Byzness

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The Byzness, 20th of July, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

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

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 13th of July, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

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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2​. JOB & TRAINING ​OPPORTUNITIES

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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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

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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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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The Oxford Listings

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The Oxford Listings, Trinity Term 2014, Week  5
 
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MONDAY   26th May
 
5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar
Auditorium, Corpus Christ College
 
Mark Whittow
(Corpus Christi)
The two falls of the Roman Empire: nomads, migrations and the 
ends of the Ancient World
 
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5.30 PM Seminar on Abrahamic Religions
Oriental Institute
 
Kim Czajkowski & Cecilia Palombo
(Merton & Pembroke)
Pagans on Jewish misanthropy and anti-Jewish polemics in Coptic-Arabic
Christian homilies
 
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TUESDAY   27th May
 
2.00 PM Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
 
Cristina Tonghini
(Archaeologia e Storia dell’Arte 
Musulmana, Università di Ca’Foscari, Venice)
The Citadel of Shayzar and the Evolution of Miliary Architecture 
in the Medieval Near East
 
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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   28th May
 
11.00 AM Byzantine Law Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Dr Silvia Schiavo
(Ferrara)
The Edicta Praefectorum Praetorio of Cod. Bodl. Roe 18,
edited by K. E. Zachariae in 1843
(Dr Schiavo, a specialist in Late Roman Law/Byzantine Law, is at the moment
studying the relationship between these edicts and Justinian’s legislation on the
same topics)
 
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5.00 PM Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
 
Alberto Rigolio
(St John’s)
Erostrophus: a Syriac dialogue with Socrates on the soul, the body, 
and the absence of vice
 
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5.00 PM Porphyry Seminar: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
 
Gillian Clark
(University of Bristol)
Porphyry knew better: Augustine, City of God Book 10
 
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THURSDAY   29th May
 
11.00 AM Late Antique & Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar : Transitions and Translations
St. John’s College, Seminar Room 
 
Dr Simon Davies
From statue to ‘relief icon’: transition in medieval Byzantine 
sculpture
 
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5.00 PM After  Rome Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to the Seventh Centuries
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
 
Mar Marcos
(Universidad de Cantabria)
Flavius Constantius, the Urban Prefect, and the Church of Rome 
(AD 418-419)
 
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FRIDAY   30th May
 
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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The Byzness, 25th of May, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. SUMMER SCHOOLS, DOCTORAL & POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

On the 6th of June, the Centre of Modern Greece/Centrum Modernes Griechenland-CeMoG will be inaugurated in the Freie Universität, Berlin. For more information please seehere.
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Naturally, several people have requested a translation of the petition text before putting their names to the document (by sending an e-mail with your name and institutional affiliation to: ayasofyaimza@gmail.com). Prof. Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan has kindly provided the following summary of its contents:
The petition states the Hagia Sophia is a shared cultural heritage site that must retain museum status. It must remain open to one and all, regardless of creed, and should not be transformed into a mosque.
 
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The Oxford Medieval Society warmly invites you to its Trinity Term meeting:
Medieval Magic and the Supernatural
with Dr Carl Watkins and Dr Sophie Page
8 pm on Thursday 29th May (5th week)
The Swire Room, University College
Please see the poster for further details. All are welcome!

 

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

Call For Chapters – The Material Culture of Magic
Book project, ed. by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie
Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves. (For the full call please see here)
The volume will present an overview of current research in this field. It will comprise approximately 20 of the best and most relevant contributions on this subject. Contributors will be asked to submit a finished chapter of around 6,000 words (inc. references) with publication planned for 2015.
In the first instance, an abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent, together with a brief biography, to the editors before 1 August 2014 at Bosselmann-Ruickbie@uni-mainz.de. We are also happy to answer any questions.
In order to get the best possible response, we would appreciate your help in re-distributing this call for chapters. Email it to colleagues, other relevant mailing lists, or print it out and stick it up on the department noticeboard!
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CFP “Project Byzantium”
As we have launched some times ago, we are collecting papers for the project called “Bisanzio”. We would like to prepare a sort of enciclopedia divided into four volumes
1) Late Roman Empire, from Constantine to the end of Justinian
2) Medieval Empire, from Justinian to Basil I
3) Golden age, from Basil I to the Komnenoi dynasty
4) The decadence, from Angels to Paleologoi.
Considering the model, we are asking to contribute for entries (from 800 to 4000 words depending by the essay) such as “The life of Constantine the Great, the Iconoclasm, the Fall of Constantinopole, the fourth Crusade, the battle of Manziket etc..”
If you are interested on preparing with us this encyclopedia (that will be published in the future) please submit your proposal of entry to progettobisanzio@imperobizantino.it
Languages allowed are: Italian, English and French.
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Shared Journeys: The Confluence of Pilgrimage Traditions
An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies
College of William & Mary
September 26-28, 2014
The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for the 3nd annual Symposium to be held September 26-28, 2014 at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. We encourage submission of papers involving research and creative activity on journeys to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature, art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance. Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.
Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted on our website (http://www.wm.edu/sites/pilgrimage/annualsymposium) until August 1st, 2014.   Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; students should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor.  Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 15th, 2014.  Please check the website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris (mbharr@wm.edu) for further information.

 

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3. SUMMER SCHOOLS, DOCTORAL & POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS

 

30 Doctoral & Postdoctoral Scholarships in Greece (Non – Greek Nationals), State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) (2014 – 2015)

The State Scholarships Foundation (Ι.Κ.Υ.) announces that it will offer up to twenty (20) scholarships to all nationals (non-Greek Nationals and non-Greek Nationals of Greek origin) of Balkan and Eastern European countries (non-Member States of the European Union), Asia,

Africa and Latin America and up to ten (10) scholarships to all nationals (non-Greek Nationals

and non-Greek Nationals of Greek origin) of the European Union (Member States), Iceland,

Norway, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Oceania, for research in Greece, commencing

in the academic year 2014-2015.

Application deadline is June 16, 2014

For further details please see here.

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As was announced in a message of May 15, the California Rare Books School (CalRBS) is offering for the first time this year a course focusing on Byzantine illuminated manuscripts. The course will be taught by Dr. Justine Andrews.

There are three full-tuition scholarships earmarked for this course.

The enrollment for all CalRBS courses is limited to 12 individuals.  Applications for this course will be accepted until it is full; subsequent applications will go to a waiting list.  Instructions for applying for both admission, scholarships, and application forms for both are on the CalRBS Website, www.calrbs.org.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 15, 2014.

Founded in 2005 at UCLA, CalRBS is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by scholars, graduate students, and professionals working with rare books, manuscripts, and archives.   Those enrolled in CalRBS courses receive forty hours of instruction over five days, or the equivalent of an entire academic quarter in just one week.  For more information and to learn about all the CalRBS courses being offered in 2014, please visit the Website.  Again it iswww.calrbs.org.

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The Oxford Listings

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Oxford Listings, Trinity Term 2014, Week 4

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MONDAY 19th May

5.00 PM Medieval History Seminar
Auditorium, Corpus Christ College

Alison Bonner
(Jesus)
The medieval manuscript transmission of Pelagius’ Letter to Demetrias and its implications

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5.30 PM Seminar on Abrahamic Religions
Oriental Institute

Sam Baddeley & Lucy Parker
(St Peter’s & Lincoln)
Irenaeus’ Against Heresies and outsiders in Christian hagiography

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TUESDAY 20th May

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

Nadia Ali
(Empires of Faith Project, KRC and Wolfson)
Early Islamic Iconography Reconsidered: Scope, Problems and
Approaches

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

Arash Zeini
(University of St Andrews)
Secrecy and canonisation in Sasanian Iran: A scholastic reading of the Zand

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WEDNESDAY 21st May

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

Beat Brenk
(University of Basel)
The Mosaics and Paintings of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo:
Concept and Meaning

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

Christophe Erismann
(Université de Lausanne):
Porphyry’s Tree as a Relational Structure

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THURSDAY 22nd May

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

Agnieszka Lic
(St Cross)
The mosque at Sobata/Shivta in the Negev in the context of
Muslim-Christian relations in Bilad al-Sham in the Early
Islamic Period

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

Sylvain Destephen
(Paris X, Nanterre)
Local martyrs and civic cults in Asia Minor

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FRIDAY 23rd May

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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The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 19th of May, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. FELLOWSHIPS & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Dear colleagues,
If you would like to sign the petition requesting that Hagia Sophia remain a museum, please send an email providing your name and institutional affiliation to ayasofyaimza@gmail.com.
The petition has been launched by prominent Turkish scholars and is pasted below. Please feel free to share this petition with colleagues who might wish to add their names to the list of signatories.
AYASOFYA MÜZE OLARAK KALMALIDIR
Aşağıda isimleri bulunan bizler Ayasofya Müzesi hakkında kaleme aldığımız metni ilginize sunuyor, ayasofyaimza@gmail.com adresine, 20 Mayıs 2014 tarihine kadar desteklerinizi bekliyoruz. Hazırladığımız bu yazı ve sizlerin desteği ile konunun kamu tarafındaki muhataplarının dikkatini çekmeyi ve kendileriyle ortak bir platformda görüşme olanağı bulabilmeyi ümit ediyoruz.
Saygılarımızla.
AYASOFYA, İSTANBUL VE TÜRKIYE’NIN OLDUĞU KADAR ORTADOĞU, DOĞU AKDENIZ VE AVRUPA’NIN BAŞLICA ORTAK DINI, KÜLTÜREL, SANATSAL VE SIYASI SIMGELERI ARASINDA YER ALMAKTADIR. AYASOFYA’NIN MÜZE OLARAK BÜTÜN ZIYARETÇILERINE EŞIT ŞEKILDE AÇIK OLMASI, BU EMSALSIZ ANITIN EVRENSEL DEĞERINI YANSITAN VE ÇOK KATMANLI TARIHININ HERHANGI BIR DÖNEMINI DIŞLAMADAN KUCAKLAYAN BARIŞÇIL VE KAPSAYICI BIR DAVRANIŞTIR. BU GÜZIDE ESERIN İSTANBUL VE DÜNYA TARIHININ ORTAK MIRASI OLARAK YAŞATILABILMESI MÜZE STATÜSÜNDE KALMASINA BAĞLIDIR.

 

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TORCH Book at Lunchtime | Byzantine Matters, Professor Averil Cameron
Wednesday 21st May, 13:00 – 13:45, with lunch from 12:45
The themes raised by Professor Cameron’s book will be discussed by:
- Dr Jas Elsner (Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art)
- Dr Peter Frankopan (Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research)
- Dame Jinty Nelson (Emeritus Professor, King’s College London)
About the book:
For many of us, Byzantium remains “byzantine”–obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. In this book, renowned historian Averil Cameron presents an original and personal view of the challenges and questions facing historians of Byzantium today.
The book explores five major themes, all subjects of controversy. “Absence” asks why Byzantium is routinely passed over, ignored, or relegated to a sphere of its own. “Empire” reinserts Byzantium into modern debates about empire, and discusses the nature of its system and its remarkable longevity. “Hellenism” confronts the question of the “Greekness” of Byzantium, and of the place of Byzantium in modern Greek consciousness. “The Realms of Gold” asks what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art, and “The Very Model of Orthodoxy” challenges existing views of Byzantine Christianity.
Throughout, the book addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods. The result is a forthright and compelling call to reconsider the place of Byzantium in Western history and imagination.
Averil Cameron is professor emeritus of late antique and Byzantine history at the University of Oxford and former warden of Keble College, Oxford. Her books include The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, The Byzantines, and The Later Roman Empire.
Part of the TORCH Book at Lunchtime series
Free and open to all. For more information please visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Friday 30 May 2014
A One-Day Workshop at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Sponsored by the AG Leventis Foundation
The mosaics of Thessaloniki provide the most comprehensive ensemble of Byzantine mosaics in the world, with examples from late antiquity right through to the fourteenth century. They present remarkable testimony to the skills of artists throughout the Byzantine millennium, and give insights into many aspects of Byzantine society and belief. They also document the changing concerns of the city and its relationship with the earthly and divine worlds. The publication of The Mosaics of Thessaloniki, 4th-14th century (Athens: Kapon editions, 2012), edited by C. Bakirtzis, E. Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou and Ch. Mavropoulou-Tsiumi, has provided an exemplary documentation of the mosaics in the city, with photographs of exceptional quality. In the light of this book as well as the growing quantity of recent work on the mosaics this workshop will look once more at the issues and controversies surrounding the mosaics, especially their dating, contexts and meanings, but also to look at new ways forward in the study of this extraordinary group of monuments. The day includes papers which examine all the major mosaic monuments in the city, but there will be extensive time for discussion so that the controversies and relationships between them can all be discussed.
Booking is available here.
£12 (£7 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions).
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Here is a link to a new publication of Psellos’s orations on Symeon the Metaphrast and on the Miracle at Blachernae,  both translated, full annotated, and accompanied by introductions and bibliography. (The opening image of an eye-rolling imperial student is particularly winsome at this time of the academic year!)  The material is now available on-line, fully searchable on the Center for Hellenic Studies website as a refereed, “digitally born” publication for which I hold the copyright but which can be freely quoted, downloaded, etc.  Here’s the URN
Sent with best greetings,
Elizabeth Fisher
George Washington University
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Travelogues website (http://eng.travelogues.gr/) was created within the broader project of Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation to promote Greek culture, and especially Greek literature, on a national and international level. This website aims to make known the graphic materials found in travel accounts of journeys to Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th century onwards, and thus contribute both to students’ education and scientific research. An important part of the editions that constituted the data base of the website belongs to the Historical Library of the Foundation, currently under construction.
Travelogues will periodically be updated with material from major libraries in Greece, such as Gennadius Library and Benaki Museum Library. This material, already in process, spans the time from the 15th to the early 20th century. Of approximately 4500 images, 560 have already been incorporated in the website’s collections. In the same sense, the bibliography shall be updated with the most recent research contributions. User feedback will be taken into consideration and the pertinent modifications will get reflected.

 

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

Herewith please find the Call for Papers for the Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference, to be held in Iowa City on March 26-29, 2015. The CFP is available here.
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Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World
20-22 March 2015
University of Pennsylvania
Following on the success of “Masons at Work”(held in spring 2012, and published as  http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered – and the solutions they developed – in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.
Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer.  Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser.  Deadline: 15 November 2014.  The final program will be announced immediately thereafter.  Submit proposals to ancient@sas.upenn.edu with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.
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I’m pleased to announce the official launch of Beth Shean After Antiquity, an online exhibition and archive of the materials excavated at Beth Shean by the University of Pennsylvania from 1921–1933.
Contributors: Megan Boomer, Matthew Chalmers, Victoria Fleck, Joseph Kopta, Robert Ousterhout (project director), James Shackelford, Rebecca Vandewalle, and Arielle Winnik.
BSAA is a collaborative project of Penn’s History of Art Department, the Penn Museum, and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Penn Libraries, with support from the Digital Humanities Forum.
Check it out!

 

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Please find here the announcement for the SPBS & Hellenic Centre’s illustrated lecture, with Professor Jonathon Harris. 

 

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3. STUDENTSHIPS & SUMMER SCHOOLS

 

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies is an internationally renowned research center which is staffed by two full professors and seven post- and pre-doctoral researchers as well as some associate members. It is home to the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum, which publishes critical editions of Greek patristic and Byzantine texts. For our new project on “Knowledge Transfer in the Macedonian Renaissance” we are inviting applications from MA students and scholars from non-EEA countries to carry out doctoral research on the Byzantine Coislin Anthology. Please find all details here.

 

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http://www.calrbs.org/admissions/

Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts at California Rare Book School, UCLA

August 4-8, 2014

Inspired by the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections that will be on view at the Getty Villa Museum, April 9- August 25, 2014, this course will explore the painted page in Byzantine manuscripts. The Byzantine Empire spanned many centuries (c. 600 – 1453 A.D.) and covered territory from Italy to Syria and from Turkey to North Africa, and yet, despite the wide diversity of people and locations Byzantine imagery appears largely consistent. This course will give a general overview of illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, as well as a survey of Byzantine art. We will study early Byzantine manuscripts and their relationship to Ancient art and Western Medieval art. We will continue through the middle Byzantine period and late Byzantine periods learning to identify the diversity in styles and types of illuminated texts. Attention will also be given to the codicology and technical aspects of medieval manuscripts, using primary manuscript material at UCLA. We will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition at the Getty Villa, as well as a private viewing of Byzantine manuscripts in the Getty Museum Manuscripts reading room. The course will also include a daylong studio workshop, with artist Sylvana Barrett, at the J. Paul Getty Museum Studios. Participants will work with handmade parchments, prepare traditional illuminator’s paints from dry pigments and learn basic gilding techniques while creating a small illuminated image.

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Hamburg, University of Hamburg, Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC) / Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”

2 Ph.D. scholarships (Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD)

http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/cal-details/GradSchool-Scholarships.pdf

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