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The Byzness, 15th December 2014

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

Workshop- Christian and Islamic Manuscripts of Ethiopia (12th-20th century)

by Anne Regourd

The Workshop “Christian and Islamic Manuscripts of Ethiopia (12th-20th century): A comparative approach” will take place at the French National Library, Richelieu, in Paris, the 12th and 13th December 2014.

Since the middle of the first millennium of our era, Ethiopia has seen the development of two manuscript book cultures which seem to have evolved separately, on geopolitical territories for a long time distinct, in the service of different religions and administrations. These Christian and Islamic manuscript cultures also developed in various languages and scripts which have compartmentalised research on the subject. If the historiography of Christian manuscripts is already well rooted, Islamic manuscripts whether in Arabic languages and script or local languages and Arabic script (‘ağamī) up till now have been very little studied. However, research today into Ethiopian manuscripts as Islamic and Christian renews the questions as to the points of contact between the histories of these books: whether they were produced in Ethiopia, or whether they are to be sought in the exchanges between Ethiopia and neighbouring countries, such as Egypt, Sudan and the more distant West Africa, or even further East, in Yemen or India, as they left their mark in the texts or in the different aspects of manuscript books. One could also investigate other traditions and manuscript practices which existed in the same area.

This workshop has therefore the ambition to lay down the bases for a comparison between the Christian and Islamic codex manuscripts, not only taken into consideration as texts, knowledge and traditions which they conserve and convey, but above all as objects having different characteristics and a matter of specific know-how. The contributions will explore the different period of history of these books emphasising the points which permit a comparative reflection on the production, function and use of these books.

Claire Bosc-Tiessé (CNRS, Institut des mondes africains, Paris) & Anne Regourd (CNRS, “Proche-Orient – Caucase”, Paris; University of Copenhagen, ERC “Islam in the Horn of Africa”).

Please, have a look at the detailedp​rogramme here.

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Medioevo tra Occidente e Mediterraneo (in ricordo di Antonio Cadei)- Conference Programme

Please find details here and the programme here.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

​Colour: Aspects and Approaches, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, St Edmund Hall, 17th-18th April

Please find details of the CfP here.


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Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages: Crime, Punishment and Penance, 7th-9th May 2015, University of St Andrews

Please find details of the CfP here.

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Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference, 29th-31st May 2015, University of York​

Please find details of the CfP here.​

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Anatomy of Political Bodies, ​Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ , University of Warsaw, ​17-18 April 2015

The objective of the conference is to examine political bodies past and present as a cultural phenomenon. What mechanisms lead to their emergence, their consolidation and, finally, their crises and decay? How have similar power mechanisms been adapted in different sociocultural, geographical and chronological contexts?

We address this invitation to early career researchers (PhD students and recent PhD holders) from diverse fields within the humanities, social and political sciences.

The language of the conference is English. Prospective speakers are encouraged to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words, along with their short academic bio and contact details, to rexnunquammoritur@gmail.com by no later than 25 January 2015.

Please find the call for papers here.​

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3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Gennadius Library​

Please find a list of 2015-2016 fellowships for research and study at the Gennadius Library here.​

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British School at Athens​

Please find ​all relevant documents and application forms for the 2015 BSA courses below: ​

Undergraduate Summer School: http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=103

Postgraduate Epigraphy Course:http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=109

Postgraduate Greek and Roman Pottery Course:  http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=112

Postgraduate Ceramic Petrology Course:  http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=111

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 7th December 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, 24th-28th August 2015, Warsaw

Please find the website for this conference here: http://www.ices19.uw.edu.pl/

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Byzantinische Zeitschrift Bibliography

Please find the latest bibliography here.

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Two new websites

Anastasian Wall Project: http://www.shca.ed.ac.uk/projects/longwalls/

Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean: http://www.shca.ed.ac.uk/projects/eastmed_landscape/

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Forthcoming Events at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London (December-January)

Thursday 4 December, 18.30-19.30

Book launch: Introducing the Ancient Greeks

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2014-2015/CHS/edithhalllaunch.aspx

Professor Paul Cartledge will launch Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Professor Edith Hall.

Monday 12 January, 17.30-18.30

Angelos Sikelianos & the ideology of the Delphic Festivals

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2014-2015/CHS/delphicfestivals.aspx

Eleftheria Ioannidou (University of Birmingham) will discuss the Delphic Festivals in 1926 and 1930 that were celebrated by ancient enthusiasts but met with scepticism among Marxist critics.

Tuesday 20 January, 17.30-18.30

Gregory of Nyssa on theôsis

Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2014-2015/CHS/gregoryofnyssa.aspx

Elena D-Vasilescu (University of Oxford) will explore Gregory of Nyssa’s view on theôsis/deification and the role of love in this process as expressed in De Anima et Resurrectione (On the Soul and the Resurrection) and Homilies on the Song of Songs.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

History Studies

History Studies, a Turkish-English bilingual journal, invites submissions for a special issue on History and Civilization of the Byzantine or the Eastern Roman Empire.

The deadline for submissions is 15th April 2015.

Please see the following CFP:

http://www.historystudies.net/Defaultx.aspx?ID=165

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  1. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

A.G. Leventis Chair in Byzantine Studies

Please find more details here:

Contact e-mail: Ellie.Dora@ex.ac.uk

Closing date: 5th January 2015

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Fellowships and Awards at the British School at Rome

Please find details here: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/awards/humanities-awards

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Sophia Research Studentship, King’s College London

Thanks to the generosity of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, the
Hellenic Foundation, and an anonymous donor, the Centre for Hellenic
Studies is pleased to announce a studentship in the field of Byzantine
Studies, tenable in any department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at
King’s College London for up to 2 years from 1 October 2015.
The studentship will take the form of remission of tuition fees for a PhD
student up to a maximum of £4,500 per annum. Renewal for a second year
is conditional on satisfactory progress throughout year 1.
The studentship is open to any student who has been offered a place on a
PhD programme at King’s College London in Byzantine studies or a
closely related field, or who is already enrolled on such a programme.
Letters of application should include a full research proposal and the
names of two academic referees, and should be addressed to the Director
of the Centre, not later than 1 April 2015:
rod.beaton@kcl.ac.uk and copied to chs@kcl.ac.uk

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MA and PhD opportunities at the University of Toronto

Please find details here.

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Scholarship announcement by Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

Good morning – on behalf of Professor Gino Benzoni, Director of the Institute for the History of the Venetian State and Society at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, I would like to inform you that a new 3 and 6 months residential scholarship announcement has been issued, aimed at international students willing to pursue research in the field of ​historical studies in Venice.

Founded in 1955 to promote research on the Venetian state and society​, the Institute addresses ‘Venice’ from its embryonic state under Byzantine rule to the Serenissima’s full sovereigni​ty and fall in 1797, as well as the city’s later development in the 18th and 19th century.

​The history of Venice is considered both in terms of its impact on European history and by how European and even non-European history has filtered through the lagoon-city, a unique perspective both in terms of reception and elaboration. These two different approaches reflect the constant intertwining of the city-state’s relationship to its surroundings and, in turn, that of the surroundings to the city-state.

The Institute has also applied new methodologies and information to specific issues of Venetian history – e.g. the origins of the city and the fundamentals of its constitution – with the aim of amplifying prior studies and opening new fields of investigation.

​​The Archive of the History of the Venetian State contains not only a microfilm library of over 2 million slides reproducing material on the Venetian Republic kept in non-Venetian archives, but also collections of Italian and international books and periodicals on the history and culture of territories influenced by Venetian culture. It thus provides opportunities for detailed, multifaceted studies on the role played by Venice in European diplomacy.

Examples of specific themes that may be referred to are: The relationship between the Serenissima and the Holy See​; The knowledge of the territory ruled by the government of the Republic – both on land and at sea – at Palazzo Ducale​; Venice’s perception of the world “expanded” by discoveries, as a privileged observatory of changing horizons and therefore as an “eye on the world”; Venice in the “Grand Tour”​; Mixing and sharing ideas: arrivals, departures and in loco elaboration​.

​I am sending you a copy of the scholarship announcement: we would be grateful if you could forward it to colleagues and students of yours who could be interested in applying.

​At your disposal should you have any questions,

Best Regards,

Marta Zoppetti
Vittore Branca Center Secretariat

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 8

Michaelmas Term 2014

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MONDAY 1 December

15.00   Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Aleks Pluskowski
From Crusade to Colonisation: the environmental impact of Holy War in the Medieval Eastern Baltic

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17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
James Willoughby (New College, Oxford)
The hand of Ralph of Coggeshall: chronicle-making in the reign of King John

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TUESDAY 2 December

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Dr Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
15th centuries: The Making of the Ottoman World

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Tim Stanley (V&A)
Bling! Bang! A jewelled gun of Sultan Mahmud

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14.30   Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies
Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College
Vladimir Mikes (Czech Academy of Sciences)
[Title to be confirmed]

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WEDNESDAY 3 December

17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Fanny Bessard (SOAS, London)
Merchants and Markets in early Islam

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THURSDAY 4 December

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Luke Treadwell and Dr Marek Jankowiak (KRC)
Update on the ‘Dirhams for Slaves’ project

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17.30   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Ian Wood (University of Leeds)
The ancient and modern creation of Columbanian monasticism

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FRIDAY 5 December

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- Mirrors for Women

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 30th November, 2014

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

The British Institute at Ankara – Annual Lecture

From Imperial Capital to Global City: transformations of Istanbul 1914-2014

Professor Erik-Jan Zürcher

Date: Thursday 4 December

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

 

Join Professor Erik-Jan Zürcher (Leiden University), one of the world’s leading experts on Turkey, as he charts the development of the architecture, economy and population of the former Ottoman capital into today´s metropolis of 14 million inhabitants. This event will also include the launch of the first book of the new BIAA-I.B. Tauris series, Turkey and the Politics of National Identity, on contemporary and Ottoman Turkey, by Shane Brennan and Marc Herzog.

 

Free for BIAA Members, £10 for non-members. Please visit www.biaa.ac.uk/events to register and/or purchase tickets.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

(Un)Mapping the Mediterranean- Graduate Student Conference at the University of Illinois

Please see here for further details.

Deadline for abstracts: 23/12/14

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​3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Postgraduate Awards at the British School at Athens (BSA)

The Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship: http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61:the-richard-bradford-mcconnell-studentship&catid=15&Itemid=155

The Macmillan-Rodewald Studentship: http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:macmillan-rodewald-studentship&catid=15&Itemid=155

Call for Greek translators from Boston University

Please see here for more details.


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Porphyra​

As editor of Porphyra (www.porphyra.it), I am pleased to inform you that we are hiring two assistant editors.
if you are interested:
http://www.porphyra.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Two-assistant-Editor-Positions-Porphyra.pdf

Best

Nicola Bergamo
Editor of Porphyra
http://www.porphyra.it

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American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)

 

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, byFriday, December 19, 2014, to info@arisc.org. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by Friday, December 19, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any presentations of the research results.

For details, eligibility, and to download the application form, please visit http://arisc.org/?page_id=70
ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country. Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants. Research awards will be made for a maximum of $5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program. For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, byTuesday, December 23, 2014, to info “at” arisc.org. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at” arisc.org. All information must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

For the application form and the full call, please visit http://arisc.org/?page_id=70. Funding for this fellowship is made possible by a grant from the US Department of Education.

COLLABORATIVE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT IN ARMENIA GRANT
Date Due: December 19, 2014

Contact Information: info “at” arisc. org

Project Description:
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage. This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery!, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts. Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.

Examples of potential projects include:
· Restoration of threatened archaeological remains
· Stabilization of historical resources
· Long-term protection for archaeological sites or historical monuments
· Curation and permanent exhibition of heritage materials
· Cataloging and recording of collections
· Digitization of heritage materials for wider public access
· Enhancement of conservation lab facilities
· Advanced training for specialists

Given the level of funding, these awards can also be used as seed grants to demonstrate the feasibility of a pilot program and/or in concert with funds from parallel sources.

Grantees will be required to either give a talk or run a workshop pertinent to the subject of the grant while in Armenia.

Award Information:
Awards are usually made for a period of 12 months during which the work described in the proposal must be completed. Extensions will be granted only with the explicit approval of ARISC. Grants will typically not exceed $4000.

For the full call, eligibility and application form, please visit arisc.org/?page_id=70. This grant opportunity is made possible by funding from Project Discovery!

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OUBS XVII Call for Papers

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY’S XVII INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

27th FEBRUARY – 28th FEBRUARY 2015, University of OXFORD

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

Please find a pdf of the call for papers here.

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 7

Michaelmas Term 2014
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MONDAY 24 November

17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Jessica Berenbeim (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Art and Archives: twelfth to fifteenth centuries

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TUESDAY 25 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Dr Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
13th-14th centuries: A Byzantine Commonwealth?

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Dr Seth Priestman (University of Edinburgh)
Indian Ocean ceramic exchange

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WEDNESDAY 26 November

17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Aslıhan Akışık (Seeger Center for Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
Laonikos Chalkokondyles and the early Ottoman Historians: a Herodetean approach to Source Material

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THURSDAY 27 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Torels Myryup Kristensen (Aarhus, Wolfson)
Meriamlik and Seleukeia: the spatial politics of city and saint

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15.30   Pleasure in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Room 1, Examinations Schools
Elena Draghici-Vasilescu
Pleasure of wisdom, motherhood and sainthood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Glenn McDorman (Princeton Univeristy)
Remembering and Commemorating War in the post-imperial West

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18.00   Ancient History Graduate Work in Progress Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
The real Roman Revolution: Leo I, Theodosius II and the contest for power in the fifth century

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FRIDAY 28 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- The Muses of ‘Alexios I Komnenos’

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17.00 A Central Asian Trade Hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period, Public Lecture
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College
Irina Arzhantseva (Moscow)
The fortress of Por-Bajin

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SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER

9.00   A Central Asian Trade Hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period, workshop

​The ​Buttery, Wolfson College

​See here for details​

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The Byzness, 23rd November, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Vienna Bibliography No. 155 October 2014

Please find the latest bibliography here.

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Khwarazm Conference, 28th-19th November 2014, Wolfson College, Oxford

Friday 28th November: Professor Irina Arzhantseva (Russian Academy of Sciences) will be giving a public lecture on “Por-Bajin – an ideal Uyghur town of the 8th century AD”, on Friday 28 November 2014 at 5pm in Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College. Please find more details here

Saturday 29th November: a workshop entitled “A Central Asian trade hub: Khwarazm in the Late Antique and Early Islamic period”. Please find further details here.

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

“Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Near East”,  Koç University Archaeology & History of Art Graduate Research Symposium

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is pleased to announce “Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and Near East,” its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, on April 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

As archaeologists, historians, and cultural heritage scholars, we look to historical moments of catastrophe as signifiers of radical change, with periods of transition marking the complicated and intersecting evolution of cultural, political, religious and environmental influence over time.  Such events shape current topographies, mould collective memories and in some cases inform regional and national identities. In these pivotal periods of instability, exigency, and crisis followed by aftermath and recovery, we can learn much about the dynamics of societies and the range of historical factors underpinning them.

 

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research as they relate to the topic of disaster and crisis, both natural and human-instigated.

 

Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, and museum studies may present research related to Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the earliest prehistory through Bronze and Iron Ages, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman periods and into the contemporary.

 

Subjects could include (but are not limited to): climate change, civilization collapse, war, drought/famine, natural disasters like earthquakes & volcano eruptions, fire, urban crises or transformations, political upheaval, civil unrest, disaster preparedness in heritage, etc., as well as periods of transition and recovery.

 

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including:

Masters students

PhD students at any stage

Post-docs

 

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 23rd, 2015 to
arhasymposium@gmail.com

For other questions contact arhasymposium@gmail.com or visit
http://www.facebook.com/ARHAsymposium.

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3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Onassis Foundation, 21st Annual programme of research grants and educational scholarships

International Scholarships for humanities, arts, social sciences and economics in Greece

The Foundation announces the twenty-first (21st) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2015  which is addressed to non -Greeks, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), Postdoctoral Researchers (Ph.D. holders) and Ph.D. Candidates.

http://www.onassis.gr/en/scholarships-foreigners.php

http://www.onassis.gr/en/news-announcements-details.php?id=209

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OUBS XVII Call for Papers

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY’S XVII INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

27th FEBRUARY – 28th FEBRUARY 2015, University of OXFORD

Byzantium, in all its forms, was an influential society, drawing many different peoples into its sphere. This influence, however, was neither one-way nor top-down. Cultures from beyond the borders of the Empire also impacted on life within it. Interaction and exchange between cultures was both direct and indirect, spanning from Scandinavia, Latin Europe, Africa and into the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppe. Learning, not exclusively classical knowledge, passed not only from culture to culture but from generation to generation; migration and settlement as well as trade and direct conflict all brought different communities into contact throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. What followed could include the translation of literature, the mimesis of art and architecture and religious conversions, as well as the practical adoption of customs, clothing and foods. The Roman Empire, its continuator in the Eastern Mediterranean and all the successor states were deeply involved in all manner of cross-cultural exchanges throughout their existences.

We are calling for papers which explore all possible approaches towards these issues, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine studies and beyond, including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, intellectual history, and philology. Possible themes might include:

  • The inheritance of classical wisdom
  • Diplomatic exchanges and customs
  • Translations from Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Hebrew, Latin and western vernaculars into Greek and vice versa
  • Transaction of medical and technological knowledge
  • Travel accounts
  • Religious debates and conversions
  • Military developments
  • Relations with nomadic peoples
  • Trade and the movements of material culture
  • Art and artists across borders
  • Prosopography

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Friday, 28th November 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be delivered in English or French.

As with our previous two conferences, there will be a publication of selected on-theme and inter-related papers, chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as on-theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

More details will be sent to successful submissions soon after the deadline. Subject to funding, the OUBS hopes to offer subsidised accommodation for visiting speakers.

Please find a pdf of the call for papers here.

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Oxford Listings

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY

SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 6

Michaelmas Term 2014

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MONDAY 17 November

15.00   Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Stephen Mileson
The South Oxfordshire Project

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17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Janice Stargadt, (Sidney Sussex, Cambridge)
Commerce and contact across the Indian Ocean in the ninth and tenth century; Abbasid glass and Tang ceramics

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TUESDAY 18 November

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
12th century: The Age of Manuel I Komnenos  

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14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Professor Scott Redford (SOAS)
The Kubadabad glass plate & the role of inscriptions on Medieval Islamic enamelled glass objects

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14.30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street
Dr Hector Patmore (Cardiff)
The Evil Inclination in the Targums to the Pentateuch and the Prophets

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WEDNESDAY 19 November

13.00   The Roman Discussion Forum
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Daphne Briggs (University of Oxford)
Reflections of Ovid in runic text on a bracteate from fifth-century Norfolk

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17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna)
Inscriptions and Manuscripts in Byzantium: a fruitful symbiosis

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THURSDAY 20 November

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Dr Efthymis Rizos
The military annona and its warehouses in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans (3rd-6th century AD)

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17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Susan Walker (Ashmolean)
Saints and Salvation: gold-glass from Late Antique Rome in the Wiltshere Collection, Ashmolean Museum

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FRIDAY 21 November

12.00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Advice Literature- Kekaumenos

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Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 16th November, 2014
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALL FOR PAPERS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Managing Emotion: Passions, Emotions, Affects, and Imaginings in Byzantium, December 12-13, 2014

Please find the registration for the colloquium here.


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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

Modern Greek Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, 15-18 October 2015

Please find the call for papers here.

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Call for papers: late antique hagiography as literature, a colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Please find the call for papers here.

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