The Byzness, 19/01/2020

The Byzness, 19th January 2020





Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies Lecture, ‘Care for the poor in Late Antique Egypt’, 21 January 2020, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

The First CLAMS lecture of the semester will take place from 17:30-19:30 at the Strand Campus. The speaker will be Dr Elisabeth R. O’Connell, Byzantine World Curator, The British Museum.

In the last quarter of the sixth century the derelict remains of an ancient Egyptian temple were given over by local townspeople to the Monastery of the holy martyr Phoibammon in order to serve its superior “in the work of the agape for the poor” (P.KRU 105). The monastery’s charitable mandate over the next two centuries is confirmed by the survival of four its superiors’ wills, transferring the property to their successors. Several more wills and other documents belonging to local townspeople, including several women, further demonstrate the mechanics of providing for the poor through charitable donations given to saints upon the death of the testator.

This remarkable corpus of more than dozen documents on papyrus allow a rare and privileged view of the process whereby individuals give to the saint, represented by his monastery (Papaconstantinou 2012; Schenke 2016), in order to secure salvation after death (O’Connell forthcoming). This paper will draw on the wide body of recent work on charitable giving (Brown 2002, 2012, 2015, Holman ed. 2006, Finn 2006, Stathakopoulos ed. 2007, Spieser and Yota ed. 2012) to detail why members of this community gave to the poor, the mechanics of giving, and how they ensured their future commemoration. 

Elisabeth R. O’Connell is Byzantine World Curator, The British Museum (BM). She completed a PhD in the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley, specialising in Late Antiquity. Since she joined the Museum, her research has focused on the archaeology of Byzantine and early Islamic Egypt, integrating the study of ancient texts and their archaeological contexts. She is editor of Egypt in the First Millennium AD (2014), Abydos in the First Millennium AD (2019), Egypt, empire and the formation of religious identity (forthcoming) and co-editor of Egypt: Faith after the pharaohs (2015), which accompanied the BM exhibition with the same title (2015–2016). Her wider research interests include the social history and material culture of the Byzantine Empire and its successors.

For more information, see here.



Byzantine Greek Summer School, 6-24 July, Boğaziçi University.

Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its fourth Byzantine Greek Summer School program to be held at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, from July 6 to July 24, 2020. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul and Dr. Athanasia Stavrou, while enjoying various attractions of the Boğaziçi University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.

The program 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. Morning classes are devoted to the reading of Byzantine texts with a focus on Constantinopolitan monuments and/or events that happened in the city, and will be held in two groups, at lower intermediate level and upper intermediate/advanced level. Students will be assigned to one of the two groups based on their performance in a prognostic test. Morning classes will be supplemented by tutorial sessions in the afternoons that offer revisions of grammar or a brief introduction to Greek paleography. In addition to coursework, the program offers weekend and afternoon excursions to the sites/monuments of Constantinople; every student will be asked to briefly introduce in situ a monument or event relevant to the history of the Byzantine city. The language of instruction is English. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.

The instructors will be Niels Gaul and Athanasia Stavrou and classes will be held at the Byzantine Studies Research Center, located on the main campus of Boğaziçi University. Established as Robert College in 1863, Boğaziçi University 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 MA, PhD, and postdoctoral levels, “tools of the trade” seminars, and language programs.

For more information on the University and the Center, please see here.

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.

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:

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

·         4 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.

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

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Boğaziçi University before February 28, 2020. The application file should be in English and include a statement of purpose, a detailed CV, and proof of having completed at least two semesters of college-level Classical Greek or its equivalent. Applicants should indicate in the statement of purpose their background in Classical or Byzantine Greek and the relevance of attending this summer program for their future studies or career development. Applicants currently enrolled as students in a higher education institution should also submit a transcript (as well as previous record of the study of Greek, if applicable) and two reference letters (one of which must be written by an instructor of Greek). The referees should send their letters directly to the Byzantine Studies Research Center.

Please indicate in your application for which type of scholarship you would like to apply. Otherwise, it will be assumed that you do not wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Applications and reference letters should be sent to:


Byzantine Greek Summer School, 29 June-24 July 2020, Dumbarton Oaks.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Dumbarton Oaks offers an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and an introduction to paleography and Byzantine book culture. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions.

The principal course will be a daily 1½-hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.

No tuition fees will be charged. Successful candidates from outside the Washington, DC, area will be provided with housing at no cost and lunch on weekdays. Local area students will not be offered accommodation but will receive free lunch on weekdays. Students are expected to cover their own transportation expenses.

Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies (or advanced undergraduates with a strong background in Greek). Two years of college-level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test may be administered to finalist applicants before successful candidates are selected.

Applicants should send a letter by February 1, 2020, addressed to the Byzantine Studies Program, describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. The application should also include a curriculum vitae and a list of all Greek authors and/or texts previously read in the original. Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately, one from the student’s adviser, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate’s present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek. Principles of selection will include three considerations: previous meritorious achievement, need for intensive study of Byzantine Greek, and future direction of research. Awards will be announced in late February 2020, and must be accepted by March 15, 2020.

Please send all required materials to:

Dumbarton Oaks

Byzantine Studies Program

1703 32nd Street NW

Washington, DC 20007

Tel.: 202-339-6940 FAX: 202-298-8409, Email:


Syriac and Classical Armenian Summer School, 29 June-24 July 2020, Dumbarton Oaks.

Deadline: February 15, 2020

This is an intensive four-week courses in Syriac and Classical Armenian for doctoral candidates or recent PhD recipients who can demonstrate the need for either language in their research. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions.

Building on four summers of success, Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces two intensive four-week language courses: Intermediate Syriac and Introduction to Classical Armenian


The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will run from July 13 to August 7, 2020 (arrival on July 12, departure August 8). The audience is doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac or Armenian in their research.

Approximately ten places will be available for each course. Costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks. The selected participants will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from Saint John’s University. The nearest airport is Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP).

The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

The Summer School will consist of morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, complemented by guest lectures and other learning opportunities, as well as social events and enjoyment of the beautiful 2700-acre campus with woods, lakes, and notable architecture.

Applicants for Intermediate Syriac must have completed an introductory course in the language or its equivalent. Classes will be devoted to reading Syriac texts, and grammar will be taught form the readings.

For those applying for Introductory Classical Armenian, no prior knowledge is expected but some preparation as directed by the instructors will be required before arrival. Those with significant prior study of Aremenian (e.g., a semester-long class) will not be considered. Following this intensive course, students will be able to continue reading on their own or to enter reading courses at other institutions.

The courses will also include an introduction to paleography and to the study and use of manuscripts, especially those now available in the vHMML Reading Room from HMML’s vast collection of digitized manuscripts.

Students will be housed in apartments on the Saint John’s University campus. Each participant will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. A meal contract at the student Refectory will be provided. All expenses will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University. See more about visiting HMML.

Applicants must be either enrolled doctoral students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or to learn Armenian for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of the languague for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to continue Syriac or to learn Armenian at their own institutions.

Applications are due February 15, 2020. The application should include:

·         A letter of no more than two single-spaced pages describing the applicant’s academic background (including language skills) and an explanation for why continuing Syriac or learning Classical Armenian is important for future research and teaching.

·         A curriculum vitae.

·         A transcript of graduate school coursework for those who are currently doing graduate study. This is not required for those who have completed their PhD.

·         Two letters of recommendation, to be sent separately.

The application letter and recommendations should be addressed to Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Executive Director of HMML. Letters and other materials should be sent as email attachments to with “Syriac [Armenian] Summer School” in the subject line.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Syriac, and research promise. Awards will be announced in late February 2020, and must be accepted by March 15, 2020.


Short-Term Fellowships, Spring Semester 2020, ANAMED, Koç University.

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Short-Term Fellowships are available to post-doctoral and senior applicants for intensive collaborative research opportunities for durations between 2 weeks and 2 months. These fellowships are open to individuals or groups of 2–4 people and are intended to provide support for ongoing projects, such as finalizing a publication or conducting intensive material analysis or conservation-restoration projects. Collaborative fellowships with Koç University faculty, centers, and facilities are preferred. In such cases, applicants must demonstrate previously established connections in the project description, and collaborating Koç University faculty must supply a reference letter as part of the application. Fellowships provide accommodation at ANAMED, five meals a week, and a modest stipend.

For more information, see here

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The Oxford Listings – Week 1

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Hilary Term 2020

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MONDAY 20th January

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Wharton Room

Ralf Lützelschwab (Berlin)

Where’s all the bloody stuff? Carmelite Preaching in the Late Middle Ages


17.00   The Oxford Society for the Caucasus and Central Asia Seminar

New College, Lecture Room 4

Qahramon Yaqubov (Institute of History, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences)

Long-term Lease on Waqf Lands in Khorezm: Legal and Socio-Economic Implications

TUESDAY 21st January

15.00 Introduction to Islamic Art & Architecture Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Umberto Bongianino

Fatimid Architecture and its Messages


17.00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Mark Philpott (St Stephen’s House & Keble College)

Pagans, Pilgrims and the Past: doing Church History with the detectorists

WEDNESDAY 22nd January

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Alice Poletto (University of Oxford)

The Emperor and the Stage: Entertainment Facilities at Imperial Residences


17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Péter Bara (Szeged)

Leo of Chalcedon: A debating canonist?


17.00 Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Selin Nugent (School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography)

Conservation of Human Skeletal Remains in Azerbaijan: Transforming Practice from the Field Onwards

THURSDAY 23rd January

11.00-12:30 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Ginny Wheeler

Water and wealth: aquatic display in a late antique neighborhood at Ostia (IV, III-IV)


16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Katherine Krauss

Macrobius’ Virgils


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Christian Sahner (St Cross College)

New thoughts about the edict of Yazid II (ca. 723) and Palestinian iconoclasm

FRIDAY 24th January

09:00-17:00 The New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World Network

St Edmund Hall, Doctorow Hall

New Critical Approaches to Byzantine Gender Conference

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‘New Critical Approaches to Byzantine Gender’, 24 January 2020, Doctorow Hall, St Edmund’s Hall, University of Oxford.

The workshop is being organized by the ‘New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World Network’ with the aim of exploring new critical approaches to the study of Byzantine gender. The workshop will feature five position papers and a roundtable discussion:

·         ‘Gendering the Dead’ (Sophie Moore, Newcastle University)

·         ‘Byzantine Households and Questions of Reproduction’ (Jules Gleeson, University of Vienna)

·         ‘Gender and Character Hierarchies: Hagiography and Historiography’ (Matthew Kinloch, Dumbarton Oaks)

·         ‘Gender, Queer and Trans Theoretical Approaches to Orthodox Culture’ (Nick Mayhew, Stanford University)

·         ‘Categorising Masculinities: Clerics and Scholars in Byzantium’ (Maroula Perisanidi, University of Leeds)

The final session will consist of a roundtable discussion facilitated digitally by Leonora Neville (University of Wisconsin, Madison). This session will explore the current state of research and critical theory in the study of Byzantine gender, with a view to identifying potential directions of research and critical analysis.

For the full programme, see here.


‘Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS)’, 17-19 January 2020, Municipal Multipurpose Center, Nicosia.

The Third International Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου), will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and the 19th of January 2020.

Scholars, researchers and students will present their ongoing research, work-in-progress and fieldwork reports on the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

For the full programme, see here.



Balzan Seminar, ‘Failure of States in the pre-1800 Islamic and Non-Islamic World’, 2020-2024.

Deadline: 31 January 2020

The Balzan Seminar on the formation, maintenance, and failure of states in the Muslim world before 1800 is looking for participants from among advanced graduate students, postdocs, and holders of tenure-track positions working on relevant topics.

Antoine Borrut and Michael Cook are seeking to bring together an internationally recruited group of eight to ten early-career scholars working on topics related to the formation, maintenance, and failure of states in the various regions of the Muslim world prior to 1800.  They would also like to include in the group two early-career scholars working on similar topics in the non-Muslim world.  The project will last for five years, and is funded by the generosity of the Balzan Foundation.  In the first two years the group will meet twice on its own, and in the last three it will convene up to five conferences to which other scholars, including more senior ones, will also be invited.  The first meeting will be in late June or early July of 2020 at a location yet to be determined.  The project will issue in the publication of a volume the core of which will be studies written by members of the group.  The regular language of the group will be English, and basic expenses of the participants (including travel and accommodation) will be funded.  More details are available below, and preliminary inquiries can be addressed to Antoine Borrut ( or Michael Cook (

Applications to join the group should be submitted by January 31, 2020.  Your application should consist of a CV, a cover letter setting out your interests and fields of expertise, two writing samples (papers or chapters, published or unpublished), and contact information for two referees.  In the cover letter you should also indicate your availability in late June or early July of 2020.  These materials should be assembled in the form of a single PDF, and sent to:  Please name the file “lastname firstname Balzan application.pdf”.

The Balzan seminar seeks to shed fresh light on the formation, maintenance, and failure of states in the various regions of the Muslim world prior to 1800 in a comparative perspective.  The basic idea of the project is to examine the roles not just of material resources and obstacles, but also of traditions and values, both Islamic and non-Islamic, over time and space, and the interactions between all these elements.  We may decide to delimit the themes of the project in some respects after the group has taken shape.

As stated above, we would like to recruit eight to ten scholars working on the Muslim world together with a couple of scholars working on comparable topics in non-Muslim contexts.  These contexts could be ancient, medieval, or early modern.  We would particularly like to secure the presence of a scholar familiar with the well-developed literature on such issues in the European context, but are also interested in recruiting a scholar working on East Asia, Hindu South Asia, or another part of the non-Muslim world.

The venue for the meetings and conferences remains to be determined; one consideration in making the decision will be visa requirements, particularly as they may affect scholars from the Muslim world.

The purpose of the first meeting (summer 2020) is for the members of the group to get to know each other and begin to establish a framework for the discussion of the issues.  What matters is not that all members of the group should agree, but that they should be in widely-based conversation with each other.  To expedite this process, we ask each member of the group to submit a month in advance a chapter or paper representative of their work for group discussion.  Another significant part of the agenda of this first meeting will be to decide the basic parameters of the position paper that each member of the group will submit a month in advance of the second meeting.

The first task of second meeting (summer 2021) will be to discuss the position papers.  These papers will not be presentations of detailed research but rather analytical and synthesizing discussions of agreed-upon issues within the region and period of the member’s broader field of expertise.  When this is concluded, we expect to have a well-knit group with shared interests (not necessarily shared views) that reach across space and time, and include comparison with the non-Muslim world.  The second task of the meeting will be to plan a series of up to five conferences.

These conferences will take place over the following three years.  They could be on particular regions or periods, or particular themes across regions and periods.  The group will identify other scholars, including more senior ones, to invite to these conferences; these would be scholars it was particularly interested in engaging with.  The group will nevertheless constitute the backbone of each conference, and several of the papers submitted will be by its members.

Within six months of the final conference, each member of the group will be responsible for submitting a final version of the paper discussed at the second meeting, taking account of the work of the conferences.  These papers, together with a few contributions from the senior scholars, will be peer-reviewed and published with a leading university press.  We plan to seek a contract for the volume after the second meeting.  We attach great importance to the coherence of the volume.

Members of the group in good standing will receive an annual research fund of $2,000 for the five years of the project.  This can be used for relevant expenses including books and travel (other than travel to the meetings and conferences, which is already covered).

The project will also be able to support a few manuscript review workshops outside the framework of the meetings and conferences.




Funded MA and PhD Opportunities, Central European University, Vienna.

Deadline: 30 January 2020

The Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University (Vienna) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Central European University is a graduate level, English-language university with a multi-disciplinary Medieval Department that offers the following programs:

·         1-year MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

·         2-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

·          2-year MA Cultural Heritage Studies

·         PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

CEU provides a variety of merit-based scholarships and various other types of financial support available to students at all levels and from any country (tuition waiver, stipend, housing awards, health insurance coverage). For further details, see here.

Interested applicants can contact us at For further information, see here.  


Post-Doctoral Position, Haifa Center for Mediterranean History, 2020–2022.

Deadline: 1 March 2020

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) seeks applications for postdoctoral fellowships for the academic years 2020-2022. HCMH began its work some four years ago, promoting the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean in Haifa and Israel, and aiming to correspond with the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies. We encourage applications from candidates working in all related fields.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the beginning of the fellowship tenure period, and no longer than 5 years. We expect the successful candidate to devote his/her time to research, be present on the Haifa campus and take an active role in the academic life of HCMH: attend all seminars and lectures, present their research in different forums, meet informally with advanced students, etc. The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $25,000, for two years. Second year funding will depend on significant academic progress, to be reviewed in April 2021. It is advisable but not obligatory to obtain the sponsorship of a faculty member in the University of Haifa, with whom the candidate wishes to collaborate. HCMH may choose to nominate some candidates for institutional funding available in the University of Haifa.

If interested and the opportunity arises, fellows may be allowed to teach at the University of Haifa (up to 2 weekly hours), as long as their research work is not impeded. Teaching is compensated separately by the relevant departments and is taxable.

Please submit a dossier including:

·         Statement of research plans (3 pages, and 1-page bibliography)

·         Dissertation abstract (1 page)

·         Statement of support from Haifa faculty member (if available)

·         Writing sample (up to 8,000 words)

·         Curriculum vitae, including list of publications

·         Three references (emailed directly by referees)

Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Shiri Barnhart, HCMH administrator, at by March 1st 2020. Results may be expected within one month after the deadline.

PhD Positions and Post-Doctoral Fellowships, ‘Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity: Transcultural Processes on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa’, University of Hamburg.

Deadline: 15 January 2020

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has authorized funding for a new DFG center for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences at Universität Hamburg: Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity—Transcultural Processes on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa. Researchers will look at 2 processes that continue to shape society today: Romanization and Islamication, meaning the “Roman way of life” and Islamic culture.

Researchers plan to investigate the processes of cultural assimilation in the western Mediterranean, specifically on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa. These regions are ideal for comparative research on empires because structurally speaking, they had comparable economic significance for the Roman and Islamic Empires respectively as well as many other features in common.

Prior to assimilation there with 2 distinct cultures, the Celtiberian and the Berber, that were only superficially influenced by Greek culture. The Roman and Islamic Empires introduced to these an Eastern Imperial or Middle Eastern religion of salvation (Christianity and Islam respectively) in the guise of state religion. This historical situation in the first millennium allows researchers to develop new models and theories in the field of transcultural studies and comparative empire studies.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Panzram, who specializes in ancient history, and Islamic scholar Prof. Dr. Stefan Heidemann from Universität Hamburg submitted the application for funding. They will receive €4.2 million for 4 years as well as a flat program allowance of 22 percent of the funding sum. The Roman Islam Center is scheduled to open on 1 April 2020. It will collaborate with, among others, the Spanish National Research Council, the Casa de Velázquez, the École des Hautes Études Hispaniques et Ibériques Madrid (EHEHI), and the Institute of the Ancient World New York (ISAW). In the upcoming years, a total of 48 international researchers will come to Hamburg as fellows to participate in the project. This is the University’s fourth DFG center for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences.

President of Universität Hamburg Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Lenzen said: “I am delighted about the funding for our fourth DFG center for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences and congratulate everyone involved. This exciting achievement is yet further proof of excellence in the humanities at Universität Hamburg.”

DFG centers for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences are funding instruments specially designed for research in the humanities and social sciences. Above all, they allow researchers to focus on relevant but broadly conceived topics. They also foster cooperation among experts in the field.

Applications are invited in Classical Studies and in Islamic Studies for the following positions:

·         PhD position in Islamic Studies. For more information, see here.

·         Post-Doctoral Position in Islamic Studies. For more information, see here.

·         Post-Doctoral Position in Classical Studies. For more information, see here.

·         PhD position in Classical Studies. For more information, see here

‘Bliss Symposium Awards’, Dumbarton Oaks.

Deadline: 30 January 2020

Dumbarton Oaks is proud to offer the newly expanded Bliss Symposium Awards, designed to engage advanced undergraduates and graduate students in our three areas of specialization through supported attendance of Dumbarton Oaks annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Up to six awards will be made for each symposium. Up to three awards will be offered to students of Harvard University, with which Dumbarton Oaks is affiliated, and up to three awards will be offered to students from other US and international institutions.

The awards offer up to $600 for students traveling domestically, and up to $1,200 for students traveling from abroad. The symposium registration fee will be waived for Bliss Award holders. Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis upon submission of original receipts and a completed travel reimbursement form. Eligible expenses include the cost of economy travel to Washington, DC, local accommodations, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance. All receipts and signed forms must be submitted within 30 days of travel. Funds are disbursed as a check in US dollars and mailed to the candidate’s specified home address. We regret that we cannot accommodate wire transfers.

Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in fields related to the Dumbarton Oaks areas of study. Advanced undergraduates with demonstrated interest in our three fields (e.g., through significant relevant coursework) will also be considered. Students from both US and international institutions are encouraged to apply. Awardees are responsible for their travel and housing arrangements; Dumbarton Oaks does not sponsor J1 visas for Bliss Award holders. Bliss Awardees will be expected to assist with light conference logistics, such as registration and facilitation of discussion, and may also be asked to write a short feature about their symposium attendance for the Dumbarton Oaks newsletter.

Applications should include (a) a cover letter that provides a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why conference attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development; (b) a résumé; and (c) a letter of support from the applicant’s thesis advisor or department chair, sent directly to the study program. All materials should be submitted to the study program organizing the symposium:, or


·         January 31 for Byzantine Studies symposium (held annually in April)

·         March 15 for Garden and Landscape Studies symposium (held annually in May)

·         August 1 for Pre-Columbian Studies symposium (held annually in October)


Master Class for ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ Fellowship Applicants, 13-14 May 2020, University of Oslo.

Deadline: 24 January 2020

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo is organizing a Master Class for applicants to the MSCA Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected applicants will be invited to come to Oslo on 13-14 May 2020. There they will be given information about the funding scheme, meetings with scholarly supervisors, writing ideas and parts of the proposal, etc. Expenses will be covered.

The Classics section at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK) invites those interested to apply for an MSCA Fellowship at the University of Oslo to apply for the Master Class. Classics in Oslo covers a wide scope of research activities within Greek and Latin, incl. epic, lyric, the novel, medicine, rhetoric, lexicography, historical poetics, syntax, formal semantics, papyrology, textual criticism, reception studies, history of scholarship, Mediaeval Latin, Neo-Latin, etc.

It is also possible to apply for an MSCA Fellowship in Classics at Oslo without participation at the Master Class. Interested candidates should direct any questions to Silvio Friedrich Bär (

For more information about the fellowship, see here.  


Associate Professor in Medieval History, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen.

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a permanent position as Associate Professor in Medieval History.

The historians at the department carry out research and teaching at all levels, from undergraduate to graduate and post-graduate, including history didactics for students at the teacher education program. The department covers a wide range of fields in both research and teaching, and offers courses on all historical periods, from antiquity until the present, from the local to the global, and in a variety of areas, such as economic, social, cultural and political history. There are currently 22 permanent academic positions in History at the department.

The department has a long tradition of research in Norwegian, Scandinavian and European medieval history. This includes political history, urban history, Hanseatic history, global history, historiography and intellectual history.

The position has teaching, research, dissemination and administrative components. The applicants must be able to teach and supervise at all levels within medieval history. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to/participate in the teacher education program. In the evaluation of the applicants, competence in history didactics will be considered an asset.

The successful applicant will have the right and the duty to conduct research within his or her specialty and will also be assigned some academic administrative work. The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to Bergen and participate in the activities of the department on a daily basis, conforming to the regulations that apply to the position.

The successful applicant must have research competence at the level of a Norwegian PhD within history. Priority will be given to applicants who have done comparative research across culture areas and/or historical periods. A research profile that intersects with or complements established/existing research areas in medieval history at the department will also be considered an asset. In the evaluation, publications from the last five years will be emphasized.

Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to work collaboratively, on the applicant’s research in progress, as well as on the potential to strengthen the department’s academic profile over the coming years. Experience in attracting external funding will also be given emphasis.

Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years after appointment. The university provides suitable courses for learning Norwegian.

Basic pedagogical training is a requirement for the position. The successful applicant will be offered appropriate training if this requirement is not met at the time of appointment.

The position offers:

·         Salary in accordance with pay level 64 (code 1011/frame 24) on the State Salary Scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 572.700 before tax. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority in the position. A higher initial placement may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.

·         A good and professionally challenging working environment

·         Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

·         A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

·         Good welfare benefits

Applications must be sent electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”/”SØK STILLINGEN”. The applicant must fill in the electronical CV form, and the application must include:

·         Cover letter

·         CV

·         Scanned versions of original or certified copies of all academic diplomas and transcripts

·         Information about and documentation of pedagogical experience and qualifications

·         Information about and documentation of administrative experience and earlier work

·         A complete list of publications (may be attached)

·         Up to five publications (which may include dissertations, other monographs or articles) to be included in the assessment.

·         Name and contact information of three referees

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. The documents may be in Word or pdf-format. The expert committee can in special cases ask for additional documentation.

Publications that are not available electronically may be submitted in three – 3 – copies by mail to the Department at this address: University of Bergen, AHKR, PO Box 7805, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.

Nominated candidates will be invited to an interview and asked to give a lecture.

To apply, see here.


‘4A LAB’ Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Berlin.

Deadline: 30 January 2020

4A Lab is a joint program of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, a research institute of the Max Planck Society, and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in collaboration with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Forum Transregional Studies and other partners. The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Heritage Foundation) is an internationally outstanding cultural and scientific institution with unique museums, archives, libraries and research facilities; the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is a globally connected research institute, with a strong agenda in transcultural art histories.

4A Lab connects diverse disciplines, types of collections and multiple institutions in an innovative way. In particular, 4A Lab attempts to foster dialogues and exchanges between art history, archaeology, anthropology and aesthetics as well as other disciplines concerned with objects, practices, environments and narratives

The research and fellowship program invites excelling doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to Berlin. The collaboration promotes methodological inquiries and close contact with objects, artworks, collections and archives.

This includes the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums), i.e. the Aegyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection), Antikensammlung (Museum of Classical Antiquities), Ethnologisches Museum (Museum of Ethnology), Gemaeldegalerie (Picture Gallery), Gipsformerei (Plaster Cast Workshop), Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research), Kunstbibliothek (Art Library), Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Kupferstichkabinett (Cabinet of Prints and Drawings), Muenzkabinett (Numismatic Collection), Museum Europaeischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures), Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Museum of Asian Art), Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art), Museum für Vor- und Fruehgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History), Nationalgalerie (National Gallery, including Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art), Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst (Museum for Sculpture and Byzantine Art), Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), as well as the holdings of the Zentralarchiv (Central Archive), the Ibero-American Institute, the State Institute for Musicology, the Secret State Archives and the State Library.

The program focuses on OPEN (objects, practices, environments, and narratives) in their historical, social and historiographical dimensions, including histories of collecting and display. It invites researchers to study the art, materiality, mediality, agency, ecology and mobility of objects and related discourses. Under such premises, the program aims to create a space for dialogue for university and museum scholars in order to strengthen transdisciplinary collaboration in the proximity of objects, to transcend the borders of the 4A disciplines, to combine their skills and to foster a conversation between more conceptual and more empirical approaches. The program aspires to promote transversal networking and critical reflections on historical and contemporary languages and terminologies.

For more detailed information, see here.

4A LAB Annual theme 2020/2021: Plants II

In recent years, human understanding of the biology of plants has significantly changed. Neurobiologists have described vegetal life in new ways to a wider public, stressing the fact that plants not only have a sensorial apparatus, sex, but that they are also mobile – even though their motion is mostly slow – and even react to music. Plants, it would seem, have agency and they are endowed with forms of collective intelligence, a faculty that is located in plant networks, roots and ramifications. Plants, their ecology and the human interactions with plants therefore should be studied in new light, in a planetary perspective, from the beginnings of human history, as part of the Anthropocene. This includes research on the manifold aesthetic and artistic practices related to or based on plants.

While plants are important factors in human history, humans are leaving their imprint on the history and ecology of plants. The absence, presence and temporalities of vegetal life have always had an impact on settlements as well as urbanization processes. Moreover, plants are dominant elements in the human transformation of landscapes and environments. They are central for the history of colonialism, especially in the form of plantations. They are also protagonists in the making of – real and imagined – gardens across cultures. Plants interact with the human body and its sensorial, perceptive and biochemical apparatus, be it by means of drugs or via food and air. Flowers and fruit are significant elements or even agents in a history of smell and perfume. Plants are not only indispensable for the future of nutrition, they also come with a long past of cultivation processes that includes bioengineering.

For all of these reasons, plants and plant life have been a constant field of investigation and knowledge production, be it by practitioners such as farmers, or by scholars and amateurs. The understanding of plants can be gendered or socially and culturally distinctive, with specific knowledge systems relating to certain plant environments. They come together with classification systems, taxonomies, forms of collecting and display, as in the case of botanical gardens. Not only knowledge, but also aesthetic categories have been (and will continue to be) an eminent factor in the processes of the perception, description, cultivation and appreciation of plants. Artistic production and aesthetic practices based on or relating to plants are thus fields that deserve further exploration across time and space, be they historically driven by religious approaches, political interests, romanticizing views, modernist thought or eco-activism.

Artworks can rely on plants via materials like wood, pigments or dyes, textiles and canvases. Plants are protagonists in herbaria, drawings or photographs or in still life painting. They appear on tiles and pots or in architecture and all kinds of decoration. In fact, plant life or plant morphology forms the basis of the theory and the practices of ornament (or ornamentation), and might be discussed also in terms of a theory of beauty. Seeds, germination, growth are only some of the concepts or metaphors induced by plant life. Moreover, plants serve as protagonists in literature, in poetry and music as well as in religious contexts across cultures and geographies, as part of rituals or of religious veneration (bamboo, lotus, maize, pomegranate, yam, vines, sacred trees or forests). These cultural practices can be part of larger social, political and economic developments or constellations. In fact, plants and crops are major components in economies and thus are often at the center of social tensions or transregional conflicts.

The program welcomes projects from a wide range of topics relating to plants that place emphasis on aesthetic processes, history of thought, and material culture, from the 4A disciplines but also from philosophical or literary studies, in a transregional perspective.


Applicants should have obtained their master’s degree or their doctorate (within the last seven years prior to their application) in one of the relevant disciplines. Applications are welcome from all regions, with various disciplinary formations, such as Art History, Aesthetics, Archaeology, Anthropology/Ethnology, History and neighboring fields dealing with artifacts, artistic production, material culture, and aesthetic practices relating to objects, images, languages and architectures. Applicants should be interested in engaging in reflexive and transdisciplinary research. 4A Lab fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context. They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular seminars, workshops and conferences. In the overall context of the 4A Lab program and the framework of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the fellows will be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive environment. The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and disabled persons.


The fellowship starts on 1 October 2020 (9 months). In particular cases, shorter or longer fellowship terms may be considered. A possible extension of the doctoral fellowships up to an overall maximum of two years can be negotiated. The fellowships (including travel expenses) follow the guidelines of the Max Planck Society. Organizational support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants become 4A Lab Fellows at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and at the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and are expected to take up residence in Berlin. The working language is English.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as one PDF file (max. 2 MB):

·         Curriculum vitae (in English)

·         Project description (no longer than five pages, in English)

·         Sample of scholarly work (an article, conference paper or dissertation chapter, ca. 20 pages)

·         Names and contact information of two referees (including their e-mail addresses)

·         The complete application should be submitted by 30 January 2020 and sent to

Successful candidates will be notified by April 2020.

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The Byzness, 29/12/2019

The Byzness, 29th December 2019





‘Collecting Africa: Before, During and After Colonial Overrule’, 27 April 2020, University of Oxford.

Deadline: 31 January 2020          

In recent years European and US museums and libraries have been facing mounting calls for the return of objects taken or acquired from Africa and other parts of the world during the Colonial era. The objects, the ways in which they are gathered and presented, and the institutions which house them have become contested, especially when they are tied to histories of violence and dispossession. The contestation is driven by a greater awareness of the relations between institutions and politics, but also by changes in society and the balance of power. These issues have become interwoven with calls for change in the geopolitics of knowledge which have been met with support and opposition, sometimes violent, as in the case of Rhodes University. The increased focus on these issues in the media indicates that these collections have come to embody competing interests and the struggles of individuals within modern societies, and that the debates about them are as much about the present as the past. Museums in the UK have been responding in different ways to these challenges while scholars and governments debate on the institutional actions or activities that should be undertaken to address these contested collections, especially after the Sarr-Savoy report.

This conference seeks to place these debates in a historical perspective and provide an analysis of materials from Africa in UK collections that focuses on the significances they possessed in the contexts from which they were taken and on the significances they assumed and assume in the contexts in which they were and are deposited and displayed. Throughout history, traders, museum representatives, travellers and missionaries from Europe and Africa collected objects, gathered botanical and mineral samples, and took photographs for a variety of educational and socio-political reasons, sometimes assisted in these processes by African interlocutors engaged in a series of political projects of their own. Taken as a whole, these collections can be viewed as historical records of choices, values or ideologies, while the processes which led to their creation and categorization bear witness to relations of power and knowledge. How did these interactions reshape respective concepts and categories about each “other”? Did these collecting patterns change over time? To what extent are the current narratives reliant on vocabularies and paradigms that need to be reassessed? Papers that consider the acquisition of material before, during, and after the age of new imperialism in comparative terms are particularly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the acquisition of objects from different regions, including north Africa, and from different epochs, including the classical and late antique periods. Presentations that explore collections of natural history are equally welcome.

We invite paper presentations of 20 minutes. Please send the title of your proposed paper and an abstract of about 250 words to Jacopo Gnisci,, by January 31, 2020.

For further details, see here.

‘Worlds of Related Coercions in Work (WORCK)’, 16–20 September 2020, Budapest.

Deadline: 15 February 2020

The newly started EU COST-action Worlds of Related Coercions in Work (WORCK) will host its first annual conference at the Central European University in Budapest from 16–20 September 2020. The network aims at exploring interconnected histories of labour and coercion.

One of the defining features of global labour history has been the insistence on looking beyond wage labour. Much scholarship has therefore been directed towards labour understood to be informal or coercive. From this vantage point, historians have argued that in a global and long-term historical perspective wage labour in a stable labour market was rarely the norm. However, in conceptualizing wage labour as an exception scholars often maintain an analytical distinction between labour relations understood to be coercive, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, wage labour which is implicitly or explicitly understood to be a form of free labour. This conference aims to move past this binary by exploring the moments and logics of labour coercion within labour relations mediated by remuneration (of all kinds) and/or contracts (of all kinds) including ostensibly free labour. To this end, it also seeks to open up a discussion about whether concepts such as ‘hired labour’ can help historians reconceptualise historical links between wage labour and labour coercion.

The conference organizers are looking for contributions that expose the ambiguities of wage and contract across history. Contributions might address coercion in diverse contexts such as:

·         Ancient, medieval or early modern societies

·         Peasant economies, urban markets or industrial societies

·         Socialist or post-socialist societies

·         The global north or the global south

·         Contemporary capitalism

The organizers invite proposals that explore labour coercion from a wide range of perspectives including but not limited to those of gender, race, and class. They also welcome proposals that explore the linguistic, spatial and temporal dimensions and hierarchies of coercion.

 Proposals for papers (max. 300 words) can be sent to


‘Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity’, 26-27 August 2020, Leiden University.

Deadline: 10 January 2020

The Leiden University Late Antique and Medieval Studies Initiative in conjunction with the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies is hosting a two-day international conference on Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity. The conference will address key themes in religious, intellectual, and cultural history in Arabia in the period around 570-1000 AD. Central topics include:

·         Transmission of ideas and texts

·         Religious and philosophical doctrines and beliefs in Arabia

·         Devotional piety and theology

·         The Qurʾan, its history, and intellectual debates surrounding the text

·         Early Islam and other religiosities and intellectual trends

·         Holy men and holy places

·         Apocalypticism and eschatology

We particularly welcome contributions from scholars working on the intersection between intellectual-cultural history and religious studies, and whose primary concern is the history of ideas and thought.

For consideration, please send a 300-word abstract in English to by January 15, 2020. The language of the conference will be in English. Participants’ full travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the conference organisers.   



DPhil Scholarship, ‘Colophons, community, and the making of the Christian Middle East, 1500-1900’, University of Oxford.

Deadline: 10 January 2020

This project explores the role of scribal publication in the emergence of Christian identities in the Ottoman world from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. This period witnessed the conversion of several Middle Eastern Christian communities to Catholicism or Protestantism, and it prefigured the era of the so-called ‘nahda’, or Arabic literary renaissance, of the late nineteenth century. Both of these processes built on the momentum of thousands of manuscripts in circulation between communities spread across a wide geography including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Palestine. A distinctive feature of this world of scribal publication was the colophon, the marginal note, the seal of ownership, even the fingerprint—all of which acted as personal marks of authority, authenticity, and even religious orthodoxy.

Since 2015, Dr John-Paul Ghobrial has been directing a five-year ERC-funded project called ‘Stories of Survival: Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World’. One of the main objectives of this project has been to reconstitute a ‘lost archive’ of Christian Arabic and Syriac manuscripts, and the project has already completed the initial cataloguing of thousands of manuscripts. In doing so, the project has drawn on the momentum of critical digitisation projects that have made accessible manuscripts that long lay forgotten in politically sensitive areas of the world. The initial publications emerging from this project have drawn attention to a treasure trove of paratextual elements in Eastern Christian manuscripts and the role they played in the formation of modern identities in the Christian Middle East. The sources range from signatures and cryptic ego-documents scribbled into the margins of folios to poems and curses folded into psalters and Bibles. Using such sources, the doctoral student will be able to explore a wide range of questions about the history of Eastern Christianity at a particular moment of religious transformation, social mobility, and political rupture. Proposals will be considered across a wide range of topics in the social, religious and cultural history of the Christian Middle East.  For example, in what ways did manuscripts contribute to the creation of new Christian identities in this period? In a community characterised by mobility and diaspora, what part did manuscripts play in the ‘global consciousness’ of Middle Eastern Christians? How were status, authority, and kinship communicated in scribal modes of publication, and what impact did they have on the circulation of information and news? Indeed, what role did scribal publication play in the sectarianism that developed in the Middle East in the nineteenth century?

The successful student will have access to the project’s full database, the precious manuscript and resources of the Bodleian Library, and countless partnerships developed over the past five years.  The student will also benefit from working in the environment of a dynamic community of scholars with shared interests in Eastern Christianity including specialists in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and historians of Christianity in the Faculties of History and Theology & Religion.

Applicants should apply for the DPhil in History by 10 January 2020. Ideally, candidates applying for this studentship will be able to work with manuscripts in Arabic or Syriac. The scholarship will cover course fees and provide a living allowance at Research Council rates. Candidates from all backgrounds are welcome to apply, although the Leverhulme Trust has a preference for supporting Home/EU candidates.

For more details, see here.

Two Research Positions, ‘Going Local in the Perso-Islamic Lands’, University of Oxford.

Deadline: 10 January 2020

We are pleased to announce that two new research positions on the ERC Project, Going Local in the Perso-Islamic Lands, are now online for all who wish to apply.

Relevant research language skills for applicants may include any of these: Persian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bactrian, Sogdian, Pahlavi, OR other languages used in the pre-Mongol/medieval Islamicate East (eastern Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Pakistan; or in medieval terms, Khurasan, Transoxania and Hind). Thematic areas of specialism / focus can include: legal, economic, social, cultural/religious, or literary history, and/or linguistics.

To view the job description and access the online application tab, please go to: , and then under ‘Department’ click on ‘Oriental Studies’ which takes you to the page listing the ‘Go Local’ research jobs and relevant links.

For any further questions, please contact Dr Arezou Azad at


VH Galbraith Junior Research Fellowship, University of Oxford.

Deadline: 10 January 2020

St Hilda’s College Oxford intends to elect a full-time Stipendiary VH Galbraith Junior Research Fellow for a period of three years from 1 October 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The person appointed will be expected to undertake advanced research in Medieval Studies and the Fellowship is open to those who will have completed a PhD/DPhil or who will be near completion at the time of taking up the post.

Applicants may be working on literature of any language in the area of Medieval Studies. The primary duty of the post is to carry out research; in addition to the potential supervision within the Department, the JRF will receive additional academic mentoring by a College Fellow.

The primary criterion for appointment to the Junior Research Fellowship will be research excellence. The stipend will start at Grade 7, point 1, which is £32,817 per annum and is pensionable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The Fellow will be provided with use of a shared office in College. Fellows are entitled to free meals, are members of the Senior Common Room, and may apply for research expenses (currently up to £1,800 per annum). They will also be eligible to apply for small project and event grants through the College’s Research Committee.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2020. Further details, including information on how to apply, may be found here.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Deadline: 1 February 2020

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies offers post-doctoral Fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars.

The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, including those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships are valued at approximately $40,000 (CDN).

Applications for the academic year 2020–2021 should be e-mailed in PDF format to the Institute Secretary at Reference letters may also be e-mailed directly by the referee to the Institute Secretary. Completed applications, as well as all supporting documentation, must be received no later than 1 February 2020. The awarding institution must send official confirmation that the PhD has been examined and approved to the postal address below. All documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Application forms and further details may be found here.

Addison Wheeler Postdoctoral Fellowships, Durham University.

The Fellowship is designed to attract the best early career researchers in the UK, Europe and beyond and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities.  Our Fellows will help us build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. I should be most grateful if you could draw this exciting opportunity to the attention of your colleagues.

Three postdoctoral Addision Wheeler Fellowships are available commencing no later than 01 October 2020.  These Fellowships have no residency restrictions.  The closing date for applications is 07 February 2020.  The normal period of the Fellowship will be 3 years with starting salaries in the range £33,797 – £40,322 p.a.  Full details can be found here.

Assistant Professor Position, ‘History of the Circum-Mediterranean/Islamic World before 1500’, Western New England University.

The Department of History and Political Science seeks applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of History of the circum-Mediterranean world to 1500.  This can include classical and medieval Europe or the Islamic world. The primary qualification for this position is excellence in teaching. Teaching responsibilities include 12 credit hours of history courses per semester, including World History before 1500 and courses at the intermediate and advanced undergraduate level; breadth of fields is desirable.

The Department of History and Political Science has eleven full-time faculty members who oversee degree programs leading to a B.A. in History, International Studies, Law and Society, and Political Science. The Department also offers courses that serve the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering.

 The candidate must submit a cover letter, teaching statement, current curriculum vitae, and transcripts. After your application has been processed, you will be contacted to submit information for three references. Official transcripts of all higher education coursework will be required, but unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the initial application.

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in history by the time this appointment begins in August 2020.

To apply, see here.

Specialist Librarian, ‘Occidental and Non-European Manuscripts’, State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky, Hamburg.

The Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky is seeking to fill the position of  Specialist Librarian (Referent/-in, m/f/d) for ‘Occidental and Non-European Manuscripts’ (TV-L 13).

The role involves:

·         Cataloguing of manuscripts as well as expansion, preservation and maintenance of the manuscript collection

·         Communication of the collection to the public and cooperation with the professional community, especially the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg

·         Application for and supervision of cataloguing and digitization projects

·         Professional guidance for visitors to the manuscript collection

·         Lectures in the field of humanities and cultural sciences

Requirements for potential candidates include:

·         University degree (master’s or doctorate) in humanities with historical orientation

·         Good to very good knowledge of Latin (Großes Latinum)

·         You have a good knowledge of the current and relevant cataloguing standards and methods, which you have acquired through at least one year’s work in a field of research or digitization related to handwriting, or you have demonstrably catalogued manuscripts independently for at least one year

For the full job description, please see here.

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The Byzness, 15/12/2019

The Byzness, 15th December 2019





‘Digitizing and Encoding Seals: SigiDoc and RTI-Dome in action’, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 20-21 January 2020.

Deadline: 27 December 2019

We invite applications for a two-day workshop in digitizing and encoding ancient seals, hosted by the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at the Department for the Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, January 20-21, 2020.

The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss solutions, currently under development, concerning an XML-based and TEI-compliant data model for the description of Byzantine seals  – and, with minor adjustments, of other coin-like objects, such as bread stamps, Hellenistic or Western Medieval seals and sealings. For this purpose, participants will be introduced to a new encoding standard: SigiDoc, the first attempt to adapt and extend the digital approach – already applied to inscriptions, coins and papyri – to seals. SigiDoc builds on the experience of the EpiDoc encoding standard and its customisable publication platform EFES (EpiDoc Front End Services). The introduction into the methodology and functionalities of both SigiDoc and EFES will take place during the first half of the workshop, followed by hands-on training sessions on the second day. The final session of the workshop will be dedicated to discussing challenges and solutions to open issues within the development of SigiDoc, as well as the questions and suggestions arising from the participants.

The workshop will also feature an introduction and a practical demonstration of Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI), a cutting edge imaging technology especially well-suited for the digitization of seals. With RTI, an object is photographed multiple times with lightning from different angles. These images are then computationally processed and presented in a way that allows the viewer to virtually move the light source on-screen, thus making visible and discernible finest and most subtle structure of the object’s surface. Legibility and analysis of visual features can be significantly improved. Participants in the RTI session will be introduced into the use of RTI technology, techniques and equipment, and their applications in sigillography. During the RTI session, seals and other objects (brought by the participants) will be digitised using a custom built RTI dome.

Lessons and hands-on training will be offered by Alessio Sopracasa (Sorbonne University, Paris), Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham), Martina Filosa (University of Cologne), and Marcel Schaeben (CCeH, University of Cologne).

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send an application to by December 27 including a brief description of your interest in the workshop as well as your scholarly background. Basic knowledge of TEI-XML as well as of Ancient/Byzantine Greek are desirable.


Junior Research Fellowship in the History and Culture of the Countries of the Silk Roads, King’s College London, 2020-2024.

Deadline: 14 January 2020

Through a generous donation, King’s College Cambridge is able to invite applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the history and culture of the Silk Road countries, societies, and cultures of Asia from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, past and present, as well as their relationships with China in the East and Europe in the West.

This Research Fellowship inaugurates a broader programme of studies of the countries of the Silk Roads, which will include lectures, seminars and conferences, as well as graduate scholarships and further Research Fellowships. As well as pursuing their own research project, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in developing the programme and in organizing academic activity concerned with the countries of the Silk Road.

This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage research into the history and culture of the countries Silk Roads by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on their own choosing. Projects may concern any aspect of the history or cultures of any of the peoples of the Silk Roads, from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, but for this inaugural Research Fellowship, preference may be given to those studying the Silk Roads themselves, that is to studies of relationships and the movement of materials, knowledge, and technologies between China and the Mediterranean at any period in history up to the present day.

For further details, see here.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Pre-Modern Judaism, Colgate University

The Department of Religion and Program in Jewish Studies at Colgate University invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in pre-modern Judaism beginning Fall semester 2020. The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal. Preference will be given to Jewish Studies scholars whose area of expertise is Hebrew Bible or early Judaism. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable. The course load is five courses a year. Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. The successful candidate will teach classes on topics in Jewish Studies relevant to the candidate’s expertise and will be expected to contribute to the Religion Department and “Legacies of the Ancient World” component of Colgate’s interdisciplinary Core curriculum.

A cover letter, CV, and three reference letters must be submitted through here. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. All applications should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. A review of applications will begin on Dec. 12, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Skype interviews for selected candidates will be conducted beginning in January.

Faculty and Dissertation Fellowships, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University.

Deadline: 19 January 2020

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University invites applications for its Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, its Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Faculty Fellowship, and its Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies (open to faculty and advanced PhD students) for the 2020-2021 academic year (September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021). The Center actively desires the most compelling, exciting, and rigorous academic projects to join its efforts in fostering Orthodox Christian Studies as a field of scholarly inquiry in its own right.

All applications are due by January 19, 2020. For complete details, requirements, and application information, please visit the Center’s website.

NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to enable an advanced PhD student to devote full-time work to the final year of dissertation research and writing. The Fellow must be prepared to complete her or his dissertation within the period of the Fellowship.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity.

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved of any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research.

During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will have access to all of the resources of Fordham University. Through existing relationships with other New York City institutions, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of neighboring universities (Columbia University, New York University, and others), seminaries (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary), and the many cultural institutions that New York City offers.

NEH Faculty Fellowship

The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Faculty Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to support a current full-time college or university faculty member to pursue research and writing on some aspect of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived. The Fellowship is open to faculty of all academic ranks.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity.

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend equivalent to one half of his or her current salary, up to $48,000, which will be paid directly to his or her home institution. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies

The Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies is intended to support research and writing on some aspect of Coptic Orthodox Christianity. The Fellowship is open to current full-time faculty of all ranks and independent scholars, or it may serve as a dissertation completion fellowship for advanced PhD students prepared to complete their dissertation within the Fellowship period.

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities or social sciences (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, theology, anthropology, political science), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period as long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Coptic Orthodox Christianity whether in Egypt or elsewhere.

Current faculty: The recipient will receive a stipend equivalent to one half of his or her current salary, up to $50,000, paid directly to his or her home institution. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Independent scholars: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 (subject to applicable healthcare and benefits withholding) and will be expected not to take on other academic employment during the Fellowship period. The Fellowship can be awarded for either one semester or one year of full-time research and writing, and in either case, the Fellow is expected to be released from all teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship. Priority will be given to those projects expected to be completed during the Fellowship period. There is no residence requirement, but the Fellow will be invited to deliver a public lecture at Fordham University on his or her research project. During the Fellowship period, the Fellow will have access to the resources of Fordham University and will be welcome to participate in Center activities.

Advanced PhD students: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved from any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution and to be able to complete his or her dissertation during the Fellowship year. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research. The recipient of the Fellowship, by policy of Fordham University, must provide proof of health insurance. If health insurance is needed, the Fellow may buy in to the Fordham University health plan at a discounted rate.

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The Byzness, 08/12/2019


The Byzness, 8th December 2019







‘Frontières, transitions, hybridité : regards croisés des Balkans à l’Asie centrale’, Journée doctorale du CETOBaC 2020.

Deadline: 20 January 2020

La Journée doctorale du CETOBaC organisée pour sa cinquième édition en collaboration avec le Centre de recherche sur le monde iranien (CeRMI) sera consacrée à l’exploration du concept de frontière et aura lieu le vendredi 6 mars 2020. Si la « frontière » se situe aujourd’hui au cœur des rapports de pouvoir et qu’elle (re)devient un enjeu politique capital, cette journée doctorale a pour ambition de se saisir de cet objet afin d’en développer la complexité.

 En tant que concept polymorphe, la frontière renvoie autant à l’idée de fermeture et de délimitation qu’à celle de zone de passage et d’espace de rencontre et d’échange. Elle est tout à la fois un objet physiquement inscrit dans l’espace, un élément qui circonscrit les territoires et la propriété ; une construction sociale, une manière de bâtir un rapport à l’altérité ; et un point dans le temps, un événement ou processus qui divise le passé du présent et du futur.

La frontière est le lieu d’élaboration de relations sociales spécifiques qui participent à la définition et aux transformations de l’espace concerné. D’autre part, elle est aussi un lieu privilégié d’exercice du pouvoir sur les corps. Mouvante, réticulaire ou étendue, elle incarne différents modes de gouvernementalité ayant connu d’importants bouleversements depuis l’époque précédant l’apparition des premiers documents d’identification à l’imposition progressive des titres biométriques comme condition de la liberté de déplacement.

La frontière est observable à une multiplicité d’échelles. Dans sa dimension spatiale elle peut faire référence tant aux découpages des aires culturelles qu’à la division des quartiers d’une ville. Les « zones de contact », dont l’impact peut être observé dans les variations linguistiques, sociétales et culturelles, se réfèrent ainsi aux enchevêtrements géographiques. Dans sa dimension temporelle, elle peut servir à morceler notre perception en cycles, en phases, en périodes, afin d’illustrer tant des processus globaux – limites entre les différentes ères, entrée dans un nouveau siècle – que des processus intimes – passages entre les âges de la vie et expériences du vécu. La matérialité des frontières mentales, dont la manifestation dans les arts et la littérature, peut être également interprétée tantôt comme la fixation des représentations de soi et de l’autre, tantôt comme le témoignage de l’hybridité.

Qu’est-ce qui fait frontière, qu’est-ce qui la crée, et selon quelles modalités? Quels sont les discours sur la frontière? Que nous enseigne la diversité des frontières: physiques, « naturelles », temporelles, mentales, politiques, linguistiques, ethniques, culturelles, sociales, de genre, de classe… Comment la frontière est-elle vécue, perçue, imaginée ? Comment est-elle traversée, transgressée, dépassée, effacée? Enfin, comment construire une altérité au-delà de la frontière?

Les doctorantes sont invitées à présenter leur recherche en lien avec la thématique de la journée doctorale. Cela peut être une présentation des sources, de la méthodologie, d’un chapitre de la thèse ou de tout autre volet de leur travail en cours. Il s’agit d’une journée doctorale proposée par le CETOBaC et le Centre de recherche sur le monde iranien (UMR 8041 CeRMI) mais ouverte à tout·e participant·e travaillant sur les aires en question. Les participant·e·s peuvent envoyer un texte de 500 mots incluant : une présentation de soi (le nom du directeur/directrice de recherche, l’année d’inscription en doctorat, la discipline et l’institution d’appartenance), une brève présentation de la recherche accompagnée du titre de la thèse et du sujet qu’il/elle souhaite présenter à la journée doctorale. Les doctorant·e·s qui ont besoin d’un financement pour se déplacer sont invité·e·s à l’indiquer dans leur proposition et de préciser leur lieu de résidence.

La date limite pour la soumission des candidatures est fixée au 10 janvier 2020.

Merci d’envoyer vos propositions à l’adresse:



Mary Jaharis Center Grants, 2020–2021.

Deadline: 1 February 2020

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2020–2021 grant competition, including a new grant for archaeological projects. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2020. For further information, please see here.


Princeton Hellenic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2020-21.

Deadline: 8 January 2020

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships: (1) The Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies and (2) The Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies. These fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. There is one online application form for these fellowships.

Fellows will be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associates for September 2020 through June 2021, conducting research on a full-time basis.

There is also the possibility for renewal for a second full year (July 2021 through June 2022), based on funding and satisfactory performance.

·         Fellows who are renewed may be offered the opportunity to teach or co-teach a course during their second year.

·         Teaching opportunities will be subject to sufficient course enrollments and must be approved for the Dean of the Faculty. When teaching, fellows will hold the additional rank of lecturer.

·         Fellows who are renewed for a second year have the possibility of spending up to two months at the Princeton Athens Center, conducting research during Summer 2021(June-July 2021)

These fellowships are intended for scholars in Hellenic Studies, with a special emphasis on Modern Greek Studies, Byzantine Studies, or Late Antique Studies, including their relation to the Classical tradition. The goal of this postdoctoral research fellowship program is to advance the scholarship of outstanding Hellenists at an early stage of their career and thus to strengthen the field of post-Classical Greek Studies in the United States and abroad.

The monthly salary will be $5,030 (gross) for the first year. Fellows may apply for reimbursement (up to $3,000 per academic year) for research-related expenses (such as purchase of books or copy editing of scholarly work) or travel expenses when presenting a paper at an academic conference during the period of their appointment. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, moving arrangements, and expenses, as well as finding and paying for their housing at Princeton. A few weeks prior to departure, fellows are required to submit a report on their scholarly activities at Princeton.

These fellowships are residential. As such, fellows are required to be at Princeton during the term of their appointment, devoting their time to research and writing. They are expected to participate in Hellenic Studies activities and the intellectual life of the University, and are encouraged to meet colleagues in their respective academic disciplines. During the fall term, fellows offer a lecture organized by the Seeger Center. They enjoy full access to the University’s libraries, archival, and computing resources. They are provided shared workspace at the Hellenic Studies office, as well as access to the Hellenic Studies Reading Room in the University Library. No secretarial services or office supplies are provided. Computing support is available through the University’s Office of Information Technology.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by February 1, 2020 (including the defense, viva voce, or final public oral examination). Candidates must have less than 3 years post-PhD work experience. Fellows may not pursue another degree while on this fellowship, nor may they hold any other fellowships, employment positions, or visiting opportunities concurrently with their appointment at Princeton University. Scholars with Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, as well as former recipients of any Hellenic Studies research fellowships at Princeton University, are not eligible to apply. Fellowship awards cannot be deferred to a later term. 

The Executive Committee of the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies awards postdoctoral fellowships on the basis of several criteria:

·         scholarly accomplishment in a discipline of the humanities or the social sciences, and overall academic excellence and promise;

·         potential contribution to an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Princeton;

·         significance and quality of the research proposal in definition, clarity, organization, and scope;

·         potential future impact on the field of Hellenic Studies through teaching and writing;

·         ability to benefit from and contribute to Hellenic Studies at Princeton. 

Applications are reviewed both by specialists in the candidate’s academic discipline and by an interdisciplinary group of senior scholars in Hellenic Studies. A phone or video interview may be requested. All Committee deliberations and decisions are confidential.

Candidates are required to apply online via AHIRE and submit the following:

·         cover letter with title and summary (200 words) of proposed research project;

·         research proposal (five pages; 2,000 words), including a detailed description of project, timetable, explicit goals, selected bibliography, and the reason it is proposed to be pursued at Princeton;

·         curriculum vitae with list of publications;

·         sample chapter (in English) of dissertation or other recent work;

·         names and contact information of three referees from individuals who are not current members of the Princeton University faculty;

·         a scanned copy of their doctoral degree or a letter from a dean or registrar-level officer on department letterhead confirming the date of completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree;

·         all non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents are required to provide TOEFL results or equivalent, or a letter from their department head on department letterhead confirming certification of language proficiency in English. With the exception of official transcripts, all submitted documents must be in English.

The online application has a designated area for email addresses of referees. After the online application has been submitted identifying referees and the required contact information, each referee will receive an automated email message from Princeton University with instructions for uploading their confidential letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on January 17, 2020. Recommendation letters not uploaded to applications should be submitted by email to the attention of Debbie Puskas, Budget Manager.  Materials submitted with the application are the property of the Seeger Center and will not be returned. The Committee does not provide feedback to candidates about their applications.

All materials submitted by applicants must be received by 11:59 pm EST on January 8, 2020. Awards will be announced in early March 2020. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents must ensure that they will be able to enter or remain in the United States and accept employment at Princeton University.  


Fully-funded PhD Scholarship in Classics and Late Antique History, University of St Andrews.

Deadline: 16 January 2020

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project: ‘Remembering the Dead on the Edge of Empire: Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)’

This project will examine the transformations of north Italian society between 300 and 600 CE, analysing key developments in the relationship between memory, identity, and social power. Focusing on funerary inscriptions as part of the strategies for social promotion used by inhabitants of Italian cities – including both migrant and ‘indigenous’ groups – it will examine their contribution to the redefinition of the communities in which they lived. The resulting thesis will provide an original picture of late antique Italy, giving voice to new and often neglected social groups and identities. It will also focus directly on a relatively neglected, yet crucially important, set of Late Antique data – inscribed epitaphs. Scholars have recently paid great attention to funerary rites as a means of establishing social standing within a community. Our proposed project goes one step further, focusing on how this activity continued beyond death and burial – through the medium of inscribing words on stone. In doing this, it will represent an innovative and ground-breaking study in late antique studies, whether in terms of its interdisciplinary methodology, approach, and results.

Late antiquity was a period of profound transformations, as imperial structures of power crumbled, Christianity redefined traditional cultural values, and social hierarchies were redrawn. North Italian society was particularly marked by these developments, as Roman emperors and ‘Barbarian’ kings established their courts in the region, fostering social and cultural changes that gave the area North of Rome a specific identity. This project will challenge existing frameworks through an analysis of this area’s rich but still neglected corpus of funerary inscriptions, placing our understanding of late antique history on a much firmer and sophisticated base. Christian epigraphists consider this material in terms of its religious aspects, overlooking its potential for historical studies. Epitaphs recorded the name and standing of a variety of agents across a wide social and economic spectrum; being commissioned by the living, they affirmed social and cultural identities, publicising different views of the social world. They provide information about social structures, gender relations, and personal identities. They thus constitute a crucial source of information for the social history of a world otherwise only accessible through the writings of a narrow group of men. In spite of being relatively overlooked, late antique epitaphs are readily available to scholars, being published in epigraphic collections like Inscriptiones Christianae Italiae and the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.

This project will require establishing a corpus of inscriptions that will serve as basis for the research and identifying potential case-studies such as well documented cities like Aquileia or provinces like Tuscia et Umbria, for which there is a wealth of comparative material. Quantitative analysis will help to identify the trends that defined the period, and the qualitative and stylistic examination of these texts will be used to assess the forms of personal display adopted by different agents in affirming their ambitions, identities, and standing in late antique society. Focus on case studies will not only make this study feasible, but will also allow the incorporation of archaeological evidence (including field trips), providing a more comprehensive and complex picture of local life, including migrant populations. Probing the chronological and geographical edge of the later Roman empire, sitting at the crossroads between history, archaeology, and Christian epigraphy, this project will thus provide a crucial reconsideration of social and economic developments which shaped the very construction of Europe and the modern world.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Carlos Machado and Professor Caroline Humfress and based in the School of Classics and the School of History.

For more information, see here.


Doctoral Scholarships on the Qur’an in European Culture, European Research Council Project.

Deadline: 1 March 2020

 The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent and the University of Amersterdam are hiring doctoral candidates to join our project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)” (EuQu).

This is an exciting opportunity for early career researchers to be involved in a highly visible, international collaborative research project that involves leading academic institutions in Europe and beyond. We offer outstanding work and research conditions, competitive salaries, funded travel opportunities, options for prolonged stays at partner universities and involvements in ventures at the forefront of cultural studies and digital humanities. You will be conducting research under the supervision of four leading scholars in the field of Christian-Muslim relations and have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange with colleagues from a wide range of disciplinary, institutional and personal backgrounds.

 “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850” (EuQu) is a six-year research project funded through a synergy grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Its four principal investigators (and host institutions) are Mercedes García-Arenal (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC, Madrid, Spain), John Tolan (Université de Nantes), Jan Loop (University of Kent) and Roberto Tottoli (Università di Napoli l’Orientale).

The project studies the ways in which the Islamic Holy Book is embedded in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern European Christians, Jews, freethinkers, atheists and Muslims. We will conduct research on how the Qur’an has been translated, interpreted, adapted and used in Christian Europe from the Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century, in order to understand how the Muslim Holy Book has influenced both culture and religion in Europe. EuQu will look at the role of the Qur’an in interactions with Islam, in debates between Christians of different beliefs and in critiques of Christianity during the Enlightenment.

The six-year project will produce interdisciplinary research through scientific meetings across Europe, a GIS-database of Qur’an manuscripts, translations and other works in which the Qur’an is discussed, and through PhD theses and monographs. It will bring the fruits of this research to nonacademic audiences though a creative multimedia exhibition on the place of the Qur’an in European cultural heritage.

Candidates should consult the full description of the project.

Candidates should have a recent master’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities, with a specialisation related to the themes of EuQu. They should have a high level of competence in the necessary languages (in particular Arabic or Latin, depending on the thesis topic). Each student will be enrolled at the one of the EuQu host universities with the possibility of co-enrolment in another university.

Dissertations may be written in English, French, Italian or Spanish. Possible fields of research include:

·         Synthetic comparison of translation strategies and ideologies of language study and translation between early modern polemical works

·         The use that European scholars made of Muslim exegetical literature in order to understand the Qur’an.

·         Translations of the Qur’an written before 1800 (in Latin and in various European vernaculars)

·         Collecting the Qur’an (manuscripts and printed editions)

·         The Politics and Economies of the European Qur’an (including theological and political obstacles that editions and translations of the European Qur’an faced)

·         Polemical responses to the Qur’an

·          The Printing of Arabic in Europe: The Qur’an and Islamic Texts

·          A History of Qur’an Manuscripts in Europe

·         Aljamiado Qur’ans and Tafsir

·          The Qur’an in European material culture

·         The Qur’an in European literature and thought

·          The Qur’an in Central & Eastern Europe

·         The Qur’an in European Jewish culture and scholarship

·          Colonial Expansion and the European Qur’an

·          The Qur’an and Anti-trinitarianism

Each PhD student will be part of the EuQu international team of researchers. In addition to researching and writing their dissertations, PhD students will also be expected to perform research tasks in connection with the subject of their dissertations. These tasks will include, for example:

·         Bibliographical research:

–           Identifying manuscripts and printed books of interest to the project

–           Identifying recent scholarship and contacting scholars  

·         Database management:

–          Writing and editing entries (in English) on manuscripts and printed editions of the Qur’an, anti-Qur’an polemics, and other texts (in relation to each student’s dissertation topic)

–          Writing prosopographical entries on owners, editors and publishers of these manuscripts and books

–          Identifying specialists in the field and inviting them to contribute to the database

·         Participating in regular team meetings (including periodic seminars and workshops), at the host institution and at other EuQu partner institutions Scholarship conditions

Value and duration of the scholarship vary between institutions, but they are of at least 36 months, subject to good performance and satisfactory annual reviews. The date of the beginning of the contract will be negotiated on hiring.

The researcher will travel frequently for conferences, workshops and research stays with partner institutions in Europe. Doctoral students whose theses are in co-direction or cotutelle will be expected to spend time in the partner university (30% minimum of their time).

The application should consist of the following documents (which may be provided in English, French, Spanish or Italian):

·         A thesis proposal of max. 5 pages (subject, research hypotheses, methodology, summary bibliography, etc.)

·         A detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant, with contact details (name, address, phone numbers, e-mail)

·         Copy of grade transcript (master’s degree)

·         Copy of master’s diploma

·         Title of master’s thesis and name of advisor

·         In the case of a proposed dual direction of the dissertation, the name and contact details of the proposed co-director

·         2 letters of recommendation from professors who know the candidate’s work well (including a letter from the proposed co-director in the case of a proposed co-direction)

All documents should be sent in PDF format to by March 1 st , 2020. Selected applicants will be interviewed in spring 2020. The interviews will be conducted by EuQu’s four principal investigators. Applicants will be interviewed via videoconference. Contact and information:

Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature, University of Southern Denmark.

Applications are invited for a position as Professor of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature at the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark. The position is available from September 2020.

The position forms part of the Centre for Excellence, Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), and of the study programme of Classics.

CML is an interdisciplinary center (at SDU and the University of York) that seeks to formulate theoretical and practical frames for studying medieval literatures on a European rather than a national or single-language basis. The Centre comprises research groups with representatives from many European literatures as well as history and art history.

The research profile for the professorship can fall within any period or speciality of Ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. It will count as a strength if the candidate crosses several periods and / or genres and themes and has a research record which documents comparative interests looking towards other literatures or intellectual traditions. The successful candidate is expected to lead international research groups and to be a key force in promoting and developing the field of Ancient Greek or Byzantine Literature within the larger research programme of CML.

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD, have a substantial and high-level publication record beyond the speciality of the PhD and be able to document an international profile within collaboration, conference initiatives, invited talks, as well as a record of obtaining external funding.

Teaching responsibilities for the position relate to the programme in Classics (Oldtidskundskab) and possibly also to that of Comparative Literature. Teaching experience in Classics, Ancient Greek or Byzantine literature is required as well as a university teacher training certificate. Teaching may also relate to the programme for a minor in Latin, and competence and teaching experience in Latin will therefore also count as a strength. Depending on the experience of supervision (MA, PhD, Postdoc), a supervision training certificate must also be taken within 2 years of employment.

The professor appointed will be expected to have a visible profile at the Department of History and participate actively in the teaching and research environment.

For further information please contact professor Lars Boje Mortensen, phone +45 22 97 12 41, email:

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Appointment to this position may also include teaching obligations in regard to related degree programs.

An application must include:

·         Application letter

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Diplomas/Certificates

·         Teaching portfolio (please see below)

·         List of publications indicating the publications attached 

·         A maximum of 9 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.

Applicants for a professorship at the Faculty of Humanities are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here.

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be assessed.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit “Working in Denmark” where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.


International Byzantine Greek Summer School 2020, Trinity College Dublin.

Deadline: 14 April 2020

The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome back the International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS), directed by Dr Anthony Hirst. This well-established course, founded in 2002, teaches Byzantine Greek at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level and allows early learners to engage with original medieval and late antique Greek texts from the start.

Course dates:

·         Level 1 Beginners: 18 July – 1 August 2020

·         Level 2/2.5 Intermediate: 1–15 August 2020

·         Level 3 Advanced Reading: 1–15 August 2020

Further information can be found here.

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The Byzness, 01/12/2019

The Byzness, 1st December 2019





Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, 19 – 20 June 2020, Thessaloniki.

Deadline: 28 February 2020  

Papers are sought for the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea to be held at Thessaloniki on 19 & 20 June 2020.

The Mediterranean has attracted the imagination of modern historians as the epicentre of great political entities like the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Venetians, and the Spanish and so on. Yet, it seems that the Sea was always on the margins of historical inquiry between monographs on the histories of Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa. That was until the publication of the famous 2-volume work by F. Braudel in 1949 that profoundly shaped the way of understanding of how societies living around the Mediterranean interacted in a single period of history, offering what another great historian has coined it “a horizontal history of the Mediterranean.” This conference aims to offer a rather vertical history of war in the Mediterranean from the early Middle Ages to the early Modern period (c. AD1700), putting the emphasis on the changing face of several of war’s aspects and contexts over time.

This international collaboration between scholars from Istanbul and Thessaloniki aspires to bring Thessaloniki to the forefront of academic attention, by organizing the Second International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, to be hosted at the Byzantine Museum of the Thessaloniki between 19-20 June 2020. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the military history of the Mediterranean from late Antiquity and the fall of Rome to the seventeenth century. We especially encourage papers that focus on the conference’s theme of ‘models of military leadership’.

Points of discussion could potentially, but not exclusively, include:

•        Secular and ecclesiastical leadership

•        Gender and authority

•        The social strata of military leaders/commanders

•        The role of military ideals and practices in shaping a military leader

•        What could make or break a military leader

•        The effectiveness of leaders/commanders in the battlefield

•        The ‘ideal’ leadership and ‘heroic individualism’

•        Divine authority

We would also consider proposals that target more general themes, like:

•        Primary sources and their value for the military history of the Mediterranean Sea (c. 400-1700)

•        The emergence and consolidation of customs of military obligation

•        Strategy, tactics (battle and siege) and logistics in the regional operational theatres

•        Naval warfare

•        Society at war and the treatment of the defeated

•        Evolution of weaponry in regional operational theatres

The deadline for proposals is 12pm (Athens time +2GMT) on February 28, 2020; late requests cannot be accommodated.

A preliminary program will be circulated on March 30. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference organising committee:

•        Georgios Theotokis (Lecturer, Ibn Haldun University,

•        Angeliki Delikari (Assist. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

•        Agathoniki Tsilipakou (Director, Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki)

•        Halil Berktay (Prof., Ibn Haldun University)

•        Andreas Gkoutzioukostas (Assoc. Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

•        Hara Papadopoulou (Gen. Secretary, Byzantine Thessaloniki)

•        Dimitrios Sidiropoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)



Museum Director, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.

Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard research institute, museum, library, and garden in Washington, D.C. Since 1940 the institute and library have supported research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. The historic garden designed by Beatrix Farrand was voted among the ten best in the world by National Geographic and features occasional art installations by contemporary artists.

The museum has world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and select works of European art. It is open to the public free of charge six days/week. Notable architecture on campus includes the Philip Johnson Pavilion that houses the Pre-Columbian Collection. The museum has close ties to local and Harvard communities and engages scholars and visitors from all over the world through exhibitions, gallery talks, and class visits. Dumbarton Oaks is a vibrant home of the humanities with an overarching mission of communicating the value of culture and advanced research to the broadest possible public.

The museum director will lead the museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits in a highly collaborative environment. The director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of museum operations. The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with strong leadership and administrative skills. The incumbent will join our community at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and public programs and will contribute to the ongoing Dumbarton Oaks Access Initiative by helping us design and deliver free and open access to the collections through digital and educational initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•        Oversees all aspects of museum operations including administration, budget, and staff.

•        Oversees exhibition planning and delivery, leading the museum team and collaborating with other departments as well as external partners.

•         Oversees handling,conservation, insurance, and loans of collections.

•        Collaborates closely with other departments on building maintenance and security; outreach; and planning and delivery of public programs

•        Oversees the transition to an updated collections management system.

•        Oversees the digital and print publication of museum collection and exhibition catalogues.

•        Leads the overhaul of the museum digital and web presence, including the provision of open access catalogues and high-resolution images of the museum collections.

•         Engages actively with new scholarship relating to the Dumbarton Oaks collections, as well as with up-to-date museum practices and initiatives.

•        Mentors fellows and interns from Harvard University as part of Dumbarton Oaks’ skillbuilding programs for early-career humanists.

•        Maintains coordination with Harvard University policies as appropriate.

•        Performs special projects and duties as required by the Director and Executive Director.

Supervisory responsibilities:

•        Manage a team of ten full-time museum professionals.

Basic qualifications:

•        Master’s degree in art history or museum studies required

•        Minimum six years’ museum management experience, including responsibility for a professional staff and budget.

Additional qualifications:

•        Advanced degree in any area of the museum’s collections preferred.

•        PhD preferred.

•        Proven administrative and leadership ability, ideally in a museum setting.

•        Strong data and collection management skills.

•        Excellent communication skills; collegiality, initiative, and versatility in a fast-paced environment that is committed to the highest standards of museum and scholarly practice.

The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link here.


Four Funded Doctoral Positions, ‘Metropolitaet in der Vormoderne’, University of Regensburg

Deadline: 14 February 2020

The University of Regensburg invites applications for four doctoral positions as ‘Researchers’ (E13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time) within the DFG research training group “Metropolitaet in der Vormoderne”.

The duration of the contract will 1.5 years, an extension for 1,5 more years is planned. The position is to be filled by 1st April 2020. Please submit your application by 14th February 2020.

For more information, see here.


Editor, ‘Studies in Late Antiquity’, University of California Press.

Deadline: 10 February 2020

University of California Press is seeking applicants for the position of Editor of Studies in Late Antiquity. The new editorship will begin in January 2021 following the end of founding Editor, Beth DePalma Digeser’s term.

Launched in 2015, Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA) is an online-only quarterly journal that serves as an international forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150-750 CE). Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India and all of Asia, as well as disrupting the assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern, western Europe. In addition to the peer-reviewed articles of original research, the journal also publishes invited essays, book reviews, and exhibition reviews.

Applicants should have a distinguished scholarly record in the field. Journal editorial experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should possess strong organizational and management skills, the ability to work with others, and a commitment to the journal’s mission to publish high-quality, relevant, and engaging scholarship.

University of California Press provides the Editor with a modest annual stipend of financial support.

Primary responsibilities of the Editor include:

•        Developing and implementing a strategic editorial vision and goals for the journal

•        Appointing editorial board members and identifying appropriate peer reviewers

•        Making final decisions on manuscripts

•        Ensuring smooth editorial workflows and processes

•        Adhering to the Publisher’s production schedule for the journal

•        Working collaboratively with journal stakeholders on journal promotion and building a reliable pipeline of high quality submissions

UC Press endeavors to have the new Editor appointed by May 2020 to ensure a smooth editorial transition.

Applicants should send a letter of application including their strategic vision for the journal, a description of their qualifications for the position, a current CV, and a description of any potential institutional support to David Famiano (

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 10, 2020 although applications may be considered on an ongoing basis.


Late Antique Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunity, July 2020, Son Peretó.

This is an archaeological field school where you will be fully trained in a range of archaeological techniques including: excavation of terrestrial archaeological sites, topographical recording of sites, classification of artefacts, identification and classification of ceramics, preventive conservation, and cataloguing techniques. The course also include lectures about Late Antiquity, the Christian Era and the Islamic Period of the Balearic Islands.

What will you excavate? Late antique and early medieval graves (dating from 5th to 9th centuries), from the graveyard surrounding the basilica of Son Peretó (late 5th c., with mid 6th c. mosaics) or its newly discovered neighbouring buildings. This excavation is co-ordinated from Oxford and fulfils the requirements of fieldwork experience for undergraduate and graduate students. The excavation is led and Directed by Magdalena Salas, Dr Mateu Riera, and Dr Miguel Ángel Cau.


·         The Eastern Roman Empire’s western frontier on the Spanish island of Mallorca (near Manacor).


·         Two weeks in July 2020.

5 places available: to ensure comprehensive training only 5 students (UG or PG), supervised by two field directors. Early applications are encouraged.


·         €1200 per student (for the two weeks).

What’s included?

·         Board and lodging (in a local hostel in twin bedded rooms), daily transportation to and from the site, and excavation tools (we suggest brining your own gloves, knee pads, hat etc.).

What else do you need?

·         Travel/fieldwork insurance required (ask your department about cover provided by the University of Oxford).

·         Airfare to Palma de Mallorca Airport. Bus/Train from Palma Airport to Manacor.


·         Check with your Faculty, College and Department about fieldwork and travel funding.

Further information about this fieldwork opportunity for students is available from the co-ordinators:

Dr Carlos Cabrera Tejedor

Institute of Archaeology | University of Oxford

36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG – United Kingdom Email:

Christopher Lillington-Martin

Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Doctoral candidate

Coventry University

Email: or 


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The Oxford Listings – Week 8

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Michaelmas Term 2019

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MONDAY 2nd December

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Old Library

Nicola di Cosmo (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton)

Climate and Empire in Medieval Inner Asia

TUESDAY 3rd December

14:15 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Vladimir Olivero (Wolfson)

A genealogy of greed: Hesiod’s Theogony and the Greek translation of the Books of Proverbs

WEDNESDAY 4th December

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Ashmolean Museum, Headley Lecture Theatre

Andrew Wilson (University of Oxford)

Roman wine


17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Phil Booth (University of Oxford)

Empire, Environment, and Rebellion in Early Abbasid Egypt


17.00 Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Dr Christophe Delaere (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology)

The Recording of Stratified Underwater Archaeological Contexts: Recent

Excavations at Lake Titicaca.

THURSDAY 5th December

11.00-12:30 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Miroslav Vujovic

Early Christian Burials in Sirmium: Recent Finds


16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr)

Augustine as Literature?


16.00 Early Slavonic Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Nick Mayhew (Stanford)

Trans perspectives on medieval and early modern Slavic culture


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Gulfshan Khan (Aligarh Muslim University)

Artistic and Architectural patronage of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan 


FRIDAY 6th December

10.00-11.30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Professor Lauxtermann


12.00-13.00 Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Centre

Professor Lauxtermann

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The Byzness, 24/11/2019

The Byzness, 24th November 2018





Oxford University Byzantine Society Research Trip to Georgia1-11 April 2020.

We are pleased to announce the dates have been set for the Oxford University Byzantine Society Research Trip to Georgia. These are 1-11 April 2020.

If you would like to find out more about the trip, please email to be included in the mailing list for those who have registered interest.

The deadline for confirming your attendance will be Friday 6th December (Friday 8th week).


Interdisciplinary Social for Graduate Medievalists, 3 December 2019, Weston Library, Oxford.

Hosted by the TORCH Early Medieval Britain and Ireland Network, Oxford Medieval Society, Oxford Medieval Studies. Come and meet graduate students from other Faculties working on the Medieval Period. Foster collaborations, build networks, and make new friends.

The event will begin at 3pm and the venue will be the Visiting Scholars’ Centre’ of the Weston Library. Please RSVP using this link so that suitable amounts of refreshment may be arranged.  If you have any queries, please email

‘New Approaches to Medieval Romance from the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond’, c. 1100-1500’, 5 December 2019, The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham.

Registration for the workshop, ‘New Approaches to Medieval Romance from the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond’, is now open.  Registration for the event is free. Please register for tickets here.

In recent decades, the study of medieval romance literature has benefited from the application of new theoretical and methodological approaches, ranging from gender historical perspectives to global and ecocritical theory. However, in comparison with the still wider body of literature dedicated to western medieval romance, the Byzantine romances remain a relatively under-studied group of texts. Despite clear evidence of intertextuality between the romance literature of Byzantium and other parts of the medieval world, much work remains to be done in order to understand how the romances are situated within their historical, literary, and social contexts, on both the Byzantine and global medieval stage. This workshop aims to examine the value of new historical or literary approaches to these texts, and ultimately consider them from a multidisciplinary perspective. What can new perspectives on the Byzantine romance tell us about the world in which they were created? What can be learned from the theoretical approaches being applied to romance literature from other parts of the medieval world? What links exist between Byzantine romance and romantic texts from other medieval cultures, and what do these reveal about the broader literary and cultural networks of that time?

The papers presented at this workshop explore the medieval Greek romances from multiple theoretical and disciplinary viewpoints. Intertextual and cross-comparative analyses situate the romances in their literary, cultural, and global contexts, whilst other interpretations focus on the roles of narrative voices and authorial perspectives in constructing character and meaning. Other papers viewing the romances through lenses such as gender, spirituality, liminality and materiality explore aspects of identity in the worlds that their authors construct.

The workshop will conclude with a keynote lecture from Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford), as part of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies’ annual lecture series.

The event will take place on Thursday 5th December 2019 at:

715 Muirhead Tower

University of Birmingham

Ring Road North

Birmingham UK

B15 2TN.


‘The State Between: Liminality, Transition and Transformation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’, The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference, 28-29 February 2020, History Faculty, Oxford.

Deadline: 25th November 

For many centuries, Byzantium was characterised in historiographical narratives as a transitional state: a retrospective bridge between antiquity and modernity. However, while Byzantium undoubtedly acted as an intermediary between these worlds and eras, it is important to recognise the creativity, originality, and vitality which characterised this empire and its population. Much as Late Antiquity has been reframed recently as a period of evolution rather than decline, so too can the Byzantine world be viewed in a new light through the lens of liminality. This conference aims to explore the fluid and the unfixed, periods of transition and ambiguity; the state of being ‘betwixt and between’.

There are many cases in which liminality can be applied effectively as a historiographical tool to understand aspects of the Late Antique and Byzantine world. For instance, the lives of individuals were shaped by liminal experiences, in both secular and religious spheres. From the experience of widowhood to that of a novice entering monastic life, Byzantine lives were marked by the transition from one social status and identity to another: the middle phase in which liminal personae are simultaneously ‘no longer’ and ‘not yet’, existing between positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention and ceremonial. Liminal spaces permeated societies in the broader Byzantine world, from local landscapes, to religious buildings, to household interiors. As such, liminality provides a constructive framework with which to approach the transition and transformation of the Late Roman city to Medieval Islamic urbanism. On a larger scale, polities formerly on the periphery of the Byzantine world (the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula, the Steppe, the Slavic oecumene) often came suddenly to the foreground of the political landscape, resulting in the formation of new cultural networks and the shaping of identities.

Liminality is often defined in spatial terms, but it is also about process. For the cultural anthropologist Victor Turner, a ‘liminal phase’ can be an event or process which involves the disruption of existing hierarchies and power-structures. This definition of liminality as an inter-structural phase not only applies to political and economic change, but also may be extended to the subjunctive world of ideas and philosophical thought: the realm of what is possible and what may be.

Including contributions on political, social, literary, architectural and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean and beyond, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and kaleidoscopic view of the Late Antique and Byzantine world. To that end, we encourage submissions from all graduate students and young researchers, encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

·              Borders, Frontiers and Thresholds: cross-cultural engagement and identity formation; negotiation, hybridity and transition.

·              States of Religious Identity and Practice: rituals, conversions, missionaries and pilgrimage.

·              Political and Administrative Transformation: transition, social change and conflict.

·              Gender and Sexuality: social norms, boundaries and transgression.

·              Life on the Margins: mercenaries, merchants, outlaws and slaves.

·              Liminal, Temporary and Transitional Identities: saints, soldiers, scholars and students.

·              Liminal Spaces and Places: staging posts and sites of passage, the natural and the preternatural, the world of the living and of the dead.

·              Conformity and Dissent: the space between dominant and minority discourses.

·              Literary Works, Narratology and Liminality: histories, chronicles, hagiographies and martyrologies.

·              Manuscripts: scribal habits, palimpsests, marginal comments, illustrations and other decorative elements.

·              Architecture and Urbanism: liminal landscapes, changing land use, spolia and reappropriation.

·              Epigraphy: textual content, form and style, interrelations between text and object.

·              Numismatics and Sigillography: exchanges across boundaries, prosopography and social networks.

·              Art, Material and Visual Culture: sensory perception and interactions with art objects, icons, mosaics, statues, altar screens and textiles.

·              Religious Objects: relics, liturgical equipment and vestments.

·              Legal Texts: overlapping legal cultures, boundaries and legal status, legislation related to the life course.

·              Comparative approaches to liminality, in opposition or concordance with Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short academic biography in the third person, to the Oxford University Byzantine Society at by Monday, 25th November 2019. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or French. As with previous conferences, there will be a publication of selected papers, chosen and reviewed by specialists from the University of Oxford in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Speakers wishing to have their papers considered for publication should try to be as close to the theme as possible in their abstract and paper. Nevertheless, all submissions are warmly invited.

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The Oxford Listings – Week 6

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Michaelmas Term 2019

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MONDAY 25th November

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Old Library

William Kynan-Wilson (Aalborg University)

Modes of Collecting: Relic Lists in Twelfth-Century England

TUESDAY 26th November

14:15 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Laliv Clenman (Leo Baeck)

Midrash Torat Cohanim (Sifra) on intermarriage



17.00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Innocent Smith, O.P. (University of Regensburg)

Word and Sacrament: the De Brailes Bible Missal (Bodleian Library, MS Lat. bib. e. 7) and the Dominican Liturgy

WEDNESDAY 27th November

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Ashmolean Museum, Headley Lecture Theatre

Mark Robinson (University of Oxford)

Food remains from Pompeii and the difficulties of reconstructing diet



17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Gianfranco Agosti (Rome)

Seeing, reading and understanding a metrical inscription in late Antiquity



17.00 Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Dr Selin Nugent (School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, Oxford)

Conservation of Human Skeletal Remains in Azerbaijan: Transforming Practice from the Field Onwards


THURSDAY 28th November

11.00-12:30 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Kyriakos Fragoulis

Economic and Urban Realities in Late Antique Dion (Greece) through the Ceramic Evidence


16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Christa Gray (Reading)

What to do with a dead saint? Jerome’s Lives of Holy men and a fourth-century debate


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Aila Santi (American University of Beirut)

The ‘Mosque of the Prophet’ and Beyond: A Tentative Reconstruction of the Early Islamic topography of Madina al-Munawwara (622-750) Based on Written Sources


FRIDAY 29th November

10.00-11.30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Professor Lauxtermann


12.00-13.00 Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Centre

Professor Lauxtermann


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