CALL FOR PAPERS: OUBS Graduate Conference 2018

Call for papers: The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 20th International Graduate Conference (23-24 February 2018, University of Oxford)

Space and Dimension in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Whether we are examining the political and military control of vast territories, the creation and maintenance of authority, the ritual surrounding religious practice, or the establishment of social relationships and hierarchies, all  reflected through a rich artistic and literary culture, it is clear: space mattered in the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

However, the inclusion of space in scholarship pertaining to Late Antiquity and Byzantium is still too often the exception rather than the rule, especially in works that do not primarily concern archaeology or art history. Accordingly, this conference will offer a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the role of space and dimension in scholarly debate, and how its inclusion will change – or not – our understanding of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

Postgraduate students are invited to engage with various interpretations of ‘space’ and ‘dimension’, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine history: including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, and philology. Abstracts from scholars working on the so-called ‘peripheries’ of the Late Antique and Byzantine world are strongly encouraged, particularly those whose research intersects with African and Asian history, as are those from scholars working in Islamic and Jewish Studies.

Topics may include:

  • Space, dimension and other forms of perspective in artistic, manuscript, and literary sources.
  • Closeness and distance and their effects on the circulation of textual and intellectual culture.
  • The form and use of space in public and private buildings; perceptions of and attitudes towards open and closed spaces.
  • The use of space in ritual, whether religious or secular; space and authority.
  • The impact of space and dimension on political and military considerations.
  • The control of movement and access; segregation; real and imagined barriers; binaries and their transgression.
  • The role of space in interpersonal relationships; gendered space.
  • Attitudes to distance and travel; perceptions of the landscape.
  • Space in monastic and ascetic life.
  • Attitudes towards the body and embodied experience.
  • Perception of the invisible; alternate worlds and dimensions; the afterlife.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Saturday 18 November 2017. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English or French. Please note that abstracts will only be considered if they are by current postgraduate students.

As with our previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies research centres. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to engage with the conference theme as closely as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

 

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Oxford Listings – Week 3

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 3

Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 23rd October

17:00   

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Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Oren Margolis (Oxford), Graham Barrett (Lincoln)

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Pontifex Maximus: From Numa Pompilius to James I

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TUESDAY 24th October

17:00 

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Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Alasdair Watson (Oxford)

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The Education of a Princeps (and a Parvus): Avicenna’s (d. 1037) account of his formative years compared to that of John of Salisbury (d. 1180)

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WEDNESDAY 25th October

17:00   

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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Christos Stavrakos (Ioannina)

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New Byzantine sigillographic evidence from the Akropolis of Athens

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17:00 

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Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Susan Walker (Oxford)

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Man with a mission: Charles Wilshere, a Victorian collector of early Christian and Jewish antiquities

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THURSDAY 26th October

11:00 

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Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Rowena Loverance

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A Sculptor and His Workshop in 11th-Century Greece

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14:00 

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Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Georgi Parpulov (Oxford/British Museum)

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Late medieval pottery from Ephesus

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17:00 

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Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Hugh Elton (Trent University, Ontario)

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Vitalian and his revolt against the emperor Anastasius

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17:00 

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Georgian Studies Seminar Series
The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Ekateriane Gedevanishvili (Chubinashvili Centre, Tblisi)

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The Image of ‘Animated’ Mountains in Medieval Georgian Paintings

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FRIDAY

​ 27th October​

10:00 

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Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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12:00 

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Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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17:00 

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The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium
Sutro Room, Trinity College

Lorenzo Livorsi (Reading)

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Power, Praise and Prayer in Venantius Fortunatus’ Life of Saint Martin

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Byzness 22/10/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 22 October 2017
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

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CONFERENCE: ‘Byzantion and Byzantium: The provincialism of the center and the centrality of the provinces’, 24-26 October 2017, Centre for Medieval Studies, National Research University, Moscow

24 October, Tuesday

Chair – Sergey Ivanov
09.30–09.45 Opening
09.45-10.45 Paul Magdalino (University of St. Andrews) “Cappadocia and Constantinople in the 6 th Century”
10.45–11.00 Coffee break
11.00–12.00 Arkadiy Avdokhin (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “Far-Off Songs, Close Ties: Early Byzantine Hymns and the Making of Urban Liturgical Identity between the Capital and Provinces”
12.00–13.00 Albrecht Berger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) “Recycling Constantinople”

13.00–14.00 Lunch

Chair – Paul Magdalino
14.00–15.00 Philipp Niewöhner (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen) “The Significance of the Cross before and during Iconoclasm”
15.00–16.00 Andrey Vinogradov (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “Architectural Relationships between Constantinople and Asia Minor in the Middle-Byzantine Period”
16.00–16.15 Coffee break
16.15–17.15 Michalis Kappas (Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia, Kalamata) “The Architectural Idiom of Thessaloniki during the Middle and Late Byzantine Periods: Similarities and Differences from Constantinople”
17.15–18.15 Denis Jolshin (State Hermitage, St. Petersburg) “First Masonry Churches of the Old Rus: Questioning the Origin of Byzantine Builders”

25 October, Wednesday 20

Chair – Albrecht Berger
09.30–10.30 Anna Zakharova (Lomonosov Moscow State University) “The Art of the 10th Century: Constantinople and Cappadocia”
10.30–11.30 Haluk Çetinkaya (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul) “Reconsidering the Architecture of Pantokrator Monastery at Istanbul in the Lights of Recent Restorations”
11.30–11.45 Coffee break
11.45–12.45 Mikhail Zheltov (Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-graduate Studies, Moscow) “Constantinople and the Byzantine State in the Orthodox Liturgy”

12.45–13.45 Lunch

Chair – Andrey Vinogradov
13.45–14.45 Tolga Uyar (Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Nevşehir) “On the Question of ‘Byzantium’ in 13th Century Seljuk Anatolia”
14.45–15.45 Dmitriy Chernoglazov (Saint-Petersburg State University) “Connecting Byzantium and Byzantion: Formation and Use of Model Letter Collections during the Paleologan Period”
15.45–16.00 Coffee break
16.00–17.00 Beatrice Daskas (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice) “’Venetia Hebbe Principio per la Destrution della Grande Trogia’: (Once More) on the Myth of Venice as Alterum Byzantium”
17.00–18.00 Sergey Ivanov (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “No Constantinople: The Image of Byzantium in the Oldest Russian-Greek Phrasebook”
18.00–18.30 Final discussion

26 October, Thursday

07.30 Departure from the hotel
10.00–18.00 Field workshop “Metropolitan City in a Province: The Case of Vladimir & Suzdal”

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CONFERENCE: ‘Byzantium in Space and Time. Constantinople, Syria.’ 10-11 November 2017, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome

Friday, 10 November 2017 – Morning

David Nazar, Rettore PIO
Saluto

Enzo Ruggieri, Pontificio Istituto Orientale – Antonio Rigo, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari
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troduzione

Marco Di Branco, Istituto Storico Germanico — Roma
La Polis nella Madīna: Damasco greco-romana nelle fonti arabe

Paolo Odorico, EHESS – Paris
Da Costantinopoli allo Yemen: una missione siriana?

Francesco Monticini, Università degli Studi Roma Tre / EHESS – Paris
Fra Bisanzio e l’Islam: lo studio degli astri lungo la Via del Deserto

Friday, 10 November 2017 – Afternoon

Peter Schreiner, Universität Köln
Ricchi e poveri a Costantinopoli

Laura Borghetti, Universität Mainz
Il vento nella Costantinopoli dei Macedoni: Fisica, topografia e ruolo letterario di un fenomeno naturale

Giandomenico Ferrazza, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Il viaggio di un papa “greco” a Costantinopoli (710-711): l’ultima speranza per una Roma bizantina?

Sergio Basso, Università degli Studi Roma Tre


Viaggiatori cinesi a Costantinopoli: il nome di Bisanzio

Saturday, 11 November 2017 – Morning

Giuseppe De Gregorio, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Contra Iudaeos: manoscritti a Costantinopoli dalla corte di Andronico II Paleologo al Patriarcato ecumenico nel XVI secolo

Marc Lauxtermann, Oxford University
Three Verse Inscriptions in the Petra Monastery

Giulia Maria Paoletti, Oxford University
Costantinopoli, Prodromos Petra e una raccolta oracolare del XV secolo

Yuri R. Saveliev, Accademia Russa delle Belle Arti
Image of S. Sofia of Constantinople in the Neo-byzantine architecture of Russia, Europe and USA

Saturday, 11 November 2017 – Afternoon

Philippe Luisier, Pontificio Istituto Orientale
Alessandria e Costantinopoli. Il patriarcato di Efeso nella tradizione della chiesa copta

Massimo Bernabò, Università degli Studi di Pavia
I cicli miniati in Tur ‘Abdin

Nicolò Sassi, Indiana University
Congregavit nos in unum: il Corpus Areopagiticum e il Libro di Ieroteo di Stefano bar Sudaili

Pia Carolla, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
La Siria e Costantinopoli nei cosiddetti Excerpta Constantiniana de legationibus Romanorum

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CONFERENCE: ‘Charitable Foundations in Byzantium;,  22 November 2017, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice

Registration: scuolagrandesanmarco@aulss3.veneto.it 

10.00   

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Saluto inaugurale
Giuseppe Dal Ben, direttore generale Azienda Ulss3 Serenissima
Mario Po’ direttore del Polo Culturale e Museale della Scuola Grande di San
Marco

10:30   Presiede: Paul Magdalino, St. Andrews
Giorgio Ravegnani, Ca’ Foscari: Venezia e Bisanzio
Claudia Rapp, Vienna: Charitable Foundations in the Early Byzantine Period
Alexey Pentkovski, Sergiev Posad: Il tipikon di Alessio Studita la Pečerskaja Lavra Kiev

12:00   Presiede: Giorgio Ravegnani, Ca’ Foscari
Paul Magdalino, St. Andrews: The endowment of the Pantokratoros
Frederick Lauritzen, Venezia: Fondazioni Bizantine e Scuola Grande di San Marco (XI – XIII)
Discussione

13.30   Light lunch

14:30   Presiede: Silvia Ronchey, Roma
Francesco Monticini, Roma: San Salvatore in Chora e il suo universo intellettuale: rinascenza o nostalgia?
Christian Förstel, Parigi: Xenon del Kralj: centro intellettuale, medico e artistico

Presiede: Bernard J.H. Aikema, Verona.
Ermanno Orlando, Siena: Fondazione, struttura e beneficenza della Scuola

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Gabriele Matino, Venezia : Osservare la Regola. Usi e funzioni delle miniature trecentesche della Mariegola della Scuola Grande di San Marco
Discussione e conclusioni

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CONFERENCE: ‘Confessional fluidity and the Byzantine inheritance in early modern Ruthenian society’, 24 November 2017, La Maison française d’Oxford


Registration: CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org

In the late 16th and 17th centuries, the Ruthenian lands—the former southern and western medieval Orthodox Rus principalities with the ecclesiastic centre of Kyiv—formed part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Though multi-confessional and multi-ethnic, by the early seventeenth century, the retreat of Protestantism and Orthodoxy among the noble citizens who formed the Commonwealth’s ruling elite, ensured that Roman Catholicism dominated its high politics and its institutions.

The religious upheaval of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation spanned the Commonwealth and its Ruthenian lands, and the influx of values, concepts, mentalities and innovations associated with early modernity reformed Ruthenian Orthodox culture. After 1596, the formation of the Uniate Church, and the consequent outlawing of the Orthodox Church until 1632, posed fundamental questions concerning Ruthenian religious identity and a period of considerable confessional fluidity ensued.

In Ruthenian lands, Orthodox, Uniates, Catholics and Protestants competed for souls in a process that simultaneously strengthened confessional identities and stimulated the development of syncretic elements among them. Cultural hybridity became manifest in families, communities, and Ruthenian society as a whole. The focus on Ruthenian religious identity raised issues about the position of the Ruthenians within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and propositions were put forth to transform the commonwealth of two nations into a Commonwealth of Three Nations.

This conference is devoted to the political, religious and cultural re-visioning that fundamentally reordered the early modern Ruthenian world to accommodate the multiple cultural and historic forces that coalesced in the formation of personal, local, transcultural and ecumenical identities of Ruthenians.  It explores how the Orthodox landscape formed by traditions derived from the past of Kyivan Rus was remapped to accommodate new political and ecclesiastical realities, and how the past was moulded and restaged in the

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invention of new traditions and identities.

Program:
9.00-11.00 Session I: Literature, print culture and confessions, part 1

Natalia Sinkevych (Kyiv), The 17th-century historical and hagiographical
narrative, between Rome, Constantinople, Moscow and Warsaw

Florent Mouchard (Rennes), Jakub Jan Susza’s hagiographic narrative:
Confessional fluidity as a rhetorical strategy

Simon Franklin (Cambridge),Discussant

11.30-1.00 Session I: Literature, print culture and confessions, part 2

Laurent Tatarenko (Paris/Lublin), Linguistic pluralism and confession
building in the Ruthenian clergies of the 17th century

Vera Tchentsova (Oxford), Shifting confessions: Orthodox co-religionists
from abroad in Moscow in the first half of the 17th century

Ralph Cleminson (Oxford), Discussant

2.30-5.00 Session II: Art and ritual

Maria Takala-Roszczenko (Joensuu), Ruthenian hymnography and ritual and
the construction of confessional identities

Nazar Kozak (Lviv), ‘Dumb as Fishes’: The Akathistos hymn and visual
polemics in the 16th-century Kyivan metropolitanate

Olenka Pevny (Cambridge), ‘Kiouia nostra coelom est’: Petro Mohyla’s
re-visioning of Rus monuments in Kyiv

To be announced, Discussant
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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Graduate and Early Career Workshop: ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ , 20-22 April 2018, Vienna

Deadline: 31 October 2017

We invite advanced PhD candidates and early career scholars working in the fields of Late Antique, Armenian, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20 min. papers for a three-day workshop on ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ that will take place in Vienna (20–22 April 2018).

Proposals should focus on aspects of social and cultural mobility of persons, objects, and/or ideas between Armenia and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. We are particularly interested in new research showing interaction and communication on both literary and material grounds between the Byzantine world and the Armenians.

Travel and accommodation expenses of scholars selected for presentation at the workshop will be covered by a generous grant of the ‘Moving Byzantium’ project.

Further information can be found at the link below: http://rapp.univie.ac.at/

Paper proposals should be sent by the 31st of October 2017 to Dr. Emilio Bonfiglio: emilio.bonfiglio@univie.ac.at. Applications will include: a) university affiliation; b) graduatelevel; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.

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The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 20th International Graduate Conference: ‘Space and Dimension in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’, 23– 24 February 2018, University of Oxford

Deadline: 18 November 2017

Whether we are examining the political and military control of vast territories, the creation and maintenance of authority, the ritual surrounding religious practice, or the establishment of social relationships and hierarchies, all reflected through a rich artistic and literary culture, it is clear: space mattered in the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

However, the inclusion of space in scholarship pertaining to Late Antiquity and Byzantium is still too often the exception rather than the rule, especially in works that do not primarily concern archaeology or art history. Accordingly, this conference will offer a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the role of space and dimension in scholarly debate, and how its inclusion will change – or not – our understanding of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.

Postgraduate students are invited to engage with various interpretations of ‘space’ and ‘dimension’, in all fields of Late Antique and Byzantine history: including history, archaeology, history of art, theology, literature, and philology. Abstracts from scholars working on the so-called ‘peripheries’ of the Late Antique and Byzantine world are strongly encouraged, particularly those whose research intersects with African and Asian history, as are those from scholars working in Islamic and Jewish Studies.

Topics may include:

Space, dimension and other forms of perspective in artistic, manuscript, and literary sources.
Closeness and distance and their effects on the circulation of textual and intellectual culture.
The form and use of space in public and private buildings; perceptions of and attitudes towards open and closed spaces.
The use of space in ritual, whether religious or secular; space and authority.
The impact of space and dimension on political and military considerations.
The control of movement and access; segregation; real and imagined barriers; binaries and their transgression.
The role of space in interpersonal relationships; gendered space.
Attitudes to distance and travel; perceptions of the landscape.
Space in monastic and ascetic life.
Attitudes towards the body and embodied experience.
Perception of the invisible; alternate worlds and dimensions; the afterlife.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at byzantine.society@gmail.com by Saturday 18 November 2017. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English or French. Please note that abstracts will only be considered if they are by current postgraduate students.

As with our previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers chosen and reviewed by specialist readers from the University of Oxford’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies research centres. Any speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to engage with the conference theme as closely as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Lecturer in Byzantine History, Kings College London

Deadline: 6 November 2017

The Departments of Classics and History are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Byzantine History to cover for staff on research leave. The successful candidate will teach over a range of topics (as indicated in the Job Pack) in collaboration with colleagues, assist with the pastoral support of students, and contribute to the research life of the two Departments. They will be helped through mentoring and training to develop their career.

Candidates should specialise in any aspect of Byzantine history and culture. They will have a record of inspiring teaching and a commitment to academic development of the subject and its promotion through public engagement.

The selection process will include a brief presentation and a panel interview, and will be held in the week beginning Monday 20 November 2017.

For informal queries about the role please contact Professor Abigail Woods (abigail.woods@kcl.ac.uk), Head of the Department of History, or Professor Dominic Rathbone (dominic.rathbone@kcl.ac.uk), Head of the Department of Classics.

This post will be a Fixed Term Contract for 18 months, starting 1 January 2018.

Application information here

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2 Postdoctoral Positions, University of Bologna

Deadline: 10 November 2017

I am very pleased to draw your attention to two post-doc positions (2 years each) at the University of Bologna (Department of Philosophy and Communication studies) within the ERC project (01.12.2017 – 30.11.2022): “Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD)”, Acronym: AlchemEast.

The two appointed candidates will work respectively on the following sub-projects:

(1) Alchemy in the Arabo-Islamic World: Texts, Practises and Traditions. This sub-project aims at exploring the early phases of the Arabo-Islamic alchemy (8th-10th century). The appointed candidate will select and focus on a small corpus of Arabic alchemical texts either attributed to Greek authorities or depending on the Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine tradition.

(2) Alchemy in the Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine World: Texts, Practises and Traditions. This sub-project aims at exploring the development of Graeco-Egyptian and Byzantine alchemy. The appointed candidate will select and focus on a small corpus of Greek or Byzantine alchemical writings.

For further information about the two subprojects and how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.aricweb.unibo.it/BandiPubblicati/zz_bandi_din.aspx?strid=956  — Instructions under ‘call for application’; description (Italian and English) under ‘download the attachment’ —

For any doubt or question, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at the address: matteo.martelli@unibo.it.

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Postgraduate Scholarship, Woolf Institute Cambridge (2018-19 entry)

Since 2013, the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust have collaborated in a scheme of scholarships to support outstanding postgraduate students (PhD and MPhil) at the University of Cambridge.

The PhD scholarship covers the cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Trust co-fund PhD students who are selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus. For further details including FAQs: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/research/graduate-study/phd

The MPhil scholarship covers the cost of studying for the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. For full details of the MPhil programme: https://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/applying/mphil-pathways/mphil-taught/meis-taught

Applicants for 2018-19 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline. For further details, see https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/.

Visit the Woolf Institute website: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/research/graduate-study

Contact:

Woolf Institute: PhD enquiries: Dr Emma Harris: eth22@cam.ac.uk; MPhil enquiries: Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner: emw36@cam.ac.uk
Cambridge Trust: cambridge.trust@admin.cam.ac.uk

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Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles

Deadline: 4 December 2017

The Department of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been authorized to make an appointment to a full-time position in the language and culture of Modern Greece at the rank of Lecturer, effective July 1, 2018, with a minimum of three years of funding earmarked for the position. The appointment will be for an initial two-year term, with the possibility of annual renewal thereafter.

This appointment is part of an initiative to build a new center for Hellenic studies, and the successful candidate will teach Modern Greek language at the introductory and intermediate levels, as well as lecture and seminar courses, with readings in translation, on Greek culture and its influence from antiquity to the present. Experience in language teaching will be a primary desideratum; training in ancient and Byzantine Greek will be welcome, but not required, as will expertise in comparative literature, film studies, and other fields relevant to an understanding of Greek culture. We also welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Applicants should submit the following by 4 December 2017, after which date the search committee will begin to review applications:
• Letter of application
• Current curriculum vitae
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness
• Sample syllabi
• Sample of scholarly work (no more than 25 pages)
• At least three letters of recommendation


These materials must be submitted online at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03342. Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor David Blank, Chair of the Search Committee: blank@ucla.edu . Please cite the reference number for this search in all correspondence: JPF03342.

We plan to interview candidates of interest via teleconference. However, some members of the Search Committee will attend the meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies in Boston in early January, and informal conversations may be arranged during those meetings, should interested candidates also be in attendance. The successful candidate should plan to have the Ph.D. in hand by the starting date of the appointment.

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Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: 15 January 2018

A considerable number of research fellowships, for both postgraduate students and senior scholars, are detailed here

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Oxford Listings – Week 2

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 2


Michaelmas Term 2017

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​​MONDAY 16th October

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology


Neil Price


​​The Viking Phenomenon

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17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls


Lindy Grant (Reading)


​​The abbey in the palace and the palace in the abbey: the interpenetration of religious and residential space in France in the long thirteenth century

​​TUESDAY 17th October

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)

Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester


Martin Whittingham (Oxford)


​​Seeing Muhammed in the Bible: on the lookout – in Isaiah 21: 6-7 and elsewhere

​​WEDNESDAY 18th October

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Ioannou Centre


Irene Giviashvili (SIAS, Oxford)


​​Marking the sacred space in Ani: The evidence of monuments

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17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College


Richard Hobbs (London)

​​Representing belief on silver plate in late Antiquity

​​THURSDAY 19th October

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre 


Ekaterine Gedevanishvili


​​Cult and Image of St. George in Medieval Georgian Art

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14:00 OCLA Special Lecture
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Sutro Room, Trinity College
 
Prof. Stephen Mitchell (University of Exeter)
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The Fear Factor … Roman Cities and the Barbarian Threat in the Third Century


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14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice

Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre


Jürgen Paul (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg)


​​How to do things with things. Objects and ceremonies in Seljuq Iran

​​FRIDAY​ 20th October​

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre


Marc Lauxtermann

​The Letters of Nicholas Mystikos​

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture

Ioannou Centre


Marc Lauxtermann

S​​cholarship in Byzantium​
 

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
byzantine.society@gmail.com 
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com
https://twitter.com/oxbyz
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Byzness 15/10/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 15 October 2017

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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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​​1. NEWS AND EVENTS

SYMPOSIUM: Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, Pera Museum Istanbul, 16-18 November 2017


On the tenth anniversary of its foundation, the Istanbul Research Institute will host Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, a symposium examining the development of Byzantine studies in Istanbul during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The symposium will take place at the Pera Museum, November 16–18, 2017.


At a time when classical antiquity continued to be the main attraction drawing Western scholars to the Eastern Mediterranean, Byzantine history and archaeology became a new field of competitive scientific exploration in the former Byzantine capital. Some of the major themes and issues to be addressed at Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul are scholars’ motivations and incentives for studying the empire founded by Constantine in 330 AD, the means by which they accessed the monuments and material wealth of Constantinople, what they were allowed to see and under what circumstances and conditions, and the networks they established among themselves and with authorities from government and cultural institutions. The activities of newly founded foreign institutes and museums are also examined, along with scientific competition at the international level, including the reactions of Turkish scholars.


The period covered by Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul begins with the emergence of major archaeological expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and is rich in major historical events and findings that brought the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkish republic to the fore. It ends with the International Congress of Byzantine Studies convening its tenth conference, for the first time meeting in Istanbul. The contributions analyze archival material with the aim of bringing to light unknown and unexplored sources of research.


The symposium is being organized under the direction of Olivier Delouis and Brigitte Pitarakis, both from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris.


Free of admissions; drop in. This event will take place in Pera Museum’s auditorium. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.


More information, including the programme, can be found 
here.

​​SCHOOL: International Spring School “The Material Dimension of Religions: Transcultural Approaches to Epigraphical and Archaeological Sources from Antiquity to the Middle Ages”, University of Goettingen, 5-9 March 2018

Application dealine: 24 November 2017


Participation costs: no tuition fee; accommodation costs fully covered


Queries and applications: 
springschool.sfb1136@uni-goettingen.de

Website: 
www.sfb1136.uni-goettingen.de

Notwithstanding the importance of literary texts, the practice of religious cults and rituals is investigated through the evidence of material culture, from inscriptions, paintings, and statues to objects and buildings. However, it is challenging to cope with fragile, scattered, and often fragmentary documents, to study their settings, and to scrutinize their impact on worship and everyday life. Thus, the issue of the materiality of religions merits a scholarly treatment on its own. The Material Dimension of Religions Spring School is aimed at graduate students and intends to examine theories and methods of investigating religions through epigraphical and archaeological sources in a transcultural and transhistorical approach. The schedule includes seven workshops on Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome, Late Antique Judaism, Early Christianity, Classical Islam, Christian Middle Ages, and Jerusalem as a transcultural place, and four keynotes on Greek epigraphy and religion, religion in the public space, the materiality of texts, and the city of Jerusalem as an example of coexistence and interaction of the materialities of religions. The spring school will provide an intensive training for interpreting non-literary sources in a historical perspective. The participants will learn how to study religions from inscriptions and material culture. Furthermore, looking at the topography of cities like Rome and Jerusalem, the participants will increase the awareness of processes of interactions and exchanges between religious traditions in antiquity.


Practicalities: participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The main language will be English. Accommodation of successful applicants will be fully covered. A contribution to travel costs may be awarded to students who lack other funding opportunities upon application at the SFB 1136 Bildung und Religion.


How to apply We welcome applications from graduate students of Classics, History, Archaeology, Theology, Judaic Studies, Arabic Studies, and related disciplines. Preliminary requirements:  a basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages: ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic.  an interest at university level in history of religions, archaeology, or epigraphy.


Please send by Friday the 24th of November a full CV and an application letter in English or in German (max. 600 words) explaining your motivation for participating in the Spring School to: 
springschool.sfb1136@uni-goettingen.de

​​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

Registration deadline: 3 December 2017


500 years ago, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Jerome Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. The initiative was not the only of its kind in the early 16th century and this fascination with Greek and Hebrew did not come out of nowhere, but had its roots in Renaissance Italy, whence it gradually disseminated to other parts of Europe. Moreover, as early as the beginning of the 14th century, the Council of Vienne had authorized and encouraged the foundation of professorships in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic at four universities (Bologna, Oxford, Paris, and Salamanca), mainly in order to convert Jews, Muslims, and Oriental Christians to the ‘true’ faith. The council and Italian humanism thus testify to the fact that enthusiasm for learning Greek and ‘Oriental’ (nowadays: Semitic) languages, next to Latin, among Western-European scholars and clergymen clearly predates the 16th century.


This year’s LECTIO conference will seize the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive to examine the general context in which such linguistic institutes emerged as well as their learning and teaching practices and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of this new education on scholarship, science, and society.


Apart from 19 papers to be presented both by promising junior researchers and renowned senior scholars, there will be two keynote lectures. Prof. dr. Saverio Campanini (Bologna) will discuss the relationship between the teaching of Classical Hebrew and conversion, whereas dr. Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Paris) will (re)contextualize the rediscovery of Greek on the humanist scene of Western Europe.


Please find appended to this message the full program. For more information, see also our website (
http://lectio.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/conferences).

The conference will mostly take place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven. The keynote lectures will, however, be at different venues. Saverio Campanini’s lecture will be in the ‘Promotiezaal’ at University Hall (room 01.46), Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven, whereas Luigi-Alberto Sanchi’s will be in the ‘Mercierzaal’ of the University Library, Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven.


Participation is free, but please register before 3 December 2017 by means of the form you can find on the website.
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS


​​The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800)

Deadline: 28 February 2018


This thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO), which will appear in 2019, celebrates the Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery and its various afterlives. It aims at investigating its evolution within the sphere of Byzantium’s cultural influence and beyond, with a chronological scope which begins from the Late Middle Ages and stretches until the 19th century, when artisanal productions begin to decline. We welcome proposals on the following subjects:


The different aspects of Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery and its artistic and technical evolutions.


Embroidery techniques and iconographies transmitted from West and/or East.


The relationship between Byzantine/post-Byzantine productions and the Christian Orient (ex. Armenia,Georgia)


The management of Byzantine heritage in the Slavic World. – Italian-Greek borderland productions (ex. the Ionian Islands)


The circulation of Byzantine embroideries overseas (Italy, Eastern Europe and beyond)


Christian embroideryin Egypt and the Levant


Proposals by junior and senior researchers will be equally considered with priority being given to original research, whether based on technical analysis, iconographical interpretation or textual evidence. Subjects which favor interdisciplinarity are particularly welcome. The volume will be bilingual (French and English) and will appear in print in 2019. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to 
epapastavrou@yahoo.grmariellereber@bluewin.ch
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


​​Deputy Director, Kenyon Institute East Jerusalem

Deadline: 30 October 2017


The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) seeks to appoint a Deputy Director of the Kenyon Institute in East Jerusalem. This fixed term post presents a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to live and work in East Jerusalem; to develop his/her local and international academic networks and skills; and to lay strong foundations for an academic career.


For further details and to apply please download the 
guidance document and see the website.

Applications must be submitted to 
cbrl@britac.ac.uk by the closing date: Monday 30 October 2017, 5pm BST.

​​Fully funded PhD in Classics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Deadline: 10 December 2017


The University of California at Santa Barbara is delighted to offer a new funding opportunity: 5 years of full funding for a Classics PhD student who is able to teach modern Greek. The successful applicant will be expected to teach modern Greek to undergraduates for two quarters each year, and will be on fellowship for the third quarter. Greek-speaking applicants from Greece, the US, and other countries are encouraged to apply.


To learn more about the UCSB Classics department and PhD program: 
http://www.classics.ucsb.edu/

Who may apply?


Students who wish to pursue a PhD in Classics and who have a BA in Classics or a comparable degree and who have a minimum of 2 years training in both Latin and ancient Greek. Applicants must be a good fit for our department and bilingual in modern Greek and English. Applicants should have an aptitude for teaching, but no teaching experience is necessary as training will be given. 


How to apply:  


http://www.classics.ucsb.edu/academics/graduate-program/how-to-apply/

For more information about this and our other fellowships please contact the Chair of the Classics department, Professor Helen Morales: 
hmorales@classics.ucsb.edu

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
byzantine.society@gmail.com 
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com
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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 8 October 2017

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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS AND EVENTS


​​CONFERENCE: “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, 26-27 October 2017, University of Bari.

Prolepsis is glad to circulate the final programme of the upcoming 2nd International Postgraduate Conference “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages taking place at the University of Bari on 26th and 27th October 2017.


You can download it here:
​ ​https://prolepsisblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/programma.pdf

​​CONFERENCE: Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium, 20-22 October 2017, University of Silesia, Centre for Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception​, K​atowice

Friday 20 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)


16.00-17.00    Coffee / tea     & Welcome (Przemysław Marciniak)  

17.00-18.00    Keynote lecture: Panagiotis Agapitos, “Scholia, Schede, Paraphrases, Integrated Gnomologia, Overflowing Narratives: The Politics of Commentary in Komnenian Byzantium”


Saturday 21 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)


Session I: Aristotle in Byzantium (Chair: Panagiotis Agapitos)

9.00-9.50    Michele Trizio, “Unfolding Meanings, Forging Identities: Commentaries on Aristotle and Authorial Practices in Twelfth-Century Byzantium”  

Respondent: Andrea Cuomo 

9.50-10.40     Melina Vogiatzi, “Aristotle’s Rhetoric in Early Byzantium (Ninth-Twelfth Centuries)”

Respondent: Michele Trizio


10.40-11.00     Coffee / tea 


Session II: Ancient Texts in the Works of John Tzetzes (Chair: Janek Kucharski)    

11.00-11.50    Maria Tomadaki, “The Use of Ancient Texts in John Tzetzes’ Theogony” 

Respondent: Przemysław Marciniak

11.50- 12.40    Joanna Komorowska, “Astrological Theory and Astrological Authorities in Ioannes Tzetzes’ Exposition of the Iliad” 

Respondent: Inmaculada Pérez Martín 


12.40-14.30     Lunch 


Session III: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Ancient Literature (Chair: Divna Manolova)

14.30-15.20     Baukje van den Berg, “Twelfth-Century Scholars on the Ethics and Rhetoric of Comedy and Ridicule” 

Respondent: Janek Kucharski 

15.20-16.10     Valeria Flavia Lovato, “Odysseus the Schedographer in Eustathios’ Parekbolai” 

Respondent: Aglae Pizzone  

16.10-17.00     Inmaculada Pérez Martín, “The meaning of Eustathius of Thessalonike’s Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes in the Tradition of Homeric Geography” 

Respondent: Baukje van den Berg 


17.00-17.30     Break 


17.30-18.30    Keynote lecture: Aglae Pizzone, “Tzetzes on Hermogenes and Rhetoric: from the Ancients to the Self”


Sunday 22 October

Location: Sala Rada Wydziału, plac Sejmu Śląskiego 1, fifth floor 


Session IV: Twelfth-Century Commentaries after the Twelfth Century (Chair: Aglae Pizzone)

9.30-10.20     Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi, “Preserving through Adapting: The Case of the Homeric Proverbial Verses”  

Respondent: Maria Tomadaki


10.20-10.40    Coffee / tea


Session V: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Palaiologan Byzantium (Chair: Przemysław Marciniak) 

10.40-11.30    Andrea Cuomo, “The Moschopulo-Planudean Scholia on Sophocles: What Do They Comment on?”

Respondent: Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi

11.30-12.10     Francesco Monticini, “The Λόγος and the λόγοι: The Commentaries on Synesius’ On Dreams in Their Context” 

Respondent: Divna Manolova 


12.10-12.20     Concluding remarks (Baukje van den Berg)


All inquiries should be directed to dr. Baukje van den Berg (
baukje.van-den-berg@us.edu.pl).

​​CONFERENCE: Astronomy across the Medieval World, 18 November 2017, St Cross College, Oxford

Registration deadline: 10 November 2017


The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.


Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the 
Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Confirmed speakers include:


Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University) – `The Service of Astronomy’ – European Star-Gazing and Its Implications in the Middle Ages

Professor Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge) – Chinese Astronomy in a World Context

Dr Josep Casulleras (University of Barcelona) – From Ancient to Modern: Astronomy in Medieval Islam

Professor Ivan Šprajc (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – Mayan and Aztec Astronomy: Skywatching in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Dr Benno van Dalen (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – Ptolemaic Astronomy and Its Dissemination in the Islamic World, Europe and Asia


There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College) on the influence of astronomy and the cosmos on medieval art. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend – booking a place for dinner can be done 
here.

Bed and breakfast accommodation in the Oxford colleges can be found 
here.

A map of the location of St Cross College in the city centre can be found 
here and a map of the location of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre at the Department of Physics can be found here.

​​SCHOOL: ‘Rome and Constantinople: Tales of Two Cities, 11-17 February 2018, Radboud University Nijmegen

This winter school is set up for advanced bachelor students. Please spread the word to your students who might be interested, as registration is open now.

See for details of the program and further information:
​ ​www.ru.nl/radboudwinterschool
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​​2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

​​Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 18-20 June 2018, St Louis University, Missouri

Deadline: 31 December 2017


The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.


The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.


The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.


While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.


The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.


The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.


For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: 
http://smrs.slu.edu

​​Cyprus: a place and topos in ancient literature, 21-22 September 2018, Athens

Deadline: 15 Januaey 2018


Whether it was love, war, struggle or simply a breathtaking landscape that inspired authors in antiquity, Cyprus had it all. Greek and Latin literature abounds with references to the island: the land of kings and heroes and, most importantly, the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus, Cyprus offers to ancient authors numerous sources of inspiration – Teucer, Evagoras, Pygmalion, Cinyras, Myrrha, Adonis, to name but a few. At the same time, Cyprus the place has a unique cultural identity, shaped under the multiple interrelations, contacts and assimilations of indigenous Cypriot, Greek, and Eastern elements. Similar is the shaping of the linguistic landscape of the island.


Although the presence of Cyprus in literature is evident, a systematic exploration of the literary character and the role of the island in classical literature has not appeared yet. In addition, there is still much to be said about the literary production in Cyprus. The recent launch of the ‘Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature’ as part of Dioptra(
http://dioptra.cyi.ac.cy) enables classicists to assess a variety of sources which shape the literary culture of Cyprus.

Motivated by this recent development, this conference invites contributions to the following suggested topics:


the poetic exploitation of Cyprus (as a place or theme);

the literary landscape and production in Cyprus from the archaic period up to the Late Antiquity;

Cyprus as a possible literary topos;

the perception of Cyprus as place: references to, and descriptions of, the island and its habitants;

reception of Cypriot themes and traditions in classical literature.


Papers may engage with literary genres of any period up to the Late Antiquity, including inscriptions. PhD students and early career researchers as well as members of under-represented groups are encouraged to participate. The papers shall be in English or any other major European language, provided that an English translation is supplied.


The Conference will take place on September 21-22, 2018, in Athens, Greece. Details on keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration (subject to funding) will be announced in due course. Informal questions/enquiries can be addressed to Andreas Gavrielatos (
a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk). Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume (after peer-review).

Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted by January 15, 2018, to any (or all) of the members of the organising committee:


Amfilochios Papathomas (
papath@phil.uoa.gr)
Andreas Gavrielatos (
a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk)
Grammatiki Karla (
gkarla@phil.uoa.gr)
Katerina Carvounis (
kcarvounis@phil.uoa.gr)

​​Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, 10 April 2018, University of Leeds,

Deadline: 1 February 2018


Few topics in medieval studies have as much current relevance and activity as frontiers and borders. Yet approaches to their study in the Middle Ages are often untheorised, and compare, if at all, only to often outdated studies of the ancient or modern world. Yet
​ ​medievalists are well placed, given the richness of their material and the complexity of medieval politics and society, to challenge such ‘classical’ ideas of The Frontier, whose weaknesses are now being exposed by current events. A fully comparative approach to the possibilities of what it meant to establish, live in or contest a frontier or border zone shown by the societies of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages can power the development of a new shared understanding of the processes at work where borders are laid down or transgressed.

The project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been exploring such ideas since 2015. Its first one-day conference, made possible by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, will take place on 10th April 2018. Scholars at all levels working on frontiers and borders within the period 100-1500 CE, in any geographical area, are invited to offer papers addressing questions such as these:


§ Who defines or defined a frontier, and with what effect?

§ How did the medieval understanding of the world envisage or describe frontiers?

§ How was a frontier physically constituted?

§ Did military frontiers differ from other sorts of border, and if so how?

§ How do archaeologists’ views of medieval frontiers compare to those of historians?

§ What persons or groups crossed medieval borders, and why? Who was prevented from doing so, and how effectively?

§ What persons or groups lived in border zones, for what reasons?

§ How far did frontiers and borders create or inform medieval identities?

§ How do the insights of other disciplines studying frontiers apply to medieval societies, and how do medievalist disciplines differ in their study of frontiers?


Papers should be up to 15 minutes long and may be exploratory or experimental.

Comparison of more than one medieval society is encouraged. Titles and abstracts should be received by 1st February 2018. It may not be possible to accept all submissions. Some travel bursaries are available to allow attendance which might otherwise not be possible, including from outside the UK.


Submissions, as well as any other queries, should be sent to Jonathan Jarrett, School of History, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 
j.jarrett@leeds.ac.uk.
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​​3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

​​Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Deadline: 31 October 2017


The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join “The Reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: the first critical edition of George Pachymeres’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics”, a project funded from a major AHRC award and directed by Dr Sophia Xenophontos. 


The job requires expertise in Aristotelian philosophy and its reception in Late Antiquity and/or Byzantium, excellent reading skills in (Byzantine) Greek and high working proficiency in English. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications with Dr Xenophontos (including the English translation of the text to be edited), and, as part of her/his career development, to help manage the project’s dissemination and impact activities as opportunities allow. 


Further particulars (and how to apply) are available at 
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEP659/research-associate/ or https://udcf.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/, reference number 018234. 

This post has funding available from 1 February 2018 until 30 November 2018 in the first instance. Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, Level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2017.


Informal inquiries may be directed to the project’s Principal Investigator (
Sophia.Xenofontos@glasgow.ac.uk).

​​Chevening Fellowship at the British Library: Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East

Deadline: 7 November 2017


The British Library is delighted to partner with Chevening, the UK Government’s international awards scheme, to host year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders. Chevening Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development and other opportunities for individuals to spend time in the UK, researching subject matter that is relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities. At the British Library, each Chevening fellowship takes the form of a unique project-based placement that supports British Library staff to capitalise on the breadth and depth of our collections and expertise, enable new types of research, inform strategy and foster international collaboration. Upon completion of their projects, British Library Chevening fellows join the highly regarded global network of Chevening alumni.


We are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity on Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East. This 12-month project will start at the British Library in London in September 2018:


Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East


This fellowship opportunity is within the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), co-ordinated and hosted by the British Library. Supported by the Arcadia Fund, the EAP is of international pre-eminence in its mission to protect through preservation, social and cultural archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. The EAP would now like to strengthen its activities in North Africa and the Middle East. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to research the archival collections in one of these areas, engage with archival experts, at the British Library and internationally, to develop a targeted engagement strategy, and support its delivery through an outreach programme.


Applications are welcome from candidates from the following countries: Algeria; Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Palestine; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia


For a detailed overview of this and other opportunities for Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, and instructions on how to apply, visit:
​ ​http://www.chevening.org/programme/british-library

For information about current Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, visit: 
https://www.bl.uk/projects/chevening-fellowships

Assistant or Associate Professor, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture, John Hopkins University

Deadline: 15 November 2017


The Department of the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time professor at the rank of Assistant or early stage Associate Professor in the field of ancient Mediterranean art and/or architectural history to begin July 1, 2018. We encourage applications from scholars specializing in the arts of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece and Rome. Preference will be given to those specializing in the later first millennium BCE through Late Antiquity. Ph.D. in the History of Art, Classics or related field required at time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a strong publication record and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (published or in-press). Candidates at the assistant professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf (applicants at the tenured level should instead send the names and contact information for three references). All materials will be submitted online at 
http://apply.interfolio.com/45276. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017. For further information, contact Marian Feldman, Department Chair: mfeldm20@jhu.edu. For more information about the department, visit http://arthist.jhu.edu.

The search committee is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant. 


Tenure-track faculty position in Archaeology, American University of Beirut

Deadline: 30 November 2017


The Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut is seeking a junior scholar in archaeology for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin on August 15, 2018.


The applicant will be a junior scholar specializing in a field(s), ideally with a Middle East emphasis, not currently covered by the department, including: the prehistory of the Ancient Near East/Eastern Mediterranean, Egyptology, Islamic archaeology, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, heritage studies, and numismatics. Applicants who have experience in teaching archaeological methodology and theory are particularly welcome. Applicants must have completed their PhD by August 2018.


In addition to the customary research and administration responsibilities associated with a position at AUB, candidates are expected to teach five undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year, supervise student research and MA theses as well as contributing to the fieldwork program of the department. The language of instruction is English. The initial period of appointment is four years.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV to 
as_dean@aub.edu.lb. In addition, applicants should arrange for three referees to directly send their recommendation letters to the same email address.

All application documents should be received by November 30, 2017.


For more information on this position, please visit 
http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/pages/academic-employment.aspx

The American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Late Antique or Medieval History, Stony Brook University

Deadline: 1 December 2017


The Department of History at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of late antique or medieval history.  Our search encompasses all fields and areas of medieval European, Mediterranean, and/or Near Eastern history, ca. 200 – 1400 CE.  Position starts August 2018.


Preferred qualifications: ability to teach a range of undergraduate lectures and seminars in late antique and/or medieval history, as well as contribute to one or more of our graduate program thematic clusters (Global connections, empire, capitalism; Health, science, environment; Race, citizenship, migration; Religion, gender, cultural identity; States, nations, political cultures). We also welcome interdisciplinary candidates whose historical work addresses social, cultural, economic, and/or political processes; who engage with material and/or visual cultures; and/or who can participate in Stony Brook’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (in hand or expected by August 2018) in late antique or medieval history, medieval studies, or related field.


Application Procedure: Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online: 
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9802.  

A complete application consists of the following: 

1) cover letter, 

2) curriculum vitae, 

3) teaching statement, 

4) research statement, 

5) three letters of reference, and 

6) a completed State employment application form. 


Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Sara Lipton (
sara.lipton@stonybrook.edu)

​​T​​he Shohet Scholars Grant Program, International Catacomb Society

Deadline: 15 January 2017


This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.


One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage, 
www.catacombsociety.org.

Eligibility


Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).


Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.


Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.


Reporting Requirements


Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.


Deadlines and Decisions


The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.


Click here for application forms and instructions and here for assistance.


Questions ?


If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at 
shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.— 
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Oxford Listings – Week 1

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 1

Michaelmas Term 2017

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MONDAY 9th October

17:00

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Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls

Paul Freedman (Yale)

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Lamprey and Herring: Fish and Culinary Prestige in the Middle Ages 

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TUESDAY 10th October

17:00

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Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)

Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Emilie Savage-Smith (Oxford)

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A Thirteenth-Century Syrian History of Medicine

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WEDNESDAY 11th October

17:00

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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Maroula Perisanidi (Leeds)

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Hunting churchmen: Pleasure and religious authority in Byzantium

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17:00

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Empires of Faith Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Phil Booth (Oxford)

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Crucible of the Copts: Empire and faith in seventh-century Egypt

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THURSDAY 12th October

11:00

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Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Hugh Jeffery (Oxford)

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The Triconch Church at Aphrodisias: Architecture and Embellishment AD 500–1250

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14:00

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slamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice

Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Nadia Ali (Oxford, Empires of Faith Project)

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Acculturated natives who rebel. Revivalist, Ottomanist and Pan-Arabist engagements with early Islamic art (1876-1930s)

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17:00

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Late Roman Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

James Corke-Webster (KCL)

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How to praise a Christian emperor: The panegyrical experiments of Eusebius of Caesarea

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17:00

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Georgian Studies Seminar Series

The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Eberhard Wolfram Sauer (Edinburgh)

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Dariali Gorge (the Caspian Gates in the Caucasus) from Antiquity to the Age of the Huns and the Middle Ages

FRIDAY 13th November

10:00

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Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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12:00

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Byzantine Literature Lecture

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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17:00

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The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

E. Rizos (Oxford)

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Debating the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity: Critics and Defenders

Posted in Byzness, Oxford Listings

Byzness 01/10/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 1 October 2017

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

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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Lecture and workshop: Arabic Christianity, Cambridge MA, 16-17 October 2017

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 our next East of Byzantium events:

Lecture

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Arabic-speaking Christians and the Bible
Jack Tannous, Princeton University

Jack Tannous discusses the status of Arabic as a Christian language.

More information: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/arabic-speaking-christians/

Workshop

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

An Early Arabic New Testament Translation
A workshop for students focusing on early Arabic translations of the New Testament. Led by Jack Tannous, Princeton University

RSVP required. Registration closes October 13. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/an-early-arabic-new-testament-translation/

ARMACAD Winter Language School (Armenian), Yerevan, 4-15 December 2017

All details can be found here: https://armacad.info/armenian-language-winter-school-04-dec-15-dec-2017-yerevan-armenia

Tabula Gratulatoria for Jean-Claude Cheynet 
Jean-Claude Cheynet, professor of Byzantine history at Paris-Sorbonne University, retired in 2015 and celebrated his 70th birthday in 2017.His former students, colleagues and friends wished to offer him a volume of Mélanges on the theme of the exercise of power in Byzantium and neighbouring states. This volume of Mélanges, published in the collection Travaux et Mémoires (Vol. 21/1), contains forty-four articles. Jean-Claude Cheynet began his career as a Byzantine scholar at the CNRS before joining the university, where he trained a new generation of historians and sigillographers. A specialist in the social and political history of the Byzantine Empire, he wrote extensively about the Byzantine aristocracy, the army, the functions and court titles of the Byzantine state, with a specialization in a known but little-used source for social history: Byzantine sigillography.

The contributions, written in French or English, are intended to present new interpretations and unpublished material. A Tabula gratulatoria will be published in the volume, which allows those who wish to join this homage by subscribing to the book.

For the subscription terms, please refer to the order attached to this mail or download it by clicking on the link below. The same document gives access to an exceptional sale on all the publications of the ACHCByz. https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2o76vc5h8mtp2x/Lettre%20de%20souscription_Catalogue.pdf?dl=0 To ensure that your name appears in the Tabula gratulatoria, please notify us of your subscription by sending a message to souscriptionmelangescheynet@gmail.com before October 15, 2017.

Conference: The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe, Harvard University, 26–27 October 2017

A two-day international conference on the development of Byzantine scholarship in early modern Europe. The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and a range of papers on the art historical, historiographical, ethnographic and textual engagement of early modern scholars with the Byzantine past.

Free registration and program available at https://inventionofbyzantium.com/

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies

Deadline: 5 December 2017

The Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual publication, Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Akropolis is an international peer-reviewed annual scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, literature, philology, art.

To be considered for publication in the first volume of Akropolis, manuscripts should be submitted to akropolis@helenskestudije.me by December 5th 2017.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors, as well as the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. More information can be found at journal’s homepage http://helenskestudije.me/publications/journal/.

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 JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 Research Fellowships, The French School at Athens

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The French School at Athens is offering one-month research fellowships for the 2018 calendar year. Candidates must be enrolled in doctoral studies and be carrying out research that requires them to spend time in Greece, and which is related to one of the following fields: Aegean prehistory and protohistory, the ancient Greek world, and in some cases the Balkan, medieval, modern and contemporary Greek world.

Applications have to be submitted electronically at the following address: www.missions.efa.gr

Please refer to the Ecole française d’Athènes website for further information : https://www.efa.gr/index.php/en/formation-a-la-recherche/bourses/dossier-de-candidature

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 PhD scholarship (1 year) within the Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel

Deadline: 15 November 2017

The PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel announces a one-year scholarship starting at the

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01.04.2018

Your tasks:

The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting phase of his/her PhD research project. It is expected that he/she will develop his/her research project in that time for applying to the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding institutions at the end of that year.

Your profile:

The scholarship is addressed to students who held a 1st class MA‐degree either in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient History, Greek Philology, Latin Philology, Comparative and Historic Linguistics or European Archaeology. It is expected that the PhD student is highly motivated and will personally be involved in the PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. Most welcomed are PhD projects that can be linked to the research fields of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. The PhD student has to choose from the date of admission to the doctoral program a first or second supervisor from the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel.

Application / Contact:

The following documents should be sent by email to the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench
(hubertus.muenchunibas.ch):

1.     Letter of motivation

2.     CV

3.     MA-Diploma

4.     1-2 sample of text (max. 20 pages each, including at least 1
academic qualification text, like BA- or MA-thesis)

5.     Sketch for the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)

6.     Letter of reference

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench (hubertus.muenchunibas.ch).

Applications can be submitted in German, in French or in English. The enrolment at the University of Basel is mandatory.

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 Assistant/Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies/Hellenist, Penn State University

Deadline: 16 November 2017

The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the appointment of a tenure-track assistant professor or a tenured associate professor in the field of Greek language and literature, beginning August 2018.

We seek applications from candidates with active research interests that complement those of the present faculty, and that are compatible with graduate-level instruction of students in Greek philosophy.  Appropriate fields include (but are not limited to):  poetry (archaic to Hellenistic), classical drama, historical and philosophical prose, and rhetoric.

The primary teaching responsibilities include instruction in Greek language and literature at all levels, as well as lecture courses and seminars on subjects pertaining to the CAMS major and to the General Education curriculum offered by the department; e.g., Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Greek Civilization, and Classical Mythology.  The department embraces the entire Mediterranean and Near Eastern world in antiquity and welcomes candidates who can contribute to the dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

For candidates at the assistant professor level, requirements include Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment, at least two years of college-level teaching experience, and evidence of scholarly publication and productivity.  Candidates at the level of associate professor should demonstrate excellence in their achievements both in college-level teaching and in scholarly research in order to satisfy the departmental criteria for tenure.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and a teaching portfolio online at https://psu.jobs/job/74596 Candidates should arrange to have their letters of recommendation sent directly to the Hellenist Search Committee, c/o Lynn Hepfer (lrd131@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin on November 16 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by Skype or at the Annual SCS/AIA Meeting in Boston, January 4-7, 2018.

Contact: Lynn Hepfer lrd131@psu.edu

Department Website: http://cams.la.psu.edu/  

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Adele Curness

DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com​

https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

@oxbyz

Posted in Byzness

Byzness 24/09/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 24 September 2017
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
 
The Changing Face of Evil, 17-18 March 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
 
Deadline: 20 October 2017
 
Information here. 
 
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2.JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
 
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Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Associate, St Cross College Oxford

Deadline: 28 September 2017

St Cross College invites applications for five non-stipendiary Postdoctoral Associateships in the Humanities tenable for one year from 1 October 2017 with the possibility of renewal for up to two further years dependent on continued postdoctoral post funding at Oxford. The Associateships are non-stipendiary but will carry common table rights for two days a week and are open to men and women in any Humanities academic discipline who do not have a current affiliation with any Oxford college, who have already completed their doctorate and who are in a funded postdoctoral post at the University of Oxford of at least one year’s duration from October 2017. Successful candidates will normally be within six years of having completed the requirements for their doctorate and not be in a tenured post, and will be selected with reference to their ability and willingness to contribute to the intellectual, educational, sporting and social life of the college. This should be outlined in a covering letter providing the reasons for desiring a College membership and the ways in which the applicant will contribute to College life alongside their research.

Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research plans accessible to non-specialists and should ask two referees to write on their behalf to the College. Also required as part of the application is a signed statement from an appropriate officer of the Oxford Faculty in which the applicant is working that it will provide the necessary support in terms of space and resources if the candidate is elected as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Applications (and letters from referees) should be sent to Lesley Sanderson, Master’s PA (master.pa@stx.ox.ac.uk) by no later than 9 am on Thursday 28th September 2017.

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4 positions (3 PhDs, 1 Postdoc) in the NWO VICI-Project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100), Utrecht University

Deadline: 12 October 2017

The VICI-project Citizenship discourses in the early Middle Ages, 400-1100 searches for three PhDs and one Postdoc.

The project is based at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, and runs from 2017-2022 (https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs).

Starting date: 1 March 2018

Deadline for application: 12 October 2017

Direct link: 4 positions (3 PhDs, 1 Postdoc) in the NWO VICI Project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100)

Interested parties seeking further details may contact Dr Els Rose directly, in addition to the info provided in the ad and through the weblink.

Research Fellowships, The International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Deadline: 25 October 2017
Information here.
 
Research Fellowships, The American Researc

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 Institute in Turkey

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2018-2019 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:
ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.
ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.
Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2017.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2018.
For further information please see the ARIT webpage at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/FellowshipPrograms.html

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Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
Posted in Byzness

Byzness 17/09/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 17th September 2017

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

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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Lecture: ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites’, 21 September, British Academy, London

 

Aylin Orbaşlı  will be telling us all about ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites.’

 

There is plenty of availability. More information here.

Workshop: Language Contact in Central Asia, September 29, 2017, 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 the first workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium III workshop series:

 

Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

 

Language Contact in Central Asia

A workshop for students offering the opportunity for a broad look at the linguistically diverse textual witness to life on the Silk Road(s), or Central Asia, during the 9th–13th centuries. Led by Adam McCollum, University of Notre Dame

 

RSVP required. Registration closes September 27. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/language-contact-in-central-asia/.

Program: ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast), a regional workshop on Late Antiquity, October 19-20, 2017, Vanderbilt University

 

The workshop is free and open to all interested scholars.

 

A full program and registration information can be found at: https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/news/relacs2017.php

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

“Transformations of the Seventh Century I: Connected Cultures” and “Transformations of the Seventh Century II: Disciplines in Dialogue”, International Medieval Congress, 10-13 May, University of Western Michigan Kalamazoo MI.

Deadline: 20 September 2017
The seventh century saw significant transformations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East, resulting in profound religious, political, cultural, social and economic changes which affected communities and societies in diverse ways. These sessions seek to examine specific moments of transformation within the seventh century, and the ways in which scholars can bring together different kinds of disciplines to investigate the evidence for these changes. The seventh century is also crucial in considering periodisation of late antiquity and the early middle ages. The Italian peninsula in AD 600 is usually understood to be firmly part of ‘late antiquity’ while northern Europe in the same period is generally perceived as the ‘early middle ages’; at the same time, some recent scholarship argues that ‘Byzantium’ begins only in the seventh century. However, all these areas were connected via political, economic, cultural, religious and other networks and these varying periodisations are problematic if not considered as part of a whole. A similar issue is seen in terms of methodological approaches. Scholarship of the seventh century often uses a range of different types of evidence or disciplinary approaches, but interdisciplinary study presents challenges as well as offering potential for new discoveries. Moreover, even the concept of ‘interdisciplinary research’ is taken in substantially different ways by practitioners who operate within the frameworks of different scholarly traditions, disciplines or departments, and with unspoken disciplinary assumptions.

Session one will consider how different societies and cultures experienced and negotiated these changes, and the ways in which different cultures came into contact with new networks of trade, exchange, knowledge and communication which were built up across Europe and the Mediterranean. Papers might investigate, for example, how new ideologies were developed or responses to the growth of Christianity and the initiation of Islam; how the disintegration of old structures and the establishment of new ones affected political, social and economic life; or technological developments and associated new ways of thought and practice resulted in transformations in the seventh century.

Session two will examine the disciplinary structures, approaches and assumptions which underpin research into the seventh century, and in particular will focus on how to bring different disciplines together for fruitful dialogue. Papers might explore, for example, how to approach conflicts in different types of source material (such as historical and archaeological evidence, or visual and textual evidence); or the problems and opportunities presented by interdisciplinary study of the seventh-century past with reference to specific case-studies or contexts; or how to use non-traditional or new methodologies to shed light on the changes of the seventh century.

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract to h.g.foxhallforbes@durham.ac.uk by September 20.

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  1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Tenure-Track Position, Islamic Studies, Colgate University

 

Deadline: 1 October 2017

 

The department of Religion at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2018. Ph.D. degree is expected prior to or shortly after the start date.

 

Candidates with expertise in Islam in any period or region are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable.

 

All Colgate University faculty are also expected to maintain an active research agenda and participate in all-University programs, which include the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Many faculty also serve in off-campus study and interdisciplinary programs, such as Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Africana and Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, among others. An annual five-course teaching assignment may include an introductory course in Religion and a course in the Core Curriculum.

 

A cover letter, CV, three current reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample must be submitted through http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9639.

 

Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, November 18-21, 2017, or via remote technologies, as needed.

 

Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching and scholarship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

 

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at http://www.upstatenyherc.org.

 

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university with an ambitious study-abroad program. It comprises 2900 students and is situated in rural New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Religion department can be found at http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/religion.

Tenure-Track Position, Ancient History, University of Albany

 

Deadline: 4 October 2017

 

The University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ancient History, with a research concentration on any aspect of Hellenistic culture (including material culture) from the Classical Period to Late Antiquity.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first part of the Western Civilization introduction course, surveys of Greek and Roman History, as well as more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in an area of expertise. Proficiency with digital methods in teaching and research is desirable, as is the potential to complement existing departmental thematic strengths such as: Environmental History, Religious Studies, and Business and Public History.

 

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in hand by August 15, 2018.

Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct culturally diverse populations.

 

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor

 

https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=88176&CNTRNO=1&TSTMP=1503584593158

 

Start date: September 1, 2018

Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature, King’s College London

 

Deadline: 9 October 2017

 

King’s College London is looking to appoint a leading scholar with an international reputation and research record to the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature. The appointment is to start on 1 September 2018, following the retirement of Professor Roderick Beaton. The chair was established in 1918, and is unusual in covering three academic disciplines (history, language, literature), as well as a chronological span of some 1700 years. The Koraes Professor provides academic leadership to a group of scholars who collectively have been responsible for developing and delivering high-quality teaching and research in the fields designated by the Chair. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Classics, and will play a leading role in the Faculty’s Centre for Hellenic Studies.

 

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.
Interviews are scheduled to be held soon after the closing deadline.

 

The salary will be paid at Professorial Grade, tba (the minimum professorial salary is £64,979 p.a.), plus £2,923 p.a. London Weighting Allowance.

This post will be based on a full time, indefinite position.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Professor Dominic Rathbone (dominic.rathbone@kcl.ac.uk) and to apply please click here.

NEH Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

 

Deadline: October 31, 2017

 

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.
Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 53 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application.

Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June 2018-2019. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, partial board, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece). Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer of 2019. Fellows will have access to other libraries of foreign Schools in Athens but should plan accordingly.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/post-doctoral-and-senior-scholars.

The following items should be attached to the Associate Member application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.

  1.  Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not aUS citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
  2.  Names of three recommenders who will write letters of reference and are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to application@ascsa.orgby November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.

    The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.

    1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
    2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
    3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
    4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
    5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
    6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?

    Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/fellowships-and-grants
    E-mail: application@ascsa.org

    The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.

Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: October 31 2017

Term: Early September to June 1.
Eligibility: A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution who is a faculty or staff member at a Cooperating Institution  Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Candidates who have held the Whitehead Professorship may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.

 

Project: A research project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Word limit for project description: 1500 words.

Seminar: Whitehead Professors offer a seminar during the winter term (late November to late March) and contribute to the academic program in other significant ways, such as mentoring or advising students at the School and participating in School trips and excursions. Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer 2019. School faculty and students will have access to other libraries in Athens, and the Whitehead Professors will be able to work with the Blegen librarians in planning seminar activity while the Blegen library is inaccessible. Word limit for seminar proposal: 300 words.

Compensation: Stipend of $35,000 plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Professor (one-half senior rate for spouse, and one-half student rate for dependents) and School housing. Hotel and transportation on all five School trips.

Application: Applicants should submit the following materials online at:
https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/whitehead-visiting-professor-application-form/
·  Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
·  Statement of current and projected research.
·  One page description of proposed seminar.
·  Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece.
·  Applicants should ask three recommenders to send letters directly to the address below or via email to application@ascsa.org.
Committee on Personnel
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-5232

Applicants may be invited to an interview at the annual AIA/SCS meetings or by telephone.

The appointments will be announced by January 15.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Position, Early Christianity, Duke University

 

Deadline: 1 November 2017

 

The Department of Religious Studies within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a position in the study of Early Christianity, at the rank of (tenure-track) Assistant or (tenured) Associate Professor. Candidates with expertise in any aspect of Early Christianity in the late ancient world (ca. 3rd to 10th century) are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will be familiar with critical methods in Religious Studies and will combine excellence in undergraduate instruction with teaching and mentoring in the Graduate Program in Religion. Collaboration with other programs and departments at Duke as well as with colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is expected.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of innovation and expertise in teaching (e.g. teaching evaluations, a teaching statement, a list of proposed courses), and the names and contact information (email, phone, and postal address) of three references to http://academicjobsonline.org . Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2017. Informal queries should be addressed to Professor Marc Brettler, chair of the search committee, at MZB3@Duke.edu.  Consideration will continue until the position is filled.  Start date is August 2018.

Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
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