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The Byzness, 24th May 2015

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

‘A herald of Greek-Orthodoxy in Umayyad Syria and Palestine: John of Damascus’, 5pm Monday 25th May, Goodheart Seminar Room, University College,  Oxford University Greek Society Talk

Vassa Kontouma is Assistant Professor at the School of Advanced Studies (École pratique des hautes études, Paris, France), and President of the French Institute of Byzantine Studies (Institut français d’études byzantines).

The OUGS is particularly honored that Professor Kontouma will be coming to town to deliver to our community a presentation, titled: ‘A herald of Greek-Orthodoxy in Umayyad Syria and Palestine: John of Damascus’.

It will be a talk, based on Professor Kontouma’s most recent research, that will enquire on central issues concerning the work, days and influence of that very important literary figure of the middle-Byzantine period, and of the relation of the Greek/Byzantine world to the Arab East of that era. Such themes would be: the cultural background and achievements of that great Christian scholar in the Arab Empire ; his political choices between the Calif and the Byzantine Emperor ; the revival of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the 8th Century ; as well as his post mortem influence, and the discussion about whether he might be considered an Arab or a Byzantine saint. By focusing, from a novel perspective, on these issues, the speaker will highlight previously less-emphasized aspects in the life and legacy of that very significant historical figure, often with challenging conclusions.

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​’Liberty: an Ancient Idea for the Contemporary World: a conference on the ancient notions of liberty and their relevance to the contemporary political discourse, 5th-6th June, University College, London​

Full programme: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/events/liberty-conference

The event aims to investigate the ancient understandings of liberty in the interconnected societies of the Near East (including ancient Israel), Greece, and Rome as well as to establish the potential impact of the ancient intellectual world on contemporary political debates. It shall focus on the idea of liberty articulated in its constitutional, individual, and religious dimensions and aims to unearth rival understandings of this concept and to explore key episodes in the history of liberty in these ancientsocieties. Our objective is to bring together scholars of the ancient world, anthropologists, political theorists, philosophers, and legal scholars to formulate the first synchronic account of the ancient notions of liberty, from the Ancient Near East (including ancient Israel) to Greece, Rome, and Byzantium in order to identify rival intellectual understandings of this value and bring intellectual clarity to the conceptualisations of liberty in contemporary political discourse.

Based on the belief that historical inquiry can function as a means of political analysis, the aim of the proposed research is to investigate whether alongside the Republican way of thinking about liberty, the ancient world can offer us other ways of conceptualising this ideal.

The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion with Richard Bellamy (UCL); Kinch Hoekstra (Berkeley), and Quentin Skinner (QMUL).
Attendance is free. However, to register for the event, please go to:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liberty-an-ancient-idea-for-the-contemporary-world-tickets-

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2. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities.

The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.
The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Full details of the position can be found here: http://syriaca.org/blog/2015/05/visiting-professor/

The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David Michelson on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal, a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics, Divinity, History, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.

The person hired for this position will be a specialist in Syriac studies with strong linguistic skills (ancient and modern) and considerable experience working with Syriac texts, both editions and manuscripts. There will be a strong preference for a candidate who has experience with digital humanities, especially TEI XML, but additional training in digital technology specific to the project will be provided as needed.

The researcher will be a contributing author to SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), the New Handbook of Syriac Literature, Gateway to the Syriac Saints, and otherSyriaca.org publications as needed.

Please contact me with any questions about the position or about the online application system.

Sincerely,

David A. Michelson

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Classics & Islamic Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu

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The Byzness, 18th May 2015

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Vienna Bibliography, no. 160 April 2015

Please find here.

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ICLS Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal” (8-9 June 2015) is postponed

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We regret to inform you that the 2015 Institute of Classical Studies Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”, planned to take place in Senate House, University of London on 8-9 June 2015 has had to be postponed due to reasons beyond our control.

The new date will be announced in due course.

With best wishes and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Organising Committee,

George Vassiadis, Nil Pektas and Charalambos Dendrinos

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The Byzantine Republic: a Round-Table Discussion with Benet Salway, Dennis Stathakopoulos, and Anthony Kaldellis, June 4th, 6pm, University College London, room 106, Department of Greek and Latin.

In a revolutionary new book, Anthony Kaldellis reconnects Byzantium to its Roman roots, arguing that from the fifth to the twelfth centuries CE the Eastern Roman Empire was essentially a republic, with power exercised on behalf of the people and sometimes by them too. The Byzantine Republic recovers for the historical record a less autocratic, more populist Byzantium whose Greek-speaking citizens considered themselves as fully Roman as their Latin-speaking “ancestors.”

Kaldellis shows that the idea of Byzantium as a rigid imperial theocracy is a misleading construct of Western historians since the Enlightenment. With court proclamations often draped in Christian rhetoric, the notion of divine kingship emerged as a way to disguise the inherent vulnerability of each regime. The legitimacy of the emperors was not predicated on an absolute right to the throne but on the popularity of individual emperors, whose grip on power was tenuous despite the stability of the imperial institution itself. Kaldellis examines the overlooked Byzantine concept of the polity, along with the complex relationship of emperors to the law and the ways they bolstered their popular acceptance and avoided challenges.
The rebellions that periodically rocked the empire were not aberrations, he shows, but an essential part of the functioning of the republican monarchy.

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Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library

The library will o longer open on Saturdays from the end of Trinity Term 2015

The Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library (TABS) will no longer open on Saturdays from the end of Trinity Term 2015.  The last Saturday on which the library will be open will be 20th June.

This change to opening hours was approved by the Committee on Library Provision and Strategy in Modern Languages on Thursday 30th April.  Should the proposed relocation of TABS to the Taylor Institution Library proceed in summer 2016, Slavonic and Modern Greek collections will be available 9 am-7 pm Monday to Friday, and 10 am-4 pm on Saturdays.
TABS second floor will close this summer
We would also like to give advance notice that due to the move of technical services staff, and as part of the project to relocate TABS, the second floor of TABS will close this summer.  The Czech holdings will be moved to the first floor.  Access to the Library will otherwise remain the same.

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Summer 2015 Courses at Notre Dame: Medieval Latin, Latin palaeography, Byzantine Greek

Courses listed below are being offered in Summer 2015. Other departments (e.g., Theology, Philosophy) may offer courses of interest to summer session students. Please consult the Summer Session web site for a complete list of all the summer courses offered at Notre Dame.

MI 40004/MI 60004 Medieval Latin

MI 40005/MI 60005 Latin Paleography: Reading the Medieval Digital Book

MI 40589/MI 60589 The Troubadours and the Medieval Occitan Literary Tradition

MI 60693 Patristic and Byzantine Greek

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Piroska and the Pantokrator conference June 3, 2015 Budapest

Please find the poster with programme here.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine, 10-11 June 2016, Paris

Please find the call for papers here.

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  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NEC Fellowships for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia – deadline 28 June

Fellowship program at New Europe College, Bucharest, for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-soviet countries may also be considered) – deadline 28 June

Please check the announcement here:

http://nec.ro/Fellowships-submenu/pontica-magna.html

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Fulbright Bulgaria dual country fellowships
Fulbright Bulgaria offers fellowships for U.S. students, MA/PhD candidates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, study or exercise their talents for one academic year. We are looking for motivated candidates who are interested in conducting research projects with an academic, artistic or non-governmental Bulgarian institution, independent library or field research, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of such activities.
Fulbright Bulgaria also offers joint grants with neighboring countries:

Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award

Bulgaria-Romania Fulbright Study/Research Award

Our joint grants give researchers the opportunity to work on a cross-country project, spending one semester in Bulgaria and one in Greece or Romania. These grants are especially suitable for candidates interested in archeology, history and art history, Balkan studies, trans-border/emigration studies, economics, tourism, preservation of cultural heritage, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts. Well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels and in all fields.

The 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open. Competition Deadline is October 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To apply, visitwww.us.fulbrightonline.org. More information about the Bulgarian Fulbright program is available at www.fulbright.bg.

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 4

Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY​ 18th May​

17.00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls
Arezou Azad (Birmingham)
When brothers shared a wife: the transition to Islam in 8th-century rural Bactria

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17.00 Classical Archaeological Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Pari Kalamara (Department of Antiquities, Chalkis, Euboea)
The medieval settlements of Euboea: the state of current knowledge and some new suggestions

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TUESDAY 19th May

17.00 Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
James Howard-Johnston (Oxford)
Trading in fur in the early middle ages

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WEDNESDAY 20th May

17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Kirsty Stewart (Oxford)
‘Amusing verses for one’s merriment’: The Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds and beast literature in Byzantium

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17.00 Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Julia Konstantinovsky
Patristic Apophasis as eschatological strategy

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17.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Peter Heather (KCL)
PPE in the Fourth Century

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THURSDAY 21st May

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
North Lecture Room, St John’s College
Jane Chick (Norwich)
Gifting Jerusalem: Monza and Bobbio reconsidered

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

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17.00 After Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Bella Image (Harris Manchester College, Oxford)
Constantine and the conversion of the aristocracy

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FRIDAY 2​2nd May​

11.00 Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
Monumental architecture

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12.00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Greek Literature of Southern Italy and Sicily

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 3

Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY​ 11th May​

17.00 Torch Public Lecture
Andrew Wiles Building ROQ
Barbara Rosenwein (Loyola)
How can there be a history of emotions?

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TUESDAY 12th May

14.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Michael Griffin (British Columbia)
​Themestius on rhetoric, philosophy and excellence

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17.00 Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
David Wyatt (Cardiff)
An enslaved Irish princess in Norway – sagas, historiography and the traffic in women in the northern world c. 950–1200

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WEDNESDAY 13th May

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

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17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Mark Whittow (Oxford)
Gibbon and the Falls of the Roman Empire

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17.00 Medieval Economic and Social History Seminar
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College
Nicholas Evans (Wadham, Oxford)
Adornments and currencies of trade in early medieval north Caucasian funerary contexts

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17.00 Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Neil McLynn (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
From text to performance and back again: Gregory Nazianzen in action

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THURSDAY ​14th May

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Vicky Manolopolou​ (Newcastle)​
The City as a church: litanies, toparia and the experience of the sacred in Constantinople

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

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17.00 After Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
James Howard-Johnston (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
After the Last Great War of Antiquity

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​FRIDAY 23rd January

11.00 Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
Rural settlements and households

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12.00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Greek Literature of Southern Italy and Sicily

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The Byzness, 3rd May 2015

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The 16th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, 20th May 2015

Please find the programme for the colloquium here and the registration form here.

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Early Medieval Italian town conference Edinburgh, 29th and 30th May 2015
Dear colleagues,

Please note that the full programme for the conference on early medieval Italian towns to be held in Edinburgh on 29th and 30th May is now available.

See: 

For registration go to www.shc.ed.ac.uk/tb-retirement

Tom Brown

Please find the programme here and the poster here.

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Session Proposals Invited for Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at Kalamazoo 2016

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12–15, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/51st-international-congress-on-medieval-studi/). The deadline for submission is May 24, 2015. Proposals should include:

-Title

-Session abstract (300 words)

-Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words)

-List of session participants (proposed list of presenters and session presider)

-CV

Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2015 if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and presider) up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html.

ABOUT THE MARY JAHARIS CENTER FOR BYZANTINE ART AND CULTURE

Founded in 2010 through a generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of knowledge about the rich heritage of Byzantine art and culture. The Mary Jaharis Center’s location on the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus provides a unique opportunity to foster Byzantine studies within an Orthodox Christian community. The Center sponsors a wide range of public programming and supports the study of Byzantium through grants and other resources.

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Imbas: Postgraduate Conference in Medieval Studies

Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway. The conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and to discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary setting. The 2015 Imbas committee is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2015 conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Perspectives of the World in the Late Antique & Medieval Period’, and it will run from the 20th to 22nd November at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. The keynote speaker this year will be Prof. Michael Clarke, NUI Galway.
Imbas accepts papers from all disciplines, with a focus on any topic from Late Antiquity to the end of the medieval period. Interested postgraduates are invited to submit a title and abstract of 250 words, for a research paper of 20 minutes, to the Imbas committee at imbasnuig@gmail.com by the 18th September, 2015.
For more information see our website http://www.nuigalway.ie/imbas/ or our CFP on the FMRSI website in the link below. https://fmrsi.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/cfp-imbas-graduate-conference-in-medieval-studies-nui-galway/
Kindest Regards,
Imbas Committee 2015

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2015 T’ang Studies Society Small Research Grants and Travel Grants Announcement

Dear colleague,

With generous support from the Elling O. Eide Foundation, the T’ang Studies Society is pleased to announce a second year of funding for small research grants and travel grants for scholars studying the Tang dynasty in any discipline. The specific guidelines for application, deadlines, and other procedures are contained in the attached PDF file. The guidelines are also available on the Society’s website at:

http://tangstudies.org/Announcements.html

Applicants for these grants must be members of the Society in good standing. Please check with me about the status of your membership if you are uncertain. For the research grants, a brief report from the grantee must be submitted to the president of TSS within one month of completing the supported research. Please note: Applicants may only apply for one type of grant in a given calendar year. Applicants who have not received grants in a prior year will be given preference.

Please find the guidelines here.

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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 2

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MONDAY 4th May

17.00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls
Peter Jackson (University of Keele)
The rule of the Infidel: the Mongols and their Muslim Subjects

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TUESDAY 5th May

17.00 Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
Janel Fontaine (King’s College, London)
The archaeology of slavery: comparing methods in the British Isles and Slavic East Central Europe

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19.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Theory Reading Group
Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College
Andrew Small and Matthew Kinloch (Oxford)
Theorising Identity in ‘Byzantium’

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WEDNESDAY 6th May

17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
The Oxford University Byzantine Society
The Serbia and Kosovo Expedition

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17.00 Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Bella Image
The date of Hilary’s Commentary on Matthew

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17.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Franz de Haas (Leiden)
Why did Themistius disagree with Alexander on Intellect?

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THURSDAY 7th May

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Maria Lidova (Oxford)
Christian rulers at the Palatine: the earliest image of Maria Regina in S. Maria Antiqua

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

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17.00 After Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
George Woudhuysen (All Souls College, Oxford)
Gibbon and the barbarians

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FRIDAY 8th May

11.00 Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
Cities from the end of Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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12.​0​0 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Greek Literature of Southern Italy and Sicily

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17.00 Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity
Danson Room, Trinity College
Richard Sorabji, Gillian Clark & Neil McLynn
An OCLA discussion to celebrate the publication of the book, edited by Anna Marmodoro and Brian Prince, and published by CUP

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Building Processes and Construction Techniques in Late Antiquity, 6th May 2015, University of Edinburgh

Chrystal MacMillan Building

Seminar Room 6

University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The workshop aims to provide a stimulating debate on late antique fortifications in the eastern Empire. Focusing on a selection of case studies the event will explore a wide array of methods to approach the study of still-standing architecture. Participation to the workshop is free, but registration is required. People willing to participate are kindly invited to contact Emanuele Intagliata (e.e.intagliata@gmail.com), specifying if they want to attend dinner. Registration includes coffee breaks, but no meals.

Programme

10.30 Opening remarks

10.40 Efthymis Rizos (University of Oxford)

The fortification of Thessalonike in Late Antiquity – local background and regional context

11.20 Coffee break

11.40 Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Dara: tall stories of lofty walls

12.20 Riley Snyder (University of Edinburgh)

TBC

13.00 Lunch (The Mosque Kitchen, 33 Nicholson Street, EH8 9BX)

14.30 Corisande Fenwick (University of Leicester)

Africa restored: fortifications and the city in the sixth century Maghred

15.10 Catharine Hof (Technischen Universität Berlin)

Refined design and vernacular practices – latent marks reveal the building of Resafa’s city wall

15.50 Coffee break

16.10 Christiane Brasse (Technischen Universität Cottbus)

The city wall of Antioch on the Orontes – new approaches and results

16.50 Emanuele Intagliata (University of Edinburgh)

Palmyra and its fortification in Late Antiquity: a fresh look at the archaeological evidence

17.30 Closing remarks

20.00 Dinner (Nawroz Restaurant, 26-30 Potterow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT)

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Oxford Patristic and Byzantine Study Week, 3rd-8th July 2015

Organised by Ainos Cultural Society in cooperation with the University of Winchester, the Orthodox Theological Research Forum, the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius, and the House of St Gregory & St Macrina.

Hosted by Wolfson College, Oxford.

 

The Registration is now OPEN. Please visit the site: http://www.ainosculture.org/

Please find a poster here.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

Please find the CfP here.

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Othello’s Island 2016, CVAR Nicosia, Cyprus, 17th-20th March 2016:  a collaborative event organised by academics from Sheffield Hallam University, the SOAS University of London, University of Kent, University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds

Convenors: 

Professor James Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield

Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Sarah James, University of Kent

Dr Michael Paraskos, SOAS University of London

​Benedict Read FSA, University of Leeds

About the Conference: 

Othello’s Island is an annual conference, now in its fourth year, examining the history, culture, art and literature of the medieval and renaissance periods from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Located at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the conference attracts academics and researchers from all over the world in a co-operative and constructive environment that has rapidly developed the reputation as one of the friendliest academic conferences in town. It is also seen as encouraging a genuine interdisciplinary approach as there is no streaming of different subjects and at recent events this has led to some astonishing connections between different subject areas.

We welcome researchers into art, literature, cultural, political and social history, and other topics to submit proposals for papers, which should be delivered in English and be twenty minutes in length. As we are located in Cyprus many papers make connections with Cyprus, the Levant or the wider Mediterranean, but we are interested in all aspects of the medieval and renaissance world and so this is not a requirement.

That said, researchers into all aspects of the medieval and renaissance periods will find Cyprus a fascinating place to visit, with some of the best surviving gothic churches and cathedrals in the eastern Mediterranean, and a contemporary culture that is still imbued with the cultures of the past. This is particularly apparent in the location of the conference in the centre of the Venetian old town are of Nicosia. We will also be organising a coach trip to see some of the stunning UNESCO-listed medieval painted churches of the Troodhos Mountains.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Full Papers (20 minutes talk plus questions)

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are 20 minutes long, followed by 5 or 10 minutes for questions.

We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given above please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

  1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
  2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
  3. Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
  4. The title of your proposed paper

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to mparaskos@mac.com with the subject lineOTHELLO 2016. 

All papers must be delivered in English.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 4 January 2016. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.

Guided Poster Sessions (10 minutes talk plus “poster” display)

As an alternative to full papers, a new development for 2016 is an event called Guided Poster Sessions. Guided Poster Sessions are short presentations that are delivered in a far more informal and sociable way than full conference papers, and we are thinking of doing these at an evening event (to be confirmed).

What we ask presenters at the Guided Poster Sessions to do is provide an A2 size poster comprising at least one illustration and a body of text in English explaining some of the key points of their research.

The posters should be kept as simple as possible and not attempt to be a written paper or essay. Bullet points and headlines with very short explanatory texts are preferable.

Those showing the posters will then have ten minutes to present their key ideas to the other delegates (called “talking to the poster”) and also answer questions on them.

As stated, the aim is to be very informal with the Guided Poster Sessions, so these are particularly good for researchers who want to present provisional findings or speculative ideas for informal discussion, rather than more complete academic papers. Ideas could even be highly speculative or controversial and designed simply to provoke discussion.

Poster sessions might also be useful for younger or less experienced researchers who are not used to the formality of full conference delivery. However younger and less experienced researchers are very welcome to apply to give full papers as Othello’s Island and should not assume they can only give Guided Poster Session papers. Equally we welcome Guided Poster Session Papers from more experience researchers and even professors.

Proposals for Poster Session Papers should comprise a cover sheet showing: 

  1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
  2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
  3. Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
  4. The title of your proposed poster and short presentation

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 150 words and a copy of your CV/resume to mparaskos@mac.com with the subject lineOTHELLO POSTER 2016.

All posters and papers must be delivered in English.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 4 January 2016. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.

Please refer to the website before submitting for further information:www.othellosisland.org

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Oxford Listings

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

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MONDAY 27th April

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

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TUESDAY 28th April

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

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WEDNESDAY 29th April

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY 30th April

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

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

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

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FRIDAY 31st April

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

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

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 26th April 2015

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 1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 1. NEWS & EVENTS

 Vienna Dialogues, Travel Grant

 Dear colleagues,

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

We greatly look forward to welcoming you at the meeting.

With kind regards

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claudia RAPP

Please find the programme here.

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Vienna Bibliography, No. 159, March 2015

Please find the latest Vienna bibliography here.

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National Centre of Manuscripts (Tbilisi, Georgia) Summer School

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

Best regards,

Summer School Team

International Relations Department
National Centre of Manuscripts

M. Alexidze 1/3
0193, Tbilisi
Georgia

Tel.:  (+ 995 32) 2 47 42 42   (107)

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



Further information here; programme here and application form here.

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 2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

 Please find the CfP here.

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 3. JOB & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 Ph.D. position in Armenian Studies

Dear colleagues,

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

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

Best wishes,

Tara Andrews

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British Institute at Ankara, Funding Opportunities 2015/16

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

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

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

Climate and its historical and current impact

Migration, Minorities and regional identities

Religion and politics in historical perspective

Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective

Cultural heritage, society and the economy

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

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

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

Previous 5K Grants:

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

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

‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’

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

Previous 2K Grants:

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

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

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

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

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

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Assistant Director, British Institute at Anakara

Background and introduction

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

Its objectives are:

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

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

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

The Role of the Assistant Director

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

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

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

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

Further information

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

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

Application procedure

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

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

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, British Institute at Ankara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fitch Bursary Awards

Dear All,

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

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

With thanks and all best wishes,

Tania Gerousi, School Administrator

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Oxford Listings- Week 0 Announcements

THURSDAY 23rd April

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

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

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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Theory Reading Group

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

Convenors: Andrew Small and Matthew Kinloch

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

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

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