OxByzList: The Byzness, 7th March 2021

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 7th March 2021
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Invitation to Nineteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture: “The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Multiple Legacies” by Prof. Gonda Van Steen – 11 March 2021 at 6pm

Since the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the Greek people have celebrated three major anniversaries: the 50th, 100th, and 150th anniversary date of the inception of this revolutionary war that led to sovereign statehood after nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule. These three jubilees, each with their own legacies, have come to represent three different ways of celebrating Greek statehood that have, nonetheless, much in common. They posited a linear progression from Greek antiquity through postclassical, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine (Ottoman) times. The lecture will explore in what ways the celebrations and re-enactments, with their commemorative events and symbolic images, acquired a prescriptive character, which advanced their aim to educate youth in state-promoted nationalism, and to what extent the present 200th anniversary celebrations differ from the three aforementioned ones.

Professor Gonda Van Steen is Koraës Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, Director of Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

The Lecture will be hosted by Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources) and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute Steering Group at Royal Holloway, University of London

To join the Lecture via Zoom please use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91908503678?pwd=bmlMTkpHcXcwNDcxczNKOU92WitxZz09

Meeting ID: 919 0850 3678

Passcode: gwZ6wE

The Lecture is part of 21 in 21 programme of events celebrating

the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021)

All welcome

For further information please contact Dr Achilleas Hadzikyriacou

at the Hellenic InstituteRoyal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom

IIHSA St Patrick’s Online Lecture, 18 March: Eric Haywood, “St Patrick to the Rescue! A (Virtual) Journey from Constantinople to Ireland in the 15th Century”

The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens invites you to a St Patrick’s Day online lecture by Eric Haywood (University College Dublin). This will take place at 5pm (Irish time)/ 7pm (Greek time) on Thursday 18th March.

“St Patrick to the Rescue! A (Virtual) Journey from Constantinople to Ireland in the 15th Century”

Introduced by her Excellency Ambassador of Ireland to Greece, Iseult Fitzgerald

In the middle ages ST PATRICK’S PURGATORY — better known today, thanks to Seamus Heaney, as STATION ISLAND — was one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Europe. Those who went there, and survived the experience, were reputed to be granted visions of the otherworld and to earn a safe-conduct to Paradise in the afterlife. But according to a famous 15th-century Florentine writer, Andrea da Barberino, author of the picaresque novel Poor Little Guerrino [Guerrino il meschino], it also served as a missing persons bureau! Guerrino thought he was a Greek from Constantinople but then discovered he was an Italian from Apulia. He thought he was a free man, but then discovered he was slave, bought at the slave market of Thessaloniki. He thought he knew his parents, but then discovered they’d been missing for 20 years. So he set out to find them, on a 10-year journey across the world, in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, until (almost) all was finally revealed to him at St Patrick’s Purgatory, whereupon he was able to save the Church and Christendom (from the “Turks”).

ERIC HAYWOOD is Associate Professor of Italian Studies (emeritus) at University College Dublin, specializing in Italian Renaissance literature. He is the author of Fabulous Ireland, Ibernia Fabulosa. Imagining Ireland in Renaissance Italy (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2014). His illustrated lecture will set Poor Little Guerrino in its historical and cultural context, and tell you things about Ireland and St Patrick you never knew and wouldn’t believe!

Please register via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iihsa-st-patricks-day-online-lecture-tickets-140824819827 where you will find a link to the Zoom Webinar to attend the lecture. Email for any further information: irishinstitutegr@gmail.com

Warsaw Late Antique Seminar 11 March: Maria Nowak (UW), “P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon”

On Thursday, 11 March, 4.45 (Warsaw time) at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Maria Nowak (UW), will present a paper P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon. We are meeting on Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Abstract

The problem to be discussed is a legal phenomenon attested in four currently re-edited seventh-century wills made for consecutive superiors of the Monastery of St. Phoibammon, located in Western Thebes, in the relatively short time span of c. 70 years (P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4). In these texts, a superior of the monastery appoints a new superior who is styled as a legal heir of the monastery, which suggests that the monastery might have been transferred through a deed of private law. I will quickly survey existing interpretations of these monastic appointments and then propose my own.

Forthcoming seminars:

18.03: Marco Passarotti & Francesco Mambrini (ERC-CoG project LiLa: Linking Latin / Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) Interlinking through Lemmas. The LiLa Knowledge Base of Interlinked Linguistic Resources for Latin

25.03: Krystyna Stebnicka (UW), Decius and the historical tradition of Dexippos

1.04: No seminar

8.04: Luigi Silvano (Università di Torino), Imagining the other world in Late Antiquity: visions and tales in the Greek and Latin tradition

  • CALLS FOR PAPERS

Jews and Judaism in Middle Byzantine Hagiography. Deadline: 28 March 2021 

XXIV International Conference of Byzantine Studies (Venice/Padua, 22–27 August 2022) 

A number of Saints’ Lives that were composed in the eighth to eleventh centuries pay particular attention to Byzantine Jewry: they stage historical or fictional Jewish characters, describe religious debates, reference Jews as a group or use elements typically associated with Judaism. In the Life of Constantine the former Jew, composed during the reign of Leo VI, the Saint himself was a Jew who converted and became a model Christian who proselytized among his former fellow believers. Diverse in content, some of these Lives are centred on debates between Christians and Jews, others have an eschatological focus and are concerned with the ultimate fate of the Jews, or have a more historical perspective. They are also geographically diverse and were written and/or set the story in different parts of the empire: the Constantinople area, but also Southern Italy or Crete and the Greek mainland. 

These Lives constitute a corpus of much value, composed in periods of interest such as the iconoclastic controversy and the forced baptism of Jews decreed by Basil I. As literature with a wide outreach, the Lives are a possible source of information on popular opinion on those forced conversions and on the perception of Judaism, Jews and newly converted Christians in the larger Middle Byzantine society. 

With this workshop, we want to bring together different approaches to the study of this corpus. We invite proposals for presentations of 20′ that report on ongoing research on one or several of these Lives and/or the broader religious, historical or cultural context. We also welcome contributions that reflect on past research and on what you believe the field needs. We will look into the possibility of publishing the papers from the workshop. 

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 300 words) of your proposed presentation to the three conveners, together with five key words and your affiliation, by March 28, 2021. We will try to offer financial support to presenters, but cannot yet guarantee it at this point. Please note the following information (from the ICBS website): Conveners and speakers can participate in no more than 2 sessions during the Congress (including round tables, poster/VR sessions, and thematic free communication/free communication sessions, but excluding plenary sessions). Questions may be addressed to any of the undersigned. 

The conveners, 

Niels De Ridder (KU Leuven: niels.deridder@kuleuven.be) 

Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln: claudia.sode@uni-koeln.de) 

Reinhart Ceulemans (KU Leuven: reinhart.ceulemans@kuleuven.be)

Call for papers: Aquatic Animals in the Global Middle Ages  “We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea.” (DIGITAL WORKSHOP). Deadline: 30 March 2021

Aquafauna has recently been the topic of several conferences and publications focusing on zoological knowledge, its transmission, and transformation. This workshop aims to investigate the imagery of aquatic animals in literature, their symbolism, their metaphorical use, and widespread views and misconceptions about such animals. 

The organisers would like to propose a global perspective limited chronologically rather than geographically. Therefore, they ask for proposals for papers looking at the period between ca. 500 and 1500 from a broader perspective, trying to understand how aquatic animals made their way into literature, oral traditions, proverbs, idioms, and art. The comparative perspective will be welcome but is not necessary – it is hoped that different papers covering various chronological and geographical areas will provide a comparative outlook. 

The organisers invite abstracts for 20 minutes contributions which should be sent to Przemysław Marciniak (przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl) by March 30. The workshop will take place online (via the ZOOM platform) September 27-28, 2021. 

Organisers: 

Kirsty Stewart (Edinburgh) 

Tristan Schmidt (Istanbul/Katowice) 

Przemysław Marciniak (Katowice) 

Katarzyna Warcaba (Katowice)

  • JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Research Associate (Cartographer) 2021/2024: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam – Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and based at the University of Hamburg, invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Cartographer) for the Project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity – Transcultural Processes n the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa” – Salary Level 13 TV-L.

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on May 1, 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until March 31, 2024.
The position calls for 50% of standard work hours per week

Responsibilities:
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
RomanIslam, the Center for Advanced Study, convenes the disciplines of comparative empire and transcultural studies. Our approach aims to compare transcultural assimilation processes in the historical region of the western Mediterranean with focus on the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa during the first millennium CE, or the so-called „Long Late Antiquity“, including the Early Islamic Period.
The successful applicant will develop and conceptualize maps for print and online/ digital use in close cooperation with the research team. The maps are to visualize changes occuring during the Roman and Islamic empire in the larger western mediterranean area, including transcultural, socio-political and economic changes. The applicant could conduct research in the frame of the project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity” concentrating on one or both regions under study.

Requirements:
• A university degree in a relevant field.
• As the project’s working language is English, a good working knowledge of English is absolutely essential.
• A university degree or technical university degree (Fachhochschule) in a relevant subject such as cartography, geoinformatics, geography, geosciences.
• Working experience with GIS programs (ArcGIS, QGIS, and others).
• Working experience in post-producing GIS maps in a vector graphics program(Illustrator, Inkscape, and others).
• Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
• Good analytical and visualization skills.

(additional desirable skills and knowledge):
• Previous cooperation with scholars in the Humanities, especially History/Archaeology.

• Knowledge of German, Spanish or French.
• Knowledge of Arabic transcription systems.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact sabine.panzram@uni-hamburg.de and/or stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de or consult our website at https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by March 15, 2021 to:
romanislam@uni-hamburg.de.
Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/documents/74-gw-28-3-cartographer.pdf

 

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OxByzList: The Byzness

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 28th February 2021
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Virtual Museum Study Day, Dumbarton Oaks, May 20-21 and May 24, 2021. Deadline for Applications: 28 March 2021

Dumbarton Oaks will be hosting a Virtual Museum Study Day on May 20-21 and May 24, 2021. All applications should be submitted to byzantine@doaks.org by March 28, 2021.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Virtual Museum Study Day: Individual and Society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

May 20-21 and 24, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 28, 2021

How did objects convey information about individuals and society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium? Much like today, people of these periods carefully constructed their public personas through textiles, jewelry, seals, and other artifacts. This workshop will consider how modern-day notions of identity apply to premodern concepts of individuals’ relationships to their broader social, religious, gender, ethnic, and official communities. In addition, we will discuss the pragmatic challenges of displaying objects associated with individuals in museum contexts.

This year’s Museum Study Day will go virtual. We can accommodate up to 12 graduate students in art history, archaeology, history, classics, religious studies, and other fields who might benefit from close engagement with our collections and from training in material culture approaches.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11am – 2pm EST: Methodological introduction and presentations

Friday, May 21, 2021 EST: Individual object handling sessions with curators

Monday, May 24, 2021, 12pm – 3pm EST: Wrap-up discussions

APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply by sending a CV and cover letter with a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development.

Please submit this letter to Byzantine@doaks.org by Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Conférences de Beatrice Girotti (Université de Bologne)

Dans le cadre du séminaire de spécialisation en histoire ancienne et médiévale,« Espaces publics, espaces sacrés dans les mondes antiques et médiévaux » (Université Paris 8/ArScAn)  : 

Lundi 1er mars, 16h-18h

Inclusion et exclusion. Espaces publics et privés au féminin : vierges, médecins, veuves (IVe-Ve s. apr. J.-C.)

La séance aura lieu en vidéoconférence. Lien de connexion : https://zoom.us/j/97872601393?pwd=QmJOU2p5dkdGRVhVVWh2T3laR2oyUT09 

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Histoire urbaine de l’Orient romain tardif » (EPHE, PSL) : 

Jeudi 4 mars, 14h-16h

Rome, Constantinople, Antioche : capitales, villes, rivales 

La séance aura lieu en vidéoconférence. Pour obtenir le lien, contacter catherine.saliou@ephe.psl.eu 

4 March Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers), A disgruntled/unfortunate Alexandrian: geo-ecclesiological remarks on the Egyptian stages of Patriarch Paul the Black’s course (565-566; 575-576)

On Thursday, 4 March, 4.45 (Warsaw time) at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers) will present a paper A disgruntled/unfortunate Alexandrian: geo-ecclesiological remarks on the Egyptian stages of Patriarch Paul the Black’s course (565-566; 575-576). We are meeting on Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Abstract

In many ways, Paul the Black, unwittingly become patriarch of Antioch (564) is a well documented and fascinating figure. His very special relationship with Alexandria, from where he originates, is to be investigated. In two occasions indeed (566/575), he seems to be involved in attempts to control the Severan patriarcal see. In vain. Those failures are of great interest, not only because they reveal how difficult it was for him to to be considered as Theodosius’ heir, but also because they are key moments in the reshaping of miaphysite communion. Thus, they implies important geo-ecclesial issues, of which several of our significant witnesses,  as John of Ephesus and Sergius the Hermit for example, are well aware.

Forthcoming seminars:

11.03: Maria Nowak (UW), P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon

18.03: Marco Passarotti & Francesco Mambrini (ERC-CoG project LiLa: Linking Latin / Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) Interlinking through Lemmas. The LiLa Knowledge Base of Interlinked Linguistic Resources for Latin

25.03: Krystyna Stebnicka (UW), Decius and the historical tradition of Dexippos


The full programme for this semester can be found here.

Virtual Conference: Collecting Orthodoxy in the West, June 11-12, 2021

Virtual Conference

Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future

June 11-12, 2021

Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Massachusetts

D. Krallis on “The Impersonal Logic of Governance” – 15 March

The PAIXUE team (Edinburgh) cordially invite you to the talk by Prof. Dimitris Krallis (SFU) on “The Impersonal Logic of Governance: Friendship, Cultural Affinity, and Public Service in Byzantium” which will take place on 15 March, 17.00 GMT via Zoom. All welcome, but registration is essential: http://paixue.shca.ed.ac.uk/node/1748

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Prof. Dimitris Krallis

The Impersonal Logic of Governance: 

Friendship, Cultural Affinity, and Public Service in Byzantium

15 March 2021

17.00 (Edinburgh)

Zoom

Much as the line dividing the modern from the pre-modern bears the imprint of the theoretical work of Gellner and Anderson on the nation, our reading of ancient and medieval bureaucracies is inflected by an often unstated and mostly implicit reliance on Weberian ideal types. This paper engages with Max Weber as it examines ways in which readings of Byzantium may help us think about the aforementioned divide. By addressing the question of impersonal governance, as it may be followed in the letters of this most ‘personal’ of Byzantine authors, Michael Psellos, it questions assumptions of what is possible when we think about the way the Medieval Romans run their polity.

  • JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

2021-2022 Hellenic studies Library Research Fellowship Program Call for Applications. Deadline: 2 April 2021 **Contingent on resumption of on-campus operations beginning fall 2021**

Thanks to generous ongoing funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, and new funding from the Tarbell Family Foundation, the University Library is pleased to offer the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program (LRFP) to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento, CA.

The LRFP provides a limited number of fellowships (5-8 this year) ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 in the form of reimbursement to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred in connection with the awards. Since the Program’s inception in 2012, twenty-four fellows in Hellenic studies from nine countries, including seven independent scholars and 13 women, have benefitted from sustained access to the collection in support of original scholarly research. Thus far these research stays have directly contributed to the fruition of at least 10 conference papers, five journal articles, four book chapters, two completed doctoral dissertations, and one monograph.

The Program is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the graduate through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. Please note that the 2021-2022 LRFP is contingent on the resumption of on-campus operations beginning fall 2021. Should this not be possible due to the pandemic, fellowship offers will be deferred until such time as awardees can opt to accept or decline them.

The fellowship application deadline is April 2, 2021. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes and over 430 linear feet of archives. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora worldwide. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos-hellenic-collection.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos-hellenic-collection/lrfp. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).

Byzantine Archaeology and History Course

This intensive two-week course will provide students with an interdisciplinary masterclass in Byzantine archaeology, art and history. Participants will gain wide-ranging insights into the role of material culture in Byzantine life and belief, together with the role that art, architecture and practice played in shaping experiences and medieval worldviews.

Students will benefit not only from visits to key sites and museums both in and outside Athens but also from unprecedented access to the BSA Archive’s ‘Byzantine Research Fund’ collection. This unique archive of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks was created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects, and records Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus. Teaching will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars both in the classroom or as part of site-visits in museums and sites. Field trips will include a tour of the Byzantine remains of the Acropolis in Athens and the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and also visits to the Monasteries of Dafni, Hosios Loukas, and the Byzantine towns of Mystras and Monemvasia.

The course is limited to 10 places. We welcome applications both from students studying for postgraduate degrees in Byzantine Studies, and from students with no prior background wishing to take this course as an intensive introduction to the subject. Mature students and life-long learners are also very welcome to apply.

The next course in Byzantine Archaeology and History is scheduled to run 13 – 26 June 2021. Please see below for a course programme, flyer, and application form.

The British School at Athens is committed to providing a full and enriching teaching programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for lifelong learners. Our aim is to provide on-the-ground and hands-on experiences for students. We remain committed to this goal, despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our courses this year are being run with a ‘digital contingency’ plan: in the unfortunate event that we are unable to gather safely as a group in Athens, a shorter virtual version of our programmes will be offered to participants. If by April 2021 it becomes clear that it will not be possible to gather safely as a group, we will cancel the Byzantine Archaeology and History in its original form. In its place, we will run a five-day virtual version of the course.

For more information visit: https://www.bsa.ac.uk/courses/byzantine-archaeology-and-history-course/

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The Byzness, 21 February 2021

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 21st February 2021
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

OUBS 23rd International Graduate Conference Timetable and Registration, Online (Zoom), 26-28 February 2021

Registration is now open for “Self-Representation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium”, the 23rd Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference. The conference will take place online (Zoom) on 26th-28th February 2021, and will feature papers by 36 graduate students and keynote addresses by Prof. Cecily Hilsdale (McGill) and Prof. Stratis Papaioannou (Crete).

For details, please follow this link: https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com/international-graduate-conference-2021/

For registration, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-representation-in-late-antiquity-and-byzantium-tickets-138975612799?aff=ebdssbeac

Erasure: an effective form of censorship? – February 25, 4.00-5.30pm GMT

The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network presents a rescheduled second Keynote from its November workshop on ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, hosted (virtually) by the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin:

Prof. dr. Irene van Renswoude

Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in Late Antique and Early Medieval Manuscripts


Thursday, February 25, at 4.00 – 5.30pm GMT

TCD Classics via Zoom

Irene van Renswoude (University of Amsterdam & The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Huygens ING) will be speaking on the late antique editing practices of Rufinus, Jerome and Cassiodorus. She will be exploring these writers’ efforts to ‘clean up’ heretical passages, and the editing of these passages in early medieval manuscripts.

Everyone is welcome to register for the keynote by using the Eventbrite link: 

Recordings Now Available: 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival

The recordings of the 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival, 5-7 February 2021
are now available on YouTube.

Aleksandra Kubiak-Scheinder (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Hatra of Shamash. City under divine protection, Warsaw late antique seminar, 25 February, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time)

On Thursday, 25 February, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Aleksandra Kubiak-Scheinder (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), will present a paper Hatra of Shamash. City under divine protection. We are meeting on  Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1ly.

Abstract

Hatra, located in the nowadays Iraq in the Northern Mesopotamia, distant about 50 km from Assur, provides splendid ruins of a city flourishing in the Arsacid times from 90 to 240 CE. The middle of the circular settlement enclosed within the walls is occupied by a monumental complex of sanctuaries and iwans – large vaulted halls of some cultic function opened on one side. Hatra provided hundreds of inscriptions in the form of script of Aramaic used equally in neighbouring Assur in the same period. The Hatrene epigraphic evidence delivered among other the legend: Hatra of Shamash (the god of the Sun and Justice) engraved on the locally minted coins. This paper deals with the questions of the etymology of the polysemic name of the city, the cult of the god and his associates, his representation in iconography and epigraphy: titles, epithets, images and attributes as well as the ancient Mesopotamian traditions which gave an impact and are seen in the Parthian Hatrene religion, like the name Sagil – Esangil of the main sanctuary shared with the Babylonian temple of Marduk. We will look as well on the political side of the cult and the role of the Hatrene kings. The proposed topic is presented in the comparative and historic approach taking into account the local Aramaic inscriptions as well as Akkadian sources concerning Shamash and iconographic sources from Hatra and Mesopotamia.

Forthcoming seminars

4.03: Philippe Blaudeau (Université d’Angers), A disgruntled/unfortunate Alexandrian: geo-ecclesiological remarks on the Egyptian stages of Patriarch Paul the Black’s course (565-566; 575-576)

11.03: Maria Nowak (UW), P. Mon. Phoib. Test. 1–4. Once again on the testamentary appointment of monastic superior and the status of St. Phoibammon

18.03: Marco Passarotti, Francesco Mambrini (ERC-CoG project LiLa: Linking Latin / Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) Interlinking through Lemmas. The LiLa Knowledge Base of Interlinked Linguistic Resources for Latin

The full programme for this semester can be found here.

Peter Frankopan Selected as Inaugural Speaker for the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series

Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, and Andreas Zombanakis, Chairman of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ Board of Overseers, are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Peter Frankopan as the inaugural speaker for the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series on the Impact of Greek Culture.

Dr. Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He is a world-renowned historian and an award-winning author who will present “Global Greece: A History.” This series of lectures examines the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.

Dr. Frankopan said, “I am delighted to have been invited to present the first Thalia Potamianos lectures. The American School and the Gennadius Library are famous around the world, so it is an honor and a privilege. I am very excited to give the first talk in Athens in October and then in the United States in the spring of 2022.”

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous commitment from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist. Mr. Potamianos remarked, “It is a great pleasure to commence the Thalia Potamianos lectures with a series of presentations in Greece and the United States by Dr. Frankopan. His work, placing Greece’s cultural role in a global context, is at the heart of the purpose of the lectures and highly relevant to modern Greece that is, once again, connected to the modern Silk Road.”

Dr. Georgopoulou stated, “I am elated that for the first of our Thalia Potamianos lectures, Dr. Frankopan’s bold thinking will delve into such an intriguing topic: the history of Greece from a global perspective.”

Mr. Zombanakis noted, “A new chapter in the history of the Gennadius Libary begins as we continue to rapidly expand our outreach program of lectures, exhibitions, and webinars beyond the confines of Athens. Dr. Frankopan is a most worthy maiden speaker for our new Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series.”

ABOUT THE THALIA POTAMIANOS LECTURE SERIES

Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series on the Impact of Greek Culture seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the American School and the Gennadius Library.

Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar is selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public keynote lectures, which will be delivered in Athens and the United States. These talks will be accompanied by publications, podcasts, and other appropriate media to maximize exposure and engagement.

2021–2022 Schedule

Dates, locations, and event links will be forthcoming:

• October 7, 2021, in Athens (at the American School’s Cotsen Hall)
• April 2022 in Washington, D.C.
• May 2022 in New York City

Please click here to learn more about this lecture series.

  • CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Contributions: Anatolian Research / Jahrbuch für Kleinasiatische Forschung / Anadolu Araştırmaları

Established in 1955 as the publication of the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University, Anatolian Research – Jahrbuch für Kleinasiatische Forschung – Anadolu Araştırmaları is an international and peer-reviewed journal, now publishing open access.

The journal invites scholars working on Ancient History, Archaeology, Art History, History of Architecture, Anthropology, Epigraphy, Numismatic, Historical Geography, and Archaeometry in Anatolia and its neighboring regions to submit research articles for the forthcoming issues. The journal aims to integrate scholarly and creative knowledge production from different perspectives that would spatially and temporally widen the impact of current research of Anatolia from prehistoric times to the Late Antiquity.

The journal will publish bi-annually starting from 2021. Manuscripts submitted for publication should be in Turkish, English, German, French or Italian. The submission should be made via the following online system: https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/iuanadolu

Please direct inquiries to the Editor in Chief Professor Mustafa H. Sayar anar@istanbul.edu.tr

SOAS-Getty Seminar Programme ‘Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange’ – Call for Participants. Deadline: 17:00 hours GMT on 8 March 2021

The School of Arts at SOAS University of London is pleased to announce the launch of a new research seminar programme for young and early career researchers in the art and archaeology of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

They invite research students at an advanced stage of their studies and early-career academic researchers and tutors working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, and government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) to join them in a collaborative online learning programme comprising eight seminar discussions taking place between March and May 2021.

The project is open to people from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East and all the seminars will take place online.

Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange is an online seminar programme for emerging academics which focuses on the role played by cities in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, from the 12th to the 14th centuries CE, in the production, consumption, transformation and understanding of works of art and architecture.

This seminar pairs cities, scholars and the site-specific questions that arise from them to explore these and other aspects of artistic and cultural interchange in the medieval eastern Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on new research in lesser-known cities to highlight recent archaeological and other scholarly discoveries.

The project is open to early career academic researchers (who have received their doctorates in the last three years) and tutors, research students (PhD students) at an advanced stage of their studies and those working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East. 

The target audience for this seminar programme is young professionals with advanced degrees (or equivalent work experience) in art history and/or archaeology of the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries who are from the countries of the eastern Mediterranean or Middle East.

Participants selected to take part in the programme will receive £2000 each (British pounds) to be used for research purposes. This includes the purchasing of books or other scholarly resources, upgrading of internet access, purchase of headphones, and the like.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 hours GMT on 8 March 2021.

For full details and to apply please visit their website at: https://www.soasresearch.org/gettyartisticinterchange

  • JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Postdoctoral Opportunities at Case Western Reserve University

The College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University seeks applicants for three postdoctoral scholars in the humanities.  Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the scholarships support research in the humanities by scholars in the early stages of their careers and provide them with opportunities to explore leadership in higher education as participants in the Humanities in Leadership Learning Series (HILLS).  Scholars will join a community of postdoctoral researchers, CWRU faculty, and graduate students and be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

We are particularly interested in scholars whose research explores issues related to race and racism, ethnicity, and/or social justice within the humanities and humanities-related fields (including Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics,  Geography and Population Studies, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies, Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Studies).

HILLS Postdoctoral Scholars will have proximity and access to world-class academic and cultural resources during their year at Case Western Reserve University.  CWRU is located in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of University Circle. CWRU’s neighbors and partners include the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, to name a few. The University is home to the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which supports both faculty and students through funding and programming opportunities.  CWRU also boasts strong relationships across the health sciences and engineering fields.  

To support research and leadership development, each scholar will be assigned two CWRU faculty mentors: one in the scholar’s field of specialization and one from the HILLS program. In addition to participating in these mentoring relationships, the scholars will be expected to teach one course related to their speciality and to actively pursue their own research project, such as a scholarly book, in order to develop their future professional career. The scholars will have the opportunity to organize a seminar and/or workshop with faculty as a means to support their research interests and career options. 

For information on how to apply, please visit the following website: https://apply.interfolio.com/83795

Call for Applications: RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Research Associate 2021/2024. Deadline: 15 March 2021

The DFG Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “RomanIslam” (Humanities, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg) invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project“Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity – Transcultural Processes on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa”- SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L.
The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on June 1st, 2021.This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until March 31st, 2024.The position calls for 65% of standard work hours per week.

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties: RomanIslam, the Center for Advanced Study, convenes the disciplines of comparative empire studies. Our approach aims to compare transcultural assimilation processes in the historical region of the western Mediterranean with focus on the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa during the first millennium CE, or the so-called „Long Late Antiquity“, including the Early Islamic Period. The economically significant Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb were peripheral regions, both in the pagan, later Christianized Roman, and in the Islamic Empire.The successful applicant will conduct research in the frame of the project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity” concentrating on one or both regions under study. A successful PhD-thesis is expected in the field of administrative divisions, political structures, imperial religions versus local believes, economy, the transformation of cities, or agricultural landscapes, etc. The applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team, using the similar methodological approaches. The position requires an active participation in the activities of the RomanIslam Center of Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies, i.e. in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops, as well as active engagement in the center’s research activities.

Requirements: A university degree in a relevant field. An excellent university degree (MA) in a relevant field of Middle Eastern history and culture. Excellent Arabic skills are essential, experience with Arabic historical primary sources, excellent knowledge of English, and French, are required. The knowledge of further languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, such as Latin, and Spanish, etc. is advantageous. Experience in working with additional sources, such as archaeological, numismatic, and geographical material is welcome but not a requirement.
The applicant is expected to conduct doctoral studies in a field relevant to the region of early Islamic/Medieval North Africa/ Maghreb (Ifriqiya) and the Iberian Peninsula within the foci of the RomanIslam Center.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Stefan Heidemann (stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de; +49 (40) 42838 3181 or consult our website at https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de.

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by March 15th, 2021 to: katharina.mewes@uni-hamburg.de, please add the names of two referees. Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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The Byzness, 25 January 2021

Medieval Booklet

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 25 January 2021
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.                 NEWS AND EVENTS

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar, University of Cambridge, will present talks on Christian and Muslim insurgencies under the early Islamic caliphate, considerations of identity in Byzantine Anatolia, and the power and patronage of a Rus princess.

For more information visit: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/byzantine-worlds

Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus 55th Public Lecture Series: Celebrating 30 Years of Archaeological Research 

Moderator: Dr Athanasios K. Vionis| Director, Archaeological Research Unit (ARU) 

This semester’s Public Lectures Series celebrates 30 years of research at the ARU, since its foundation in 1991. All lectures of the 55th Series will be delivered by the members of the academic staff of the ARU to showcase their ongoing research endeavours. The lectures are held virtually via Zoom at 7:30 pm (EET), they are free and open to the public, but registration is required for access before each event starts. For registration, please, click here: https://ucy.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvd-GopjoiHtG0fdJHxFc18F5hm_-CXcf8 

PROGRAMME 

BLOCK 1: Prehistory and Proto-history  

1 February: Maritime dialogues in the East Aegean Islands and Western Asia Minor during Prehistory 

Dr Ourania Kouka | Associate Professor, Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean 

8 February: Cypriot copper production, consumption and trade in the 12th century BC 

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou | Professor, Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry 

15 February: Prices and values of metals in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean markets 

Dr Georgios Papasavvas | Associate Professor, Classical Archaeology 

BLOCK 2: Iron Age – Roman 

22 February: The tumulus of Laona: Αn ‘un-Cypriot’ monument in the landscape of Palaepaphos 

Prof. Maria Iacovou | Professor, Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology 

1 March: The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus: Challenges and perspectives of a holistic approach to shipwreck archaeology in the 21st century 

Dr Stella Demesticha | Associate Professor, Maritime Archaeology 

8 March: Hellenistic and Roman funerary wall painting in Cyprus: An overview 

Prof. Demetrios Michaelides | Professor Emeritus in Classical Archaeology, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Medieval – Early Modern 

22 March: The Byzantine and Historical Archaeologies of Greece and Cyprus: Artefact and landscape studies 

Dr Athanasios Vionis | Associate Professor, Byzantine Archaeology and Art 

29 March: The challenge of depicting cross-dressing female saints in Byzantine art: The case of St Euphrosyne of Alexandria (BHG 625) 

Dr Maria Parani | Associate Professor, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and History of Art 

5 April: ‘Hybrid’, ‘transcultural’, ‘eclectic’? Some thoughts on conceptualising the art of the Latin East 

Dr Michalis Olympios | Associate Professor, History of Western Art 

12 April: Το πλοίο στην Κύπρο: Από την ιστορική πραγματικότητα στη λαϊκή τέχνη 

Prof. Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou | Professor Emerita in Folk Art and Architecture, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Digital Humanities 

19 April: Unfolding the Neolithic landscape of Thessaly: A GeoInformatics perspective 

Prof. Apostolos Sarris | Professor, ‘Sylvia Ioannou Foundation’ Chair for Digital Humanities 

CLANS talk: Nicola Ernst (Exeter), The Athanasian Emperors: Constructing Constantinian Orthodoxy and Heresy in the 340s. 26 January 2021 (5:15 PM GMT, Zoom)

The 340s were a turbulent decade for the emperors of Rome as well as the Christian church. The division of the empire between the last two sons of Constantine – Constantius II (r. 337-361) and Constans (r. 337-350) – also nominally extended to the ecclesiastical situation, if we are to believe the claims of the ‘Nicene’ bishop Athanasius of Alexandria. The failed Council of Serdica in 343 was testament to this, and our understanding of the period as one of filial and religious tensions has been heavily influenced by the Athanasian construction of the events of the 340s. Indeed, the assertion by fifth-century ecclesiastical historians that Constans was willing to resort to civil war in order to restore Athanasius to his episcopate in Constantius’ territory, is generally accepted by modern scholarship. The letter that contained this alleged declaration is found in Socrates’ Ecclesiastical History (II.22) – which draws heavily upon Athanasius’ own narrative of events within his own works – and suggests that Constans was willing to march against his elder brother, if Constantius did not reinstate the exiled orthodox bishops to their Eastern episcopates. I intend to re-evaluate this letter and the way this alleged declaration of civil war was used by Athanasius and his literary successors by contextualising it within the wider ecclesiastical and political discourses of the 340s. This Athanasian construction of the emperors needs to be more carefully considered as this has remained the predominant understanding of both emperors, from the other Nicene ecclesiastical writers, as well as modern scholars. As such, this paper will explore how this construction of Constans and Constantius led to the creation of the typical representations of these emperors as Orthodox Champion and Arian Heretic, respectively. Indeed, I will argue that we should construct a history of the 340s by also considering the non-Nicene discourses, as well as the political and administrative evidence for this period, in order to better understand this complicated period and to move away from the pervasive Athanasian narrative.

Zoom Link: https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91935932463?pwd=MXpmd1pSaTZoL3A0VHlMSWJTVFJIQT09

Meeting ID: 919 3593 2463

Password: 772840

Canon Law and Christian Societies, between Christianity and Islam. 24-26 February 2021

The conference will take place on Zoom. To sign up, please contact: arabic.canon.law@gmail.com

For more information, please visit: http://www.man.es/man/actividades/congresos-y-reuniones/20210224-derecho-canonico.html

East of Byzantium Lectures. 29 January and 2 February on Zoom

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce upcoming East of Byzantium lectures:

Friday, January 29, 2021 | 3:00 pm (EST) | Zoom

Sideways-Oriented Images of Manichaean and Armenian Liturgical Books

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi explores codicological connections between Manichaean manuscripts and Eastern Christian and Islamic manuscripts from Syro-Mesopotamia and what these similarities suggest about contact between the Manichaean communities in East Central Asia and their Mesopotamian homeland well into the medieval period.

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 10:00 AM (EST) on January 29, 2021. Register: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:00 pm (EST) | Zoom

Back to Byzantium: Translation, Legitimacy, and Worlding on the Byzantine Frontier

Sergio La Porta, California State University, Fresno

Sergio La Porta discusses the translation of the martyrology of St. Step‘anos Ulnec‘i and its place in the larger Mediterranean world.

Advance registration required. Registration closes at 10:00 AM (EST) on February 2, 2021. Register: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/

2.                 CALLS FOR PAPERS

Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World (CEMS). Deadline: 5 April 2021

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University (Vienna/Budapest) is proud to announce the 7th International Graduate Conference on “Materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean World”, Vienna, 28-29 May 2021. The conference will provide a forum for graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the Eastern Mediterranean to present their current research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

Conference Description

The aim of this conference is to explore how a turn towards materiality can help us to understand the Eastern Mediterranean world. The conference seeks research that investigates the role of physical “things” in history. How are material culture, technology, and the physical environment entangled in historical processes? How has the physical world shaped and been shaped by forms of social life in the Eastern Mediterranean? How have ideas and emotions been put into practice and how have they been embodied in material objects (e.g. artifacts, relics, and manuscripts)? How could materiality in the Eastern Mediterranean differ from other regions?

We welcome approaches that focus on the relations between humans and their physical surroundings, the way they understand, perceive, and use them. Moreover, in turning towards the material, the conference intends to explore connections and entanglements between human/non-human, spiritual/physical, and phenomenological/epistemological.

We seek innovative proposals by graduate students from all disciplines that relate to the Mediterranean world, including but not limited to Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Classics, Environmental Science and History, Gender Studies, History, Languages and Literatures, Medieval Studies, Early Modern Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Theology. 

Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental and ecological histories
  • History of health and disease 
  • Texts as objects; cultures of documentation, archiving, and printing 
  • Economic and political practices
  • Architecture and urban history 
  • Commerce and trading systems
  • The physical manifestation and material life of symbols
  • Histories of affect and embodied physical experiences, such as pain, pleasure
  • The role of material culture in everyday life history 
  • Material history of empires. The objects of imperial formations
  • Histories of technology and science
  • Materiality and mobility in diplomacy; e.g. the role of gifts, travelogues
  • Aesthetics and design
  • Research employing economic and political approaches
  • Craftsmanship culture
  • Practices of warfare. Weapons and military technology
  • Rethinking units of analysis through materiality
  • Comparisons between the Eastern Mediterranean and other regions through materiality

Please submit by April 5, 2021 a short paper proposal (no more than 250 words, together with a brief biography and contact information) to the following address: cemsconference@ceu.edu. Results will be announced by April 20, 2021.

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dana Sajdi (Boston Colllege)

Charlie Barber (Princeton University)

International Conference on Etymological Theories and Practice in Ancient & Byzantine Greece

Thessaloniki, Teloglion Foundation, Greece, 18-20 November 2021. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2021

Organizers: Maria Chriti (Aristotle Univ., Greece), Claire Le Feuvre (Sorbonne Université, France), Arnaud Zucker (Univ. Côte d’Azur, France).

This international conference, to be held in Thessaloniki in November 2021, aims to attract researchers, mainly philologists, linguists and philosophers interested in practices of etymologizing in Ancient Greek and Byzantine literature. It is promoted by the International Association ETYGRAM (http://www.cepam.cnrs.fr/etygram/), devoted to the study of indigenous (or “emic”) ancient Greek etymologies and follows two editions, in 2016 and 2018. The ancient Greek conception of etymology is fundamentally different from our modern one and has a much broader meaning. To start with, it allows a rather exceptional plasticity (see, e.g., Plato’s Cratylus) as far as semantic paronomasia is concerned. As ancient scholars understood it, etymology is chiefly a dynamic process aiming at suggesting semantic correlations between words based on phonetic similarities, with a momentous heuristic power. This intellectual game, a very serious one at that, deserves to be investigated since it is neither scientific in character (as modern linguists would describe it), nor rendered as “folk” etymology. It is rather a cultural construction, being both an art of punning and an attempt to uncover deep semantic motivations.

The organizers welcome proposals (in French, English, Greek, German, Spanish or Italian), taking especially into account the following parameters:

1.      The technical aspects of ancient Greek etymology;

2.      etymology and neologisms in scientific contexts;

3.      etymology in pedagogical practices;

4.      etymological practices in the scholia and commentaries of Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Conference papers will be 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.  Interested scholars from all academic levels are invited to send an abstract of no more than 500 words to zucker@unice.fr and assoc.etygram@gmail.com by April 30, 2021. Participants will be notified in May 30, 2021. Accepted papers will be presented on an equal footing with invited speakers.

 

Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia

Istanbul, 1-2 July 2021. Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2021

Papers are sought for the next Medworlds Workshop “Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia,” to be held at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University (Valide-i Atik Mh., Eski Toptaşı Cd. No: 91,  Uskudar, Istanbul) on 1 & 2  July 2021.

Stretching along continents, the Mediterranean Sea has played an important role in creating an environment of, voluntary or otherwise, cultural interactions among distinct groups throughout its history. Through the practices of coexistence, peoples of the Mediterranean have built up a common cultural repertoire and tradition. In the late Medieval Mediterranean coexistence was a way of life, as Brian Catlos stated, “encouraging acculturation and communication, but also provoking anxiety and defensiveness” (2014). One can easily find the effects of these interactions in everyday practices of culture, such as in religion, commerce, art, and education. Coexistence sometimes manifested itself as co-dependency and collaboration, a way of coping with the complexities in times of wars, epidemics, and various other crises. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia were places of conflict, but also of exchange and collaboration between the Islamic and Christian powers that ruled over those territories. Objects, ideas, scripts and people moved beyond cultural and religious borders as booty of conquest and items of trade.

“Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia” is organized by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University’s the “Middle East and Africa Studies Application and Research Center (ORDAM)” and “The Society for the Mediterranean World Studies (MEDWORLDS)”, to be held in Istanbul on 01-02 July 2021. The workshop aims to provide a platform for medieval history researchers to discuss topics related to broadly defined practices, experiences and spaces of “living together” in geographically distant but experience- wise similar societies in Anatolia and Iberian Peninsula in the 13th – 15th centuries. More importantly, this workshop enables participants to learn from other approaches and research experiences. We especially seek interdisciplinary contributions to open up discussions and share thoughts on issues about the theme of the workshop.

Some of the themes we want to explore include: Modes of coexistence, especially in times of crises and catastrophes, Convivencia; Local and cross-border trade; Transfer of knowledge, texts, music, arts and architecture; and Cross-confessional communities. Contributions will be collected in an edited book.

We invite applications for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) and brief résumés should be sent to the organizers at medworlds@fsm.edu.tr. Language of the workshop is English. The attendance is free of charge. Accommodation will be provided for the successful applicants. Details of the accommodation will be announced on our website. We will contact successful applicants to make arrangements for travel, accommodation and other logistics.

Among our other sponsors are The Mediterranean Seminar (University of Colorado, Boulder), The Mediterranean Knowledge (Salerno University), and Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (UK). As the Organizing Committee, we are happy to announce that keynote speeches will be delivered by Brian A. Catlos ( University of Colorado, Boulder, Andrew C.S Peacock (University of St. Andrews), and Emrah Safa Gürkan (Istanbul 29 Mayis University).

For more information and to send an abstract: https://medworlds.fsm.edu.tr/

For further announcements and news follow us on: https://twitter.com/medibs_society

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submissions: 28 February 2021
Announcement of the successful applicants: 15 March 2021
Workshop Dates: 01-02 July 2021

3.                 JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Bliss Symposium Awards. Deadline: 15 February 2021

Applications for the Virtual Bliss Symposium Awards for Byzantine Studies is due February 15, 2021. Successful applicants will receive advance registration and online attendance of the symposium program to which they apply. In addition, awardees will receive up to five Dumbarton Oaks publications, of their choosing, including shipment.

2021 Byzantine Coins and Seals Summer Program. Deadline: 15 February 2021

The 2021 Coins and Seals Summer Program will be held from June 28 to July 23, 2021. Applicants must send their application electronically by February 15, 2021, and more information about the application process can found here.

Doctoral position, ERC Project “MAMEMS”. Deadline: 28 February 2021

The position of a doctoral researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/in) (salary scheme 13 TV-L, 65%) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainzis to be filled by 01.05.2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of three years. 

The position is situated within the project “Mount Athos in Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Society:  Contextualizing the History of a Monastic Republic (ca. 850-1550)” (MAMEMS), which is funded by a  Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). MAMEMS constitutes the first  comprehensive examination of the monastic communities of Mount Athos as independent actors in  medieval Eastern Mediterranean Society. This “monastic republic” was intimately connected with the  Byzantine Empire, the various Orthodox principalities of the Balkans and Caucasus, South Italy, as  well with the Ottoman Empire. By taking advantage of considerable advances in subfields like  prosopography, analyzing and making available a set of sources (lists of commemoration) that are  either poorly studied or unedited, and by bringing together an interdisciplinary team (a Byzantinist,  Slavicist and Kartvelologist) under the direction of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Zachary Chitwood),  MAMEMS will transform the way the Holy Mountain is viewed within scholarship and the general  public via a triad of leitmotifs: wealth, ethnicity and gender (WEG). The exploration of these topics is undergirded by the creation of a prosopographical database, Prosopographica Athonica, built with OpenAtlas and containing entries for every monk to have resided on the Holy Mountain, every Athonite benefactor and every person to have visited there from ca. 850 to 1550, that is from the time of the first surviving documents in the Athonite archives until the founding of the last of the major Athonite houses, Stavronikita. This database will finally allow a concrete analysis of how medieval Mount Athos was embedded within wider networks of economic interests, church leadership, intellectual exchange and patronage. 

Your duties include: 

  • Participating in the creation of a prosopographical database, which is to encompass all documented benefactors, monks and visitors associated with the Holy Mountain.
  • The researching and writing of a dissertation on a list of commemoration from an Athonite monastery under the joint supervision of Dr. Zachary Chitwood (primary advisor) and Prof.  Johannes Pahlitzsch (secondary advisory). 
  • Regular participation in project events, including regular meetings every two weeks and three major international workshops.  

Your profile: 

  • An outstanding master’s thesis in Byzantine Studies, Classics, Medieval Studies or a related field.  
  • Reading knowledge of medieval Greek; knowledge of further project-relevant languages (Modern  Greek, Rumanian, Slavic languages) is advantageous.  
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work.  
  • Oral proficiency in English or German. 

What MAMEMS can offer you: 

  • Intensive interdisciplinary discussion, for example by means of an associate membership, within  one of the thematic research groups in Mainz, including: the Research Training Group 1867  (“Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged”); the Research Network “40.000 Years of Human Challenges: Perception, Conceptualization and Coping in  Premodern Societies”; or the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Byzantium between Orient and Occident”. 
  • The opportunity for extensive training within the field of Digital Humanities by learning OpenAtlas.
  • The prospect of publishing your dissertation in open-access format with a major scholarly press. 

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. 

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf file (in German or English): 

  • A letter of application.  
  • A detailed c.v., including a list of publications and contact information for three scholars willing to provide letters of recommendation. 
  • A writing sample which demonstrates the applicant’s aptitude for scholarship (preferably a master’s thesis). 

Please send these materials with the subject heading: MAMEMS_Name by 28.02.2021 by e-mail to: mamems@uni-mainz.de 

Please direct any queries you might have regarding this position or MAMEMS to Dr. Zachary Chitwood, who can be reached at the e-mail address above. 

Timeline for the review of applications: 

• The review of applications will begin immediately. 

• Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype. 

For further information regarding the project, please consult:  

https://mamems.uni-mainz.de/.

Universität Hamburg – Research Associate for the Project “ATLAS”. Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021

The Department of Ancient History of the Universität Hamburg invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project “Atlas of Late Antique Cities in the Southern Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa (III-VIII cent.)” (ANR-DFG) – SALARY LEVEL 13TV-L –

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on April 1st, 2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until March 31st, 2024. The position calls for 39 hours per week. This position is also suitable for part time employment.

Responsibilities:
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
The aim of the ATLAS project is to create an atlas (WebGIS in Open Access) that records cities in the former Roman provinces Baetica (Spain) and Africa Proconsularis (Tunisia). The compilation and analysis of the transmitted records is to serve as the basis of a new narrative of Late Antiquity. This is aided by visualization of the historical developments in form of thematic maps.The successful applicant will concentrate on the written evidence of both regions under study. A strong collaboration with the French and Spanish part of the ANR-DFG funded project in La Rochelle and Madrid is expected. A successful submission of a second book in the field of late antique urban studies is welcome. The position includes the enrollment in the projects activities, i.e. the organization of research colloquia and workshops, the diffusion in social media and print publications.

Requirements:
A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. An excellent PhD in Ancient History. Expertise in Latin Epigraphy and Urban Studies is required. The knowledge of one of the languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, Spanish and French, is required; the knowledge of English and German are expected.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Panzram (Sabine.Panzram@uni-hamburg.de)or consult our website at www.atlas-cities.com.Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).

Please send applications by January 31st, 2021 to: Sabine.Panzram@uni-hamburg.de, and add the names of two referees. Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

For more infos about the project, see here: https://attachment.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/8b856123/ATLAS-nota-de-prensa-trilingu–e.pdf

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The Byzness, 22/11/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 22nd November 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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 1.                 NEWS AND EVENTS

International Byzantine Greek Summer School, July-August 2021

After last summer’s cancellation due to Covid-19, we are happy to announce that the International Byzantine Greek Summer School will return in 2021. 

The 2021 teaching dates will be 12-23 July (Beginners) and 26 July – 6 August (Intermediate  and Advanced), and all courses are likely to be hosted online by Trinity College Dublin. Delivery, fee and application details will be confirmed in February 2021.

To register your interest please contact the course administrator, Seán McCrum. For basic course information see https://www.tcd.ie/classics/byzantine/ (mutatis mutandis for online delivery).

Séminaire sur Constantinople dans l’Antiquité tardive

Voici le lien permanent, au moins jusqu’au 15 décembre, pour le Séminaire sur Constantinople [le programme : https://danubius.huma-num.fr/2020/10/01/programme-du-viie-seminaire-sur-constantinople-dans-lantiquite-tardive-constantinople-du-danube-a-leuphrate-et-au-tigre/] qui se tiendra tous les mardis de 17h à 18h30 :  https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/j/96005558112?pwd=cDEzdkhHU3hrZXNMa1lxRFNuMk9jUT09

Stage d’initiation au manuscrit médiéval IRHT 2021

En raison de la situation sanitaire actuelle, le stage annuel d’initiation au manuscrit médiéval organisé par l’IRHT a été reporté à la semaine du 8 au 12 mars 2021.

Organisé dans les nouveaux locaux de l’IRHT, sur le Campus Condorcet, ce stage propose comme les années précédentes un parcours spécifique sur les “manuscrits grecs et orientaux“, destiné tout particulièrement aux étudiants hellénistes, syriacisants, coptisants et arabisants. Vous trouverez toutes les informations utiles en consultant la page de présentation du stage sur le site de l’IRHT : https://www.irht.cnrs.fr/?q=fr/agenda/stage-d-initiation-au-manuscrit-medieval

Une deuxième session de candidatures a été exceptionnellement rouverte jusqu’au 15 décembre 2020. Le formulaire de candidature ci-joint est à renvoyer avant cette date à l’adresse suivante :  stage-manuscrit-irht@services.cnrs.fr.

New NoB Digital Project: Mapping Eastern Europe

North of Byzantium has launched a new open-access digital project – Mapping Eastern Europe – intended to promote study, research, and teaching about the history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries among students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public.

https://mappingeasterneurope.princeton.edu/

Mapping Eastern Europe gathers a multitude of specialists – early career and senior scholars who have either already published or are currently researching new topics – to supply original online content in English in the form of historical overview, art historical case studies, short notices about ongoing projects, and reviews of recent books and exhibitions. 

This platform aims to stimulate new research and outreach focused on the networked regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north into early modern Russia, which developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic traditions during the late Middle Ages and early modern periods. 

Mapping Eastern Europe is made possible through generous support from the “Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council”.

If you have suggestions for future contributions you or other colleagues might be interested in submitting, please be in touch at: https://mappingeasterneurope.princeton.edu/help.html

 Talk by Dr Lea Niccolai (Cambridge) on Eunapius’ Lives of Philosophers and Sophists

“We are returning this coming Tuesday with another exciting talk by Dr Lea Niccolai (Cambridge): 24 November 5.15 pm (via Zoom).

Wisdom for the Many, Wisdom for the Few: Re-Reading Eunapius’ Lives of Philosophers and Sophists

In this paper I look at Eunapius of Sardis’ Lives of the Philosophers and Sophistis (ca. 405 CE) as at a case study illuminating late antique perceptions of the impact of Christianisation on the role of philosophers in society.

The first part of the paper will prepare the ground by considering a set of prominent third- and fourth-century thinkers who deliberately sought to activate the opposition between Christianity and traditional Greco-Roman religion (e.g., Porphyry of Tyre, Eusebius of Cesarea, Emperor Julian, and Gregory of Nazianzus). I show how they all acknowledged and explored the tension between Christian claims to universalism and the Platonic drive to esotericism and elitism.

In the second part of the paper, I show that Eunapius’ work is a product of this universalism vs. elitism debate and actively contributes to it. Eunapius’ heroes, aristocratic free speakers who withdraw from crowds and refuse to divulge philosophical tenets, are not only a witness to the worsening of the social status of the pagan holy man following Julian’s downfall, but are prescriptive figures: they are constructed so as to encourage a politics of non-compromise with the many. Crucially, this politics was not meant by Eunapius to signal the detachment of pagan philosophy from public engagement, but, on the contrary, it strove to advertise the pagan holy men’s suitability for leadership. If any act of divulgation entails a loss of philosophical identity, it follows that only those intellectuals who, like the pagan Neoplatonists (and unlike the Christian theologians) choose not to preach, are worthy of being deemed philosophers; as such, they are also the only ones to whom Roman leaders should turn when seeking advice.”

Zoom Link: https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93791464544…

Meeting ID: 937 9146 4544

Passcode: 338700

GACUK Autumn 2020 Lecture. Thursday 3 December 2020 (5pm UK time)

The Greek Archaeological Committee UK is very pleased to invite you to its  60th lecture entitled “Excavating the Cradle of an Imperial Dynasty: The  Material Culture and Prosopography of Byzantine Amorion” by Dr Olga  Karagiorgou and Dr Nikos Tsivikis. 

Under normal circumstances this lecture would have been given on 9th November in King’s College London’s Great Hall. It would also have been a  very special event intended to celebrate, upon her planned retirement, the  contribution of our Founder, Matti Egon, to Anglo-Greek cultural  understanding and appreciation, especially in the field of Archaeology.  Instead, we are now mourning her passing on 14th October and, because of  the pandemic, we cannot assemble at the Great Hall. 

The lecture, dedicated now to the memory of Matti Egon, will therefore be  given online through the ZOOM platform courtesy of the British School at  Athens, on Thursday 3rd December, starting at 5pm UK time, 7pm Greek  time. In order to participate in the event, it is necessary to register in  advance through the following link:  

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UquK-l1WRlensfXCzZeZ8Q

Dr Olga Karagiorgou read History and Archaeology at Athens University  before gaining a MPhil and a DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford. She was the  Greek Archaeological Committee UK’s first ever scholar! She was also a  British Academy, A.S. Onassis Foundation and Dumbarton Oaks  (Washington, D.C.) postgraduate scholar. She was awarded post-doctoral  Fellowships by the Hellenic Scholarships Foundation and the Alexander von  Humboldt Stiftung. She taught at Oxford and at the Hellenic Open  University and worked for the King’s College London Project on the  “Prosopography of the Byzantine World-PBW”. She has participated in  excavations in Greece, Syria and Turkey and has attended numerous  conferences with papers related to her research on Late Antique  Archaeology and Byzantine Prosopography and Sigillography. She has  received the ARISTEIA II Award of the National Strategic Reference  Framework 2007-2013 for her Research Project entitled TAKTIKON and is  Secretary General of the Greek Committee for South Eastern European  Studies. She is currently Associate Researcher at the Research Centre for  Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art of the Academy of Athens.

Apologists and Empire: conference programme

Please find here the programme for the virtual conference, ‘Apologists and Empire’, which will be held from the 16th – 18th of December. Two keynote speakers have also been: Prof. Laura Nasrallah (speaking on the 17th of December) and Prof. Tim Whitmarsh (speaking on the 18th of December).

Attendance is free for all; if you would like to attend, please email Ben Kolbeck (ben.kolbeck@kcl.ac.uk) or use the contact function on the conference website, and joining instructions will be circulated in due course. More information, including paper abstracts and the programme as a downloadable PDF, can be found at www.apologistsandempire.com.

In consideration of the challenges of multiple timezones, and respecting the dangers of ‘online meeting fatigue’, the papers have been scheduled over three half-day sessions, in the early-to-late afternoon UTC (though please note the standalone morning panel on Thursday the 17th). We hope to see many of you there – and please feel free to drop in and out as alternative commitments dictate.

Apologists and EmpireEarly Christian Literature in its Imperial Context

Wednesday 16th of December, 2020 (Day 1/3)

14:00–14:50 UTC                                   Introduction

Ben Kolbeck & James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)

Introduction: Apologists and Empire

Eleni Bozia (University of Florida, speaker local time 09:20 [UTC –5]).

Christian Apologists and Lucian of Samosata: Re-examining Religious Awareness and Literary Convergences

                                                             -10 minute break-

15:00–16:00 UTC                          Tertullian of Carthage

Susan Dunning (University of Oxford)

The Subversion of the Imperial Saeculum in Christian Apologetics of the Second and Third Centuries CE

Benjamin Haupt (Concordia Seminary, speaker local time 09:30 [UTC –6])

Tertullian’s Apologetic Use of a Sophisticated Latin Literary Identity

                                                           -30 minute break-

16:30–17:30 UTC                         Clement of Alexandria

Jane Heath (Durham University)

Clement of Alexandria and the Shaping of Christian Literary Practice

Ed Creedy (King’s College London)

All the World’s His Stage: The Divine Protagonist of Clement of Alexandria. Performance Soteriology and the Theatrum Mundi in the Protrepticus.

                                                          -10 minute break-

17:40–18:40 UTC                     Christian Martyr Literature

Justin Yule (University of Toronto, speaker local time 12:40 [UTC –5])

Visions of Bodily Wonders: the Martyrium of Polycarp and the Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides

David J. DeVore (Cal. Poly. Pomona, speaker local time 10:10 [UTC –8])

Apologetic Across Mediterranean Courts: The Martyrdoms of Hegesippus Between Jerusalem, Corinth, and Rome

                                                      -Finish: 18:40 UTC-

Thursday 17th of December, 2020 (Day 2/3)

10:00–11:00 UTC                          Athenagoras of Athens*

David Evans (Macquarie University, speaker local time 21:00 [UTC +11])

Citizenship and Philanthropy in Athenagoras’ Legatio

Stuart R. Thomson (University of Oxford)

Philosopher-Kings and Roman Emperors: Greco-Roman Fissures in Justin Martyr & Athenagoras

                                                          -3 hours: no papers-

14:00–15:00 UTC                                 Justin of Rome

Ben Kolbeck (King’s College London)

Read it in Rome: Justin’s Appeals to Roman Legal Documents

James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)

The Apologists on Trials

                                                            -15 minute break-

15:15–16:15 UTC                              Keynote Address 1

Laura Nasrallah (Yale Divinity School, speaker local time [10:15 UTC –5])

Making Justice: Defixiones, Imperial Rescripts, and Christian Apologists

                                                  -Finish: 16:15 UTC / 11:15 EST-

* Thursday’s Athenagoras panel will be a standalone morning session; the rest of the programme will pick up in the afternoon UTC.

Friday 18th of December 2020 (Day 3/3)

14:15–15:15 UTC                           Keynote Address 2

Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge)

The Apologists and the ‘Personal Voice’

                                                         -15 minute break-

15:30–16:30 UTC                       Fourth-Century Apology

Daniel Lemeni (West University of Timisoara, speaker local time 17:30 [UTC +2])

Philosophers, Monks and the anti-Pagan Apologetic Character of the Life of Anthony: Rethinking a Problematic Cultural Model

Adam Kemezis (University of Alberta, speaker local time 09:00 [UTC –7])

Eusebius as Reader of Philostratus and Hierocles: Apologetics, Interpretation and Authority

                                                          -30 minute break-

17:00–17:30 UTC                        Concluding Discussion

All Attendees

Concluding Discussion

-Finish: 17:30 UTC-

Communicating Objects. Material, Literary and Iconographic Instances of Objects in a Human Universe in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. 

(Department of Ancient History, Archaeology and History of Art, University of Bucharest & International Society for Cultural History)

The conference will be held online, on November 27-29, 2020. The program and abstracts are available at the following link:

A limited number of slots for audience is available through registration at the following email address (please provide your full name and host institution): objetsdialogue@gmail.com  

Marek Jankowiak (Oxford University), On Kyros of Alexandria, seventh-century popes and the Arab conquest of EgyptWarsaw late antique seminar, 26 November, 4:45 (Warsaw Time)
On Thursday, 26 November, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Marek Jankowiak (Oxford University), will present a paper On Kyros of Alexandria, seventh-century popes and the Arab conquest of Egypt. We are meeting on  Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Abstract

The letter that patriarch Kyros of Alexandria sent in 638 to his colleague Sergios of Constantinople, and in which he enthusiastically endorsed the “Ekthesis” of Heraclius, contains a chronological contradiction. I will try to show that the problem can only be removed by amending the chronology of the bishops of Rome proposed by Louis Duchesne in 1886. I will argue that Duchesne made two mistakes that affect all the dates of the popes between 619 and 649. The consequences are manifold; I will focus only on those that pertain to the disgrace and trial of Kyros – a key event for the understanding of the last years of Byzantine Egypt. I will reassess the famous papyrus P.Lond. I 113.10 and will try to show that, far from proving Kyros’ presence in Alexandria in 639/40, it in fact supports the traditions on the “Kyros tribute” paid to the Arabs in the years before the final conquest in 641.


Forthcoming seminars
3.12: Andrzej B. Kutiak (Technische Universität München), The preliminary analysis of patterns and functions of the urban settlement at the ‘Marea’ peninsula
10.12: Joanna Wegner (UW), Looking (not only) to heaven: the Aphrodito clergy in the 6th c.
17.12: Marta Szada (Nicolaus Copernicus University), The Gothic language and the Homoian identity in the post-Roman successor kingdoms

 2.                 CALLS FOR PAPERS

23rd International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society, ‘Self-Representation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’. Provisional dates: 26-28 February 2021 (Online). Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2020

 A reminder that the deadline for abstract submission for the OUBS 23rd International Graduate Conference is the 30 November 2020. Below are the call for papers and information on how to submit an abstract.

Self-representation is a process by which historical actors – individuals, communities and institutions – fashioned and presented a complex image of themselves through various media.

Referring to Byzantine portraits, Spatharakis claimed that this “form of representation cannot be divorced from its purpose and the requirements of the society in which the given visual language gains currency”. Equally, self-representation provides an original way to interpret the past, because this artificial and reflected image cannot be divorced from the cultural, social, economic, religious and political context of its time. As a methodological tool, it has received increasing attention in the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, following the interest it has created in neighbouring fields such as Western Medieval or Early Modern studies.

The present call for papers aims to explore the cultural outputs of the Late Antique and Byzantine world – e.g. architecture, material culture, literary works – which conventionally or unconventionally can be understood as acts of self-representation. The Late Antique and Byzantine world was filled with voices and images trying to present and represent an idea of self. Some of the most famous examples of this are the lavish mosaics sponsored by imperial and aristocratic patrons, whose splendour still dazzles their observers and gives an idea of the kind of self-fashioning that they embody. Urban elites, such as churchmen, bureaucrats and intellectuals, constructed idealised personae through their literary works and the careful compilation of letter collections, while those of the provinces displayed their power through images on seals and inscriptions. In monastic typika, the founders presented themselves as pious benefactors, while donor epigraphy in rural churches secured the local influence of wealthier peasants. However, self-representation is not only a matter of introspection but also of dialogue with the “other”: such is the case of spolia, used to reincorporate a supposed classical past in one’s self-portrayal, or to create an image of continuity by conquerors. We see this clearly in the conscious use of Byzantine motifs in Islamicate architecture, the fiction of Digenes Akritas, and the religious polemics of Late Byzantium which pitted Muslim, Jews and Christians against one other. Through depicting what they were not, historical actors were (consciously or unconsciously) shaping their own identity.

This conference seeks to join the ongoing dialogue on self-representation in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies by providing a forum for postgraduate and early-career scholars to reflect on this theme in a variety of cultural media. In doing so, we hope to facilitate the interaction and engagement of historians, philologists, archaeologists, art historians, theologians and specialists in material culture. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

●       Literary works: self-portrayal in epistolographical collections; autobiographies; fictional personae in poetical and prose compositions; typika portraying an image of a founder or donor;

●       Manuscripts: from the commission of the material object itself, to the self-portraits jotted down in the margins by its owners or readers;

●       Portrayal of oneself in terms of gender and sexuality;

●       Epigraphy: material sponsored by both authorities and private citizens; self-representation on funerary artefacts, graffiti, inscriptions;

●       Numismatics: representation of power and authority in the world of Late Antiquity and Byzantium at large;

●       Sigillography: elite self-representation and its importance among the Byzantine upper classes;

●       Artistic Production: portrayals in mosaics and icons. Private and public forms of representation;

●       Gift-Giving: Elite items (e.g. cloths, manuscripts, jewellery) intended for use in diplomatic exchange which were designed to promote a specific image of an emperor and the empire;

●       Political Ideology: imperial or ecclesiastical messaging through literary works and monumental architecture;

●       Religion: different theological or philosophical stances, dogmatic truths or polemics as means of self-promotion or self-portrayal;

●       Dialogue with “the other”: Byzantium’s influence in neighbouring cultures as a consequence of its self-representation;

●       Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by the modern-day reception of the self-representation of historical actors;

●       Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by historical Western conceptions of the Late Antique and Byzantine world;

●       Comparative perspectives of the above elsewhere, in opposition or concordance with practices in Byzantium.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Monday, 30th November 2020. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

Shifting Frontiers XIV: Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity June 3-5, 2021, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH*

*This event will take place virtually via Zoom

For the Fourteenth Meeting of the Society for Late Antiquity, we invite papers that investigate scale, which can be defined as a graduated range of values or measurements, whether, for example, of time, space, social organization, cosmology, or agency. Participants are encouraged to explore scale either as a methodological framework used by modern historians to interpret the past and/or as a type of late Roman analytic category, developed and employed by late ancient persons for their own heuristic purposes. Questions papers might ask include: To what extent does the world of Late Antiquity look different if we approach its events, institutions, and processes (whether political, economic, social, or religious) from a micro scale rather than a macro scale, and vice versa? How can we better understand the late Roman Empire through the examination of macro- and micro-scalar environmental phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions and mutating plague DNA, which were only partially (if at all) perceptible to the late Romans themselves? Alternatively, what graduated categories of measurement and values did late ancient thinkers deploy in their philosophical, scientific (including astrological), and religious works to make sense of metaphysical, ethical, or even physical quandaries? And what did scale mean to individuals on an everyday level, for agriculturalists or merchants whose livelihoods were embedded within multi-scalar economic, environmental, legal, social, and religious networks? Other papers might consider the fractal replication of structures and relationships across the Empire, for example in conciliar operations (Senate, local curia, church councils), patterns of deference across the social scale, or in the provincial extensions of imperial authority.

Comparativists are encouraged to consider how problems of scale inflect transhistorical arguments that encompass both late antiquity and other periods of history.

Featured Keynote Speakers:

C. Michael Chin, Department of Classics, UC Davis

Ann Marie Yasin, Department of Art History and Classics, University of Southern California

Special Directions for Virtual Format

The program committee recognizes that online conferencing opens opportunities for scholarly presentations and discussions that deviate from the traditional model of “present a paper and then take questions.” The past few months have been a time of experimentation for all of us. Rather than define (and thereby limit) those alternative modes in advance, we encourage you to propose them to us, and so our task will be to decide not only which papers will be included, but which formats too. Options include thematically linked papers that are posted before the conference so that attendees can read them before their authors hold a panel discussion at the conference; or scholars who wish to pre-post textual, visual, video, or audio material and then take only five minutes to present their argument, leaving more time for discussion. Each submission will still need to have a regular abstract, but please indicate whether you would like to experiment with an alternative mode of presentation.

In order to be considered for participation in this conference, please visit our website https://u.osu.edu/shiftingfrontiersxiv/, where you will find directions and the required application form (with required 500 word abstract). The deadline for submission is December 4, 2020.

Medievalisms on the Screen: The representation of the Middle Ages in Audio-visual Media in the 21st century. Online PhD Conference. Deadline: 1 February 2021

The technological advancements in audio-visual production taken place in the first two decades of the 21st century have accentuated the multiple representations of the Middle Ages in popular media. The explosion of the videogame 

industry, the refinement in digital technologies for the recreation of past spaces, and the popularization of streaming services like YouTube and Netflix have all allowed for an increase in the venues for representation of the medieval past. Be it the crusaders of Assassin’s Creed (2007) or the Scandinavian world of Vikings (2013-2020); from the fantasy universe of Game of Thrones (2011-2019) or bands like Rhapsody of Fire, to the hack-n-slash hell of Dante’s Inferno (2011), it is a non-academic version of the past which is more familiar to the general public. 

The way in which media affects our perceptions of the past have real-world ramifications. A specific distorted version of the Middle Ages has served as fuel for acts of violence and the rise of authoritarian, xenophobic and racist political agendas. Interestingly, this is a process that has gotten outside of traditional “medieval” scenarios into more global arena: the 2015 Indian film Padmaavati exacerbated Hindu-Muslim relations in some regions of the sub-continent, further highlighting the relation between media and politics regarding the representation of the past. 

Contributions might include, but are not limited to:

·         Global middle ages in popular media· 

·         Media and national identity 

·         Accuracy vs. authenticity 

·         Gender relations in medieval productions

·         Magic and the supernatural 

·         Political histories and their (sub)conscious implications 

·         Middle-ages and fantasy 

·         Rock music and the middle ages 

·         Screenwriting, cinematography and representation 

·         Gameplay mechanics, coding and procedural rhetoric

·         History popularization and education 

·         LARPERS and the middle ages 

·         Museums, memory and cultural institutions 

The purpose of this PhD interdisciplinary conference is to explore the characteristics and implications of calling an audio-visual product “medieval” in the 21st century. From products that purposely undermine their own historicity like A Knight’s Tale (2001), to those that rely on “accuracy” as part of their advertisement as in the case of videogames; from “European-based” productions like Dark Souls, to Netflix’s Kingdom (2019) set in Korea or Team Ninja’s Nioh (2017) set in Japan, we invite contributions from every area of knowledge relevant to this discussion. 

The conference will take place online on April 29th-May 1st 2021.Paper proposals, no longer than 400 words in length for a paper between 25 to 30 minutes, should be sent to the organizers: rubio-arevalo_juan@phd.ceu.edu no later than February 1st, 2021. The full slate of selected papers will be announced within two weeks after the submission deadline.

Call for papers: Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine engraved  gems in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea area. 13-14 May 2021. Deadline: 1 January 2021

We are glad to inform you that an international video conference on engraved gems in the Archaic, Classical,  Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea area will take place on May 13-14,  2021 on Zoom.us. An engraved gem, frequently referred to as an intaglio or cameo, is a small and usually semi precious gemstone that has been carved, in the ancient Greek and Roman tradition normally with images or  inscriptions only on one face. The engraving of gemstones was a major luxury art form in the ancient eastern  Mediterranean. Near Eastern glyptic art covers the field of small carved stones, including cylinder seals and  inscriptions in archaeological contexts. Though in the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean they were keenly  

collected in classical antiquity, most carved gems originally functioned as seals, often mounted in a ring.  Engraved gems were found in relatively large quantities in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea area,  where they were in use and produced frequently between the Bronze Age and Medieval periods. So far the  study of these multifunctional objects has been overlooked in the eastern Mediterranean whereas there is still  a huge amount of unpublished material from excavations and museums in an area from Albania down to  Egypt, including Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Ancient engraved gems can be categorized based on different  criteria, including their gemological and mineralogical material, genres of material, decoration, production, use  and distribution.  

In this online conference we only focus on Greek, Roman and Byzantine engraved gems from the eastern  Mediterranean and Black Sea area between c. early sixth century B.C. and early seventh century A.D., and  attempt to set out a comprehensive model for the study of engraved gems, including their definition,  typology, chronology, contexts, function, regional characteristics and distribution patterns in the whole  eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea geographies. It is also our intention to create a complete bibliography of  previous publications on engraved gems.  

We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines related to  these objects. Intended to bring together scholars of Greek, Roman and Byzantine archaeology to discuss a  range of issues concerning these instruments’ characteristics, this electronic conference should be an excellent  opportunity to increase our knowledge about this material. The following theme groups are the main  questions of this online conference which are prescriptive:  

– Engraved gems from archaeological field projects, museums and private collections,  – Ancient Greek and Latin textual sources on engraved gems,  

– Evolution of engraved gems in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea area during the Archaic, Classical,  Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods,  

– Similar instrumenta in the ancient Near East and their relations to ancient Graeco-Roman gems,  – What ancient Greeks and Romans thought about afterlife? Engraved gems in funerary and votive contexts,  – Domestic and commercial use of engraved gems,  

– Magical gems,  

– Related instrumenta to engraved gems in the regards of their function,  

– Decoration, iconography and epigraphy at engraved gems in Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods,  – Major production centers of engraved gems in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea,  – Signatures at engraved gems,  

– Byzantine engraved gems in religious contexts,  

– Miscellanea. 

On these themes and questions, all disciplines, approaches and methods susceptible to bring some progress  to our current knowledge are of course welcome: classical archaeology, Byzantine archaeology, gemology,  mineralogy, archaeometry, petrography, history of art, ancient history, sigillography, glyptics and cultural  anthropology etc. Gemological, mineralogical and archaeometric papers related to engraved gem research are  most welcome. English is the official language of the e-conference. Your lecture will be recorded during the  conference and this record will be displayed in Youtube after. The e-conference is free of charge.  

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our e-conference and contact us with the  required information below before January 1, 2021. Our e-mail addresses are: terracottas@deu.edu.tr or  gul1988kaynakci@gmail.com  

We would be thankful, if you send us your abstract and required information only in word doc. For all your  queries concerning the e-conference our phone number is: +90.539.511 74 08. The organizers seek to widen  participation at this e-conference, and would like to encourage colleagues from all parts of the world to  attend. The conference committee kindly requests that you alert any persons within your research community  who would be interested in participating at this e-conference, either by forwarding our e-mail through  Facebook or other similar social media, or by printing this circular or our poster and displaying it in your  institution. We hope that you will be able to join us on Zoom, and look forward to seeing you in May!  

 3.                 JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Byzantine Studies (2021-2022)

The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Bogazici University in Istanbul invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in the fields of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology for the 2021-2022 academic year.

·  Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies
Application deadline: 22 December 2020

·  Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Postdoctoral Research Grant in Byzantine Studies for Scholars Holding Academic Positions in TurkeyApplication deadline: 15 January 2021

For further information please visit http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/index.php?page=events&id=54

University of Notre Dame Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Deadline: 1 February 2021

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas. This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature, theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (the position begins mid-August).

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.

EligibilityByzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term. 

Stipend: $36,000, plus benefits 

Start Date: Approximately August 16, 2021 | End Date: Approximately May 15, 2022 

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Submit  applications via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/80877. Deadline: 1 February 2021

Further details regarding materials are  available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#Byzantine-fellowship

Doctoral scholarships in the GSSP programme. Deadline: 15 January 2021

Scholarships for international doctoral candidates are announced at The Graduate School of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The full scholarships (1200 EUR/month plus allowances) are awarded for three years, starting on 1 October 2021. An extension to a fourth year is possible in well-grounded cases.

We are looking for highly qualified and very motivated English-speaking international candidates (non-German citizens) holding a Master, Diploma or equivalent degree in any discipline concerned with the study of manuscript cultures and written artefacts, regardless of region.

About the CSMC as a research environment:

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical, comparative and scientific study of manuscript cultures and written artefacts from Asia, Africa, and Europe, building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg.

In 2019, the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” has taken up its work, involving researchers from more than 30 disciplines at two faculties, seeking to establish a uni-fied, comparative and comprehensive approach for studying how the production of written artefacts has shaped human societies and cultures, and how these in turn have adapted written artefacts to their needs. Aims include the identification of recurring patterns and documenting the diversity of manuscript cultures and written artefacts, especially in Asia and Africa, to preserve them as cultural heritage.

Application deadline and further information:

Applications for GSSP doctoral scholarships are to be submitted by 15 January 2021 to the Coordinator of the Graduate School Dr Merryl Rebello, by e-mail: merryl.rebello@uni-hamburg.de

The full text of the call and further information on the documents to be submitted can be found here:
https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/study-at-csmc/dr-phil/scholarships.html

Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library, Summer 2021. Deadline: 15 January 2021

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek, from June 28 to July 28, 2021.

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 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.

The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. 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, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor  Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina, and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.

Format
The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 29 and depart on July 29.

Eligibility

The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide 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

Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from  Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

Applications

Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the  academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher). Direct link to application:

https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116263/ascsa-gennadius-library-summer-sessionapplication

Applicants are required to submit scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/gennadius-library-medieval-greek-summer-session

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The selection results will be announced March 15.

ANAMED Regular and Join Fellowships, 2021-2022. Deadline: 15 December 2020

Koç University invites applications for a limited number of PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). A few Post-Doctoral or Senior applications for regular fellowships that qualify for collaborative fellowships involving Koç University faculty, centers, or facilities will be preferred. Additionally, several joint fellowships with specific application criteria may be available.

Given the ongoing and currently worsening pandemic situation around the world, ANAMED may have to make changes in currently advertised fellowship conditions. Applicants are asked to be patient and understanding of these circumstances and to plan accordingly.

Opportunities may include a combination of the following benefits: monthly stipend calculated by Koç University each year to cover most local expenses not covered by the fellowship, accommodation at ANAMED’s residential facility in the center of Beyoğlu-Istanbul, a meal allowance for five meals per week, transportation to and from Turkey, a modest research budget, health insurance, residence permit, museum-access card, and full access to the ANAMED Library and to lectures, symposia, and other activities at ANAMED and on the main Koç University campus.

All ANAMED fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects, to be active members of Koç University’s academic community, and, for full-year fellowships, to give three talks on their work during the course of the year. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, yet fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.

Established in 2005, ANAMED’s mission is to promote and produce cutting-edge scholarship contributing to critical knowledge on Anatolia and its civilizations. Applications focusing on the archaeology, art history, heritage, and history of Anatolia from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras are welcome from scholars of these allied disciplines, including those that focus on the management, conservation, and presentation of the past. Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, ANAMED is near many research institutions, archives, and other scholarly facilities and thus serves as a convenient and comfortable locus for intensive study.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 December 2020

Online application: https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/fellowships/application-conditions/

For more information please visit: anamed.ku.edu.tr

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Up to 5 Postdoc Fellowships in Berlin for the Academic Year 2021/2022. Deadline: 6 January 2021

The research program EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) will be continued. Applications are encouraged for up to 5 Postdoctoral Fellowships for the academic year 2021/2022 in Berlin. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2021.

Please find the call for applications via the following link:

https://www.eume-berlin.de/en/news-press/call-for-applications.html

The fellowships are addressed to scholars who are interested in the methodological perspective of dealing with regions or cultures not as closed entities or polarities, but by looking at processes of transfer, exchange and interaction in the sense of entangled or shared histories and cultures.

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011, EUME is continued as a program at the Forum Transregionale Studien. For more information on EUME, please visit their website and their EUME Facebook page.   

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 
UP TO 5 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/22

(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: January 6, 2020)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2021/2022 for the research program

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of a growing network of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in and outside of Berlin. EUME supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history and life of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. EUME is interested in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of the past and present that contribute to free, pluralistic and just societies.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity and future in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political divisions and entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and rests upon interconnected research fields and themes:

TRAVELLING TRADITIONS: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON NEAR EASTERN LITERATURES
directed by Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Department for Arabic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Samah Selim (Rutgers University) reassesses literary entanglements and processes of translation and canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

CITIES COMPARED: GOVERNANCE, CONSULTATIVE MECHANISMS AND PLURALITY
directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (both Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) contributes to the debates on civil society, deliberation, opinion formation, citizenship, migration and mobilization from the experience of cultural and religious differences in cities around the Mediterranean and beyond.

TRADITION AND THE CRITIQUE OF MODERNITY: SECULARISM, AUTHORITARIANISM AND RELIGION FROM MIDDLE EASTERN PERSPECTIVES
directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva) tries to rethink key concepts of modernity in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East in order to contribute to a more inclusive language of culture, politics and community.

POLITICS AND PROCESSES OF CHANGE, ARCHAEOLOGIES OF THE PRESENT, AND IMAGINATIONS OF THE FUTURE
are research themes that emerged during the last years and are represented by the work of several EUME Fellows and members of the Collegium (e.g. Cilja Harders, Friederike Pannewick, Rachid Ouaissa).

These research fields and themes mark the open framework for the fellowship program that constitutes EUME. Since 1997, more than 300 scholars from and of the Middle East have been EUME Fellows, who, by their scholarly projects, engagement, and their inquiries into the order of knowledge, society and politics, shape the academic program of EUME. 


FELLOWSHIPS

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of EUME. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below or connected to the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The fellowships start on 1 October 2021 and will end on 31 July 2022. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurance, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. The working language of EUME is English.

Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding, and should, if this may be an option, contact us.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE

We kindly ask you to submit your application via the secure online application platform of the Forum Transregionale Studien by 6 January 2021, 23.59h CET:

https://application.trafo-berlin.de/

Please note that applications by email will not be considered.

As part of your application, you will be asked to prepare and upload the following:
— a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
— a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship, and
— the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

In case of questions, please consult the FAQ or send an email to eume@trafo-berlin.de.


INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of Ulrike Freitag (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a research institution that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. It is dedicated to a research agenda that systematically links disciplinary approaches and the expertise of area studies by focusing on entanglements and interactions across national, cultural or regional borders. The Forum invites scholars from all over the world for fellowships and develops transregional communication formats. It provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and Germany, the Forum carries out research programs and initiatives that examine emerging topics from diverse regions of the world in a comparative as well as integrative manner. The Forum is a registered society, its members are universities and research institutions in Germany. It cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung – Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland in the field of communication, and is funded by the Land Berlin.

The Forum currently supports the following research programs and initiatives: EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME), PRISMA UKRAÏNA: Research Network Eastern Europe, RE:CONSTITUTION: Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. The Forum is a founding member of the ACADEMY IN EXILE and of the consortium of MECAM: Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb, and connected to its former programs ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship and 4A LAB: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics.

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, its programs, initiatives and communication, please visit:
www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research
https://trafo.hypotheses.org/

For more information on EUME and for detailed information on the research fields and themes, please visit:
www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions participating in EUME, please visit:

– Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de

– Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin
www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/

– Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
www.zmo.de

– Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
https://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/friedrichschlegel/index.html

– Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/islamwiss

– Museum for Islamic Art
www.smb.museum/isl

– Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/semiarab

– Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg
www.uni-marburg.de/cnms

– Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen
www.uni-due.de/turkistik/

German for Students of Classical Studies at Cologne 2021. Deadline: 31 January 2021

The Department for Classical Studies of the University of Cologne is now accepting applications for the 2021 “German for Students of Classical Studies” summer course. The course will take place in Cologne from June 7 to July 16, 2021 (Corona permitting). It is specially designed to meet the lingustic needs of students of Classics who wish to expand their  knowledge of written and spoken academic German.

The program includes a language class, reading tutorials, field trips to archaeological sites in the Rhineland and the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the Classics department of the  University of Cologne.

In the event that travel is still restricted in the summer of 2021 or that an in person-class seems unsafe, we will try to offer a virtual alternative.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.

All the relevant information, including a flyer for download, can be found here:

https://ifa.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/austauschprogramme-projekte/gscs-program

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to: german-for-classics@uni-koeln.de.

Judith McKenzie Student Essay Prizes. Deadline: 23.59 on 11 January 2021

Manar al-Athar is pleased to announce the launch of the Judith McKenzie Student Essay Prizes, named after its founder and first Director. 

The Essay Prizes will be awarded yearly to outstanding essays on a site, building, inscription, mosaic, wider theme, and so on, featured on the Manar al-Athar website. They will consist of £200 for the winner and £100 for the second best. The winning essays will be published on the Manar al-Athar website.

Essay instructions

·         Essays should be built around 7 to 10 images from the Manar website. 

·         Essay length should be between 750 and 1,000 words.

·         Essays should be submitted in English.

·         You should write for a general audience. This means that you should avoid things like technical terminology or detailed discussion of what scholars have said about a particular point.

·         Deadline: 23.59 on 11 January 2021. 

·         Winners will be announced at the end of January 2021.

Eligibility

The competition is open to anybody who is studying for a degree in the academic year 2020-2021, to students at any institution, in any country, and in any discipline.

Submission of essays

·         Essays should be sent to manar@classics.ox.ac.uk.

·         Entries should be submitted as either a Word document or a PDF.

·         You should include the name of an academic at your institution who will be able to confirm that you are a student in 2020-2021.

Please note that the Prize Committee will not be able to provide feedback on submissions.

Enquiries

Please send any enquiries to manar@classics.ox.ac.uk. Please allow five working days for a response.

About Manar al-Athar

The Manar al-Athar photo-archive (www.manar-al-athar.ox.ac.uk), based in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, provides high-resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, publication, and heritage work. These images of archaeological sites, buildings and artworks, cover the areas of the former Roman Empire which later came under Islamic rule (such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Egypt and North Africa), and adjoining regions (such as Armenia and Georgia). The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e. from about 300 BC) through the Islamic period.

The photo-archive is open-access so that it can be freely used by anyone anywhere in the world. Photographs can be freely downloaded as original high-resolution images (tif images) without water marks, making them immediately available in a format suitable for publication or research, simply by acknowledging the source. Material is labelled in both English and Arabic to facilitate regional use, with the main instructions also available in other languages. Manar al-Athar means ‘Guide to Archaeology’ in Arabic.

Manar al-Athar currently has c. 80 000 photographs online.  Strengths include Late Antiquity (AD 250–750), the period of transition from paganism to Christianity and, in turn, to Islam, especially religious buildings (temples, churches, synagogues, mosques) and monumental art (including floor mosaics); early Islamic art (paintings, mosaics, relief sculpture); Roman and early Islamic (Umayyad) architecture; Petra and Nabataean sites; and iconoclasm.

Funding opportunity: Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund. Deadline: 1 December 2020

The British Academy has launched a call for its Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund which encourages researchon the antiquities or historical geography or early history or arts of those parts of Asia which come within the sphere of the ancient civilizations of India, China, and Iran, including Central Asia, or of one or more of these and so that special consideration shall be paid, if possible, to research of this character bearing upon the territories comprised in the present Kingdom of Afghanistan including the region of ancient Bactria and in the north-western frontier region of India’.
 
Applications are invited from early career and established scholars to engage in research that should be ‘so far as possible by means of exploratory work’. Awards are offered to support aspects of research including travel and research assistance. Grants are not available to fund attendance at conferences or seminars.

Eligibility: Applicants must be British or Hungarian subjects of postdoctoral status or comparable experience. Applications are not accepted from postgraduate students.
Duration: Awards are tenable for 24 months.
Funding: up to £2,500.

Deadline for submission of applications: 5pm Wednesday 13 January 2021 (internal Research Services deadline: 6 January 2021)
Results expected: 31 March 2021
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 April 2021

If you’re interested in submitting an application, please get in touch with Bianca Schlawin (bianca.schlawin@humanities.ox.ac.ukno later than December 1.

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The Byzness, 15/11/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 15th November 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Using Byzantine legal sources in the Humanities (Van Gogh programme B. Caseau & D. Penna)
Title masterclass:  An online masterclass on the Basilica text and scholia,
taught by Prof. F. Brandsma and Dr. D. Penna, University of Groningen

Une masterclass de droit byzantin va porter sur les Basiliques et se fera en anglais.

Cette masterclass devait se tenir au printemps dernier. Elle sera désormais en ligne. Les conférences vont être enregistrées sur le blackboard de l’Université de droit de Groningen.

Que ceux que cela intéresse écrivent à Béatrice Caseau (bacaseau@yahoo.fr) qui transmettra à Daphne Penna leur nom prénom et adresse e-mail ou ceux de leurs étudiants.

Les conférences seront en ligne le 22 novembre et il y aura un séminaire  sur zoom le 27 novembre de 14h à 16h pour les questions. 

Description

The masterclass will focus on the most important Byzantine legal legislation, the Basilica (=
Imperial Laws), a massive legal compilation of sixty books which was issued around 900
during   the   reign   of   Leo   VI   the   Wise.   The   so-called Basilica   scholia, which were
commentaries added later on as marginal notes to the Basilica, will also be examined. The
Basilica   scholia  are   further   distinguished   into   the   ‘old’  Basilica   scholia  deriving   from
material of the sixth-century law professors (for example, Theophilus, Thalelaeus, Dorotheus,
Stephanus) and the so-called ‘new’  Basilica   scholia, which were written by jurists of the
eleventh and  twelfth   centuries  (for  example,  Xiphilinos,   Nicaeus,   Hagiotheodorites).  This
masterclass has a twofold aim: i. to present the ‘theory’ of the Basilica, which refers to their
construction and the distinction of their scholia, their relation to Justinianic legislation, their
validity, their problems, their manuscript tradition, their value and ii. to illustrate this ‘theory’
through Basilica fragments (text, ‘old’   and ‘new’   scholia), which   will   be   analysed   and
discussed.

Aram Conferences Melkite Christianity and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, 12th – 14th July 2021, (Oxford University)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty First International Conference on Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria) and the Archaeology of Byzantine Monasteries and Churches in the Levant, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 12th – 14th July2021.

The conference will start on Monday 12th July at 9pm, finishing on Wednesday 14th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel.  01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

The Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, 15th – 17th July, 2021 (University of Oxford)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty Second International Conference on the history and the cultural heritage of the Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 15th – 17th July, 2021.

The conference will start on Thursday July 15th at 9am, finishing on Saturday July 17th at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.  Tel.  01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

The Decapolis: History and Archaeology, 19th – 21st July, 2021 (University of Oxford)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty Third International Conference on the theme of The Decapolis: History and Archaeology, to be held at Oxford University, 19th – 21st  July, 2021.

The conference will start on Monday July 19th at 9am, finishing on Wednesday July 21st at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.  Tel.  01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Jerzy Szafranowski (UW), How to distinguish monks from clerics in sixth-century Gaul, Warsaw late antique seminar, 19 November, 4:45 (Warsaw Time)

On Thursday, 19 November, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Jerzy Szafranowski (UW), will present a paper, How to distinguish monks from clerics in sixth-century Gaul. We are meeting on  Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Abstract
In the writings of Gregory of Tours, the clerical and monastic worlds intertwine in a peculiar way. Urban, non-monastic presbyters are titled as abbots with no monks to rule in sight. Those wishing to become monks are regularly made clerics even before they reach their future monastery. People who make a pilgrimage to a saint’s shrine and get healed are ordained clerics, but then immediately return to their homes in distant lands.
Gregory’s works present the society where the categories of ‘monk’ and ‘cleric’ are not strictly defined. The monastic and clerical vocations were so closely interweaved that in many cases it is impossible to determine whether someone was a monk, a cleric, or, indeed, both. In my paper, I will show the implications of this phenomenon, answering the crucial question: in what manner were clerics distinct from monks in sixth-century Gaul?
 
Forthcoming seminars
26.11: Marek Jankowiak (Oxford University), On Kyros of Alexandria, seventh-century popes and the Arab conquest of Egypt (yes, in English after all)
3.12: Andrzej B. Kutiak (Technische Universität München), The preliminary analysis of patterns and functions of the urban settlement at the ‘Marea’ peninsula
10.12: Joanna Wegner (UW), Looking (not only) to heaven: the Aphrodito clergy in the 6th c.

Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group, Zoom Meeting, 21 November 2020

The next meeting of the Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group (SEEMSG) will take place on 21 November online via Zoom. If you would like to join, please contact Olga Grinchenko at olga.grinchenko@gmail.com

The programme:

10 am – 10.35 am: Professor Richard Price, The Easter sermons of Kirill of Turov and their patristic analogues

10.35 pm – 11.10 am: Dr Nick Evans, Nullo commercio linguae: Guriata Rogovich’s Interpreters

11.10 am – 11.30 am: Break

11.30 am – 12.05 pm: Dr Elena Draghici-Vasilescu, Dionysius the Areopagite in Romanian theology

12.05 pm – 12.40 pm: Dr Susan Reynolds, The Czech version of the Tristan legend and a fragment from the Bodleian Library

12.40 pm – 1.00 pm AGM

2.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2021
Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek, from June 28 to July 28, 2021.

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 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.

The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. 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, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor  Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina, and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.

Format
The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 29 and depart on July 29.

Eligibility

The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide 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

Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from  Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

Applications

Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the  academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher). Direct link to application:

https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116263/ascsa-gennadius-library-summer-sessionapplication

Applicants are required to submit scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/gennadius-library-medieval-greek-summer-session

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The selection results will be announced March 15.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP IN POST-CLASSICAL STUDIES AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY
Deadline: January 15, 2021

The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of archaeologist, Byzantinist, and photographer M.  Alison Frantz (1903–1995), a scholar of the post-classical Athenian Agora whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.

Fields of study: Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates at a U.S. or Canadian institution or scholars holding a recent Ph.D. (up to five years) obtained from a U.S. or Canadian institution. 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 early September to late May. 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.

Application: Submit an online application form for the “M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical studies at the Gennadius Library.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are  acceptable. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral 
Direct link to the online application: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116910/m-alison-frantz-fellowship-in-post-classicalstudies-at-the-gennadius-library 

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduateand-postdoctoral 

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The award will be announced by March 15.

A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies. Deadline: 1 February 2021

The Medieval Institute offers a fellowship for a junior faculty scholar in Medieval Studies, made possible through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a United States university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (this is a nine-month position that begins mid-August).

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but holders are expected to participate in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute and to reside in South Bend. The Fellow will be provided with a private carrel in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference. Three senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited to campus for a half-day public seminar treating the subject matter of the Fellow’s research. The senior scholars will also read and discuss a draft version of the Fellow’s work in an extended private session, a one-to-one conversation following a close reading of the draft, with a view to improving the manuscript before its submission to a press.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution, obviously with a  completed Ph.D., and should not be more than six years beyond receiving their Ph.D. at the time of  application. 

Stipend: $50,000 (paid directly to Fellow’s home institution). 

Start Date: approximately August 16, 2021 | End Date: approximately May 15, 2022 

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project  proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of  recommendation. Submit applications via Interfolio via http://apply.interfolio.com/80878. Further  details regarding materials are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants fellowships/#Mellon-fellowship. 

Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Deadline: 1 February 2021

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas. This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature, theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (the position begins mid-August).

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.

Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The  Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term. 

Stipend: $36,000, plus benefits 

Start Date: Approximately August 16, 2021 | End Date: Approximately May 15, 2022 

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of  no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Submit  applications via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/80877. Further details regarding materials are  available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#Byzantine-fellowship. 

PhD Position, Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), University of Tübingen. Deadline: 31 December 2020

The Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies) offers a PhD position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 65%: Salary will be commensurate with university scale E 13 TV-L which, in the year 2020 and at 65%, ranges from EUR 32,442 to EUR 47,000 per annum, depending on experience.) preferably starting in April 2021. The fixed-term contract will be for 4 years. The position should focus on The Qur’an and Christian Arabic Poetry and is part of the ERC project “The Qur’an as a Source for Late Antiquity (QaSLA)”. The research project is funded by the European Research Council and directed by Prof. Dr. Holger Zellentin, at the University of Tübingen (Germany). QaSLA analyses the affinity between the Qur’an and known forms of Judaism and Christianity surrounding Arabia in order to sketch the religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula at the turn of the seventh century C.E. Further details on the project can be found under https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/199075.

In this framework, we are offering one four-year doctoral position on the Qur’an and Arabic Christian Poetry. The successful candidate will participate in all academic aspects of the project and is expected to complete a PhD focused on the subject matter and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project.

Holding a Master’s qualification (M.A./MPhil or equivalent), the successful candidate will possess a very good command of classical and Qur’anic Arabic and detailed knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition. In addition, the candidate should have good writing skills, and knowledge of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. They should be willing to acquire expertise in working with late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of the Qur’an. Additional familiarity with relevant classical languages and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, would be welcome; alternatively, some relevant courses are on offer in Tübingen. The QaSLA team will be constituted of five research positions; two further position – for the Qur’an and Aramaic and Ethiopic Christianity, respectively – are advertised separately. QaSLA is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), which is part of the Faculty  of Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen and will involve close collaboration with other Tübingen Institutes, as well as with an international network of scholars. The University of Tübingen offers a vibrant scholarly community with local expertise in Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies located in the fields of history, religious studies, as well as Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology.

We are building an international and diverse team of scholars. In addition to the key requirements laid out above, we are looking for team players that are eager to learn from others and contribute to an ongoing mutual exchange of research findings by all team members. The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

• A cover letter briefly detailing their suggested contribution to the project (max. 800 words);

• a curriculum vitae;

• copies of two writing samples;

• two recommendation letters (to be submitted directly).

All materials should be submitted to sekretariat.judaicum@ev-theologie.uni-tuebingen.de.

The deadline is December 31, 2020 (midnight, CET). We are looking to hold interviews (most likely to be held remotely) towards the end of January 2021. The preferred starting date for the project is April 2021 (with room for flexibility due to the current health situation). Please feel free to contact us with any relevant questions you may have, or to request a copy of the full project description. The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES for the project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period” – SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L. Deadline: 31 December 2020

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 01.04.2021. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until 31.03.2023, with a potential 2-year extension pending successful evaluation. The positions call for 75 % of standard work hours per week**.

Responsibilities:

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The Emmy Noether project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) will study four categories of revolt in the ‘long 8th century’ (c. 692-816 CE). These four sub-projects comprise i) rebellions led by tribal notables; ii) revolts that made claims to power in the name of the family of ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib; iii) Khārijite rebellions; and iv) non-Muslim/mixed uprisings. The project’s geographical scope is limited to the central lands of the early Islamic Empire; regions like Transoxania or North Africa (including Egypt) are outside its purview. The project will proceed on two levels: individual case studies carried out by the team members, and comparative analyses focused on the macro level of rebellion in the early Islamic period. The successful applicants will conduct research on one category of rebellion each, either the first (tribal notables) or the second (pro-‘Alids/proto-Shī‘īs). They will be expected to write a Universität Hamburg has been certified. audit familiengerechte hochschule successful PhD thesis on their subject as well as contribute to the project group’s comparative research and publications.

Requirements:

A university degree in a relevant field. Applicants must have a degree (M.A.) in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies or another relevant field. They must have excellent knowledge of Arabic and (for category 2) Persian reading skills. Knowledge of another language relevant to the project (e.g., Syriac, Armenian, Persian (category 1)) is desirable. Applicants must have a good grasp of early Islamic history, demonstrated e.g. by the subject of their M.A. thesis, and some prior experience working with pre-modern Arabic sources. Knowledge of the late antique history of the project region and/or experience working with pre-modern Islamic material culture (e.g., coins, archaeological evidence, inscriptions) is an added advantage. Applicants must have excellent command of English (both spoken and written) and French reading skills; knowledge of German is preferred, but not required. As this is a collaborative team project, strong communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact the research group leader, Hannah-Lena Hagemann, at hannah-lena.hagemann@uni-hamburg.de or consult our website at https://www.aai.unihamburg.de/voror/forschung/score.html

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), and contact details for two referees. Applicants should indicate their preference for category 1 or 2; PhD proposals focusing on select case studies from within either category of rebellion are very welcome. Please send applications by 31 December 2020 to: hannah-lena.hagemann@uni-hamburg.de

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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OUBS Conference 2021

Self-Representation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

23rd International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society

Provisional dates: 26th-28th February 2021.

Deadline for abstracts: 30th November 2020.

Self-representation is a process by which historical actors – individuals, communities and institutions – fashioned and presented a complex image of themselves through various media.

Referring to Byzantine portraits, Spatharakis claimed that this “form of representation cannot be divorced from its purpose and the requirements of the society in which the given visual language gains currency”. Equally, self-representation provides an original way to interpret the past, because this artificial and reflected image cannot be divorced from the cultural, social, economic, religious and political context of its time. As a methodological tool, it has received increasing attention in the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, following the interest it has created in neighbouring fields such as Western Medieval or Early Modern studies.

The present call for papers aims to explore the cultural outputs of the Late Antique and Byzantine world – e.g. architecture, material culture, literary works – which conventionally or unconventionally can be understood as acts of self-representation. The Late Antique and Byzantine world was filled with voices and images trying to present and represent an idea of self. Some of the most famous examples of this are the lavish mosaics sponsored by imperial and aristocratic patrons, whose splendour still dazzles their observers and gives an idea of the kind of self-fashioning that they embody. Urban elites, such as churchmen, bureaucrats and intellectuals, constructed idealised personae through their literary works and the careful compilation of letter collections, while provincial elites displayed their power through sigillographic imagery and inscriptions. In monastic typika, the founders presented themselves as pious benefactors, while donor epigraphy in rural churches secured the local influence of wealthier peasants. However, self-representation is not only a matter of introspection but also of dialogue with the “other”: such as in the case of spolia, which was used to reincorporate a supposed classical past in one’s self-portrayal, or to create an image of continuity by conquerors. We see this clearly in the conscious use of Byzantine motifs in Islamicate architecture, in the fiction of Digenes Akritas, and in the anti-Jewish and anti-Islamic religious polemics of Late Byzantium. Through depicting what they were not, historical actors were (consciously or unconsciously) shaping their own identity.

Manuscripts: from the commission of the material object itself, to the self-portraits jotted down in the margins by its owners or readers;

This conference, to be held in late February 2021, seeks to join the ongoing dialogue on self-representation in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies by providing a forum for postgraduate and early-career scholars to reflect on this theme in a variety of cultural media. In doing so, we hope to facilitate the interaction and engagement of historians, philologists, archaeologists, art historians, theologians and specialists in material culture. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Literary works: self-portrayal in epistolographical collections; autobiographies; fictional personae in poetical and prose compositions; typika portraying an image of a founder or donor;
  • Portrayal of oneself in terms of gender and sexuality;
  • Epigraphy: material sponsored by both authorities and private citizens; self-representation on funerary artefacts, graffiti, inscriptions;
  • Numismatics: representation of power and authority in the world of Late Antiquity and Byzantium at large;
  • Sigillography: elite self-representation and its importance among the Byzantine upper classes;
  • Artistic production: portrayals in mosaics and icons; private and public forms of representation;
  • Gift-giving: Elite items (e.g. cloths, manuscripts, jewellery) intended for use in diplomatic exchange which were designed to promote a specific image of an emperor and the empire;
  • Political ideology: imperial or ecclesiastical messaging through literary works and monumental architecture;
  • Religion: different theological or philosophical stances, dogmatic truths or polemics as means of self-promotion or self-portrayal;
  • Dialogue with “the other”: Byzantium’s influence in neighbouring cultures as a consequence of its self-representation;
  • Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by the modern-day reception of the self-representation of historical actors;
  • Reception: how the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is influenced by historical Western conceptions of the Late Antique and Byzantine world;
  • Comparative perspectives of the above elsewhere, in opposition or concordance with practices in Byzantium.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography written in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Monday 30th November 2020. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 1st November 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Baptême et baptistères : regards croisés sur l’initiation chrétienne entre Antiquité Tardive et Moyen Âge (Zoom Meeting). 12-13 November 2020, 16:00-20:00 (Central European Time, UTC+1)

Programme joint

L’initiation chrétienne a été depuis longtemps un objet de recherche historique. On trouve d’un côté des travaux sur les diverses traditions théologiques, exégétiques et liturgiques pour la reconstruction de la pratique rituelle, d’un autre côté des recherches sur les typologies architecturales des baptistères, et sur leur décor qui ont été mises en relation plus ou moins efficacement avec la pratique liturgique révélée par les sources écrites.

Lors de cette rencontre dédiée au baptême et aux baptistères, nous espérons mettre en lumière la spatialisation des rituels baptismaux et leur évolution depuis l’Antiquité Tardive et le Moyen Age, en comparant les différentes régions de l’ancien monde romain et de ses voisins. En confrontant textes et archéologie, nous souhaitons poser la question de savoir si les pratiques baptismales sont le moment d’affirmation d’identités chrétiennes régionales ou confessionnelles.

Organisation : Béatrice Caseau (IUF/Sorbonne Université/UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée et LABEX RESMED), Lucia Orlandi (Labex RESMED/Sorbonne Université/UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée), Vincent Michel (Université de Poitiers/ HeRMA EA 3811, associé UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée)

Inscriptions : Tout public intéressé à assister aux séances est invité à écrire à lucia.orlandi@sorbonne-universite.fr avant le 5 novembre 2020.

Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online

Announcing the launch of the Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online website, accessible here on October 20th, 2020. Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. It is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at the University of Michigan through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Khamseen currently offers a collection of short-form video presentations on a range of topics in the scholarly discipline of Islamic art history. These presentations are intended to support educators, particularly those who face limited access to institutional and archival resources, and to bring new voices, perspectives, methodologies, artworks, and objects into classrooms. Besides catering to undergraduate and graduate students, the materials provided here are also intended to help educate and inspire interested audiences outside of academia. Through this platform, we seek to take the study of Islamic art out to the world, reaching a truly international level of engagement and learning thanks to the possibilities of integrated digital technologies. 

If you are interested in contributing to Khamseen, please submit your idea here.

Dumbarton Oaks Fall Announcements

Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowships and Project Grants

A number of opportunities are available to support research and learning internationally in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. Apply for 2021–2022 fellowships and project grants by November 1.

“Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion” Zoom Webinar

https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/rethinking-byzantine-masculinities-gender-sexuality-emotions-devotion

Registrations are open and provided in the link above

When: October 30, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

“People and Power in Byzantium” Virtual Colloquium

https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/people-and-power-in-byzantium

Registrations are open and provided in the link above

When: November 5-6, 2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm EST

“The chatter, dialogue, and squabble of the Byzantine corridors of power”: Writing History in the Aftermath of Mantzikert (1071), Public Lecture by Eric McGeer, Honoring John Nesbitt

https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/writing-history-in-the-aftermath-of-mantzikert-1071

Registrations are open and provided in the link above

When: November 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST

2021 Byzantine Coins and Seals Summer Program

https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/2021-byzantine-coins-and-seals-summer-program

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Pandemics and History: the Plague Concept, Disease, and the End of AntiquityWarsaw late antique seminar, 29 October, 16:46 (Warsaw Time)

On 29 October, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw late antique seminar, Merle Eisenberg  (University of Maryland), will present a paper Pandemics and History: the Plague Concept, Disease, and the End of Antiquity. We are meeting on  Zoom at the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Abstract

Pandemics are increasingly used to explain great historical transformations. Current narratives argue that cholera helped develop modern attitudes to public health. According to others, the Justinianic Plague (c. 541-750 C.E.) led to the fall of Rome. Yet, pandemics alone do not cause societies to collapse nor do they inevitably lead to drastic change. As the current pandemic has made all too clear, the impact of a pandemic is a result of a dynamic interaction between human societies and the environments they occupy.

This talk will explore three themes about the Justinianic Plague. First, it will situate the study of the Justinianic Plague in the broader history of pandemics over the course of the last century. Second, it will reveal how the idea that the Justinianic Plague must lead to significant mortality holds sway over our imagination: an idea I call the plague concept. And, finally, it will sketch out the empirical evidence we do have for the Justinianic Plague to reveal its varied impact. This model recognizes that there were different effects across the Mediterranean world in particular outbreaks as a way to create a picture of how communities and states learned to live with the plague.

The discovery of the cathedral at Faras in the 1960s marks the birth of modern studies on medieval Christian Nubia. Since this moment, the building, its interior and surroundings have been object of countless studies dealing with its particular aspects. Particular attention was paid to the cathedral’s complex architecture, its magnificent wall paintings, and innumerable wall inscriptions. Architecture was comprehensive published by Włodzimierz Godlewski in 2006 and the crowning of the studies on the murals is the recent catalogue by Stefan Jakobielski. These two works, alongside many other smaller or bigger contributions, greatly improve our understanding of the cathedral complex, yet, with their focus on some special features, they rarely refer to its functioning as a whole in its different dimensions.

The present paper will deal with various aspects of the whole complex in an attempt to comprehend it through the Nubians’ own eyes. My main purpose is to try to see what the faithful attending the liturgical services saw and how they perceived what they saw. I will thus endeavour to analyse the most conspicuous features of the cathedral (architecture, wall paintings, and inscriptions) entangled in their mutually defining image-text-context relationship. The theoretical background for my study is provided by Pierre Nora’s groundbreaking concept of ‘lieux de mémoire’. The concept, although fervently criticised and already quite exploited, seems a perfect framework for studying such a building as the cathedral of Faras. In this way, I hope to unravel (some of) the manifold and multidimensional meanings hidden behind (some of) its features and to demonstrate (some) mechanisms of memoria Nubiana in working.

Forthcoming seminars

5.11: Aleksander Paradziński (UW), Magnus of Carrhae, Ammianus Marcellinus and Sulpicius Alexander – the phenomenon of ‘soldier historians’ of the Later Roman Empire

12.11: Paweł Nowakowski (UW), ‘Why lies it idle, this beautiful stone?’, or a short introduction to a new project in early Byzantine epigraphy

19.11: Jerzy Szafranowski (UW), How to distinguish monks from clerics in sixth-century Gau

Robert Wiśniewski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ewa Wipszycka Late Antique Seminar (4.45 p.m. Warsaw time)
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
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PG ECR Late Antiquity Network: Erasure workshop & Keynotes

The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network is proud to announce a workshop on ‘Erasure in Late Antiquity’, hosted (virtually) by the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin on the afternoons of Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November.  

Our presenters will be exploring a wide range of topics along the theme of including religious, ideological, epigraphic, and iconographic erasures. Please find the complete programme below.  The workshop will run as a closed event with precirculated papers. If you would like to participate, please email Dr. Rebecca Usherwood (usherwor@tcd.ie).  

We are also pleased to host two public keynotes: 

Professor Mark Humphries will be speaking on ‘Erasure and Spectacle in Late Antiquity’ at 17:00 on Thursday 12th Novemberhttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/127465662227

Professor Irene van Renswoude will be speaking on ‘Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in late antique and early medieval manuscripts’ at 15:30 on Friday 13th November: : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/127454382489

Everyone is welcome to register for these keynotes by using the Eventbrite links.  

All events will run virtually via Zoom at Dublin time (GMT).

Thursday 12th                 

               11:30   

               12:00    Meet & Greet

Panel I (Moderator: Rebecca Usherwood)

12:30    Mali Skotheim, Spolia and epigraphical erasure at the Church of Mary at Ephesus

               13:00    Anna Sitz, Epigraphic Erasures: ‘Grammatoclasm’ in Late Antiquity

               13:30    Mathilde Sauquet – A word is worth a thousand images: the iconophilic floor mosaic of the Church of the Virgin in Madaba, Jordan

               14:00    Break

Panel II (Moderator: Becca Grose)

14:30    Nicola Ernst, Erasing Babylas: Julian’s Funeral Law and Destruction of the Memory of St Babylas.

               15:00    Miriam Hay, Erasing difference on Christian sarcophagi: integrating Roman and Jewish pasts

               15:30    Atiyeh Taghiei, Anachronistic Erasures: Burial practices and Religious Identity in Early Islamic Iran 

               16:00    Break   

Keynote

17:00    Mark Humphries, Erasure and Spectacle in Late Antiquity

Friday 13th                      

Panel III (Moderator: Guy Walker)

11:30    Ben Kybett, Fighting Pagan Erasure: Claudian at the Court of Honorius

               12:00    David Rockwell, Justinian’s Legal Erasures

               12:30    Nadine Vierman, ‘Erasing an Emperor – Or: How to Make a Tyrant. The Fate of Phocas (602–610)

               13:00    Break

Panel IV (Moderator: Kay Boers)

13:30    Kelly Holob, Something Less than Human: Defacing and Restoring Criminal Bodies in the Roman Empire

               14:00    Ryan Denson, Defining the Mechanisms of Death: The (Attempted) Conceptual Erasure of Ghosts in Late Antiquity

               14:30    Becca Grose, Reading between the lines in late-antique Gallic commemorations: Avitus Ep. 5* and NRICG. 174

               15:00    Break

2nd Keynote     

15:30    Irene van Renswoude, Erasure: an effective form of censorship? Editing contested content in late antique and early medieval manuscripts.

               16:30    Roundtable

Centro argentino de Estudios bizantinos. Zoom Meeting, 4 December 2020, 15:30 (Argentina) 20:30 (Europe)

La Comisión Directiva del Centro argentino de Estudios bizantinos (CAEBiz) tiene el agrado de invitar a usted a participar del encuentro virtual programado para el viernes 4 de diciembre a las 15:30 (Argentina = 20:30 Europa), el cual se desarrollará en dos instancias:

1. Instancia abierta: dos ponencias seguidas de debate:

 * Gianmario Cattaneo (Università di Torino): “It was a Greek letter he wrote to me”: Towards a New Edition of  Cardinal Bessarion’s Greek Correspondence.

 * Paloma Cortez (Universidad de Buenos Aires): Intertextualidad y géneros literarios en la novela comnena Drosila y Caricles de Nicetas Eugeniano.

 2. Instancia cerrada (para los miembros del CAEBiz):

 + Presentación de la página web del Centro.

+ Posibilidades de visualización de nuestra producción.

+ Proyectos.

 El acceso a ambas instancias se hará mediante la plataforma Zoom:

 ID 846 8910 3442

Código de acceso: 886156

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84689103442?pwd=bG5LUDg1ZUF4S2N3aUkxWitaN2xKZz09

2.       CALL FOR PAPERS

Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future. Call for Papers extended to 9 November 2020. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/conference/

Call for submissions: 1st Online Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival. Deadline: 13 December 2020

https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/news-events/events/cfs-1st-online-edinburgh-byzantine-book-festival

The Edinburgh Byzantine Book Festival is the first of its kind as a way to learn about recently published books on any area of Late Antique and Byzantine studies (AD ca.300–ca.1500), including literature, history, archaeology, and material culture. Authors’ presentations will be introduced by fellow scholars (15 minutes), who will also facilitate audience questions as chairs (15 minutes). Entries should include books published in 2019 and 2020, and forthcoming books with an estimated publication date no later than June 2021. There is no restriction as regards the original language of the book, but all presentations will be in English. 

If you are an author of a monograph (including translations and commentaries of primary sources) on Late Antique and Byzantine studies, please complete the form below (Word or PDF document) and send it to Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (petros.bouras-vallianatos@ed.ac.uk) by 13 December 2020.

 CFP 7th Black Sea Antiquities Congress. The Black Sea: Hub of Peoples and Cultures (8th century BC – 5th/6th century AD) (Thessaloniki – 27 September – 1 October 2021). The International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki. Deadline: 30 November 2020

The Organising Committee of the 7th International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities extend an invitation to all interested scholars to participate in the forthcoming Congress, either by contributing a paper or by attending as a discussant in the proceedings. The official languages of the Congress are English, French and German. Its specific subject is the Black Sea: Hub of People and Culture (8th century BC–5th/6th century AD). 

The Congress will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki (it has a successful MA programme in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, with students from a range of countries).

The Proceedings of the Congress will be published by Archaeopress, Oxford. Those of the previous congress (Constanta 2017) will be out by the end of 2020 (from the same publisher).

The Congress is composed provisionally of four working sessions (see below), beginning on September 27th, 2021 (participants to arrive on September 26th). Once we have all proposals in hand, we may revise the format slightly to account for numbers and balance.

Since there will be no parallel sessions, the number of oral presentations will be limited to 8-10 papers (each of 15 minutes’ duration) per session. This means that not all submissions will be accepted for oral presentation but, to allow maximum participation, we are planning large poster sessions parallel to the oral proceedings, and scholars are strongly encouraged to offer their papers as posters. Posters are not secondary or second class: they will be published just like the oral presentations without distinction. The sessions have broad titles in order to encourage the submission of papers presenting current approaches and trends in scholarship. The main criteria for the selection of contributions will be originality and quality of research. Results from recent or current projects, innovation in methodology, and the exploration of lesser known areas will be given a high priority. We wish to cover as large a geographical and chronological range as possible. We reserve the right to assign any accepted paper to a poster session. Participants will be notified well in advance of the Congress date. A Congress web-site has been set up:  https://web.ihu.edu.gr/icbsa21/.

Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be submitted by November 30th, 2020 at the latest (this deadline is strict), though earlier submission is welcome. No submission without an abstract will be given consideration. All accepted abstracts will be made available in print during the Congress and on a web-site before the Congress. 

Please note that abstracts must be placed in the appropriate part of the participation form.

Planned Sessions:

= Opening Session and Opening Lectures

– Session 1. Scythian, Taurians, Sarmatians, Dacians, Thracians, Colchians, the local populations of the southern Black Sea etc.

– Session 2.  Relations of Greece, Rome and Anatolia with local peoples of the Black Sea: cultural, political, commercial.

– Session 3. Macedonia and the Black Sea.

– Session 4. New Excavations and Projects.

= Closing Session

During the opening reception there will be a book presentation ceremony.

The Participation Fee

The fee will be 100 Euros for participants and 50 Euros for spouses/accompanying persons. The fees are payable at the registration desk upon arrival. This will include: (1) lunches (2) tea/coffee breaks; (3) welcome cocktail reception; (4) farewell cocktails and canapés; (5) Congress folder; (6) all printed material (programme, summaries, etc.); (7) city map; (8) a one-day city excursion on September 29th (see below).

Excursions

Mid-Congress Excursion, September 29th 

Guided tour of Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, early lunch, and afternoon in Vergina or Dion.

Post-Congress Excursion, October 2nd-3rd 

Two days: Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (including visits to Amphipolis, Abdera, Maroneia, etc.).

Detailed information, together with pricing, will be given in the Second Circular.

Accommodation

 A list of recommended hotels with a conference discount will be given in the Second Circular, which will be sent in spring 2021 to all returning the participation form.

Participation Form

The form can be found here. Please complete it and return it by the deadline of November 30th, 2020 (earlier would be most welcome) to Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, by e-mail attachment and in word.doc: g.tsetskhladze63@gmail.com.

CfP – Occhialì – Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico

“Occhialì -Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico” is a semi-annual scientific journal concerned with the  publication  of  studies,  researches and  reflections  on  Islam  and  the Mediterranean. Active since 2017, it has promoted over time a broad discussion on transversal themes from   different   perspectives:   historical,   linguistic,   political, economic, juridical, sociological, psychological or pedagogical, trying to represent the heterogeneity that characterizes its area of interest.

For  issue  7/2020,  it  has  been  decided not to limit  the  contributions  to  a  specific theme, but to open it to the proposals of scholars, so as to leave an open space and cast light on emerging horizons of study and research. Therefore, essays, analyses and translations concerning the  Islamic Mediterranean are  all  acceptable:  from  religious forms to histories, from institutions to languages, social movements, changes, cultural representations, migratory flows, in ancient times as well as today.

The  articles,  written  in  English,  French,  Italian  or  Spanish,  must  be  sent  by 15 December 2020 to laboratorio.occhiali@gmail.comin a format compatible with the procedure of blind review: a file will have to include the author’s name and surname, email address, a short biographical note, title and abstract (150 words in English), 3-5 keywords; the other file will have to include the contribution without any reference to the author or to their known works that might point back to them. The articles, formatted according to the norms indicated on http://phi.unical.it/wp34/occhiali/norme-redazionali/ shall not exceed 30,000 characters including spaces and excluding the bibliography.

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Medieval literature across languagesa multi-lingual summer school. Online Summer School, 17–28 May 2021. Application Deadline: 15 December 2020 

Second Revised Call

https://cml.sdu.dk/event/summer-school-medieval-literature-across-languages

This online summer school seeks to provide PhD students with a first immersion into the study of medieval literature across languages. Language training, with the aim of inviting PhD students to become acquainted with new medieval languages, will here be combined with lectures on case studies, addressing various methodological issues and approaches. The summer school focuses on five medieval languages: Georgian, Arabic, Greek, Latin, and French

Note: The programme has been changed to a completely online format to address the ongoing barriers to travel. All instruction will take place online between 14:00-17:00 (CEST, Danish local time).

The online summer school will be organized around language teaching and tutoring, lectures and presentations, and an introduction to TEI encoding. Substantial work will be required of students in advance of the summer school (learning of new alphabets, initial reading and encoding exercises).

Language Teaching

Beginning each day at 14:00 (CEST) language teaching will be followed by language tutoring, in which PhD students assist each other as tutors and will themselves receive help from others.

Lectures and Presentations

On alternating days, invited speakers will deliver lectures on a range of topics related to the study of medieval literatures across languages; on other days, students will be expected to deliver short presentations on their findings.

TEI Encoding

Students will receive an introduction to encoding texts using a TEI compliant architecture of XML tagging. Prior to the summer school, students will be provided with preliminary orientation materials; during the summer school, they will receive hands-on experience encoding a short section of the Barlaam and Josaphat text in their chosen target language.

Applications

Applications should be sent before 15 December 2020 to hogel@sdu.dk.

We encourage applications from PhD students from any field in medieval studies. Applicants are asked to specify one language they wish to study, and at least one language they can offer tutoring in (please indicate level of proficiency).

Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Your application should include an abstract of your current research and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain from participating (together no more than a single A4 page, single spaced). You must also name one referee who will be willing to write in support of your application. Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.

There is no cost for attending the Summer School.

ASCSA Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2021-2022

FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2021-2022

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.

Fellowships 2021-2022 Religion and Urbanity, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt

The research group “Religion and Urbanity. Mutual Transformations” at the Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt will again award scholarships in 2021/22. The Max Weber College accepts applications until January 8, 2021.

The DFG-funded research group is headed by the historian Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau and the religious studies scholar Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke. It is concerned with the question of how religion and urbanity – cities and urban lifestyles – have shaped each other in the course of history. This will first be examined using individual cities or networks of cities from antiquity to the European modern period and contemporary India, and compared across continents and epochs. Is it possible to think one without the other?

The scholarships now being offered will be awarded for a period of three to six months to researchers working in the humanities, especially in (religious) history or in the fields of sociology and urban studies with a focus on historical and religious developments. For further information on scholarship requirements and modalities please refer to the Call for applications. Organisational questions can also be directed to Dr. Elisa Iori.

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The Byzness, 25/10/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 25th October 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Grzegorz Ochała, The Cathedral of Faras as a monument of Nubian memory. 22 October, 17.45 GMT

Ewa Wipszycka’s Late Antique Seminar

On 22 October, 4.45 p.m. (Warsaw time) Grzegorz Ochała (Leiden Universiteit & UW) will present a paper  The Cathedral of Faras as a monument of Nubian memory.

The full programme for the winter semester can be found on the seminar’s website.

The link below will be valid for all the meetings. If you have any problems with joing us, please write to Robert Wiśniewski: r.wisniewski@uw.edu.pl

Join Zoom Meeting
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Practicing Archaeology. 11 November 2020, 12.00-14.00 (Online via MS Teams). Link to the event here.

This lunchtime webinar will serve as an introduction to career pathways in Archaeology and Archaeological Science. The event will consist of the presentations of four experts in the fields of heritage, historic environment, commercial archaeology, and forensic archaeology. The aim is to inspire participants to think creatively about their future careers, to help them develop the necessary skillset and provide guidance for the next steps by signposting various resources available within and beyond the University of Oxford. The presentations will be followed by Q&As and participants are warmly invited to participate in the discussion. Even though the event has been designed with the archaeologists and archaeological scientists in mind, any student of the university with an interest in material and visual culture is welcome to attend.

For further information and to register contact Katerina Vavaliou (TORCH Heritage Programme Support Officer).

Updates on the International Congress of Byzantine Studies

The dates for the Byzantine Congress to be hosted in Venice and Padua will be 22-27 August, 2022. The conference will be hybrid, given the uncertainties of Covid and potential difficulties for travel. The Italian committee will essentially present the program organized by the Turkish Committee. They will make additional efforts to facilitate graduate student participation. Stay tuned for new deadlines for the submission of Round Table abstracts and for Free Communication paper proposals. 

In the meantime, you can look for updates on the website of the Italian Association for Byzantine Studies:

http://www.studibizantini.it/it/24th-international-congress-of-byzantine-studies-venice-padua-23-28-august-2022-2/

Podcast « De la médecine grecque à la médecine arabe » / F. Micheau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

La conférence de Françoise Micheau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) « De la médecine grecque à la médecine arabe » qui s’est tenue dans le cadre du cycle des conférences publiques de l’IISMM « La médecine, l’islam, les mondes musulmans », le 6 octobre dernier est désormais disponible en podcast à l’adresse suivante : https://soundcloud.com/iismm/de-la-medecine-grecque-a-la-medecine-arabe-f-micheau

Soundcloud IISMM : https://soundcloud.com/iismm

Programme du cycle des conférences publiques

Knowledge in Motion – Science and Medicine in the Islamic World – Online Lecture Series

Online lecture series created by the History of Science Museum, Oxford in partnership with the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and the Oxford Centre for Global History.

All welcome, free to register. For further details, see registration links below. 

Dr Taha Yasin Arslan (Medeniyet University, Istanbul), ‘Rings of Heaven’

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020, 6-7pm 
How to book: Registration link ‘Rings of Heaven’ online lecture

Professor Julia Bray (Oriental Studies, Oxford), ‘Arabic Books and Astronomy in Seventeenth-Century Oxford’

Date: Thursday 12 November 2020, 6-7pm
How to book: Registration link ‘ Arabic Books & Astronomy..’ online lecture

Daniel Burt, ‘Board Games and Medieval Medicine’

Date: Thursday 10 December 2020, 6-7pm 
How to book: Registration link ‘Board Games & Medieval Medicine’ online lecture

Dr Taha Yasin Arslan (Medeniyet University, Istanbul), ‘Is ‘Science’ Always Exact?’

Date: Thursday 7 January 2021, 6-7pm  
How to book: Registration link ‘Is Science Always Exact?’ online lecture

Online resources for medieval manuscripts

In November 2018, The Polonsky Foundation England and France 800-1200 Project was launched. This ground-breaking collaboration between the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France digitised a total of 800 medieval manuscripts from our two collections. The British Library’s curated website, Medieval England and France, 700–1200 now includes its own downloadable list of all 400 British Library manuscripts that were featured in the project, in spreadsheet format and as a PDF. This list can be accessed from the website’s About page.

For details see https://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2020/08/online-resources.html

2.       CALL FOR PAPERS

Resilient Religion, 18th Annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions. Deadline: 31 January 2021.

The Italian Society for the History of Religions invites papers, posters, and workshops proposals for the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), which will take place at the University of Pisa, 30th August – 3rd September 2021.

Though hoping that the event will be fully in presence, the organizers are ready for the event to take place with a mixed format (partly online, partly in presence).

This year’s theme is resilient religion. The submission deadline for papers, posters, and session proposals is 31st January 2021. For additional information, please visit https://www.easr2021.org/.

Call for Abstracts: Animals and Humans on the Move. Deadline for abstracts: 16 November

Viator essay cluster, edited by Przemysław Marciniak.

The relationship between humans and their nonhuman traveling companions changed over time, and over the distances they travelled. Who would Don Quixote be without Rocinante, or Alexander without Bucephalus? This cluster of short essays proposes to look at moving/traveling animals and animals as the companions of traveling/moving humans in the Middle Ages and early modernity. To move or travel might encompass physical travel in its various forms, such as pilgrimage, military campaigns, or travel for commercial or diplomatic reasons, or more conceptual travel across cultures and periods. Contributions might also consider texts that describe animals on the move, including ekphrastic works (such as Byzantine hunting ekphrases), an outsider’s (or traveler’s) perspective on autochthonic animals as recorded in travel accounts, or more abstract texts describing travels and adventures of animals.

This cluster aims to offer cross-cultural perspective; papers exploring Byzantine, Arabic, Turkish, Jewish, Persian and other non-Western cultures are particularly welcome.

Possible essay topics include:

– Animals as “companion species” in travel, war, pilgrimage, commerce, or politics

– Traveling menageries, circuses, and animals shows

– Journeys in search of real or imaginary animals

– Ekphrastic texts depicting traveling animals

– The dissemination and reception of texts about animals across languages, cultures, and time periods

Essays should be short, focused interventions (2000–3500 words). Contributions from early-stage scholars are especially welcome, including graduate students, postdocs, independent scholars, and members of the precariat.

Short abstracts of around 200 words should be emailed to przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl by November 16 with essays to be submitted by January 15.

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Call for two PhD Applicants, Liturgical Studies (Notre Dame)

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame accepts up to two, fully-funded PhD students per year in Liturgical Studies. The program in Liturgical Studies integrates three sub-disciplines: Liturgical History; Liturgical Theology; Ritual Studies.

The program offers a wide range of research opportunities with particular strengths in early and late antique Christian ritual and material culture, medieval liturgy, ritual studies, Byzantine Christianity, contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology, and manuscript studies. Recent dissertations have included topics on ritual at the Second Temple, architecture and liturgy in medieval Salisbury, liturgy and life in Crusader Jerusalem, ritual in Igbo culture, imperial rites for commemorating earthquakes in late antique Constantinople, and ritual and identity in the California Missions.

The Liturgical Studies program was founded in 1947 as the first graduate program in the Department of Theology and quickly grew to become an international center for the study of liturgy. Pioneers in the discipline who have taught at Notre Dame include Josef Jungmann, Louis Bouyer, Robert Taft, Paul Bradshaw, and many others. The program is currently comprised of seven faculty members and represents one of the largest concentrations of liturgical scholars at one place in the world.

In addition to its core strengths, Liturgical Studies offers a variety of opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions at Notre Dame, including the Medieval Institute, the Program in Sacred Music, other departments at the university (esp. History, Anthropology and Sociology) and other programs within the Theology Department, including Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA), the History of Christianity (HC), and Systematic Theology (ST). The Hesburgh Libraries system has extensive holdings in theology and one of the nation’s largest collections in medieval and Byzantine studies, including the Milton Anastos Collection. The Theology Department also offers a broad range of ancient languages, including regular course offerings in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, and Coptic, with additional opportunities for studying other ancient languages.

Visiting Professorship in Byzantine Studies IHAC, NENU, Changchun (China) 2021/22. Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021

The Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin Province, P. R. China, invites applications for a full-time Visiting Professorship in Byzantine Studies. The appointment will be fixed term from 1 September 2021 to 15 July 2022, with the possibility of an extension for the following year, depending on positive assessment and mutual consent.

Every year, IHAC invites three to five visiting professors in the fields of Egyptology, Assyriology, and Classics/Byzantine Studies. The institute has been established for the past 35 years and is the largest in China for the study of the Ancient Near East and Western Classics including Byzantine Studies. IHAC has its own journal, the double blind peer-reviewed The Journal of Ancient Civilizations (http://ihac.nenu.edu.cn/ENGLISH/JAC.htm) as well as a profound and up-to-date research library.

The visiting professor will be expected to teach 4 courses [i.e. 8 hours] per semester week, all in English, and contribute to the research output and development of the institute. Term dates are roughly 1 September to 10 July of the following year, but these are subject to change depending on the lunar calendar; the Chinese holidays as well as the major national holidays of the appointee’s country will be observed. Salary will be approx. 6,000 RMB per month, and the university will also pay for and provide accommodation for the appointee and cover municipal expenses, such as electricity. Funding is also available for travel around China for academic purposes, and the university will pay for one round-trip flight from home country to Changchun. Health care will be provided by the university, but this does not cover the cost of prescriptions.

Northeast Normal University (http://en.nenu.edu.cn/) is located in the city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The city consists of about 7 million people and is home to a large number of universities. A ‘normal’ university in China refers to a university for future teachers, and there are over one hundred normal universities in China, of which NENU is ranked no. 4. The world history at NENU is among the top 3 in China, with IHAC as an integral part with independent structure. Living expenses are very reasonable in Changchun, and a single person will generally not spend more than 1,000 RMB per month on food. The climate is normally dry and sunny, but has extreme winters (-20c) and summers (+25c).

Duties, responsibilities and perspectives

The appointee will be responsible for designing and teaching courses to MA- and PhD-level students on the following subjects: Byzantine History and Culture, all in close cooperation with Chinese staff and the section of Classics. There is also the possibility for designing other courses upon agreement. It is also possible that the appointee may be asked to supervise students. All teaching is done in English. The appointee will also become executive editor of the double blind peer reviewed Journal of Ancient Civilizations, which is accredited by the Chinese Social Science Citation Index and Scopus, among others. IHAC welcomes enthusiastic and passionate academics, strongly supports and appreciates initiatives within our team, and offers profound and substantial support for own career plans and institute’s development.

Requirements:

– A PhD in Byzantine Studies or a related field

– Research experience and a publication record, both reflective of career stage

– Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content and didactics

– Excellent command of English

– Proficiency in Ancient and Byzantine Greek (other languages such as Latin are desirable)

– Editing experience desirable

Chinese scholars are not permitted to apply for this position, and a preference will be given to experienced candidates.

Application:

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021

(Video-)Interviews: 1-5 March 2021

All applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Sven Günther (sveneca@aol.com / svenguenther@nenu.edu.cn).

Applications should be in English and contain the following: cover letter, CV, details of 2 academic referees (with email addresses), and a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable).

Informal inquiries can also be made to Prof. Dr. Sven Günther (Classics/vice-director) (sveneca@aol.com / svenguenther@nenu.edu.cn) or Dr. Li Qiang (Byzantine Studies) (liq762@hotmail.com).

RomanIslam Center (University of Hamburg) – Fellowship for the Academic Year 2021/2022. Deadline: 30 November 2020

The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for Resident fellowships (Post Doc). The fellowships should start in 2021 and have a duration between 1 and 12 months.

Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the Center’s interests in Romanization and Islamication in the period and area in question. The Center also welcomes applications from scholars working on comparative empire and transcultural studies in a broader historical (or contemporary) perspective whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues. The second year (2021) theme is ‘Imperial Religions and Local Beliefs’, i.e. the relationship between state authority and religion. Which forms of local religious practice remained in place, despite the dominance of eastern salvation religions, and which forms changed as a result thereof?

Applications should be in English, including a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Hamburg, including the project’s relation to the topic (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Center and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to Dr. Rocco Selvaggi romanislam@uni-hamburg.de by November 30, 2020.

For more information see: https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/center/fellowship-program.html  

ASCSA Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2021-2022

FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2021-2022

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities.. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2021.

THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent PhDs writing on Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period, civil wars and the history of the Second World War. Fellows are required to make use of the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the ASCSA. Open to all nationalities. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Stipend of €2,000. 

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022. Runs every other year.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2021.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and university professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. 

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2021.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities, not only limited to work at the Gennadius Library. Terms: Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been U.S.. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application.
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2020

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The Byzness, 11/10/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 11th October 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Hagia Sophia Public Forum Zoom Webinar (Stanford University). Part 2: Friday 16 October, 12-1:30 pm (PST)/ 8-9:30 pm (BST)

Featuring Patricia Blessing, Princeton University; Ali Yaycioglu, Stanford University; Christina Maranci, Tufts University; Anna Bigelow, Stanford University; Ece Temelkuran, Political commentator, journalist, and writer

https://events.stanford.edu/events/889/88924/

Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of world architecture, having served many different functions throughout its 1500 years of history: built as the cathedral of Constantinople in 532-537, then converted into a mosque 1453 when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks, and then transformed into a museum in 1934 by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The secularization emphasized the universal, historical value of the monument over the more divisive memory of the Byzantine empire and its Ottoman conquest. All this abruptly changed when on July 10, 2020 Turkey’s highest administrative court revoked the 1934 decree, leading to the reconversion of Hagia Sophia from a museum back to a mosque and mandated a switch of its jurisdiction from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to the Directorate of Religious Foundations. Why this reversal, why a mosque, why now, for whom is this gesture intended? How does this action reshape the stewardship of the monument and Turkey’s image?

The Hagia Sophia Public Forum at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford has invited a core group of scholars and a political commentator and journalist to address these questions and lead the discussion about the future of this great monument. Two consecutive sessions will address the implications of the reconversion on the survival of a multi-faith Turkey. The first session will present the Byzantine history of the building, the process of its museumification underwritten by significant American private donations, and the current conservation projects. The second will focus on the Ottoman significance, its role in the formation of the modern Turkish Republic, and the contemporary divisive politics. Each speaker will give 12-minute presentations, followed by discussion among the panelists and a public Q&A session. 

Co-organized by Patrick R. Crowley, Associate Curator of European Art at Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts and Dr. Bissera V. Pentcheva, Professor of Art & Art History at Stanford University

Byzantine Worlds Seminar, University of Cambridge, Michaelmas 2020

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar in Cambridge looks beyond the territory of Byzantium to provide a venue for exploring the material and intellectual entanglements between the medieval worlds of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. We host fortnightly seminars presenting the research of speakers from a variety of disciplines from within and outside of Cambridge.

Due to COVID restrictions, we will be holding our seminars online in the coming term. As such, we are hosting speakers from around the world and would like to invite participants from other universities to attend the seminars and contribute to our discussions.

Additionally, from October 2020 we would like to invite researchers working outside Cambridge to join our Classical Armenian reading group, to help build connections between the (relatively few) specialists working in this language across institutions. Please contact Stephanie Forrest for details.

Please see the attached poster for this term’s events and sign-up details. For details about future events please follow us on Twitter or Facebook:

Warsaw Late Antique Seminar

Ewa Wipszycka’s Late Antique Seminar at the University of Warsaw is restarting on Zoom. We are beginning with Robert Wiśniewski’s paper Counting presbyters in late antique Rome, on Thursday, 15 October. The full programme for the winter semester can be found on the seminar’s website.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Meeting ID: 835 0128 4547

Passcode: 791010

Online Ancient Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew and Old Slavonic Extensive Courses for 2020-2021

The Dan Slusanschi School for Classical and Oriental Languages is now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 remote study courses. This autumn we have once again expanded our offered course selection to include a Beginners Level Ancient Hebrew course alongside Ancient Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic. All courses will be held once a week via a social media platform for a total of twenty courses at two hours a week. Course fee: 150 Euros. Registration deadline: October 16, 2020. For more information and to register, visit http://ecum.ro/dan-slusanschi-school-of-classical-and-oriental-languages

Coptic Magical Papyri: Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects Launch

The Coptic Magical Papyri team of the Chair of Egyptology at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg is very pleased to announce that the Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects is now online. 

In this first stage, data on 677 manuscripts and 11 texts written in Coptic and Greek have been made available. This includes manuscript information on all published (and over 150 unpublished) manuscripts containing Coptic magical texts, as well as most of the Greek and Demotic magical papyri from the major collection known as the PGM (Papyri Graecae Magicae).

Regular additions to the published manuscripts and texts will be uploaded, as well as information on magical archives, and copies of drawings from the magical texts. Future updates will provide information on all of the published Greek magical manuscripts from Egypt, as well as begin to add older magical papyri from Egypt, magical texts from outside Egypt written on lead tablets and other material, and add other genres of texts – Christian liturgical papyri, as well as medical, alchemical, and astrological texts. 

More information on the structure and functionality of the database is to be found here.

An online seminar to present the database will be announced in the next few weeks. 

The database is still in its early stages, so feedback concerning any problems, corrections, or ideas that you may have is welcome. 

Updates will be announced on the Coptic Magical Papyri project website, where blog posts and podcasts focused on various topics related to the cultural context studied within the project are also regularly published.

‘Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion’. Zoom event, 30 October 2020

For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity. 

This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and nonacademic contexts.

Organizers: Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Participants 

Derek Krueger is the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as chair of the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (2016–2021) and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2015–2021). His current project is entitled “Monastic Desires: Homoeroticism in Byzantine Ascetic Literature.”

Mark Masterson is senior lecturer of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His major research interest is same-sex desire between men in classical antiquity and medieval Byzantium. His Between Byzantine Men: Desire, Brotherhood, and Male Culture in the Medieval Empire is forthcoming from Routledge.

Claudia Rapp is professor of Byzantine studies at the University of Vienna, director of the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and scholarly director of the Sinai Palimpsests Project. She serves as president of the Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2019–2021). Her research and publications (including Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual) focus on social and cultural history, often from the angle of religious history and manuscript studies.

Shaun Tougher is professor of Late Roman and Byzantine history in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. He works especially on Constantinian and Macedonian dynastic history and on eunuchs. His Roman Castrati: Eunuchs in the Roman Empire is forthcoming this autumn.

‘People and Power in Byzantium’. Zoom event, 5-6 November 2020

Bringing together specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.

Research on the social and economic history of Byzantium has tended to focus on the upper levels of society, where the evidence is abundant and relatively easily accessible. It has traditionally been dominated by attention to the large structures of church and state, represented through the key figures of patriarch and emperor, and how they implemented their economic and ideological interests. This has resulted in a top-down view of Byzantine society. In recent years, however, greater attention has been paid to the study of group formation, especially with a view to vertical mobility through patronage networks. This colloquium aims to foreground these recent advances in scholarship.

The colloquium brings together eight specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, whether social, economic, or religious. Of particular interest is the interplay between external pressures and internal motivation in the perception and representation of groups, on the one hand, and in the formation of groups and networks, on the other. This often involves searching out previously unknown or underappreciated sources, or subjecting better-known sources to new analytical questions.

By elucidating these phenomena in different periods of Byzantine history and in different geographical and social settings, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.

Colloquiarch: Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna

2.       CALL FOR PAPERS

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities. 2021-2022
Apply Now 

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

Applications and instructions are available online.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree at the time of application, or who have established themselves in their field, and wish to pursue their own research. Application deadline: November 1

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.
Application deadline: November 1

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are for cross-disciplinary scholars in urban landscape studies (PhD or MLA preference), and History Teaching Fellowships are for current faculty members in universities/other secondary educational institutions.
Application deadline: December 1

Grants

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.
Application deadline: November 1

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA BOARD

The nominating committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America invites nominations and self-nominations to its Board for terms beginning this October 2020 at the virtual BSC.  As per our by-laws, the nominating committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent a range of disciplines within the field of Byzantine studies broadly defined, and reflect geographic representation. All ranks are welcome and nominees may hold any type of position, at any type of institution, or nominees may work independently. If elected at the 2020 meeting, new board members will serve until the 2024 meeting, joining the twelve remaining members to create a body of sixteen total board members. 

Board members attend the annual board meeting held during the Byzantine Studies Conference and serve, as needed, as chairs of panels, panelists in professional development workshops, and lead ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board.  Serving as a member of the Board not only provides an important service to our organization, it is also a great way to come to know colleagues from other parts of the country and in different disciplines. We have found the experience very rewarding. 

At this time we are also taking nominations and self-nominations for the Programming Committee for BSC 2021 in Cleveland. If you are interested in serving on the Programing Committee, please let us know.

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu). Include the name, rank, institution and discipline, and please confirm that the person you are nominating has agreed to serve if elected.

Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”

Wars both internal and external exert a large impact on the development of societies. The Byzantine Empire has always been in constant exchange and conflict with its neighbours and rivals due to its geographic position. Out of this arose a wide range of violent interactions with the Latin, Slavic and Islamic worlds, in addition to, as a consequence, manifold interrelationships between the respective martial cultures, which we define as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections related to war as well as its forms and practises. The aim of this Research Training Group is to analyse Euro-Mediterranean cultures of war and the importance of Byzantium for them in a transcultural perspective for the first time. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 4,5 years in a first funding period (01.10.2018 – 31.03.2023).

Starting with the two overriding fields of study of “expressional forms” and “interpretative concepts”, these reciprocal processes of exchange, of distinction or also of reception will be analysed by means of four concrete subject areas: 1) strategies of justification and legitimisation; 2) conceptualisations of persons and groups; 3) rituals and cultic practises; 4) knowledge and infrastructure. The diachronic scope extends from the Roman Imperial Period, whose inclusion is indispensable for the understanding of Byzantine cultures of war, until the Early Modern Period, when the Byzantine heritage, especially in Eastern Europe, was still very vibrant. Within this interdisciplinary-orientated Research Training Group textual and visual sources, archaeological objects, visual sources, music as well as other media will be investigated in equal measure and brought in connection with one another, in order to grasp mentality and materiality and the related semantics of martial cultures. Based on this clearly-defined thematic complex, the immanent significance of Byzantium for the culture and history of the Euro-Mediterranean area will be explored in a thorough and systematic manner for the very first time.

The qualification programme and supervision strategy are construed according to the individual needs of the Ph.D. candidates, whereby there are not only included methodological, theoretical and thematic training and activities aimed at networking and internationalisation, but also museum research practice and collection-related work. In this regard Mainz provides an ideal location, not only because of the subject variety of the Johannes Gutenberg University and the structures provided by it for research and advanced training (including the Research Unit Historical Cultural Sciences), but also through the involvement of the Roman-German Central Museum as well as the Leibniz Institute for European History. In the field of interdisciplinary scholarship on Byzantium the aforementioned partners have long cooperated via the Leibniz-ScienceCampus “Byzantium between Orient and Occident”, thus providing an inspirational and international environment for junior scholars.

CRAC 12-month postdoctoral fellowships in ancient studies. Deadline: 10 November 2020

The Rector of the University of Warsaw invites applications for the position of two postdoctoral researchers under the Excellence Initiative – Research University Programme. The selected candidates will run their projects at the Centre for Research on Ancient Civilizations (CRAC) which brings together historians, classicists, archaeologists, orientalists, and Roman jurists from the University of Warsaw

More information at the following link: https://crac.uw.edu.pl/crac-postdoctoral-fellowships-call-for-candidates/

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