Byzness 17/09/17



The Byzness, 17th September 2017






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


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


There is plenty of availability. More information here.

Workshop: Language Contact in Central Asia, September 29, 2017, Cambridge MA


The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the first workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium III workshop series:


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

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


Language Contact in Central Asia

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


RSVP required. Registration closes September 27. Additional information and registration at

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


The workshop is free and open to all interested scholars.


A full program and registration information can be found at:



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

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

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

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

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract to by September 20.



Tenure-Track Position, Islamic Studies, Colgate University


Deadline: 1 October 2017


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


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


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


A cover letter, CV, three current reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample must be submitted through


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


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


Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at


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

Tenure-Track Position, Ancient History, University of Albany


Deadline: 4 October 2017


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



Minimum Qualifications:


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

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


Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor


Start date: September 1, 2018

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


Deadline: 9 October 2017


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


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


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

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

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Professor Dominic Rathbone ( and to apply please click here.

NEH Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Deadline: October 31, 2017


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

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

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

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

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to:

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

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

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

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

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

    Web site: or

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The appointments will be announced by January 15.

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


Deadline: 1 November 2017


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

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

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


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

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Byzness 10/09/17



The Byzness, 10th September 2017






The Roman and Islamic City in North Africa, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 29 September 2017


The Impact of the Ancient City project reassesses how the Greco-Roman city was variously embraced in the Islamic and Christian worlds across the Mediterranean, up to the present day. The project’s approach to urban evolutions pairs development on the ground with that in the imagination.


Our first workshop focuses on North Africa and al-Andalus to examine the character and tempo of Islamic impact, and how what we find in the western Mediterranean diverged from what is more familiar from research in the eastern region. This workshop starts from a convergence of interests in recent work at Volubilis, and broadens out to consider the complex story of the afterlife of the Roman city in North Africa and southern Spain.



09.15 – 09.30: Registration and welcome by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

09.30 – 10.30: Javier Martinez-Jimenez, Roman and Islamic Urbanisms at the Straits of Gibraltar.

10:30 – 11:30: Lisa Fentress, Volubilis and Walíla between Idrís and the Awraba

11:30 – 12:00: Coffee/Tea break

12:00 – 13:00: Corisande Fenwick, Where are those great and most splendid cities?: Rethinking medieval urbanism in early Islamic North Africa.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:00: Said Ennahid, Of Saints and Sultans: Muslim Shrines at Roman Archaeological Sites in Morocco.

15:00 – 16:00: Susana Calvo Capilla, “Spolia” in al-Andalus and North Africa: a form of historicism and political legitimation.

16:00 – 16:30: Coffee/Tea break

16:30 – 17:30: Amira Bennison, ‘Traces of the Ancients’: the Roman city in the Arabic geographical and chronicle traditions.

17:30 – 18:30: Hugh Kennedy, Response and final discussion.


If you would like to attend the workshop or have any other queries please email Beth Clark at


School and Expert Workshop, ‘Encoding Inscriptions: Papyri, Coins, and Seals’ University of Cologne, 9-13 October 2017


From 9 to 13 October 2017 the University of Cologne is hosting an Epidoc Autumn school in combination with an expert workshop on digital sigillography. During the first three days the autumn school will introduce the participants to Epidoc, the encoding standard for epigraphic texts and materials. Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to presentations on advanced imaging technologies in the fields of epigraphy, papyrology and sigillography. On Thursday and Friday there will be an expert workshop focusing on digital formats and standards for the description and publication of seals and similar materials.

Time: 9-13 October 2017
Place: Universität zu Köln, Thomas Institut, Universitätsstraße 22, Ground floor
Language: English
Deadline for registration: 24 September 2017
Registration contact:
School participants: max. 25

Programme (details to be confirmed)

Monday, 9.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Introduction to Epidoc: 14.00-15.30, 16.00-17.30

Tuesday, 10.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Exercises in Epidoc: 09.00-10.30, 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30, 16.00-17.30

Wednesday, 11.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Exercises in Epidoc: 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30

Presentations on advanced imaging technologies for digitizing seals (RTI, 3D, etc.): 14:00-15:30, 16:00-17:30

Brauhaus (Restauration Pütz)

Thursday, 12.10.2017:
(Neues Seminargebäude / Seminar room S13 / 1. floor)

Seals expert workshop, part I: Encoding Seals, 09:00-12:30 / 14:00-17:30

Introduction & Overview
– Seal digitization projects: state of affairs
– Adjacent projects and encoding standards (TEI, NUML, CEI)
– Vocabularies and terminology

Towards an encoding standard in digital sigillography:
– Metadata
– Physical description
– Iconography
– Transcription

Public lecture:
Charlotte Roueche: Back to Socrates: Publication as Dialogue, 18:00-19:30

Friday, 13.10.2017:
(Neues Seminargebäude / Seminar room S13 / 1. floor)

Seals expert workshop, part II: Presenting Seals, 09:00-12:30

Topics to be discussed:
– Interfaces
– Presentation systems
– Portals

Conclusions, Plans & Perspectives




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


The Institute of History, University of Warsaw, is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher  for a position in the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development. The Project is supported by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council under Grant Agreement Number 340540 and is based at the University of Oxford with a partnership at the University of Warsaw. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of seven post-doctoral researchers reporting to the Principal Investigator, Prof. Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), but under direct supervision of Dr. hab. Robert Wiśniewski  (University of Warsaw). The postholder will have responsibility for collecting Latin evidence consisting mostly of literary texts, within an electronic searchable database. The postholder is also expected to produce sole-authored articles on aspects of the cult of saints in the West.

This is a full-time time position for 12 months, starting on 1 November 2017 or soon thereafter. The postholder will be offered the salary of about 2 700 Euros per month.


For more information about the Project see:

If you have any questions about the project or the recruitment procedure, please address them to Robert Wiśniewski (

Responsibilities / duties

  • Conduct independent, excellent research on the origin and development of the cult of Christian saints, in libraries in Warsaw with frequent visits to the UK and other countries.
  • Systematically collect, and enter into the Cult of Saints database the literary and epigraphic evidence in Latin needed for the project.
  • Produce articles on aspects of the early cult of saints.
  • Attend team meetings and other events in Poland, the UK and other countries as required, and act as a source of information and advice to other members of the research team.
  • Represent the University of Warsaw and the project, and deliver papers at team workshops, external workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings.
  • Contribute to the public engagement work of the project.



  • A completed doctorate in a relevant field (e.g. History, Classics, Patristics).
  • Experience of working with late-antique sources related to the cult of saints.
  • Excellent knowledge of Latin and English.
  • A strong working-knowledge of the other principal western academic languages (especially French and Italian).
  • Detailed knowledge of the historical context of late-antique Christianity.
  • Ability to conduct, with only light supervision, autonomous academic research and associated activities.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and to represent the project at meetings.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, share insights and findings, and engage in collaborative, collective and experimental forms of research and publication.
  • Ability to work to a deadline.


  • Knowledge of Ancient Greek.
  • Experience of working with epigraphic evidence and/or late antique calendars.
  • Experience of working with databases.
  • Experience gained in scholarly milieux other than Warsaw.


How to apply


Required documents:

  1. A letter of Application (to the Rector of the University of Warsaw).
  2. A copy of PhD Diploma or relevant document.
  3. A CV and list of publications.
  4. Names and contact details of two referees.
  5. A statement showing what paths of research a candidate is going to follow within the project (in English).
  6. An administrative questionnaire (“kwestionariusz osobowy”) to be found at the University of Warsaw Website or contact information if a candidate does not speak Polish.


The application, which can be sent either as hard copy or email attachment, must arrive not later than on 30 September 2017. Shortlisted candidates can be invited for the interview (in English) which will take place between 2 and 13 October. The interview can be by Skype.


All documents should be sent to the following address:


Institute of History, University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland


or as an attachment to the following address:


The results will be announced by 31 October 2017.


Various: Opportunities for Postdoctoral Researchers at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions.


Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

Application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is November 1.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree, or who have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.

Summer Fellowships in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies are awarded to scholars on any level beyond the first year of graduate (postbaccalaureate) study.

Mellon Fellowships, an initiative in urban landscape studies, are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms, and applications are due January 4. You may learn more about this opportunity on our website

Additional Research Opportunities

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies support advanced graduate students preparing for their PhD general exams, writing doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees. Each residency provides up to four weeks of lodging and weekday lunches. Applications must be submitted at least sixty days before the preferred residency dates.

One-Month Research Awards support scholars with a PhD or other relevant final degree who are working on research projects that require use of Dumbarton Oaks’ books, objects, or other library or museum materials.

More information is available on our website.

Research Fellowships in Near Eastern Studies, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Jerusalem, 2018-19 Academic Year


The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East. The Albright annually provides up to $330,000 in fellowships and awards to 32 recipients. In addition, 32 Associate Fellows including Senior, Post-Doctoral, and Research Fellows receive funding from other sources.
Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the Islamic periods, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines.
All nationalities and students and scholars at all levels are eligible for at least some of our fellowships. Please note that any fellowships open to European citizens will continue to include those of the United Kingdom. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright is required. The option to accommodate dependents is subject to space available at the Albright.


Each year, Albright Fellows, primarily from the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Israel, and Palestine exchange ideas with hundreds of other local and foreign researchers as well as with students and the public both in the US and locally. The Albright provides a wide range of programs and resources for doctoral and post-doctoral research. Programming includes an annual series of lectures, workshops, symposia, field trips, and social events. Resources include an extensive research library, access to physical and digital resources both on campus and at neighboring institutions, laboratories, storage facilities, community spaces, and living accommodations. Since William Foxwell Albright himself took scholars out on exploratory adventures to unmarked sites in no man’s land, the field trip program has been an invaluable supplement to fellows’ research. Each year, fellows visit a range of of sites all over the country with the experts who specialize in and excavate them.
For a full list of available fellowships and to apply:

For further information please contact:
Dr. John Spencer
Interim Chair, Albright Fellowship Committee
Professor Emeritus
John Carroll University
Tel: (858) 524-6052

For technical issues with the application system contact Matthew J. Adams,

Assistant Professor of Mediterranean History (Washington and Lee UniversityLexington VA)

The History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Mediterranean history, 500-1500 C.E., beginning September 2018. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can situate Mediterranean history in a global context by contributing to the Africana Studies, Middle East and South Asia Studies, and/or Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programs. Candidates whose research focuses on issues such as, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, cross-cultural contact, religious cooperation and conflict, urbanism and/or empire are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to teach introductory surveys as well as intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses related to their areas of specialization.

For details and how to apply, see:


Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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Byzness 03/08/17



The Byzness, 3rd September 2017






CORRECTION: Remembering and forgetting saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here:


Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081-1204): Perceptions, Motivations and Functions, Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna, 13-15 June 2018


Deadline: October 15 2017


Details here:




Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Art History


The Getty Foundation is funding a new postdoctoral fellowship program for art historians, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will be administering the program on our behalf.


ACLS will award up to 10 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017-18, which will be the first of three competition years. Fellowships will support an academic year of research and writing to be taken during the subsequent academic year. Awards carry a stipend of $60,000 as well as $5,000 for research and travel costs during the award period, and also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Center following the fellowship.


For more information, see


There are no restrictions in terms of field specialization within art history or visual studies or with regard to nationality, but candidates must be within 6 years of receiving the PhD at the start of the fellowship. I encourage you to share news of this opportunity with those you think might be interested and eligible.


Dorothy Dunnett Academic History Prize 2017


The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2017, worth £1,000, is offered by the Dorothy Dunnett Society (Scottish Charity SC030649 SCIO). The Prize is for an essay of up to 5000 words. Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution.


The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2017, worth £1,000, is offered by the Dorothy Dunnett Society (Scottish Charity SC030649 SCIO) in pursuit of its constitutional aim:

“To advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.”


The Prize is for an essay of up to 5000 words (normally 3000-4000). Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. The competition is not limited to medievalists but open to those in other relevant areas of study, including Byzantine or early Ottoman studies.

Thematic Guidelines

The novels of Scottish writer Dorothy Dunnett (1923–2001) are supported by extensive geographical and historical research, and have wide-ranging settings including (using present-day names) Scotland, Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Cyprus, Russia, Turkey, England, Iceland, Poland, Algeria, Gambia and Mali. Her work explores many issues of political, military and cultural/social history.


For more information, please see or


Associate or Full Professor–Endowed Chair in Studies in Ancient Jewish Civilizations, UC San Diego


The Department of History ( at UC San Diego is pleased to announce a search for the Endowed Chair in Ancient Jewish Civilizations and concurrent tenured appointment at the full or associate professor level in teh Department of History. Scholars whose research focuses on the Second Temple period, the Rabbinic period, and Jewish interactions with the Hellenic world are particularly encouraged to apply. Income derived from the Chair’s endowment will be available for the support of research and related scholarly and teaching activities. The successful candidate will join UC San Diego’s cohort of Endowed Chairs specializing in Greek History and Jewish Studies and will help enhance the department’s gathering strength in the History of the Ancient Mediterranean. The successful candidate will have a PhD in History or related field at the time of appointment on July 1, 2018. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting. He or she will also have experience in institutional program building.


Proof of authorization to work in the US will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program website at:


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


Applications, including a cover letter, statement of research agenda, and curriculum vitae will be accepted electronically at: Three letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically by the letter writers. Applicants should include in their cover letter a personal statement briefly summarizing their research interests, teaching experience, and leadership efforts. They should also include a separate personal statement summarizing their experience and leadership contributions in the arena of equity and diversity, see ( for further information.


UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize


In honour of the former president and current honorary president of the SSCLE, Professor Bernard Hamilton, and in recognition of his enormous contribution to the society and support of young scholars, the SSCLE will award an annual essay prize.


The Rules

  • The essay should be on any aspect of history, art history or archaeology of the Crusader period or otherwise relating to Crusader studies.
  • Any current doctoral student, or an individual who is within two years of receiving their doctorate is eligible to enter the competition.
  • The essay, excluding references and bibliography must not normally exceed 6,000 words and must conform with the editorial requirements of the SSCLE journalCrusades(available on the SSCLE webpage and in the Bulletin/Journal)).
  • Essays submitted elsewhere for competitions or publication will not be eligible for the prize.
  • The essays must be submitted as electronic copies as an e-mail attachment, to Professor Jonathan Phillips (email: the SSCLE Postgraduate Officer, by 31 December 2018 (by 1 December in subsequent years)
  • Essays should be accompanied by details of the author’s name, address (including email address), institutional affiliation and degree registration.

The Decision

  • The essays will be read by a jury consisting of a panel drawn from the Committee of the SSCLE and the editors of Crusades.
  • The jury panel reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
  • The jury decision will be announced in April.
  • The decision of the jury is final.
  • The winner of the essay competition will have their paper put forward to Crusadeswhere, subject to the normal procedures of satisfactory reports from two anonymous external referees (and, if required, the chance to modify, amend or improve the piece on their advice), it will be published under the title ‘Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize’.
  • Names of prize winners will be posted on the SSCLE webpage and announced in the Bulletin.

Assistant Professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean History (Kalamazoo College)


The Department of History at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean history, to begin in September 2018. As the sole member of the department responsible for this period, the successful candidate will be expected to offer introductory and upper-division undergraduate courses on the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Islamic world or Colonial Latin America. These classes should reflect their specific expertise and the broader geographic and conceptual scope of the field. We also seek applicants willing and able to help reimagine the department’s current curriculum. We are especially interested in transnational approaches to Mediterranean history focusing on issues such as (but not limited to) ethnicity, migration, majority/minority relations, gender, and the interaction between the different religious and imperial entities of the region. The successful applicant will also teach within the College’s Shared Passages Program of first-year and sophomore seminars and senior capstone courses. The teaching load is six courses per year on a quarter system (2/2/2), with additional duties including directing senior theses and academic advising.

Ph.D. or evidence of imminent completion is required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a promise of scholarly excellence.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective nationally known liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations.

Completed applications received by October 16, 2017 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Upload cover letter, CV, detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, description of scholarly interests, statement on experience working with underrepresented students and engaging issues of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format below. Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to with a subject line in the format lastname_firstname. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Joseph J. Bangura, Chair of the Search Committee.

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply:


Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society


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Byzness 27/08/2017



The Byzness, 27th August 2017







Byzantine Epigraphy at the XV International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Vienna 28th August – 1st September 2017)


Two thematic panels chaired by Andreas Rhoby and Ida Toth


Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fall Colloquium, November 17 2017


We are delighted to announce the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fall Colloquium 2017 on Byzantine Neighborhoods: Urban Space and Political Action.

The colloquium will take place on November 17, 2017 from 08:30 am to 06:00 pm.
Registration will open in September 2017.
For more information and the full program, please follow the link below:




Remembering and forgetting saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here:


Relations between clerics and monks in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here:


“What is Medieval History I: Digital History, Archaeological Science, and Alternative Approaches to Historical Argumentation (A Round Table)” :  ICMS 53 Sponsored Panel (Harvard Medieval History Workshop), Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.


Deadline: September 15, 2017


The lines dividing the humanities and the sciences are becoming ever more blurred and the field of medieval history is no exception. This panel is designed to keep scholars of medieval history abreast of these changes by fostering dialogue among historians interested in integrating the natural and digital sciences into their scholarship.

Participants will make “lightning” presentations 8 minutes in length on how topics such as digital humanities, isotopic analysis, osteology, and the computer sciences can enrich our understanding of medieval history. After these lightning presentations, presenters will participate for the remainder of the session in a round-table discussion on how such sub-disciplines can inform the study of medieval history.  Scholars are encouraged to consider how modern disciplinary boundaries inform their research projects and argumentation.

Interested scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please contact

Claire Adams

John Mulhall


With questions or to submit abstracts.


“What is Medieval History II: Travelers, Transmission, and Transport across Africa, Asia, and Europe” : ICMS 53 Sponsored Panel (Harvard Medieval History Workshop), Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018


Deadline: September 15, 2017


Medieval history is a global discipline: this session brings together scholars working on projects related to contact between the traditional medieval lands of western Europe and various medieval cultures across Africa and Asia. People, things, and ideas moved across the cultures and civilizations of the medieval world.  Scholars are encourged to think critically about how disparate cultures in the medieval period interacted and understood one another.  Rather than focusing on one aspect of contact, this session grapples with this global revolution by inviting scholars to present research on intercultural exchange in the medieval period from perspectives such as intellectual history, material culture, history of religions and beyond.

Interested scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please contact

Claire Adams

John Mulhall


With questions or to submit abstracts.


Behind the bishop’s back: presbyters, deacons and the lower clergy in Late Antiquity, ICMS Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here:


Clerics and their households in Late Antiquity, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 20 2017


CfP here:




Joint Residential Fellowship on Late Byzantine-Italian Relations, The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence


The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence offer a joint residential fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholars will spend the fall term (September-December) in Istanbul and the spring term (January-June) in Florence. The fellowship will be open to scholars whose research focuses on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700).

Application deadline: November 15, 2017

Further information here:



Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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Byzness 13/08/17



The Byzness, 13th August 2017







Conference: Memory Sanctions and Damnatio Memoriae c.200AD-c.800AD, Trinity College Cambridge, 5-6 September 2017


A programme for the conference can be found here:


Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, October 5-8 2017


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities looks forward to hosting the upcoming Byzantine Studies Conference, October 5-8. We are writing to remind those who wish to attend to register ( as soon as possible to take advantage of the early registration fee (before August 31).

We would also like to make you aware of two special opportunities for those interested and able to arrive earlier on Thursday, October 5. First, the director of the Hill Manuscript Museum and Library has offered to a special tour of their facilities for BSC participants starting at 2:00. Second, we will also be hosting a symposium called “Discourses of Byzantine Art, Then and Now: a Celebration of Robert S. Nelson” on campus from 2:00-6:00. More information on both of these events is available here ( All registered BSC participants registered for the conference are welcome; no additional registration is required.

During the BSC itself, alongside an excellent slate of panels and two keynote addresses (see the program for details, there are a number of special events on offer this year, some of which require advance registration: The BSANA business lunch on Saturday, October 7 is open to all conference attendees. Please note that registration for the business lunch is separate. Lunch will be catered by Minneapolis-based restaurant Holy Land (, and vegetarian options will be available.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to attend three workshops, with meals and speakers generously provided by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. On Friday, October 6, the “Lunch and Learn” workshop will connect grad students in various subfields with faculty from their discipline. Dinner on the same day will accompany a workshop on the digital humanities. Finally, breakfast on Saturday, October 7 will be paired with a session on job interviews. As with the business lunch, registration for these workshops is separate ( Although these workshops and meals are free, it is important to register in advance so that we have an accurate headcount for catering. Those who have already registered for the conference are still encouraged to register for the business lunch and/or the graduate student workshops.

Please email with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you in October!





Panel: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Leeds IMC, 2nd-5th July 2018


Deadline: 1 September 2017


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion. Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (
The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:**Title**100-word session abstract**Session moderator and academic affiliation **Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract**CV.
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal. If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference > registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

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


Moving Byzantium, Leeds IMC Panel, 2nd-5th July 2018


Deadline: 8 September 2017

We invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers for special sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Leeds (2-5 July 2018) connected with the main topics of “Moving Byzantium” Project, with a particular focus on aspects of geographical, social and cultural mobility within and beyond the Byzantine Empire.

Please send paper proposals (300 words max.), in English, accompanied by a short CV including affiliation, career stage and research interests, by 8 September 2017 to Ms. Paraskevi Sykopetritou, Project Coordinator:

Papers will be selected by 15 September 2017 through an anonymous review process by the Moving Byzantium Team, headed by Professor Claudia Rapp. Your abstract will be evaluated based on: 1) relevance to the topic (“geographical, social and cultural mobility”), 2) new material provided, 3) novel interpretations, and 4) innovative methods used. Successful candidates (for whom we can offer reimbursement of the registration fee) must confirm their participation by 22 September 2017. Further information and the the Call for Papers can be found at


Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World, Sponsored by the Italian Art Society, 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2018, Western Michigan University 


Deadline: 15 September 2017
The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium leading to the 2010 publication of San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice introduced new perspectives on Byzantine and Venetian visual and material culture that extended Otto Demus’s survey of Saint Mark’s basilica. The authors’ application of more recent approaches—such as the social function of spolia, the act of display, the construction of identity, and cultural hybridity—brought fresh analyses to a complex and richly decorated monument. This panel seeks to expand this methodological discourse by taking into account questions related to materials, materiality, and intermediality between Venice and Byzantium. The arrival of material culture from the Byzantine world to Venice as gifts, spoils, or ephemera during the centuries surrounding the Fourth Crusade allowed for both appropriation and conceptual transformation of material culture. In light of the renewal in interest of Venice’s Byzantine heritage, this panel seeks to reflect on the interaction of material culture between la Serenissima and the Byzantine world, especially during the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Topics may be wide-ranging, including, but not limited to: issues of reception and cultural translation; changing concepts of preciousness; different valuation of materials between Venice and Byzantium; the fluctuating simulation of material visual effects; the transformation of Byzantine objects incorporated into Venetian frames; intermedial dialogue between Byzantine and Venetian art; and the process and technique of manufacture of works between Byzantium and Venice. Some points of departure may include: the building of San Marco itself; Byzantine objects in the Treasury; Byzantine manuscripts included as part of the Cardinal Bessarion gift to the Republic; the monuments on Torcello; or issues raised as a result of recent conservation projects. New cross-cultural methodologies from art historical, anthropological, or sociological fields are welcome.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form ( by September 15 to the session organizers:Brad Hostetler, Kenyon College, Joseph Kopta, Pratt Institute, In addition to the travel awards available to all Congress participants (, the Italian Art Society offers competitive travel grants:


Armenia & Byzantium without Border: Graduate and Early Career Workshop, University of Vienna, 20-22 April 2018

Deadline: 31 October 2017


Within the framework of ‘Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructure and Personal Agency,’ a five-year project begun at the University of Vienna in 2016 and funded through the Wittgenstein-Prize (, ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ is a three-day workshop focussing on social and cultural mobility between Armenia and Byzantium in the Middle Ages. This workshop continues a scholarly conversation initiated in March 2017 at the University of Uppsala where a study-day dedicated to ‘Narrative Exchanges between Byzantium and Armenia’ was organized by AnnaLinden Weller within the Uppsala/Paris ‘Text and Narrative in Byzantium’ project.


We invite advanced PhD candidates and early career scholars working in the fields of Late AntiqueArmenianByzantine, and Middle Eastern Studies to submit proposals for 20 min. papers connected with the main topics of ‘Moving Byzantium’, with a focus on aspects of social and cultural mobility of persons, objects, and/or ideas between Armenia and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. We are particularly interested in new research showing interaction and communication on both literary and material grounds between the Byzantine world and the Armenians. Each paper presented at the workshop will be accompanied by a senior scholar’s 10 min. response, followed by a general discussion. The workshop will be inaugurated with the lecture of our keynote speaker, Prof. Bernard Coulie (Catholic University of Louvain), and will include a visit to the Mekhitarist Monastery of Vienna and a guided tour of the exhibition on ‘Byzantium and the West’ at the Schallaburg Castle.


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


Paper proposals should be sent by the 31st of October 2017 to Emilio Bonfiglio: Applications will include:a) university affiliation; b) graduate level; c) title of the paper; d) abstract (max 250 words); e) CV.


Convenors: Dr. Emilio Bonfiglio and Prof. Claudia Rapp


What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World 20-21 April 2018 The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio


Deadline: 30 November 2017


Keynote Speakers: • Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University) • Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow) • Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles) • Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)


Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage? The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context. Possible topics include: • Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures • Ancient definitions and theories of humor • Humor in political discourse, including propaganda, competition, and resistance • The role of humor in religion and ritual • Humor and social taboo: obscenities, scatology, and transgressive behaviors • Women, sexuality, and gender as sites of humor • Humor and social boundaries: elite and popular, native and foreign, center and periphery, divine and mortal, and other lines of membership • Humor’s function in narrative and in the relationship between storyteller and audience • Humor as entertainment in daily life, including inscriptions, performance, and celebration Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line.


Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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Byzness 06/08/17



The Byzness, 6th August 2017










Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2-5 July 2018


Problems of cultural memory abound in late antiquity. Issues like the precise import of myths of origins for ‘barbarian’ groups, the memory of councils, fathers and holy men for confessional disputes, or classical culture in a Christian Empire, have provoked lively (and often controversial) debate. Indeed, the existence of late antiquity as a distinct period could be seen as rooted in a claim about cultural memory: the persistence of aspects of the cultural inheritance of the ancient world as a framework through which people understood their world into the later centuries of the first millennium CE.


In keeping with the overall IMC 2018 theme of ‘Memory’, we invite submissions which offer critical perspectives on problems of cultural memory in late antiquity. Our aim is for these sessions to be as inclusive as possible, bringing together scholars working on a wide range of fields, periods and geographical areas in the study of late antiquity, and ensuring an appropriate gender balance across panels. We particularly invite submissions from scholars who have not previously—or do not usually—present at the Leeds IMC, to encourage new and fruitful intellectual exchanges between those who work on late antiquity/the early middle ages within different departments and disciplines. Possible themes might include:


  • the reconstruction of Roman or ‘barbarian’ pasts


  • institutional memory, whether at a macro-level (e.g. church, empire) or micro (e.g. monastic communities, schools, army units)


  • the inculcation and invocation of collective memory for community building


  • the contestation of the past and collective memory for political purposes (broadly construed)


  • late ancient conceptions of memory (e.g. Augustine in Confessions), notions of time, and the creation of histories for humanity (e.g. universal histories, chronicles, engagements with biblical time)


  • modern appropriation/re-use of late antiquity


If you are interested in presenting, e-mail a title along with an abstract of no more than 250 words to the organisers. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. And if you have any questions, feel free to write to us.


Richard Flower (Exeter) (


Adrastos Omissi (Glasgow) (


Robin Whelan (Oxford) (


“Barbarians and Barbarians Kingdoms I-II”: ICMS 53, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.


Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms. Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of two sessions at ICMS 53 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.” These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event. What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 250-700.


Inquiries or Abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (here: should be submitted to Jonathan Arnold ( by the congress deadline of September 15


1st International Conference The St Paisy Readings devoted to the 295th anniversary of the birth of St Paisy Velichkovsky and his spiritual and cultural legacy,  27–28 November 2017 


The St Paisy Readings are in blessed memory of St Paisy Velichkovsky (+ 28 November 1794), the prominent Athonite ascetic and influential ecclesiastic writer who left an indelible imprint on the spirituality and culture of Ukraine, Greece, Russia, Romania and Moldova.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate academic exchange, broad systematic discussion, study and dissemination of the legacy of St Paisy, and of the influence of Athonite hesychasm on the development of the spirituality, philosophy, art and literature of the Central and Eastern European peoples.

Coinciding with the 295th anniversary of St Paisy’s birth, the final day of the conference will take place on his feast day.

Organised by the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra of the Dormition, the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine, the National Tavrida V.I. Vernadsky University Research Centre of Church Religion and History, and the A. I. Kuza Department of Slav Studies, Iași University (Romania).

Areas to be covered in the conference:

  1. The imprint of St Paisy on Ukrainian, Romanian and Greek ecclesiastic and cultural life
  2. St Paisy Velichkovsky’s school and disciples in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe
  3. St Paisy Velichkovsky and the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra
  4. St Paisy Velichkovsky and the Prophet Elijah Skete on Athos
  5. St Paisy Velichkovsky’s legacy and his influence on the renaissance of Orthodox theology, monasticism and elders
  6. Hesychasm in the culture and spirituality of the Central and Eastern European peoples
  7. The influence of Athos on the spirituality, monasticism, book-learning and culture of Rus’
  8. The literary ties linking the Central and East Europe with Athos
  9. Understanding St Paisy Velichkovsky’s legacy and republication of his works today


Papers to be delivered in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Conference Location: Korpus 45 (Conference Hall of the Kieovo-Pecherskaya Lavra), Lavrskaya ulitsa, Kiev

Participants may deliver their papers both in person and by correspondence.

The conference papers will be published in an anthology.

The organisers will pay for participants’ board and lodging during the conference.

Organising Committee’s email address: (the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine, Director, S.V. Shumilo)

We ask participants to submit their application and paper topic by 20 September to the above email address. Their application should indicate the paper’s title and information on the speaker (e.g. full name, university degree or ecclesiastical rank, place of work, address, landline or mobile telephone number, and email).


Medieval Eurabia: Religious Crosspollinations in Architecture, Art and Material Culture during the High and Late Middle Ages (1000-1600),  2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Art History (U.K.)


Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens


Venue: Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College London
Date: 5 – 7 April 2018, London


The coexistence of Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean led to a transfer of knowledge in architecture and material culture which went well beyond religious and geographical boundaries. The use of Islamic objects in Christian contexts, the conversion of churches into mosques and the mobility of craftsmen are manifestations of this process. Although studies beginning with Avinoam Shalem’s Islam Christianized (1996), have dealt extensively with Islamic influence in the West and European influence in the Islamic Mediterranean, sacred objects, and material culture more generally, have been relatively neglected. From crosses found in Mosques, to European-Christian coins with pseudo/-shahada inscriptions, medieval material culture is rife with visual evidence of the two faiths co-existing in both individual objects and monuments.

This panel invites papers from scholars working on intercultural exchange in art, architecture and material culture. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on sacred objects that have been diverted or ‘converted’ to a new purpose, whether inside or outside an explicitly religious context.

Papers should present original research, which expands the boundaries of knowledge and which the scholars would like to be considered for publication. Abstract should be no more than 250 words long.

Deadline: 1 November 2017


12th Congress of South-East European Studies,  ‘Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe’, 2-7 September 2019, Bucharest


Details here:




Training Manager and Researcher – Egypt on Endangered Archaeology Project


Applications are invited for a Training Manager and Researcher to join the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. The position is externally funded by the Cultural Protection Fund, administered by the British Council. The project director is Dr Robert Bewley and the principal investigator is Professor Andrew Wilson.

The post holder will be a member of a University of Oxford research group that is collaborating in the EAMENA project with archaeologists at the University of Leicester and University of Durham. The main responsibilities of the post involve the design, organisation and delivery of training for heritage professionals in Egypt in the EAMENA methodology. The role will also involve the compilation of data from published surveys and site gazetteers, creation of lists of key sites for Egypt and assessments of those sites under the greatest threat.

The post holder will undertake the organisation and delivery of training, as well as research and related administration and other activities in Egypt supporting the work of a project entitled ‘Training in Endangered Archaeology methodology with Middle East and North African Heritage Stakeholders’ which is funded by the British Council CPF, as part of a larger project called ‘Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa’ (EAMENA), funded by the Arcadia Fund. The broader project is searching for and recording significant archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa (from Mauretania to Iran), using satellite imagery and aerial photography, in order to aid understanding for their future protection and management.

The post is a full-time appointment, for a fixed-term for 25 months and is available from October 2017.

Applicants must have a doctorate in archaeology (or a related and relevant subject) together with fieldwork experience in and knowledge of Egyptian archaeology and survey as well as the wider Middle East and North Africa. Applicants will have experience of organising and delivering training events, teaching, workshops or conferences and be a good communicator and organiser. Applicants should also possess specialist knowledge in archaeological survey techniques, especially image interpretation and site record creation.

Further details are available from Dr Robert Bewley:


Additional information about the project is available at:


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 31 August 2017.

For more information see

Assistant Professor in Ancient World/Late Antiquity, University of Oregon

The Department of History at the University of Oregon seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, to begin September 16, 2018. We seek an excellent, innovative, scholar and teacher in ancient history. Research specialization is open in terms of geography, theme (including women, gender, and sexuality), and chronological focus (including late antiquity). The successful candidate will offer a range of courses on the ancient world, from introductory surveys to advanced courses on ancient Greece and Rome. We welcome applications from scholars whose research complements existing strengths among the Department’s tenured and tenure-stream faculty. We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

The successful candidate must hold Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. Send c.v., a letter describing research and teaching interests, a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Academic Jobs Online ( Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. UO is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.

E-mail: Lauren Pinchin
Phone: 541-346-4806
Mailing address:
Department of History
ATTN: Lauren Pinchin
1288 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1288



Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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Byzness 30/07/17



The Byzness, 30th July 2017







Summer School in Byzantine Studies, ‘Studying the Byzantine World: Methods and Interpretations’, 30th August – 5th September 2017, Bucharest


Closing date for applications: 10th August 2017. Selected candidates will be informed by 14th August 2017.


Applications are invited from students (Masters or PhD level) and post-doctoral researchers for the summer school in Byzantine Studies at the University of Bucharest.


Assistance with travel and accommodation is available. Participants must be able to understand both English and French.


Further information (in French) on how to apply can be found here:




International scientific conference, “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine”, October 19 – 22, 2017, Monastery of St Theodor Studita, Rome, Italy


Closing date for papers: August 25 2017. The request should indicate the title and author information (name, surname, academic degree, title or position, address, home or mobile phone, email, etc.).


The international Conference “Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of Ukraine” aims to become a platform for the sharing of knowledge. The conference will involve the systematic discussion and promotion of the following themes: Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kyivan tradition; the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity; spiritual culture; publishing and literature; art; theological and philosophical thought; religious traditions and more.


Suggested topics of the conference:

  1. Byzantium- Kievan Rus: historical, spiritual and cultural interconnection.
  2. Byzantine hesychasm in the tradition of monasticism, and in the culture and spiritual life of Ukraine-Rus’.
  3. The Byzantine Fathers of the Church and the distribution of their books inUkraine.
  4. Byzantine heritage in literature, art, theological and philosophical thought, in liturgical science and in the church tradition of Ukraine.
  5. “Studion” and its role in reviving the Byzantine Studite tradition of the Greek Catholic Church (contribution by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and Patriarch Josyph Slipyj).
  6. Byzantine heritage in the traditions of modern Ukrainian monasticism.
  7. The current state of Byzantines inUkraine.


Working languages of the conference: Ukrainian, English, Italian.


Organizers provide free accommodation and meals for participants during the conference.

There are plans to publish the results of the conference in the scientific collection “Sofia of Kiev: Byzantium. Russia Ukraine”.

The conference allows for full-time and part-time participation.

The e-mail address of the Organizing Committee:

Call for Papers: Moving People, Shifting Frontiers: Re-contextualising the Thirteenth Century in the Wider Mediterranean, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018


Deadline: 10 September 2017


Organizers: Katerina Ragkou (University of Cologne) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


Every day we witness people moving, with them objects and skills, knowledge and experience; either forcibly or willingly; for work or for pleasure. The communities living along the shores of the Mediterranean and the hinterlands of the Balkans during the thirteenth century share many of the characteristics of our contemporary world: military campaigns and religious wars; the intensification of pilgrimage and the relocation of refugees; the shifting of frontiers and the transformation of socio-political orders.


The transformations of the thirteenth century span from east to west, from northern Europe to the Byzantine Empire and from the Balkans to the Levant. The geographic breadth is paralleled by crucial events including the fourth crusade, the fall of Acre, the empowerment of the Serbian Kingdom and the Republic of Venice, the loss and following restoration of the Byzantine Empire, and the creation of new political entities, such as the Kingdom of Naples and that of Cyprus, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Principality of Achaia. Eclectic scholarly tradition has either focused geographically or thematically, losing sight of the pan-Mediterranean perspective. These societies had multifaceted interactions, and comprised a variety of scales, from the small world of regional and inter-regional communities to the broader Mediterranean dynamics.


This session aims to address questions such as which are the various processes through which military campaigns and religious wars affected the urban landscape of these regions and their material production? Is there a difference in economic and artistic trends between “town” and “countryside” in the thirteenth-century wider Mediterranean? What observations can we make in regards to trade, diplomatic missions, artistic interaction and exchange of the regional, interregional and international contacts? How did these shape and transform cultural identities? How did different social, political and religious groups interact with each other?

This session welcomes papers focused on, but not limited to: the role played by economic activity and political power in thirteenth-century artistic production and the shaping of local and interregional identities; the production and consumption of artefacts and their meaning; the transformation of urban and rural landscapes; religious and domestic architecture and the relationship between the private and public use of space.


Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2017 to the session organizers: Katerina Ragkou ( and Maria Alessia Rossi (


Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.






Deadline: 30 September 2017 to:


The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.

The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage. We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.

Celebrate 2018 — the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage —by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism.


Topics for posters and papers may include:

  • the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
  • the Rule of Benedict and preaching
  • preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
  • monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
  • monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
  • preaching by and about nuns
  • de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
  • monasticism as treated in sermons
  • sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac, et alii)
  • preaching by and about hermits
  • monastic rules in and about preaching
  • monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
  • monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
  • monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
  • gender in monastic preaching
  • monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
  • monastic preaching in art
  • monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
  • the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
  • and more!


Registration will commence in September 2017, but we are accepting abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) now.



Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society 

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Byzness 23/07/17



The Byzness, 23rd July 2017







International Conference in Bari, Italy, “Cultic graffiti across the Mediterranean and beyond” (27-29 September 2017)


Details can be found here:




“Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: between East and West”  the 2nd International Workshop of the ArtMedGIS Project to be held in Granada, 13 & 14 November 2017.

The aim of the 2nd International Workshop Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: between East and West is to establish an exchange opportunity to analyze the cultural legacy of Western Islamic societies and their interactions with the Oriental, Christian and Jewish ones from different and complementary perspectives. During the last years, an increased number of projects focused on the relations between East and West, Christianity and Islam or North Africa and Al-Andalus had emerged in the international scenario. In the context of these current research projects focusing on these topics, this 2nd International Workshop has been proposed, in the framework of the ArtMedGIS Project (MSCA – H2020, no 699818) and in collaboration with the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and the University of Granada, to achieve a double objective: to create a space for dialogue in order to share recent research results, as well as to establish new research networks integrated by experienced and young researchers thus allowing for the development of interdisciplinary research lines on the late Middle Ages.

Within this general framework, the main goal will be to analyze the Islamic cultural legacy in a comprehensive approach. Therefore, a call for papers is now open so that experts and young researchers from History of Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Archaeology, Philosophy, Music, History of Religions and other related fields may present their research works focused on the late medieval Mediterranean. According to

the territorial and chronological restrictions of the Mediterranean between 12th and 15th centuries, the main fields of study will be (but not limited to) those referring to the most outstanding Western Islamic societies and the Eastern ones which they had some kind of relation with during the late Middle Ages: the Banū Ḥammād in Algeria; the Fatimids in Egypt; the Almoravids and the Almohads in North Africa and Al-Andalus; the Banū Gānīyya in Balearic Islands; the Zenghids, Ayyubids and Mamluks in Eastern Mediterranean; the Hafsids in Tunis; the Seljukids and Ottomans in Turkey; the Merinids in the Maghreb and the Nasrids in Granada. Works on Mudéjar manifestations and Norman Sicily will be also accepted, due to their hybrid nature.

Applicants will be encouraged to approach the study of such societies from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as to answer to one or more of the following questions:
– What were the contributions of these Islamic societies to the Mediterranean world of the late Middle Ages?
– What kind of relations existed among these different Mediterranean societies?
– How can we measure the influence of the artistic and cultural panorama of the Western Islamic world in the remaining European context or the Eastern one?
– Are there any specific elements of these Islamic societies which were adopted by the Christian world? In which way?
– Are there any specific contributions of Western Islamic societies to the Eastern ones?
– Has the difference of religion been an obstacle to the cultural dialogue between East and West during the late Middle Ages? Or, on the contrary, can we find points in common within the cultural and artistic manifestations of this period between Christian and Islamic societies?

Please, submit your proposal with an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief biosketch (maximum of 10 lines) to Dr María MARCOS COBALEDA ( before the next 25th July 2017. The interventions will have duration of 20 minutes, in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.


Breaking Down Barriers: The Visual Culture of the Border in Late Antiquity

Session, College Art Association Annual Conference

Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018


Chairs: Laura Veneskey (Wake Forest University,
Sean V. Leatherbury (Bowling Green State University,


The visual culture of Late Antiquity (c. 200-700 CE), the period during which the polytheist Roman state transformed into Orthodox Byzantium, has often been considered in terms of large-scale developments within the empire, driven by shifting religious preferences and associated political, social, and cultural changes, or in terms of the relationship between center and periphery. However, while scholars of Byzantine and later medieval art have long been interested in artistic interactions across borders, between Byzantium and its neighbors, historians of late antique art have been less focused on the border’s role in defining, limiting, or diffusing artistic and architectural forms. In light of the contemporary rise of nationalism and growing anxiety over the permeability and permanence of borders, this session aims to investigate the role of the border in the art and architecture of the late antique Mediterranean and beyond. To what extent did borders act as barriers to the movement of people and ideas or instead facilitate artistic interaction between different populations? Did borders strengthen or weaken “national” artistic preferences and tastes? How did visual culture contribute to the formulation or performance of identity within contested areas or frontier zones? Did cultural boundaries operate in the same way as political ones? Papers in this session might consider the role of borders or frontiers in shaping artistic interaction in the Mediterranean region in the period; objects or buildings produced in border regions; artists, objects, raw materials, or ideas in motion; or artworks as diplomatic gifts.


Deadline: 14 August 2017


For submission guidelines, see: call-for-participation.pdf


Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages: 38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York City, March 17-18, 2018.  


Abstracts due Sept. 15, 2017


Dress was a primary expression of identity in the Middle Ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation.


This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages to explore the following or related issues:


  • The implications of being able to study medieval dress only in representation
  • The strategies that were served by dress, either embodied or in representation
  • The effects of cultural economic factors, such as cross-cultural contact and trade, commerce, and/or technology on dress and its uses
  • The development of the so-called ‘Western fashion system’ and the cultural changes which it inspired or reflected

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to, or by fax to 718-817-3987


Beyond the Ornament: Abstraction in Medieval Art, Case Western Reserve University

Deadline for submitting a proposal (up to 700 words) and a brief bio:
September 15, 2017
Notification of submission status: September 30, 2017
Submission of completed texts (around 6000 words): December 15, 2018

Scholars are invited to contribute essays to an anthology on medieval
manifestations of the abstract. Since Henri Focillon’s eloquent
meditation on la vie des formes, originally published in 1939, the
subject of abstraction in medieval art has been largely reduced to the
study of ornament and questions of style, with occasional forays into
the discussion of sacred geometry and exploration of the late Gothic
hard style. This collection, which conceives of the long Middle Ages
globally, seeks to re-open the question of medieval abstractions,
interrogating the term itself and asking about the ways it can be
fruitfully applied to pre-modern material culture. It is expected that
contributors will approach the concept of medieval abstraction from a
multitude of perspectives—formal, semiotic, iconographic, material,
phenomenological, epistemological. Scholars whose expertise lies in
Islamic, Byzantine, and Asian art are particularly encouraged to submit
a proposal.

Abstraction haunts medieval art, both withdrawing figuration and
suggesting elusive presence. How does it make or destroy meaning in the
process? Is it by detaching itself from matter and foregrounding the
figurative? Is it by dissolving the figurative into matter, by calling
attention to the surface and to its planar artifice? Do the figurative
and the abstract collapse upon each other? In what way does abstraction
represent or deny? In which way should we even approach this term? Does
abstraction suggest the failure of figuration, the faltering of
iconography, and can it truly escape the semiotics of color or form? To
what extent is abstraction beholden to the field of mathematics? To
other disciplines? Does medieval abstraction function because it is
imperfect, incomplete, and uncorrected—and therefore cognitively,
visually demanding? Just how closely are medieval abstraction and
vision connected, and to what extent is the abstract predicated on
theorization of the unrepresentable and imperceptible? Is there
something intrinsic about the connection between abstraction and the
divine?  How much can the abstract really comprehend and elide with the
aniconic? Does medieval abstraction pit aesthetics against, say,
liturgy, or does it enrich it, or frame it, or both? How, finally, does
it define its viewers, medieval and modern? These questions provide but
a starting point for the possible approaches to the volume’s theme.

Please direct all queries and submissions to


The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan

University, May 10-13, 2018.





As medievalists we place a premium on original-language research, and

yet in the classroom we habitually rely on translations. Today the

pedagogic side of this divide is undergoing revolutionary changes thanks

to the proliferation of translations in print and on the internet. This

new range of choices forces us to confront questions about the role of

translation in the classroom. To choose between, let’s say, a poetic

paraphrase and a literal prose rendering is to privilege one pedagogic

method over another.


It’s not that such questions have never crossed our minds before, but

they had less urgency when teachers had fewer alternatives. The pedagogy

is implicit, for example, when instructors single out key words in the

original for special explication, which has the advantage of putting our

training to good use. As a time-honored tactic the rhetorical move of

saying “let me tell you what this word really means” has the appeal,

for students, of gaining privileged access to inside knowledge, but at

the same moment it generates a shared suspicion because the translation

doesn’t convey what the original says.


This session has both a theoretical and practical focus. What is the

role of translation in the classroom? Is one kind of translation

preferable to others? How does the relation between original and

translation change from one discipline to another? From one genre to

another? Is there an advantage to showing the original along with the

translation even if students lack the competence to read it?


Details here:




Managing Editor, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML)

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week


The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML), published by Harvard University Press, launched in 2010 with the mission to offer major literary texts of medieval and Byzantine culture in literature, history, philosophy, and other realms of learning. The series has three aims: to make texts readily accessible in both content and price to a broad readership of English speakers, while also meeting the standards of experts; to equip non-specialist readers with the basic information needed to understand and appreciate the text; and to keep volumes in print for a long time. Each volume is bilingual, presenting a source text with an English translation on the facing page. General readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional scholars from within and without medieval and Byzantine studies are the target audience. DOML began with a focus on three languages: Byzantine Greek, Medieval Latin, and Old English. The series now numbers 49 volumes, and is poised to incorporate additional vernacular languages with a new subseries, Medieval Iberia. Working closely with the General Editor and the Subseries Editors, and with Harvard University Press, the Managing Editor will manage all aspects of the editorial and production process: create policies and style guides for the series, issue contracts, assign and oversee translations, set and enforce timelines, prepare the annual budget, organize annual board meetings, and plan outreach for the series, including through presentations and attendance at scholarly conferences. The Managing Editor will also train and supervise Harvard graduate students and undergraduate summer interns.


Qualifications Required

  • Advanced degree in Medieval Studies, Byzantine Studies, Classics, or related field.
  • Advanced language skills in Latin or Greek are required. • Familiarity with Dropbox, Asana, Word, and Excel is required.


Additional Qualifications

  • Candidates must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with specialization in Medieval Studies. Strict attention to detail, and excellent communication skills, are particularly important. To Apply The position remains open until filled. Please submit résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. =42929BR


Three Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies, KU Leuven Faculty of Arts – Faculty of Philosophy – Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies


In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, will launch an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is opening a call to hire a first group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.


Job description

The project will study one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus will be the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.

Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:

–    fellowship 1: the gradual development and multifaceted use of images, metaphors and comparisons taken from the world of the stadium to articulate ideals of perfection.

–    fellowship 2: the concept of the ladder (klimax / scala) reflecting the stages on the road to the ultimate goal(s) of life. A crucial text is John Climacus’ Scala, but pagan and Christian tradition before Climacus will also be studied.

–    fellowship 3: the theoretical foundations underlying the use of models as examples in striving for perfection (esp. typology and mimêsis).



The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and/or (late) ancient Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).

Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.



The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.

Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.


How to apply

Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to

Deadline for applying: 16 August 2017.

A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview in the first weeks of September.

Starting date: 1 October 2017 (or soon after).

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Byzness 25/06/17



The Byzness, 25th June 2017







Byzantium Compared: First International Graduate Conference in Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh, Friday 22-Saturday 23 September 2017


The University of Edinburgh’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group is delighted to welcome applications for participation in its inaugural graduate conference in Byzantine Studies, to be held in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


The theme, ‘Byzantium Compared’, invites participants to evaluate the possibilities and pitfalls of the comparative approaches to the study of Byzantium, 4th-15th centuries. Byzantinists increasingly find themselves under pressure to set their research into a wider, often global context. ‘Globalising’ Byzantine Studies tends to involve focusing on one or both of connections and comparisons between Byzantium and its neighbours. This conference invites papers considering both approaches, though with a particular focus on the second.


Byzantium and the Slavic world; Byzantium and Islam; Byzantium and the West; Byzantium and cultures further afield, such as China: all of these comparisons have been, and continue to be made, often producing rich results. The approach, however, invites a range of questions: When is a comparison valid, and when is it not? Are two perspectives intrinsically better than one? Taking its lead from these questions, the purpose of this conference is to engage thoughtfully with the possibilities of comparative approaches to Byzantine Studies.


Papers may address one or several of the following themes, though this is of course by no means an exhaustive list:


Comparison across time in Byzantium

Comparison across space in Byzantium and/or in the wider Eastern Mediterranean

Comparison across discipline: e.g. Philology, History, Archaeology, Art History

Methodological concerns, theoretical frameworks

Insights into Byzantine Studies from outside disciplines: e.g. Anthropology, Political Science


Abstracts, of no more than 250 words, should be sent alongside a brief academic biography as a PDF to by midnight on Friday 14 July 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 21 July.


The Conference will form part of a varied series of events in Edinburgh over two days, with a workshop held on Saturday 23 September under the auspices of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network (BBPN), generously sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. The theme of this workshop is ‘Comparison in Collaboration’, bringing together a number of graduate students from universities across the UK to discuss the challenges and practicalities of comparative history, and encouraging the forging of informal, personal research networks. Participation in the conference, and attendance at the BBPN event are open to graduate students at any higher education institution, worldwide.



Othello’s Island 2018: 6th annual interdisciplinary conference on byzantine, medieval, renaissance and early modern art, literary, archaeological, historical and cultural studies, CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus, 25 to 27 March 2018



To be presented by Professor Henri Frances (American University of Beirut)


The Academic Board for Othello’s Island invites applications to present papers at the 6th edition of Othello’s Island. This will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in March 2018.


We are interested in hearing papers on diverse aspects of Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and early modern art, literature, history, society and other aspects of culture.


Our remit is broad, and so it is worth looking at the range of papers from past conferences to see that previous speakers have covered topics ranging from slavery in medieval Cyprus and Malta, to the impact of Italian Renaissance art on Cypriot Byzantine painting, and even discussion on the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. And Shakespeare, and his contemporaries, are important too, of course.


In the six years of its existence, Othello’s Island has developed a reputation as one of the most liberal-minded and friendly medieval and renaissance studies conferences in the world today, and it is also genuinely interdisciplinary. In part this is due to the relatively small size of the event, which generates a true sense of community during the conference.


Our location in Cyprus allows for visits to some stunning medieval museums and other sites, including the French gothic cathedrals of St Sophia in Nicosia, and St Nicholas in Famagusta, and we are housed in the centre of the medieval old town of Nicosia, with its narrow winding streets and impressive city walls and gate houses.


Deadline for submissions is 22 December 2017


For the full call for papers please visit


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Byzness 18/06/17


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ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) 2017, Vanderbilt University, October 19-20 2017


ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a annual workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.


The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged


The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.


On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.


In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.


Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson ( Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1, 2017.


5th International Scientific Symposium, ‘Days of Justinian I’, Skopje, November 17-18 2017


The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.


This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.


Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scopeaddressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.


Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:


The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

Slavic Ethnicity and identity:A reinterpretation

Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

Christianization of the Slavsand the concept of barbarism

Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19thand 20thcentury Balkans

The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

Languageand folklore

Music and liturgical practices

Heritage politics and the perception of the Past

Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection



First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

Please send the application form to the address:;

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

No participation fee is required.


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus, Second Annual Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (CBMS), Nicosia, January 12-14 2018


Deadline for abstracts: September 1st, 2017


The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Second Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.

Honorary President: Vassos Karageorghis, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus

Keynote Speaker: Holger Klein, Professor, Columbia University

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.


Paper proposal submission material (see formatting details below):


Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution.

Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms:

Paper proposal:

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer.

Session proposal:

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2017. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.


A limited number of bursaries will be available, upon application, to assist graduate students’ travel and participation. Recipients will be selected on the merit of submitted abstracts along with financial considerations.

The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus.

For the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus and membership information please visit the society’s website:

For inquiries send email to:




Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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