ensure the smooth project management of the programme

Key areas of responsibility:

• To manage and administer aspects of the programme, such as budgets, workshops, meetings and work schedules.
• To research aspects of the Late Antiquity collections as part of a research programme on religious imagery and its contexts.
• To support and deliver web content, public talks and lectures and, potentially, displays.
• To edit a volume of papers by researchers in the project on methodology.
• To improve documentation for relevant artefact and pictorial collections.
• answer research and other enquiries, and assist with visitors and public programmes

Person Specification:

Educated to degree level or equivalent in Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology, Study of Religion, Classical Studies, Middle Eastern or South Asian History or Languages, the successful candidate will have experience of working with and researching material culture and art works. Demonstrable ability in project management and academic editorial experience is essential too. The successful candidate will be a team player who possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Please find more details here.
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The Byzness, 20th of July, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. POSTGRADUATE FUNDING

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Justinian, the Juliana Anicia Codes and the Ravenna Mosaics

The fifth installment in the Ancient Symmetria series by Ruth Dwyer. This presentation reveals two new discoveries: 1) That the woman standing next to the Empress Theodora in her Imperial Panel at San Vitale in Ravenna is none other than Anicia Juliana 2) that the mosaic flowers and plants in the Ravenna mosaics are not merely decorative. They are in fact medicinal and are the flowers/plants/vines illustrated in the Juliana Anicia Codex (Vienna Dioscorides) of Princess Juliana Anicia. These flowers, vines and plants were necessary for the healing of ailments associated with “Justinian’s Plague.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HPSZ23seLo Best wishes, Neil Moran (Toronto)

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Archaeopress

Dear colleague,

We are very pleased this month to announce our newly re-launched website with many new features and new content including Open Access material available to read online or download to your preferred device. Please find brief details on our new Archaeopress titles & BAR volumes for July 2014 here. Full details and catalogues can be found on our website. Yours sincerely Patrick Harris Marketing Manager

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

International Medieval Congress, Leeds 6th-9th July 2015

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 22nd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 6–9, 2015. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. The thematic strand for the 2015 IMC is “Reform and Renewal.” Please see here for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion. Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/22nd-international-medieval-congress/). The deadline for submission is August 31, 2014. Proposals should include:

-Title -100-word session abstract

-Session moderator and academic affiliation

-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

-CV

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress.

The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe.

Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.​

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3. Postgraduate Funding

The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research The AG Leventis Foundation Graduate Scholarship for Byzantine Studies was first established in 2011 by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, a long-standing and generous benefactor to Oxford University. A new Scholarship will be awarded this year, to take effect from the start of Michaelmas Term 2014. The Scholarship is administered by the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research http://www.ocbr.ox.ac.uk and is normally awarded to a graduate student showing exceptional promise currently undertaking or proposing to undertake doctoral research at Oxford. The Scholarship is tenable at any of the Oxford colleges to students studying for a higher degree in any field of Byzantine Studies at Oxford. Please find further details here.

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The Byzness, 20th of July, 2014

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Byzantine Bibliography no. 152, May-June 2014

Please find attached here a guide to new and old literature on Byzantium compiled by Anna Ransmayr, University of Vienna

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Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography

This year’s Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be accompanied by four lectures that are open to all interested listeners. They will take place at the Ioannou Centre from 5pm-6pm on the following days:

Monday 28th July: The Gains of Palaeography (Nigel Wilson)

Tuesday 29th July: Digital Editing and the Greek New Testament (Hugh Houghton)

Wednesday 30th July: Dealing with an Abundant Textual Tradition (Ilse de Vos)

Thursday 31st July: Editorial Problems in Byzantine Homilies (Elisabeth Jeffreys)

yours,

Georgi Parpulov

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The Byzness, 13th of July, 2014

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2. JOB & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Summer Workshop in Byzantine Epigraphy, British School of Athens

Please find details of the inaugural programme here.
Convened by Ida Toth, University of Oxford and Andreas Rhoby, The Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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​Colloquium at KU Leuven: ‘Chapters and Titles in Byzantine Literature, 12th September, 2014

September 12, 2014, the Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the KU Leuven hosts a one-day colloquium on “Chapters and Titles in Byzantine Literature” (with contributions from Andreas Rhoby, Dirk Krausmüller, Eva De Ridder and Katrien Levrie).

More information can be found here and online: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/byzantium/chapters_titles (please check for updates).

Attendance is free, but please register in advance: Reinhart.Ceulemans@arts.kuleuven.be.

Feel free to circulate the invitation.

Reinhard Ceulemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Universities of Basel and Fribourg, EU project on the paratext of the Medieval Greek New Testament

Please see announcement here for the job openings in a new collaborative EU-funded project starting up at the Universities of Basel and Fribourg in Switzerland (overseen by Martin Wallraff and Patrick Andrist, respectively), on the paratext of the medieval Greek New Testament. You can also browse the main web site of the project here: http://www.paratexbib.eu/

The same site has a page announcing a ten-day course in Basel in January, on palaeography, codicology, and art history of manuscripts, funded by the EU grant and open to qualified applicants from anywhere:
http://www.paratexbib.eu/course.html
Nicholas Marinides, PhD
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Theologie, Universität Basel
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Further details on University of New Hampshire position

We are in the preliminary stages of this search; an announcement will appear on H-net, the AHA perspectives, and the University of New Hampshire Human Resources web site by the beginning of August (https://jobs.usnh.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/SearchResults_css.jsp or http://www.unh.edu/hr/).

UNH will be advertising for a tenure track position in history.  We are seeking applications from scholars who work on periods from Classical Greece up through 1000 A.D.  The advertisement indicates a strong interest in candidates whose research focuses on Late Antiquity, which is understood very broadly in both geographical and chronological terms, and includes the Byzantine Empire, the Umayyad Caliphate, Roman Africa and Near East, the Persian empire, as well as the Hellenistic World broadly conceived. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one section of the first half World History per year, and have an understanding of the approaches taken by specialists in World History for teaching this field.

Department of History
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

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The Byzness, 29th of June, 2014

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Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project at the British Library

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to report that the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project at the British Library is now underway. In the course of the next year, over 300 more Greek manuscripts will be digitised and made available online on our Digitised Manuscripts website (www.bl.uk/manuscripts). Further announcements will be made on our Medieval Manuscripts blog (http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/) but in the meantime I should like to make list members aware that as a result of this project, a number of Greek manuscripts will be temporarily unavailable to readers between now and March 2015. These items will typically be unavailable for 8-12 weeks while preparation and imaging take place. Once digitised the material will become available online in addition to being available for consultation in the Reading Rooms.

Readers intending to consult Greek manuscripts that have not already been made available on Digitised Manuscripts are strongly advised to contact the Manuscripts Reference Team (mss@bl.uk) or myself before planning a visit.

Please note that this project will not affect the availability of any Greek papyri.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Cillian O’Hogan

Cillian O’Hogan | Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies | The British Library

Tel. +44 (0)20 7412 7228

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The Medieval Self-commentary: A Transnational Perspective, Fondation Hardt, 22-23 July, Vandœvres, Genève

To medieval authors commentaries and exegesis were a means to establish a dialogue with a past regarded as exemplary. And yet, toward the Late Middle Ages, exegesis becomes more and more a means of self-expression and self-assertion. European writers from different geographical areas increasingly dedicate themselves to comment on their own writings, instead of glossing on authoritative texts of the past. Hermeneutics turns out to be integral to the process of creativity. The present conference aims at exploring the progressive emergence of self-commentaries in medieval Europe, in order to investigate how and why new expressive and communicative forms developed from traditional formats. Self-commentaries are also linked to broader processes of diffusion and legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe. They therefore represent a unique source to understand how pre-modern and modern individual identities shaped and re-presented themselves. The development of self-commentaries is a break with the tradition of ancient and medieval exegesis. Such a break was made possible by the emergence of new social groups as well as by transformations involving book production in late medieval Europe. The conference will be the first attempt to look at medieval self-commentaries as a pan-European, pre-humanistic phenomenon, considering continuities and discontinuities across multiple national traditions. To this end, we will bring together scholars belonging to different fields and theoretical approaches, in order to address the manifold questions raised by medieval self-commentaries.

More information about the conference can be found at www.selfcommentary.com

Organizers

Aglae Pizzone, University of Geneva

Ian Johsnon, University of St. Andrews

Francesca Geymonat, University of Torino

This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Fonds National Suisse and of the University of Geneva, in particular of the Faculté de Lettres, the Unité de Latin  and the Unité d’Italien.

Please find full programme here.

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Archaeopress

Dear colleague,

NEW ARCHAEOPRESS TITLES & BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORTS – JUNE 2014

We are very pleased to list below brief details of our new Archaeopress titles & BAR volumes for June 2014. Full details and catalogues can be found on our website www.archaeopress.com.

Click or our range of digital BAR versions  (the range increases monthly).
A separate catalogue of e-BARs for circulating to your library and colleagues is available here

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Harris
Marketing Manager

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

The Imperial Crisis: interdisciplinary conference, 15th December, 2014

Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Тhе objective of this interdisciplinary conference on Classical Studies is to present new insights, and fresh perspectives, on the the crisis of the third century AD. Imperial Rome was in heavy turbulence between AD235 and AD284. Political unrest, illustrated by a lack of stability and continuity in the leadership, public health issues, monetary problems, military strife, and several other concerns almost brought the empire to its knees.

Presentations at the conference will focus either on one of these issues, or on a broader theme within the history and/or historiography of the crisis. Events and phenomena leading towards to crisis, as well measures taken by emperors after the crisis are equally welcome.

The conference is open to contributions from academics in fields as varied as classical studies, art history, architectural history, theology, religious studies, political history, philosophy, canon law, medical history, economic history, and linguistics. Approaches transcending disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.

Werner de Saeger

Conference Website here.

Call for Papers here.

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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

British School at Athens

Many of you will be aware that the current Director of the School, Catherine Morgan, will be taking up a position as Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from October 2015. BSA Council is now initiating a search for a successor, and in this connection I attach copies of the advertisement, with a link to the School website where further particulars can be consulted. I should be grateful if you would draw the attention of the advertisement to colleagues as you judge appropriate; and as indicated there I would be particularly glad to hear of any names you would like to mention in confidence to assist the Search Committee’s consideration of potential candidates for the position.

Please find the full notice here, and further particulars here.

With best wishes for a productive summer

Malcolm Schofield

Chair, BSA Council

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint an Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture. The post is available from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointee will be a member of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, and will hold a Special Supernumerary Fellowship at University

College. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014.
Interviews will take place in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014.

Please find the full notice here, and further particulars here.

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University of New Hampshire

The history department at the University of New Hampshire will be advertising for a tenure-track position in history at the assistant level. We are seeking applications from scholars who work on periods from Classical Greece up through 1000 A.D.  The advertisement indicates a strong interest in candidates whose research focuses on Late Antiquity, which is understood very broadly in both geographical and chronological terms, and includes the Byzantine Empire, the Ummayad Caliphate, Roman Africa and Near East, the Persian empire, as well as the Hellenistic World broadly conceived. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one section of the first half World History per year, and have an understanding of the approaches taken by specialists in World History to teaching this field.

 

David Bachrach
David.Bachrach@unh.edu

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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Oxford Listings, Trinity Term 2014, Week 8

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MONDAY 16th June

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar
Auditorium, Corpus Christ College

Nora Berend
(St Catherine’s College, Cambridge)
Violence and identity in medieval and early modern Hungary

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5.30 PM Seminar on Abrahamic Religions
Oriental Institute

Dr Sinai and Professor Fraenkel
Conclusions

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TUESDAY 17th June

2.00 PM Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre

Agnieska Lic
(Institute of Archaeology and St Cross)
The Wawel Casket

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5.00 PM Sasanian Iran in the Context of Late Antiquity
Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Matthew Canepa
(University of Minnesota)
Archaeologies of Iranian identity in late antique western and central Asia

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WEDNESDAY 18th June

5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

Johannes Pahlitzsch
(University of Mainz)
Melkites and Arabo-Greek Christianity in Syria and Egypt

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5.00 PM Porphyry Seminar: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Mark Edwards
(University of Oxford)
Porphyry and the Justification of Allegory

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THURSDAY 19th June

11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations
St. John’s College, Seminar Room

Jeffrey Featherstone & Philipp Niewöhner
(Corpus & Brasenose)
The topography of the Great Palace and the iconography of the Walker Trust Mosaics at Constantinople

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FRIDAY 20th June

5.00 PM After Rome Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries
Danson Room, Trinity College

James Howard-Johnson
(Corpus Christi, Oxford)
The Grand Strategy of the Sasanian Empire

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The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 15th of June, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. SUMMER SCHOOLS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Please find here a letter of concern directed to the Minister of Culture of Greece regarding the endangered Byzantine archaeological remains at the intersection of Egnatia and Venizelou Streets in Thessaloniki.  

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The General Assembly of the Christian Archaeological Society, one of the oldest scientific associations in Greece whose goal is to promote research and every other type of scientific activity in the field of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine archaeology and art, expresses its grave concern over the fortunes of the uniquely-important building complex revealed in the center of Thessaloniki at the junction of Egnatia and Venizelou Streets in the course of construction of the city’s Metro.
This monumental building complex of Byzantine Thessaloniki, the Empire’s second city, situated at the intersection of the Mesi Odos (Middle Street) and the perpendicular street leading to the city’s Byzantine harbor, preserves a monumental tetrapylon as it stood in the 6th century at the streets’ crossing.  Also preserved in situ are the central drainage system and the bases for the colonnade of a portico that extended along the street. The remains, which date from the 4th to the 9th century, are one-of-a-kind finds of inestimable historical and cultural value, not only for Thessaloniki but for world cultural heritage.
The General Assembly has decided to appeal to the Greek State to ensure that this unique building complex be preserved in situ as an archaeological site accessible to the public in the heart of Thessaloniki, and to search for solutions to enable the site’s coexistence with the Metro which will ease the modern city’s traffic congestion. Should this urban building complex be moved it will lose its authenticity, even if the finds are later repositioned in the location where they were found.
Sharon E. J. Gerstel
Professor of Byzantine Art & Archaeology
Department of Art History
UCLA

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Announcing The Medieval Globe. Connectivity~Communication~Exchange, a  new biannual academic journal. The Medieval Globe (TMG) is a peer-reviewed journal to be launched in 2014, published in both print and digital formats.  It is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and sponsored by CARMEN, the Worldwide Medieval Network.  It is dedicated to exploring the modes of communication, materials of exchange, and myriad interconnections among regions, communities, and individuals in an era central to human history.
The Medieval Globe promotes scholarship in three related areas of study:
  • the direct and indirect means by which peoples, goods, and ideas came into contact,
  • the deep roots of global developments,
  • the ways in which perceptions of “the medieval” have been (and are) constructed around the world.
Contributions to a global understanding of the medieval period need not encompass the globe in any territorial sense. The Medieval Globe advances a new theory and praxis of medieval studies by bringing into view phenomena that have been rendered practically or conceptually invisible by anachronistic boundaries, categories, and expectations: these include networks, communities, bodies of knowledge, forms of movement, varieties of interaction, and identities. It invites submissions that analyze actual or potential connections, trace trajectories and currents, address topics of broad interest, or pioneer portable methodologies.
For more information, please visit:  http://www.arc-humanities.org/the-medieval-globe.html
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Dialogue and Debate from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium
4-5 July 2014
Convened by Averil Cameron | Niels Gaul
Florin Leonte | Divna Manolova Alberto Rigolio | Foteini Spingou
Venue
Douglas Price Room
Keble College
Oxford ox1 3pg
pre-registration essential
Please register with averil.cameron@keble.ox.ac.uk by 20 June 2014 at the latest
Students | £15 Senior Members | £20
For the full program please see here.
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The Art Institute of Chicago will be hosting a version of the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art from Greek Collections that was previously on display at the National Gallery of Art and the Getty.  The anticipated dates of the exhibition are September 28, 2014-February 15, 2015.  The exhibition will include 63 objects (about a third of those that appeared at previous venues), but will retain the chronological range of the 4th-15th centuries.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP:  Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon (SHERA at CAA 2015, New York, 11-14 Feb 2015)
Deadline:  July 14, 2014
The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA, http://www.shera-art.org) invites submission of proposals for the following sponsored panel: ‘Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon’
As researcher-educators in specialized fields, how do we effectively incorporate the content of our scholarly work into our everyday teaching?  In many art and art history departments, rare is the opportunity to teach upper-division courses focused on our field of research.  Art history surveys generally include, at best, a handful of significant objects from the entire history of Eurasian, Eastern European, and Russian art, only a few amongst many global perspectives that traditionally lie beyond the scope of standard art history curricula.  Contextualization of such works within a culturally specific framework, distinct from yet connected to the metanarratives of “Western” and “Non-Western” art, remains challenging.  How do we incorporate the question of the work addressing local concerns versus international art audiences into teaching?  How does this kind of problem open up new perspectives on how our students do art history? Teaching a mixed population of students who may range from recent immigrants and heritage speakers to students for whom the name “Lenin” lacks signification, how do we spark an interest in globally diverse art in students of all levels, from novices to more advanced?
This panel invites submissions of theoretical discussions about the importance of incorporating culturally specific art into standard art history curricula, practical examples of curricular innovations involving global and transnational perspectives on art, as well as specific case studies focused on non-canonical objects or contexts that encourage discussions of both local and global perspectives. Submissions may deal with any chronological period. Papers that explore questions regarding the infiltration of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European objects and narratives into the standard teaching canon—as well as transnational projects—are preferred, but we also welcome projects that can provide a broader network of global perspectives to the conversation. This panel seeks to engage questions on both practical and theoretical levels, providing attendees with take-away material to immediately employ in the classroom, rationale for how and why to focus on culturally specific, globally diverse art within a broader art-historical context, and inspiration for bridging the gap between scholarly inquiry and pedagogy in these fields.
Submit proposal abstracts of 500 words or less, along with a current CV of 1-2 pages, to Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Kent State University at Stark, mgasper6@kent.edu.  Submissions must be received by email by July 14, 2014.
This session will be free and open to the public.  Accepted panelists must become members of SHERA, but need not be members of the College Art Association (CAA), nor register for the CAA conference.

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3. SUMMER SCHOOLS

Νέα Ελληνικά για κλασικούς φιλολόγους

Modern Greek for Classicists – Classes Begin Sunday, 6/22

A course designed for students who know ancient Greek and would like to learn the modern Greek language.

To register for a Telepaideia course, send an e-mail to info@paideia-institute.org with your name, e-mail address, phone number, the name of the course in which you’d like to participate, and your Gmail address.

http://www.paideiainstitute.org/programs/telepaideia-latin-and-greek-online

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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Oxford Listings, Trinity Term 2014, Week  6
 
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MONDAY   2nd June
 
5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar
Auditorium, Corpus Christ College
 
David Crouch
(University of Hull)
Lay literacy in England: Beyond Bureaucracy
 
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5.30 PM Seminar on Abrahamic Religions
Oriental Institute
 
Anthony Rabin & Marten Krijgsman
(Wolfson & St Cross)
Forcible circumcision in the Second Temple period and the ethics of war in
Deuteronomy
 
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TUESDAY   3rd June
 
2.00 PM Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
 
Umberto Bongianino
(KRC and LMH)
Introducing Maghribi Scripts: Arabic Palaeography in the Muslim West
 
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5.00 PM Sasanian Iran in the Context of Late Antiquity
Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre
 
Giusto Traina
(Paris-Sorbonne University)
Armenian traditions on Arđaxšēr I
 
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WEDNESDAY   4th June
 
11.00 AM Byzantine Law Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Hylkje de Jong
(VU Amsterdam)
The Actio Legis Aquiliae in Byzantine Law
(Dr De Jong is a specialist on Byzantine Law and has published a monograph
on the antecessor Stephanus, and several articles on Byzantine legal science)
 
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5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
 
Elizabeta Dimitrova
(SS. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje)
Fresco ensembles of Byzantine Macedonia: social horizons, 
iconographic novelties, painterly expression
 
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5.00 PM Porphyry Seminar: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
 
Fay Edwards
(Washington University in St Louis)
Porphyry’s De Abstinentia
 
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THURSDAY   5th June
 
11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations
St. John’s College, Seminar Room 
 
Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova
(Skopje)
Art and ritual in the sacred images of Macedonia paleocristiana: mosaics,
frescoes, relief decoration
 
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5.00 PM After  Rome Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries
Fanny Bessard
(SOAS, London)
Shaping the Early Islamic City in Mā warā al-nahr (Central Asia), 
social and economic dynamics (8th-11th centuries CE)
NB: This week’s seminar will meet in Trinity’s Sutro Room
 
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FRIDAY   6th June
 
12.00 PM Ioannou Centre
Byzantine Text Seminar
 
Marc Lauxtermann
(Exeter College, Oxford)
Literary Culture in the Reign of Basil II
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