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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 1
Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 27th April

17.00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls
Walter Pohl (Instituts für Mittelalterforschung, Vienna)
Genealogies, dynasties and kinship in the Early Middle Ages

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TUESDAY 28th April

17.00 Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
Jeremy Johns (Oxford)
Eunuchs and slaves in the court of Norman Sicily

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WEDNESDAY 29th April

13.00 Roman Discussion Forum
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Galatea Klapakis (Greek Archaeological Service):
A late Roman cemetery excavated in Pallene, Attica: The transition from paganism to Christianity in the hinterland of Athens

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17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre
Nicky Tsougarakis (Liverpool)
A matter of perspective: the friary of St Francis of Candia (Crete) in Cretan and pilgrim sources

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17.00 Medieval Economic and Social History Seminar
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College
Arietta Papaconstantinou (University of Reading)
Credit, debt, and the evolution of rural society from Justinian to the Abbasids in Egypt and Southern Palestine

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17.00 Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Mark Edwards
What is Antiochene theology?

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17.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Richard Sorabji (Oxford)
TBC

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THURSDAY 30th April

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Emanuele Intagliata (Edinburgh)
The inner city wall of Palmyra in late antiquity

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12.00 Global themes in medieval history
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Oxford)
TBC

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17.00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Mischa Meier (Tübingen University)
The failed assassination attempt against Attila (AD 449,) and eastern Roman Hunnic policy

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FRIDAY 31st April

11.00 Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
General introduction to the Byzantine period, 500-1100

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12.00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter, Oxford)
Greek literature of southern Italy

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 26th April 2015

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 1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 1. NEWS & EVENTS

 Vienna Dialogues, Travel Grant

 Dear colleagues,

It gives us a great pleasure to invite you to the meeting of the Vienna Dialogues:“People on the Move and the Things they Bring: Mobility of Ideas, Motifs and Texts in Byzantium and Beyond”, which will be held at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna (Postgasse 7, back building, 3 rd floor, 1 st district) from Friday, 29 May to Saturday, 30 May 2015. Travel grant: In order to enable scholars from abroad to attend this workshop, two travel grants of 400 Euros each are available. They will be awarded based upon merit. Please send a brief letter of application (two pages max.), stating the reasons for your interest in attending, as well as a cv and list of publications, all in electronic format, to: Dr. Alexander Riehle (alexander.riehle@univie.ac.at). The application deadline is April 27, 2015.

We greatly look forward to welcoming you at the meeting.

With kind regards

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claudia RAPP

Please find the programme here.

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Vienna Bibliography, No. 159, March 2015

Please find the latest Vienna bibliography here.

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National Centre of Manuscripts (Tbilisi, Georgia) Summer School

The National Centre of Manuscripts (Tbilisi, Georgia www.manuscript.ge) is organizing the Summer School “Georgian Manuscript- 2015”. The Summer School is dedicated to the study of the Georgian manuscript heritage. It will be held from 14th to 23th July 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia.  For detailed information, please, find attached files.  We would like to  ask you to inform your members.

Best regards,

Summer School Team

International Relations Department
National Centre of Manuscripts

M. Alexidze 1/3
0193, Tbilisi
Georgia

Tel.:  (+ 995 32) 2 47 42 42   (107)

ir@manuscript.ac.ge www.manuscript.ge



Further information here; programme here and application form here.

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 2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 The Emotion of Hope in Ancient Literature, History and Art, Rethymo, 11th-13th December 2015

 Please find the CfP here.

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 3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 Ph.D. position in Armenian Studies

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce an open position at the University of Bern for a Ph.D. student in Armenian studies / Digital Humanities, working on a new edition of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa. Please circulate this to anyone who might be interested!

http://www.jobs.unibe.ch/detail.asp?ID=8841&KatID=2

Best wishes,

Tara Andrews

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British Institute at Ankara, Funding Opportunities 2015/16

The British Institute at Ankara, one of the foreign schools and institutes supported by the British Academy, invites funding applications for project grants (up to £5000 per year for up to three years) and for study grants (up to £2000 per year), to be carried out in 2015/16.

The research remit of the BIAA covers Turkey and the Black Sea.  BIAA research engages with Turkey as a crossroads, Turkey’s interactions with the Black Sea region and its other neighbours, and Turkey as a distinctive creative and cultural hub in a global and neighbourhood perspective. The overall focus of applications should be on History, Society and Culture.  The BIAA has primary experience and resources as an archaeological and historical research centre, including a first-class library in Ankara.  Priority is given to research projects with a historical dimension, even when the prime focus is on contemporary Turkey or climate issues. In line with the mission of the BIAA as a centre of excellence for archaeological research, substantial funds will be set aside for selected field projects running over a number of years. Currently three or four projects of this type are supported.

Applications for funding should fit within the five Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) which define the current shape of BIAA research policy:

Climate and its historical and current impact

Migration, Minorities and regional identities

Religion and politics in historical perspective

Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective

Cultural heritage, society and the economy

Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey.  The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding.  A single applicant (e.g. an excavation project director) may only apply for funding under one of these headings.  The organisers of potentially diverse and projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.

Currently, no new permits are being issued to overseas researchers by the Turkish authorities.  However, the BIAA is prepared to offer support applications to carry out archaeological research as part of Turkish or non-Turkish directed projects which already hold permits.

Current research based at the BIAA within the above SRI’s:

Previous 5K Grants:

‘Quaternary environments in the upper catchment of the Kura River, North-Eastern Turkey: A context for early human occupation and migration’

‘Prototyping visitor-centred mobile and mixed reality interpretation at Çatalhöyük, Turkey’ ‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’

‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’

‘Life on the frontier: climate and landscape change in Byzantine Anatolia, 500-1200 AD’

Previous 2K Grants:

‘Tell Majnuna: Feasting and Mass production at the dawn of cities in Mesopotamia’

‘Identification of archaeobotanical remains from the West Mound of Çatalhöyük and Çamlıbel Tarlası’

‘The role of cultural, social and historical values in shaping investment and energy policies: the case study of Turkey’

‘Exploring the climatically and socio-ecologically responsive urban built environment in the vernacular settlement of Mardin’

Please visit our website at http://biaa.ac.uk/opportunities-grants for information and application forms. The closing date for all applications is 1 May 2015.

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Assistant Director, British Institute at Anakara

Background and introduction

The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) is internationally renowned for over 65 years’ work supporting, enabling and encouraging world-class research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the fields of  history, archaeology and related social sciences. Founded in 1948, the BIAA was incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. The BIAA is one of the British Academy’s overseas Institutes. It has offices in Ankara and London.

Its objectives are:

§  to support, promote, facilitate and publish British research focused on Turkey and the Black Sea littoral in all academic disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences;

§  to maintain a centre of excellence in Ankara focused on the archaeology and related subjects of Turkey.

 The BIAA’s current research is organized into five Strategic Research Initiatives: Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective; Migration, Minorities and Regional Identities; Climate and its historical and current impact; Religion and politics in historical perspective; Cultural heritage, society and economy in Turkey.

The Role of the Assistant Director

The Assistant Director’s primary responsibilities will include the management and facilitation of the non-archaeological elements of the BIAA’s research programme, including the organisation of lectures and seminars in Ankara, and providing support for post-doctoral fellows and other researchers. The Assistant Director will work directly with the Director and expected to share some of the general management and administration of the BIAA.

The Assistant Director is required to be resident in Ankara for most of the year.  In addition to the Director, there is a small local staff, which includes experienced administrative and library/archive personnel. The post holder will have oversight of the Library and act as the line manager to Library personnel.

The holder of this position should have experience and research interests connected to Ottoman, Republican or Contemporary Turkey.

Terms and conditions of service can be found at our website by following this link http://biaa.ac.uk/opportunities

Further information

Potential applicants, particularly those not already familiar with the Institute in Ankara, are encouraged to contact the Director, Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (lvandeput@biaatr.org).

For information about current activities undertaken by the Institute, please visit the website at www.biaa.ac.uk.

Application procedure

Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form found on the website link above.  In addition, please provide a letter of application outlining why your qualifications and experience are appropriate to this appointment.  In particular, you should focus on your research and administration experience.  You should outline how this appointment would fit with your longer-term career plans, including details of the personal research and publication programme you would pursue.  Curriculum Vitae should also be provided where there is additional information.  Please send applications to Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (lvandeput@biaatr.org) and you must copy in the London Manager at biaa@britac.ac.uk

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 May 2015.  Interviews will be held in London in the week of 25 May 2015.

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, British Institute at Ankara

Applications are now invited a Post-doctoral Research Fellow positions 2015/16.

Candidates should normally have completed a doctorate and must have a current connection with a UK University.

The Fellowships will be tenable for one year from 1 September 2015. The Fellows will be based at the Institute in Ankara and will be required to spend at least two-thirds of the period of the Fellowship at the institute.

The subject of the proposed research should focus on Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral and may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the arts, humanities and social sciences.  It should lead to a substantial publication either in monograph or in article form.

The fellows will be awarded £20,000 per annum, payable monthly.  All costs including travel (to and from Turkey and any academic travel, such as conferences), health insurance, visa and accommodation need to be covered by this annual amount.  Accommodation will be available at the Institute in Ankara, as required, at a rate of £10 per night, or £250 per month. It is important to note that, due to changed regulations regarding residence permits in Turkey, the fellows will be obliged to take a health insurance policy from a Turkish company for the duration of their stay. The BIAA will help organising this once the fellows have arrived in Ankara.

Applications will be accepted from 1 April 2015.  Applicants should submit an application form, a curriculum vitae and a covering letter which details the research proposal by the closing date of 1 May 2015 (by email to biaa@britac.ac.uk). The cover letter and research proposal should not exceed four pages. TWO written references MUST be sent by your referees by the closing date.  This should be on official letterhead (as an email attachment) or in email form, as long as the position of the referee in his/her HEI is known.

Please visit the website at http://biaa.ac.uk/grants/post-doctoral-fellowship to download the application form.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in London in the week beginning 25 May.

For further information please contact Dr Lutgarde Vandeput lvandeput@biaatr.org

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Fitch Bursary Awards

Dear All,

The Fitch Laboratory invites applications for two Bursary Awards in 2015-16.

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information, also available on the BSA website: http://www.bsa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164:fitch-laboratory-bursary-awards&catid=14&Itemid=101

With thanks and all best wishes,

Tania Gerousi, School Administrator

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Oxford Listings- Week 0 Announcements

THURSDAY 23rd April

17.00 From Panopolis to Baghdad and back: Centres and Networks in the Classical, Late Antique and Medieval Near East
Swire Seminar Room, University College
Stephen Humphreys (University of California (Santa Barbara))
A Tale of Three Centres: Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo in the Age of the Ayyubids (1169-1260)

In this lecture Professor Humphreys will consider the multi-polar nature of the Ayyubid political world in which these three principal cities had both complementary and competing roles. The centrality of these cities to political life in the Near and Middle East is as much a feature of contemporary events as of medieval history. This lecture should appeal to anyone with interests in connections between political and cultural centres across the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean worlds in any period.

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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Theory Reading Group

Tuesdays at 7pm-8:30pm in weeks 2, 4 and 6.

Convenors: Andrew Small and Matthew Kinloch

This reading group aims to offer an opportunity for those who wish to deepen their familiarity on theoretical topics with a view to their application in the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere. All are welcome.

Anybody who wishes to attend should contact either: Andrew Small (andrew.small@kellogg.ox.ac.uk) or Matthew Kinloch (matthew.kinloch@univ.ox.ac.uk) for more details and to ensure the circulation of reading lists.

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 19th April 2015

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

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages, Harvard University and First Church in Cambridge, April 16 & 17, 2015

The Mediterranean basin has long been a zone of cultural, economic, and artistic encounter and exchange. This was particularly true in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500 CE), as the three great religious traditions of Late Antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) battled, bartered with, and borrowed from one another in a variety of political and cultural contexts. Focusing on the centuries from 1200 to 1500, Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages will explore the Mediterranean world as a “trading place” between Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, and Western societies.

The symposium includes a keynote lecture by David Abulafia (Cambridge University), three multidisciplinary panels addressing the economic, artistic, and material contours of medieval cultural exchange, presentations on recent work in the digital humanities, a medieval coins and seals workshop, and a concert celebrating the rich musical heritage of the medieval Mediterranean world, with performances by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Natasha Roule, and Voice of the Turtle.

All events are free and open to the public.

Please visit the conference website (http://tradingplacesconference.org/) for a full description of events and to RSVP.

Space for the workshops is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello (dana_ciccotello@harvard.edu) by April 10.

Organizers
Eurydice Georganteli, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Brandie Ratliff, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross; Nicholas Watson, Department of English and Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University; Sean Gilsdorf, Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University

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Imbros Summer School June 19-Aug 30, 2015

The Bahcesehir University summer language (Byzantine Greek, Ottoman Turkish and Modern Greek) program will take place on Imbros (June 19-Aug 30).

http://imrozsummerschool.com/

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“Patristic and Byzantine Greek” – a summer course at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Course number: CLGR 30199, 60199
Instructor: Charles C. Yost
Dates: MTWR- 2:00 PM-3:40 PM, June 15-July 24

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts that is broad both in chronology (embracing texts composed from the 4th through the 15th century) and genre (including historiography, hagiography, theological treatises, poetry, literary criticism, and documentary sources). Beginning in the 4th and 5th centuries with Gregory Nazianzos, John Chrysostom, and Pseudo-Dionysios, we shall encounter (among others) the writings of Maximos the Confessor, the nun Kassia, Theophanes the Confessor, Photios, Symeon the New Theologian, Michael Psellos, Anna Komnene, and end in the 14th and 15th centuries with figures such as John Kantakouzenos, Alexios Makrembolites, and Plethon. Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography.

Prerequisite: At least one year of classical or Koine Greek.

Visiting (non-Notre Dame students) welcome! For information about registration, please visit http://summersession.nd.edu/

Questions? Contact Charles Yost (cyost1@nd.edu).

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

Diogenes CfP

Please find the CfP for Diogenes, the journal of GEM- Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean, Society for the Students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies here.

Deadline for contributions is the 1st August 2015

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3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Wolfgang Fritz Volbach Fellowhsip, Mainz

The Wolfgang Fritz Volbach-Fellowship was conceived as a link between the centre of research Mainz and international scholarly work within Byzantine Studies. The fellowship reaches out to foreign fellows with a doctoral degree who work in a field related to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus: Byzantium between orient and occident. The invitation consists of a one month research residence with full access to libraries, academic infrastructure and participation in interdisciplinary exchange.

Resources

The library of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum(RGZM) contains c. 170.000 media items and c. 2000 periodicals and is therefore one of the largest and most important specialist libraries on the archaeology of the old world in Europe. Combined with the comprehensive collections of the libraries of the Johannes Gutenberg-University, especially of the area Byzantine Studies at the Institute of History and the department Christian Archaeology and Byzantine History of Art at the Institute for History of Art and Music Science provide excellent conditions for academic work on all aspects of Byzantine culture.

Aside library structures, the collection of the RGZM comprises numerous Byzantine original finds and replicas and the collection of Prince Johann Georg zu Sachsen in the Landesmuseum Mainz (permanent loan of the Institute for History of Art and Music Science), and thus offers reference material for research in archaeology, history of art and material culture.

Conditions

Grant of Euro 2000,- for four weeks residence in Mainz either during the summer oder winter term
Free accommodation in the guest house of the RGZM if within the following periods:
– winter term 2015/16: January 11th – March 6th

– summer term 2016: May 2nd – June 26th

– winter term 2016/17: October 24th – December 18th

Fellows are invited to present their current research with a paper in the lecture series Byzanz in Mainz.
Application requirements

Applicants must possess a doctorate or an equivalent academic degree (e.g. PhD) and have a permanent residency abroad.
Applicants are engaged in a research project relevant to the subject of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzantium between orient and occident.
Applications are always welcome considering the following deadlines:
– until May 1st 2015 for winter term 2015/16

– until November 1st for summer term 2016

– until May 1st 2016 for winter term 2016/17

Please send applications via mail to managing director of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz Dr. Benjamin Fourlas (fourlas(at)rgzm.de) including application form and copies of academic certificates.

Wolfgang Fritz Volbach

The fellowship is named in honour of the important archaeologist and art historian Wolfgang Fritz Volbach († 1988) who was born in Mainz in 1892. He studied History of Art, Classical Archaeology and Medieval History at the universities of Tübingen, Munich, Berlin and Gießen. During his long academic career he significantly influenced research in late antique and Byzantine monuments in Germany. From 1917, for instance, he was employed in the department for Early Christian and Byzantine Art of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin, from 1930 to 1933 in the function of its director. From 1950 to 1953 he was the co-director of the RGZM, then head of the museum from 1953 to 1958. His studies on Early Christian and Medieval Archaeology and Art crossed traditional disciplinary limitations, a legacy that theLeibniz-WissenschaftsCampus aspires to continue. Volbach co-operated with famous representatives of contemporary Byzantine research, produced numerous catalogues and contributed greatly to the field of fundamental research, in particular.

His activity and academic profile set the foundations for the establishment of Byzantine studies at the RGZM, foundations which prove profitable to his successors until today. He has to be regarded as a pioneer of Byzantine studies in Mainz. Without Volbach, the foundation of theLeibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzantium between orient und occident under the aegis of the RGZM would not have been possible.

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The Pontifical Oriental Institute announces the Robert F. Taft, S.J. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oriental Liturgical Studies

In the spirit of the path-breaking research and outstanding teaching of Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., whose presence marked the life of the Institute for over forty-five years, the Pontifical Oriental Institute announces a new postdoctoral fellowship program to begin in Rome in October 2015.

Taft Postdoctoral Fellows will receive financial support for residence in Rome for two semesters (October through June). Fellows will pursue a research program at the Institute in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies. They will develop and teach at least one course at the Institute. They will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the Institute and will at the same time benefit from the counsel of a senior mentor.

Application is open to scholars in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies who have completed their Ph.D. since 2011 or who will complete their Ph.D. by July 2015. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Candidates should submit the following materials:

– A Curriculum Vitae, including research and teaching interests

– A research program outlining a plan of study at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

– A proposal for a course in Oriental Liturgical Studies

– A sample of writing of no more than thirty pages, such as a section of the dissertation or a published article

– Two letters of recommendation assessing the candidate’s research and promise as a teacher

taftfellowship@pontificio-orientale.it

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Dear all,

After the Easter weekend normal service has been resumed. A weekend which also saw Australia welcome it’s first Byzantine monastery (http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/design-delta-architects-produce-australia-s-first).Best wishes,

Andrew

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 7th April 2015

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Sinai Icon Conference, Princeton, 17th-18th April
There is no registration fee, but please register for the conference as seating is

Please find the poster here.

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The Door of the Sanctuary, 27th-29th May, VU University, Amsterdam

Please find the text and the flyer linked here.

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Ex Thessalonica Lux

Please find the full exhibition catalogue ‘Ex Thessalonica Lux’ which took place in the Museum of Byzantine Culture in 2014 here.

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From Heraclius to Urban II: trends and themes in Medieval Christian Holy War, 1st May 2015, University of Cambridge

Please find the final programme here.
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Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate & Early Careers Conference 2015, ‘Connections, Networks, & Contexts’, 17th April 2015, Teviot Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh
Registration is now open for the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate and Early Careers Conference. The conference is open to all and attendance is free, but we do require those expecting to attend the conference for the whole day to register.

 To register, please email lampsedinburgh@gmail.com with your name, affiliation, and any dietary restrictions for the provided lunch. Details of the conference can be found in the attached document or on our website at, http://lampsedinburgh.blogspot.co.uk/p/lamps-conference-2015.html. LAMPS will be hosting a bus trip to medieval sites in East Lothian on Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 – 6:00pm. Limited spaces are still available; please note if interested.

Please find the schedule here.

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Byzantine Greek Summer School

Will be held again this year at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the University of Birmingham.

DATES:

Level-1 (Beginners) 26 July – 9 August 2015 All other levels 9-23 August 2015

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications which an include a request for funding must be received by Monday 13 April.

The deadline for all other applications is Monday 18 May.

For further details, please see the information files:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bomgs/events/summerschool/index.aspx

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Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages, Harvard University and First Church in Cambridge, April 16 & 17, 2015

The Mediterranean basin has long been a zone of cultural, economic, and artistic encounter and exchange. This was particularly true in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500 CE), as the three great religious traditions of Late Antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) battled, bartered with, and borrowed from one another in a variety of political and cultural contexts. Focusing on the centuries from 1200 to 1500, Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages will explore the Mediterranean world as a “trading place” between Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, and Western societies.

The symposium includes a keynote lecture by David Abulafia (Cambridge University), three multidisciplinary panels addressing the economic, artistic, and material contours of medieval cultural exchange, presentations on recent work in the digital humanities, a medieval coins and seals workshop, and a concert celebrating the rich musical heritage of the medieval Mediterranean world, with performances by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Natasha Roule, and Voice of the Turtle.

All events are free and open to the public.

Please visit the conference website (http://tradingplacesconference.org/) for a full description of events and to RSVP.

Space for the workshops is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello (dana_ciccotello@harvard.edu) by April 10.

Organizers

Eurydice Georganteli, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Brandie Ratliff, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross; Nicholas Watson, Department of English and Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University; Sean Gilsdorf, Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University

Sponsors

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; European Commission, Research & Innovation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; Harvard Art Museums; Harvard University Department of History of Art + Architecture; Harvard University Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities; Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Crossing Frontiers: Christians, Muslims and their art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new travelling research seminar programme for Early Career Researchers interested in the medieval art and culture of the eastern frontier between Christianity and Islam, covering Anatolia, the Caucasus and the western Iranian world. The seminars will travel initially to eastern Turkey and Armenia with the aim of investigating questions of cross-cultural exchange and international artistic production. We aim to develop a truly interdisciplinary examination of the artistic and cultural history of this region during this period of enormous diversity, change and vitality. This project is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative, and it aims to give emerging scholars the opportunity to visit and discuss a range of important monuments alongside a group of more senior advisors and mentors. The initial research trips will run in September 2015 and Spring 2016 during which participants will hear lectures from leading academics on the art and archaeology of this period in the region, participate in seminars and visit key historical museums and sites of interest. All travel, accommodation and meal costs are covered by the grant.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.courtauld.ac.uk/crossingfrontiers
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 8 May 2015
This project is organised by Dr Antony Eastmond, AG Leventis Reader in the History of Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and is administered by Dr Niamh Bhalla.
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Sapiens Ubique Civis III
DEADLINE: 17th May 2015
Dear Colleague,
We would like to inform you about our conference for PhD students and young scholars dealing with Classics, Byzantinology and Neo-Latin Studies. We would appreciate it if could send the Call for Papers to anyone you may find interested in this event. The application deadline is May 17.
Please see the file here for further details.
Yours faithfully,
The Conference Coordinators
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3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Lectureship in Early Medieval History, University of Edinburgh

The Lectureship in Early Medieval European History  replacing Tom Brown is now live (vacancy 032924) and can be viewed at the following link:

Just type the vacancy number 032924 on the jobs website: http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk or do a search by keyword ‘History’.

The advert will be published on the online version of the Times Higher Education Supplement as well as the other usual places (UoE jobs website, Warwick University, Jobs Centre)
 
Deadline for applications is 30th April.

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Job Opportunity at Dumbarton Oaks – Part-Time Archival Assistant

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (http://www.doaks.org/) in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with archival processing and preservation projects of Byzantine collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork materials produced or created by Byzantine scholars, archaeologists, and photographers.

For the full job description, please see: http://www.doaks.org/about/employment/part-time-archival-assistant-byzantine-collections. For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: http://www.doaks.org/icfa or our blog: https://icfadumbartonoaks.wordpress.com/. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to HumanResources@doaks.org<mailto:HumanResources@doaks.org>.

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Taft Postdoctoral Fellowship at Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome

The Pontifical Oriental Institute announces the Robert F. Taft, S.J. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oriental Liturgical Studies.

In the spirit of the path-breaking research and outstanding teaching of Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., whose presence marked the life of the Institute for over forty-five years, the Pontifical Oriental Institute announces a new postdoctoral fellowship program to begin in Rome in October 2015.

Taft Postdoctoral Fellows will receive financial support for residence in Rome for two semesters (October through June). Fellows will pursue a research program at the Institute in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies. They will develop and teach at least one course at the Institute. They will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the Institute and will at the same time benefit from the counsel of a senior mentor.

Application is open to scholars in the field of Oriental Liturgical Studies who have completed their Ph.D. since 2011 or who will complete their Ph.D. by July 2015. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Candidates should submit the following materials:

– A Curriculum Vitae, including research and teaching interests

– A research program outlining a plan of study at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

– A proposal for a course in Oriental Liturgical Studies

– A sample of writing of no more than thirty pages, such as a section of the dissertation or a published article

– Two letters of recommendation assessing the candidate’s research and promise as a teacher

taftfellowship@pontificio-orientale.it

Please find the pdf here.

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
 
The Byzness, 29nd March 2015
 
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
 
Experiencing Death in Byzantium, Newcastle University, 29th May 2015
 
This single day conference will consider the extent to which we can approach the individual experiences surrounding death in Byzantium and the relevance they have for our knowledge of Byzantine self-understanding. How can we approach experiences that played tangible social roles and yet were so irreducible to literal language and meaning that they remained couched in the language of allegory? To what extent were shared experiences and understandings of death and dying orchestrated for individuals? Can remaining physical and textual evidence reveal such intended experiences to us? This conference seeks to access the personal and contingent experiences surrounding death and dying in Middle Byzantine mortuary practices.  
 
We will consider the affects of the objects, images, literatures and theologies connected to death, dying and the otherworld in Byzantium. In this way, both the material and immaterial aspects of death in Byzantium will be discussed from grave goods and eschatological literature, to the emotions and sensations of death along with images of death, dying and judgement. This conference takes seriously the evident dearth of systematic eschatological doctrine in Byzantium and Byzantine preference for allegorical understandings of death and the otherworld. It seeks to create a space to discuss and integrate the separate, and at times disparate and opaque, bodies of eschatological practice and knowledge across various spheres of Byzantine life.  It is hoped that this will reveal to us more profound and fundamental insights into eschatological thought, sentiment and action in Byzantium and their contribution to Byzantine self-understandings. 
 
Organised by Dr Sophie Moore, Dr Niamh Bhalla and Dr Mark Jackson.  
 
If you are interested in being involved in the conference please email the organisers at niamh.bhalla@courtauld.ac.uk or sophie.moore2@ncl.ac.uk
 
Please find the advert here.
 
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Continuous Page. Scrolls and scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext, Call for Project Participants

 

Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext. In between these two extremes too, we find a plethora of different artists and craftsmen turning and returning to the medium, from medieval medical treatises and Japanese emakimono to 19th-century wallpaper or Jack Kerouac’s continuously-typewritten draft of On The Road.
 
Participants are sought to take part in a collaborative investigation into the intriguing format of the scroll and the act of scrolling across different cultures and periods, considering both the timeless material object and its infinite conceptual space. Participants are sought from any field or discipline, and are likely to be academics (at all stages of their careers), museum professionals, or practicing artists.
 
Meetings and Outputs
The project is formed of two parts. The first is a pair of two-day workshops based at The Courtauld Institute of Art, including keynote lectures, handling sessions in London museums, and fifteen-minute papers from participants on their research. Papers might consider – but are by no means limited to – the following ideas:
 
Workshop 1- ‘Scroll as Object’
(22-23 June, 2015)
 
·      Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptian papyrus, Torah
·      Medieval genealogical rolls, legal rolls, medical rolls
·      Japanese Emakimono, Chinese handscrolls
·      Fabric rolls, wallpaper, other decorative rolls
·      Newspapers, type-written rolls, and other production line objects
·      Canvas rolls, 70s cut-to-order painting
·      Hypertext, online scrolling, Internet art
 
Workshop 2 – ‘Scroll as Idea’
(21-22 September, 2015)
 
·      Continuous page, continuous narrative, continuous text
·      History, law, authority
·      Papyrus, paper, pixel
·      Infinity, digital, touchscreen
·      Speech, theatre, oration
·      Mass creation, production lines, rolling type
 
The second element of the project will be the creation of an online exhibition to be launched in December 2015 entitled Continuous Page, presenting a series of digitised scrolls from a variety of places and periods. Drawing on the research and expertise of the workshop participants, the exhibition will be a critical online resource and lasting record of the project, showcasing the potential for combining new media practices and digital ‘scrolling’ with the continuous page of the material scroll. Over the course of the workshops we will also be developing plans for a publication to coincide with the project.
 
Interested participants should send a short statement of interest in the project (no longer than one page) outlining your current research and the ways it aligns with the project’s themes, workshops, and outcomes, as well as a full academic CV, to jack.hartnell@courtauld.ac.uk (Project convenor, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow) by Friday 17 April 2015.
 
Limited funds may be available to support participation from scholars based outside the UK.

 

Please find the advert here.

 

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Istanbul through the Ages, Koc University

Please find the advert for the summer school here.

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2. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History with a preference for the history of the Middle East/Ottoman Empire, Newcastle University
 
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The Byzness, 22nd March 2015

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Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School, 22nd June-10th July 2015

The Department of Classics and Italian studies (http://www.ficlit.unibo.it) of Bologna University offers an intensive three-week Greek and Latin Summer School.
The school offers courses in Latin (beginners and intermediate) and in Greek (beginners) and the possibility of combining two courses (Latin & Greek) at a special rate.
The courses are held in Bologna from 22nd June to 10th July 2015 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.
The teaching will be focused mainly on Greek and/or Latin language with additional classes on Classical literature; further classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).
All teaching and activities will be in English.
For further information and application forms please visit:
http://www.ficlit.unibo.it/dipartimento/summer-school
E-mail: diri_school.latin@unibo.it

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Istanbul: history, monuments, urban life- Boğaziçi University and Columbia University, 20th June-2nd August

Please find the details for the summer school here.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Porphyra Issue. No. 23

Porphyra, International Journal for Byzantine Studies is now accepting contributions for its XXIII issue.

Topics can range from a variety of fields and disciplines, such as: history, theology, literature, archaeology, anthropology, art history, et alii. Articles will be accepted in English, Italian, French, Modern Greek, German and Spanish. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2015.

Please note that Porphyra is a peer-review journal. A proposal is no longer sufficient for a contribution. To be accepted, the article in full must comply with general scientific standards of research and publication and be formatted according to Porphyra editorial rules (found on the website). Each article should be accompanied by a set of keywords (at least 5, preferably 10) and a short abstract (250 words).

As in the previous issues, it is also possible to send monograph reviews which will be published in
the appropriate section once approved by our staff.
Submissions must be sent to: redazione@porphyra.it

Please find the CfP here.

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Supplementum 2016 of the journal Convivium

Theme: The South Caucasus

Deadline: 1st June 2015

Please find full CfP here.

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The Byzness, 15th March 2015

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‘Hell is other people: sins, transgressions and their depiction on late medieval Crete and Cyprus, SPBS Lecture, 17th March

Dear All,

Please find a poster here with details of an upcoming SPBS Lecture on 17 March 2015 to be given by Dionysios Stathakopoulos. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me at emincin@googlemail.com.

Best wishes,
Liz Mincin

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Forthcoming CHS event

Tuesday 24 March, 17.30-18.30
Non extinctus est fons musarum: the production & dissemination of Greek scientific manuscripts in the late Palaeologan period & after 1453
Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2014-2015/CHS/illustratedmanuscripts.aspx
Francesca Marchetti will show how contacts with western scholars and universities, different approaches to the production of manuscripts, and the fascination exerted by the botanical and medical manuscripts, contributed to the transmission of a visual heritage that had a significant impact on western manuscripts and printed books. Part of the Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series.

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Vienna Bibliography, No. 158 February 2015

Please find here.

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Byzantine Art Restoration and Site Preservation workshops in Puglia, Italy

Hello,
My name is Tonio Creanza and I’m the founder and the director of Messors, a series of hands-on educational workshops regarding the preservation of cultural heritage and Byzantine sites that I have been running in Puglia region – Italy for the last 20 years. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to learn about the history of the region, learn about conservative methods and techniques, while contributing to the conservation of the rich art heritage of Southern Italy.

I was wondering how could I make available the information about our educational workshops to students/trainees/volunteers who might be interested in participating and implement their extra-curriculum experience.

The calendar for 2015 is:

– June 11 -28 Art Restoration Workshop Fresco&Canvas.

– July 24 – August 4 our latest preservation adventure of Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project.

As for the Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project, I would love to know if there would be an interest from your institution in developing a study and research collaboration in the future.

If you have chance, please read press articles and testimonials regarding our workshops.

I would highly appreciate any initiative in spreading the word about the workshops!

Thank you for your consideration,
Best regards,
Tonio Creanza
http://www.messors.com

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H-Medieval- New H-Net List

On Behalf of the Editors and the Advisory Board, I am pleased to announce the creation of a new H-Net list entitled H-Medieval. The goal of the list is to discuss all things related to the history, culture, religion and society of medieval Europe. And we do mean all of medieval Europe. The founder of the list, as well as several of the Advisory Board members are Byzantinists, the Slavic medieval world is represented, etc. So, please consider subscribing to the list, and participating in our discussions.

https://networks.h-net.org/h-medieval

Best,

Christian

Christian Raffensperger
Associate Professor of History
Director, Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program
Wittenberg University
Associate, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
office: Hollenbeck 311
phone: (937) 327-7843
email: craffensperger@wittenberg.edu

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Cappadocia in Context

Immerse yourself in Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Cappadocia…
Info: Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC
Date: 11 JUNE – 26 JUNE 2015
Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia? Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.
The program will start up in Istanbul, ancient capital of Byzantium, with lectures and field trips lead by program faculty and Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities students. After first three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia. Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.
Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips. A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!
In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students.
Scholarships and financial aid are available. Please refer to “Scholarships & Financial Aid” section.
Application deadline 15 April 2015.
All instructions will be in English; reading skills in French highly recommended.
This program is only open to graduate level students.:
On-line details at: https://rcac.ku.edu.tr/en/cappadocia

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New position at Onassis Cultural Center (NY)

Dear friends and colleagues,

A new position has opened at the Onassis Foundation (USA), Assistant Manager of Exhibitions and Publications. The job description is here; please forward to your qualified individuals.

Warm regards,
Amalia Cosmetatou

Executive Director
& Director of Cultural Affairs
Onassis Foundation (USA)
645 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Tel: 212-486-4448
E: acosmetatou@onassisusa.org
W: onassisusa.org

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Three postdoctoral fellowships in Paris

Please find the details here.

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OUBS XVII International Graduate Conference- A few photos

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 8
Hilary Term 2014

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MONDAY 9th March

14.00 Christianity and daily life in late antique and Byzantine times
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Ine Jacobs (University College)
O​ne God and other supernatural powers

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17.00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls
Derek Keene
An Alfredian theatre uncovered?

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TUESDAY 10th March

9.00 The City in Late Antique Asia Minor
Ioannou Centre Lecture Theatre
Ine Jacobs (University College)
An aesthetics of variety? On spolia and re-used building materials

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14.30 Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street
Dr Alexander Panayotov (Aarhus)
Jewish everyday life in the late-Roman and early Byzantine Balkans

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16.00 Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Pauline Epistles
Room 2, Christ Church
Dr Elena Draghici-Vasilescu
The use of Galatians in Byzantine Liturgy

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WEDNESDAY 11th March

12.00 Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium
Herbeden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum
Julian Baker
The late medieval crisis, c. 1330-1450

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13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology
Jean-Pierre Brun (Collège de France)
Textile, leather and organic remains in the Roman forts along the routes to yos Hormos and to Berenike

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17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Martin Hinterberger (University of Cyprus)
Phthonos/Ennvy and the Emotional World of Homo Byzantinus

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THURSDAY ​12th March

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Ine Jacobs (University College, Oxford)
Christian protective magic in archaeological context

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17.00 Late Roman Seminar
Sutro Room, Trinity College
Rebecca Littlechilds (KCL)
Chaste cohabitiation in Late Antiquity: ascetic ideals and social practice

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FRIDAY 23rd January

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

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17.45 Ashmolean Special Lecture
Herbeden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum
Cécile Morrison (CNRS, Paris and Dumbarton Oaks)
Making and using coins in the long eight-century
RSVP to Roslyn Britton-Strong, Administrator, Heberden Coin Room

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SATURDAY 14th March

11.00 Heresy from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
TORCH Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities
Registration essential
Poster with full details

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