THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 29th March 2020
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University.
In recognition of the challenges faced by students, faculty, and researchers now working on-line in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University has made its online database open-access until June 1, 2020. As always, the database can be accessed here. Index staff will continue to respond to research inquiries sent via our home page here. We hope that this modest change will support researchers both old and new as they navigate teaching, learning, and scholarship during this trying time.
Online Resources at Dumbarton Oaks.
Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone, which is why many of our collections are available online. We invite you to explore our rich selection of digital material.
International Byzantinist Reading Group.
Scott Kennedy (Bilkent University) and Ugo Mondini (Università degli Studi di Milano), are putting together a reading group for scholars scattered across the world.
Reading group meetings will be conducted weekly on Sundays at 8 pm (Central European Time) in English. We kindly encourage graduate students, post-graduates, and faculty members from across the world to participate. All meetings will be conducted through Zoom, a video conferencing service. In each meeting, we will discuss the themes and ideas present in each reading as a group. Group discussion will be moderated by either Scott or Ugo.
For this first week’s theme, we will be exploring the effects of plague, war, and death on Byzantine society. Every week, we will share a poll with a few articles or chapters united by a common topic. Each week’s reading will be selected in this way and then shared via email.
Please contact Scott Kennedy (email@example.com) and Ugo Mondini (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Translated Texts for Historians E-Library.
The renowned Translated Texts for Historians E-Library makes available historical sources from A.D. 300–800 translated into English, in many cases for the first time. This indispensable collection contains 72 volumes from the series that bring together a wealth of important early medieval texts in translation, with scholarship from leading academics.
During this difficult time, Liverpool University Press wants to support and facilitate online learning the best way we can – so we are offering libraries the following:
· 60-day free trials of 50 ebook volumes in the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library :
· 50% discount on the one-off purchase of the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library until 30 June 2020, with online access in perpetuity and no online hosting fee:
If either of these offers interests you, please contact Jennie Collinson (Head of Sales & Marketing) at email@example.com.
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
‘Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)’, 4th Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, 19-20 November 2020, University of Edinburgh.
Deadline: 15 June 2020
Disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) shape historical memory and our understanding of the past. This conference focuses on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies. Memory plays a crucial role in the way events are perceived, understood and narrated by different groups and elites: locals might see the conquest of their city as a catastrophe, while the conquerors portray the same as glorious or divinely inspired. We invite papers and posters that address issues and questions including, but not limited to:
· Natural/environmental: Plagues, earthquakes, famines/droughts, floods, fires, climate change
· Socio-cultural/linguistic: Iconoclasm, artistic and urban disruption/renewal, cultural vandalism, translation movements, language death and breaks in literary tradition
· Political/military: Conquests, coups, sieges, wars, revolts, revolutions, civil wars, usurpations, succession crises and religious/ “holy” wars (Crusade/Jihad)
· Religious: Heresies, schisms, theological or dogmatic conflict, new religions, apocalyptic traditions and eschatology
· Memory “devices” and strategies: How do memories of catastrophes manifest themselves in material culture, texts, images and other different sources? Where do we see evidence of intentional forgetting?
· Comparative/Interdisciplinary: Elites versus non-elite memory of catastrophes; geographical (Mediterranean and Eurasia); temporal (500-1500CE)
· The role of the 21st century cultural historian: What is and should be modern scholars’ role in situating catastrophe?
This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-20, 2020 in Edinburgh. We welcome papers and posters from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines with an interest in Late Antique, Islamic or Byzantine studies. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Leslie Brubaker and Dr. Foteini Spingou.
Papers: Presentation is 20 minutes in length, delivered in English.
Posters: Participants will present their research at a poster session. Dimensions should not exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height) and posters must be printed and brought by the author. We strongly encourage undergraduate, masters and first-year PhD students to summit posters of their dissertations or research.
To apply, please respond with an e-mail including whether you hope to present a paper or poster, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a small academic biography of no more than 120 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting papers and posters is June 15, 2020.
Registration Fees (fee includes lunch both days):
· Students speakers: £15 before September 15, 2020; £20 after
· Non-Students speakers: £35 before September 15, 2020; £40 after
We will publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.
Any questions please address to email@example.com.
‘From Fragment to Whole: Interpreting Medieval Manuscript Fragments’, 18 September 2020, University of Bristol.
Deadline: 31 April 2020
This conference, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies is devoted to the study of manuscript fragments, and what these fragments can tell us about lost books, medieval and post-medieval book history, and textual history.
Research questions may include, but are not limited to:
· What difference does the manuscript fragment make to the textual tradition of the text it contains?
· What can manuscript fragments tell us about the lost literature of the Middle Ages and about changing tastes?
· How can we use evidence from manuscript fragments to piece together the lost book from which it derives and what means do we have at our disposal to do so?
· How should we catalogue and preserve manuscript fragments?
· What do manuscript fragments tell us about the history of manuscript fragmentation and its agents (e.g. early printers, book collectors, auctioneers, book vandals)?
We invite papers that address these questions on the basis of a particular case (or particular cases) as well as papers on broader methodological issues involved in the explication and contextualization of manuscript fragments. A volume of conference proceedings is anticipated.
To propose a paper, please send a brief abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the conference will be made available here.
‘Ethics of Art and Technology from Antiquity to our Times’, Second International Conference of Hellenic Studies, Budva.
Deadline: 1 July 2020
In modern times, the idea of human good life or well-being became inseparably linked with technology, in sense of control of the world that surrounds us. Conquering nature or compelling “the created world to serve the purpose of human life” (Francis Bacon) received its full realization in the second half of the 20th century with the rapid technological development that transformed our world, which became home to powerful structures, machines, media, and other man-made objects.
The age of technological progress has definitely made our lives easier, but did it make them happier? As a matter of fact, researchers like Richard Easterlin and Robert Lane showed that economic and technological progress do not increase people’s happiness – on the contrary, we are less and less happy. Empirical data gathered in the past few decades actually show that higher standard of living does not have positive influence on people’s subjective feeling of happiness, and seem to prove Rousseau’s argument that “people were unhappy in losing them conveniences without being happy in possessing them”.
On the other hand, scientific and technological advancement keeps posing serious practical dilemmas – should editing DNA question our very understanding of humanity itself; how is the social media technology affecting our privacy; what will be the ethical implications of growing artificial intelligence development, etc.
Similarly, the age of technology has provided all new means of artistic expression and mass communication. The ethic and the aesthetic have a long relationship, ranging between the two radical poles of aesthetic autonomism and aesthetic moralism, and answering the question whether a work of art should be considered completely independent from its moral value. Art, however, affects both individuals and societies, it can influence the formation of one’s identity and their relationships with others, and can uphold or provoke social values. Furthermore, new expression platforms, immediate digital availability of art, and constantly improved technologies for creating, altering, replicating, and sharing works of art, pose new questions related to the ethical dimensions of making, communicating, and exploiting art.
The Second International Conference of Hellenic Studies wants to explore these topics in both contemporary and historical perspectives, with particular reference to the Hellenic intellectual and cultural inheritance. Departing from the Greek words techne and agathe, the topic of the Conference emphasizes the ancient understanding of craftsmanship, which would include today’s concepts of art and technology, and relates them to the good, a chief concept of ethics. We will examine these relationships through a variety of themes that include, but are not limited to, the following:
· The Greek concept of the good life and its significance today
· Should art be ethically responsible?
· Technology and the vision of humanity
· Artists, scientists, designers, engineers and their role in the creation of the future
· Art, technology, and religion
· Artificial intelligence and emotions
· Ethically informed science
· The Good and Beautiful: The relationship between ethics and aesthetics
· Nature, life, and technology
· Autonomy, privacy, and free will
· Art, technology, and the body
· Technology vs happiness
· Globalization and the media
· Artificial Intelligence and personhood
· Smart humans vs smart machines
We welcome submissions of academic papers in all disciplines pertaining to the general theme of the Conference.
The official language of the Conference is English. There are five categories of participation:
· Keynote lectures by invited speakers (30min)
· Presentations of original papers (20min)
· Presentations of short communications (15min)
· Passive participation (without paper)
· Participation as accompanying persons
All participants (except invited speakers) are required to register through the registration form and pay their registration fees. Participants wishing to present a paper should include an abstract (max 300 words) in their registration form. All participants will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of their submission.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st July 2020. Registration fees and payment instructions can be found here.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Funded PhD in History (Islamic Spain), ‘Making a martyr in medieval Iberia (589-1080)’, Radboud University.
Deadline: 22 April 2020
The PhD student will be responsible for one of the three subprojects within the NWO project ‘Making a martyr in medieval Iberia (589-1080)’. This project studies how martyr cults were created through a variety of media in early medieval Iberia. This area was home to a widespread and very active devotion to indigenous Christian martyr saints, as well as the emergence of new martyrs in the ninth and tenth centuries. The project goes beyond hagiography to place the ritual commemoration of martyrs at its heart, looking at how the Old Hispanic liturgy (a unique tradition practiced only in Iberia) communicated the ideal of martyrdom throughout the peninsula, but always in connection with material expressions of religious piety.
You will study the cultural construction of martyrdom as an important part of religious life in Iberia with a focus on Al-Andalus, and in the context of exchange and contact between Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultural traditions. You will examine the meanings of martyrdom for medieval Andalusis across confessional boundaries, seeking to compare ideas about martyrdom and explore the possibilities of influence and interaction between them. Study of the relevant Arabic texts will be supplemented by investigation of the material remains, including sites of worship. This project will therefore make a new contribution to the debate over convivencia, through the lens of entanglement of religious communities and traditions, and through emphasis on religious life and practice.
Your findings should be presented in a successful PhD thesis and at least one article in an international scientific journal, as well as conference papers. Additionally, you are expected to contribute to the digital mapping of saints, taking into account the material culture. You will also contribute to the organisation of scientific meetings related to the project and the wider communication of the project’s results.
· A (Research) Master’s degree in Arabic Languages and Cultures, History or a relevant field.
· Command of (classical) Arabic and demonstrable expertise in historical research, preferably on the medieval period.
· Demonstrable strong affinity with scientific research.
· Strong command of spoken and written English.
· Preferably a reading knowledge of Spanish.
· A strong willingness to work collaboratively in an international research team.
· Willingness to travel regularly for research and to attend conferences.
You can find more information about the position and apply here.
Funded PhD Studentship in Art History, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin
Deadline: 27 April 2020
The School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin is pleased to announce a generously funded Ad Astra PhD studentship in Art History, supervised by Dr Sean Leatherbury. The award is open to both EU and non-EU candidates, and includes a full tuition fee waiver, a stipend of €18,000 per annum, and €4,000 per annum for research. The award is for a maximum of four years of full-time PhD study.
Dr Leatherbury is interested in receiving proposals within the broad areas of Roman, Late Antique, or Byzantine art. He is especially interested in PhD projects that engage with one or more of the following themes and topic areas:
· The transformation of material and visual culture in the Mediterranean world from the Roman period to late antiquity (c. 300-800 CE)
· Cross-cultural and/or inter-faith engagements in material and visual culture (pagan/polytheist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim)
· Material-visual properties of texts, especially inscriptions
· Floor and wall mosaics
· The so-called ‘minor arts’ in late antiquity (e.g. glass, silver, textiles, jewelry)
· Roman and Late Antique theories of the image
Projects focused on the art and architecture of the eastern Mediterranean (modern Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and neighbouring countries) are particularly encouraged, as are projects that engage with museum collections and cultural heritage issues, though any Roman, Late Antique, or Byzantine topic is welcome. The successful candidate will have a strong academic background in art history and/or classics, archaeology, or Late Antique and Byzantine studies.
Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your proposal prior to application, please contact Dr Sean Leatherbury at email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee at School level, and applicants may be requested to conduct a Skype interview as part of the application process. Applicants will be informed of a decision in May, at which point the successful applicant may formally apply for admission to UCD. Students will be expected to be available to commence study in September 2020 or January 2021.
Please submit the following to Dr Sean Leatherbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the closing date:
· Cover letter
· Writing sample
· Two letters of reference
· Proposal (1000-1500 words plus indicative bibliography)
Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
· The candidate’s academic track record
· The quality of the candidate’s application for entry to the University, including
· The rigour and viability of the research proposal and the rationale for study
· Letters of recommendation
· Priority research areas detailed above
MA and PhD Scholarships in Byzantine Studies, Boğaziçi University.
Deadline: 15 May 2020
Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Andrew W. Mellon M.A./Ph.D. scholarships and short-term travel grants offered by the Bogazici University Byzantine Studies Research Center.
For more information, see here
Postdoctoral Fellowship, ‘Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives’, Aarhus University.
The research project Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives, funded by the ALIPH Foundation and affiliated with the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) postdoctoral fellow for the period 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
The successful applicant is expected to take on a key role in researching and publishing Harald Ingholt’s digital archive, which consists of documentation images and notes on objects. The successful applicant will work within an already established and expanding team comprising a project director, postdoc researchers, research assistants and student helpers. We expect the successful applicant to integrate actively into this existing framework. Tasks include:
· Taking a lead role in digitising the archive
· Publishing research emerging from the project
· Assisting the project director in supervising research assistants and student helpers
· Facilitating processes in connection with funding applications
· Reporting to funding agencies
Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:
· A PhD in classical archaeology or a related discipline (this is a minimum requirement)
· Language skills: English (spoken and written), German (reading), French (reading), Italian (reading), Latin, Ancient Greek, Semitic languages (at least ancient Aramaic), and skills within the field of ancient historical sources.
· Historiographical competences and the ability to work critically with ancient historical sources
· The ability to manage joint and collaborate research
· A methodological and structured approach to work
· Good organisational skills and excellent attention to detail
· Flexibility and the ability to prioritise
· Good time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
· Good interpersonal and collaborative skills
· The application must be uploaded in English.
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja (email@example.com).
To apply, see here.
Departmental Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Art History, University of Oxford.
Deadline: 17 April 2020
We are seeking a highly motivated and inspirational person to join our thriving academic community of art historians and to bring exciting perspectives to the teaching and study of the History of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Oxford.
Although this is primarily a teaching and administrative role, the successful candidate will also engage in advanced study and independent research and play an active role in the History of Art Department and the interdisciplinary community of St Catherine’s College.
The successful applicant will have research and teaching interests in the history of Medieval and Renaissance art, broadly defined, as well as in art historical theory and methodologies. They will have an aptitude for teaching and the ability to inspire and enthuse students at all levels alongside a commitment to promoting the subject of art history within and beyond academia.
On the administrative side they will co-operate in the administrative work of the Department of Art History and Faculty of History, taking on such roles as are required, and will participate in the undergraduate and postgraduate admissions exercises.
This is a joint appointment in association with St Catherine’s College. The person appointed will be expected to take responsibility for the general administration of History of Art teaching at St Catherine’s, including arrangements for admission to the subject and pastoral duties.
The successful applicant will have a completed doctorate in a relevant field, or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion. This is a full-time, fixed-term post for a period of 3 years.
Applications for this post must be made online. To apply, and for more details, please see here.
Funded PhD Positions, l’École française de Rome.
Deadline: 30 April 2020
Dans le cadre du soutien apporté aux actions de coopération internationale, le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) flèche chaque année cinq contrats doctoraux en partenariat avec une école doctorale (ED) et l’une des cinq Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE):
· École française d’Athènes
· École française de Rome
· Institut français d’Archéologie orientale
· École française d’Extrême-Orient
· Casa de Velázquez (École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques)
L’École française de Rome a vocation à accueillir des doctorants préparant une thèse dans les champs disciplinaires qui relèvent de sa sphère de compétence telle qu’elle est définie dans le décret du 10 février 2011 relatif aux écoles françaises à l’étranger. Elle « développe à Rome et en Italie, au Maghreb et dans les pays du Sud-Est européen proches de la mer Adriatique des recherches dans le domaine de l’archéologie, de l’histoire et des autres sciences humaines et sociales, de la Préhistoire à nos jours ». En outre, sa situation particulière dans une capitale de rayonnement mondial depuis plus de 2000 ans, à travers l’empire romain puis la papauté, la rend également apte à accueillir de jeunes chercheurs travaillant sur d’autres sphères du globe (de l’Asie aux Amériques, en passant par l’Afrique) dont une partie des terrains et des sources sont situés en Italie. Les recherches qu’elle mène en archéologie la prédisposent enfin à l’accueil de doctorants travaillant dans des disciplines dialoguant avec l’archéologie (sciences de la terre, physique…).
L’École française de Rome est donc prête à recevoir à compter de septembre 2020, en convention avec une ED française, un doctorant travaillant en archéologie, histoire ou sciences sociales dont le projet s’inscrirait dans ce cadre. L’EFR a aussi vocation à favoriser les recherches en sciences sociales et examinera donc avec un égal intérêt les dossiers qui relèveraient des disciplines comprises dans ce champ. Dans tous les cas, il faut que le dossier manifeste la nécessité d’une présence du doctorant à Rome, en Italie ou dans les pays du Maghreb et de la façade adriatique des Balkans pour mener à bien tout ou partie de ses recherches.
Sont éligibles les étudiants inscrits en M2 ou titulaires d’un M2 ou équivalent, qui ne sont pas encore inscrits en thèse.
Les dossiers de candidatures comprendront les deux pièces jointes suivantes à attacher directement au formulaire en ligne (format pdf) :
· Champ « lettre de motivation » (un seul pdf)
– un projet de thèse de cinq pages au maximum
– une lettre de présentation du ou des directeur(s) de thèse pressenti(s) ;
– l’avis du directeur de l’école doctorale (ED).
· Champ « CV » (un seul pdf): le CV du candidat pressenti pour entreprendre cette recherche.
La réception des dossiers de candidature pour l’EFR est ouverte via le formulaire en ligne – accessible à l’adresse suivante.