THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 10th December 2017
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Greek Laughter and Tears’, 11 December 2017, King’s College London
6.30 pm, Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London
With the editors, Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns, and a presentation by Niels Gaul: ‘Tears and Laughter in Medieval Constantinople (Episodes from Michael Psellos and Niketas
Bringing together scholars from diverse periods and disciplines of Hellenic and Byzantine studies, this volume explores the shifting shapes and functions of laughter and tears. With a focus on the tragic, the comic and the tragicomic dimensions of laughter and tears in art, literature and performance, as well as on their emotional, sociocultural and religious significance, it breaks new ground in the study of ancient and Byzantine affectivity.
Please sign up for the event here
SUMMER SCHOOL: ‘Archaeology and Greek Languages’, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
The Summer School will take place in July 2018 and will include both seminars and fieldwork at the excavation site of Toumba in Thessaloniki.
For information can be found here
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
A Cross-Divisional Conference on Distributed Authorship, 5-6 October 2018, UCLA
Deadline: 15 January 2018
Distributed authorship is a familiar concept in many fields of cultural production. Long associated with pre-modern cultures, it still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes ‘Homer’ as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.
In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the digital domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of ‘the author’ may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.
This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in the digital domain, and to explore the insights that its operations in this sphere might lend into the mechanisms of authorial distribution at work in older (and, indeed, ancient) media. To this end, it will bring together scholars working in new media with scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, in order to explore what kind of dialogue we might generate on the question of distributed authorship across these disciplinary (and other) divisions. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity; and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the digital domain.
We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):
· The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.
· The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.
· The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ functions into one another.
· The modes of ‘self’-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.
· Fandom and participatory culture, in both digital and traditional textual media.
· The operational dynamics of ‘multitexts’ and ‘text networks’, and their influence by and on virtual networks.
Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline. Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2018.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College Oxford
Deadline: 25 January 2018
Trinity College has just advertised a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship to be held for three years from 1 October 2018 in either Classics (languages and literature), linguistics and philology, French or Spanish. The deadline for applications is 25 January. Please see the advertisement and further particulars here
Postdoctoral Researcher, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munich
Deadline: 8 January 2018
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities, with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. In 2012, the university established the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies ‘Distant Worlds’ with funding from the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network bringing together LMU and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School combines research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.
The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions:
2 Postdoctoral Positions
They may be extended by another 15 months depending on structural decisions made at the end of 2018.
Each of the positions will coordinate a junior research group. The junior research groups are oriented towards one of the seven focus areas below:
1. Constructions of Norms
2. Constructions of Elites
3. Constructions of the ‘Beautiful’
4. Organisation of Coexistence
5. Organisation of Exchange
6. Organisation of Dealing with Dissent
7. Organisation of Memory and Forgetting
Successful candidates will conduct an independent research project contributing to one of the seven focus areas, to be chosen by the candidates themselves. In pursuing their research, candidates will be supported by mentors chosen from the group of Principal Investigators of the School.
They will collaborate with doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group and coordinate the activities of that group (supported by mentors).
They will develop new research perspectives in the field of ancient studies together with doctoral students, Principal Investigators and other members of the Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten.
In order to qualify for application, candidates must have completed their doctorate in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for an independent research project. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.
Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Please submit the following required application documents electronically:
(A) as one pdf file:
(1) Application letter (letter of motivation)
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) List of publications and list of courses taught
(4) Degree certificates
(5) Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography
(6) Sample of your written work (app. length: 10–12 pages).
(B) as pdf file:
completed application form (download via: www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/de/Stellen/Postdoc-Stellen/1).
(C) 2 Letters of reference:
To be emailed directly by the referees to email@example.com citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18_your_name
Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18 at the latest by 8 January 2018 exclusively via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find further information on the Graduate School “Distant Worlds“ on the following website: http://www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/
For further questions please contact Ms Anna Waldschütz (email@example.com).