The Byzness 22/05/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 22th May 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Monkeys, Mules and Mockery: a workshop on animals and the pejorative in pre-modern texts, 5pm June 2nd, Mure Room, Merton College Oxford

For a poster with more information and the programme click here.

 

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“The battle of Yarmūk. Rethinking ‘conquest’ in the Late Antique Near East” Tübingen, June 16-17, 2017

For a full programme and more information click here.

 

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

CfP: 5th International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”, Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions, Skopje, 17-18 November

 

Special Thematic Strand for 2017

“Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”

Skopje, 17-18 November, 2017

 

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Italy, in partnership with the Institute of National History – Skopje

 

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the City of Skopje

 

 

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

 

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.

 

Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scope addressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.

 

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

 

– The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

 

– The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

 

– Slavic Ethnicity and identity: A reinterpretation

 

– Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

 

– Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

 

– Christianization of the Slavs and the concept of barbarism

 

– Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

 

– State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

 

– Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

 

– Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

 

– Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

 

– Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19th and 20th century Balkans

 

– The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

 

– Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

 

– Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

 

– Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

 

– Language and folklore

 

– Music and liturgical practices

 

– Heritage politics and the perception of the Past

– Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection

PAPER SUBMISSION

 

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

 

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2016

 

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2017

 

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2017

 

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2018

 

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk ; romaion@gmail.com

 

EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Blvd. Aleksandar Makedonski 24, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / Tel: 00389 2 3075570

 

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

 

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

 

No participation fee is required.

 

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

 

The full papers will be peer-reviewed.

 

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

 

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski:

 

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: http://www.euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

 

https://www.academia.edu/33019750

 

 

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Hieronymus Scholarship at Polis Institute for 2017/2018

 

The Hieronymus scholarship is named after Saint Jerome, an outstanding Christian scholar from the second half of the 4th Century AD. Jerome is the second most prolific writer (after Augustine of Hippo) in ancient Latin Christianity. He was one of the very few scholars of Antiquity who mastered at the three Classical languages (Latin, Greek and Hebrew), which is why he was called vir trilinguis, “the trilingual man”. He lived in Bethlehem for more than 30 years. Saint Jerome had contact with many prominent Jewish scholars who helped him in his translation of the Hebrew Bible into Latin. This translation is called the Vulgate and has been praised for its literary quality.

 

The recipient of this scholarship will volunteer as a secretary and editorial assistant in different projects (Latin method, Conference Proceedings, Educational books).

 

The recipient of the Scholarship will receive:

–       11,600 EUR/11 months to cover lodging and flight expenses

–       Health Insurance coverage in country during volunteer period

 

Specific requisites: Candidates should have a BA in one of the fields of Humanities. They should have a basic knowledge of Latin and mastery of the French language (oral and written) and have fluency in English. They should be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop.

 

All Applicants will hold a personal interview with the Administrative Director in English. Accepted candidates will have to accept and sign the terms and conditions regarding the volunteer work at the Institute.

Volunteering work: 40 Hours/week for 11 months.

 

These policies are in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information on this scholarship, please visit our site: http://www.polisjerusalem.org/scholarships

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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The Oxford Listings – Week 5

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 5

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 22 May

 

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Frances Andrews (St Andrews)

Churchmen and the Popolo in thirteenth century Italy
TUESDAY​ 23 May

 

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Benjamin Gray (University of Edinburgh)

Debates about the scopes of politics in the Greek city under Rome: Civic Rhetoric and Political Thought

 

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14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Professor Jonathan Bloom (Boston College)

Writing a New History of Western Islamic Architecture

 

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17:00 Patristic Seminar

Christ Church

John Witty

The Concept of Tradition in Basil of Caesarea

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Jennifer Hohmann (Worcester)

‘may / By matrymoyne pees and unite / Been had’: Female Non-Conformity in Late Medieval Marriage

Audrey Southgate (Merton)

Chaucer, Boethius and Jean de Meung

 

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WEDNESDAY 24 May

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Alexandra Vukovich (Cambridge)

Dobrynia Iadreikovich’s 1200 pilgrimage to Constantinople: Byzantine ceremonial culture through the eyes of travellers from Rus

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Alan Ross (Southampton)

Kingship in theory and practice: Julian, Themistius and Constantius

 

 

THURSDAY ​25 May

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Vivien Prigent (CNRS)

‘New sigillographic evidence for the history of the Latin Church in the East, 11th-13th centuries’

 

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17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

David Wierzejski (University of Frankfurt)

Patriarchs of Antioch in the sixth century as imperial envoys and agents

 

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20:00 Oxford Medieval Society and Oxford University Byzantine Society Joint Event

Goodhart Seminar Room, Univeristy College

 

Outlaws and Exiles

Elizabeth Jeffreys (Emeritus Bywater and Sotherby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek)

Megan Cavell (Departmental Lecturer in Old and Early Middle English)

 

If you would be interested in coming to a dinner with the speakers before the event, please email hugh.jeffery@lincoln.ox.ac.uk by Midnight on Monday 22nd May.

 

 

​FRIDAY ​26 May

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Aude Busine (Brussels)

Saint Basil and Basilissa at Ancyra

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 14/05/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 14th May 2017

 

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
  2. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

“From the Human Body to the Universe… Spatialities of Byzantine Culture” Conference, the Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala on May 18-21, 2017.

 

Information on the program and abstracts can be found on the webpage www.byzantinespace.net.

 

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‘The Ottoman Conquest and Knowledge: A Transcultural History’ , Newnham College, University of Cambridge, July 6-7, 2017

 

‘The Ottoman Conquest and Knowledge: A Transcultural History’ will take place at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, July 6-7, 2017 (see attached poster here). The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of the ways in which knowledge was transformed, exchanged, diversified, expanded, and suppressed during the period beginning with the Ottoman conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean. The broad (transcultural) scope of this conference is represented by scholars from diverse fields who have been brought together to discuss the far-reaching and varied impact of the Ottoman conquest.

 

For further information about the conference and attendance, please contact the conference organiser, Dr Alexandra Vukovich, at av347@cam.ac.uk

 

Best wishes,

Alexandra

 

Dr Alexandra Vukovich

Joyce Lambert Research Fellow – Faculty of History University of Cambridge Newnham College Cambridge, CB3 9DF

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Lectureship in Byzantine History, University of Edinburgh

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar to a Lectureship in Byzantine Studies, with a  focus on Byzantine History. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of internationally excellent publications and clear evidence of the potential for future development at the highest level. S/he will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching of Byzantine Studies at undergraduate level, in both Classics and History, as well as at postgraduate level, especially in the framework of the cross-disciplinary Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. The search will be open in terms of period and thematic interest, but with a preference for candidates who complement existing strengths in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

 

This post is full time, 35 hours per week, open ended and available from 1 September 2017.

 

Salary: £39,324–£46,924 per annum.

 

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 8th June 2017.

 

https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=039868

 

Questions regarding this post can be directed to Prof. Gavin Kelly (Gavin.Kelly@ed.ac.uk ), Head of Classics, or Prof. Niels Gaul (N.Gaul@ed.ac.uk ).

 

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

 

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Fellowships Tübingen, Germany: “Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”

The Centre for Advanced Studies “Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” at the University of Tübingen, Germany, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for resident fellowships starting in the year 2018. The fellowships are available for a duration between one and twelve months.

 

The Centre for Advanced Studies brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines working on migration and mobility in Europe and the Mediterranean between 250 and 900 CE. The overall aim of the Centre is to explore new approaches to migration and mobility in this period and to set the scholarly debate in the field on a new footing. For more details on the program, see http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/93696

 

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 Centre’s interests in migration and mobility in the period and area in question. The Centre also welcomes applications from scholars working on migration and mobility in the contemporary world whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues.

 

Fellows are required to reside in Tübingen, where they pursue their own research project while also participating in the colloquia held at the Centre and in its annual conference in July 2018. For the duration of their stay fellows receive a salary or a stipend covering  accommodation, travel, and/or living expenses in accordance with their needs and the pertinent regulations of Tübingen University and the DFG.

 

Applications should include a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Tübingen (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Centre and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to julia.hagenlocher@uni-tuebingen.de  by June 15, 2017.

 

Should you have any questions pertaining to the details of the fellowship program or the application, please contact the organizers: Mischa Meier (mischa.meier@unituebingen.de ), Steffen Patzold (steffen.patzold@uni-tuebingen.de ), and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (sebastian.schmidt-hofner@uni-tuebingen.de ).

 

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek, Ghent University

Position: assistant professor of Ancient Greek at Ghent University, in the tenure track system (permanent appointment is possible after five years).

Applications are expected by May 26. The starting date will be most probably February 1, 2018. You find the links to the job openings below, with all specifics about the position and application instructions.

 

https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/professorial-staff/ft-position-of-assistant-professor-tenuretrack-bof-inthefieldofancientgreek

 

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4 postdocs and 1 post for Project Manager in the ERC project, “Mapping Ancient Polytheisms”, University of Toulouse

 

APPEL À CANDIDATURES

 

Dans le cadre du Projet ERC Advanced Grant 741182 MAP (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Inteface between Religious Systems and Human Agency), coordonné par Corinne Bonnet, 4 postes contractuels de Post-Doctorant à temps plein (100%) sont à pourvoir, à dater du 01/10/2017.

 

Lieu d’exercice : Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, Maison de la Recherche (présence sur place indispensable). La réalisation du projet peut impliquer des missions scientifiques en France et/ou à l’étranger. Catégorie de contrat : A

 

Durée du contrat: 3 ans, avec un renouvellement possible de 2 ans.

 

Missions principales

 

Les 4 post-doctorants travailleront sur les épithètes divines au départ des deux terrains d’enquête retenus pour le projet : le monde grec (2 post- doc) et le monde sémitique de l’ouest (2 post-doc), dans la longue durée qui va de l’émergence des cités grecques à la fin de l’Empire romain.

 

Il s’agira de répertorier, dans les sources épigraphiques, papyrologiques et littéraires, d’enregistrer dans une base de données, de traiter au moyen d’outils issus de l’analyse de réseaux et de la cartographie, et d’analyser en fonction des contextes les épithètes divines en tant qu’élements donnant accès aux modes de représentation, de structuration et de déclinaison du divin, ainsi qu’aux stratégies de communication entre hommes et dieux. L’approche comparative permettra aussi d’affronter les questions de transferts, traductions, adaptation des épithètes, ainsi que leur mise en images et en récits.

 

Activités

 

Les activités principales seront les suivantes :

– dépouiller des corpus épigraphiques et littéraires ;

– participer à la conception et à l’enrichissement d’une base de données ; – analyser les données recueillies avec les outils traditionnels des Sciences de l’Antiquité et des méthodes innovantes, comme l’analyse des réseaux sociaux et leur visualisation ;

– produire des publications originales (articles et/ou monographies), en langue française et anglaise essentiellement ;

– disséminer les résultats des recherches en dehors de Toulouse ;

– participer aux activités scientifiques de l’équipe : séminaires, journées d’étude, colloques, écoles d’été…, et à leur organisation ;

– assurer le suivi du site web et d’un blog scientifique ;

– s’ils le souhaitent, les post-doctorants pourront enseigner à l’UT2J en qualité de Chargé de cours rémunéré ;

– à tour de rôle, les post-doctorants assumeront la co-direction du projet durant un an ;

– les axes du projet seront placés sous la responsabilité de deux post- doctorants afin de favoriser le comparatisme.

 

Compétences requises

 

– Formation approfondie et expérience de recherche (thèse, post-doc) dans l’Histoire des religions de l’Antiquité ; la soutenance de thèse devra idéalement se situer dans les 5 années précédant le début du contrat ;

– excellente connaissance des langues classiques (grec et latin) et/ou sémitiques de l’ouest (hébreu, araméen, phénico-punique) ;

– familiarité avec les corpus épigraphiques et papyrologiques ;

– expérience dans le domaine de bases de données ;

– maîtrise du français, de l’anglais et de l’allemand (au moins écrit) ; – capacité à travailler en équipe.

 

La connaissance des outils de l’analyse des réseaux sociaux et de la cartographie serait un atout supplémentaire.

 

Pour diversifier les compétences au sein de l’équipe, les profils souhaités seraient les suivants:

– compétences dans le domaine des rituels civiques et de l’articulation entre religion et politique ;

–  compétences dans le domaine de la construction et de la représentation du pouvoir des dieux dans les rituels ;

–  compétences dans le domaine du multiculturalisme ou du comparatisme entre monde sémitique et monde grec ;

–  compétences dans le domaine de l’ancrage des dieux dans l’espace et dans leur mise en images.

 

Environnement professionnel

 

Les post-doctorants recrutés seront placés sous la responsabilité du Principal Investigator du projet MAP, à savoir Corinne Bonnet. Ils travailleront en collaboration au sein de l’équpe, qui comprendra aussi un(e) animateur/trice de projet, un(e) informaticien(ne). Deux doctorant(e)s et des chercheurs/euses visiteurs se joindront à l’équipe à partir de l’année 2 du projet.

 

Diplômes souhaités

 

Les post-doctorants recutés seront docteur en Sciences de l’Antiquité, ou intitulé équivalent.

 

Personne à contacter pour toute information sur le poste:

 

Corinne BONNET : cbonnet@univ-tlse2.fr

 

Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : 31/05/2017

 

Constitution et envoi des dossiers:

–  Curriculum Vitae (Formation, Expérience de recherche, Publications, Projets ; 5-6 pages max.)

–  Lettre de motivation (1 p.)

–  PDF de la thèse de doctorat et du rapport de thèse

 

à adresser à par courrier :

 

Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Direction d’Appui à la Recherche

Pôle Suivi des Embauches

5, allées Antonio Machado 31058 TOULOUSE cedex 9 ou par mail : pse.recherche@univ-tlse2.fr

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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The Oxford Listings – Week 4

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 4

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 15 May

 

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Catherine Rider (University of Exeter)

‘Religious views of infertility in the Middle Ages.’
TUESDAY​ 16 May

 

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Anna Heller (Tours)

Kingship and elite representation in honorific inscriptions from Roman Asia Minor

 

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14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Dr Tom Nickson (London, Courtauld Institute)

Light and Lighting in al-Andalus

 

 

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17:00 Patristics Seminar

Christ Church

Valentina Duca

‘A light that shines by Grace’: Faith, Trust and Suffering in Isaac of Nineveh

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

June Effemey (SEH)

Medieval Tenement Plots in Oxford and Southampton: Owners and Occupiers, Winners and Losers

 

Henry Tann (St John’s)

Udendo la ‘ngordigia’: Commercial attitudes in Boccacio and in Milanese Merchant Quaderni

 

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WEDNESDAY 17 May

 

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Simon Ford (Oxford)

Framing a narrative: Synagogue Conversion in the late Antique Medieterranean

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Adrien Lecerf (Centre Leon Robin, Paris)

New Ways to Tradition: Julian and Cynicism

 

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17:00 (Re-)Appropriation of Epigraphic Texts Across Cultures Reading Group

Mure Room, Merton College

Yegor Grebnev (Merton)

The Re-invention of Early Ritual Bronzes as “Time Capsules” of Sage Kings in Ancient China

 

If you have any queries, please contact Yegor Grebnev (yegor.grebnev@merton.ox.ac.uk) .

 

THURSDAY ​18 May

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Stephen Humphries (Durham)

Crosses as water purification devices in the Byzantine Near East

 

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17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Stanislaw Adamiak (University of Warsaw)

Who was rebaptised by the Donatists and why?

 

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17:00 Introduction to Textual Criticism for Orientalists and Byzantinists

Faculty Room, Oriental Institute,

Emilio Bonfiglio (Pembroke College/University of Vienna)

 This is the second a of a two-lecture series addressed to students who intend to prepare a critical edition in either Greek, Latin, or any other ancient language of medieval oriental Christianity. The purpose of these lectures is to equip students with the basic principles of textual criticism. The methodology of the lectures is eminently practical, the aim being to present the necessary steps for the preparation of a critical edition. Among the topics discussed: how to prepare collations, understanding a ‘stemma codicum’, the function of ‘recensio’, what to put in an ‘apparatus criticus’, what the introduction of a critical edition ought to contain.

 For more information email: emilio.bonfiglio@orinst.ox.ac.uk   

 

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​FRIDAY ​19 May

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 Book Launch: Celebration of the publication of a  translation of Jonas of Bobbio’s Life of Columbanus

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Julia Smith (All Souls)

Jonas and Columbanus on Miracles and Materiality

Graham Barrett (Lincoln University)

Memory, history, and forgetting in Johnas of Bobbio

 

Thomas Charles-Edwards (Oxford)

Jonas and Columbanus

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 08/05/2017

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 7th May 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Greek manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: a symposium and concert

 

On Thursday 25 May 2017 the Wellcome Library will host a one-day symposium on its Greek manuscripts, aiming to explore hitherto unknown or very little studied medical texts. Topics will include the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, and the ownership of manuscripts by physicians. Other papers will reflect on the interrelationship between medicine and astronomy, poetry and divinatory texts. There will also be an opportunity to view a selection of the Library’s Greek manuscripts.

 

The symposium will be followed by a concert of Byzantine hymns on medicine. These are unique medical texts which are preserved in one of the manuscripts of the collection and will be performed for the first time in the United Kingdom. Participants will be able to explore the connections between music, memory and medicine in 13th-century Byzantium through a live performance.

 

Symposium

 

Venue: Mendel 1, Wellcome Trust Gibbs building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

 

10:20–10:40: Registration

 

10:40: Opening: Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library, London)

 

10:50: Introduction: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London)

 

11:00: History of the collection: Vivian Nutton (First Moscow State Medical University)

 

11:30–12:30: Session I: Greek Medical Texts

Chair: Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London)

 

Orly Lewis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

‘The medical theory of the Anonymous of Paris’

 

Caroline Petit (University of Warwick):

‘Galenic diagnostic and prognostic in the Wellcome Library’s Greek manuscripts’

 

12:30–13:30: Lunch break

 

13:30–14:30: Session II: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Medical Texts

Chair: Dimitrios Skrekas (University of Oxford)

 

Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway, University of London):

‘MS. MSL. 14 as a therapeutic handbook’

 

Marjolijne Janssen (Independent Researcher):

‘The language of MS. 4103’

 

14:30–15:00: Coffee/Tea

 

15:00–16:30: Session III: Byzantine Poetry, Astronomy and Divination

Chair: Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway, University of London)

 

Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford):

‘The poetry in Wellcome Library, MS. 498’

 

Anne Tihon (Université Catholique de Louvain):

‘Jewish astronomy in Byzantium: texts and manuscripts’

 

Georgi Parpulov (British Museum, London):

‘An illustrated copy of the Oracles of Leo the Wise’

 

16:30–17:00: Showcase of selected Greek manuscripts, Library Viewing Room

 

17:00–18:00: Reception, Henry’s Space

 

Concert: Singing Byzantine Medicine

 

Venue: Reading Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

 

18:00: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London):

‘The medical context’

 

18:05: Dimitrios Skrekas (University of Oxford):

‘The musical context’

 

18:10: Concert: Byzantine hymns chanted by Dimitrios Skrekas, Athanasios Charalampopoulos and choir

 

Stichera and canon on the examination of blood and urines attributed to Nikephoros Vlemmydes

 

18:45: Interactive discussion with the audience, including brief provocations by Helen King (Open University/University of Warwick) and Dionysios Stathakopoulos (King’s College London)

 

The event is free to attend. To register, please contact Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (petros.bouras-vallianatos@kcl.ac.uk ) by Monday 22 May.

 

http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2017/05/greek-manuscripts-at-the-wellcome-library-a-symposium-and-concert/

 

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“Ancient and modern Encyclopedism”, 17-18 May 2017, Aula Magna, Palazzo Ateneo, Bari

 

For a full programme click here.

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Participants for Summer School in Oriental Languages, 6-15 July, Venice

For a list of all languages taught and how to apply click here.

 

 

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“St. Ambrose of Milan: (Re-)Constructing Community”. An Interdisciplinary and International Conference. April 6-8, 2018, Saint Ambrose University, Davenport (IA)

 

Hosted by the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan (ASSAM), at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa In coordination with the Dies Academicus (Classe di Studi Ambrosiani), “Progetti e prospettive di ricerca su sant’Ambrogio a livello internazionale,” at the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, March 20-21, 2018.

 

Ambrose of Milan built community, not only in the literal sense (e.g., through construction of churches) but also by crafting or re-crafting the sense of community in the Late Ancient Roman Empire, especially in the West.  This international conference on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, will address the many ways and means by which Ambrose constructed community.  How did Ambrose form a community, mold a particular sense of community, or reshape the understanding of an established community?  How did he redefine what it meant to be Roman?  Christian?  Rich or Poor? How did he connect the Powerful and the People, the Sage and the Simple?  Humans and the rest of creation?  How did his sense of community engage the (so-called) pagan, the Jew, the heterodox, the barbarian?  To answer such questions, the broadest approaches are needed.  Disciplines may include, but are not limited to, Art and Archaeology, Communication, History, Law, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Poetry and Literature, Politics, Science, and Theology. Papers may also address the communities that Ambrose ‘inherited’ or how later generations used Ambrose for their own community building efforts.  Interdisciplinary topics are encouraged (though not required).

 

Papers are to be 20 minutes to allow time for questions.  Time will be allotted during and after the session for dialogue.  Graduate student papers welcome.

 

Abstracts, 200-300 words in length, should meet the deadline of October 1, 2017.  Please include your name, degree, affiliation, email, and mailing address.  To upload your abstract, visit the Conference Paper Abstract link via ASSAM’s website:  http://saintambroseofmilan.com/.

 

ASSAM is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of travel subsidies, especially for those with limited or no institutional support.  Our intention is to encourage participation by a new generation of scholars and by scholars from around the world.  An application for funds will be found with the Conference Registration link.

 

Sincerely,

 

Robert Grant and Ethan Gannaway

 

Again, please visit our website http://saintambroseofmilan.com/

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Neighbours or Strangers? Conflict, Negotiation, and Collaboration in Multicultural Communities Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VII, University of Tampere, 23. – 25.8.2018

 

Questions of toleration, aggression and even hatred based on ethnic diversity have been accentuated in recent times, but multiculturalism in its various forms is far from being confined to the modern world only. The seventh international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference will focus on forms of interaction and methods of negotiation in multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual contexts.

 

The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction within and between multi-ethnic and multilingual communities, groups and individuals, minority (minorities) and majority. Cooperation, toleration, and coexistence was an everyday necessity in Ancient and medieval societies. On occasion, however, these would turn into the opposite: suspicion, conflict, and violence, enhanced by power struggles and prejudices. All these had a central influence on social dynamics, negotiations of collective or individual identity, definitions of ethnicity, and shaping of legal rules. What was the function of multicultural and multilingual interaction in various contexts: did it create and increase conflicts, or was it rather a prerequisite for survival and prosperity?

 

Our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life. We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, status, and ethnicity. Actors, experiences, and various levels of negotiations are of main interest. We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective.

 

 

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If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words (setting out thesis and conclusions) for a twenty-minute paper together with your contact details (with academic affiliation, address and e-mail) by e-mail attachment to the conference secretary, passages@uta.fi. The deadline for abstracts is October 31st 2017, and the notification of paper acceptance will be made in January 2018.

 

Conference papers may be presented in English, or in French, German or Italian, if supplied with an English translation or summary. The sessions will be formed on the basis of thematic coherence, combining papers on Antiquity and the Middle Ages in each session. The registration fee is 120 € (doctoral students: 50 €). For further information, please visit http://www.uta.fi/trivium/passages/  or contact the organizers by sending an e-mail to passages@uta.fi . The registration opens in March 2018.

 

 

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Auslobung des Juliana-Anicia-Prize 2017

Dear colleagues,

 

celebrating its 25th anniversary the academic society Spätantike und Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte (SABK e. V.) is pleased to award this years Juliana-Anicia-Prize, endowed with 1500,- Euro. Since 2002 this award has been granted to outstanding dissertations from the field of Late Antique Archaeology and Byzantine Art. For any further details please see the attachment.

 

Best regards Markus Löx and Alexis Oepen

 

For more information click here.

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Call for Candidates for the Oxford-Warsaw ‘Cult of Saints’ Project

A full description is found here.

 

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Up to 5 post-doctoral fellowships in Berlin 2017/8 – Research Programme: Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe

 

For a full call for applications click here.

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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The Oxford Listings – Week 3

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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 3

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 8 May

 

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Robin Whelan (Balliol College)

‘Ethnicity, Christianity, and groups: Rethinking homoian Christianity in Ostrogothic Italy and Visigothic Spain.’
TUESDAY​ 9 May

 

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Christian Kuhn (Lady Margaret Hall)

City Councils and the Prosperity of the Post-classical Polis

 

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14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Dr Tom Nickson (London, Courtauld Institute)

Light and Lighting in al-Andalus

 

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14:30 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Street

Professor Fergus Miller (Brasenose)

Jews, Greeks and the Bible in Greek translation: So What? (2) The silence of Greek (and Latin)-speaking Judaism, 130-630CE

 

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17:00 Patristic Seminar

Christ Church

Eric Hoff

Augustine on the Bodies of Adam and Eve

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Julia Josfeld (Hertford)

Sir Launfal on the Internet: A Case for Digital Editions

Mary Maschio (Queen’s)

Luxury, Cultural Capital, and the (Re)Birth of Romance between Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire

 

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WEDNESDAY 10 May

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Ekaterina Nechaeva (Zurich)

Seven Hellenes and one Christian in the Endless Peace treaty of 532: a reappraisal of the protecting clause about the philosophers

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

George Woodhuysen (Oxford)

Title to be confirmed

 

 

THURSDAY ​11 May

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Moujan Matin

From Ignorance to Evidence? The First Invention of Opaque Glazing of Ceramics in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant- A Technological Approach

 

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17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Sophie Kovarik (University of Vienna)

People and Power in Late Antique Fayyum: the formation of a local elite 5-7th centuries

 

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​FRIDAY ​12 May

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Gesa Shenke (Worcester College)

Invoking Martyrs Through Justice, Expecting Healing From Saints: a glimpse into the early reality of cult through the Greek and Coptic documentary evidence

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 30/04/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 30th April 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Conference: ‘Sensing divinity: incense, religion and the ancient sensorium’, Rome, 23-24 June 2017 – registration now open

An international, interdisciplinary conference

23-24 June 2017, British School at Rome and the École française de Rome

 

Organisers: Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham), Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV), Adeline Grand-Clément (Toulouse Jean-Jaurès/IUF), Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel (Toulouse Jean Jaurès), Alexandre Vincent (University of Poitiers)

 

23th June (BSR, Sainsbury Lecture Theatre)

 

9.00. Welcome and reception/ coffee.

9.30. Introduction: Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham) and Adeline Grand-Clément (Toulouse Jean-Jaurès/IUF)

 

Panel 1: Tracking incense in the ancient Mediterranean

Chair: Lorenzo Verderame (La Sapienza)

 

10.00. Jo Day (University College, Dublin), ‘Burning botanicals: incense in the Aegean Bronze Age’

10.30. Elisabeth Dodinet (CNRS Toulouse), ‘L’encens… un singulier pluriel: Les identifications produites par les analyses organiques en Méditerranée et au Levant de l’âge du Bronze’

 

11.00. Coffee break

 

11.30. Julie Masquelier (Université Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV), ‘L’encens en Égypte ancienne : identification, approvisionnement et place dans le culte’

12.00. Kiersten Neumann (University of Chicago), ‘From raw to ritualized: following the trail of incense of the Assyrian Temple’

12.30. Federico De Romanis (University of Rome, Tor Vergata), ‘Tus. L’incenso sudarabico nell’Occidente romano’

 

13.00-14.00. Lunch

 

Panel 2: Frankincense and the ancient imagination

Chair: Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV)

 

14.00. Giuseppe Squillace (University of Calabria), ‘Incense and myrrh trees in Theophrastus’ botanical works: research method and sources of information’

14.30. Véronique Mehl (University of Bretagne Sud), ‘L’encens et le divin : le matériel et l’immatériel en Grèce ancienne’

15.00 Thea Lawrence (University of Nottingham), ‘Incense, perfume, incest and (im)pietas: myrrh, religion and gender in the Roman world’

 

15.30. Tea

 

16.00-17.00. Incense demonstrations (BSR cortile)

17.00. Free time

 

18.15-19.15. Keynote lecture, Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham) ‘Sensing divinity?’

 

19.15-20.00. Prosecco.

20.00-22.00. Conference dinner (BSR).

 

 

24th June (EFR)

 

Panel 3: Incense and ritual

Chair: Alexandre Vincent (University of Poitiers)

 

9.30. Aynur Michèle Sara Karatas (University of Bristol), ‘Incense offering to Greek deities: analysis of epigraphic material providing evidence for incense offering in cultic context’

10.00. Stefano Caneva (University of Padova), ‘Incense in the Hellenistic ruler cult’

 

10.30. Coffee Break

 

11.00. Valérie Huet (University of Bretagne Occidentale), ‘L’encens dans les rites romains: à propos de quelques images du monde romain’

11.30. Marie-Odile Charles-Laforge (University of Artois), ‘Rites et offrandes dans la religion domestique des Romains: quels témoignages sur l’utilisation de l’encens’

12.00. Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV), ‘Early Christian rejection of incense sacrifice’

 

13.00-14.00 Lunch.

 

Panel 4: Incense and multisensoriality

Chair: Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel (Toulouse Jean Jaurès)

 

14.00. Britta Ager (Vassar College), ‘Beyond burning: wearing, eating, compounding, and worshipping incense in the Magical Papyri’

14.30. Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), “Incense for nightfall”: incense, dreams and domestic religion in Imperial Rome’

15.00. Emma-Jayne Graham (The Open University), ‘The tactility of religious scent’

 

15.30. Tea Break

 

16.00. Francesco Buè (University of Urbino, ‘Carlo Bo’) ‘« Tura … sonant et odorant aëra fumis». Influenze dell’incenso sull’immaginario sonoro antico’

16.30. Élodie Dupey García (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), ‘Immaterial offerings in Pre-Columbian rituals: aroma and music for the Nahua divinities’

 

17.00. Concluding remarks

 

This conference has been funded with generous support from the University of Nottingham, the École française de Rome, the British School at Rome, the Institut Universitaire de France, Labex RESMED and the IDEX of the University of Toulouse.

 

To register click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sensing-divinity-incense-religion-and-the-ancient-sensorium-tickets-33624455652.

 

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Participants for the Interdisciplinary Seminars of the Delphi Academy of European Studies

 

The Delphi Academy of European Studies focuses on the diachronic and synchronic study of European history and culture and the ways in which Europe today responds to the multifaceted challenges of political, economic, and cultural globalization.

The Academy offers two-week interdisciplinary Seminars at the Centre’s facilities in Delphi, supported by the Region of Central Greece. The Seminars, which are taught in English by world renowned academics, are open mainly to graduate students/PhD candidates but also to qualified senior undergraduates. The Instructors adopt interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects, with a view to addressing the research interests of students in the Humanities as well as the social sciences. The Seminars are accompanied by a workshop and/or invited lectures on current political and cultural developments in Europe.

 

The curriculum and academic function of the Delphi Academy of European Studies is overseen by an international Committee consisting of the following Professors:

Homi Bhabha (Harvard; Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center;http://english.fas.harvard.edu/faculty/bhabha/ )

Georges Dertilis, (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Directeur d’études;  http://www.dertilis-history.gr/fr/Default.aspx )

Peter Frankopan (Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford; Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research; http://www.peterfrankopan.com/ )

Michelle Lamont (Harvard; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University; Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; http://scholar.harvard.edu/lamont/home )

Spiros Pollalis (Harvard; Professor of Design, Technology, and Management at the Harvard Design School; http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/spiro-pollalis/ )

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard; George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature; founder of the Academy and chair of the committee; http://scholar.harvard.edu/roilos/home ).

 

This year the Academy’s Seminars will focus on the multifaceted (political, economic, geopolitical, humanitarian) crisis in Europe. The Seminars will be offered in the second half of June (June 19-29).

 

The 2017 Seminar Instructors are:

Peter E. Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate Department of Philosophy, Harvard University; http://history.fas.harvard.edu/people/peter-e-gordon )

Stephanos Pesmazoglou (Professor of Political Ideology and Public Policies, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens;  http://www.panteion.gr/site_ufiles/file/pdf_polhist/29%20Pesmazoglou%20CV%202016%20ENG.pdf )

Jacques Rupnik (Director of Research at CERI and Professor at Sciences Po in Paris and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges; http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/users/jacquesrupnik )

 

The seminar Post-secularism in an Era of Crisis with Professor Peter E. Gordon will investigate the troubled status of the “secular” in modern democratic states that now confront an unprecedented degree of cultural and religious heterogeneity. Such conditions call for new concepts and frameworks so as to permit a maximum of inclusion and help to sustain procedures of democratic deliberation. This interdisciplinary seminar will interrogate Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the “post-secular,” along with other contemporary contributions and challenges to the secular-democratic ideal.

 

The interdisciplinary seminar Europe in Crisis: Populism, Xenophobia, and the Future of Democracy with Professor Stephanos Pesmazoglou will focus on the following topics: terminological elucidations of easily used and abused ideas and ideologies; historical co-ordinates of recurrent crises in Europe; specificities of the latest nearly decade long European and global crisis; European North-South cleavages and their representations; Brexit, Trumpism and their impact on European integration; the refugee crisis; the resurgence of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism. They will be approached in connection with various conceptions of  “democracy” and their responses to the current crisis.

 

The seminar European Responses to the Migrant Crisis: Political Divides and Contrasting Narratives with Professor Jacques Rupnik will focus on the dividing lines within the EU (East-West) with regard to the migration crisis, and on the ways in which these differences may be contained or overcome.

Upon completion of the Seminar Program, certificates indicating the titles of the Seminars and the names of the Instructors will be awarded to the students.

Students at the Academy are expected to pay tuition fees of 350 euros. Tuition covers lodging, meals (lunch and dinner), and attendance of the Seminars.

 

Applicants to the Academy should submit the following documents:

1) CV (no more than 3 pages).

2) Research statement no more than 200 words.

3) Two letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s PhD/academic advisor, in the case of graduate students). The letters should include information about the applicant’s coursework and academic performance in areas related to the topics of the seminars.

4) Proof of English language competence.

 

Applications should be submitted not later than May 10 and sent to the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (Mrs. Athena Gotsi, conferences2@eccd.gr )

Decisions will be communicated to the applicants by May 20.

 

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​​Call for Papers: Workshop on Syriac Texts

AHRC-funded project ‘The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Galen’s On Simple Drugs and the Recovery of Lost Texts through Sophisticated Imaging Techniques’ (University of Manchester) and ERC-funded project ‘Transmission of Classical Scientific and Philosophical Literature from Greek into Syriac and Arabic’ (Austrian Academy of Sciences) co-organize a workshop on automated methods of lemmatization, morphological analysis and other types of annotations and mark-ups of Syriac texts.

 

Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in digital editions, creation of corpora of Syriac texts and, more broadly, computer-assisted analysis of Syriac. However, the basic tools indispensable for any such initiative are for the most part not available. In that respect the field of Syriac Studies is currently at a considerable disadvantage in comparison with the Greek, Arabic or Hebrew Studies, to name just a few related fields. This underdevelopment has severe repercussions not only for electronic editions but also for such areas as Syriac linguistics and lexicography.

 

Whereas a pioneering conference on Syriac and the Digital Humanities (Rutgers University, 2015) clearly demonstrated the general scholarly demand for provision of electronic infrastructure for Syriac, the workshop is going to bring together scholars either developing electronic tools and corpus software for Syriac or using already available tools for their projects.

 

We hope that the workshop will promote exchange of ideas and foster collaboration among scholars.

 

 

Invited Speakers:

 

George Kiraz (Beth Mardutho; Rutgers University)

 

Bastien Kindt (Université catholique de Louvain)

 

Wido van Peursen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

 

Organizing committee:

 

Peter E. Pormann

 

Grigory Kessel

 

Naïma Afif

 

Abstracts should be submitted by May 7 by e-mail to Grigory Kessel (grigory.kessel@manchester.ac.uk )

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Two fully-funded PhD places at KCL: Latin verse in English manuscript verse miscellanies, c. 1550-1700

Two funded PhD studentships are available at King’s College London to work on the project ‘Latin verse in English manuscript verse miscellanies, c. 1550-1700’, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant. Students from any relevant disciplinary background may apply (e.g. classics, English literature, comparative literature, early modern history) though excellent Latin is essential, and all candidates should have a record of academic excellence within their field. Relevant knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas is an advantage, but not essential: neo-Latin literature (especially poetry); Latin epigram, lyric or elegy; early modern English history; early modern English literature (especially poetry); early modern manuscript transcription and editing; XML/TEI. Training in the use of relevant software and in early modern palaeography and transcription will be provided as part of the programme, and students will have the opportunity to join a taught MA course on neo-Latin poetry in their first term. The selected students will share office space at KCL with a larger research team, consisting of the director of the project (Dr Victoria Moul) and two post-doctoral researchers.

 

The project will involve an initial phase of technical training and orientation, followed by around twelve months focused on the transcription and translation of unstudied neo-Latin verse from manuscript sources. The latter 18-24 months will be devoted to the analysis of transcribed material and the writing of a thesis. Selected students will be free to develop their own doctoral project within the larger remit of the project: such projects could have, for instance, a generic, thematic or historical focus – e.g. focusing in particular on lyric or elegiac poems; on poems on a particular historical event (such as the Armada or execution of Charles I); on the manuscript transcription of poems by a particular author (such as Theodore de Bèze or John Owen) or on a specific literary relationship, such as the imitation of a particular classical poet. Dr Victoria Moul, is an experienced PhD supervisor and the students will join a thriving community of six PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the field at King’s, offering a unique research environment within the UK.

 

The anticipated start date is September 2017, though January 2018 is also possible. Funding includes UK/EU fees of £4,600 per annum plus a maintenance stipend of £15,863 per annum over three years.

 

Applicants should send a CV and transcript with a cover letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the project by 5pm on Monday 15th May 2017 directly to Dr Moul (victoria.moul@kcl.ac.uk ). They should arrange for two referees to send their references directly to Dr Moul by the same date. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held at KCL (Strand campus) on Thursday 1st June. Successful candidates should if at all possible be available to attend the London Palaeography Summer School, involving 2 or 3 days of classes between 12th and 16th June. Should you have any questions about these studentships, please feel free to write to Dr Moul (victoria.moul@kcl.ac.uk ) directly.

Please feel free to forward this notice.

 

 

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Dumbarton Oaks Coins and Seals Curatorial Position

For full details click here.

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

Posted in Byzness

The Oxford Listings – Week 2

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 2

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 1 May

 

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Katie Ball (Worcester College, Oxford)

The odd one out after all: Comparing England’s economy with Scotland and Flanders
TUESDAY​ 2 May

 

 

13:00 Medieval History of Art Seminar

Arumugam Building, St Catherine’s College

Alexei Lidov

Byzantine Icons and Western Pictures: two matrices of Christian imagery

 

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14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Neil McLynn (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Playground of Paideia: the fourth-century educational experience in Athens

 

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14:00 The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Medieval Islamic West

Khalili Research Centre Lecture Room,

Mr Péter Tamás Nagy (Khalili Research Centre)

The origins of royal funerary architecture in al-Maghrib al-Aqṣā

 

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17:00 Ptarmigan Special Lecture

Examination Schools

Gath Fowden (Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahabic Faiths)

Later First Millenium Knowledge Circuits: the role of Alexandria

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Ida Toth (Wolfson) and Adrastos Omissi (Oriel)

The Challenge(s) of Writing a Course Book in Latin for Medieval Historians

 

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WEDNESDAY 3 May

 

15:00 The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood

Garden Room, Stanford House

Yannis Stouraitis (University of Vienna)

Byzantinism, Hellenism, and Roman Republicanism: Byzantine Identities as Constructs of European Fantasy and Western Hegemony?

 

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17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Olivier Delouis (Paris)

Basil of Caesarea reinvented in Byzantium? From the holy bishop to the father of the monks

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Rowland Smith (University of Newcastle)

True things in jest: the intrusion of the philosophic in Julian’s Caesars

 

THURSDAY ​4 May

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Georgi Parpulov (Oxford/London)

Epigraphic Gleanings from the British Museum

 

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17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Michelle Salzman (University of California)

Senators and emperors in the last decades of the Roman Empire 455-484

 

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​FRIDAY ​5 May

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 Book Launch: Celebration of the publication of a translation of Jonas of Bobbio’s Life of Columbanus

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Julia Smith (All Souls)

Jonas and Columbanus on Miracles and Materiality

Graham Barrett (Lincoln University)

Memory, history, and forgetting in Johnas of Bobbio

 

Thomas Charles-Edwards (Oxford)

Jonas and Columbanus

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 23/04/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 22th April 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Patrick Geary (Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Princeton): Understanding Barbarian Migrations Through Genomic Research, Wednesday 26th April, 5pm, Stanford House, 65 High Street, Oxford

In this lecture, Patrick Geary will present the preliminary results of his collaborative, interdisciplinary genomic investigation into sixth-century population structures and movements between Pannonia and Italy. Nuclear DNA sequence data from cemeteries in modern Hungary and Italy reveal genetic groups that correlate with cultural data to suggest new ways of understanding the movement of barbarian warrior populations into Italy in the so-called migration age.

 

‘The Long History of Ethnicity & Nationhood Reconsidered’ Seminar aims at systematically rethinking the history and theory of ethnicity, nationhood and nationalism. The full programme of the seminar is available at torch.ox.ac.uk/identity.

For a poster of the event click here.

 

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Book Launch: Ecclesiology and Politics between East and West, 2pm-6pm Tuesday 25th April, Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi

Réduire le schisme ? Ecclésiologies et politiques de l’Union entre Orient et Occident (XIIIe-XVIIIe siècles), éd. Marie-Hélène Blanchet et Frédéric Gabriel, Paris, Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, 2013 (Monographies, 39).

 

L’Union à l’épreuve du formulaire : Professions de foi entre églises d’Orient et d’Occident (XIIIe-XVIIIe siècle), éd. Marie-Hélène Blanchet et Frédéric Gabriel, Paris, Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, 2016 (Monographies, 51).

 

For a full timetable and poster click here.

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Professor Alexei Lidov: Byzantine Icons and Western Pictures: Two Matrices of Christian Imagery, 1pm, May 2nd, Arumugam Building, St Catherine’s College, Oxford

For a poster click here.
For more information contact: gervase.rosser@hoa.ox.ac.uk

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Papers and Archives of Sir Dmitry Obolensky at Christ Church, Oxford

 

A message from  Judith Curthoys, Archivist, Christ Church, Oxford:

 

The papers and archive of Sir Dimitri Obolensky FBA (1918 -2001), Student of Christ Church 1950-85, Emeritus 1995-2001, Professor of Russian and Balkan History 1961-85 have been received by Christ Church on permanent loan through an agreement with the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. After they have been sorted and catalogued they will be available for study. There will be an exhibition in Christ Church Library in Spring 2018 as part of the celebrations for the centenary of his birth, and a conference exploring his intellectual legacy in Michaelmas 2018 , co-ordinated by Jonathan Shepard, James Pettifer and Peter Frankopan.

 

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Leuven, 13-15 December

Submission deadline 30 April, 2017

 

In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. LECTIO (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the  overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education, by organizing a three-day international conference. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.

 

Please find below the full call for papers or visit our website (http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/conferences ).

 

Keynote speakers are Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Institut d’Histoire du Droit Paris) and Saverio Campanini (Università di Bologna)

 

Participants are asked to give 20-minute papers in English, German or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to lectio@kuleuven.be  by 30 April, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 May, 2017.

 

The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).

 

Venue of the Conference: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

 

Thank you for forwarding this call to your academic network.

 

If you have any questions, please contact lectio@kuleuven.be

 

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​​Italian Art Society call for Session Proposals: International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 10-13 May, 2018

The IAS seeks session proposals for the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies, broadly defined. It features more than 550 sessions of

papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances.

 

The IAS is seeking session proposals that cover Italian art from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. Members interested in putting together a panel or linked panels should send a brief abstract (250 words max), session title, a short list of potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV. Submit by 21 APRIL 2017 TO PROGRAMS@ITALIANARTSOCIETY.ORG .

 

 

 

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Call for abstracts: Archaeology and history of Lydia from the early Lydian period to late antiquity (8th century B.C.-6th century A.D.). An international symposium, May 17-18, Izmir, Turkey

The booklet of abstracts for speakers is now available here.

 

But it is still possible to send an abstract, the deadline is April 30th.

For more information please visit:

https://independent.academia.edu/TheLydiaSymposium
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/The_Lydia_Symposium
https://deu.academia.edu/ErgunLAFLI

 

 

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Call for Papers – Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies, London, 6 October 2017

The Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies Research workshop. co-hosted by the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and SOAS, University of London, will be held on 6 October 2017 in London.

 

This year’s exploratory and informal workshop will reflect on methodologies, research agendas, and case studies for investigating history writing in Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa in any period from the seventh century to the present. As in previous years, the emphasis will be on informal discussion and exchange of ideas.

 

Through what practices of writing or otherwise encoding the past and of remembering and forgetting, have different groups in the Middle East and North Africa viewed their pasts? At different times and places, how have the significant contours, events and actors in their histories been seen? Was the significant past the same for court historians as for literary historians; for bureaucrats as for the military; for Sufis as for Muslim lawyers and Traditionists? How did non-Muslims and Muslims, men and women, adherents of different sectarian or juristic traditions, or speakers of different languages within societies that became “Islamic” imagine the shape and meaning of their specific societies’ own pasts, and their relation to the universal history of the Islamic community? More recently, how have urban and rural people, workers and peasants, the religiously educated and the technocratic elite, developed different ways of writing, remembering, or commemorating particular events in, or the broad sweep of, local, national, or “Islamic” history?

 

Contributions are invited that will consider the practical and conceptual challenges of working on history writing in the region, as well as offering examples of themes, methods, and case studies of recent research that might elucidate these questions. Contributions are invited from scholars at all career levels, addressing any period and any part of the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined.

 

Arabic Pasts is co-organized by Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), James McDougall (Oxford), and Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU-ISMC).

 

Please send by 15 May an abstract of 300 words or less to sarah.savant@aku.edu . There is a small budget to provide some travel assistance for scholars outside of London.

 

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Andrew Mellon Foundation Grants and Scholarships at Bogazici University

1) M.A. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

2) PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

3) POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

4) SHORT-TERM POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

5) SHORT-TERM M.A./PH.D. RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE M.A. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce three scholarships for the M.A. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the M.A. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $5,000 net for the duration of two years, provided that the accepted candidates continue to meet necessary academic requirements. Successful foreign candidates living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that recipients of the scholarship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the M.A. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose.

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 5 May 2017.

Questions can be addressed to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

For more information on the Byzantine Studies Research Center: http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE PH.D. PROGRAM IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one scholarship for the Ph.D. program in the field of Byzantine studies at the Department of History for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship is open to future applicants as well as current students enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the department. Applicants from any country with an interest in Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of an annual total of $8,000 net for the duration of three years, provided that the accepted candidate continues to meet necessary academic requirements. A successful foreign candidate living abroad will be eligible for a supplementary grant (max. $1,500) towards one-time airfare and health insurance. Please note that the recipient of the scholarship cannot be employed in any other institution.

Applicants should follow the admission procedures for the Ph.D. program of the History Department at Bogazici University, specifically indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose.

For application procedures:

http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home

http://hist.boun.edu.tr/content/student-application-information

Current students enrolled in the department should apply directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center with a statement of purpose written in English and a current transcript by 5 May 2017.

 

ANDREW W. MELLON POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in the field of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology. Conceived in the framework of expanding the scholarly activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, the nine-month position is expected to start in September 2017. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the development of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, as well as taking part in the activities of the Center.

The position is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of a monthly total of $1,800 net for nine months.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and excellent command of English should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center before 31 May 2017. The application file should include a cover letter, a detailed research project proposal, a CV and list of publications, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of their written work.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

FOR SCHOLARS HOLDING ACADEMIC POSITIONS IN TURKEY

OFFERED BY THE BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term post-doctoral research grant in the field of Byzantine studies for Turkish citizens and foreign scholars holding academic positions in Turkey. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for travel within or outside Turkey for research in 2017. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the grant offers up to $2,400 for the above-mentioned expenses to be spent in 2017.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Byzantine studies should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 31 May 2017. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal with a time line, an expected budget for expenses, a detailed CV and list of publications, a sample of written work, and two letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term research project grant in the field of Byzantine studies for M.A. or Ph.D. students enrolled at the Department of History, Bogazici University. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for acquiring language skills and/or for conducting research in libraries and/or museums within or outside Turkey in 2017. The grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers up to $1,100 for the above-mentioned expenses to be spent in 2017.

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 31 May 2017. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal, an expected budget for expenses, a detailed CV, and a transcript.

Applications should be sent both in electronic format by e-mail and as a hardcopy to:

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

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One-year Visiting Replacement position in Medieval Art History, College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA

Please help us distribute our call for applications for a VAP position in Medieval/Byzantine art history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA:

 

The Department of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary invites applications for a one-year visiting replacement position in Medieval Art History, with possibility of renewal for a second year, to begin in August 10, 2017. The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate courses per semester, including a global art history survey (prehistory to ca. 1400), and topics in the candidate’s areas of expertise, which may include late Antique, Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture.

Required qualifications:  Minimum ABD in a relevant discipline. The successful candidate will have teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

 

Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu . Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, and syllabi of courses taught or proposed. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference.

 

For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, May 10, 2017. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed and the position will remain open until filled. Information on the degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History may be found at: http://www.wm.edu/as/arthistory.

 

The College of William Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

 

 

 

 

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Three-year PhD in the History of late medieval astronomy in Europe

ALFA is an ERC funded project (2017-2022, 60 month, Consolidator grant 2016 agreement 723085) dedicated to the study of Alfonsine astronomy which flourished in Europe from the second half of the 13th century to the middle of the 16th century.

 

Relying on approaches from the history of astronomy, history of mathematics, and history of manuscript cultures to study astronomical tables, instruments, theoretical and mathematical texts, ALFA’s main objectives are to:

 

  • Retrace the development of the corpus of Alfonsine texts from its origin in the second half of the 13th century to the end of the 15th century by following, on the manuscript level, the milieus producing and using these codices;
  • Analyse Alfonsine astronomers’ practices, their relations to mathematics, to the natural world, to proofs and justification, and their intellectual and social contexts and audiences;
  • Build a meaningful narrative showing how astronomers in different milieus with diverse practices shaped, also from Arabic and Hebrew materials, an original scientific scene in Europe.

 

ALFA works in a deeply collective manner. Matthieu Husson (PI, CNRS- Observatoire de Paris), José Chabás (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Richard Kremer (Dartmouth College, USA) constitute its advisory board. Around them a local team of 3 post-docs, 3 PhD students and a digital humanities IT expert, based at the Paris observatory, will work with a team of international collaborators comprised of 10 specialists of the history of late medieval astronomy in Europe. Finally a team of external experts from neighbouring fields will consult with ALFA in order to enrich its methodological and theoretical dimensions and to help design the digital tools.

 

ALFA invites application for a 3 year doctoral position expected to start on October 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter (CNRS-contract, according to CNRS policy 1758 Euros gross per month). This position will be hosted at the Observatoire de Paris (ED 127) inside the history of science team (dir. Michela Malpangotto) of the SYRTE Laboratory (UMR 8630).

 

The successful candidate will work as part of the local team and will spend most of his/her working time on his/her research project in the context of this collective, international project. He is expected to participate in the publications of the project and will be encouraged to take part in the conception of scientific events relevant to his research (workshops and seminars). He will have also dedicated research funds especially for travel to relevant European libraries. In line with ALFA’s (first) objective this PhD research project should enhance our understanding of the formation of the corpus of Alfonsine texts. Different approaches are possible to achieve this aim. They include: the critical edition of key works of Alfonsine astronomy and or an in-depth study of a selected corpus of manuscripts (linked to a specific production milieu, to a pertinent collector, or to the diffusion or teaching of specific Alfonsine works). These studies should be connected to more general questions regarding the history of astronomy (technical contents of texts and the elements described in them, establishment and connection of different milieus fostering Alfonsine astronomy, specificity and overlap of these milieus in term of manuscript and astronomical practices). Complementary approaches may be considered in particular regarding the history of manuscript cultures (typology of astronomical multiple-text manuscripts, visual organisation of the codex, manuscripts as performative objects).

 

To qualify for the position, candidates are required to have completed their Master’s degree in either sciences, history of sciences or medieval history. During the PhD it will be possible for the successful candidate to complete her/his training according to his/her needs in Latin philology, codicology, palaeography, history of astronomy and history of mathematics. Acquired competences in these domains will be appreciated. A good control of spoken and written English is also important in order to be able to interact fruitfully with the international team of the project.

 

Applications should be sent no later than May 14, 2017 to Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr ). They shall include: a short CV (2 p. max), contact information for two possible externals referees (name, institution, email contact), a short research proposal (3-4 p. max), a written sample of academic work (e.g. Master thesis and/or a recent paper on it).

 

Review of applications will start on May 15, 2017 and the result will be published on June 15, 2017. For further information you are warmly encouraged to contact Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr ).

 

 

 

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FELLOWSHIPS: “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (Hamburg)

 

The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for Ph.D. scholarships 2+1 year scholarships of € 1.200 per month (tax free) starting October 1st 2017.

 

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.

 

Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.

 

First information can be found on the Centre’s webpage which will be continually updated: http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/

 

We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph.D. students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region.

 

Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent as ONE pdf document to the Director of the Graduate School before May 31st, 2017:

 

Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck

Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften

CSMC

mailto:stipendium.geisteswiss@uni-hamburg.de

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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The Oxford Listings – Week 1

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 1

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 24 April

 

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Stephen Baxter (St Peter’s)

How and why was Domesday made?
TUESDAY​ 25 April

 

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Georgy Cantor (St John’s College, Oxford)

Navigating Roman Law and local privileges in Pliny’s and Dio’s Pontus Bithynia

 

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14:30 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Street

Foteini Spingou (Classics) and Judith Mckenzie (Classics and Oriental Studies)

Jewish or Christian? Late Antique Egyptian Wall-Hangings painted with scenes of Genesis and Exodus

 

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17:00 Introduction to Textual Criticism for Orientalists and Byzantinists

Location TBC,

Emilio Bonfiglio (Pembroke College/University of Vienna)

 

This is the first a of a two-lecture series addressed to students who intend to prepare a critical edition in either Greek, Latin, or any other ancient language of medieval oriental Christianity. The purpose of these lectures is to equip students with the basic principles of textual criticism. The methodology of the lectures is eminently practical, the aim being to present the necessary steps for the preparation of a critical edition. Among the topics discussed: how to prepare collations, understanding a ‘stemma codicum’, the function of ‘recensio’, what to put in an ‘apparatus criticus’, what the introduction of a critical edition ought to contain.

 

For more information and the location email: emilio.bonfiglio@orinst.ox.ac.uk

The second lecture will take place later in term.

 

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17:00 Patristic Seminar

Christ Church

Derek Spears

Early Christian Knowledge of Pagan Literature

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Lydia Schumacher (King’s College London/All Souls)

Presentation of ERC-Funded Project Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan

Thought, c. 1220-1245

 

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WEDNESDAY 26 April

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Mirela Ivanova et al.

OUBS Fieldtrip to Bulgaria: Report 

 

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17:00 The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood

Garden Room, Stanford House

Patrick Geary (IAS, Princeton)

Understanding Barbarian Migrations through Genomic Research

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Neil McLynn (Oxford)

Sizing up Julian: the Christian Cappadocian Perspective

 

 

THURSDAY ​27 April

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

No Seminar

 

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17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the history and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Century

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford)

The Cult of Saints Project and levels of Sainthood

 

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​FRIDAY ​28 April

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Trinity College SCR

Conrad Leyser (Worcester College)

Through the eyes of two deacons: Church Property, Clerical Office and the Cults of St Stephen and Laurence in Fifth century Rome

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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