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MONDAY 13 October

17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College
Michael Clanchy, (IHR, London)
Literacy in western Europe across the medieval millennium


TUESDAY 14 October

12.00   Lecture in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, 300-1500
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Dr Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
4th-5th centuries: The Two Faces of Late Antiquity


14.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminar
Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre
Nicolai Sinai (Oriental Institute, Oxford)
On dating Qu’ranic text


WEDNESDAY 15 October

17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Michael MacDonald (Oriental Institute, Oxford)
Lay-by graffiti: casual snapshots of momentous change in Roman and Late Antique Arabia


THURSDAY 16 October

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Professor Ross Burns (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Conversion of temples to churches in the Levant: preliminary findings for Syria and Lebanon


17.00   Late Roman Seminar
Sutro Room, Trinity College
Philippa Adrych, Robert Bracey, Dominic Dalglish, Stefanie Lenk, and Rachel Wood (Empires of Faith Project)
Images of Mithras


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The Byzness, 12th October, 2014

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Byzantine Valhalla: the life and death of the Church of the Holy Apostles. The inaugural lecture of Jonathan Harris, Royal Holloway, 27th October

The Holy Apostles was the second largest church in Byzantine Constantinople. Consecrated in 370CE, it housed the tombs of Emperor Constantine I and his successors and stood for a thousand years until the Ottoman conquest of 1453. This lecture will reconstruct the building’s appearance and trace its role both in imperial ceremonial and the very murky world of Byzantine politics.

Please find more details here.

The Late Antique City: change or decline? By Luke LavanSmall Committee Room (K0.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus, 14th October

The Late Antique city has seen a great deal of archaeological work in recent decades. Yet most general models of change in the period still use archaeology to provide illustrative examples; they rely instead on texts to provide the main narrative. Historians rarely exploit the full potential of material evidence, whilst archaeologists show little interest in writing urban history beyond the level of one region. In this seminar, it will be argued that the Late Antique city can be understood only by combining texts and archaeology in a more equitable manner, with a primary stress on the patterns suggested by material evidence. This analysis reveals that most general models of the Late Antique city are flawed. More specific trends can be identified, which have different chronologies in different regions, and which together combine to make the Late Antique urban civilization more interesting than it has seemed thus far.


New H-Net Medieval Group

H-Medieval, a new H-Net community, is seeking editors and board members. H-Medieval will be an online resource and community for medievalists, with blogs, book reviews, and discussions. It will go live at some point in 2015.

We are seeking volunteers for two roles: editors and board members.

Board members are typically later career scholars. Each H-Net community has a board, which set policy and

settles disputes. This position involves relatively little work (meetings by email a few times a year) but is extremely important to the smooth functioning of the community.

Editors are the day to day managers of the community. Editors can serve in a specific role (e.g., book review editors, subscription manager) or as general editors. We welcome scholars at every point in their care

ers to apply to be editors.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact Jason Fossella,

Thank you.

Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität online

Dear friends and colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that the Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG) is now accessible online!
The online dissemination of the printed fascicles 1-6 of the LBG is the result of a collaboration between the LBG published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG®) at the University of California, Irvine.
The LBG is openly accessible online, independent of a TLG licence. Please, visit

Further fascicles will be provided online three years after their printed publication.
Feel free to make extensive use and spread the word!

Erich Trapp and the team of the LBG


Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series, 2014-2015

Please find here a full list of the centre’s seminars here.


The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the British Museum present: A Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life, 31st October 2014

When:  Friday, October 31, 2014 from 930am until 445pm
Where:  Sackler Room B, British Museum
Programme:  There are six presentations of thirty minutes, each followed by a ten minute questions period, plus an introduction and a handling session of related objects by Museum Curator Chris Entwistle. The presenters are:


Professor Liz James (University of Sussex) – Introduction and Conclusion

Dr. Nadine Schibille (University of Sussex) – Liturgy in Space

Dr. Mary Cunningham (University of Nottingham) – Liturgical celebration of Mary, the Mother of God, in the Middle Byzantine period: the interaction between Church hymnography and devotional art

Arik Avdokhin (PhD Candidate, King’s College London) – Public Involvement in Early Byzantine (Para)Liturgical Practices: Participation in Hymns and Prayers in Churches and Elsewhere

Dr. Heather Hunter-Crawley (University of Bristol) – Mirroring Heaven – The Experience of Eucharistic Silverware in Early Byzantium

Dr. Cecily Hennessy (Christie’s Education) – Monumental decoration in relation to the liturgy

Professor Robin Cormack (University of Cambridge) – The 14th century icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the broader question of how to discover the use of icons in the liturgy


Fees and Reservations:  Reservations are essential because there is limited space.  The fee is £15 for SPBS members and £20 for all others.  Reservations can be made on the following link:

Any questions can be directed to:

SPBS Autumn lecture, Thursday 13 November 2014

After last year’s successful event in Birmingham, the Society’s Autumn Lecture is returning to London. We shall be in a new venue,

namely the Bloomsbury Room in the University of London’s Senate House, on Malet Street. This is located behind the British Museum.

The nearest tube stations are Goodge Street and Russell Square.


The lecture will be delivered by Professor Garth Fowden, Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths in the Faculty of Divinity,

University of Cambridge. He will be speaking on the subject of ‘Gibbon and Islam’.


The lecture will begin at 5.45pm and will be followed by a reception.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Dr Tim Greenwood

Hon. Secretary


40th Annual BSC in Vancouver

Dear colleagues,

Many of us will soon be meeting in Vancouver for the 40th BSC. On behalf of the SFU local arrangements committee I would like to ask those of you who will be making the trip to Vancouver and have not yet done so to register ASAP for the conference, reception, and business lunch. We would sincerely appreciate your prompt action on this issue especially in regards to the Saturday reception as we need to finalize our plans for the catering at the Bill Reid Gallery where the event is being held. We hope to have registration for the reception finalized by the 15th of October so that we give our caterers the longest possible time for their preparations.

I thank you for your attention and I am looking forward to receiving you in Vancouver

Dimitris (on behalf of the SFU team)

Dimitris Krallis
Associate Professor
Department of History &
Hellenic Studies Program
Simon Fraser University


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Ancient & Modern Research Award

Ancient & Modern: a Prize for Original Research

The ninth (2014/15) grant of £1,000 for a research project to be awarded to a candidate less than twenty-six or over sixty years

Application deadline April 30, 2015

Application details:

Also sponsored by Bonhams, Christies and Sotheby’s

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Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

Saturday 18 October, 19.30-21.00: Rebetika & the Eastern Mediterranean underground

Presented by the Centre for Hellenic Studies & the Department of Music

Tutu’s, Macadam Building, Strand Campus

Roderick Beaton (Director, CHS) and Martin Stokes (King Edward Professor of Music) will explore the musical underground, focusing on rebetika and broader Eastern Mediterranean soundscapes. With performances by Cigdem Aslan & Friends and Oxford Maqam.


Friday 24 October, 18.30-20.00: Hellish persons: personifications of the underworld from antiquity to the present

Presented by the Centre for Hellenic Studies & the Departments of Classics and Theology & Religious Studies

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus

Emmanuela Bakola (Department of Classics) will examine personifications of Hades in the classical Greek tradition, and Emily Pillinger (Departments of Classics & Liberal Arts) will then investigate the Roman expressions of this figure. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (Department of Classics) will explore the Christian Sheol/Hades of late antiquity and the early middle ages, and David Ricks (Centre for Hellenic Studies) will consider the figure of Charos in modern Greek poetry.


Both events are free of charge, but booking is required. Please follow the appropriate link for details.


We do hope you will join us.


Best wishes,


Centre for Hellenic Studies

Arts & Humanities Research Institute

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

King’s College London

The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): recent research and new discoveris, 12th-14th December, Nicosia, Cyprus

Please find full programme of the conference here.

Vienna Bibliography August and September 2014, no. 154

Please find the latest dispatch here.



Please find the latest newsletter from Archaeopress, including new titles, here.


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Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission, and Influence, 30th-31st January 2015, University of Oxford

This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. It will also provide an opportunity for postgraduate and emerging scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology and religion, late antique and Byzantine studies, near eastern studies, and rabbinics to present their work on Syriac literature within Oxford’s vibrant late antique studies community.


Please see the conference website for the complete call for papers and a poster/flyer.


Keynote papers will be given by Jack Tannous (Princeton University) and Timothy Michael Law (University of St Andrews). Publication of selected conference papers is anticipated.


Those wishing to present a twenty-minute paper may submit a brief abstract (250 words or less) and academic biography to The deadline for submissions is Monday, 17 November 2014.


Organisers: Walter Beers (Princeton) and Jeremiah Coogan (Oxford)


Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, March 20-22, 2015, University of Pennsylvania

Following on the success of “Masons at Work” (held in spring 2012, and published as, 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 with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout


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BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management

The BIAA and the RCAC are offering a joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.

Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 15, 2015 – June 15, 2016) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website. Application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is December 15, 2014.

The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural Heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.

Application Deadline: 15th December

See list of fellowships and link to application information at:


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2015-2016, The Centre for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Please find details for this scholarship here.


Research Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, The University of Agder, Norway

Dear colleagues,


The University of Agder, Norway, announced today a Research Fellowship in Norwegian or European history in the Middle Ages or in the period 19th-21st century. Candidates interested in composing a doctoral thesis related to the Byzantine Civilisation are welcome to apply. Could you please spread the news? The deadline is November 1st and you may find the announcement here:


Candidates are welcome to contact my colleagues named in the announcement or me.


Thank you in advance,

Apostolos Spanos

Professor, Dr.

University of Agder

Department of Religion, Philosophy & History

Serviceboks 422

4604 Kristiansand, Norway


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Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at Birmingham Seminar Schedule, 2014-2015

Open to all. No registration needed.
Location: Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building, University of Birmingham (R16 on campus map)
Any enquiry should be directed towards Dr Ruth Macrides

Please find full schedule here.

Hellenic Institute, History Department of Royal Holloway, University of London

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to the following events organized by the Hellenic Institute, History Department of Royal Holloway, University of London in the present academic year:
Sixth Annual Memorial for Julian Chrysostomides:
A Memorial Service for our former teacher and Director of the Institute Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008) will be held at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Trooditissa in Cyprus on 19 October 2014 at 8.30am. The event is organised under the auspices of The Friends of the Hellenic Institute. For further information please contact Eleni Rossidou-Koutsou (tel. +357 25432068, +357 99568263) and Charalambos Dendrinos.

Fourteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture:
“From Greeks Abroad to the Greek Diaspora: Hellenism in a changing world” by Dr George Prevelakis, Professor of Geography (Sorbonne – Paris 1) and Permanent Representative of Greece to OECD. During the last three centuries the world has been dominated by the nation-state ethos and its territorial configuration. Diasporas lost importance and suffered severe persecutions. However, new trends, such as globalisation, multi-polar organisation, global problems, network economy and information society, have diminished state territoriality; as a result, Diasporas regain significance. Professor Prevelakis’ lecture will explore concepts and aspects of Greek Diasporas in the wider geopolitical, socio-economic, cultural and ideological context in an attempt to respond to important questions concerning Hellenism and its place in Europe and the world today. The Lecture will be held in the Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway College Campus, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX on 17 March 2015 at 6.15pm, to be followed by a reception at 7.15pm. All welcome. For further information please contact Marta Baker and George Vassiadis.

2015 ICS Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”:
This two-day Colloquium will explore the elements which contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian Ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages in East and West, and the Renaissance to the modern world. It will discuss themes reflecting the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Co-organised with the Institute of Classical Studies (ICS), University of London, and the International Society for Arcadia (ISA) the Colloquium will take place in Senate House, Room G22/26, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU on 8-9 June 2015. Programme and Speakers will be announced in due course. All welcome. For further information please contact George Vassiadis.and Nil Pektas.

It would give us great pleasure if you would be able to join us.

With warmest good wishes for the new academic year,

Charalambos Dendrinos

Hellenic Institute
History Department
Royal Holloway

University of London



Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography

The research group Late Antique historiography ( at Ghent University is organising a workshop on

historiography and intercultural exchanges in Late Antiquity (300-800 AD), on 16-18 September 2015.

The workshop aims at engaging affirmed scholars as well as young researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion over cross-cultural contacts in Late Antiquity and their impact on the historiographical production in different languages, Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Georgian, Arabic.

Confirmed speakers include:

A. Camplani (Rome), C. Zuckerman (Paris), F. Montinaro (Köln), P. Wood (London), A. Rigolio (Oxford), J. Scheiner (Göttingen), R. Forrai (Odense).

We welcome 500 word proposals for papers of 25 minutes, to be submitted before 31 December 2014 to Panagiotis Manafis(

Participants are asked to read the position paper posted on the website




The door of the sanctuary: a place of transition, VU University Amsterdam, 27th-29th May 2015

In sanctuaries, the boundaries between the profane and the sacred are marked by doors on different levels, either physical or symbolic: gateways in a precinct, the outer doors of a temple or church, the inner doors of a cella or holy of holies. Pagans and Christians have recorded their perceptions of these liminal spaces in literature, giving us a glimpse of their emotions and ideas. What did someone entering a pagan or Christian sanctuary see, hear, smell, feel? Who was excluded at the door, who was admitted? What symbolic meaning did a door have? What continuities and changes can be identified in Late Antiquity?

The conference aims to elucidate the transition from the worldly to the divine by focusing on the door of the sanctuary during Late Antiquity 99 a key period of transition in which, with the spread of Christianity, cultural paradigms were redefined. With pagans and Christians living side by side there were many religious debates. During this period, description of churches developed into a specific genre. An early example in the Greek East is Eusebius’ description (in his Ecclesiastical)History X.4.37ss.) of the church of Tyre built by the bishop Paulinus (ca. 316-317).  The door plays a decisive role in this description. A similar example in the Latin West is the description of the doors of the basilica of Felix by Paulinus of Nola, in Letter 32 and Carmina27 and 28.

The theme of the conference, the experience of the sanctuary door as a place of transition, will be addressed by an interdisciplinary and dynamic approach. This will embrace literary and material sources from the 3rd to the 8th centuries CE, from different regions of the Mediterranean world and from different linguistic, religious and cultural contexts. It will deal with sensory perceptions (light, music, smell, touch) and intellectual perceptions (symbolic meanings). A further dimension to this theme may be added by comparative studies from other religions, i.e. papers on the door of the sanctuary in Judaism and Islam.

It is intended that participants of the conference (some 10915 persons) will come from different disciplines: specialists in Greek and Latin, archaeology, art history and history of religion. Each participant  should aim to deliver a transdisciplinary paper on the door of the sanctuary in pagan or Christian Late Antiquity, in the Greek East or in the Latin West. He/she should depart from his/her own field of expertise, relate material, sociological, ritual and symbolic aspects to each other and explore different kinds of experiences as fully as possible. During the conference,participants will work together as an interdisciplinary team. Each participant will present his/her paper in plenary sessions and act as a referee to the paper of another participant from another discipline. The results of the conference 99 an introduction and a selection of representative papers 99 will be published in a thematic volume.

Although we shall be able to reimburse some of the participants’ costs, at present we are unable to say to what extent. We would therefore be grateful if you could also apply for financial support from your own institution.

Members from faculties, independent researchers and graduate students (PhD) are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief biography and a list of publications to, with as an e9mail title ‘The Door of the Sanctuary’.
Closing date: October 15th 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15th, 2014.



Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library, Summer 2015, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: January 15

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the 2015 summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek.

Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies.  One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 120,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization, and will offer a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate Level from June 30 to July 29, 2015.  The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy as well as bibliographic and electronic tools, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Eustratios Papaioannou, Brown University.

The month-long program will include daily analysis and translation of Byzantine texts; paleography; introduction to the bibliography of Byzantine philology and electronic resources; introduction to the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, the Benaki, and the Epigraphical Museum and the National Library; visits to sites, museums, and monuments outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas; and individual tutorials and assignments for each student determined by his/her specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Plan to arrive on June 29 and depart on July 30.

The program is offered at the intermediate level, and will be geared to twelve qualified students enrolled in a graduate program in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. A minimum of two years of college level Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, college professors in any university worldwide, who have no access to the instruction of Medieval Greek in their home institutions, may also be considered.  A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.

Academic Credit
The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided.  Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant’s home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.

Costs and Scholarships – Pending Funding
In previous years, a generous grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation has made possible up to 12 full scholarships for the Medieval Greek Summer Session. These Leventis Foundation scholarships, which are awarded by the ASCSA on the basis of academic merit, typically cover the costs of tuition and fees, lodging for the entire period, travel with the program within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.


Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher) on the ASCSA web site at Students are required to submit academic transcripts, scanned from the originals issued to the candidate in legible pdf format, as part of the online application.

Application fee is US$25.

Web site:

The selection results will be announced March 15.

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

Please find a poster and a programme for the conference attached.

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

The final version of the Abstracts of Papers is downloadable from the following site:

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

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Warren Woodfin
BSANA Secretary

Please find draft programme here.

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

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

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

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

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

For further information about the conference and the detailed list of suggested topics  please check the conference website:

Best regards,
Conference organizers


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

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

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

Please send proposals to by September 25th 2014.

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

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

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

Languages: English and Spanish (understanding only)

Closing date of applications: 30 September 2014

Duration of Fellowship 14 months – starting in November

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

Contact person Laura Rodríguez (PIMIC Project Manager)

For full details, see


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

Deadline: January 15

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

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

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

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

Application: Submit application for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project, and three letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site at

Web site: or

The award will be announced by March 15.


The British Institute at Ankara

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


Research Scholar – 2015


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


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


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

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Turkey


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


Many thanks,


Claire McCafferty | London Manager
The British Institute at Ankara |10 Carlton House Terrace | London SW1Y 5AH

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Public Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks
Ancients and Moderns: Reconsidering Style in the Visual Arts of Late Antiquity:  A Public Lecture in Byzantine Studies by Sarah E. Bassett, University of Indiana, Bloomington
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:00pm

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

Dear Professors, Colleagues and Friends,

Please find the final programme of the “Out of the Margins” conference (University of Cambridge, 19-20 September 2014) attached here.
Best Regards,
G. Gasbarri

A Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life

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

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

Where: Sackler Room B, British Museum

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

Please find full programme here.


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

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

28-29 November 2014
Chernihiv, Ukraine

The official notice with call for papers and related info and a cover letter are attached.

Medieval Urban Planning: Beyond the Monastery??, ICMA sponsored session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 14th-17th May 2015

Please find full details here.


I Tatti- RCAC Joint Fellowship

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

Please find more details here.


Two positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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

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

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The Byzness, 24th August, 2014

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VIENNA BIBLIOGRAPHY, no. 153, July 2014

Please find here.


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


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



Dear BIAA members and supporters,


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


In order to register please follow the link:


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


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


Kind regards,

The organising committee.


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

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

Kind regards,


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





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

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

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

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

Dates: January 5-16


Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

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

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

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

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

Please send application materials to by October 15, 2014.

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


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

Key areas of responsibility:

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

Person Specification:

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

Please find more details here.

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Justinian, the Juliana Anicia Codes and the Ravenna Mosaics

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



Dear colleague,

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


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

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

-Title -100-word session abstract

-Session moderator and academic affiliation

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


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

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

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

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

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


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3. Postgraduate Funding

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


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The Byzness, 20th of July, 2014

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Byzantine Bibliography no. 152, May-June 2014

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


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)


Georgi Parpulov

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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.


​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: (please check for updates).

Attendance is free, but please register in advance:

Feel free to circulate the invitation.

Reinhard Ceulemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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

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

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:
Nicholas Marinides, PhD
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Theologie, Universität Basel

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 ( or

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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