The Byzness, 24th May 2020



Online Seminar: ‘The Text and Transmission Joint Research Seminar’, KU Leuven and Ghent University.

The Text and Transmission Joint Research Seminar is hosted by Andy Hilkens (UGent) and Dan Batovici (KU Leuven) in an effort to put together in the same room on-going projects—in Belgium and beyond—on various traditions and historical contexts.

For the time being we have switched to online Zoom one-paper meetings, normally at 10 a.m CET on the planned dates. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with the convenors Andy Hilkens or Dan Batovici.

For more information, see here.


Online Seminar: ‘L’architecture domestique urbaine aux premiers siècles de l’Islam’, 28 May, L’École Pratique des Hautes Études.

Dans le cadre du séminaire ‘Histoire urbaine de l’Orient romain tardif’ (EPHE, PSL) Apolline Vernet (UMR 8167) présentera une conférence intitulée: ‘L’architecture domestique urbaine aux premiers siècles de l’Islam, le reflet d’une société en mutation au Proche-Orient depuis VIe s.’.

Jeudi 28 mai 2020 de 14h à 16h en visioconférence (pour obtenir le lien, contacter catherine.saliou@ephe.psl.eu).



Online Summer School in Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography, 6-10 July 2020.

Deadline: 7 June 2020

The Summer School in Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography is an intensive, real time (CET), fully interactive online course using Zoom. With a focus on intensive Latin and Greek palaeography seminars in parallel tracks at both beginner and advanced levels, it also provides instruction in textual criticism and diplomatics. It includes seminars, thematic lectures, assignments, introduction to online resources, a palaeography exam and opportunity for consultation. The one-week course comprises two morning sessions and one afternoon session each day. The course gives a certificate and ECTS credits.

With faculty regularly teaching at codicology and palaeography summer schools in London, Rome and Budapest, the Summer School fills the gap left this summer by the cancellations worldwide. The course is an online adaptation of the Summer School with the same theme and structure run previously in situ and is organised within the framework of the Summer University of the Central European University, Budapest.

Fees: Standard 400 EUR, student 300 EUR, tuition waivers are available.

For detailed information and application see here.


Postdoctoral Position, Middle Eastern History, Oklahoma State University.

Deadline: 5 June 2020

The History Department at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position in medieval Middle Eastern history, to be held for one year, beginning August 2020.  Prior research focus is open within the period 600-1500 CE and the region of the Middle East. Ph.D. required at time of employment.

The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an online reference tool for the medieval Middle East. Specific duties include advanced data collection using the indices of published primary sources in at least two different languages; contributing to editorial review and design decisions; historical research related to the project; testing the tool before publication; presentations to academic audiences; teaching a class at Oklahoma State University; and if possible a public lecture at Oklahoma State University discussing the project and its outcomes. Inquiries about the project or the position may be directed to Thomas A. Carlson at thomas.a.carlson@:okstate.edu.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. related to medieval Middle Eastern history and reading ability in at least two languages in which medieval Middle Eastern sources are written (such as Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Persian, or Syriac). Prior digital humanities or computer programming experience is not necessary, but will be considered.

To apply, please arrange for a cover letter, a CV, two letters of recommendation, and an academic writing sample demonstrating precise use of textual sources to be uploaded here. To ensure full consideration, application must be received by June 5, 2020, although the position will remain open until filled.


Postdoctoral Positions, Mediterranean History, University of Haifa.

Deadline: 1 July 2020

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History is happy to sponsor Fulbright post-doc fellowship applicants. If you are studying any aspect of Mediterranean history and would like to develop your work at the HCMH during 2021/22 and/or 2022-23, please send us your brief CV and 1-page research plan by July 1, 2020.

For more information, see here.


PhD Position, ‘RomanIslam’, University of Hamburg.

The Center of Advanced Studies: RomanIslam – Center of Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies announces a PhD position in Islamic Studies.

RomanIslam, the Center for Advanced Study, convenes the disciplines of comparative empire and transcultural studies. Our approach aims to compare transcultural acculturation processes in the historical region of the western Mediterranean with focus on the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa during the first millennium CE, or the so-called „Long Late Antiquity“, including the Early Islamic Period. The economically significant Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb were peripheral regions, both in the pagan, later Christianized Roman, and in the Islamic Empire.

An excellent University degree (MA) in a relevant fields of Middle Eastern, and North African Studies or Studies on the Islamic Iberian Peninsula, excellent Arabic language skills, experience with Arabic historical primary sources, excellent knowledge of English, and French, are required.

The knowledge of further languages relevant for the study of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, such as Spanish, and Latin, etc. is advantageous. Experience in working with additional sources, such as archaeological, numismatic, and geographical material is welcome but not a requirement.

The applicant is expected to conduct doctoral studies in a field relevant to the region of the early Islamic Iberian Peninsula and North Africa/Maghreb (Ifriqiya) within the foci of the RomanIslam Center.

For more information, see here.

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The Byzness, 18/05/2020

The Byzness, 18th May 2020




‘Plague in Byzantium’, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Bizantinística.

The Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Bizantinística has published special issue on the topic of Plague in Byzantium.

The issue contains contributions from Juan Signes Codoñer, Geoffrey Greatrex, Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Lee Mordechai, Raúl Estangüi Gómez and Marie-Hélène Congourdeau. It is available online, and may be accessed via this link.

Open Access: Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt Catalogue

Experience the vibrant colors and array of textures that enlivened interior spaces in early medieval Egypt. Recent exhibition Woven Interiors—a collaboration with The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum—presented rare and fragile masterpieces from major American institutions, including many textiles that had never before been exhibited or had remained in storage for decades. Now, download the digital catalogue free of charge to explore some sixty remarkable pieces. Essays from curators Gudrun Bühl, Sumru Belger Krody, and Dumbarton Oaks Assistant Curator of the Byzantine Collection Elizabeth Dospěl Williams highlight major themes of the exhibition, including aesthetics, sacred imagery, comfort at home, and continuity and change. To purchase a hard copy of the catalogue, contact our Museum Shop.

Dumbarton Oaks: Syrian Architectural Heritage Released on Wikimedia Commons

More than 9,700 photographs of Late Roman and Byzantine monuments in Syria are being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, in keeping with our Access Initiative to make Dumbarton Oaks collections and scholarship more broadly available. In 2016, retired historian Frank Kidner donated photographs he had taken of Syrian sites in the 1980s and 1990s to Dumbarton Oaks. Emphasizing ancient villages in the modern-day province Idlib, west of Aleppo along the border with Turkey, the Frank Kidner Photographs collection documents sites of historical and archaeological significance while capturing scenes of daily life. His poignant photographs of children playing among the nearly 2,000-year-old ruins stand in stark contrast to familiar images of the ongoing refugee and displacement crisis stemming from the Syrian Civil War. Kidner created a comprehensive resource—drawing together topography, evidence of communities that once lived in the region, and architectural details—that is useful for researchers and scholars across a breadth of fields.

Online Conference: ‘Political Culture from Late Antiquity to the post-classical Greek City and back again’, 10 June 2020, Leiden University.

This is an online mini-conference hosted by Leiden University, on the occasion of the publication of L.E. Tacoma, Roman Political Culture. Seven Studies of the Senate and City Councils from the First to the Sixth Century A.D. (Oxford 2020).

For the full programme, see here.

Registration is free; please register by sending an e-mail to the student assistant of the Ancient History Department of the Institute for History of Leiden University (hilkehoogenboom@live.nl). Upon registration you will receive a link to Kaltura Live Room; it is not necessary to download software.

Online Conference: ‘Early Medieval Europe Online’, 28 May 2020, Indiana University Northwest.

An online ‘mini-conference’ originally scheduled to take place at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo.

For the full programme, see here.

Online Conference: Rituals of the Heavenly and Early Kingdoms: The Sacred, Secular and Sacramental Powers in Premodern Europe, 20-22 May 2020, Warsaw.

For the full programme, see here.



Call for submissions, ‘Estudios bizantinos’, Sociedad Española de Bizantinística.

The journal Estudios bizantinos aims to be a communication tool at the service of the community formed by scholars of the Byzantine world. To this end, the contents published are offered to readers in Open Access, under a Creative Commons license. Its creation by the Sociedad Española de Bizantinística (Spanish Society of Byzantine Studies) is seen as a means to achieve the overall objective of promoting Byzantine Studies in Spanish-speaking countries.

Estudios bizantinos is an international journal, published annually, open to all those who wish to publicize their research on any aspect of Byzantine civilization. Although the editors of the journal are open to receive content in all languages​​, we feel that publication in languages which are less common ​​in scientific circles is detrimental to the assessments and reviews of the research presented in the journal; we therefore encourage authors to submit their work in English, French or Spanish.

Originals sent to the journal’s editorial office should deal with one or more of the following areas:

  • Byzantine Civilization: archaeology, art, law, philology, philosophy, history, linguistics, palaeography, theology, etc.
  • The impact of Byzantium and its relationship with neighbouring peoples.
  • Late Antiquity in both the Western and the Eastern Mediterranean and, in particular, Byzantium’s contacts with the Iberian Peninsula and Western Christianity.
  • Relationships with the Slavic, Latin and Islamic cultures.

The journal may devote part of each annual volume to a single theme, with its own introduction and accompanying materials. Works presented for publication will be submitted to an evaluation process which will decide as quickly as possible whether to accept or reject it. We encourage readers of Estudios bizantinos to subscribe to the journal in order to receive the latest news of publication. They can also learn about other news relating to Byzantium on the web of the Sociedad española de Bizantinística.


Professorship, History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean, University of Tübingen

Deadline: 29 June 2020

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen invites applications for a position in the Department of History, Medieval History section, as a Professor (W1, tenure track) of the History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean to commence as soon as possible. The holder of this professorship will represent the History of the Medieval Middle East and the Mediterranean from the 7th to the 15th century.

The successful candidate will have a completed doctorate in the area within the advertised professorship which demonstrates potential for outstanding publications in leading international journals. He or she will be able to demonstrate teaching experience. Applicants will be expected to be able to read historical sources in at least two different languages in the area (Greek, Arabic, Syrian, Persian, Coptic, etc.). The holder of this position will be in a position to develop core research areas from both before and after the turn of the first millennium CE.

The successful candidate will be willing and able to collaborate on a broad thematic basis within the Faculty’s research centers and networks and in all study programs of the History Department. This is a tenure-track position and is subject to an interim evaluation after four years and a final evaluation after six years. If the final evaluation is positive, the post will be upgraded to a full (W3) professorship after six years with no re-advertising of the position. The position has a teaching load of four hours per week prior to interim evaluation, and six hours thereafter.

Detailed information on the criteria underlying the interim evaluation and promotion to the tenured position may be found in our guidelines for tenure review here. There you can also find information on this employment category.

Applicants for a tenure-track professorship with a PhD from Tübingen must have changed universities after completing their doctorates or have worked in academia for at least two years somewhere other than the University of Tübingen. Applications from candidates who have completed a habilitation will not be considered.

The University of Tübingen is particularly interested in increasing the share of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages women candidates to apply. In line with its internationalization agenda, the university welcomes applications from researchers outside Germany. Candidates who do not speak German must be willing to learn it. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications should be sent, together with the required documents (curriculum vitae and outline of academic career, copies of certificates and degrees, publications list, list of teaching experience, overview of core research areas) in electronic form to the Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of Tübingen, bewerbungen@philosophie.uni-tuebingen.de.


Funded PhD Studentship, ‘Appropriating a Conqueror: The Legend of Alexander the Great in Late Antique and Medieval Literary Culture’, Durham University.

Deadline: 29 May 2020

Durham University, in partnership with the British Library, is delighted to offer a fully-funded fulltime or part-time PhD studentship via the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Venetia Bridges (Durham) and Dr Peter Toth (British Library).

In the last two millennia, Alexander the Great has been represented as a magician, scientist, statesman, philosopher and one of the greatest explorers of humankind. The British Library’s collection of materials relating to the legend of Alexander provides an exceptional opportunity for PhD research into his immense impact on European literary culture from a transnational and multilingual perspective. As a student at Durham but working on the British Library’s collections, the successful applicant will be involved in the development and curation of a major new exhibition at the Library focusing on the stories and legends around Alexander.

Applicants are invited to propose a multilingual and comparative project on Alexander’s reception from Late Antiquity to the close of the Middle Ages (300BC-1500AD) in European contexts, with a particular focus on the well-known Alexander Romance. Projects should make use of material in more than one language, and of the Library’s collections. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Romance’s influence upon high medieval literature (11-13th centuries)
  • The Romance’s influence on travel and scientific literature and geographical exploration
  • The Romance’s dissemination in the later Middle Ages (14th-15th centuries) in translations, adaptations and material witnesses
  • A comparative study of the Romance in Western (European) and Eastern (Byzantine and Slavonic) versions
  • The role of Alexander in royal and religious propaganda, including ‘nationalist’ historiographies and Crusader literature
  • A study of key medieval manuscripts and/or texts related to the Romance that demonstrate aspects of Alexander’s appropriation
  • The late antique beginnings of the Romance’s textual histories.

The overall aim is to illuminate the Romance’s significant transnational influence upon European cultures, and to disseminate knowledge of the British Library’s collections.

We are looking for someone with multilingual interests in medieval and/or late antique literature and culture. Applicants should have a first or high upper-second class honours degree and a master’s either achieved or expected to be complete by the time of taking up PhD study, both in a relevant discipline, and reading fluency in two European languages (see further particulars for details). Applicants must satisfy the standard UKRI eligibility criteria.

For the academic year 2020-21 this will be £16,885, consisting of £15,285 basic stipend, a CDA maintenance payment of £600 and an additional allowance of £1,000. The British Library will also provide a research allowance to the student for agreed research-related costs of up to £1,000 a year.

The studentship is fully funded for 3 years and 9 months full-time or part-time equivalent, with the potential to be extended by a further 3 months to provide additional professional development opportunities.

For full details and how to apply, see here.


Funded PhD Positions, ‘Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Studies’, Universität Wien.

Deadline: 6 September 2020

The Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies invites applications for 6 fully funded doctoral positions (3 years, non-tenure).

The newly established Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (SHCS) invites applications from excellent doctoral candidates who intend to pursue their PhD in a vibrant, international academic environment at the University of Vienna.

To apply, you must hold an MA or equivalent degree. Please send an outline of your research project (15.000 characters), a CV, reference letters by two senior scholars, and a statement, why you would like to join the cluster of your choice. Applications will be accepted until June 5th, 2020. You will be informed about the outcome of your application by September 6, 2020. The semester begins October 1st, 2020

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree. Active involvement in the activities of the SHCS is expected, while participation in relevant graduate courses offered at Vienna University is required. You will conduct courses and you will participate in the evaluation and quality assurance of the school. The salary is corresponds to the collective agreement for Universities and is limited to a duration of three years. In addition, travel and publication funds are partly available upon application and depending on budget restrictions. Successful applicants will be employed as University Assistant (prae doc). Their contract will run for 3 years and comes with full social security and health insurance benefits. No extra housing allowance will be provided.

For more information, see here.

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The Byzness, 03/05/2020

The Byzness, 3rd May 2020






Thessaloniki Metro: Statement from the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB).

On 22nd January, members of the Oxford University Byzantine Society voted to condemn the decision of the Central Archaeological Council (ΚΑΣ) to remove antiquities from the excavations at Venizelos Metro Station in Thessaloniki. An explanation of our position can be found on our website.

We are pleased to be able to circulate the appeals from the President of the AIEB and the AIEB’s Commission for Byzantine Archaeology to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.


Online Lecture: ‘The Discovery and Conservation of a Lost Church: Egypt’s Sistine Chapel’, 21:00 (GMT+1) 6 May, Zoom.

Elizabeth S. Bolman (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland) will be giving a lecture on the Red Monastery via Zoom.

To request a link, please contact Debby Tenenbaum (dxt6@case.edu).


Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature: Data and Documentation Portal.

The Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature has implemented some new features. It is free to use and available here.



Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel: 6th Forum Medieval Art (Forum Kunst Des Mittelalters), 29 September – 2 October 2021, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Deadline: 10 May 2020

The theme for the 6th Forum Medieval Art is Senses. The arts and the senses have always been reciprocally related to one another. In the Middle Ages, sensual encounters with art and architecture offered a variety of ways to perceive, comprehend and structure the world. Pledging to relics enclosed in precious reliquaries, incorporating color from Byzantine icons, distinguishing the holy space by swinging golden polished censers, wearing inwardly decorated jewelry on the body or ringing the church bells to make audible the presence of God – such actions leave no doubts about the significance of the senses in the Middle Ages, and furthermore bring to light the role of art within such operations.

Although the senses and their interplay are well defined in theoretical treatises, theories are of limited use when it comes to understanding the sensual perception of images, objects, and spaces. While, for instance, the knowledge of God is described as a dematerialized act, the senses were nevertheless used to obtain and mediate spiritual insight. Since antiquity, seeing has been the dominant sense, as the works of authors such as Aristotle, Plato, Augustine and Isidore of Seville suggest. This privileged position was further ascribed by cultural and art historical research over a long period of time. Nevertheless, in recent years, studies on materiality have argued that the dominance of this one singular sense misrepresents the multisensory nature of medieval art. The ‘close-up’ senses such as tasting and touching are as essential for the understanding of artefacts as the ‘distant’ senses of seeing, hearing and smelling. In particular, liturgical and courtly ceremonies offer convincing evidence that processes of production and reception are related to multisensory experiences. The role of the senses in the architecture and decoration of sacred space has been revaluated not only within Latin Europe and the Byzantine Empire, but also within Islamic dominated regions. Furthermore, in order to comprehend the codex, one of the leading media throughout the Middle Ages, questions of sensual perception through tasting and sometimes kissing of its different elements such as parchment and paper, as well as textiles, leather, metal and ivory have also proved to be essential.

For the 6th Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, the organizers anticipate discussions on the role of sensual perception and the interplay of senses in medieval image and object cultures as well as in architecture, including topics from interreligious and cross-cultural perspectives. Studies on individual senses and the ways in which they played, guided, deceived and disturbed sensual perception are welcome, as well as proposals which privilege a multisensory and synesthetic approach. Proposals that discuss the methodological challenges that arise from these perspectives are encouraged. Furthermore, which possibilities do digital methods offer for understanding historical contexts of perception, e.g. through virtual reality or the reconstruction of auditive and oratorical spaces? This includes studies on the increasing popularity of multimedia concepts in exhibitions that question how the historicity of sensual approaches could be represented and, beyond that, how it could help to reveal new interpretative frameworks.

The Mary Jaharis Center invites session proposals that fit within the ‘Senses’ theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website.

Proposals should include:

·         Title

·         Session abstract (500 words)

·         Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)

·         CV

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 22, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 1, 2020.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Germany, up to $600 maximum for EU 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.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.


Licht aus dem Osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West, 26-27 November 2020, Freie Universität Berlin.

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore a variety of theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analysed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop invites papers on the economy of natural light in medieval churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, or rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered analyses of light Inszenierung examined in this workshop cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Proposals for 30-minute papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at aisulli@umich.edu and vladimir.ivanovici@usi.ch by 15 June 2020. Please include in the email subject line “Berlin Workshop Proposal”.

For all accepted presenters, the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals will be covered by the host institution through a grant sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




Directeur/trice des études, section Antiquité et Byzance, l’École française d’Athènes

Deadline: 29 May 2020

Le poste de directeur des études, section Antiquité et Byzance, est susceptible d’être vacant à compter du 1er septembre 2020.

Le dossier de candidature devra être transmis avant le 29 mai 2020. Pour toute information sur ce poste, s’adresser à Madame la Directrice de l’École française d’Athènes à l’adresse: direction@efa.gr.

Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici.


Postdoctoral Positions, ‘Deconstructing Early Christian Metanarratives: Fourth-Century Egyptian Christianity in the Light of Material Evidence’, MF Vitenskapelig Høyskole, Oslo.

Deadline: 10 May 2020

The ERC Consolidator Grant ‘Deconstructing Early Christian Metanarratives: Fourth-Century Egyptian Christianity in the Light of Material Evidence’ (DEChriM) invites researchers in the fields of Greek and Coptic papyrology as well as ceramic studies to apply for three postdoc positions and a research fellowship at MF vitenskapelig høyskole in Oslo.

The specifications of each respective position can be found here:

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/185893/postdoctoral-position https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/185900/postdoctoral-position https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/185908/postdoctoral-position https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/185933/research-fellowship


Tenure-Track Positions, Ghent University.

Deadline: 1 October 2020

Ghent University announces 6 vacancies for full-time professorial posts (“ZAP” level) taking effect on 1 September 2021. The positions, funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF), are open to candidates who do not yet hold a full-time professorial post (ZAP post) at Ghent University and will be taken up in the rank of assistant professor (docent tenure track), associate professor (docent), full professor (hoogleraar) or senior full professor (gewoon hoogleraar). The positions are open in all fields of research and have a focus on research (limited teaching assignment).

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

·         You do not yet hold a full-time professorial post (ZAP post) at Ghent University;

·         You have been awarded the first PhD degree at least 4 and up to 12 years prior to 1 September 2021 (date on the PhD diploma); 

·         This call aims at candidates who have the potential to obtain an ERC Grant.

The vacancy can be consulted in English and Dutch on the website of Ghent University.

More information about these vacancies can be obtained at the Research Coordination Office, Department of Research Affaires, Ms. Griet De Geyter (BOF@UGent.be).


Intensive Online Languages Courses, The Dan Slușanschi School for Classical and Oriental Languages, Lucian Blaga University.

Deadline: 1 June 2020

Online courses in Ancient Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic are offered in July and August 2020 within the The Dan Slușanschi School for Classical and Oriental Languages, by the Institute of Ecumenical Research, Lucian Blaga University.

Each course comprises of 10 days of language training, with an overall training of 60 hours/course. The aim of the courses is to provide enough practice as to ensure a functional acquisition of the taught languages. The instruction language for all courses is English. Enrollment is possible for one course alone or for two consecutive courses.

Old Slavonic

Beginners – July 6-17



Beginners – July 13-24, 2020

Lower intermediate – July 27-August 7


Ancient Greek

Beginners – July 13-24

Lower intermediate – July 27-August 7

Intermediate – July 13-24


Upper intermediate – July 27-August 7

Advanced – July 20-July 31


Applications consisting of a cover letter and a CV should be sent to ccesiofh@gmail.com by June 1, 2020. The course fee is 150 Euro. For further information please refer to ccesiofh@gmail.com. More details on the contents of each course as well as on the instructors for each group is available on our website.


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The Byzness, 29/03/2020

The Byzness, 29th March 2020





Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University.

In recognition of the challenges faced by students, faculty, and researchers now working on-line in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University has made its online database open-access until June 1, 2020. As always, the database can be accessed here. Index staff will continue to respond to research inquiries sent via our home page here.  We hope that this modest change will support researchers both old and new as they navigate teaching, learning, and scholarship during this trying time.

Online Resources at Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone, which is why many of our collections are available online. We invite you to explore our rich selection of digital material.

International Byzantinist Reading Group.

Scott Kennedy (Bilkent University) and Ugo Mondini (Università degli Studi di Milano), are putting together a reading group for scholars scattered across the world.

Reading group meetings will be conducted weekly on Sundays at 8 pm (Central European Time) in English. We kindly encourage graduate students, post-graduates, and faculty members from across the world to participate. All meetings will be conducted through Zoom, a video conferencing service. In each meeting, we will discuss the themes and ideas present in each reading as a group. Group discussion will be moderated by either Scott or Ugo.

For this first week’s theme, we will be exploring the effects of plague, war, and death on Byzantine society. Every week, we will share a poll with a few articles or chapters united by a common topic. Each week’s reading will be selected in this way and then shared via email.

Please contact Scott Kennedy (scott.kennedy@bilkent.edu.tr) and Ugo Mondini (ugo.mondini@unimi.it) for more information.

Translated Texts for Historians E-Library.

The renowned Translated Texts for Historians E-Library makes available historical sources from A.D. 300–800 translated into English, in many cases for the first time. This indispensable collection contains 72 volumes from the series that bring together a wealth of important early medieval texts in translation, with scholarship from leading academics.

During this difficult time, Liverpool University Press wants to support and facilitate online learning the best way we can – so we are offering libraries the following:

·         60-day free trials of 50 ebook volumes in the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library :

·         50% discount on the one-off purchase of the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library until 30 June 2020, with online access in perpetuity and no online hosting fee:

If either of these offers interests you, please contact Jennie Collinson (Head of Sales & Marketing) at j.collinson@liverpool.ac.uk.  




Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)’, 4th Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, 19-20 November 2020, University of Edinburgh.  

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) shape historical memory and our understanding of the past. This conference focuses on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies. Memory plays a crucial role in the way events are perceived, understood and narrated by different groups and elites: locals might see the conquest of their city as a catastrophe, while the conquerors portray the same as glorious or divinely inspired.  We invite papers and posters that address issues and questions including, but not limited to:

·         Natural/environmental: Plagues, earthquakes, famines/droughts, floods, fires, climate change

·         Socio-cultural/linguistic: Iconoclasm, artistic and urban disruption/renewal, cultural vandalism, translation movements, language death and breaks in literary tradition 

·         Political/military: Conquests, coups, sieges, wars, revolts, revolutions, civil wars, usurpations, succession crises and religious/ “holy” wars (Crusade/Jihad)

·         Religious: Heresies, schisms, theological or dogmatic conflict, new religions, apocalyptic traditions and eschatology

·         Memory “devices” and strategies: How do memories of catastrophes manifest themselves in material culture, texts, images and other different sources? Where do we see evidence of intentional forgetting?

·         Comparative/Interdisciplinary: Elites versus non-elite memory of catastrophes; geographical (Mediterranean and Eurasia); temporal (500-1500CE) 

·         The role of the 21st century cultural historian: What is and should be modern scholars’ role in situating catastrophe? 

This conference will be hosted by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-20, 2020 in Edinburgh. We welcome papers and posters from postgraduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines with an interest in Late Antique, Islamic or Byzantine studies. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Leslie Brubaker and Dr. Foteini Spingou.

Papers: Presentation is 20 minutes in length, delivered in English. 

Posters: Participants will present their research at a poster session. Dimensions should not exceed 70cm (width) x 100cm (height) and posters must be printed and brought by the author.  We strongly encourage undergraduate, masters and first-year PhD students to summit posters of their dissertations or research.

To apply, please respond with an e-mail including whether you hope to present a paper or poster, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a small academic biography of no more than 120 words to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting papers and posters is June 15, 2020.

Registration Fees (fee includes lunch both days):  

·         Students speakers: £15 before September 15, 2020; £20 after 

·         Non-Students speakers: £35 before September 15, 2020; £40 after  

We will publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.

Any questions please address to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk.

From Fragment to Whole: Interpreting Medieval Manuscript Fragments’, 18 September 2020, University of Bristol.

Deadline: 31 April 2020

This conference, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies is devoted to the study of manuscript fragments, and what these fragments can tell us about lost books, medieval and post-medieval book history, and textual history.

Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

·         What difference does the manuscript fragment make to the textual tradition of the text it contains?

·         What can manuscript fragments tell us about the lost literature of the Middle Ages and about changing tastes?

·         How can we use evidence from manuscript fragments to piece together the lost book from which it derives and what means do we have at our disposal to do so?

·         How should we catalogue and preserve manuscript fragments?

·         What do manuscript fragments tell us about the history of manuscript fragmentation and its agents (e.g. early printers, book collectors, auctioneers, book vandals)?

We invite papers that address these questions on the basis of a particular case (or particular cases) as well as papers on broader methodological issues involved in the explication and contextualization of manuscript fragments. A volume of conference proceedings is anticipated.

To propose a paper, please send a brief abstract to fragments-conference2020@bristol.ac.uk.  

Further information about the conference will be made available here.  


Ethics of Art and Technology from Antiquity to our Times’, Second International Conference of Hellenic Studies, Budva.

Deadline: 1 July 2020

In modern times, the idea of human good life or well-being became inseparably linked with technology, in sense of control of the world that surrounds us. Conquering nature or compelling “the created world to serve the purpose of human life” (Francis Bacon) received its full realization in the second half of the 20th century with the rapid technological development that transformed our world, which became home to powerful structures, machines, media, and other man-made objects.

The age of technological progress has definitely made our lives easier, but did it make them happier? As a matter of fact, researchers like Richard Easterlin and Robert Lane showed that economic and technological progress do not increase people’s happiness – on the contrary, we are less and less happy. Empirical data gathered in the past few decades actually show that higher standard of living does not have positive influence on people’s subjective feeling of happiness, and seem to prove Rousseau’s argument that “people were unhappy in losing them conveniences without being happy in possessing them”.

On the other hand, scientific and technological advancement keeps posing serious practical dilemmas – should editing DNA question our very understanding of humanity itself; how is the social media technology affecting our privacy; what will be the ethical implications of growing artificial intelligence development, etc.

Similarly, the age of technology has provided all new means of artistic expression and mass communication. The ethic and the aesthetic have a long relationship, ranging between the two radical poles of aesthetic autonomism and aesthetic moralism, and answering the question whether a work of art should be considered completely independent from its moral value. Art, however, affects both individuals and societies, it can influence the formation of one’s identity and their relationships with others, and can uphold or provoke social values. Furthermore, new expression platforms, immediate digital availability of art, and constantly improved technologies for creating, altering, replicating, and sharing works of art, pose new questions related to the ethical dimensions of making, communicating, and exploiting art.

The Second International Conference of Hellenic Studies wants to explore these topics in both contemporary and historical perspectives, with particular reference to the Hellenic intellectual and cultural inheritance. Departing from the Greek words techne and agathe, the topic of the Conference emphasizes the ancient understanding of craftsmanship, which would include today’s concepts of art and technology, and relates them to the good, a chief concept of ethics. We will examine these relationships through a variety of themes that include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         The Greek concept of the good life and its significance today

·         Should art be ethically responsible?

·         Technology and the vision of humanity

·         Artists, scientists, designers, engineers and their role in the creation of the future

·         Art, technology, and religion

·         Artificial intelligence and emotions

·         Ethically informed science

·         The Good and Beautiful: The relationship between ethics and aesthetics

·         Nature, life, and technology

·         Autonomy, privacy, and free will

·         Art, technology, and the body

·         Technology vs happiness

·         Globalization and the media

·         Artificial Intelligence and personhood

·         Smart humans vs smart machines

We welcome submissions of academic papers in all disciplines pertaining to the general theme of the Conference.

The official language of the Conference is English. There are five categories of participation:

·         Keynote lectures by invited speakers (30min)

·         Presentations of original papers (20min)

·         Presentations of short communications (15min)

·         Passive participation (without paper)

·         Participation as accompanying persons

All participants (except invited speakers) are required to register through the registration form and pay their registration fees. Participants wishing to present a paper should include an abstract (max 300 words) in their registration form. All participants will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of their submission.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st July 2020. Registration fees and payment instructions can be found here.




Funded PhD in History (Islamic Spain), ‘Making a martyr in medieval Iberia (589-1080)’, Radboud University.

Deadline: 22 April 2020

The PhD student will be responsible for one of the three subprojects within the NWO project ‘Making a martyr in medieval Iberia (589-1080)’. This project studies how martyr cults were created through a variety of media in early medieval Iberia. This area was home to a widespread and very active devotion to indigenous Christian martyr saints, as well as the emergence of new martyrs in the ninth and tenth centuries. The project goes beyond hagiography to place the ritual commemoration of martyrs at its heart, looking at how the Old Hispanic liturgy (a unique tradition practiced only in Iberia) communicated the ideal of martyrdom throughout the peninsula, but always in connection with material expressions of religious piety.

You will study the cultural construction of martyrdom as an important part of religious life in Iberia with a focus on Al-Andalus, and in the context of exchange and contact between Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultural traditions. You will examine the meanings of martyrdom for medieval Andalusis across confessional boundaries, seeking to compare ideas about martyrdom and explore the possibilities of influence and interaction between them. Study of the relevant Arabic texts will be supplemented by investigation of the material remains, including sites of worship. This project will therefore make a new contribution to the debate over convivencia, through the lens of entanglement of religious communities and traditions, and through emphasis on religious life and practice.

Your findings should be presented in a successful PhD thesis and at least one article in an international scientific journal, as well as conference papers. Additionally, you are expected to contribute to the digital mapping of saints, taking into account the material culture. You will also contribute to the organisation of scientific meetings related to the project and the wider communication of the project’s results.


·         A (Research) Master’s degree in Arabic Languages and Cultures, History or a relevant field.

·         Command of (classical) Arabic and demonstrable expertise in historical research, preferably on the medieval period.

·         Demonstrable strong affinity with scientific research.

·         Strong command of spoken and written English.

·         Preferably a reading knowledge of Spanish.

·         A strong willingness to work collaboratively in an international research team.

·         Willingness to travel regularly for research and to attend conferences.

You can find more information about the position and apply here.


Funded PhD Studentship in Art History, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin

Deadline: 27 April 2020

The School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin is pleased to announce a generously funded Ad Astra PhD studentship in Art History, supervised by Dr Sean Leatherbury. The award is open to both EU and non-EU candidates, and includes a full tuition fee waiver, a stipend of €18,000 per annum, and €4,000 per annum for research. The award is for a maximum of four years of full-time PhD study.

Dr Leatherbury is interested in receiving proposals within the broad areas of Roman, Late Antique, or Byzantine art. He is especially interested in PhD projects that engage with one or more of the following themes and topic areas:

·         The transformation of material and visual culture in the Mediterranean world from the Roman period to late antiquity (c. 300-800 CE)

·         Cross-cultural and/or inter-faith engagements in material and visual culture (pagan/polytheist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim)

·         Material-visual properties of texts, especially inscriptions

·         Floor and wall mosaics

·         The so-called ‘minor arts’ in late antiquity (e.g. glass, silver, textiles, jewelry)

·         Roman and Late Antique theories of the image

Projects focused on the art and architecture of the eastern Mediterranean (modern Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and neighbouring countries) are particularly encouraged, as are projects that engage with museum collections and cultural heritage issues, though any Roman, Late Antique, or Byzantine topic is welcome. The successful candidate will have a strong academic background in art history and/or classics, archaeology, or Late Antique and Byzantine studies.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your proposal prior to application, please contact Dr Sean Leatherbury at sean.leatherbury@ucd.ie

Applications will be reviewed by a committee at School level, and applicants may be requested to conduct a Skype interview as part of the application process. Applicants will be informed of a decision in May, at which point the successful applicant may formally apply for admission to UCD. Students will be expected to be available to commence study in September 2020 or January 2021.

Please submit the following to Dr Sean Leatherbury (sean.leatherbury@ucd.ie) by the closing date:

·         Cover letter

·         CV

·         Writing sample

·         Two letters of reference

·         Proposal (1000-1500 words plus indicative bibliography)

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

·         The candidate’s academic track record

·         The quality of the candidate’s application for entry to the University, including

·         The rigour and viability of the research proposal and the rationale for study

·         Letters of recommendation

·         Priority research areas detailed above

MA and PhD Scholarships in Byzantine Studies, Boğaziçi University.

Deadline: 15 May 2020

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Andrew W. Mellon M.A./Ph.D. scholarships and short-term travel grants offered by the Bogazici University Byzantine Studies Research Center.

For more information, see here


Postdoctoral Fellowship, ‘Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives’, Aarhus University.

The research project Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives, funded by the ALIPH Foundation and affiliated with the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) postdoctoral fellow for the period 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The successful applicant is expected to take on a key role in researching and publishing Harald Ingholt’s digital archive, which consists of documentation images and notes on objects. The successful applicant will work within an already established and expanding team comprising a project director, postdoc researchers, research assistants and student helpers. We expect the successful applicant to integrate actively into this existing framework. Tasks include:

·         Taking a lead role in digitising the archive

·         Publishing research emerging from the project

·         Assisting the project director in supervising research assistants and student helpers

·         Facilitating processes in connection with funding applications

·         Reporting to funding agencies

Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:

·         A PhD in classical archaeology or a related discipline (this is a minimum requirement)

·         Language skills: English (spoken and written), German (reading), French (reading), Italian (reading), Latin, Ancient Greek, Semitic languages (at least ancient Aramaic), and skills within the field of ancient historical sources.

·         Historiographical competences and the ability to work critically with ancient historical sources

·         The ability to manage joint and collaborate research

·         A methodological and structured approach to work

·         Good organisational skills and excellent attention to detail

·         Flexibility and the ability to prioritise

·         Good time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines

·         Good interpersonal and collaborative skills

·         The application must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja (rubina.raja@cas.au.dk).

To apply, see here.  

Departmental Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Art History, University of Oxford.

Deadline: 17 April 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and inspirational person to join our thriving academic community of art historians and to bring exciting perspectives to the teaching and study of the History of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Oxford.

Although this is primarily a teaching and administrative role, the successful candidate will also engage in advanced study and independent research and play an active role in the History of Art Department and the interdisciplinary community of St Catherine’s College.

The successful applicant will have research and teaching interests in the history of Medieval and Renaissance art, broadly defined, as well as in art historical theory and methodologies. They will have an aptitude for teaching and the ability to inspire and enthuse students at all levels alongside a commitment to promoting the subject of art history within and beyond academia.

On the administrative side they will co-operate in the administrative work of the Department of Art History and Faculty of History, taking on such roles as are required, and will participate in the undergraduate and postgraduate admissions exercises.

This is a joint appointment in association with St Catherine’s College. The person appointed will be expected to take responsibility for the general administration of History of Art teaching at St Catherine’s, including arrangements for admission to the subject and pastoral duties.

The successful applicant will have a completed doctorate in a relevant field, or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion. This is a full-time, fixed-term post for a period of 3 years.

Applications for this post must be made online. To apply, and for more details, please see here.

Funded PhD Positions, l’École française de Rome.

Deadline: 30 April 2020

Dans le cadre du soutien apporté aux actions de coopération internationale, le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) flèche chaque année cinq contrats doctoraux en partenariat avec une école doctorale (ED) et l’une des cinq Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE):

·         École française d’Athènes

·         École française de Rome

·         Institut français d’Archéologie orientale

·         École française d’Extrême-Orient

·         Casa de Velázquez (École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques)

L’École française de Rome a vocation à accueillir des doctorants préparant une thèse dans les champs disciplinaires qui relèvent de sa sphère de compétence telle qu’elle est définie dans le décret du 10 février 2011 relatif aux écoles françaises à l’étranger. Elle « développe à Rome et en Italie, au Maghreb et dans les pays du Sud-Est européen proches de la mer Adriatique des recherches dans le domaine de l’archéologie, de l’histoire et des autres sciences humaines et sociales, de la Préhistoire à nos jours ». En outre, sa situation particulière dans une capitale de rayonnement mondial depuis plus de 2000 ans, à travers l’empire romain puis la papauté, la rend également apte à accueillir de jeunes chercheurs travaillant sur d’autres sphères du globe (de l’Asie aux Amériques, en passant par l’Afrique) dont une partie des terrains et des sources sont situés en Italie. Les recherches qu’elle mène en archéologie la prédisposent enfin à l’accueil de doctorants travaillant dans des disciplines dialoguant avec l’archéologie (sciences de la terre, physique…).

L’École française de Rome est donc prête à recevoir à compter de septembre 2020, en convention avec une ED française, un doctorant travaillant en archéologie, histoire ou sciences sociales dont le projet s’inscrirait dans ce cadre. L’EFR a aussi vocation à favoriser les recherches en sciences sociales et examinera donc avec un égal intérêt les dossiers qui relèveraient des disciplines comprises dans ce champ. Dans tous les cas, il faut que le dossier manifeste la nécessité d’une présence du doctorant à Rome, en Italie ou dans les pays du Maghreb et de la façade adriatique des Balkans pour mener à bien tout ou partie de ses recherches.

Sont éligibles les étudiants inscrits en M2 ou titulaires d’un M2 ou équivalent, qui ne sont pas encore inscrits en thèse.

Les dossiers de candidatures comprendront les deux pièces jointes suivantes à attacher directement au formulaire en ligne (format pdf) :

·         Champ « lettre de motivation » (un seul pdf)

–          un projet de thèse de cinq pages au maximum

–          une lettre de présentation du ou des directeur(s) de thèse pressenti(s) ;

–          l’avis du directeur de l’école doctorale (ED).

·         Champ « CV » (un seul pdf): le CV du candidat pressenti pour entreprendre cette recherche.

 La réception des dossiers de candidature pour l’EFR est ouverte via le formulaire en ligne – accessible à l’adresse suivante.

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The Byzness, 08/03/2020

The Byzness, 8th March 2020






The Third A. W. Mellon Byzantine Studies Lecture, 24 March 2020, Boğaziçi University

Anthony Eastmond will be delivering a lecture entitled: ‘Don’t Praise Artists, Praise Administrators!’ Byzantine Bureaucracy as Cultural Creativity. The event will take place at 4pm in the Rectorate Conference Hall of Boğaziçi University.

This lecture presents a manifesto for the creative power of administration. Byzantium is synonymous with labyrinthine bureaucracy, underpinning a convoluted and devious political machine; its artistic culture is too often characterized as one in which innovation and change were stifled by faceless officeholders. It will be argued that bureaucracy was a force for inventiveness in the medieval Mediterranean, shaping ideas about how art is created and interpreted, and playing a major role in establishing the visual world of Byzantium.



Rulers in the Metropolis: Areas of Conflict between Political Centrality and Urban Diversity in Pre-Modernity, 12-14 November 2020, University of Regensburg.

Deadline: 31 March 2020

For over ten years now, the University of Regensburg’s Forum Mittelalter, an interdisciplinary centre for medieval studies, has organised international conferences pertaining to research on European urban history, and since 2018 has done so in cooperation with the DFG-funded research cluster 2337 ‘Metropolität in der Vormoderne’. In November 2020, the Forum’s conference will take place once again, this time with the theme: ‘Rulers in the metropolis: areas of conflict between political centrality and urban diversity in pre-modernity’ (Regensburg, 12–14 Nov. 2020, chaired by Prof. Dr. Jörg Oberste).

Metropolises bundle meanings together. Within metropolitan self-conceptions and the ideas others have of these centres, we find across a wide range of media claims to prestige as locations of marked urbanity, centrality, or historicity. By articulating such claims of importance and jurisdiction, be that through their supraregional economic relevance or their function as religious, cultural, administrative, and/or political centres, great urban centres always mark out network hubs in pre-modern power structures. For this reason, the special social, demographic, and cultural dynamics of metropolises relying on forms of collective and participatory administration have always presented a challenge to monocratic systems of rule. Metropolises stand as foreign elements in both feudal theory and practice; here, one need only think of the great fault lines, for example, that manifest themselves in the relationship of large cities organised on a communal basis vis-à-vis a typical medieval kingdom.

At the same time, the unsuccessful attempts of the Capetians or the Hohenstaufens to suppress the communes of their territories, as well as the expanding power of the Italian city republics, point to the increasing pressure to adjust to the new political realities on the ground. Scholars bring this convergence to completion between the late twelfth and early fourteenth centuries, when canonists such as Rufinus, bishop of Assisi (around 1180), theologians such as William of Auvergne, the bishop of Paris (around 1230), or philosophers such as Bartholomew of Lucca, the disciple of Thomas Aquinas (around 1300), designated the political model of the commune as having an exemplary role in the created order. The question remains, however: at what junctures did metropolises and rulers clash in political practice, and what effects did such conflicts have on the self-image of the metropolises and on rulers’ organisation of their dominions?

From an historical point of view, the Ancient Greek poleis (whose foundational histories often go back to disputes with rulers), the Roman imperial residences and provincial centres with their manifold connections to the Eternal City, or the bonnes villes subject to the king in absolutist France all provide diverse investigative lenses for this field of research. Already in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, the term ‘metropolis’ stands in direct relation to a ruler or political centre: meanings range from the Ancient Greek understanding of it as a ‘mother city’ giving birth to colonial foundations in Attica, to that of the centre of an ecclesiastical diocese in religious language, to the designation as a political centre, a ruler’s residence, or even burial ground, such as appears in Latin sources since the early Middle Ages as an alternative urban designation (seen perhaps most 2 famously in the elevation of the small town of Speyer to the status of metropolis Germaniae [cf. C. Ehlers, 1996]).

Within modern research, the undeniable functional relationship of urban centres to (their) rulers has prompted discussions on the concept of the capital city and its equation with ‘metropolis’ in the late Middle Ages (A. Sohn, 2002). Nevertheless, this perspective falls too short: the best-known examples of the centralisation of monarchic/monocratic administration in large and historically important cities are Paris (since the thirteenth century), London (at the end of the Middle Ages), and Rome (as papal seat). Having an eye on continuity with contemporary capital cities, however, should not lead one astray into misunderstanding these close, functional relations as constituting a genuine symbiosis. Precisely in the centres mentioned above, powerful communes and urban élites were ascending at the same time as rulers were promoting their claims on cities as being their capitals. On the one hand, these urban competitors for authority struggled with potentates over power in the latter’s capital cities; on the other hand, the communes and élites profited enormously from participation in the central institutions of rule, while the city’s economic activity itself, spurred on by the presence of the royal court, blossomed under the aegis of central political functions located there.

An analytical summary of the relationships between pre-modern rulers and metropolises, such as is the aim of the planned conference, offers numerous interdisciplinary perspectives:

·         The representation of rulers in metropolitan architecture, the ordering of urban space and artistic works in the city

·         Personal networks between institutions pertaining to the ruler and to the city; communication structures and media for depicting such relationships

·         Conflicts and competition between rulers and metropolises, and especially overlapping and cooperative efforts in metropolitan administration

·         The role of historical references (with their frequently ruler-based themes) for metropolitan claims to prestige/authority/validity

·         Historiographic/narrative, iconographic, or performative media as expression of urbanocommunal and ruling interests in the aforementioned competitive relationships

Contributions on the abovementioned thematic areas should be no longer than 30 minutes.

The conference programme, beginning with an evening public lecture on 12 November 2020, will span three days (Thursday, 12 November, 2–5 PM; Friday, 13 November, 9 AM–5 PM; Saturday, 14 November, ca. 9 AM–12:30 PM). We plan to continue the conference proceedings publication series Forum Mittelalter Studien (published annually since 2005 by Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg) with a volume of this year’s talks. Please submit your proposal including an abstract of max. 350 words and a short CV to susanne.ehrich@ur.de until Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

Call for Authors: ‘The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages’

The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages is a new reference work written by an international group of scholars. The resource combines thematic overviews, primary source analyses, and core case studies. It aims to be both inclusive and global, and to present medieval studies in a forward-looking way. This initiative is organized and sponsored by ARC Humanities Press in collaboration with Bloomsbury Academic.

As an Assistant Executive Editor for The Encyclopedia, I am looking for authors who would be interested in writing short articles that would provide accessible overviews of objects and monuments from across all areas of the medieval globe. The contributions would aim for a wide-ranging audience, including undergraduate students. Each article is to be 1000-words and must follow a purposefully designed template, which will ensure that the online resource is coherent and easy to use. Authors are expected to maintain academic rigor in terms of approach, debate, and scholarship.

If you are interested in contributing to this project in the future, please be in touch with me via email at aisulli@umich.edu. Please include in the subject line ‘Encyclopedia – Author’.


‘Reale und fiktive Inschriften in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit’, Heidelberg University.

Deadline: 15 March 2020

Zu den verbreitetsten Formen von Textualität in der Vormoderne gehört die Inschrift. Aus Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit haben sich einerseits unzählige Inschriften auf Gegenständen und Gebäuden erhalten, die seit Jahrzehnten umfassend gesammelt, aufbereitet und zugänglich gemacht werden (Akademie-Projekt ‘Deutsche Inschriften’, z.T. ähnliche Projekte in anderen europäischen Ländern). Andererseits berichten Texte (Handschriften und Drucke) dieser Zeit ebenfalls von Inschriften. Dazu gehören insbesondere Inschriftensammlungen und Erzählungen. Von diesen referieren manche auf Artefakte, die (angeblich) tatsächlich existierten, viele sind aber auch offensichtlich fiktiv und bisweilen geradezu fantastisch, vor allem in höfischen Romanen oder Epen.

Seit über acht Jahren widmet sich das Teilprojekt C05 ‘Inschriftlichkeit. Reflexionen materialer Textkultur in der Literatur des 12. bis 17. Jahrhunderts’ des SFB 933 der Erforschung von erzählten fiktiven Inschriften. Dazu gehören etwa die aus Edelsteinen gefertigten Lettern auf dem Brackenseil in Wolframs ‘Titurel’, die Grab- und Monumentinschriften in der ‘Historia Apollonii regis Tyri’, der beschriebene Helm des Helden Roland im ‘Rolandslied’, das sprechende Unterweltstor am Eingang zur Hölle in Dantes ‘Divina Commedia’ oder die Gottesschrift im Sand in der Legende der Heiligen Maria von Ägypten. Über 1000 Belegstellen aus den europäischen Literaturen wurden bereits in einer Datenbank gesammelt und zentrale Forschungsergebnisse 2019 in einem komparatistischen Band, Writing beyond Pen and Parchment, vorgelegt.

Was jedoch nach wie vor fehlt, ist eine intensive Diskussion über die wechselseitigen Beziehungen, die Verbindungen und Differenzen zwischen erzählten, fiktiven, nur in Texten überlieferten Inschriften einerseits und realen, auf Artefakten überlieferten Inschriften andererseits. Eine solche Diskussion auf einer möglichst breiten Materialbasis zu führen, ist Ziel der interdisziplinären Tagung.

Erwünscht sind daher Beiträge, die aus geschichtswissenschaftlicher, archäologischer, kunsthistorischer, theologischer, sprach- oder literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive den Vergleich zwischen fiktiven und realen Inschriften profilieren. Eine besondere Rolle für die vergleichende Untersuchung könnten Praktiken spielen, die mit dem Ein- und Aufschreiben auf Materialien (Holz, Stein, Textil, Metall usw.), auf Gegenständen (Waffen, Schmuck, liturgisches Gerät usw.) oder auf Bauwerken (Grabmäler, Kirchen, Burgen usw.) verbunden sind, sowie die Funktionen räumlicher Anordnung von Inschriften (Topologie). Relevant dürfte auch die Frage danach sein, ob die Bedeutung von Inschriften in Abhängigkeit von diskursiven Zusammenhängen (wie mystischen, hagiographischen, höfischen, historiographischen, rechtlichen oder magischen Diskursen) variiert.

Willkommen sind sowohl Einzelvorträge als auch Tandemvorträge, die z. B. eine Artefaktgruppe aus historischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive vergleichend untersuchen. Nach Möglichkeit sollten sich alle Beiträge einer der beiden folgenden Sektionen zuordnen lassen:

I. Inschriften auf Gegenständen in sakralen und säkularen Kontexten (lokomobile schrifttragende Artefakte)

Menschen verwenden Dinge, um zu handeln. Die Material Culture Studies haben die Wahrnehmung dafür geschärft, dass Dinge nicht nur benutzt werden, sondern auch selbst eine agency besitzen. Gerade schrifttragende Artefakte scheinen eine besondere Verbindung zwischen Menschen und Dingen zu erzeugen oder zu verstärken: Das betrifft sowohl Dinge, die im säkularen Kontext verwendet werden, wie Waffen mit Namensinschriften oder Schmuck mit moralischen Handlungsaufschriften, als auch Schriftzeichen auf liturgischem Gerät oder Paramenten. Im Zentrum dieser Sektion stehen eingeprägte oder eingeschriebene Schriftzeichen auf beweglichen Gegenständen, die sowohl vielfach real überliefert sind als auch immer wieder Teil poetologischer, narrativer oder außerliterarischer Beschreibung waren.

II. Räumliche Markierung durch Inschriften (lokostatische schrifttragende Artefakte)

Inschriften kommt eine raumkonstituierende Rolle zu. Auf Toren, Mauern und Türen markieren sie Raumgrenzen oder schaffen Passagen, als Bauminschriften sind sie oft Ausdruck einer kulturellen Überformung der Natur, Grabinschriften kennzeichnen die Grenze zwischen Lebenden und Toten, zwischen Diesseits und Jenseits usw. Die Beiträge dieser Sektion thematisieren also Möglichkeiten inschriftlicher Semantisierung von Räumen.

Die Vortragsdauer beträgt 30 Minuten. Reisespesen sowie Verpflegungs- und Übernachtungskosten der Referentinnen und Referenten werden vom SFB erstattet.

Vorschläge für Paper erbitten wir bis 15. März 2020 an laura.velte@gs.uni-heidelberg.de in Form einer PDF-Datei, die ein Abstract (ca. 300–500 Wörter exklusive Literaturangaben) sowie einen kurzen CV enthalten.



Focillon Grant, Yale University.

Deadline: 3 April 2020

Après avoir été longtemps financée par le ministère des Affaires étrangères, la bourse Focillon, qui porte le nom du grand historien de l’art Henri Focillon (1881-1943), mort à Yale pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, l’est désormais par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, précisément par le département du pilotage de la recherche et de la politique scientifique, au sein de la Direction générale des patrimoines. Elle est décernée tous les ans par le Comité français d’histoire de l’art (CFHA) à un jeune chercheur en histoire de l’art (alternativement à un universitaire et à un conservateur titulaires d’un poste), sans exclusive de domaine ou de période. La limite d’âge est fixée à 45 ans.

La bourse Focillon permet au/à la lauréat(e) de séjourner pendant trois mois à Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) et de poursuivre ses recherches en bénéficiant des excellentes conditions de travail qu’elle offre (en particulier les bibliothèques). Elle lui donne aussi la possibilité de nouer des contacts avec les musées et les universités américains (Yale est proche de New York, Hartford, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphie, Washington…).

Le montant de la bourse est de 10 000 euros pour trois mois. Des facilités de logement peuvent être accordées à Yale University.

Les candidats (universitaires pour l’année 2020-2021) adresseront à la présidente du CFHA, sur papier, une lettre de candidature et un projet de recherche (5 pages environ avec indication des sources et de la bibliographie), accompagnés d’un bref curriculum vitae, d’une liste de leurs travaux et publications, et, éventuellement, de lettres de soutien. Ils feront également parvenir ces documents en version numérique au secrétariat du CFHA (Margherita Valentini : secretariat.cfha@gmail.com). Leur dossier sera examiné par un jury de cinq membres désignés par le Conseil exécutif du Comité français d’histoire de l’art.

La date limite de réception des candidatures est fixée au vendredi 3 avril 2020

Le/la lauréat(e) se rendra aux États-Unis entre le 1er septembre 2020 et le 1er mai 2021.

La bourse Focillon, décernée pour 2019 à un conservateur, a été accordée à Isolde Pludermacher, conservateur en chef au Musée d’Orsay, pour son projet intitulé Édouard Manet sous l’œil d’Adolphe Tabarant. (Recherche sur les archives Tabarant à la Pierpont Morgan Library, au Loria Center de Yale University et dans les collections américaines).


Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture Summer School, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens.

Deadline: 1 April 2020

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is pleased to announce the organisation of the Summer School in Byzantine Greek Script and Book Culture to be held in Athens between June 22 and 27, 2020.

The Summer School is a six-day intensive course on the history of the Greek Script and Book Culture from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity taught by Zisis Melissakis (Palaeography), Stratis Papaioannou (Book Culture), Kostis Smyrlis (Diplomatics) and Nicholas Melvani (Epigraphy).

For more information about the summer school, and available scholarships, please see here.


Ancient Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic Summer Schools, Sibiu.

Deadline: 1 May 2020

The Institute of Ecumenical Research, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu is happy to organize courses in Old Slavonic, Latin and Ancient Greek for the summer of 2020. The instruction language for each course is English. Each course comprises of 10 days of language training, with overall training of 60 hours/course. Lectures will be offered in some of the afternoons, as well as a one-day excursion on the fifth day of each course. You can enrol for one of the courses specified below or for two consecutive courses. Applications (cover letter, CV) should be sent to ccesiofh@gmail.com by May 1, 2020. The course fee is 250 Euro (tuition, course materials, lunches for course days, excursion). Please mind that all programs are non-residential, and accommodation is not covered by the course fee. For further information please refer to ccesiofh@gmail.com.


‘Assistentenstelle’, Department of Ancient History and Archeology, Papyrology and Epigraphy, University of Vienna.

Deadline: 31 March 2020

Am Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik der Universität Wien ist eine Assistentenstelle für die Dauer von sechs Jahren ausgeschrieben, zu besetzen zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt.

Das Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik widmet sich der Erforschung der griechischen, römischen und etruskischen Welt in ihrer gesamten Breite und legt besonderen Wert auf die Nutzung von Primärquellen (antike Literatur, Papyri, Inschriften, Münzen) in Forschung und Lehre. Die ausgeschriebene Stelle als Universitätsassistent*in Post doc richtet sich an Althistoriker*innen mit einem Schwerpunkt auf griechischer Geschichte.

Aufgaben: Aktive Beteiligung an Forschung und Lehre (mit einem Schwerpunkt auf der griechischen Epigraphik) sowie Administration: Auf- bzw. Ausbau eines selbstständigen Forschungsprofils; internationale Publikations- und Vortragstätigkeit; selbständige Abhaltung von Lehrveranstaltungen im Ausmaß der kollektivvertraglichen Bestimmungen; Studierendenbetreuung; Mitwirkung an Evaluierungsmaßnahmen und in der Qualitätssicherung; Mitwirkung in der Forschungs-, Lehr- und Institutsadministration.

Voraussetzungen: Abgeschlossenes Doktoratsstudium in einem altertumswissenschaftlichen Fach, bevorzugt Alte Geschichte. Unabdingbar sind die Beherrschung des Alt-Griechischen, Lateinischen sowie der üblichen modernen Fremdsprachen und Erfahrung im Umgang mit griechischen Inschriften. Auslandserfahrung ist erwünscht, des weiteren Begeisterung für das Fach, eigenständiges Denkvermögen in allen Lebenslagen und Mut, eine eigene Meinung zu haben und sie auch zu äußern.

Bewerbungen mit Lebenslauf und Schriftenverzeichnis bis 31. 3. 2020 entweder über: https://univis.univie.ac.at/ausschreibungstellensuche/

oder an: Prof. Dr. Thomas Corsten: thomas.corsten@univie.ac.at.


Curator, Museum of Russian Icons, Massachusetts.

Deadline: 16 March 2020

Museum of Russian Icons seeks full-time, scholarly Curator. Opportunity to curate one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons at a well-established, active museum an hour from Boston, near Worcester. Requires advanced degree in Byzantine, Medieval or Classical World studies; Russian icon expertise; reading knowledge of Russian and Church Slavonic; museum exhibition and collections experience; and experience writing and editing scholarly publications. Applicants should be relationship builders and team collaborators. Curator will lead collection stewardship and research, raising the Museum’s standing through exhibitions, the Museum’s Journal of Icon Studies, and professional connections.

Founded by collector/philanthropist Gordon Lankton, AAM-accredited MoRI features state-of-the-art facilities, holds over 1,000 pieces, and presents a lively array of exhibitions and educational programs and events. It is regarded as one of the premier centers of research and scholarship in the field of icons.  Curator will analyze collection and plan further development; conduct and promote scholarship; plan and oversee exhibition production; work effectively with dedicated team of museum professionals and volunteers.

Nominations, inquiries welcome.  For full job profile, requirements, responsibilities, and how to apply by March 16, 2020 to Scott Stevens, Museum Search & Reference, retained search firm, visit: www.museum-search.com/open-searches.

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The Oxford Listings – Week 8

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Hilary Term 2020

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MONDAY 9th March

15.00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Samantha Leggatt

From Conversion to Conquest: Isotopic Trends in Early Medieval Britain




17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Old Library

Bronach Kane (Cardiff)

Gender and Peasant Experiences in Later Medieval England


TUESDAY 10th March

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

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Daniel Schumann (Keble)

The prohibitive vow in Greek and Hebrew discourse



17.00   The Oxford Society for the Caucasus and Central Asia Seminar

New College, Lecture Room 4

Gabrielle van den Berg (Leiden University)

Turks, Texts and Territory: Imperial Ideology and Cultural Production in Central Eurasia


WEDNESDAY 11th March

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Ashmolean Museum, Headley Lecture Theatre

Jack Hanson (University of Reading)

Investigating the Sizes of Basilicas


17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Andras Nemeth (Vatican)

The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Editor of the Fragmentary Historians: New fragments from Dexippus and Polybius


THURSDAY 12th March

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

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

Catherine Vanderheyde

The Many Sides of Byzantine Sculpture: Textual Sources, Materials, Techniques, Ornamental and Anthropomorphic Motifs



16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Justine Potts

Dirty Habits: Rethinking Foucault on Confession in Early Christian Monasticism


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Atri Hatef Naiemi

A Dialogue between Friends and Foes: Transcultural Interactions in Ilkhanid Capital Cities (1256-1335 AD)


FRIDAY 13th March

10.00-17.30 A Celebration of Mary Whitby

History Faculty, Rees-Davies Room

For the full programme, see here.


10.00-11.30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann


12.00-13.00 Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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The Byzness, 01/03/2020

The Byzness, 1st March 2020





‘A Celebration of Mary Whitby’, 13 March 2020, Faculty of History, Oxford.

For the full programme, see here.

Lunch will be provided, but to register for the event, please contact either Phil Booth (philip.booth@theology.ox.ac.uk) or Mirela Ivanova (mirela.ivanova@univ.ox.ac.uk).

‘Subalternity and Byzantine Studies: Critically Imagining the Masses in History’, New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World Network’s Webinar.

This webinar will outline the concept of subalternity as it has been developed in Marxist and postcolonial critical theory, as well as explore its potential for understanding the medieval empire of New Rome commonly known as Byzantium. First used in the Prison Notebooks of Italian revolutionary Marxist Antonio Gramsci, where it appears a broad term for exploited and dominated social classes, ‘subaltern’ was subsequently developed into a rich but historically specific analytical concept by the Indian Subaltern Studies group. Diffusing from there into the extensive and varied literature known as Postcolonialism, subalternity has become one of the most widely used analytical terms for oppressed and excluded social categories across a broad range of disciplines. The workshop will be led by Nicholas Matheou (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), a comparative social historian specialising in the region of Anatolia, Upper Mesopotamia and Caucasia in the Middle Ages. It will open with a brief critical introduction to subalternity, with reference to current debates in Byzantine Studies, before turning to an open discussion of the recommended reading materials.

Attendance is open, but attendees are asked to read at least one of the three-asterisked readings, and more than one is strongly encouraged if time permits.

For more information, please see here.

‘Byzantine Pieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis’, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, 12 March 2020, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA.

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the spring lecture in its 2019–2020 lecture series:

‘Byzantine Pieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis’

Alexander Brey, Wellesley College.

Alexander Brey discusses an Umayyad-era basalt reservoir platform built within the Azraq oasis in eastern Jordan and places its carved interlocking stones in conservation with early Byzantine zodiac and celestial diagrams.

Details can be found here. For questions, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu).



Identity and Identification, 300 C.E.-1200 C.E., 22 May 2020, Cardiff University.

Deadline: 10 April 2020

Scholarship on the period between 300 C.E. and 1200 C.E. is dominated by a focus on changing identities. In some regions, the spread of Christianity, the end of the Western Roman Empire, the emergence of Islam and the diminishing of Byzantium changed how people saw themselves and the world they lived in. In others, the situation is less clear.

The first SWW Late Antique, Early Medieval and Byzantine Network workshop encourages interdisciplinary collaboration on identity in the period c. 300-1200 C.E.: where and how identities and identifications did and did not change, how scholars approach identity across disciplines, and where identity is a useful lens for approaching our period.  We hope to learn from thinking about these issues across disciplines and space, and welcome a broad interpretation of theme and geography from PGs, ECRs and MA-gap students living and working in Wales and the South and West of England. The day will include a workshop led by Ciara Butler focusing on identity in conversion period Britain from an archaeological perspective, followed by a series of papers on identity in this period.

We welcome topics from across literary, historical, art-historical, archaeological and theological sources. Potential examples include:

  • Excavating identity and problems with and approaches to identity and material culture
  • The historiography of identity and identities
  • Representations of identity or identification
  • Identities or identifications in conflict
  • Reading identity into sources
  • Climate, landscape and the interaction between environment and identity
  • Language and identity
  • Identity and space (racialized, gendered, etc)
  • Political, dynastic and religious identities
  • Problems with identifying groups in the past, and the effect this can have on the present

Our keynote will be provided by Dr. Victoria Leonard (RHUL): Title to be confirmed.

Applicants should send a c. 200-word abstract, 3-5 keywords and their institution and year of study (if relevant) by 10th April 2020 to swwlateantiqueworkshop@gmail.com.

Cardiff’s History Department has kindly offered to fund two travel bursaries up to £50. Intended speakers will have priority. Bursary applicants should state this in their application and non-speakers seeking a bursary should apply by the deadline.

We are still in talks with other groups and hope to increase this support. We are also compiling a list (to be shared on our website) of individual conference funding sources for PGs and especially MA-gap and ECRs, and will welcome and share suggestions.


‘Licht aus dem osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West’, 11-12 June 2020, Freie Universität Berlin.

Deadline: 20 March 2020

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore a variety of theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analysed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, advanced their own formulas for how to use natural light in ecclesiastical buildings. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop invites papers on the economy of natural light in medieval churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and throughout the medieval period. Whether adopted or inspired from the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are examined in order to understand how natural light phenomena unfolded in ecclesiastical spaces, and how they related to the design, architecture, decorations, liturgical objects, or rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered analyses of light Inszenierung examined in this workshop cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres. Moreover, the expertise behind the deployment of these natural light effects reveals patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world that extended in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Proposals for 30-minute papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at aisulli@umich.edu and vladimir.ivanovici@usi.ch by 20 March 2020. Please include in the email subject line ‘Berlin Workshop Proposal’.

For all accepted presenters, the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals will be covered by the host institution through a grant sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

‘Southern Italy in the Middle Ages: a Political, Cultural and Economic Centre (5th – 13th centuries)’, 9-11 December, Centro di Storia e Cultura Amalfitana

Deadline: 31 March 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the conference ‘Southern Italy in the Middle Ages: a Political, Cultural and Economic Centre (5th – 13th centuries), to be held 9 – 11 December 2020 at the Centro di Storia e Cultura Amalfitana (Amalfi, SA).

Located at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Italy represents the ideal field of study for any examination of the social, economic and political transformations that occurred during the Middle Ages. As reflected by the unusually abundant written documentation, Southern Italy hosted some of the leading cultural and religious centres of the time. On the other hand, its political fragmentation, until the Norman conquest, made the region a theatre of war between the major Medieval political actors. Crossroads of both cultural interactions and opposed political ambitions, the area was strictly connected with Constantinople and the Ifriqiya, while it acquired increasing relevance within the imperial ideology of both Carolingians and Ottonians.

Taking into account the most recent theoretical and methodological debates, as well as the latest archaeological findings, the workshop seeks to highlight both challenges and potentialities that arise in the study of Southern Italy. Following a multidisciplinary approach, we aim to gather historians, archaeologists and art historians that are experts in Medieval, Byzantine and Islamic Studies.

We seek abstracts from PhD candidates and early career researchers. Either in Italian or in English, the abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and are due to be submitted by 31 March 2020, at convegnomedioevo@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Each presentation will last 15 minutes. We plan to publish the conference proceedings.



PhD Scholarship, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter.

Deadline: 31 March 2020

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter is delighted to offer a doctoral studentship, generously funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. This award is open to UK/EU and International students and will provide a significant contribution towards tuition fees and maintenance for three years, starting in September 2020. The successful candidate may also be asked to contribute up to 150 hours per annum to departmental teaching (although since this figure includes preparation and marking time, the actual number of hours of teaching will be substantially lower). The total value of the award and teaching remuneration will be c. £25,000 per annum. This studentship is available to fund research on any aspect of Greek or Roman antiquity. Full information is available here.

To be considered for this doctoral award, you must use the ‘Apply Now’ link on the page above to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, research proposal, transcripts, details of two referees and, if relevant, proof of your English language proficiency by Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Applicants should also ensure that referees email their references in the form of a letter to the Postgraduate Administrator (hass-pgradmissions@exeter.ac.uk) by Tuesday 31st March 2020. The responsibility for ensuring that references are received by the deadline rests with the applicant. Referees must email their references from their institutional email accounts. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Queries about the studentship can be directed to Dr Richard Flower.

Post-Doctoral Position in Byzantine Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The Division of Byzantine Research (ABF) of the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, is seeking applications for the position of a Post-doc in Byzantine Studies (part-time/20 hours per week).

The initial duration of the appointment is 12 months, beginning with 1 October 2020 at the earliest.

The ABF is one of the premier research institutions in Byzantine Studies internationally, representing a wide range of scholarship in close dialogue with the other three Divisions of the Institute for Medieval Research, and with the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna which has an extensive research library. The successful applicant will contribute to the research strand ‘Language, Text and Script’ through editorial and palaeographical work. Particularly welcome is a specialization in non-literary texts (e.g. legal texts).


  • A completed doctorate in Byzantine Studies or a related discipline (e.g. Classical Philology)
  • A demonstrated ability in Greek palaeography, editorial work, textual analysis of non-literary texts
  • A willingness to work in Vienna as part of a team and to contribute to the scholarly profile of the Division of Byzantine Research
  • For non-German speakers: A willingness to acquire proficiency in German (B1 and above) within the first year of appointment.

Applications must include:

  • A Letter of motivation (2 pages max.)
  • A description of a research agenda for editorial work in non-literary texts, including a timeline for 12 months and for a further 24 months (3 pages max.)
  • A sample edition (either published or unpublished, min. 3 pages, max. 30 pages)
  • CV
  • A list of publications
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please send your application including all relevant documents via e-mail to officeByzanz@oeaw.ac.at (mentioning Job ID: IMAFO015PD120) no later than April 30, 2020. We will use the data you provide for the purposes of your application in compliance with the regulations of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (for more information, see here). Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp (claudia.rapp@oeaw.ac.at) We offer an annual gross salary of €21.914,20 (part time based, before taxes) according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW).

Salaried Doctoral Positions, ‘Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged’, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for 5 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%), starting at October 1st, 2020. Initial appointment will be for three years.

The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.

In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of humans and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – starting out from textual, pictorial and material sources – by means of examples and to study them in culturally immanent as well as transcultural respects. In order to align the spectrum of potential fields of topics in a targeted manner four main focal points of research have been defined:

  • Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;
  • Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;
  • Flora, fauna, and natural environment;
  • The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these four areas and belong to one of the academic disciplines mentioned above.

We are looking for dissertation projects that will connect with and complement dissertation projects within the Research Training Group as well as additional dissertation projects belonging to one of the four areas.

For detailed information regarding our research and training programme and for a list of the academic staff involved in our graduate school, please refer to our homepage.

Requirements for appointment:

  • A diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the disciplines mentioned above and fulfilment of the necessary requirements for enrolment on a doctoral degree in either Faculty (Fachbereich) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (see here).

We offer:

  • A salary based on the German public sector pay scale (TV-L);
  • A PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction;
  • Ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange;
  • Supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty;
  • A mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad;
  • Traineeships within cooperating institutes;
  • Additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany
  • Classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)
  • A modern and pleasant working environment

We expect:

  • Preparation of a doctoral thesis within our research programme;
  • Scientific training within a structured dissertation programme;
  • Continuous participation in the study programme;
  • Cooperation with other PhD students and scholars from neighbouring fields and disciplines;
  • Presence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz;
  • After the three-year funding period: doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

The following documents must be provided:

  • An application form (available on the website for download);
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained; before entering university (Abitur, highschool-diploma or equivalent);
  • A résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages);
  • Your graduate thesis in a pdf-file;
  • An exposé for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group; summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages);
  • Two letters of reference from members of academic staff allowing us to judge your abilities (to be sent before the closing date directly to the spokesperson);
  • If available, a list of attended conferences and publications.

Further details regarding the application process and the selection of candidates are available on the homepage of our graduate school. You may also contact a member of the Research Training Group’s staff in your discipline if you have a specific question. For organizational questions you may contact the coordination office.

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) no later than April 30th, 2020 to the Research Training Group’s spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de).

Doctoral Positions, ‘Longing for Perfection: Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality’, KU Leuven.

Deadline: 1 June 2020.

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, has launched 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 now opening an extra call to hire two research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.

The project studies 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 is 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:

  • A study of the martyr homilies of John Chrysostom.
  • A study of the reception of the figures of Abraham, Moses and David in early Christian literature.

The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and preferably also basic knowledge of early 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.

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 geert.roskam@kuleuven.be.

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The Oxford Listings – Week 7

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Hilary Term 2020

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MONDAY 2nd March

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Wharton Room


Ingrid Ciulisová (Corpus Christi College/Slovak Academy of Sciences)

The Power of Marvelous Objects: Charles IV of Luxembourg and his gems

TUESDAY 3rd March

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

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

David Jacobson (King’s College London)

The Significance of the Coins of Agrippa II



15.00 Introduction to Islamic Art & Architecture Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Teresa Fitzherbert

Iran under Mongol Rule



17.00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Karl Kinsella (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Geometrical Education and Twelfth-Century Architecture


17.00 Early Slavonic Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, First Floor Seminar Room

Pierre Gonneau (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

A Case of Cultural Transfer from the Hungarian ‘Gesta Ladislai regis’ to the Russian Tale of the Evil Tsar Batu


13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Ashmolean Museum, Headley Lecture Theatre

Joan Oller Guzman (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Emerald Mining in Roman Egypt: Results of the Latest Excavations in

Mons Smaragdus



17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Alexander Riehle (Harvard)

Is Textual Criticism Dead? A Report on the Forthcoming Edition of Nikephoros Choumnos’ Letter Collections



17.00 Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Letty ten Harkel (Oxford)

Rapid Recording of Endangered Heritage and Archaeology in Lebanon:

Practical Challenges and Recording Methodologies for Field Surveys


THURSDAY 5th March

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

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

Efthymios Rizos

The Saints in the Late Antique Mosaics of Thessaloniki



16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Ian Fielding (Michigan)

Roman Satire and the Fall of Rome: Gibbon and Juvenal


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Maria Kiprovska (Sofia University)

Altered Empire-Building: An Assessment of the Frontier Dynasties’ Architectural Patronage and Landed Estates in the Early Ottoman Balkans

FRIDAY 6th March

10.00-11.30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann


12.00-13.00 Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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The Byzness, 23/02/2020

The Byzness, 23rd February 2020






‘Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity: History and Archaeology between the 6th and the 8th centuries’, 18 – 20 March 2020, Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford.

Cyprus in Late Antiquity was a thriving and densely populated province. During the sixth and seventh centuries, the growing affluence of the island is conspicuous in comparison to other regions of the Eastern Roman Empire. In the traditional historical view, the late antique period on Cyprus ended abruptly as a result of the Arab raids of the mid-seventh century. The original focus of urban archaeology on monumental structures and Christian basilicas tended to stress the impact of these raids further; layers of destruction were often uncritically associated with the Arabs, overshadowing archaeological evidence that hinted at continuities beyond the mid-seventh century.

In recent decades, archaeological research on late antique Cyprus has shifted its focus away from urban centres and single monuments in favour of a more contextual perspective. Building on well-established traditions of field prospection, diachronic survey projects and small-scale excavations are revealing a complex web of settlement patterns. They have shown that economic, political and cultural contacts between the island and the wider eastern Mediterranean were continued. Moreover, they also suggest that the end or transformation of occupation on individual sites cannot always be explained by catastrophic events, but should be interpreted in terms of local adaptation to changing needs and contacts.

This symposium brings together archaeologists and historians engaged in the study of Cyprus between the sixth and eighth centuries. They will collate the results of recent and past research to arrive at a comprehensive, interdisciplinary reconstruction of life on the island in the Long Late Antiquity.

For further information and to register your attendance, please contact the organisers: Prof Ine Jacobs (ine.jacobs@classics.ox.ac.uk, Faculty of Classics, Faculty of History, School of Archaeology) and Dr Panayiotis Panayides (panayiotis.panayides@classics.ox.ac.uk).

For more information, and for the full programme, see here.


‘Bardha’a, Azerbaijan: a Colloquium on the Archaeology of the Medieval City’, 27-28 March 2020, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

This is a one-day colloquium on the archaeology of the medieval city of Bardha’a, Azerbaijan. The core of the papers will be presented by members of the University of Oxford Archaeological Exploration of Bərdə Project (2015-2019), drawing on different aspects of the material culture uncovered during the recent excavations.

The event begins with a keynote lecture by Professor Scott Redford (SOAS), The Medieval (11th-13th c.) Southern Caucasus in Context, at 5pm on Thursday 27th February. The following day, Friday 28th, papers will run from 9.30am to 5.15pm.

For more information, see here.


Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius, 16-17 April 2020′, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the A.G. Leventis seminar ‘Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius’, to be held at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Alison Richard Building 7, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT.

This two-day seminar aims at re-envisioning late antique culture through the lens of one of the fourth century’s most heterodox and polyvalent figures, Synesius of Cyrene, and is conceived as an experiment in form: in each panel, a paper exploring a different theme central to Synesius’ work and of interdisciplinary impact will be matched by another paper that looks at the same theme or genre through the eyes of one of Synesius’ near-contemporaries. The idea is to offer a new model of late antiquity useful to Classicists and historians of the transitions from the “classical world” to the Middle Ages.

Conference papers will be pre-circulated to the participants at the end of March. Confirmed speakers include: Gianfranco Agosti (Rome, La Sapienza); Daniel Barbu (Paris, CNR); Christopher Cochran (Harvard); Claudio Ehrenfeld-García (National Autonomous University of Mexico); Richard Flower (Exeter); Simon Goldhill (Cambridge); Aaron Kachuck (Cambridge); Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (Cambridge); Anna Marmodoro (Oxford/Durham); Lea Niccolai (Cambridge); Aaron Pelttari (Edinburgh); Isabella Sandwell (Bristol); Claudia Tiersch (Berlin, Von Humboldt).

For more information, see here. If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact Lea Niccolai (ln294@cam.ac.uk), or Aaron Kachuck (ak555@cam.ac.uk).



Empire and Excavation: Critical Perspectives on Archaeology in British-Period Cyprus, 1878-1960, 6-7 November 2020, Nicosia.

Deadline: 20 March 2020

In 2001, the British Museum published the proceedings of a conference held in 1999 entitled Cyprus in the Nineteenth Century AD. Fact, Fancy and Fiction. Edited by Veronica Tatton-Brown, the volume represented a watershed in the historiography of collecting and excavating antiquities on the island. Since that time, there have been significant advances in the history of Cypriot archaeology, but more especially in critical approaches to the historiography of archaeology as a whole. These approaches extend beyond traditional narratives of discoveries and intellectual trends and now encompass a diverse range of social, economic and cultural analyses within a comparative global framework (and especially in the framework of post-colonial thinking). The bibliography is now considerable, but among the key titles pioneering a range of new approaches can be listed:  Tracing Archaeology’s Past: The Historiography of Archaeology (A. Christenson, 1989); Rediscovering Our Past: Essays on the History of American Archaeology (ed. J. Reyman, 1992); Archives, Ancestors, Practices: Archaeology in the Light of its History (eds. N. Schlanger and J. Nordladh, 2008); Histories of Archaeology: A Reader in the History of Archaeology (ed. T. Murray, 2008); Hidden Hands: Egyptian Workforces in Petrie Excavation Archives, 1880-1924 (S. Quirke, 2010); Scramble for the past. A story of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (eds. Z. Bahrani, Z. Çelik and E. Eldem, 2011); World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives (ed. A. Schnapp, 2013); From Antiquarian to Archaeologist. The History and Philosophy of Archaeology (T. Murray, 2014); About Antiquities. Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire (Z. Çelik, 2016); Ancient Monuments and Modern Identities. A Critical History of Archaeology in 19th and 20th Century Greece (eds. P. Cartledge and S. Voutsaki, 2017); Antiquarianisms: Contact, Conflict, Comparison (eds. B. Anderson and F. Rojas, 2017).

In Cyprus too, there has been growing interest in previously neglected or unpublished fieldwork beyond purely archaeological discoveries, as well as in archival sources recording the collection and excavation of antiquities, both in the context of broader political and socio-economic aspects of the subject (especially imperialism and nationalism) and the methods and motivations of individual excavators and scholars. These go beyond the well-known public-facing histories of key figures, again reflecting the broader discipline.

At the same time, numerous aspects of archaeology in this period are under-explored and significant archival resources remain under-exploited, while the subject would also benefit from comparative approaches with other regions, such as the Mandated territories of the Middle East in the 20th century AD. Methodologies or genres such as microhistory and object biography offer new perspectives on historical approaches and subjects, especially for uncovering hidden histories of underrepresented groups (such as women, non-elite individuals such as workers, and local agents more generally).

The sixtieth anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus provides an excellent opportunity to revisit the theme of the original conference with a workshop that will build on the past generation of scholarship while expanding the coverage to the entire British colonial period (1878-1960) and introducing the latest trends in the historiography of archaeology. It is hoped that the proceedings with be published in a peer-reviewed volume in 2021.

Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

·         How consciously or purposively political was archaeology in Cyprus in the British colonial period? How do we assess the fieldwork of European and American excavators working on the island at the same time and in the context of other imperial/colonial activity in the region?

·         What knowledge of archaeology can be gained from little-known or overlooked archival sources such as photography and film, and from travel accounts and memoirs?

·         The role of underrepresented groups in Cypriot archaeology (social, ethnic, gender).

·         The key role of local Cypriots – from archaeological field workers and villagers to collectors and scholars – in the excavation and presentation of their past; conversely, the (mis)representation of local agency by archaeologists and scholars, then and now.

·         The social and economic contexts and histories of excavation and collection, including unlicensed digging/ ‘looting’ and unlicensed export within a longer-term perspective.

·         The diaspora of Cypriot antiquities, the mechanisms underpinning the formation of foreign collections (e.g. the antiquities trade), and museum strategies of interpretation and display in historical context.

·         Critical interpretations of the long-term excavation histories of individual archaeological sites and regions.

·         The ‘meta-historiography’ of archaeology: how archaeologists and historians have represented the work of earlier fieldworkers and scholars in their publications.

·         The cultural and political use of archaeological finds, including their recruitment to colonial and nationalistic ideologies in the British colonial period.

·         The mis/representation of the history of archaeology to general audiences: its impact on public understanding of excavation, and its uses for public engagement and community building.

Comparative regional studies focused on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East are particularly welcomed. Likewise, we encourage papers which cross disciplinary boundaries and help to frame the history of Cypriot archaeology in a more holistic manner with contributions from history, anthropology, heritage studies and other related areas. 

Please send abstracts of 500 words by 20 March 2020 to Anna Reeve at ced0ar@leeds.ac.uk.


Leadership Values and Genre Interactions in Antiquity, 27-28 November 2020, Institute of Classical Studies, London

Deadline: 31 May 2020.

Nowadays, the characteristics of ideal leadership constitute a major field of research in disciplines like politics, management, and psychology. A leader’s relationship with their people or the members of their team, the knowledge and expertise required to lead a group effectively, as well as the capability of a leader to manage the internal and external changes of a group, are fundamental for successful leadership. A charismatic leader also needs to be adaptable, considerate and manifest the various values and principles that different times and circumstances demand, to inspire people to action or restraint, to prioritize the common good over popularity with the masses, to be receptive to criticism and seek self-improvement. Of course, all these presuppose critical thinking, self-criticism and self-sacrifice.

Leading figures from the ancient world pervade all genres of classical literature and are often the subject of research in scholarship. The characteristics of an ideal leader have been the subject of research vis a vis the specific historical circumstances, their legacy, the authors’ own biases, and the demands of specific genres. As a result, a leader can be either praised or censored depending on the nature of the genre and the attitude of the writer, whereas it is often the case that leadership values are not attributed to a certain individual but described in more theoretical or conceptual ways. What is interesting – yet not fully examined – about the presentation of leadership values in antiquity are the interactions between different literary genres, authors and texts. Thus, a historian like Polybius may be influenced by Plato and Aristotle’s political philosophy, whilst a poet like Lucan may be influenced by Stoic teachings. Alongside intertextual relationships, this fruitful dialogue also reveals aspects of the conceptualization of leadership and the ideals a leader needs to aspire to in different temporal and literary contexts, sometimes even contradicting each other.

With this short description, we would like to invite participants to a conference that aims to explore these interactions from the perspective of good leadership and exploit literary evidence that spans from Homer to the authors of Late Antiquity. Areas of questioning may be (but are by no means limited to):

·         Interactions, intersections and Intertextuality: Philosophical influences in the portrayal of leaders in historiography, philosophy’s treatment of historical figures with respect to the relevant events, etc.

·         Exemplarity: Exempla of leadership in various genres and/or authors and their interrelations

·         Poetic representations: The ways in which presentations of leading figures in poetry like Lucan’s Caesar and Vergil’s Aeneas are influenced by principles of leadership from Historiography and/or Philosophy

·         Praise vs contempt: Different attitudes towards same modes of leadership in different genres and the interpretation of this relation (e.g. between epic and satire, tragedy and comedy)

·         Reception of leadership values: the reception of good leadership descriptions in authors like Homer or Plato by later authors

Please, send your abstracts (300 words) to any of or both the organizers: Dr Andreas Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading) and Dr Emma Nicholson (E.L.Nicholson@exeter.ac.uk) no later than 31 May 2020.


Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, Byzantine Studies Conference, 22-24 October 2020, Case Western Reserve University.

Deadline: 2 March 2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 46th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22–25, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is March 2, 2020. Proposals should include:

·         Proposed session title

·         CV of session organizer

·         300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session

·         Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.

·         Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organizer is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by March 6, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 15, 2020. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

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


‘Ceramics from Islamic Lands’, 3 – 5 December 2020, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The V&A proposes to hold a conference on the theme of ceramics from Islamic lands. Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on any theme, including but not limited to: significant bodies of archaeological material, ceramic imports into the Islamic world, trade with China, Europe and the Americas, ceramics produced in South and South-East Asia under Muslim rule, object-focused and art historical studies, studies in conservation or restoration, scientific analysis, technology and technique, architecture, epigraphy, historicism and revival (in particular within the region), the formation of private and public collections from the 19th century to today, continuity and change under colonialism, modernism, contemporary artistic practice, and contemporary craft traditions.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to ceramicsfromislamiclands@gmail.com by 30th April 2020. We aim to contact those selected to participate by the end of June. We plan to cover speakers’ travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the conference. We also hope to provide fellowships to support the travel of a limited number of colleagues and students from under-represented institutions and countries who wish to attend the conference. Further information on these will be announced later in the year.

 This conference is being organised to coincide with two exhibitions taking place at the V&A this autumn: Epic Iran (17 October 2020-3 May 2021) and Contemporary Ceramics from the Middle East (8 June 2020-31 January 2021). The backdrop to the conference will be one of the greatest collections of ceramics in the world. The V&A’s holdings include examples of the earliest type of glazed wares made in the Middle East as well as pieces from the 19th century, and they range across all the geographies encompassed within the discipline of ‘Islamic art’, with particularly large and significant groups of ceramics from medieval and Safavid Iran and the Ottoman world. The Museum also holds important European material inspired by Islamic designs. Today its curators are actively bringing these collections into the 20th and 21st centuries.


‘Faith, Heresy, Magic: Manifestations of Deviant Beliefs and Magical practices in the Material Culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’, 10th German Archaeology Congress, 22-23 September 2020, Kiel.

Deadline: 8 March 2020

The recording of beliefs beyond official Christian doctrines and confessions has a long tradition in the various disciplines dealing with Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. A key question is whether and how such notions of conflicting religious currents or of ‘lived religion’ are reflected in material culture. In addition, there are manifestations of magical practices that play a major role outside the actual sphere of religious practice. Their manifold traces are moving increasingly into the focus of archaeology. It is often difficult to separate them by definition: What is faith, what is superstition, and what is magic? Where are the dividing lines between the various competing Christian confessions? How much paganism is there in magic?

The basic assumption in early historic archaeology that objects with a certain decoration could per se say something about the beliefs of their owners is increasingly being questioned. The reconstruction of religious and magical practices is difficult in view of the few, often distorted written sources.

This year’s meeting of the study group Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages (AGSFM), and the study group Christian Archaeology (AGCA) on 22nd and 23rd September 2020 in Kiel on the topic of ‘Faith – Heresy – Magic – Manifestations of deviant beliefs and magical practices in the material culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’ will examine these various questions. The contributions are intended to present new research results taking into account the following aspects:

·         Beliefs in the world of images – manifestations of (lived) piety and magic

·         Appearances of sacred places beyond organisations institutionalised by the church

·         Indications for dealing with ‘heretical’ or ‘deviant’ religious ideas

·         References to non-liturgical rituals and magical practices in the archaeological evidence

We gladly accept contributions from your work on this topic and welcome contributions in German and English. The length of your presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals for papers with a half-page written summary are requested by 8th March 2020 to a.flueckiger@unibas.ch. Please also inform colleagues who may not have been contacted or invited directly by us. There is also the possibility of a poster presentation. It should be noted that the study groups do not have their own funding and cannot pay for travel or accommodation costs. Participants are therefore kindly asked to cover their own expenses and to register for the conference.

‘Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Rivals, alliances, or merely a continuum?’, 18th International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference, 10-14 June 2020, Athens.

Deadline: 21 February 2020

In Plato’s Timaeus man’s capacity for receiving is substantial for advancing in the knowledge of the cosmos and the first principles. In the Gospel of St. John, human receptivity is proclaimed as the paramount virtue that allows the Logos to transform human beings into sons of God. Yet, the discussion on similarities, differences, and the multifaceted, complex relation, between Platonism and Christianity remains most challenging; has Platonism bequeathed Christian thought with anything more than its language and philosophical tools, anything new to the Christian ecclesiastical experience and teaching? Is there any influence of Christianity on Platonism, and, if yes, of what sort? Are there any grounds to speak about a genuine unification of, or even a continuum between, the two movements? Is there such a thing as Christian Platonism at all?

The aim of this panel is to dive– systematically, historically and with a view to modern relevant debates – into fundamental notions and accounts central to the Platonic and the Christian tradition, such as: autexousion, consubstantiality, essence (ousia), hierarchy, hypostasis (substance), logos, person, freedom and necessity, time and eternity; shedding new light on aspects of anthropology, Christology, cosmology, metaphysics, and trinitarian theology. Special attention, not exclusive though, will be paid to Plotinus, the Cappadocians, Proclus, Dionysius the Areopagite, Philoponus and Maximus the Confessor. The panel is open to papers that expand the above research questions and focus on transmissions, receptions, rejections, appropriations, transformations, continuities, discontinuities, bifurcations and novelties occurred in Platonism and Christian Thought during their development and encounter in Late Antique and early Byzantine times.

Paper abstracts (up to a single-spaced page long) should be sent to Vladimir Cvetkovic (vlad.cvetkovic@gmail.com) and Panagiotis G. Pavlos (panagiotis.pavlos@ifikk.uio.no) by February 21, 2020.



Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School, 12 July – 8 August 2020, University of Birmingham.

Deadline: 29 May 2020

The Department of Classics and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce The Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School, which will take place from 12 July to 8 August 2020. This Summer School offers participants the opportunity to study either Classical or Byzantine/Medieval Greek at all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced).

The courses will take place on the beautiful Edgbaston Campus, and affordable accommodation is available within walking distance. The course is aimed at undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and at teachers who wish to learn Ancient Greek or improve existing skills. As well as intensive tuition over up to four weeks, the summer school offers a range of workshops and evening lectures, and opportunities to work with the outstanding collections of ancient artefacts and coins housed in the Archaeology Museum, and at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020. For more details on the application process and the Summer School in general, please see here. For further enquiries, please contact Dr Theofili Kampianaki at: T.Kampianaki@bham.ac.uk.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University.

Deadline: 1 March 2020

For a second year in a row, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies (SNF CHS) at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a one-year Post-doctoral Fellowship focused on Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global. Our search committee welcomes proposals that span disciplinary boundaries from candidates working on comparative approaches to the advertised fellowship theme. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Situated atop Burnaby Mountain, east of downtown Vancouver, the Centre is a major site for Hellenic Studies in North America. Affiliated faculty have expertise in Ancient, Byzantine, Early Modern and Modern Greek history, archaeology, literature and language. The successful applicant will join the faculty and students who make up our intellectual community and participate in the Centre’s day-to-day activities. In this context, they will take an active part in the SNF CHS seminar series, offering two formal talks on campus. The SNF CHS Post-doctoral Fellow will also offer one talk for a lay audience as part of the Centre’s community outreach activities. While at SFU, the SNF CHS Post-Doctoral Fellow will have opportunities to engage with the content development activities of the SNF New Media Lab. The successful candidate will receive $50,000 CA to support themselves for the duration of their fellowship.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Simon Fraser University is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within a maximum of FOUR years before the appointment date (September 1, 2020) and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research project outline, and THREE letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted to the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Dr. Dimitris Krallis: dkrallis@sfu.ca. Applications received by March 1, 2020 will be given priority.

For additional information, please see here.   


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, ‘Archaeology of the Mediterranean (200-1000 CE)’, University of Puget Sound

Deadline: 1 March 2020

The University of Puget Sound invites applications for the Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Archaeology starting in Fall 2020. This is a nonrenewable one-year position.

The Redford Fellow will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses over the year: an introduction to archaeology (including archaeological methods) course in the fall and two more specialized courses in the spring, chosen in consultation with the faculty mentor.  The Fellow will also deliver a public lecture and serve as a campus resource for those interested in archaeology; this may include advising students, identifying summer excavations or field schools in which to participate, or finding graduate programs that meet students’ interests.  The Fellow will be assigned to an appropriate department (e.g. Art and Art History, Classics, History, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology), where faculty will assist with professional development.

We invite applications from scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in archaeology within the last three years. We seek a candidate who has expertise in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, broadly understood, from c. 200 to c. 1000 CE.  Specializations might include the late Roman world, Sassanian Empire, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine Empire, or early medieval western Europe.  Candidates with interests in cross-cultural encounters, gender roles, or religion are especially encouraged to apply.  Scholars who are able to make connections across disciplines and demonstrate the impact of archaeological work on a variety of fields in an undergraduate liberal arts setting are especially encouraged to apply.

The position offers a salary of $40,000 and comes with health and professional development benefits.  Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, see here.

Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 1, 2020 to ensure consideration. 

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without the documents requested below will not be considered:

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Letter of Interest

·         Diversity Statement

·         Three (3) letters of reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.


AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School, 6-11 July 2020, Antalya.

Deadline: 10 April 2020

AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School is an intensive one-week summer school offering a broad chronological survey of monetary history and numismatics from Ancient to Byzantine periods (c. 650 BC– AD 1453). It is taught by Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED and Dr. Peter van Alfen of the American Numismatic Society. The program, designed for newcomers to numismatics, will give students an introduction to Greek, Roman and Byzantine numismatics. It also aims to give them the tools to apply numismatics to their studies in the fields of archaeology, history and art history.

The program will cover the basics of numismatics as well as offer an introduction to the rich contribution of numismatics to the economic and monetary history of the Ancient and Byzantine worlds. Combining lectures and thematic explorations, the program will include guided tour the Antalya Museum. Students will have the opportunity to visit Sagalassos archaeological site. They will also learn how numismatists and archaeologists process excavated coins.

The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Koç University, other universities in Turkey and abroad as well as to some non-student applicants. Priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students.  A number of full and half scholarships will be provided for qualified students.

Since the language of the program is English, a working knowledge of English is required.

Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes as well as visits to the museum and excavation site. Reading, summarizing and discussing the articles from the reading list is another required component of the course.

After the participants are selected, they will receive a course package with a list of select articles and texts about numismatics. The package will also include a list of important numismatic websites with catalogues and materials available online.

A limited number of full scholarships are available for highly qualified participants. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material, welcome dinner, and flight ticket up to 1500 TL. Please note that flight tickets must be purchased by participants, and the ticket cost will be reimbursed by AKMED up to 1500 TL.

Other participants may be offered a half scholarship that includes tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material and a welcome dinner.

IMPORTANT: International students will be responsible for the following expenses: Health and travel insurance as well as their visa costs. Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.

Non-student applicants must pay a program fee of 3400 TL. They are also responsible for purchasing their own flight tickets to Antalya.

Please complete the online application form and send the additional required documents by scanning to akmed@ku.edu.tr on the day of submission.

Required documents:

·         Application form (Online submission)

·         Copy of your passport

·         Resume

·         Official transcript (If you are undergraduate or graduate student)

·         1 Passport size photo

·         1 Reference Letter (If you are undergraduate or graduate student)

·         Copy of travel insurance policy (For international students)

For more information, see here.  


Research and Teaching Position in the Medieval History of Religions, University of Konstanz.

Deadline: 15 June 2020

The Chair for the History of Religions (Prof. Dr. Daniel G. König) in the Department of History, Sociology, Empirical Educational Research and Sport Science advertises a Research and teaching position in the medieval history of religions (f/m/d) (E13 TV-L, 1 x 100 % or 2 x 50 %)

The position is available for a period of three years. It can either be filled by one post-doctoral researcher (100%) or two doctoral researchers (50% each).


·         Participation in the research activities of the chair for the medieval history of religions, whose particular focus lies in the field of Christian-Muslim relations and transmediterranean entanglement. The applicant is expected to contribute to the project of producing an anthology of primary sources on trans-Mediterranean history.

·         Teaching of undergraduate courses, either 4 (100% employment) or 2 (50% employment) teaching units in the field of medieval history.


·         The 50%-position as doctoral researcher requires a Master degree in the field of history. Its holder should pursue the goal of writing a PhD-thesis.

·         The 100%-position as post-doctoral researcher requires a PhD-degree and an appropriate number of academic publications depending on the candidate’s experience.

·         Excellent reading skills in Latin and modern European languages, specifically English and Romance languages. Reading skills in Arabic, Hebrew or other languages are not obligatory, but highly welcome. German skills are not required but will facilitate communication in and outside the university.

·         A general interest in wider questions of religious and social history, in particular the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims as well as the current repercussions of these historical relations.

More detailed information is available from Prof. Dr. Daniel G. König. We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, list of courses taught, and copies of your respective academic degree[s]) in one single pdf-file until 15 June 2020 via E-mail to Mrs Heidi Engelmann, heidi.engelmann@uni-konstanz.de, and Professor König daniel.g.koenig@uni- konstanz.de.


Research Associate in Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago is searching for a Research Associate in Byzantine art to work on an upcoming collaborative project with the Art Institute’s Department of Textiles.  Under the direction of the Associate Curator of Ancient Art, the Research Associate assists with research and writing related to Byzantine textiles and objects. This includes research related to temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent installation, labels, CITI updates, web records, and inquiries from the public. This is a full-time, two-year position.

Primary responsibilities:

·         In consultation with the Chair of the Department of Textiles and the Associate Curator of Ancient Art, undertakes research and writing on examples of Byzantine textiles and objects in the Art Institute’s permanent collections of textiles and ancient and Byzantine art, respectively; enters and ensures accuracy of information presented in the galleries, online, and in the museum’s object files and CITI and LAKE databases; assists with metadata tagging in CITI; generates and verifies histories of exhibition, publication, and ownership; fields requests for assistance from scholars and the general public pertaining to Byzantine holdings.

·         Assists in the development of a plan for future exhibitions of Byzantine textiles within the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art; compiles a report summarizing the approaches that museums have adopted for integrating and creating connections between textiles and other media in their permanent collection displays.

·         In collaboration with the Department of Textiles and Textiles Conservation, develops research and documentation schedule and strategy for relevant textiles in the permanent collection.

·         Researches and drafts labels for temporary exhibitions and permanent installation of Byzantine art, as well as other in-gallery didactic materials, web content, and audio tour stops.

·         Maintains up-to-date research on incoming loans and assists in drafting justifications for loan requests.

·         Liaises with staff in Conservation, Learning and Public Engagement, Imaging, Publishing, and other departments.

·         Gives public gallery tours on temporary exhibitions and permanent installation of Byzantine art.

·         Attends scholarly symposia, conferences, and lectures related to exhibition research.

·         Supports the department and the museum in the work of creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.


·         M.A. in Art History, Ph.D. or ABD preferred; specialization in Byzantine art required, preferably with a knowledge of the production and use of textiles in the ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine worlds. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are especially encouraged to apply.

·         Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, German preferred.

·         Impeccable research skills and a record of object-based inquiry.

·         Highly detail-oriented and meticulously organized.

·         Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of staff, scholars, and visitors.

Information on how to apply can be found by going to the Careers page, clicking “External Applicants”, and searching: “Research Associate in Ancient and Byzantine Art”: Employment | The Art Institute of Chicago.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University.

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World.  Exceptional junior scholars who enhance the diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and our commitment to inclusive education and research, are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research, engaged scholarship, and cross-disciplinary thinking. We are interested in individuals whose work focuses on any aspect of or time period in Mediterranean archaeology, and who have significant fieldwork experience in that region. Of particular interest would be applicants working on Egypt, Classical Greece, broadly defined, or Late Antiquity.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time, i.e. one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute, through the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary or community connections.

This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2020. Applicants must have normally received their doctorate from an institution other than Brown within the last five years, and the Ph.D. must be in hand prior to July 1, 2020.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses (150-300 words each), and contact information for three references by March 22, 2020. Applications received by March 22, 2020 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online here. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information, contact: 

Professor Peter van Dommelen

Chair, Search Committee

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Brown University

Box 1837 / 60 George Street

Providence, RI 02912



Full Professor of Medieval History, Leiden University.

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a professorial chair in Medieval History, with a focus on the European Middle Ages (1000-1550). The position is to be taken up on August 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Professor in European History will be appointed at Leiden’s Institute for History (LUIH).

Key responsibilities:

·         Plays a leading role in (re)developing the research programme Europe 1000-1800: Collective Identities and Transnational Networks;

·         Uses her/his wide-ranging research experience to (co-)supervise doctoral research across the field of Medieval History;

·         Teaches students in the BA and MA programmes in History, and contributes to improvement and innovation of Medieval History in the BA and MA programmes. A tertiary teaching qualification (BKO or equivalent) is expected;

·         Develops ambitious research projects, writes national and international grant proposals, and support colleagues in developing theirs;

·         Has a management responsibility for the staff in the section of Medieval History, and plays an active and engaged role as supervisor in the section;

·         Is willing and able to undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks in the Institute, the Faculty and the University;

·         Has an excellent command of English, as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch;

·         Is willing and able to be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

Selection criteria:

·         A historian of international repute, with an excellent track record of research and publication regarding the late Medieval European History;

·         Promotion in the field of Medieval History;

·         Wide-ranging expertise in cultural, political or socio-political history. Preference may be given to applicants with (comparative) research experience in different European countries, and a global perspective;

·         An experienced, committed and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods and curriculum development;

·         A team player with a demonstrable interest and experience in academic leadership, administration and governance;

·         Experience and success in obtaining research funding, and in helping others to do so;

·         A scholar with an extensive international academic network and collaborations.

If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if she/he has successfully completed a tenure track, she/he may be eligible for a permanent, fulltime appointment. In other cases, the appointment will initially be for a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. Salary range from €5.582,- to €8.127,- gross per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales under the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for teaching, administrative and social purposes; the University will fund his/her Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years.

Please submit your application no later than 15 March 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following in this order:

·         A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and teaching evaluations;

·         A letter of motivation;

·         A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO, ERC etc. (max 2 pages);

·         A teaching statement (1 page);

·         Two sample course descriptions;

·         A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words;

·         Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

·         A teaching presentation and an assessment may be part of the procedure.

For more information, please contact the Academic Director of the Institute for History, Manon van der Heijden, email m.p.c.van.der.heijden@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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The Oxford Listings – Week 6

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Hilary Term 2020
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MONDAY 24th February

17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Wharton Room


Jonathan Sumption (All Souls)

Joan of Arc and the Miraculous

TUESDAY 25th February

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

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street


Ursula Westwood (Wolfson)

Josephus on Moses’ constitution in light of Plutarch’s Lycurgus



15.00 Introduction to Islamic Art & Architecture Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Umberto Bongianino

The Arts under the Almoravids and Almohads




17.00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Nicholas Ball (Cambridge)

The Platonic world soul as vita generalis in the ninth-century reception of Augustine’s De musica



17.00   The Oxford Society for the Caucasus and Central Asia Seminar

New College, Lecture Room 4

Yusen Yu (Corpus Christi, Oxford)

New Light on the Gift Exchange between China and Central Asia in the Fifteenth Century


WEDNESDAY 26th February

13.00 The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Andrew Wilson (Oxford)

Aquaria and the Landscape of the Albertini Tablets


14.30 – 16.00 Arabic Epigraphy and Palaeography Reading Group

Oriental Institute, Lecture Room 2

Helen Flatley and Jessica Rahardjo (Oxford)


17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Alexander Mallett (Waseda, Tokyo)

Christians, Turks, and the Origins of the First Crusade


17.00 Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Room

Davit Naskidashvili (Tbilisi) and Dr Emanuele Intagliata (Aarhus)

Integrating Excavation Methodologies at Late Antique Sites on the Black Sea

Coast of Georgia


THURSDAY 27th February

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

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

Bryan Ward-Perkins

The Saints in the Mosaics of Ravenna


14:00-16:00 Approaches to Islamic Art & Architecture

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Alain George

Beauty and the Qu’ran


16.00 Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Annamaria Pazienza (Venice)

Migrant Husbands in Lombard Italy


17.15 Khalili Centre Research Seminar

The Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room

Gizem Tongo (Khalili Research Centre)

War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire


FRIDAY 28th February

9.00-19.00    OUBS 22nd International Graduate Conference

History Faculty

Various Speakers

The State Between: Liminality, Transition and Transformation in the Late Antique and Byzantine World

Click here for the full programme.

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