The Byzness 23/04/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 22th April 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

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

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

 

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

For a poster of the event click here.

 

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

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

 

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

 

For a full timetable and poster click here.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

Submission deadline 30 April, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for forwarding this call to your academic network.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

The booklet of abstracts for speakers is now available here.

 

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

For more information please visit:

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Andrew Mellon Foundation Grants and Scholarships at Bogazici University

1) M.A. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

2) PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

3) POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

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

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

 

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

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

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

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

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

For application procedures:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

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

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

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

For application procedures:

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

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

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

 

ANDREW W. MELLON POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

AT BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL,

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

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

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

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

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

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

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

FOR SCHOLARS HOLDING ACADEMIC POSITIONS IN TURKEY

OFFERED BY THE BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

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

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

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

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

ANDREW W. MELLON SHORT-TERM GRANT IN BYZANTINE STUDIES

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

OFFERED BY THE BYZANTINE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER

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

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

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

E-mail:  byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

Byzantine Studies Fellowships Committee

Department of History

Bogazici University

Bebek 34342, Istanbul

Turkey

 

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

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

 

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

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

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck

Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften

CSMC

mailto:stipendium.geisteswiss@uni-hamburg.de

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

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The Oxford Listings – Week 1

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 1

 

Trinity Term 2017
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MONDAY 24 April

 

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

Stephen Baxter (St Peter’s)

How and why was Domesday made?
TUESDAY​ 25 April

 

14:00 The Greek City under Rome

Ioannou Centre

Georgy Cantor (St John’s College, Oxford)

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

 

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

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Street

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

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

 

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17:00 Introduction to Textual Criticism for Orientalists and Byzantinists

Location TBC,

Emilio Bonfiglio (Pembroke College/University of Vienna)

 

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

 

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

The second lecture will take place later in term.

 

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17:00 Patristic Seminar

Christ Church

Derek Spears

Early Christian Knowledge of Pagan Literature

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

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

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

Thought, c. 1220-1245

 

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WEDNESDAY 26 April

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Mirela Ivanova et al.

OUBS Fieldtrip to Bulgaria: Report 

 

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

Garden Room, Stanford House

Patrick Geary (IAS, Princeton)

Understanding Barbarian Migrations through Genomic Research

 

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17:00 Julian: historical and philosophical Perspectives

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Neil McLynn (Oxford)

Sizing up Julian: the Christian Cappadocian Perspective

 

 

THURSDAY ​27 April

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

No Seminar

 

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

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford)

The Cult of Saints Project and levels of Sainthood

 

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​FRIDAY ​28 April

 

12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Beast Literature in Byzantium

 

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17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Trinity College SCR

Conrad Leyser (Worcester College)

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

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 14/04/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 14th April 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

A petition to save the Central European University in Budapest

Legislation has been introduced in Hungary’s National Assembly (Országgyűlés) that specifically targets Central European University, one of the most prestigious universities in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

https://www.change.org/p/hungarian-national-assembly-save-the-central-european-university

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International Conference on the Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean (Nafplion, 19-23 April 2017)

 

For a full timetable click here.

 

 

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Teaching the Codex 2: Further thoughts on the pedagogy of palaeography and codicology, May 6th, Merton College Oxford

Morning and afternoon sessions will each consist of two panels running concurrently on particular topics (1.5 hrs) followed by a plenary session (1 hr) in which members of the two panels will report and comment on the panel session to all of the delegates, and facilitate further discussion.  The hope is that by dividing the delegates into smaller groups than at the last meeting of Teaching the Codex more focused conversations will be generated.

 

The registration fee is £10:–, covering attendance, lunch, and refreshments.  To register please follow this link to the Oxford University Stores:

 

http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/classics/classics-events/teaching-the-codex-2-further-thoughts-on-the-pedagogy-of-palaeography-and-codicology

 

The topics under discussion and our speakers are as follows:

 

(a)    Continental and Anglophone approaches to teaching palaeography and codicology

Irene Ceccherini (Oxford) (chair)

Marigold Norbye (UCL)

Daniel Sawyer (Oxford)

Raphaële Mouren (Warburg)

 

(b)   Pedagogical approaches to musical manuscripts

Henry Hope (Bern) (chair)

Margaret Bent (Oxford)

Eleanor Giraud (Limerick)

Christian Leitmeir (Oxford)

 

(c)    Approaches to teaching art history and manuscript studies

Emily Guerry (Kent) (chair)

Kathryn Rudy (St Andrews)

Spike Bucklow (Cambridge)

Emily Savage (St Andrews)

 

(d)   Taking palaeography further: using manuscripts to engage in outreach with schools and the general public

Pauline Souleau (Oxford) (chair)

Gustav Zamore (Oxford)

Anna Boeles Rowland (Oxford)

Sarah Laseke (Leiden)

 

Closing remarks: Teresa Webber (Cambridge)

 

 

For more information on Teaching the Codex, please visit https://teachingthecodex.wordpress.com, or follow us on Twitter (@TeachingCodex).

 

Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: teachingthecodex@gmail.com

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Refractions of the Byzantine: Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461), 5-6th June, Senate House Room 349, King’s College, London

For a full programme click here.

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for applicants: AKMED, Koc, Numismatics Summer School, July 3 – 14th

This summer we are organizing at AKMED of Koç University in Antalya  a “numismatics summer school” from July 3 to 14, 2017. It is open to the students from Turkey and abroad. Scholarships are available. Deadline is April 17.

 

Here is the link to the summer school:

https://akmed.ku.edu.tr/en/events/koc-university-akmed-summer-school-monetary-history-and-numismatics-from-archaic-to-byzantine-periods-2/

 

 

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Call for participants: The Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School, 2017

For the tenth year in a row, the University of Bologna offers an intensive three-week Greek and Latin Summer School.

 

Two different levels (beginners and intermediate) are scheduled for both languages. It will also be possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (http://www.ficlit.unibo.it), from 19th June to 7th July 2017 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

 

The teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

 

all teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form please visit:

http://www.ficlit.unibo.it/it/dipartimento/summer-school

E-mail: diri_school.latin@unibo.it

 

 

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Call for papers: “Feeding on Dreams: Exiles and Exile in Late Antiquity.”, workshop at Yale University 23-25 April, 2018

Organized by Maria Doerfler (Yale University) and Geoffrey Nathan (University of New South Wales)

 

Being barred from one’s native lands, state and/or community was and continues to be a unique form of punishment.  Individuals or groups might not only suffer from physical, economic and legal privation, but also social and cultural exclusion to the point of a kind of social death.  In Late Antiquity, the degree of political and religious change made exile perhaps more likely for an increasingly diverse group, but may have also changed the nature of exile itself.  Recent work both on conceptual exile and the exile of clerics raises the possibility of expanding the scope of scholarly conversations surrounding the practice in this period.   This workshop’s purpose is to consider different experiences and conceptions of formal and informal banishment to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the social, cultural, and literary phenomenon of exile in late antiquity.

 

The organizers thus invite papers to explore the nature of exile and exiles in Late Antiquity (ca.300-650 CE).  We welcome contributors to interpret these concepts broadly, and seek a wide variety of papers and disciplinary approaches.

 

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

 

Political and religious exile

Relegatio, deportatio, postliminium: exile in law

Self-exile

Conceptual exile (spiritual and metaphorical exile)

Treatments of exile in the religions of Late Antiquity

Diasporas and refugees

The archaeology of exile

 

After the workshop, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words exileinlateantiquity@gmail.com .  Alternatively, abstracts may be sent to either Maria Doerfler (maria.doerfler@yale.edu)  or Geoff Nathan (g.nathan@unsw.edu.au ) by 14 May 2017. For queries, please email either organizer.

 

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Between lust and chastity: the Byzantines on Love and Sex, Buenos Aires, 28-29 August 2017

Rivers of ink have flown since A. Kazhdan’s seminal contribution, “Byzantine Hagiography and Sex in the Fifth to Twelfth Century” (1990), including V. Burrus’ The Sex Lives of Saints (2004). Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge no study to date covers in a comprehensive way divine and human love, the codification of the relation between sexes, the interaction between an avowed morality and the real practice of sexuality. This colloquium aims to put together a number of works tackling these and similar issues

 

A historical, anthropological or sociological perspective still has a fair job to do in this area. The UBA research team, with its focus on narratology, will pay special attention to love as a dynamic principle in Byzantine storytelling, either hagiographical, historical, or of other kind. Indeed, the centrality of love, which can take myriad forms (as a topos, as a target towards which a given plot aims, as a powerful tool towards meaningful characterization, as a social expectation horizon, etc.) should be evaluated in the framework of the evolution of narrative forms. We believe that a dynamic analysis of erotic motifs can be so productive for diachronic narrativity as the spatiality, temporality, or the studies of narrators and narratees.

 

At the same time, any other point of view is welcome: from a presentation on the Song of Songs, to a study of Byzantine marriage; from the love poetry in the Anthology to the apparent desacralization of erotism studied by H.-G. Beck in his Byzantinisches Erotikon; from the ever-lasting reading of the Greek novels to the erotic connotations – or not – of virginity and mystical experience. More metaphorical subjects such as the “love of learning” are also welcome.

 

Please send your abstract, no later than May 31st, 2017, to Tomas.Fernandez@conicet.gov.ar , pablo.a.cavallero@gmail.com . Any query or comment will also be more than welcome.

Poster found here.

 

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Summer School on Greek Palaeopgrahy and Byzantine Epigraphy, 3-8 July, Patmos

 

The one-week intensive Summer School is an introductory course to Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy aiming to provide students with basic skills for approaching manuscripts and written inscriptions.

 

A unique feature of this Summer School is that students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice within the Monastery of Saint John, which is now home to more than 1200 manuscripts and a large number of icons and monumental paintings with inscriptions dating from 12th to 16th century.

 

The Summer School will be held from 3 to 8 July 2017. The instructors are researchers of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and in particular of the Institute of Historical Research as well as external collaborators of the Institute with extensive experience in the study of Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy. The lectures will take place at the Nikolaides Mansion whereas the practical exercise sessions inside the monastery and in the Apocalypses Cave.

 

The school is intended for PhD candidates, postgraduate, graduate students and pre-graduate students in their final year of Classics, Philology, History, Theology, Byzantine and Medieval Studies.

 

The course of Palaeography will be taught in Italian and English, whereas the course of Byzantine Epigraphy in English. Adequate knowledge of Ancient Greek is a prerequisite for participation.

 

The number of students is limited to 20. They will be selected by a Scientific Committee following a thorough assessment of the application and the CV of the candidates.

 

All students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

 

For complete information, see http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/educational_activities/2017_palaeography/NHRF_SummerSchools2017_Palaeography-en.html

 

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Byzantine Studies Research Center, Byzantine Greek Summer School, Bogazici University, Istanbul, June 28- July 21, 2017

 

The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its first Byzantine Greek Summer School program to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 21, 2017. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul, while enjoying various attractions of the Bogazici University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.

 

Format

 

The course is designed for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Classical Greek or its equivalent. Students are expected to have knowledge of basic Greek grammar and to be able to read simple texts from ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. The morning sessions, devoted to the reading of Byzantine texts from various genres, will be supplemented by private tutorials in the afternoon. Each student will have one hour of tutorial per week. The language of instruction is English. The program will offer tours in the weekends to the important Byzantine sites and museums in Istanbul. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.

 

Instructor

 

Niels Gaul is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Thomas Magistros und die spätbyzantinische Byzantinistik (2011) and the co-editor, with S. Steckel and M. Grünbart, of Networks of Learning: Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000–1200 (2014) and, with Av. Cameron, of Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium (2017). From August 2017 he will be the Principal Investigator of an ERC-funded project, “Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song Xue’.”

 

Location

 

The classes will be held at the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University.  Bogazici University, established as Robert College in 1863, is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Turkey. Its Byzantine Studies Research Center, founded in 2015, is the first Turkish institution attached to a state university that is dedicated to academic research on Byzantine civilization. The Center fosters the development of education in Byzantine studies by offering scholarships at the M.A., Ph.D., and post-doc levels, “tools of the trade” seminars, and language programs.

 

For more information, please see:

 

http://www.boun.edu.tr/en_US

 

http://byzantinestudies.boun.edu.tr/

 

Eligibility

 

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply granted that they meet the requirements mentioned above. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies. A diagnostic test may be administered to the candidates before the final decision.

 

Scholarships

 

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all the successful candidates who are accepted to the program will attend the courses free of charge. Additionally, we offer:

 

3 scholarships to foreigners from outside Turkey that will cover accommodation in a shared apartment, airfare to/from Istanbul, and a meal plan for the duration of the program.

3 scholarships to Turkish citizens from outside Istanbul that will cover transportation expenses to/from Istanbul and a meal plan for the duration of the program.

5 scholarships to Turkish students resident in Istanbul that will cover a meal plan for the duration of the program.

Please indicate in your application which scholarship you would like to apply.

 

To Apply:

 

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before May 31, 2017. The application file should be in English and include a statement of purpose and a detailed CV. The applicant should indicate in the statement of purpose his/her background in Classical Greek and the relevance of the summer program for his/her future studies or career development. Applicants currently enrolled as students in a higher education institution should also submit a transcript and one reference letter.

 

Applications should be sent to: byzantinestudies@boun.edu.tr

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

British School at Ankara, Research Funding Applications

 

The following calls for applications may be of interest to those working on the history and/or archaeology of Asia Minor and the Black Sea.

 

The British Institute at Ankara invites applications for its Study Grants and its Research Fund. Both of these are open to researchers at any stage of their careers. The deadline for both schemes is 28 April 2017.

 

Study Grants:

 

Research Funding Proposal:

 

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Assistant or Associate Specialist at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

 

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG®) at the University of California Irvine invites applications for a full-time research position. This appointment is for an initial one-year period with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of three years. The individual to be appointed will oversee text digitization and correction and contribute to the expansion of the TLG collection.

 

Prerequisites: Ph.D. in Classics or Byzantine Literature; high level of proficiency in Greek and Latin; prior experience in technology is desired but not required. Familiarity with textual criticism and a capacity for detail-oriented work are essential requirements.

 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of California offers an attractive benefits package. Applications should be submitted electronically at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03884. Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Questions about the position may be sent to: tlg@uci.edu.

 

Application deadline: Applications received by April 15, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

 

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

 

More information here: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03884

 

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Call for candidates for a post-doctoral researcher for the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development  (Latin evidence), Warsaw

 

Application deadline: 31 May 2017

 

The Institute of History, University of Warsaw, is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher  for a position in the ERC-funded project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of seven post-doctoral researchers reporting to the Principal Investigator, Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), but under direct supervision of Robert Wiśniewski  (University of Warsaw). The postholder will have responsibility for collecting and researching Latin evidence consisting mostly of literary texts, inscriptions and calendars. The postholder is also expected to produce sole-authored articles on aspects of the cult of saints in the West.

 

 

Full information about the vacancy and how to apply can be found here: http://cultofsaints.history.ox.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Call-for-candidates-Latin-June-2017.pdf

 

 

 

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Byzantine Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Notre Dame

 

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the

National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with  a  completed doctorate  whose  research deals  with  some  aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards  scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas.

 

This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature,  theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the 2017-18 academic year.

 

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and

articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will

have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be

provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

 

In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this

event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.

 

Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.

 

Salary: $36,000 plus benefits

Start date: August 16, 2017

 

Application procedure: Please see the fellowship listing on our web site at  http://tinyurl.com/ByzantineMI  for all details of the application procedure.

 

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 30th March 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

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

 

Organised by Jeroen Wijnendaele (jeroen.wijnendaele@ugent.be ) and Wouter Vanacker  (wouter.vanacker@ugent.be )

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

 

SPEAKERS:

 

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

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

 

Laurent Dissard, University College London

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

 

Karel C. Innemée, University of Amsterdam

Deir al-Surian, A Monastery on Cultural Crossroads

 

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

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

 

Seating is limited. Additional information and registration at  https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/cultural-hertiage /.

 

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

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Conference on the Physiologus, Paris, June 15-17

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

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

https://reusereconsidered.com/

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Any questions should be addressed to Lia Dykstra at Reuse.Reconsidered@gmail.com .

 

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

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

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

 

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

http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/educational_activities/2017_numismatics/NHRF_Schools2017_Numismatics.html

 

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LECTIO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and ‘Oriental’ Languages On Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Leuven, 13-15 December 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for forwarding this call to your academic network.

 

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

 

Looking forward to numerous and interesting contributions,

 

Wim François

Jan Papy

Toon Van Hal

Pierre Van Hecke

Raf Van Rooy

Laurent Waelkens

Erika Gielen

 

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

University of Chicago Collections Research Grant

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

 

https://oi.uchicago.edu/collections-research-grant

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To apply:

 

Please send your applications and enquiries by email only to:  mailto:oi-museum@uchicago.edu  including the subject line:  “Collections Research Grant”

 

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

 

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

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

A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).

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

Contact details for two referees.

 

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

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Three fully-funded AHRC PhDs with the Oxford University Museums

Dear all –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you!

 

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

University of Leicester in partnership with Ashmolean Museum

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

Further details and applications (Deadline 31 March):

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/departments/museumstudies/research/oxford-university-museums-ahrc-collaborative-doctoral-partnership-1/oxford-university-museums-ahrc-collaborative-doctoral-partnership

 

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

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

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

Further details and applications (Deadline 24 March):

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/Where-Art-and-Science-Meet-Art-and-Design-at-Oxford-University-Museum-of-Natural-History.aspx

 

The Photography of OGS Crawford

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

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

Further details and applications (Deadline 20 March):

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/news/birkbeck-oxford-university-museums-collaborative-doctoral-partnership

 

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Associate Curator, Dumbarton Oaks

Position Title: Associate Curator, Byzantine Collection

Supervisor: Museum Director

Department: Museum

Grade: 57, exempt

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours work week

 

Summary

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

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

 

Qualifications

 

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications:

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

Ability to work collegially in a team environment.

 

To Apply

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

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=41673BR

 

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

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

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

 

More info (including ~~English version):

 

https://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1391/files/2017/01/Appel-contrats-post-doctoraux_LabexMed_2017-3.pdf

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Processus socio-économiques, politiques et juridiques.

 

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

 

  1. Dynamiques territoriales et interactions hommes-milieux.

 

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

 

Pour tout renseignement, contacter Mathilde Favier : mathilde.favier@univ-amu.fr

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

Posted in Byzness

The Byzness 06/03/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 6th March 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

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

 

All are welcome, and attendance is free, but we ask you please to register at http://tinyurl.com/domestic-ritual-oxford . Space is limited on the Saturday.

Please contact Ine.Jacobs@classics.ox.ac.uk  or Clifford.Sofield@arch.ox.ac.uk  for further information.

 

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

 

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

More details and a full timetable: http://www.indiana.edu/~medieval/symposium.shtml

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Conveners:

Manolis Ulbricht, Byzantine Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Adam Walker, HLCS, Radboud University / Gorgias Press

 

 

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

To read the full CfP:

https://www.academia.edu/31326070/CfP_%C3%9Cber_alle_Kan%C3%A4le._Aspekte_von_Kommunikation_in_Sp%C3%A4tantike_und_Fr%C3%BChmittelalter_._AG_SFM_MAINZ_6.-7_Juli_2017

 

Contributions from various disciplines are welcome. Please submit your abstract to Roland Prien, roland.prien@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de , until March 20th, 2017.

More information on the AG SFM: http://www.ufg-va.uni-hd.de/AG_Spaetantike_Fruehmittelalter/index.html

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

how authority is negotiated between saints and the populace

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

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

audience milieu and reader reception

literary history

 

Please send your abstracts to: Ghazzal Dabiri (ghazzal.dabiri@ugent.be ) by 15 July 2017.

 

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

 

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Call For papers – Phasis

Call for papers for Phasis

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours,

 

Tamara Cheishvili

Managing Editor

 

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Italy Restoration  School Call for Applicants

 

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

 

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

For more information and a programme visit their website: http://sg-preserv.org/

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

More information can be found here.

 

Deadline is March 20th.

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

Amsterdam – The Netherlands, November 3 – 05, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

 

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

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

 

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

societal change.

 

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

 

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

– Architecture and memory

– The politics of remembrance and identity

– Archaeologies of heritage dynamics; daily life, performance

– Counter-cultures; street art, music, fashion

– Heritage and digital culture

– Collections and collectors

– Heritage, tourism, and representations of place

– Photography; aesthetics, automatism, agency

– Postcolonial heritage and memory

– Contemporary art and culture; hybridity and ambivalence

– Urban archaeology and public space

 

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

 

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

CHAT2017Amsterdam@gmail.com

 

W http://www.chat2017.nl/

 

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

 

The NEH Summer Institute for this year is in Chapel Hill from mid-June to mid-July. The topic is Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad.  Here is the link to our website: https://history.unc.edu/neh-inst-2017-migration/

 

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

 

The Institute has three objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

With all best wishes,

 

Michael

 

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Michael Maas

William Gaines Twyman Professor of History

Department of History, MS-42

Rice University, 6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Heckman Research Stipends (The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)

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

 

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

 

Applications:

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

 

Applicants are asked to provide:

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

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

an updated curriculum vitae

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

Posted in Byzness

The Oxford Listings – Week 8

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 8

 

Hilary Term 2017
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MONDAY 6 March

 

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Irene Bavuso:

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

 

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

Lucy Hennings (Exeter College)

Continental Networks and Political Language in the Reign of Henry III
TUESDAY 7 March

 

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

Room 2, Christ Church

Professor Mark Edwards (Oxford):

The Book of Revelation in the Early Church

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

No Seminar

 

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17:00 Annual Medieval Studies Lecture

Taylor Institution, Main Hall

Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, London)

Living Diversity: Identities in Medieval Cities

 

 
WEDNESDAY 8 March

 

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

Ashmolean Museum, Coin Study Centre, 2nd Floor

Julian Baker (Ashmolean Museum)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450

 

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17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Julian Baker (Oxford)

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

creation of the last Byzantine monetary system in 1372

 

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17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

Library St John’s College

Final Discussion and Display of Early Books

 

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THURSDAY 9 March

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

No Seminar

 

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14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Jessica van-’t-Westeinde (Tübingen):

Individual Religious Agency: Jerome and his Jewish ‘Network’

 

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

Lecture Room, Blackfriars

Prof John Finley (St Louis)

The Unity in Human Agency

 

 

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FRIDAY 10 March

 

9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

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

Start reading from p. 45, line 9.  

 

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries

 

 

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 28/02/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 28th February 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

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

For further information please see:

http://www.univie.ac.at/9salt/index.php?seite=events&sub=17Indi

http://www.univie.ac.at/9salt/bilder/programm_individuality_web.pdf

 

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

A full programme is found here.

 

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

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

 

Latini—Graeci—Rutheni

Dr Yury Avvakumov

University of Notre Dame, USA

 

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 – 15:00

Bentley Room, Pitt Building, University of Cambridge

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For queries and recommended workshop reading please contact Miss Olga Płócienniczak at slavon@hermes.cam.ac.uk  or Dr Olenka Z. Pevny, ozp20@cam.ac.uk

 

For a poster and further information click here.

 

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

 

The Uniates and the Invention of Eastern Orthodoxy:

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

 

13 March, 5:30pm

Latimer Room, Clare College

 

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

 

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

 

For queries please contact Dr Olenka Z. Pevny, ozp20@cam.ac.uk

 

For a poster click here.

 

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

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

 

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

 

For information contact: Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint ( theo.vanlint@orinst.ox.ac.uk )

 

For a poster click here.

 

 

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

 

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

 

On 20 March there will be a conference titled “Greek research and historical libraries: opportunities for connection and collaboration” and on 21 March a workshop titled “Library management workshop: security, conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and funding”. The programme is available at https://www.cerl.org/services/seminars/main#other_seminars

 

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

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/gennadius/eventDetails/visualising-500-years-of-circulation-of-greek-incunabula-in-european-and-am

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Contact email: foteini.spingou@classics.ox.ac.uk ; miranda.williams@classics.ox.ac.uk

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

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

Deadline for applications: March 1st.

 

For more information click here: http://www.bsana.net/conference/2017_BSANA_CallforPapers.pdf

https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/bsc2017/home

 

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

Dear all,

 

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

 

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

 

This course is a unique opportunity to study in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. If you are interested in this course, or if you are in a position that you have students or research fellows who may be interested in the courses, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! For more information see http://bachelors.vu.amsterdam/en/summer-school/courses/SyriacChrisitanity/index.aspx . See also our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SummerCourseSyriacChristianity?fref=nf

 

Kind regards,

 

Wido van Peursen

 

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

Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Tel. +31 (0)20 59 83427; email: w.t.van.peursen@vu.nl

Twitter: @PeursenWTvan; Skype: peursenwtvan

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Prize of the Pontifical Academies

Dear Mr/Mrs,

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

For the full announcement click here.

 

 

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Applications have to be sent before 1st April 2017.

 

Do not hesitate to disseminate the call.

Many thanks, and best regards,

 

Laurent Bavay, directeur de l’Ifao

Nicolas Michel, directeur des études

 

http://www.ifao.egnet.net/actualites/#145

 

 

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

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The Oxford Listings – Week 7

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 7

 

Hilary Term 2017
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MONDAY 27 February
17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Hannah Boston (Trinity College)

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

 

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TUESDAY 28 February

 

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

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Professor Gilles Dorival (Aix-Marseille):

Was there a Christianisation of the text of the Septuagint?

[GRINFIELD LECTURE ON THE SEPTUAGINT]

 

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

Room 2, Christ Church

Nathan Betz (Oxford):

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

 

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Discussion Session: pulling together threads from the term

 

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WEDNESDAY 1 March

 

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

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

The Septuagint in the Biblical Catenae

 

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17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

New Seminar Room, St John’s College

Torsten Hiltmann (University of Münster)

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

 

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THURSDAY 2 March

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Cristina Murer (Berlin):

Grave Robbing and the Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity

 

 

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14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

John Curran (Belfast):

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

the Fourth Century

 

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FRIDAY 3 March
9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

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

 

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries

 

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17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

Benjamin Fourlas (Mainz):

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

Early Byzantine Silver Hoard at Karlsruhe

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Byzness 19/02/16

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 19th February 2017

 

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

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

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

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

To register your interest in attending click here.

 

 

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

Early Bird Tickets Reduction Until 1st March

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

 

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

 

Museum Exhibitions:

 

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

 

DAVID TALBOT RICE AND THE REDISCOVERY OF BYZANTIUM

For further information on this exhibition, please click here

 

EXCAVATING EMPIRE: THE FORGOTTEN ARCHIVE OF MOUNT SINAI

For further information on this exhibition, please click here

 

EXCAVATING EMPIRE: GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE IN BYZANTIUM

For futher information on this exhibition, please click here

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

REMINDER!!  Bryer – recollections!

 

Ruth Macrides (R.J.MACRIDES@bham.ac.uk ), Margaret Mullett (Margaret.Mullett@aol.co.uk ) and Liz James (E.James@sussex.ac.uk ) are collecting material for a commemoration of Bryer at the Symposium in March – please send us stories, pictures, memories by the end of this month (February) for inclusion!

 

 

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

Register: http://www.cvent.com/d/nvqtmm

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Full program and details at : http://www.sas.upenn.edu/arthistory/events/constructing-sacred-space-career-celebration-robert-ousterhout

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

Please find the programme here. Places are limited, write to robin.whelan@history.ox.ac.uk and amanda.power@stcatz.ox.ac.uk to secure one.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For further information, contact Pamela Patton: ppatton@princeton.edu

 

Speakers

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

Visit: https://ica.princeton.edu/conferences/

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

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

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

 

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Monday 3rd April 2017 to cbomgs2017@gmail.com . Applicants will be notified of selection within a week of this date.

 

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

 

 

All best wishes,

 

Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger

Organisers of the 18th annual postgraduate colloquium.

University of Birmingham

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Call for Applicants & Scholarships: International Itinerant Paleographic school 2017

 

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

 

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

and

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

 

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

 

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

 

Deadline: Before March 10th 2017

For more details click here.

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

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

 

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

 

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

 

More details click here.

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

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

 

Keynote Speakers · Dr Alex Metcalfe · Dr Maroula Perisandi

 

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

 

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

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

 

Website: https://mediterraneanconference17.wordpress.com/

 

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

Keynote address by GUY STROUMSA (Hebrew University)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Abstracts, no longer than 300 words, should be sent to crsconference2017@ceu.edu by March 1, 2017. Applicants will receive the final decision no later than March 16 2017.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For further information, please address Nikola Pantić, Martin Pjecha, Vilius Kubekas and Esther Holbrook at crsconference2017@ceu.edu .

 

Organized by:

Center for Religious Studies

Central European University

https://religion.ceu.edu/

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Languages are German and English.

The given papers shall be published in a conference transcript.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Please submit your application in a single PDF directed to Christoph L. Hesse (Email: gkm@uni-muenster.de ).

Your document should include the following:

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

(2) Curriculum Vitae Submission date: 15.03.2017

 

For any questions or further information, please contact:

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

D-48143 Münster, Germany

Tel: ++49 251 83-22572

Fax: ++49 251 83-25209

Email: gkm@uni-muenster.de

Website: http://www.uni-muenster.de/centrumgkm

 

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

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

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

Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.

 

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

 

Important conference dates:

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

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

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

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

September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.

 

Conference Registration Fees:

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

 

Contact Info:

religiousstudieslt@gmail.com

 

Contact Email:

religiousstudieslt@gmail.com

 

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

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

 

Registration for this meeting will open soon.

 

You can already submit your paper proposal by emailing me (and cc to Mauro Pesce: mailto:mauro.pesce@unibo.it ).

Also If you have any further questions, especially concerning the papyrology unit, please, feel free to send me an email, or visit https://cissr.wordpress.com/annual-meetings .

The call for papers closes on April 30, 2016.

 

 

With all best wishes,

Peter Arzt-Grabner

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

–          impresarios of the promotion of Roman saints‘ cults

–          the means of diffusion – art, liturgy, relics

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

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

–          the creation of a Roman identity for foreign saints

 

Please send your 300-word abstract of a 20-minutes paper by 15 March 2017 to: sanctiromae@gmail.com

 

Notifications about acceptance will be sent out by 30 March.

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

 

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

 

Organisation commitee:

Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

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

Marianne Sághy (Central European University – Hungarian Hagiography Society)

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

 

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

Please find the poster here and more information here.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Please send the title of your paper to orient.chretien@gmail.com .

The conference languages are Russian and English.

 

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

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

College Teaching Fellow in Mediterranean History at the University of Harvard

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

 

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

 

Additional Qualifications:  Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desirable.

 

Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7376 ). Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 17, 2017.

 

A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position

Curriculum vitae

Research statement

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Full information at: http://facultyresources.fas.harvard.edu/social-sciences

 

 

 

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

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/imafo/die-abteilungen/byzanzforschung/language-text-script/diplomatik-texteditionen/byzantine-poetry-1081-1204/

 

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

 

Begin: September 1st, 2017

 

Contact: andreas.rhoby@oeaw.ac.at

 

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

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/imafo/die‐abteilungen/byzanzforschung/

 

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

 

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

 

Payment: according to FWF’s standard personnel costs and salaries list for postdocs (gross salaries!): https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research‐funding/personnel‐costs/

 

The successful candidate will have

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

 

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

 

In addition, two letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to andreas.rhoby@oeaw.ac.at .

 

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

 

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

 

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Research Group participants invitation: Talking Religion

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

 

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

 

For more information about the project click here.

 

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

 

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PhD Position at the University of Gothenburg

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

 

The position is is fully funded for four years.

 

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

 

Potential applicants can contact me <helene.whittaker@gu.se > for further information.

 

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Post-Doc position at University of Florida

More details here.

 

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

 

Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via www.recruit.ox.ac.uk  and enter Vacancy ID 127662.

 

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

 

Contact Person : Philippa Crowley

 

Contact Phone : 01865 288391

 

Contact Email : recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk

 

Link to JD:  https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=127662

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

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The Oxford Listings – Week 6

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 6

 

Hilary Term 2017
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MONDAY 20 February

 

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Nora Farber

Something Fishy: Medieval Dietary Trends at Stoke Quay, Ipswich

 

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

Cecilia Gaposchkin (Darthmouth College)

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

TUESDAY 21 February

 

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

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

Professor Tal Ilan (Freie Universität Berlin):

A feminist commentary on Tractate Hullin in the Babylonian Talmud

 

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

Room 2, Christ Church

Eric Hoff (Oxford):

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

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Jim Harris (Ashmolean)

Danatello’s Fingers: the Sense of Touch

 

 
WEDNESDAY 22 February

 

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

Ashmolean Museum, Coin Study Centre, 2nd Floor

Julian Baker (Ashmolean Museum)

The Commercial Revolution and the long thirteenth century

 

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17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

Theofili Kampianaki (Oxford):

The twelfth-century chronicle of John Zonaras and its audience

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17:00 Late Medieval Europe Seminar: Paper and Parchment

New Seminar Room, St John’s College

Stephen Milner (University of Manchester)

Book Cultures: Forensic Science and Textual Hermeneutics

 

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THURSDAY 23 February

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Ricardo Gonzalez (Nice, CNRS):

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

Imperial defence at the beginning of the 4th century AD

 

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14:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Claudia Rapp (Vienna):

Monasticism and Multilingualism

 

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

Lecture Room, Blackfriars

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

What Kinds of Power Produce Human Actions?

 

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FRIDAY 24 February

 

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

 

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9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

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

Start reading from p. 45, line 9.  

 

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Literature in the 9-10th Centuries

 

 

 

 

 

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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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