The Byzness 20/03/17

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The Byzness, 30th March 2017


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Warfare and Food-Supply in the Late Roman Empire, Ghent, 21 April 2017, Location: KANTL, Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde


Organised by Jeroen Wijnendaele ( ) and Wouter Vanacker  ( )


In 1998, Paul Erdkamp published his pioneering study Hunger and the Sword on the significance of logistics, landscapes and the feeding of the Roman Republic’s armies during wartime. The same period also  saw a surge in renewed interest on the Late Roman army, including such studies as Hugh Elton’s Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425 and Martijn Nicassie’s Twilight of Empire. While studies on various aspects pertaining to the Roman army in both era’s have been prolific over the past two decades, there  is still a noticeable lacuna. In Framing the Early Middle Ages, Chris Wickham already remarked that “surprisingly, not much work has been done on the  supply aspect of the Late Roman military logistics.”


The empire-wide organization of the annona militaris was arguably the single most important economic activity affecting the Mediterranean world and its European hinterlands. Successful supply to the army could make the difference in its performance during war in all its guises, from raids, to sieges and pitched battles. Yet these very same logistics  also formed a double-edged sword that could be turned against the Empire in times of adversity. Local communities, urban governments and civilian elites could be equally affected by these ramifications.


This workshop will bring together an international team of scholars focusing on both the general concept of the Late Roman military food-supply and other crucially related issues to help advance our knowledge on this long-neglected theme.


9-9:30: Welcome and Coffee  9:30-10:30. Paul Erdkamp (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): War, Food Supply, and the Economic Decline of the Roman West 10:30-11:30. Philip Rance (Freie Universität Berlin): The Farmer and the Soldier should be Friends – Justinian’s Legislation on the Provisioning of Soldiers in transit 11:30-12:30. Alexander Sarantis (Aberystwyth University): The quaestura exercitus and ‘centralised’ military provisioning in the Balkans: an archaeological and socio-economic perspective


12:30-13:30 Lunch  13:30-14:30. Jeroen Wijnendaele (Ghent University): Food as a Weapon? The African Grain-supply during Late Roman Civil War 14:30-15:30. Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Valentinian, Vandals, and Victuals: responses to crisis in the mid-fifth century west


15:30-16:00 Coffee  16:00-17:00. Doug Lee (University of Nottingham): Food Supply and Military Mutiny in Late Antiquity


Those who are interested in attended are kindly advised to contact the organizers




East of Byzantium Symposium: Cultural Heritage Across the Christian East,  Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:00 pm, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce CULTURAL HERITAGE ACROSS THE CHRISTIAN EAST, a symposium exploring the challenges of preserving the cultural heritage of the Christian East.


Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA




Alison E. Cuneo, American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives

ASOR CHI’s Role in the Cultural Heritage of the Christian East


Laurent Dissard, University College London

The Presence-Absence of Arapgir’s Armenian Heritage in Present-Day Eastern Turkey


Karel C. Innemée, University of Amsterdam

Deir al-Surian, A Monastery on Cultural Crossroads


Anton Pritula, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and The State Hermitage Museum

Chaldean Manuscript Collections. ʽAdbīshōʽ of Gazarta: Patriarch, Poet, Scribe and Commissioner


Seating is limited. Additional information and registration at /.


East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.



Conference on the Physiologus, Paris, June 15-17

We are happy to announce a conference on the Physiologus in Greek, Latin and the Oriental traditions (Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Slavonic, Syriac), to be held in Paris (Maison de la Recherche, rue Serpente 28) on June 15-17, 2017.


The conference is organized by: Anna Dorofeeva (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Stavros Lazaris (CNRS, UMR Orient & Méditerranée/ Labex RESMED), Caroline Macé (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt / Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), and Arnaud Zucker (Université Côte d’Azur).


And supported by: Labex RESMED, Université de la Sorbonne, Zoomathia, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, Freunde und Förderer der Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Ecole doctorale 1 (Mondes anciens et médiévaux), Fonds d’Intervention pour la Recherche (FIR) 2017.


A full programme can be found here and a poster here.






Reuse Reconsidered, An interdisciplinary conference on reuse, September 15-17, Brown University, Providence RI

Spolia. Appropriation. Palimpsests. Afterlives…These terms, and others, have been employed by scholars across disciplines to describe the reuse of architecture and material culture. This conference aims to advance current scholarship by exploring some of these terms and unpacking the phenomenon throughout history and across cultures. From the Mexica reuse of Olmec relics to the fascist appropriation of historic styles in building projects—to name two examples—societies have given new meanings to objects, architectonic fragments, buildings, and styles by repurposing them for new contexts.


The field of reuse studies has grown rapidly in the last three decades. In the United States, this is a more recent conversation, particularly as a result of 2006’s “The Mirror of Spolia: Premodern Practice and Postmodern Theory” colloquium at the Clark Art Institute. The colloquium, and subsequent edited volume Reuse Value, covered a wide range of fields and time periods. In the years since, other academic forums have taken a more focused approach, such as Wesleyan University’s “Monuments as Palimpsests” symposium and a College Art Association session on reuse in the Ancient World.


While acknowledging the importance of these more focused conversations, this conference aims to broaden the conversation once again. It seeks to unite scholars, from graduate students to senior faculty members, that study a variety of time periods, cultures, and types of reuse. This crossdisciplinary conference will explore the complex and multivalent motivations behind the reuse of cultural heritage. It will also seek to expand how we understand the phenomenon of cultural identity in relationship to the appropriation, memorialization, and reimagining of the past.


We imagine that papers could address questions including, but not limited to:


  • How do cultures (re)employ objects, buildings, or styles from the past as part of the definition of themselves in their present?
  • What is the role of the architect/patron in the act of reuse?
  • How does the cultural biography of the reused object or building inform its use in new contexts?
  • Why do certain things (buildings, styles, time periods) get called upon for a new use while others do not?
  • Why and how are specific buildings or cities reimagined in new contexts?
  • How is the history of museums and antiquarianism connected to the motivations behind reuse?

Abstracts (up to 300 words) and a CV should be sent to: by April 14, 2017. Applicants will be notified by mid-May. Papers should be in English and approximately 20 minutes.


Any questions should be addressed to Lia Dykstra at .



Call for participants: The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation first Summer School on Ancient Greek and Roman Numismatics, Athens, from 3 to 12 July 2017.

The courses will provide a chronological survey of ancient Greek and Roman coinage (from the invention of coinage to the Roman period), combined with special lectures on numismatic methodology, such as the study of coin hoards, metrology, iconography and online resources. Practical sessions will take place at the NHRF premises, in museums and archaeological sites.

The Summer School on Numismatics is addressed to undergraduates, postgraduate students and PhD candidates in History, Archaeology and Art History, to historians and archaeologists, but also to individuals with a special interest in numismatics.


Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website:



LECTIO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: 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 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 ( ).


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  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


Looking forward to numerous and interesting contributions,


Wim François

Jan Papy

Toon Van Hal

Pierre Van Hecke

Raf Van Rooy

Laurent Waelkens

Erika Gielen






University of Chicago Collections Research Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Oriental Institute will once again be awarding grants to work with the museum collections as part of the Oriental Institute Collections Research Grant in 2017–2018, thanks to the generous support of Jim Sopranos. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 14th, 2017. Notifications will be sent to applicants in early June, with research visits taking place between July 2017 and June 2018. Please visit the website for additional information and share this update with friends and colleagues who might be interested:


We welcome applications from a wide spectrum of researchers, from those at the graduate student level (i.e. Masters Degree or PhD candidates) to well-established professional researchers in their field of study.  Applications are welcome from researchers from all nationalities. Applicants may also include researchers affiliated with the University of Chicago, including the Oriental Institute.


We allow for the broadest possible selection of potential projects that will heighten the level of intellectual discourse and collaboration within the Oriental Institute.  Invitations may be made to share research with faculty, staff, and students through informal presentations during the research visit.


A committee comprised of Oriental Institute faculty members and museum staff will review proposals and may award either a single grant of up to $10,000, or may opt to provide smaller awards to more than one individual per year.  Decisions concerning the outcome of awards will be made and notifications sent to successful applicants in early June, with the award made active from July 1st each year. The grant must be fully utilized and completed prior to June 30th of the year following the researcher’s notification of a successful application.  The expected duration of the research visit is flexible within this period, but must be stipulated in the application. Other research funds may be used in combination with this grant to increase the duration of a research visit, but must be stipulated (if known) at the time of application. The selection process will take into consideration the quality of research questions and appropriate methodologies, the scope and types of material being studied, the sites, periods, or sub-collections of material, as well as detailing potential requirements for special equipment or scientific analysis of material.


Funding is primarily aimed to help support the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence, to supplement student salaries, and to cover relevant research costs for the researcher during the appointed period.  The grantee will not be appointed an office, desk space, or computer, although access will be provided to our Research Archives (Oriental Institute library) and Collections study areas.


Requirements: Candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a field of study. Applications are open to students enrolled in a relevant Master’s Degree or Ph.D Program (i.e. graduate student level), as well as to established professional researchers with a University affiliation, researchers within museums, and independent researchers.


Grantees must submit an interim report at the end of their research visit and a final report at the conclusion of their research. Publications resulting from this research grant must acknowledge the grant from the Oriental Institute appropriately, and grantees must provide a digital and/or hard-copy of any publications resulting from their research to the Oriental Institute. Appropriate permissions must be sought for studying unpublished material and images of documents or objects taken during the course of research through consultation with the Museum. Copies of images of Museum documents or objects taken by the grantee during the course of their research will be provided to the Museum for potential inclusion on its Integrated Database.


To apply:


Please send your applications and enquiries by email only to:  including the subject line:  “Collections Research Grant”


The application must include in one single document (Word or pdf.):


A cover letter indicating your research interests and suitability for the grant.

A two page proposal outlining the proposed research topic, collections of interest in the Oriental Institute, duration of project and suggested dates, and relevant publication plans.

A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).

A budget (1 page maximum), including other grants that may be contributing to this research.

Contact details for two referees.


Application Deadline:  5pm (US Central Daylight Time), Thursday, April 14th, 2017



Three fully-funded AHRC PhDs with the Oxford University Museums

Dear all –


Details below of three fully-funded AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentships which will support programmes of doctoral research based at the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and London (Birkbeck) in partnership with Oxford University Museums from October 2017.


These students will join the first cohort of three Oxford University Museums CDP students (Cambridge, Warwick and Durham) who started their research in October 2016. There’s some background to the Oxford University Museums AHRC CDP programme, which I lead, here


The deadlines for the studentships are 20, 24 and 31 March (see below).


I’d be very grateful if you could circulate widely among potential applicants, especially current and recent Masters students.


Thank you!


Original copies in the modern museum: value, authority, authenticity and practice in the uses of archaeological plaster casts

University of Leicester in partnership with Ashmolean Museum

Supervised by Dr Sandra Dudley, Dr Milena Melfi and Prof Bert Smith

Further details and applications (Deadline 31 March):


Where Art and Science Meet: Art and Design at Oxford University Museum of Natural History

University of Birmingham in partnership with Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Supervised by Dr Clare Jones (Birmingham) and Prof Paul Smith (OUMNH)

Further details and applications (Deadline 24 March):


The Photography of OGS Crawford

University of London, Birkbeck in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum

Supervised by Dr Lesley McFadyen and Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck) with Professor Chris Gosden and Dr Chris Morton (Pitt Rivers)

Further details and applications (Deadline 20 March):




Associate Curator, Dumbarton Oaks

Position Title: Associate Curator, Byzantine Collection

Supervisor: Museum Director

Department: Museum

Grade: 57, exempt

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours work week




The Byzantine Collection of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum is one of the finest collections in the media of portable arts. It includes objects made of precious materials, ivories, enamels, and illuminated manuscripts; large-scale works (Antioch floor mosaics and relief sculpture from the late Roman to the Middle Byzantine periods); as well as more than two hundred textiles and comprehensive holdings of coins and seals. In addition to the permanent displays, the Museum runs a successful program of special exhibitions. The Museum undertakes ongoing and future research, digitization, and online publication projects pertaining to the seals, coins, textiles, and manuscript collections.


The Museum seeks an expert in Byzantine Art / Material Culture for a curatorial position at the associate curatorial level. The successful and highly creative candidate will help activate the museum’s collection through emphasizing international and cross-cultural exchange, and must have a deep interest in interdisciplinary scholarship. The Associate Curator of the Byzantine Collection works closely with the Byzantine Collection Curator/Museum Director and the museum’s curatorial team and is expected to be an intellectual authority to enable the museum to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field. The Associate Curator promotes dialogue, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues in the museum department and across the institution to develop ambitious exhibitions, research and publications for the Byzantine Collection.


Reporting to Museum Director, the Associate Curator is a critical member of a collaborative curatorial team. The Associate Curator participates in the care, documentation, research, presentation, publication and management and helps strengthening the world-class holding of the Byzantine Collection; s/he develops recommendations regarding the interpretation and conservation of the collections; researches, develops, and assists with implementation of special exhibitions; contributes to scholarly research and dissemination of information about the collection in print and digital media.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Enhances the research and educational value of the collection and contributes to dissemination of information about the collection (e.g. presentations, publications, exhibitions, ‘real’ and ‘online’ exhibitions).
  • Presents talks to various museum constituencies. Participates in museum service and community outreach.
  • Participates in development of temporary exhibitions, including conceptual and storyline development, selection of content, writing, layout and concept and initial design development. Advices exhibit-related object conservation, photography, design, and exhibit installation.
  • Identifies and takes on critical tasks in preparation of collections catalogues online and in print. Undertakes research, writes and edits scholarly materials that appeal to the broad range of museum visitors.
  • Facilitates research by other scholars and visits to the museum by professors and students, including those from Harvard. The applicant is required to be actively engaged with the academic community.
  • Identifies object acquisition and conservation priorities. Provides input and participates in research of possible new acquisitions.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns working with the Byzantine Collection.
  • Performs related duties as required.




Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in art history, archaeology, with a focus on Byzantine Art History. Minimum of five years progressively responsible curatorial experience, including exhibit development, care and handling of collections, is required.

Additional Qualifications:

Ph.D. strongly preferred. Demonstrated record of scholarship and achievement in the field of Byzantine art; excellent analytical and organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with digital publication, imaging software, databases, spread sheets, and other data storage and retrieval systems.

Ability to work collegially in a team environment.


To Apply

This position is open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter by applying at the link below:


Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).




“Rethinking the Mediterranean”, 5 post-doctoral fellowships in Aix-en-Provence

Appel d’offre pour cinq contrats post-doctoraux incoming LabexMed 2017


More info (including ~~English version):


Le LabexMed lance un appel pour 5 contrats post-doctoraux incoming d’une durée d’un an renouvelable une fois qui débuteront le 1er octobre 2017.


Les projets de recherche présentés devront maintenant contribuer à répondre à la question « Comment repenser la Méditerranée aujourd’hui? » et s’inscrire dans l’un des axes suivants :


  1. Processus socio-économiques, politiques et juridiques.


  1. Processus culturels et dynamiques patrimoniales. Circulation des savoirs et des objets.


  1. Dynamiques territoriales et interactions hommes-milieux.


La date limite de soumission de candidature est fixée au 6 avril 2017 à 16h00 (Aix).


Pour tout renseignement, contacter Mathilde Favier :





Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Byzness 06/03/17

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The Byzness, 6th March 2017


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Putting Domestic Ritual in its Place: ‘Placed deposits’ and religion between the 4th and 10th centuries AD, Fri 17 and Sat 18 March 2017, The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU


All are welcome, and attendance is free, but we ask you please to register at . Space is limited on the Saturday.

Please contact  or  for further information.


For a poster click here and for a full programme click here.




Uses of the past: cultural memory in and of the Middle Ages (Bloomington [IN], Indiana University), March 3-4,

More details and a full timetable:



CFP: From Oriens Christianus to the Muslim Near East, FU Berlin, 4 December 2017


Papers proposals are being accepted for ‘From Oriens Christianus to the Muslim Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity,”. a workshop to take place on 4 December 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) sponsored by the Chair of Byzantine Studies (FU Berlin), Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS), and Gorgias Press.


The workshop seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Furthermore, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions.


The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE. While the scope of the workshop has been intentionally left broad, papers are particularly welcome in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
  • Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
  • The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.


We hope that the workshop will encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future inquiry. Furthermore, that the workshop will provide a platform for both established researchers in the field and early-career academics (e.g. advanced Ph.D. students and Postdocs). Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes with a further 15 minutes for discussion. The workshop proceedings will be published in an edited volume under Gorgias Press’ Islamic History and Thought series and each participant will be provided with a complimentary hardback copy of the edited volume.


To submit a paper, please provide an abstract (max. 500 words) and a professional biography (max. 250 words) by 1st May, 2017 to . Full papers should be submitted by 30th September, 2017. Limited funding will be available for accommodation and/or travel. As there are limited spaces for non-participants, kindly inform the conveners if you would like to attend the workshop and places will be allocated on an RSVP basis.




Manolis Ulbricht, Byzantine Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Adam Walker, HLCS, Radboud University / Gorgias Press




Call for Papers, “Über alle Kanäle: Aspekte von Kommunikation in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter”(Aspects of Communication in late Antiqutiy and the Middle Ages) at the German Archaeological Congress in Mainz/Germany, July 6-7, 2017.

To read the full CfP:


Contributions from various disciplines are welcome. Please submit your abstract to Roland Prien, , until March 20th, 2017.

More information on the AG SFM:


Narrating Power and Authority in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiographies from East to West: International Conference at Academia Belgica (Rome, Italy), Thursday 15th-Saturday 17th February 2018

In hagiographies, saints often confront a number of obstacles and it is their conduct in faith that marks them as saints; women and men who stand apart and are presented as exemplars to be modeled. Often, and this is especially the case of martyr acts, the obstacles are of a religiopolitical nature and the focus of the saint’s conduct is her/his defiance. However, there are

instances, especially within the medieval Sufi context, where the relationships between saints and rulers are more nuanced, depicting a symbiotic relationship, where both parties draw upon the authority of the other. There are also those cases in which authority belongs neither to the saint or the king but to ordinary people from across the socio-political and religious spectrum. In recent years, there has been interest in exploring these relationships as depicted in histories, hagiographies, and martyr acts and recent studies have shed light on the concept of sainthood, doctrine, and more generally, the history of various societies. However, the literary aspects of these narratives remain underexplored despite the wealth of information such analyses offer on the socio-cultural and political thought world of various courts and societies across the Indo-Mediterranean world.


This conference takes a diachronic and cross-cultural approach to the study of power and authority from above (courts/saints) and below (saints/ordinary people). We invite papers from

scholars who work on different types of late antique and medieval hagiographical narratives (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances) working on Persian, Arabic, Syriac, Georgian,

Coptic, Armenian, Greek, and Latin hagiographical texts. Of particular interest are papers that will explore:


how texts construct and understand the roles of saints and rulers vis-à-vis one another (positive, negative, symbiotic/exploitative)

how authority is negotiated between saints and the populace

the power of the life of the saint after death (relics, the authority of hagiographers)

the role of characterization in the portrayal of figures of power and authority (stock characters, intermediaries, secondary figures)

audience milieu and reader reception

literary history


Please send your abstracts to: Ghazzal Dabiri ( ) by 15 July 2017.


Abstracts (350 words max, in English) should include name, title of proposed paper, affiliation, and position. Notification about participation will be emailed by 30 September 2017.




Call For papers – Phasis

Call for papers for Phasis

The journal Phasis – Greek and Roman Studies is published by the Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Phasis is a peer-reviewed academic journal and publishes original contributions in all areas of Greek and Roman Studies.

The journal invites papers for the forthcoming issue. Papers may be submitted in English, French or German. They should be no less than 5 000 words in length (not incl. footnotes and bibliography) and should be preceded by an abstract of 100-250 words in English. Please use a Unicode font for Greek. Each submission will be reviewed by two anonymous external reviewers.

If you are interested in publishing in Phasis, please send your article and abstract to  by March 15, 2017, and include your name, address and affiliation in the accompanying email.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,


Tamara Cheishvili

Managing Editor




Italy Restoration  School Call for Applicants


We are now accepting applications for our summer 2017 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. Our deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.


Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation.

For more information and a programme visit their website:




CFP: The Mediterranean In Motion”  (16-18 November, Izmir)

The Izmir Mediterranean Academy branch of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is preparing a symposium under the tile “The Mediterranean In Motion” to be held between the 16th and 18th of November 2017 in Izmir.


Information regarding the conceptual framework of the symposium, its scientific and organizational committees may be found within the enclosed document filed under the name “Izmir Mediterranean Academy Mediterranean in Motion Symposium”.


Please provide the relevant information requested by the enclosed attendance form to be sent to  by the 20th of March 2017. Abstracts will be evaluated by the aforementioned scientific committee.


More information can be found here.


Deadline is March 20th.


CFP: CHAT 2017: Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency (Amsterdam, 3-5 Nov 17)

Amsterdam – The Netherlands, November 3 – 05, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017


CHAT 2017 —Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency— 3rd- 5th November 2017, will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the

agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and to create, perpetuate, and or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place.


We welcome papers discussing ethics, responsibility and professionalism   in archaeology, memory and heritage politics, transmission and engagement with art and cultural heritage, and any other themes that help us explore how heritage, art, memory and agency impact societal actualities as well as how archaeological research can be a force for

societal change.


The workshop invites abstracts (250 words max) that respond to these scientifically and politically urgent questions from junior and senior academics. Research areas include, but are not limited to:


– Images of war and conflict; photography, painting, destruction, displaced people

– Architecture and memory

– The politics of remembrance and identity

– Archaeologies of heritage dynamics; daily life, performance

– Counter-cultures; street art, music, fashion

– Heritage and digital culture

– Collections and collectors

– Heritage, tourism, and representations of place

– Photography; aesthetics, automatism, agency

– Postcolonial heritage and memory

– Contemporary art and culture; hybridity and ambivalence

– Urban archaeology and public space


We welcome proposals for papers, posters, films and installations that  respond to the conference theme and follow the above or alternative   lines of enquiry. As always, proposals from disciplines outside  archaeology are welcomed.


The call for papers will close on 31st March 2017. Abstracts should be  send to:





NEH Institute ‘Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad’- participants needed, mid-June-to-midJuly


The NEH Summer Institute for this year is in Chapel Hill from mid-June to mid-July. The topic is Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad.  Here is the link to our website:


Unlike our own summer research seminar, this is an institute with more participants and more lecturing on our part and by guest speakers. It is open to adjuncts as well as college and university teachers, and we hope for a good mix of subject areas and comparative interests.


The Institute has three objectives:

  • Each of the 25 participants will expand their academic horizons and enrich their scholarship.
  • They will develop plans to share their findings in effective, rewarding ways with their students in the classroom.
  • Together they will develop a vibrant intellectual community that will long outlast the Institute’s four weeks of collaborative inquiry.

We seek applicants from the widest possible range of relevant disciplines and institutions – faculty who are eager to explore the Roman experience of migration and empire with intent to share it in the college classroom, and (where appropriate) to integrate it with coverage of the movements of peoples in other times and places. An interest in comparative approaches and in creative teaching strategies (exploiting the digital humanities, for example) will be especially valued, as will an ability to share insight into other cultures and periods worldwide. We encourage applications from adjunct and community college faculty.

Knowledge of Latin, Greek, or other foreign languages is not required.

Applicants recommended as ready contributors to discussion will be most welcome, because this is to be a key component of the Institute.

Each participant pursues an independent project (either research-based or instruction-based) on a topic relating to the Institute; one session in each of Weeks 2, 3, and 4 is reserved for working on it.


We are, however, short of applicants. We have 15 and need about 8-10 more. NEH will extend the deadline for one week, until March 9, so we are in a tight spot. Without enough participants,and 22 are required, the institute will be cancelled.


May I ask you, please to spread the word among your friends and colleagues? Unfortunately the NEH does not permit you to apply again. The chances for acceptance for applicants are very good, assuming that they have a good reason to apply and have something to bring to the table.


Thank you very much in advance for helping out. Please let me know if you have any questions, or ask your friends to write to me.


With all best wishes,





Michael Maas

William Gaines Twyman Professor of History

Department of History, MS-42

Rice University, 6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005





Heckman Research Stipends (The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)

Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.


The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.



Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.


Applicants are asked to provide:

– a letter of application with current contact information, the title of the project, length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates, and the amount requested (up to $2,000)

– a description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to its successful completion of the project; applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed (maximum length: 1,000 words)

an updated curriculum vitae

– a confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by an advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of the applicant’s work


Please send all materials as email attachments to: , with “Heckman Stipend” in the subject line. Questions about the Stipends may be sent to the same address.






Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Oxford Listings – Week 8

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MONDAY 6 March


15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Irene Bavuso:

Gift and trade: the evidence from the Channel, c.5th–7th centuries




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

Lucy Hennings (Exeter College)

Continental Networks and Political Language in the Reign of Henry III


16:00 Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Prophesy and Prophetic Literature

Room 2, Christ Church

Professor Mark Edwards (Oxford):

The Book of Revelation in the Early Church




17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

No Seminar




17:00 Annual Medieval Studies Lecture

Taylor Institution, Main Hall

Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, London)

Living Diversity: Identities in Medieval Cities




12:00 Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium Lecture Series

Ashmolean Museum, Coin Study Centre, 2nd Floor

Julian Baker (Ashmolean Museum)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450




17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Julian Baker (Oxford)

Constantinople between the Ottomans, the Bulgarians, and the West: the

creation of the last Byzantine monetary system in 1372




17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

Library St John’s College

Final Discussion and Display of Early Books






11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

No Seminar




14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Jessica van-’t-Westeinde (Tübingen):

Individual Religious Agency: Jerome and his Jewish ‘Network’




16:30 The Aquinas Seminar: Agency in Human Beings and Other Animals

Lecture Room, Blackfriars

Prof John Finley (St Louis)

The Unity in Human Agency




FRIDAY 10 March


9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Reading: the travel account of Andreas Libadenos (s. XIV), ed.O. Lampsidis, Ανδρέου Λιβαδηνού βίος και έργα (Athens, 1975), 39-87 (available in the online TLG)

Start reading from p. 45, line 9.  




12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries







Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society











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Understanding Individuality and Depicting Individuals in Ninth Century Byzantium, 1-3 March, Horstaal (Auditorium), University of Vienna, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek studies

For further information please see:


The conference is organised by Christophe Erismann (University of Vienna) with financial support from the ERC project Reassessing Ninth Century Philosophy. A Synchronic Approach to the Logical Traditions (9 SALT), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (CoG. No. 648298).

A full programme is found here.




Second Annual Workshop and Lecture on Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge, 10th and 13th March, 2017

  1. The Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies



Dr Yury Avvakumov

University of Notre Dame, USA


Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 – 15:00

Bentley Room, Pitt Building, University of Cambridge


The Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies is presented by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Yury P. Avvakumov from the University of Notre Dame, USA, this year’s workshop will explore Medieval and Early Modern religious identities by focusing on the clashes over issues of ritual between Latins, Greeks, and Ruthenians. These clashes, along with the dogmatic controversies on the procession of the Holy Spirit, purgatory, and papal primacy, determined the history of relations between Latin-rite and Byzantine-rite Christians from the mid-eleventh to the mid-seventeenth century. During this period, certain religious and cultural patterns display remarkable continuities. By exploring such continuities, this workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the Union of Brest 1596, considered both as idea and as reality.


Dr Yury Avvakumov teaches history of Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, IN. He specializes in the history of medieval Christianity, with a focus on Latin-Byzantine relations, and in the religious history of Ukraine and Russia of the Early Modern and Modern periods. He is also broadly engaged with history of the Byzantine-rite Catholic Churches from their medieval beginnings to the present day.


The workshop will be led in English and all interested postgraduate students and scholars in medieval history and culture are welcome to attend. The event is free but online registration is required. Please register at by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.


Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be served during the workshop.


For queries and recommended workshop reading please contact Miss Olga Płócienniczak at  or Dr Olenka Z. Pevny,


For a poster and further information click here.


  1. The Second Annual Public Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies


The Uniates and the Invention of Eastern Orthodoxy:

Late Byzantine and early Ukrainian Advocates of Church Union in the Crossfire between Rome, Constantinople, and Moscow


13 March, 5:30pm

Latimer Room, Clare College


The concept of “Eastern Orthodoxy,” as a counterpart to “Roman Catholicism” and “Protestantism,” is a product of a much later development than most of us are wont to think today. Applying the contrasting binaries of “Catholic—Orthodox” and “Protestant—Orthodox” to the study of Byzantine and early Slavonic religious history is particularly problematic. Such dichotomies anachronistically project the clear-cut denominational map of present-day Christianity into the late Medieval and Early Modern era. In this context, Byzantine and Slavonic intellectuals and ecclesiastical figures who advocated union with the Roman Church in the period from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth century present a special challenge for historical exegesis. Stigmatized as “traitors” by their contemporaries and caught in the crossfire of religious disputes and quarrels of their day, the “uniates,” as an intellectually coherent group, have hardly received the attention they deserve in modern research. Historians have often proved to be clueless when confronted with a reality that does not fit into the conventional confessional paradigm.


This lecture offers a critical re-evaluation of the scholarship and suggests new approaches and research questions within this thought-provoking area of study. Engagement with the historical destiny of the uniates leads to a reconsideration of the influential “confessionalization paradigm” (Konfessionalisierungsparadigma) in Eastern European context and casts new light on the birth of “Eastern Orthodoxy” as ecclesial reality and theological idea.


For queries please contact Dr Olenka Z. Pevny,


For a poster click here.




Professor Thomas F. Matthews’ The Dawn of Christian Art in Panel Paintings and Icons book launch, 5pm the Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, Oxford

On Friday 3 March Professor Thomas F. Mathews latest book, The Dawn of Christian Art In Panel Paintings and Icons (Getty Publications) will be launched with a presentation by the author followed by a reception at which the book can be bought with a special discount. All are welcome.


The Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, Friday 3 March 5:00 – 7:30 pm.


For information contact: Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint ( )


For a poster click here.




‘The Opening of private and religious libraries to Scholarship’, Athens, March 20-21st


A two-day event on “The opening up of private and religious libraries to scholarship” will be held in Athens on 20-21 March 2017. It focuses on the subject of Greek libraries, their management, the promotion of their collaboration, and the integration of their resources. It is co-organised by CERL, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation (IAL), and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


On 20 March there will be a conference titled “Greek research and historical libraries: opportunities for connection and collaboration” and on 21 March a workshop titled “Library management workshop: security, conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and funding”. The programme is available at


All participants are welcome to attend a lecture by Dr Cristina Dondi on 21 March at 19.00, “Visualising 500 years of circulation of Greek incunabula in European and American Collections”, in Cotsen Hall (9 Anapiron Polemou, Athens).




The Hidden Gospels of Abba Garima: Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands, University of Oxford

If you missed the Garima Gospels exhibition: extended dates run to Wednesday 12 April.

Where: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm (pop in or phone 01865-288391 to check hours, due to teaching);


The gospels of Abba Garima have remained hidden for centuries in the Ethiopian highlands in the Abba Garima Monastery – which no woman may enter. According to tradition, God miraculously stopped the sun in the sky to allow saint Abba Garima to complete them in a single day. Their production has remained an enigma. Translated from Greek into Ethiopic, these gospels are the earliest testament of the lost art of the Christian culture of the Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia, which flourished around AD 350–650. Their vivid, finely painted illuminations are at once familiar but also entirely exotic. By presenting, for the first time in public, all of the illuminated pages together in full colour, this photo-exhibition aims to stimulate greater awareness and further study of these remarkable books, which are amongst the earliest and most important of the rare illustrated gospels books to have survived from Antiquity.


The exhibition accompanies the publication of The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia, by Judith McKenzie and Francis Watson, with Michael Gervers et al., which includes all of the photographs in the exhibition (if you can’t visit it).


Organised by Judith McKenzie, Miranda Williams, and Foteini Spingou, with Michael Gervers’ photographs.

Contact email: ;




North American Byzantine Studies Conference Call for Papers, University of Minnsota

Deadline for applications: March 1st.


For more information click here:



Amsterdam Summer School on Syriac Christianity: Past and Present, 22 July – 5 August

Dear all,


From 22 July to 5 August 2017, the Amsterdam Summer School offers a course on Syriac Christianity.  Topics include: Syriac Bible commentaries, the use of the Bible in the liturgy, the first Christian responses to the rise of Islam, the current situation of Syriac Christianity in the Middle East and abroad, and many more.


Experts having agreed to teach in this course include H.E. Mor Polycarpus, Professor Luk Van Rompay (Duke University), Professor Alessandro Mengozzi (University of Turin), Professor Heleen Murre-van den Berg (IVOC, Nijmegen), Dr Jan van Ginkel and others.


This course is a unique opportunity to study in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. If you are interested in this course, or if you are in a position that you have students or research fellows who may be interested in the courses, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! For more information see . See also our Facebook page


Kind regards,


Wido van Peursen


Prof. dr. W.T. (Wido) van Peursen

Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Tel. +31 (0)20 59 83427; email:

Twitter: @PeursenWTvan; Skype: peursenwtvan


Prize of the Pontifical Academies

Dear Mr/Mrs,

the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis announces the competition to award the PRIZE OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES, 2017 edition, which aims to promote and develop Christian humanism.

For the full announcement click here.






French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, Research Center in Cairo (RC PCMA) 15-month post-doctoral fellowship

Postdoctoral research position at the project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204)”, The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, Reserch Center in Cairo (RC PCMA) invite applications for a 15-months Post-Doctoral Fellowship, starting 1st October 2017.


The Fellow will stay in Cairo, and organize a two-day Seminar/Workshop on a subject related with Ancient and Medieval Northeastern Africa. The conference will take place in Cairo in late Spring 2018.


All details related to this Fellowship are specified in the Call for applications found here.

Applications have to be sent before 1st April 2017.


Do not hesitate to disseminate the call.

Many thanks, and best regards,


Laurent Bavay, directeur de l’Ifao

Nicolas Michel, directeur des études







Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Oxford Listings – Week 7

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MONDAY 27 February
17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Hannah Boston (Trinity College)

Lordship in theory and practice in the north midlands during the long twelfth century



TUESDAY 28 February


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

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Professor Gilles Dorival (Aix-Marseille):

Was there a Christianisation of the text of the Septuagint?





16:00 Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Prophesy and Prophetic Literature

Room 2, Christ Church

Nathan Betz (Oxford):

Oecumenius on the New Jerusalem in Revelation chs. 21-22





17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Discussion Session: pulling together threads from the term




17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Gilles Dorival (Aix-Marseille):

The Septuagint in the Biblical Catenae




17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

New Seminar Room, St John’s College

Torsten Hiltmann (University of Münster)

Coats of Arms in Books and Beyond: The Objectivation of Heraldry and Its Materiality






11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Cristina Murer (Berlin):

Grave Robbing and the Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity





14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

John Curran (Belfast):

Transforming the Transformation of the Transformation of the City of Rome in

the Fourth Century



FRIDAY 3 March
9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Reading: the travel account of Andreas Libadenos (s. XIV), ed.O. Lampsidis, Ανδρέου Λιβαδηνού βίος και έργα (Athens, 1975), 39-87 (available in the online TLG)




12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries




17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Benjamin Fourlas (Mainz):

Offered to Saint Constantine: Thoughts on the Historical Significance of the

Early Byzantine Silver Hoard at Karlsruhe




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society














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Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 19th International Graduate Conference: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, History Faculty, Oxford, 24-25th February 2017

We are pleased to announce the full timetable of our graduate conference: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds, History Faculty, George St., 24-25th February. Please find this here.

To register your interest in attending click here.




Global Byzantium: the 50th Spring Symposium of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, Saturday 25th March – Monday 27th March, 2017 Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

Early Bird Tickets Reduction Until 1st March

For its 50th anniversary, the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies returns to the University of Birmingham, where it began in 1967. On this anniversary of the discipline we ask what the language of globalism has to offer to Byzantine studies, and Byzantine studies to global narratives.


How global was Byzantium? Our understanding of the links which Byzantium had to far-flung parts of the world and of its connections with near neighbours, continues to develop but the significance of these connections to Byzantium and its interlocutors remains keenly debated. Comparisons from or to Byzantium may also help in thinking about globalism, modern and historical. How, for example, might Byzantine legal structures, visual culture or military practice contribute to debates about the role of the medieval state or the relationship between modern cultural and national identities? Byzantine studies has always been an international discipline, marked by the interaction of its different national, regional and linguistic traditions of scholarship, as well as its highly interdisciplinary nature. How has this manifested in the interpretation of Byzantine history and how might practices of global scholarship be pursued in the future?


Museum Exhibitions:


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Spring Symposium, the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, with the support of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Cadbury Research Library, is hosting three exhibitions based on its world-leading collections of Byzantine coins and archival material. These exhibitions have been curated by postgraduate students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, along with students from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham, who have collaborated thanks to the generous support of the AHRC Midlands Three Cities Partnership. These will be open throughout the duration of the Symposium and you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with our talented postgraduate curators.



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There will also be an associated POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP: GLOBAL BYZANTIUM IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY (Monday, 27th March, 1400-1700)


Details about all events, including the programmes and a link to the online shop for booking, may be found here


To go directly to the online shop for booking, please click here



REMINDER!!  Bryer – recollections!


Ruth Macrides ( ), Margaret Mullett ( ) and Liz James ( ) are collecting material for a commemoration of Bryer at the Symposium in March – please send us stories, pictures, memories by the end of this month (February) for inclusion!





Byzantine Studies Symposium, April 21–22: “Rethinking Empire”. Dumbarton Oaks,



What do we mean when we call Byzantium an empire? A flurry of studies in recent years by historians of other hegemonic civilizations have situated empire and imperialism as historical phenomena across different periods and geographical areas. Until now, the involvement of Byzantinists in this re-      evaluation has been relatively marginal.


This symposium frames the issue of Byzantium’s imperial identity by setting it within wider contexts in the light of new research by Byzantinists as well as the approaches and methods profitably used by historians of other premodern and modern empires. The speakers will tackle fundamental problems of definition and will question Byzantium’s culture and institutions of empire, relations between core and periphery, territoriality, and ethnic diversity.


The centenary of the First World War, which has stimulated research on the competitive dynamics of the imperial powers that went to war in 1914, makes this symposium particularly timely. There is something highly symbolic in its venue, Dumbarton Oaks, whose founders, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, were close eyewitnesses to the bitter end of the modern “Age of Empire” during Robert Bliss’s diplomatic service in the U.S. Embassy in Paris (1912–19). Thirty years after the outbreak of the First World War, as the Second World War drew to a close, the Blisses and Dumbarton Oaks hosted the conference of world powers that led to the foundation of the United Nations.



Constructing Sacred Space: A Career Celebration for Robert Ousterhout at the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,  Friday 7 April, 3-7pm – Saturday 8 April, 9am-3pm



Henry and Eunice Maguire (JHU), Warren Woodfin (CUNY), Amy Papalexandrou (Stockton College), Suna Çağaptay (Bahçeşehir Üniv.), Jordan Pickett (UMich), Anna Sitz (UPenn), Tasos Tantsis (U. Thessalonike), Michalis Kappas (Dumbarton Oaks), Ayse Henry, Benjamin Anderson (Cornell), Vasileios Marinis (Yale), Rory O’Neill (UPenn), Sofia Georgiadou, Tolga Uyar (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University)


Full program and details at :


Medieval Intersectionality Workshop, Taylorian Institute, University of Oxford, March 15th

Please find the programme here. Places are limited, write to and to secure one.



The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange” (Madrid, 19-20 May)


In collaboration with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid and Princeton’s departments of Art & Archaeology and History, the Index of Christian Art will sponsor a two-day interdisciplinary conference, “The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange,” on 19-20 May 2017.


The medieval treasury offers an extraordinary material witness to the desires, aspirations, and self-conception of its creators. Treasuries could function as sources of gifts (and obligations) for their allies, as prestigious private storehouses for ostentation before an elite audience, or as financial reserves that could be made use of in times of need. Luxury items from non-Christian cultures, such as the many Islamic objects that found their way into church treasuries, or those made from materials of great intrinsic value, such as ivory, gold, silver, or silk, became even more valuable if the piece were turned to a sacred use. We will examine these dimensions of the treasury by giving special emphasis to the rich holdings of the royal-sponsored monastery of San Isidoro de León in northern Spain. Taken as a whole, both texts and objects offer a rich body of evidence for interdisciplinary investigation and serve as a springing point for larger questions about sumptuary collections and their patrons across Europe and the Mediterranean during the central Middle Ages.


Hosted at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the conference brings together international and US scholars from multiple disciplines and professions, with specializations including Islamic law and sumptuary production, Christian chronicles, patronage and royal studies, identity and gender studies, and political history across the cultures of medieval Spain. The diversity of questions and perspectives addressed by these scholars will shed light on the nature of treasury collections, as well as on the broad efficacy of multidisciplinary study for the Middle Ages.


For further information, contact Pamela Patton:



  • Thomas Burman, Robert M. Conway Director Of The Medieval Institute, University Of Notre Dame, Title TBA
  • Ana Cabrera, Victoria & Albert Museum, and María Judith Feliciano, Independent Scholar and Director, “Medieval Textiles In Iberia and the Mediterranean”
  • “Medieval Textiles In León In The Iberian And Mediterranean Context”
  • Jerrilynn Dodds, Sarah Lawrence College, “The Treasury, Beyond Interaction”
  • Amanda Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University and Prado Museum, Madrid, “Medieval Treasure And The Modern Museum: Christian and Islamic Objects from San Isidoro De León”
  • Maribel Fierro, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, “Christian Relics In Al-Andalus”
  • Julie Harris, Spertus Institute For Jewish Learning And Leadership, “Jews, Real And Imagined, At San Isidoro And Beyond”
  • Eva Hoffman, Department Of Art And Art History, Tufts University, “Arabic Script As Text And Image On Treasury Objects Across The Medieval Mediterranean”
  • Jitske Jasperse, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Set In Stone: Questioning The Portable Altar Of The Infanta Sancha (D. 1159)”
  • Beatrice Kitzinger, Department Of Art And Archaeology, Princeton University, “The Treasury, A Material Witness To Long-Distance Contact And Pivot Point For Interdisciplinary Exchange”
  • Eduardo Manzano, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Beyond The Year 900: The ‘Iron Century’ Or An Era Of Silk?”
  • Therese Martin, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Ivory Assemblage As Visual Metaphor: The Beatitudes Casket In Context”
  • Pamela A. Patton, Index Of Christian Art, Princeton University, “Demons And Diversity In León”
  • Ana Rodríguez, Instituto De Historia, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, “Narrating The Treasury: What Medieval Iberian Chronicles Choose To Tell Us About Luxury Objects”
  • Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center, “The Idea Of North”





18th annual postgraduate colloquium in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK: Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity

We are pleased to enclose the call for papers for the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. You can find the poster for the CFP here.


Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 3rd April 2017 to . Applicants will be notified of selection within a week of this date.


Please note that a limited amount of discretionary funding may be available to assist overseas speakers to cover partial cost. This will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Please make your interest known upon submission of your abstract.



All best wishes,


Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger

Organisers of the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium.

University of Birmingham


Call for Applicants & Scholarships: International Itinerant Paleographic school 2017


PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres – Research University Paris), the Ecole Française of Rome, the CéSor (Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux) and the University Aldo Moro of Bari (Italy) fund the first edition of the IIPS-International Itinerant Paleographic School. The action (which will be supported by the Collège de France, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, the University of Rome Sapienza and the University of Cassino) will consist of a one-week training session. Trainees will be divided into two groups:


Group 1: Bari/Florence – May 14th to 20th


Group 2: Rome/Naples May 21rst to 28th


The program, open to thirty fellows (two groups of fifteen each), will focus on ancient and medieval books, inscriptions and documents and will consist of seminars, conferences and guided visits of libraries (Vallicelliana and Corsiniana of Rome, Vittorio Emanuele III of Naples, Medicea Laurenziana of Florence), research institutes (Istituto papirologico G. Vitelliof Florence, Officina dei Papiri “Marcello Gigante” of Naples, Istituto di patologia del libro of Rome), archives (archive of the Cattedrale of Bari) and archeological sites (Roman Forum, Pompeii and Herculaneum). The IIPS will be a transdisciplinary and comparative action focused on written materials produced in the Mediterranean area from Antiquity to Middle Ages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew papyri, ostraca, rolls, codices and inscriptions). It aims at offering (a) a unique and international trainingopportunity, thanks to the collaboration of fifteen researchers gathered from thirteen universities and research institutes from different countries; (b) an exclusive and direct access to original documents and research materials and (c) a chance to share experiences with experts in all the fields related to the study, restoration and valorization of written heritage.


Special emphasis will be given to archiving and cataloguing techniques used in different areas and periods and to the creation and developing of collections, the general dynamics of loss and preservation of written heritage.


Deadline: Before March 10th 2017

For more details click here.


Forty Sixth International Conference of the ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies on “Arabs before Islam”, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, 17-19th July, 2017

The conference will start on Monday 17th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.


If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:


ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.


More details click here.


Call for Papers: The Medieval Mediterranean: Cultural, Religious and Economic Exchanges (20 May: Leeds)

Paper proposals are being accepted for the Institute For Medieval Studies (IMS) Postgraduate Conference on the topic “The Medieval Mediterranean: Cultural, Religious and Economic Exchanges,” organized in cooperation with the Leeds Humanities Research Institutes (LHRI), Leeds University Union (LUU- MS), the University of Sheffield, and the University of York, and to be held at the University of Leeds on 20 May 2017.


Keynote Speakers · Dr Alex Metcalfe · Dr Maroula Perisandi


Papers from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches (historical, literary, and linguistic) to the problem of the Mediterranean as a place of exchange at all levels are welcome.


Papers from a wide field of inquiry are invited, as presented in the possible approaches below:

  • Mediterranean trade routes
  • The Mediterranean as a way East
  • Art historical trends across the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean themes and presences in Northern European literature
  • Linguistic influences across the Mediterranean
  • Studies in a Mediterranean lingua franca
  • Mediterranean approaches to gender studies in the Middle Ages
  • The crusades: a Mediterranean phenomenon
  • The Jewish diaspora across Mediterranean countries
  • Muslim kingdoms and Christian dominions along the medieval Mediterranean coast
  • Tolerance and intolerance in Mediterranean powers
  • Piracy and shipping in the Mediterranean





CEU Doctoral Conference: Enchantments, Disenchantments, Re-enchantments, June 29 – July 1, 2017

Keynote address by GUY STROUMSA (Hebrew University)

Since the emergence of the first historical states, the divine has been used to either empower and justify political authority and social stratification, or as an antithesis that could question the spheres of power. In its interplay with various groups pertinent both to state and non-state levels, religion has influenced societies throughout all periods of human history. The dialogue between the religious and political spheres found (and still finds) its way into all layers of social interaction. Emperor-gods, sacred kings, priests, and sages struggled for authority and legitimacy. Officials, subjects, and disciples operated between reason and revelation, appropriating, re-creating and exchanging the products of these two vast spheres. Established clerics, monks, and intellectuals found their positions challenged by the prophets, shamans, and witch-doctors who spun intricate embroideries across human societies. With varying degrees of success, religious counter-powers struggled for legitimacy and even authority from positions of ambiguity or marginality. This enchantment of the world, allegedly shattered by the advent of a re-invented rationality and a modern, enlightened, secular progress, nevertheless pervades the public and private spheres. It even penetrates them in new ways, re-inventing models of political, intellectual, and social life. Between secularism on one hand, and the disenchantment with secularism and a re-created model of sacral governance on the other, there lies a rich pool of experiences that is highly relevant for various fields of research today.


The Center for Religious Studies welcomes applications from all fields of humanities and social sciences including:


  • Anthropology
  • Economy
  • History
  • Law
  • Philology
  • Philosophy
  • Political sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


and many other fields and their sub-disciplines. The Center will receive applications focusing on all aspects of the interplay between religions, states, and societies in all regions and historical periods.


Abstracts, no longer than 300 words, should be sent to by March 1, 2017. Applicants will receive the final decision no later than March 16 2017.


Accepted participants will have the possibility to choose to register their participation through:


  • Basic Registration Fee: 40 EUR, which includes receptions after keynote lectures and refreshments during the conference presentations.


  • Advanced Registration Fee: 125 EUR, which includes catering, a three-day public transportation pass and a three-night accommodation in the CEU Residence Center (more information is available at


For further information, please address Nikola Pantić, Martin Pjecha, Vilius Kubekas and Esther Holbrook at .


Organized by:

Center for Religious Studies

Central European University




International Young Scholars’ Conference “Canonisation and Formation of Identities in times of change during Antiquity”, University of Muenster 26. – 27. May 2017, Organisation: Centre for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (GKM)

“Canon” and “Identity” as well as terms like “memorial culture” and “collective consciousness” are terms of a well-established paradigm in cultural studies, which had a lasting effect on scientific discourse in the study of Antiquity. Within this framework, canonisation is commonly understood as a way of establishing and preserving identity. Hence, the aim of our conference is to investigate further the variety of these processes and their role in the constitution of cultural identity in times of socio-political transformation and radical change. Through its interdisciplinary nature, the conference seeks to explore continuity and discontinuity in the patterns of canonisation of different ancient cultures. For this, not only texts like holy scriptures and law codices, but also the canonical and identity establishing character of monuments and artefacts shall be explored. Against the backdrop of their specific period of origin and socio-historical context the objects of study will be presented in lectures, analysed in joint workshops and discussed in open panels.


The following can serve as leading questions for the papers: How is a canon constituted, how are identities formed and where do both processes overlap and influence each other? Which cultural, political or social entities are the driving forces in the process of canonisation or formation of identity? Of what kind is their influence on and how does their internal development determine the fate of a canon? How do normative discourses in Antiquity generally develop? In which manner do these processes interrelate with radical socio-political changes? To what extent does a canon create cultural and social coherence? Which factors determine the choice of “canonical” works – what role is to be attributed to ‘intrinsic factors’ as quality, regularity or conformity or ‘extrinsic factors’ such as shortages of resources or struggles for interpretative predominance? How are continuities and discontinuities in dealing with the original canon to be explained and what promotes, interrupts, or ends its transmission?


Languages are German and English.

The given papers shall be published in a conference transcript.


The conference primarily seeks to bring together young scholars from Germany and Europe. Students and PhDs carrying out research on both textuality/materiality in the ancient world are invited to apply. These include the following geographical areas and their linked disciplines: Ancient Near East, Ancient Israel, Mesopotamia, Ancient Roman and Hellenistic World, Egypt, Arabic and Islamic world.


Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Accommodation and travel expenditures will partly be covered both for participants from Europe and Germany.


Please submit your application in a single PDF directed to Christoph L. Hesse (Email: ).

Your document should include the following:

(1) Brief abstract of your proposal (max. 500 words + 5 keywords)

(2) Curriculum Vitae Submission date: 15.03.2017


For any questions or further information, please contact:

Centre for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (GKM) Universitätsstrasse 13-17 (Office)

D-48143 Münster, Germany

Tel: ++49 251 83-22572

Fax: ++49 251 83-25209






CFP Religion(s) and Power(s), Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 5-6, 2017

The Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions invites proposals for its upcoming international conference “Religion(s) and Power(s)”. To encourage new directions in the critical research of interrelations of religion(s) and power(s) from a broad range of approaches, we are seeking proposals on a wide range of topics including:

  • Private and public religions;
  • Religions and politics;
  • Non-religion and power;
  • Religious inequalities and discrimination;
  • Religions, human rights and justice;
  • Powers of/within religions;
  • Religion and nationalism;
  • Mythology, divine kinship and power;
  • Religion and colonialism;
  • Religions and education.

Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.


Conference paper and session proposals must be sent by April 1, 2017. Please send your 250-300 word abstract and a 200-word personal bio to email:


Important conference dates:

April 1, 2017 – submission of conference papers and sessions proposals;

May 1, 2017 – notification of paper/session proposal acceptance;

May 15, 2017 – opening of registration for the conference;

July 15, 2017 – closing of registration for the conference;

September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.


Conference Registration Fees:

  • Members of national associations of Baltic States associations for the study of religions – 50 EUR;
  • Permanent/full-time faculty and non-affiliated participants – 80 EUR;
  • Graduate students and emeritus faculty – 50 EUR;
  • Late bird conference fee – 100 EUR.


Contact Info:


Contact Email:




The 4th Annual Meeting on Christian Origins, organised by the Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions, will be held in Bertinoro/Italy, September 28-30, 2017.  

The program unit Papyrology and Early Christianity is aimed at investigating the use of papyri, ostraca and related material to illumine the text, language, society, and thought of the writings of the followers of Jesus in the first 150 years. Regarding documentary papyrology, we invite papers dealing with the methodology of comparing texts in general as well as with particular genres (e.g., private and official letters, deeds, contracts etc.) and topics, and how and inasmuch they can be compared with New Testament and other early Christian writings or passages. Of course, also papers on recently identified or edited papyri and parchments containing texts of the New Testament and other early Christian literature as well as subliterary or documentary Christian texts are more than welcome.


Registration for this meeting will open soon.


You can already submit your paper proposal by emailing me (and cc to Mauro Pesce: ).

Also If you have any further questions, especially concerning the papyrology unit, please, feel free to send me an email, or visit .

The call for papers closes on April 30, 2016.



With all best wishes,

Peter Arzt-Grabner




Call for papers: The Hungarian Hagiography Society and the Croatian Hagiography Society HAGIOTHECA organize the 6th international Hagiotheca Conference: The Saints of Rome: Diffusion and Deception, From Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, Rome, 4-6 October 2017, Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma, Palazzo Falconieri, Via Giulia 1, Roma

The saints of Rome have always been among the most venerated and the most popular heavenly patrons in Christendom, grafting the noble air of universality and integration onto emerging Christian cultures. From the apostles and Early Christian martyrs through the Early Modern period and beyond, the textual and material  dissemination of Roman saints made a significant impact on the rise of the cult of the saints.  Saints living in Rome (from  Bridget of Sweden to Catherine of Siena and  from Francesca Ponziani to Filippo Neri) were role models all over the Christian world. Post-Tridentine Roman cults spread by the Society of Jesus and  the revival of catacomb cults  brought a new  wave in the world-wide  cult of the saints of Rome in the early modern period.


What  strategies, mechanisms and considerations informed the spread of  the cult of the saints of Rome? Who were the actors: Roman ecclesiastical hierarchy or local communities? How did these cults transform through local reception in diverse local contexts? How did  pilgrimages and Jubilees promote  the cults of Roman saints? Did „Romanness“ assure efficacious links with the centre of Christendom or possess a symbolical meaning? In what ways did the saints of Rome impact local saints‘ cults?


The conference aims at discussing the ways in which the cults of the saints of Rome were accepted and negotiated, defined and redefined over the centuries in Latin Christianity. What is the politics of the export and import of Roman saints? To what extent do Roman saints shape and define medieval and Early Modern Latin culture in the new Christianities of Europe, Asia, and America? Does the export of the saints conform to individual and regional interests or rather to the political and cultural agenda of the papacy? Inquiries on these issues in various media (texts, images, relics, devotional objects and architecture, liturgy, music) are welcome. We invite papers dealing with the genesis and expansion of Roman saints‘ cults

from the fourth to the seventeenth century focusing on, but not limited to topics such as:


–          the politics  (mechanisms and goals) of the diffusion of Roman saints‘ cults in Latin Christianity and beyond

–          impresarios of the promotion of Roman saints‘ cults

–          the means of diffusion – art, liturgy, relics

–          intra- and inter-regional influences, the transfer of models of sainthood

–          the transformation of Roman saints abroad and the dynamics of territorial differences

–          the creation of a Roman identity for foreign saints


Please send your 300-word abstract of a 20-minutes paper by 15 March 2017 to:


Notifications about acceptance will be sent out by 30 March.

The official language of the conference is English. A registration fee of 70 euros/person will be requested to cover the costs of the information package and the conference dinner. A cocktail reception will be offered by the Hungarian Academy in Rome. Conference participants will be provided with contacts for accommodation at conference prices close to our  venue, but are kindly asked to arrange the booking on their own.


The proceedings will be published in the Hagiotheca Series Colloquia by the Croatian Hagiography Society.


Organisation commitee:

Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

Ana Marinković (University of Zagreb – Croatian Hagiography Society ‘Hagiotheca‘)

Marianne Sághy (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb – Croatian Hagiography Society ‘Hagiotheca‘)




Third International Post-Graduated Conference: The Land of Fertility. South-east Mediterranean since the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest, 9-10th June, Krakow

Please find the poster here and more information here.




CFP: The Christian Orient & Byzantium (18 & 29 September & 2-4 October: St. Petersburg)


The State Hermitage museum is happy to announce Call for Papers for two conferences: Christian Orient: Cultural Interactions with other Traditions (28-29 September 2017) and Byzantium within the Context of the World Culture dedicated to the memory of Alisa V. Bank (2-4,October 2017).


The Christian Orient conference topics include the wide range of problems concerning Eastern Christian contacts with other religious groups and traditions, focusing basically on discussing written sources.


Byzantium within the context of the world culture conference emphasizes mostly studies in different aspects of Byzantine cultural heritage.

You can choose either of these conferences or participate in both of them.


The deadline for submitting proposals to the conferences is June, 1, 2017.

Please send the title of your paper to .

The conference languages are Russian and English.


On September, 30 – October, 1, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday) there will be a special cultural programme for the speakers.




College Teaching Fellow in Mediterranean History at the University of Harvard

The Department of History at Harvard Unviversity seeks applications for a College Fellow in medieval Mediterranean history. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. Teaching duties will include three undergraduate courses in medieval Mediterranean history, including a course in the history of medieval Islam, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow will be expected to evaluate senior theses in accordance with Departmental practice and may also advise a senior thesis and help organize workshops. The appointment is for one year.


Basic Qualifications:  Doctorate or terminal degree in History or related discipline required by the expected start date and must have been received no earlier than 2013.


Additional Qualifications:  Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desirable.


Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( ). Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 17, 2017.


A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position

Curriculum vitae

Research statement

Teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and prior experience

Teaching materials, including representative course syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching awards and evaluations)

Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once you have submitted your application. Three letters are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the Ph.D.: A letter from your advisor confirming that you will receive your Ph.D. by the expected start date.


Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Full information at:






Postdoctoral research position at the project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204)”, Vienna


Duration: 12 months, with a possible renewal for an additional 13 months


Begin: September 1st, 2017




Job location: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Research, Vienna, Austria:‐abteilungen/byzanzforschung/


Description of subject area: The project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081‐1204): Texts and Contexts”, directed by PD Dr. Andreas Rhoby and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (Project P 28959), aims to investigate the poetry of the times of the Komnenoi and Angeloi in conjunction with its various contextual areas of production and delivery (court, classroom, theatre, church etc.) and on the basis of heterogeneous discursive forms and genres (e.g., epic, satiric, didactic, occasional and epistolary poetry). In addition, it focuses on the examination of various aspects associated with twelfth‐century poetry (e.g. patronage, authorship, circulation and mobility of texts, education system, and performance) and will describe its prominent place in the literary production and socio‐cultural context of the Komnenian period and beyond.


Duties: The position involves independent research, i.e. the production of one substantial article on (one of) the abovementioned subjects in a peer‐reviewed journal and the completion of a first draft of the edition of a long hitherto unedited. Moreover, the position includes the participation in the academic and organizational preparation of a three‐days conference on Byzantine poetry in the ‘long’ twelfth century in June 2018. In this context, the successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the preparation of the publication of the proceedings of the conference.


Payment: according to FWF’s standard personnel costs and salaries list for postdocs (gross salaries!):‐funding/personnel‐costs/


The successful candidate will have

  1. a PhD in Byzantine Studies with specific focus on Byzantine literature (preferably poetry)
  2. excellent knowledge of Ancient and Byzantine Greek
  3. editorial skills (and experience in editing Byzantine texts) including an excellent knowledge of Greek palaeography
  4. a very good knowledge of Byzantine literary, political and cultural history, especially of the period 1081‐1204
  5. a substantial record of publications
  6. excellent knowledge of English (and preferably a working knowledge of German)


Application procedure: Applications must include a cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing the applicant’s qualifications, his/her interest in the subject (including suggestions for the research to be undertaken within the framework of the project) and the additional expertise he/she expects to bring for the further development of the project. Also required are a CV (max. 2 pages; in list form, not as a narrative) and a complete list of publications. These documents are to be sent to


In addition, two letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to .


Deadline of application: March 31st, 2017 (letters of reference must be received by this deadline as well).


Candidates will be notified about the outcome of their application by the end of April 2017.




Research Group participants invitation: Talking Religion

The Empires of Faith project (University of Oxford/ British Museum), in partnership with TORCH, invites applications for Talking Religion.


Talking Religion is a new research group, running in Trinity and Michaelmas of 2017, that will look at the importance of material culture for the study of religion. Talking Religion will combine a series of interdisciplinary workshops, hands-on experience at both the Ashmolean and the British Museum, and the opportunity to present findings in both academic and public contexts. The research group is organised to coincide with the forthcoming Empires of Faith exhibition on Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and Hindu art of the first millennium AD in the Ashmolean running from October 2017 to February 2018. Talking Religion aims to encourage collaborative work by students from across a range of departments, and to foster long-term relationships between students and the Ashmolean. This is the first time that the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean and the British Museum have been brought together to run a programme aimed at students. Talking Religion is organised and conducted by the Empires of Faith research project ( ), and has been made possible thanks to the AHRC-TORCH graduate fund ( ).


For more information about the project click here.


For more information on applying to be part of the research group click here.




PhD Position at the University of Gothenburg

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg is advertising a PhD position in either Classical Archaeology, which includes the Aegean Bronze Age, or Ancient History. Applications must be submitted online and the closing date is 28 February (midnight CET).


The position is is fully funded for four years.


Language competence in Swedish is not a requirement —all dissertations in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History are written in English and most of our PhD seminars are held in English.


Potential applicants can contact me < > for further information.




Post-Doc position at University of Florida

More details here.




Outreach Officer at the Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford


Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a.


The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Outreach Officer to deliver the Facuty’s successful and wide-ranging Outreach programme. The Outreach Officer is responsible for widening access and participation, curriculum enrichment and schools’ liaison work.


The post holder works closely with the Faculty’s Schools’ Liaison Officer (an academic post holder) and the Outreach Committee, but also undertakes tasks on their own initiative, including visits to schools and colleges. The post holder raises awareness of what the Faculty has to offer, demonstrates the rewards of studying Classics (at all levels), builds links between the Faculty and schools and colleges right across the UK, and co-operates closely with other organisations that promote Classics. The post holder plays an important part in ensuring that the Faculty sustains high numbers of applicants from both the maintained and independent sectors and recruits students from ever more diverse backgrounds. The Outreach Officer also plays a key role in raising awareness of the Faculty’s support for the growth of Classics beyond the University, and advertising the active contribution the Faculty makes as a leading promoter of Classics Outreach in the U.K.


Applicants must have an interest in promoting Classics, and a capacity to bring inventiveness and imagination to its promotion; a degree in Classics or a classical subject, and/or experience or expertise in the field of the study of the classical world; an awareness of the issues surrounding widening access to higher education, and a commitment to achieving the University’s policy aims in this area; excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills and experience in Microsoft applications. They must have a high level of personal organisation and accuracy and able to work on their own. Some travel and evening/weekend work will be required.


Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via  and enter Vacancy ID 127662.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 17 March 2017. It is expected that interviews will be held in late March 2017.


Contact Person : Philippa Crowley


Contact Phone : 01865 288391


Contact Email :


Link to JD:



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Oxford Listings – Week 6

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MONDAY 20 February


15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Nora Farber

Something Fishy: Medieval Dietary Trends at Stoke Quay, Ipswich




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

Cecilia Gaposchkin (Darthmouth College)

Nivelon of Soissons, the relics of 1204, and the Cathedral of Soissons: Liturgy and Devotion in the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade

TUESDAY 21 February


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

Oxford Centtre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Tal Ilan (Freie Universität Berlin):

A feminist commentary on Tractate Hullin in the Babylonian Talmud




16:00 Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Prophesy and Prophetic Literature

Room 2, Christ Church

Eric Hoff (Oxford):

Augustine, Sermo 347 on Is. 11:2–3, the Ascent to Wisdom




17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Jim Harris (Ashmolean)

Danatello’s Fingers: the Sense of Touch


WEDNESDAY 22 February


12:00 Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium Lecture Series

Ashmolean Museum, Coin Study Centre, 2nd Floor

Julian Baker (Ashmolean Museum)

The Commercial Revolution and the long thirteenth century




17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Theofili Kampianaki (Oxford):

The twelfth-century chronicle of John Zonaras and its audience



17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

New Seminar Room, St John’s College

Stephen Milner (University of Manchester)

Book Cultures: Forensic Science and Textual Hermeneutics





THURSDAY 23 February

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Ricardo Gonzalez (Nice, CNRS):

The Late Roman coastal surveillance fort of can Blai (Formentera, Baleares).

Imperial defence at the beginning of the 4th century AD




14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Claudia Rapp (Vienna):

Monasticism and Multilingualism




16:30 The Aquinas Seminar: Agency in Human Beings and Other Animals

Lecture Room, Blackfriars

Prof. Thomas Pink (King’s College, London)

What Kinds of Power Produce Human Actions?



FRIDAY 24 February


9:30-18:00 Oxford University Byzantine Society Graduate Conference


9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Reading: the travel account of Andreas Libadenos (s. XIV), ed.O. Lampsidis, Ανδρέου Λιβαδηνού βίος και έργα (Athens, 1975), 39-87 (available in the online TLG)

Start reading from p. 45, line 9.  




12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries







Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society














Posted in Byzness

The Byzness – 12/02/17

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Identity and Confessional Mobilisation in Medieval Baghdad: A micro history of the neighbourhoods of Bab Al-Basra and Al-Karkh (945-1258) by Nassima Neggaz, University of Oxford, The Garden Room, Stanford House, 65 High Street, 5pm, 15th February

See a poster here.




Game in Early Medieval Society and Culture, Spoleto, 20-26 April, 2017

For a full programme click here.

For scholarship opportunities for graduates click here.




Hypogea Congress, Cappadocia, March 6-10, 2017

The first International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities; HYPOGEA 2015 (I) was successfully held in Rome / Italy during March 11-15, 2015. Following this event, the second congress, HYPOGEA 2017 (II) will be held in the magnificent scenario of Cappadocia / Turkey during March 6-10, 2017.


For a full timetable and more details go to the website:


Lectures at the University of Toronto now available online


Eight lectures from the 1990s, published by the Canadian Institute for Balkan Studies (Toronto), have been made available on the web through the University of Ottawa’s depository. We are grateful to the Morisset library for hosting these important contributions to Byzantine studies, which otherwise had been available only in booklet-format (32 pages approx.), as we are also to Helen Saradi, who ran the Institute at the time. The details are as follows:

  1. Ware, ‘A Fourteenth-Century Manual of Hesychast Prayer: The Century Of St Kallistos And St Ignatios Xanthopoulos’ (1995), available at:


  1. Ševčenko, ‘Observations on the Study of Byzantine Hagiography in the Last Half-Century or Two Looks Back and One Look Forward’ (1995), available at:


  1. Maguire, ‘Image and Imagination: The Byzantine Epigram as Evidence for Viewer Response’ (1996), available at:


  1. Magdalino, ‘The Byzantine Background to the First Crusade’ (1996), available at:


  1. Myers, ‘A Tale of Bygone Years: The Kontakion for the Dedication of a Church in Medieval Rus’. A Source Study and a Reconstruction’ (1997), available at:


  1. Popović, ‘The Architectural Iconography of the Late Byzantine Monastery’ (1997), available at:


  1. Treadgold, ‘Why Write a New History of Byzantium?’ (1997), available at:


  1. Vryonis, Jr., ‘The Fate and Fortunes of the Legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodios in the Balkans during the Period of the Ottoman Empire (Fourteenth-Eighteenth Century)’ (1998), available at:


Investigating the Roman Frontier – Imperial Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey (Transylvania, Romania)

We are continuing to make great strides into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the doomed imperial for two centuries. However, the “imperial idea” on theEastern European Provincial frontier was more complex that Rome ever expected it… and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlasted the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.


Our programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Our participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), geochemical soil (phosphate) and geophysical (Ground Penetrating Radar – GPR) surveys, aerial and satellite imagery analysis. Our programs provide a complete and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment. In a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.


Our programs:


Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey – Life by the Imperial Roads


LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania



Session 1: May 21 – June 10, 2017

Session 2: June 11 – July 1, 2017

Session 3: July 2 – July 22, 2017






DESCRIPTION: The project integrates Classical excavation approaches with various exploratory field techniques, ranging from STP (shovel test pits), geochemical soil analysis (phosphate spot testing), and surface field collection coupled with topographical total station

assisted mapping. We will be looking at the transformation of the countryside in relation to the development of the Imperial road river infrastructure, and the role of our “palatial villa” in the development of a “creole” Roman landscape.




LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania




Session 1: June 11 – July 1, 2017

Session 2: July 2 – July 22, 2017

Session 3: July 23 – August 12, 2017






DESCRIPTION: The integrated results of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with EXTERIOR FRESCOES, with richly built two stories buildings, containing

exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, pristine condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices.




LOCATION: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania


DATES: 3-day intensive GPR program, integrated with our field programs






DESCRIPTION: Our program offers intensive training in Ground Penetrating Radar exploration techniques, both field and laboratory analysis, as it applies to the anthropogenic transformation of a historical landscape, in this case, the hinterland of the “palatial villa” and associated structures, roads and land use. All participants registered to two field sessions of the above can participate to the Geophysics Workshop free of cost.


Our participants will not only explore the archaeology of the region, but have the opportunity to sample the magic of Transylvania, through its amazing historical and natural landscapes.


Our programs are available for both credit students and non-credit participants.


Best regards,

Andre Gonciar


Director – ArchaeoTek






The Mediaeval Journal Essay Prize


The essay prize is awarded on an annual basis in The Mediaeval Journal (a St Andrews based publication) and is open to graduate students and postdocs within three years of their viva. It is generous (£500 for the winning essay, £100 for proxime) AND guarantees publication

of the winning essay. Other submissions may also be considered for publication as well, including the proxime.


Here is the link:

Deadline 24 March 2017 for this year’s competition.


SCS Refereed Colloquium Session: Goddess Worship, Marian Veneration and the Female Gender, UC Berkeley

To compare Marian cult and images to those of ancient goddesses is a well-established route into investigations of Christianity’s holiest female figure. Scholars of the ancient Mediterranean world have also long registered a robust connection between goddesses and social definitions of the female gender. From Briseis, “fair as Aphrodite,” to Hellenistic queens, Roman empresses and ordinary women, numerous studies have explained how female gender roles and qualities were imagined, defined, and articulated through reference to   goddesses such as Aphrodite/Venus, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, and Tyche/Fortuna.


Yet, the implications to the female gender of replacing a pantheon of goddesses with a single female holy figure have not received the attention they deserve. Overall, it seems that the new Christian sacred role model offered a more limited conceptualization of womanhood. Even

though Christian devotional practices expanded women’s freedoms in a significant way, scholars of early Christianity have demonstrated that for women the road to holiness was often articulated as “becoming male.” Childbearing — the most central of women’s social roles — was epitomized by a virgin mother, who as has been argued, by being “alone of her sex” remained a poor exemplum for women. At the same time, through the lens of other metrics, it appears that with Christianity women gained more freedoms and authority. Scholars have written on the variety of the ways in which women could freely choose to forsake marriage and family obligations and become “virgins of God.” Others have dealt with the prominent role of purple-born women in philanthropy and religious debates. Finally, an analysis of Roman legislation has revealed that in late antiquity a mother was much better

protected by the law.


This panel invites papers that investigate how ideas about the divine shaped notions about the female gender and gender roles. Preference will be given to papers that most closely adhere to the proposed topic. Ideally, the abstracts should approach this question either conceptually (what categories could we deploy to measure the social implications of religious change?) or comparatively (pre-Christian vs. Christian gender roles as expressed in literature, artworks, inscriptions, laws, and the lives of women (free, freed, or slaves). The goal is to open new routes of inquiry into gender and religion in the ancient Mediterranean, and prompt conversations between disciplines.


Abstracts should be submitted as email attachments to  by FEBRUARY 24, 2017; the subject line of the email should be “Goddess Worship, Marian Veneration, and the Female Gender”; and the text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author.



Call for Papers and Panels: Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africe: The Middle East and Africa: Assessing the region ten years on

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Tenth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page summary outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation. SUBMIT your PAPER and PANEL Proposals. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2016.


In conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference, the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES are available to ASMEA Members:


ASMEA Research Grants

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more information, HERE.


Conference Travel Grant

ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Tenth Annual Conference. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more information, HERE.



Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference: “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, University of Bari, 26-7th October, 2017


Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)


Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.


“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:


  • Authorship, pseudo-epigraphy and ancient ghost writers
  • Corpora and spuria
  • Forms of σφραγίς and autographs
  • Ancient and modern interpolations
  • Ancient and modern forgeries and ways to unveil them
  • Borders between fakery and non authenticity
  • Ancient editions and authorial philology
  • Anonymous texts, adespota, unsuspicious authors and attributions in modern scholarship
  • “Il copista come autore”: notable colophons, famous scribes and scribal interpolations
  • Ancient terminology for authenticity and authorship (ἀλλότριος, ψευδεπίγραφος, spurium…)
  • Anonymous texts perceived as authorial and authorial texts perceived as anonymous
  • Catenae and centos
  • Copyright and Open Access Classics.


The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send an e-mail to  by the 30th of April 2017.


The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:


  1. An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.
  2. A short academic biography with name and affiliation.


Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian speakers will be required to provide an English handout and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper. Proposals for coordinated panels and posters are most welcome.


Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any enquiries write to , we would be glad to help you find solutions.


PDF version can be download at:







Editor of Hesperia


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is searching for the next Editor of Hesperia, the official journal of the ASCSA. The successful candidate will work full-time, preferably out of the Princeton office, beginning on or around June 1, 2017. This is a five-year appointment with the option to renew.


Each candidate should upload a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references here:


Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Lynn Roller, .


Application: Review of applications by the Hesperia Editor Search Committee will commence on March 1st with phone interviews to be scheduled soon thereafter. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the Princeton office later that month. The position will remain open until filled.


Job Objectives: The Editor is responsible for all aspects of publication associated with maintaining Hesperia as one of the leading publication venues for scholarship in the fields of Greek archaeology, art, epigraphy, history, materials science, ethnography, and literature, from earliest prehistoric times onward.


List of Duties

  • Oversee the editing, production, and mailing of four issues of Hesperia a year.
  • Solicit and develop articles for the journal.
  • Oversee the review process, consulting the Hesperia Advisory Board when appropriate.
  • Write acceptance and rejection letters, and check that revisions are satisfactory.
  • Supervise and provide feedback to freelance editors and proofreaders.
  • Edit and proofread manuscripts.
  • Help authors in the revision stage, both for texts and artwork.
  • Work closely with the Production Manager in typesetting articles and designing covers.
  • Work with the printer and shipper to ensure a smooth production process.
  • Monitor (with the Director of Publications) costs and the status of the subscriber base.
  • Write an occasional editorial, as needed.
  • Administer the Friends of Hesperia fundraising program.
  • Attend the AIA/APA Annual Meetings in order to represent Hesperia and solicit new material.
  • Work occasionally on other projects as requested by the Director of Publications.


Job Requirements


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in archaeology, Classics, or a related field.
  • Editorial experience, which could include freelance work, in an academic publishing environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite 6 (or higher) and Adobe Acrobat Professional strongly desired.


Description of Relationships and Roles: For administrative purposes, the Editor of Hesperia reports directly to the Director of Publications. For matters relating to the strategic direction and editorial quality of the journal, the Editor works closely with the Chair of the Publications Committee.


Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. The ASCSA offers a generous benefits package. The ASCSA’s Princeton office is located in a residential neighborhood one block from the Princeton University campus and two miles from the Institute for Advanced Study. ASCSA employment includes access to the university libraries. The offices are within easy walking distance of restaurants and shopping, and are served by the New Jersey Transit rail line. It is one hour to either New York City or Philadelphia by train. The successful candidate will work side by side with an experienced Hesperia production manager as well as a team of friendly book editors.


EOE: The ASCSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.


For a PDF of the position add, see




Postdoc Position, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, Cairo, Egypt

For a full job-spec, and information on applying click here.


The deadline for Applications is April 1st.





Postdoctoral Fellowships, PhD position and Tenure Track Position in Mediterranean Studies (Haifa)


The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) seeks applications for two postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2017-18. HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean in Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies. We encourage applications from candidates working in all related fields. The eastern Mediterranean basin, and/or environmental history are themes of particular interest.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the beginning of the fellowship tenure period, and no longer than 5 years. We expect the successful candidate to be present on the Haifa campus and to take an active role in the academic life of HCMH: attend all seminars and lectures, present their research in different forums, meet informally with advanced students, etc. If interested, fellows may be offered the opportunity to teach. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $34,000. A stipendiary extension for another year is unlikely at the moment, but this policy may be reviewed at a later point. It is advisable but not obligatory to obtain the sponsorship of a faculty member in the University of Haifa, with whom the candidate wishes to collaborate. HCMH may choose to nominate some candidates for institutional funding available in the University of Haifa.


Please submit a dossier including:

  • Statement of research plans (3 pages, and 1-page bibliography)
  • Statement of support from U of Haifa faculty member (if available)
  • Abstract of previous research (1 page)
  • Writing sample (up to 8,000 words)
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Three references (emailed directly by referees)


Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at  by 15 April 2017.




The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) is offering a three-year PhD scholarship for a project relating to the pre-modern history of the Mediterranean, starting in October 2017.


HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean at the university of Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. Prospective PhD projects will engage meaningfully in a relevant Mediterranean theme, and show relevance to the current historiographical discourse. They will be supervised by a Haifa researcher from one of the following departments: History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History. Co-advisors from other departments and universities are welcome.


The scholarships will be offered to students who will be admitted to doctoral studies at the University of Haifa. Applicants should supply a personal statement, BA and MA transcripts and diplomas, a writing sample (up to 8,000 words – a chapter from the MA thesis is possible), and two letters of recommendation – one from the designated PhD supervisor, and another from a senior researcher familiar with the candidate. In addition, applicants should supply an official letter indicating that they had been accepted to the PhD program of one of the above-mentioned departments, accompanied by the approved statement of intent for the dissertation. Successful candidates will be expected to apply also for the institutional PhD scholarship of distinction. The stipend will ultimately amount to 15,000$ annually.


Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH academic committee will evaluate all applications and inform the candidates of their decision. The awarding of the scholarship is pending on academic and administrative good standing, according to the regulations of the Graduate Studies Authority.


Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at   by 1 July 2017. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to HCMH.




The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Haifa, Israel, invite applications for a tenure track position in Mediterranean history (prehistory to 1800). HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean in Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. HCMH encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration on Mediterranean themes within the University of Haifa and outside it. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies and a fully-developed Mediterraneanist approach guiding their research. We encourage applications working in all related fields. The eastern Mediterranean basin, and/or environmental history are themes of particular interest.


The position is open to any rank. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrable commitment to both teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year (undergraduate, graduate), supervise theses, and carry usual nonteaching duties. Primary teaching language: Hebrew. Salary according to scale.  Position beginning October 2017. We expect the successful candidate to take a leading role in the work of HCMH. Ideally, the candidate will be affiliated to both HCMH (in the framework of the School of History) and a relevant department.



Please submit a dossier including: CV and list of publications, short past and future research profile, sample of writing (up to 8,000 words). Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at Please have three references sent directly to this address. Preference will be given to applications received by 15 April 2017.






Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

The Oxford Listings – Week 5

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MONDAY 13 February

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

Dominique Iogna-Prat (CNRS/EHESS)

The Architecture of Society in Latin West. Christian Edification, Aristotelian Architectonic and Urbanism (500-1500)”



TUESDAY 14 February

16:00 Patristic and Late Antique Seminar: Patristic Exegesis of Prophesy and Prophetic Literature

Room 2, Christ Church

Jenny Rallens (Oxford):

Prophetic Language in Augustine’s works





17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Hannah Smithson (Pembroke)

Robert Grosseteste and the Sense of Sight


WEDNESDAY 15 February


12:00 Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium Lecture Series

Ashmolean Museum, Coin Study Centre, 2nd Floor

Julian Baker (Ashmolean Museum)

The Middle Byzantine period, ca. 800-1200



17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Paul Arthur (Lecce):

Title to be confirmed




17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

New Seminar Room, St John’s College

Stella Panayotova (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

Painting on Parchment




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

The Garden Room, Stanford House, High St

Nassima Neggaz (Oxford)

Identity and Confessional Mobilisation in Medieval Baghdad: A micro history of the neighbourhoods of Bab Al-Basra and Al-Karkh (945-1258)



THURSDAY 16 February

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Maria Lidova (Oxford):

Under the Protection of the Mother of God: The Oratory of John VII (705–707)

in the Old St Peter’s in Rome




14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Mark Humphries (Swansea):

Partes Imperii: East and West in the Fall of the Roman Empire




16:30 The Aquinas Seminar: Agency in Human Beings and Other Animals

Lecture Room, Blackfriars

Rev. Prof. Michael Sherwin (Freiburg)

Christian Virtues as Animal Virtues



20:00 Medieval Society Hillary Term Event

Goodhart Seminar Room, University College


Dr Hilary Powell (Durham University, ‘Hearing the Voice’ Project)

‘Medieval Mind Wandering and Why the Cognitive Sciences Should Care’


Dr Daniel McCann (Lincoln College, Oxford)

‘”Sole-hele”: Therapeutic Reading in the Middle Ages’        


FRIDAY 17 February
9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Reading: the travel account of Andreas Libadenos (s. XIV), ed.O. Lampsidis, Ανδρέου Λιβαδηνού βίος και έργα (Athens, 1975), 39-87 (available in the online TLG)




12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries




17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Kate Cooper (Manchester):

‘His Master’s Voice’: Martyrs as teachers and preachers in the Roman gesta






Lecture Room 1, Christ Church

Professor Alexander Lingas

Melismatic and Kalophonic Singing in the Constantinopolitan Divine Office



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society


Posted in Byzness

The Byzness

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George Presides Workshop, University of Tubignen, 31st March 2017

Please find attached file the program a seminar on George Pisida organized by Theresia Raum and Federico Montinaro next March in Tübingen.


Dr. Adam Cohen, University of Toronto: Local and Global: Medieval Art in an Age of New Nationalisms, 5:30pm Wednesday 22 February, The Courtauld Art Institute of Art, London

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Somerset House, Strand  WC2R 0RN

In light of recent world events, this talk addresses some of the disciplinary questions about methodology and classification that underlie the study and teaching of medieval art today. It focuses on the tension between working intellectually and practically in an ever-expanding global environment and attending at the same time to the particulars of specific historical contexts. The consideration of borders ranges from the geographic to the temporal and from cultural to confessional. Among the specific topics to be treated are the role and implications of Jewish art, both in the medieval world and in modern scholarship; the practice of art history in the European and Chinese academies; and the challenges of writing a new survey of medieval art.

Dr. Adam S. Cohen is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 2003. While completing his PhD at The Johns Hopkins University (1995), he worked in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His research interests include illuminated manuscripts, monastic art, and the use of visual culture as a tool in Christian-Jewish polemics. He has just completed a three-year Getty Connecting Art Histories project with the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. With Linda Safran, he is the current editor of Gesta.




Call for Papers: Memory sanctions and ‘damnatio memoriae’, c. 200AD – c. 800AD, 5-6th September, University of Cambridge

Keynote speaker: Professor Harriet Flower, Department of Classics, University of Princeton


Other confirmed speakers:

– Professor Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

– Dr Richard Flower, Department of Classics, University of Exeter

– Dr Adrastos Omissi, Department of History, University of Oxford

– Dr Gerald Schwedler, Department of Medieval Studies, Universität Zürich


This two-day conference (5th September – 6th September 2017), taking place in Trinity College, Cambridge, will explore the changing concept of memory sanctions in late antiquity and the early middle ages (c. 200 AD – 800 AD). The process of memory sanction in the Roman world has been widely studied as damnatio memoriae (literally ‘damnation of memory’), almost exclusively understood as a process of destroying and defacing images and of removing names from honorific inscriptions. By contrast, in the early middle ages the issue of memory sanctions and the destruction of images has been mainly studied through the history of Byzantine Iconoclasm, but there is no systematic study of memory sanctions in the post-Roman world, either in the east and in the west. This conference therefore aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with different regional, chronological, and cultural focusses to bridge the gap between Roman and medieval practices of memory sanction. This will be achieved by charting out instances of conscious and intentional attempts, however conceived, to suppress memory between c. 200 AD – 800 AD.


The organisers therefore invite papers dealing with any aspect of the intentional suppression of memory, whether for political, religious, or social ends, from any period within the stated chronology. We seek papers from established scholars, early-career researchers and graduate students in disciplines such as Classics, History, Archaeology, and Art History. In order to maintain the comparative and interdisciplinary focus of the conference, we would also welcome submissions of a truly comparative nature within our period of study. Likewise, we would encourage papers that make a methodological contribution to our understanding of memory and its suppression. For more details on the conference, please visit .


Topics for papers may include, but need not be limited to:

– the ideology of the condemnation of memory

– pagan and monotheistic thinking on concepts such as heaven, hell, and heresy

– how classical concepts of memory informed the understanding of commemoration and damnation of memory in later centuries

– universal questions about how and why social and political elites might seek to intentionally shape collective memory

– evidence of memory sanctions found in material evidence, such as diptychs, tombs, statues, paintings, manuscripts and inscriptions


To apply: Please send and abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief (one side) CV to  no later than Friday 17th March 2017. Papers will be 25 minutes, with 15 minutes for questions.


For a PDF of this call for papers click here.


Graduate Symposium of the Institute of Islamic Studies of McGill University, April, 2017

Attached please find a Call for Papers for the Graduate Symposium of the Institute of Islamic Studies of McGill University, to be held in April, 2017. The extended deadline is Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Thank you.


McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council



Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, October 5–8, 2017. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.


Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (    ). The deadline for submission is February 15, 2017.


Proposals should include:

—Proposed session title

—CV of session organizer

—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session

—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session

—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing


Session organizers may present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.


Applicants will be notified by February 20, 2017. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 1, 2017. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers ( ).


If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.


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



Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium An international workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice, 20-21 October, 2017

Organisers: Baukje van den Berg, Tomasz Labuk, Divna Manolova, Przemysław Marciniak, Katarzyna Warcaba


Keynote speakers: Panagiotis Agapitos, Aglae Pizzone


Call for papers

Every commentary first and foremost is an interpretation or specific reading of the text that is commented upon. In commenting on ‘their’ text, commentators construct questions of meaning and problems perceived as complicating this meaning, neither of which are inherent in the text. Commentaries, therefore, are firmly grounded in their intellectual and socio-cultural context and ‘may come to be studied as cultural or ideological texts in their own right, with didactic aims of their own, steering the “primary” text in a direction intended to answer very contemporary questions of meaning’ (R.K. Gibson, C.S. Kraus (eds.), The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory. Leiden 2002). This ‘contemporariness’ of commentaries involves both their production and their reception: on the one hand, commentators tend to read their own (didactic) programme into the ‘primary’ text and address questions of meaning relevant to their intellectual context; on the other hand, commentaries serve to preserve, comment, and adapt a text for contemporary purposes and for a contemporary target audience.


As ‘documents of their time’, commentaries thus may be said to form an excellent starting point for exploring the reception of authoritative texts in a certain period. In this workshop, we propose to do exactly this: to explore the use of ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium through commentaries. Classical scholarship flourished in twelfth-century Constantinople; scholars such as Eustathios of Thessalonike and John Tzetzes undertook ambitious projects of Homeric exegesis, while Eustratios of Nicaea produced commentaries on various of Aristotle’s works. In a broader sense, treatises like those by John Tzetzes on ancient tragedy and comedy or literary works such as Theodore Prodromos’ Katomyomachia and Bion Prasis can also be said to comment on ancient texts and, thus, reveal the manifold ways in which Byzantines dealt with their ancient heritage.


We therefore invite abstracts that explore commentaries on ancient texts in twelfth-century Byzantium in order to shed light on the ways in which the Byzantines used—preserved, commented, adapted—the ancient texts in question. We define ‘commentary’ in a broad sense, to include generically diverse texts that in one way or another comment on the ancient literary heritage. Questions that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following: What (contemporary) questions of meaning do Byzantine commentators seek to answer? What is their hermeneutic and/or didactic programme? How do commentators perceive their own role in preserving or defending the authority of the ancient text? What function do these commentaries fulfil within their intellectual and socio-cultural context? What is the relationship between commentaries on ancient texts and the transtextual use of ancient texts in Byzantine literary practice? Since we would like to put the activity of twelfth-century commentators in a wider context, we would also consider proposals dealing with commentaries on ancient texts in other periods (e.g. antiquity, Palaiologian Byzantium etc.).



Deadline for abstracts

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to  by 30 April 2017. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this email address.


Call for Papers for the 5th ISLALS Conference 2017,  University of Salamanca (Spain), October 6-7, Literature Squared: Metaliterary Reflections in Late Antiquity

The fifth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene at the University of Salamanca (Spain) on October 6–7, 2017, following the successful meetings in the USA (Brown 2013, Boston 2014, Bryn Mawr and Haverford 2016) and the UK (Oxford 2015).


Under the motto “Literature squared”, this year’s conference will cover a wide range of topics directly related to the general idea of literature speaking of, commenting on, or contrasting with, literature itself: from metaliterary prooemia and self-referential pieces/passages, to Christian and pagan exegesis (commentaries, metatexts, paratexts, allegorical re-readings, rhetorical treatises, hermeneutics, etc), via all kind of self-aware “derivative” genres (such as centos, epitomes, translations, paraphrases, etc). Intertextual dialogues will be also taken into consideration, provided that they focus on strictly (meta-)literary issues. Finally, special attention will be paid to the study of the late antique philosophical inquiries on the ideas of fictionality, language, representation and literature.


  • Communications will be 20 minutes long, with 10 additional minutes for questions and discussion.
  • English and Spanish will be the accepted languages.
  • Depending on the quality and coherence of the presentations the publication of a collected volume will be envisaged.
  • Both senior scholars and early career researchers (including PhD students) are welcome (and encouraged) to submit paper proposals.



If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper (200-300 words) via email attachment by May 15, 2017 to the organizers: Jesús Hernández Lobato ( ) and Óscar Prieto Domínguez ( ). Please include your academic affiliation.


ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. A closing banquet for conference speakers will round out this year’s gathering, commemorating the eighth centenary of the foundation of the University of Salamanca, the third oldest in continuous operation in Europe. Expenses for lodging and travel to and from the conference will be the responsibility of participants. The organizers can help participants secure lodging at nearby hotels. Additional information about the conference can be found at:



Please send queries about conference particulars to the organizers: Jesús Hernández Lobato ( ) and Óscar Prieto Domínguez ( ).

General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee: Scott McGill ( ), Joseph Pucci ( ) and David Bright ( )





The Impact of the Ancient City: PhD Studentship, University of Cambridge


Applications are invited for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant project, The Impact of the Ancient City, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. The project aims to explore the impact of the Greco-Roman city on the urbanism of the post-Roman world across the Mediterranean. The focus of the PhD project is on the cities of Italy, through a series of case studies chosen by the applicant. Part of the research will be based at the British School at Rome.


Cities were among the defining features of the ancient world, and urbanism is one of the principal legacies of antiquity. But which were the features of the ancient city that survived, how were they modified and transformed in different contexts at different periods? The aim of the project is to look at the impact of the ancient city, whether through its physical fabric or its ideals and structures, across time and across the Mediterranean, in both the Christian and Islamic worlds. The focus of the PhD project is on the cities of Italy. It offers a wide choice of case studies at every level: from international hubs from Milan to Naples and Palermo, through centres important at a regional level (from Bologna to Syracuse), to smaller local centres. In all these cases there is a wealth of local archaeology, supported by ample documentary evidence. By examining a number of case studies, to be chosen by the researcher, the project will aim not just to tell local histories, but to tease out patterns of conservation, adaptation and repurposing the legacy of antiquity. The Principal Investigator, Professor Wallace-Hadrill, will act as supervisor with the support of other colleagues in Cambridge, including Professor Martin Millett, Dr Alessandro Launaro and Dr John Patterson. Further details of the project are available at:


Candidates should have some knowledge of Italian archaeology, through a first degree including Roman archaeology/history. Candidates must either already have a strong reading knowledge of Italian or be prepared to undertake intensive Italian language training before commencing the PhD.


The successful applicant will be required to undergo the usual process for registration for the PhD degree at the end of the first year and annual reviews in the second and third year of study.


Fixed-term: the funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.


For details of the application process and the required supporting documentation see:


Completed applications from those wishing to be considered for this studentship should be uploaded by 1 March 2017.


Please quote reference GE11270 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mediterranean Archaeology, Brown University

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mediterranean Archaeology.  Exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research, are particularly encouraged to apply.


We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research and cross-disciplinary thinking.  We are interested in individuals whose work focuses on any aspect of or time period in ancient Mediterranean archaeology not covered by the Institute’s faculty, and who have significant fieldwork experience in that region.


In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time — i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must have received their Ph.D. from an institution other than Brown within the last five years.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, such as the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2017.




All candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, short descriptions (150-300 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, and contact information for three references by March 1, 2017. Applications received by March 1, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.


Please submit application materials online at  . There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.


For further information:

Professor Peter van Dommelen

Chair, Search Committee

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Brown University

Box 1837 / 60 George Street Providence, RI 02912






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