Oxford Listings – Week 5


Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 21st May

13:00 Oxford Epigraphy Workshop
Ioannou Centre

Geoff Smith and Brent Landau (University of Texas at Austin)
The First Apocalypse of James at Oxyrhynchus


17:00  Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Ingrid Rembold (Hertford College),
Widows, orphans and the church: protection and virtue signalling in the Carolingian world


17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Kianoosh Rezania (Ruhr-Universität Bochum):
The Zoroastrian goddess Dēn in Islamic robe: her figure in Zoroastrianism and its transfer to Islam

TUESDAY 22nd May

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Eduardo Benitez-Inglott y Ballesteros (St Catherine’s), Kai Dowding (Balliol)
A Lollard Preacher and the Eucharist: De oblacione iugis sacrificii & Categorization of Religious ‘Others’ under Innocent III


11:15 New Perspectives in Mediterranean History
Old Common Room, Balliol

Dr Avner Wishnitzer (St Antony’s and Tel Aviv University)
Candlelight politics: Illumination and its shades in eighteenth-century Istanbul


17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

David Blackman and Carlos Tejedor:
A Muslim contribution to the development of naval arsenals


17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Neil McLynn (University of Oxford):
The subtleties of Synesius: on heretical preachers and reprobate governors


17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Hillal Uğurlu (KRC)
Social nuclei to scene of spectacle: changing imperial mosques of Konstantiniyye in the long 19th century


17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Judith Herrin (King’s College London):
The Cosmographer of Ravenna: a seventh-century world view

FRIDAY 25th May

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone


17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium
Sutro Room, Trinity College

David Lambert (Oxford)
The Sudden Rise of Trophimus of Arles  

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Byzness 20/05/18

The Byzness, 20th May 2018



Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages, July 20 – 21 2018, Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Deadline: 16 June 2018

The International Conference “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages” is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the revival of monastic life in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the 1035th anniversary of the birth of St. Anthony the Pechersk and the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus’.

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It is conducted with the blessing of Onuphrius the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.

The forum is intended to become a platform for the exchange of experience, systematic and comprehensive discussion, study and popularization of the heritage of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, its role and significance in the history and culture of Ukraine, the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe and the Christian East. The representatives of Local Orthodox Churches, theologians and scientists from different countries of the world are expected to participate in the forum.

The following topics of the conference are suggested for discussion:

1.       St. Anthony the Pechersk and the Ancient Monasticism in Rus’.
2.       Orthodox monasticism in the history and culture of different peoples of the world.
3.       The role of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the Christianization and enlightenment of Rus’, as well as the development of monasteries and monasticism.
4.       Links of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with Mount Athos, Constantinople, Jerusalem and other centers of Universal Orthodoxy, as well as the Local Orthodox Churches.
5.       Mount Athos heritage in the history and culture of Ukraine and the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe.
6.       Cave monasteries in Kiev and Eastern Europe: history, archeology, spiritual traditions.
7.       Outstanding ascetics, abbots and monks of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
8.       Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as a center of science, education, writing, literature, book printing and art.
9.       Archaeological, architectural, literary and artistic monuments of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
10.   The role of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the national and spiritual and cultural revival of Ukraine in the XVII century.
11.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as an international pilgrimage center in Central and Eastern Europe.
12.   Liturgical features and traditions of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
13.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the XX century: from persecution to rebirth.
14.   Contemporary interpretation of the heritage of Orthodox monasticism.

Report time: up to 20 minutes.

To participate in the conference, it is necessary to send an application form to the following e-mail lavracommittee@gmail.com

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of the organizing committee by June 16, 2018, in which it is necessary to indicate the topic of the report and information about the author (first, second and patronymic names, academic degree, academic rank and (or) clergy order, affiliation, company name and position, address, home or mobile phone, email address, etc.).

Migration and Mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier, 3rd-7th c. A.D, 13-15 December 2018, Tübingen University, Germany

Deadline: 1 July 2018

We would like to invite historians and archaeologists to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at a two-day conference (December 13-15, 2018) at the University of Tübingen on migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier in Late Antiquity.

The conference will be organised by Ekaterina Nechaeva and Alexander Sarantis as a part of the research activities of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Centre for Advanced Studies Project on Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Project (Directors: Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner).

While studies of cross-frontier migration in Late Antiquity tend to focus on the northern Rhine and Danube frontiers, the Roman-Persian frontier, running from the Transcaucasian Black Sea coast to the Syrian Desert, also witnessed regular population movements. Whereas the former concentrate mainly on the long-term migration into the empire of groups of ‘barbarians’, recent social scientific models include a greater variety of types of migration and mobility which can be applied to more flexible discussions of this topic in Late Antiquity. Indeed, where the Near Eastern Roman-Persian frontier was concerned, a wide array of population movements took place, into as well as out of the Eastern Roman empire. Some of these movements could be temporary (whether recurrent or not), others permanent, some voluntary, others involuntary (including forced/coerced migration), some sponsored or controlled by the state, others driven by migrants’ aims. Involving large communities, smaller groups, or individuals, this mobility could result from political, cultural or economic contexts. Studying these various types of migration and mobility can in turn provide multiple insights into socio-economic and political conditions and cultural trends in the Roman and Sasanian Persian empires, in particular, in communities on both sides of the frontier in the Near East. It will also offer a fresh perspective on Roman-Sasanian Persian political relations.

Geographical scope

Syria, Mesopotamia, Armenia and Lazica, Sasanian Persia

Themes concerning migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier
Individual case studies and longer-term, macro regional patterns
Movements of armies
Diplomatic exchanges
Professional mobility
Mobility and economic exchange
Mobility and religious and cultural exchanges
Forced migration/population movements
Migration driven by religious or political persecution
Return (voluntary and forced) of migrants
Exit and entry policies (mobility and state security)
Reactions to migration and mobility (state and society)
Wider contexts/explanatory frameworks (papers dealing with wider contexts could also discuss other, especially borderland, regions in Late Antiquity)
Settlement patterns, communications and natural landscapes
Environmental/climatic conditions
Socio-economic context
State control/administration (centre-periphery relations)
Cultural/religious life and institutions
Great power war and diplomacy
Military mobility
Legal framework (status of migrants, deserters, refugees, displaced people etc.)
Modern anthropological models


Abstracts of ca. 300 words should be submitted with a CV to

luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de by 1st July 2018

Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds, 30 November-1 December 2018, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: 1 August 2018

Reception and appropriation (whether reuse, imitation, or variation) have long been recognised as necessary tools for the interpretation of Byzantine literature, art, architecture and archaeology, while research on innovations is still at a relatively early stage.

The key theme of this conference is dialogue – dialogue between Byzantium and its neighbouring cultures. The conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group of the University of Edinburgh from 30 November-1 December 2018, and will explore all three of the fundamental modes of dialogue and discourse (reception, appropriation and innovation) between Byzantium and its neighbours during any time period from the 5th-15thc. Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Dr. Andrew Marsham (Cambridge), and Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of St. Catherine’s, Mt. Sinai), in addition to confirmed internal speakers, both Byzantinists and Islamicists.

We strongly encourage papers highlighting exchange in both directions: Byzantium receiving from other cultures and/or others receiving from Byzantium. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

– Before the Christian and Islamic Worlds: reception and appropriation of Classical Greek or Latin heritage within Byzantium – perspectives from culture, text, legislation, gender, symbolism, art, etc.
– Contemporary exchange and attempts at imitation (concepts of culture, text, gender, legislation, symbolism etc.) between Byzantium, the Islamic World, Latin Europe and imperial courts
– Artistic similarities (visual art, sculpture, painting, etc.), whether as a result of promotion or prohibition, as an expression or mode of cultural exchange or identification across East and West
– Production, circulation and demand forluxury goods or household artefacts as evidence for dialogue and/or interaction between Byzantium and its neighbours
– Urban layout and rural landscape: military, civil and religious architecture in cities and countryside – common links and peculiarities between Byzantium and neighbouring powers
– Interdisciplinary approaches to interpretations of Byzantine (inter)action throughout the Mediterranean, taking into account multiple types of primary source evidence

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August, and notification of acceptance will be communicated by mid-August. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to edibyzpg@ed.ac.ukwith your name and affiliation. There will be a small registration fee of £10,and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area in order to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.


Forrest Early Career Research Fellowships

Deadline: 20 May 2018

For all details see here 

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Oxford Listings – Week 4


Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 14th May

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Anne Lawrence (University of Reading)
From Aristotle to the Almanac: The Medieval Transformation of Meteorology


17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Rachel Wood (University of Oxford):
Interpreting Sasanian sacred iconography after the Islamic conquest

TUESDAY 15th May

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Adam-Luca Walaszczynski (SEH), Benjamin Weinstock (St Hilda’s)
Did Otfrid know Hilduin? Pseudo-Denys in Eastern Frankish monasteries & Dialogue and the Boundaries of Performance


11:15 New Perspectives in Mediterranean History
Old Common Room, Balliol

Vassa Kontouma (École Pratique des Hautes Études)
The archimandrite and the astronomer: the visit of Chrysanthos Notaras to Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1700), a new approach


17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Report on the LABS Trip


17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford):
Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspective


11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Elisabetta Neri (CNRS-Orléans):
Wall mosaics in archaeological context in Asia Minor: technical and iconographical potential


17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Jürgen Paul (Halle-Wittenberg)
How to do things with things: objects and space in Seljuq court ceremonies


17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Christian Sahner (Oxford University)
The Zoroastrian priest in the Caliph’s majlis: A middle Persian dispute text in its Islamic context

FRIDAY 18th May

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone

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Byzness 13/05/18

The Byzness, 13th May 2018



CONFERENCE: Ekphrasis and Greek Literature: from the Second Century CE to the Byzantine Era, 5-6 July 2018, Grey College, Durham University



14:00-14:30: OPENING REMARKS

SESSION 1 – The Imperial Age

Chair: Calum Maciver
Lucia Floridi (Milan) – “Para-ekphrastic elements in Lucian’s Dialogues of the Sea-Gods”

15:00-15:15: Discussion

Chair: Arianna Gullo
Évelyne Prioux (CNRS, Paris Nanterre) – “The visual culture of Philostratus’ readers”
15:45-16:00: Discussion

16:00-16:30: COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 2 – Late Antiquity (I)

Chair: Lucia Floridi
Calum Maciver (Edinburgh): “Ekphrasis for the sake of ekphrasis in Late Antique Greek Epic”
17:00-17:15: Discussion

Chair: Andreas Rhoby
Laura Miguélez Cavero (Oxford): “Ekphrasis as a (non-)fictional mark: the test case of Nonnus’ Dionysiaca and Paraphrase”
17:45-18:00: Discussion

19:30: DINNER at The Cellar Door in Durham (41-42, Saddler Street)



SESSION 3 – Late Antiquity (II)

Chair: Beatrice Daskas
Mary Whitby (Oxford): “Christodorus of Coptus on the statues in the baths of Zeuxippus”
9:30-9:45: Discussion

Chair: Évelyne Prioux
Arianna Gullo (Durham): “Ekphrastic epigrams from the Cycle of Agathias and the reader’s response”
10:15-10:30: Discussion

10:30-11:00: COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 4 – The Byzantine Era

Chair: Laura Miguélez Cavero
Andreas Rhoby (Vienna): “What we saw and marveled at in the fields, my friend …”. Byzantine Descriptions of Hunts: Texts and Contexts
11:30-11:45: Discussion

Chair: Mary Whitby
Beatrice Daskas (Venice): “Cosmic metaphors in Byzantine ekphraseis of buildings (6th-12th c.)”
12:15-12:30: Discussion

12:30-13:00: CONCLUSIONS

13:00-14:00: BUFFET LUNCH

The conference is open to anyone and attendance is free, but online registration (by 20 June 2018) is compulsory. All conference attendants are also welcome to join the speakers for the conference dinner in the evening of 5 July, but this is at their own expense.

To register for the conference (and for the dinner as well), please follow the link to the website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=973

For further information or any queries, please send an email to arianna.gullo@durham.ac.uk


Centre for Gender, Identity & Subjectivity experimental workshop on sources: ‘New perspective on sources: What can historians learn from bridging across time periods and regions?’, 5 June 2018, History Faculty, University of Oxford

Deadline: 25 May 2018

CGIS is organising an exciting workshop on Tuesday 5 June 2018. Professor Lyndal Roper will be leading the session and facilitating discussions around how to approach sources for the study of gender, identity and subjectivity from different time periods and geographical areas.

We are looking for graduate students, ECRs and established academics to provide a short sample of their sources. On the day of the workshop, the participants will exchange their primary sources and confront their respective analysis. No preparation necessary apart from participants knowing their own primary evidence well.

This is an opportunity for you to learn new ways to conduct analysis on primary sources and to receive supportive feedback on your ideas so do still consider signing up even if you are at an early stage of your graduate studies. If you are simply curious about how others read your sources, join us!

Deadline for sign-up is 25 May 2018. As places are limited, we encourage you to sign up early.

Please email your chosen primary source on no more than two sides of A4 page (translated in English if necessary) with some basic historical details (who, when, where, why) and a 200-word max summary of your research to fanny.louvier@history.ox.ac.uk.

The Twenty-Second Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR), 23-27 July 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana

Deadline: 1 June 2018

The Biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries.

Scholarly Focus of the Conference

The Society calls for twenty-minute conference papers focusing on historical aspects of the theory and practice of rhetoric. This year’s specific conference theme or focus is “populism.” From its beginnings, rhetoric has been criticized for its perceived focus on manipulation of popular thought and emotions. Rhetoric can thus be easily associated with “populism,” a political concept describing movements, both left and right, that vigorously claim to champion the interests of “the people” against those of privileged elites. From the Greeks to contemporary politics, many aspects of rhetorical theory and practice can be viewed in this light, whether in ideologically charged argumentation, in popular modes of style, or in delivery. At the same time, the concept of populism itself can be contested. Finally, the reaction to perceived populism is a rhetorical study in its own right.

The conference will be held in a state which was the home of one of the most notable populist movements in U.S. history – under the rule of governor and later senator Huey P. Long in the 1920s and 30s – and of course will be held at a time when populist movements have upset traditional political balances worldwide.

Besides papers dealing with the relationship of rhetoric to populism, submissions might also deal with the rhetoric used (usually by its opponents) to describe populism.

However, papers are also invited on all aspects of the history of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, art, religion, sport and other cultural areas.

Procedure for Submission

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations delivered in one of the six languages of the Society, viz. English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Panel proposals are welcome, under the following conditions: the panel must consist of three or four speakers dealing with a common theme, so as to form a coherent set of papers. The person responsible for the panel, who may also be one of the speakers, has the task of introducing the papers and guiding the discussion. Each speaker in a panel must submit a proposal form for his or her own paper, and should send the finished paper to the panel organizer before the conference. Proposals for panel papers must specify the panel for which they are intended. In addition, the panel organizer must complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel and naming the participants. Please be aware that proposals for panel papers will be considered on their individual merits by the Program Committee, and there is no guarantee that all papers proposed for a panel will be accepted.

Only one proposal for presentation per person can be accepted, including also presentations as parts of panels. Each person may only appear once as a speaker on the program.  Multiple submissions will be automatically deleted. Persons serving as (non-presenting) chairs are not affected by that rule.

Proposals for papers and for panels must be submitted on-line. Please complete the on-line form carefully and fully. In exceptional cases (only), proposals may also be sent by regular mail to the following address:

Professor Malcolm Richardson
Department of English
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge
Louisiana 70803

Guidelines for the preparation of proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 300 words.

Deadline for Proposals

The deadline for the submission of proposals has been extended until 1 June, 2018.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of August 2018. In a few cases participants may require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding. We will try to accommodate such requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.

Information about the Conference, including the conference hotel at special rates, will be provided during the academic year 2018-19. The conference registration fee is still to be determined, but the New Orleans organizers will endeavor to insure that this is kept as low as possible. Graduate students and scholars from underrepresented countries pay reduced registration fees and may be eligible for travel grants.

Guidelines for the preparation of proposals:

The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another’s proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:

a definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including its chronological period, language, texts and other sources;
a statement of the specific problem that will be treated in your paper; its place in relation to the present state of research in the general field under consideration; and its significance for the history of rhetoric;
a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in addressing the problem; and
conclusions and advances in research.

Conflicting Chronologies in the Pre-modern World: Measuring Time from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 4-6 October 2018, University College, Dublin

Deadline: 15 June 2018

Since Antiquity the reckoning of days, months, years, and whole epochs has always involved degrees of fluidity. Classical poets divided the mythical past into five ages of man, while astronomers developed increasingly accurate observations of the movements of the sun, moon, and stars to mark the seasons, the calendar, and to predict the weather and eclipses. For dating historical events, multiple time-constructions were used, including Olympiads, political and religious office, regnal eras, generational reckoning, and the Julian calendar. Attempts at synchronisation often conspired with political agenda and could lead to conflicting chronologies. With Christianity came new temporal problems, as AD dating began to dominate previous methods of reckoning. In addition, medieval Christians needed certain time calculations for liturgical use, including the date of Easter and the hours of the day in prayer. At the same time, they calculated and recalculated the six ages of the world and developed an elaborate framework for the apocalypse, the end of all time. By the Renaissance, the rediscovery of ancient time-reckoning and the origins (and ends) of ancient civilisations presented fresh challenges: thinkers wrestled with different time-keeping systems as they sought to reconstruct a historical ‘origin identity’ for a place or a city alongside the practical realities of contemporary Christian life.

Questions of chronology in specific historical periods (e.g. ancient Greece, Augustan Rome, medieval England, the Renaissance) have received a lot of attention. This interdisciplinary conference will build on these studies by offering scholars a chance to come together and engage in comparative work. The plenaries and papers will consider problems of chronology and the varied mechanisms for measuring and marking time in the pre-modern world. We seek 20-minute papers that pursue the following lines of inquiry in any period from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

– conflicting chronological systems in historiography, poetry, annals, astronomy, chronicles, homilies, and saints’ lives;
– the temporal horizon between myth (or legend) and history in different ways of writing (e.g. historiography, poetry, annals, astronomy, chronicles, homilies, saints’ lives);
– questions arising from irregularities, competing chronological systems, record loss, falsification, or problems of interpretation in pre-modern chronology;
– how historical time is defined and mapped out in historiographical and/or literary space(s);
– the regulation or synchronising of time and construction of identity;
– the representation of time in historiographical and/or literary narrative;
– the Christianisation of the calendar in books, liturgy, observances, medieval chronicles, saints’ lives;
– considerations of end-times and salvation history;
– the rediscovery of ancient time-reckoning problems in the middle ages and Renaissance and attempts to resolve them.

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted by Friday, June 15, 2018 to ConflictingChronologies@gmail.com. All contributors and participants will be required to pay a conference fee. If you are an experienced academic willing to act as a chair of session please write to the conference organisers.

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Oxford Listings – Week 3


Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 7th May

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Naomi Standen (University of Birmingham)
Rescuing Global History from the Nation


17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Harry Munt (University of York):
Pre- and early Islamic history in Iranian local histories


17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Josefina Troncoso (St John’s), Natascha Domeisen (Wolfson)
Humiliation and Honour in the Nibelungen Tradition & ‘Die Mörin’ and ‘Die Heidin’: the representation of female pagans in fifteenth-century German Orient-literature for noble women


11:15 New Perspectives in Mediterranean History
Old Common Room, Balliol

Lucia Nixon (Wolfson and Faculty of Classics)
Making Crete Ottoman in the seventeenth century:  Sacred landscapes, empires, and chronologies of desire


17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar – OCBR Special Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Paul Magdalino
The Author of the Patria


17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Richard Sorabji (University of Oxford):
How Ammonius (445?–517/26) paved the way for the expansion of Greek philosophy to other cultures


11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Kyriakos Savvopoulos (Oxford):
Late Antiquity in the cape of Akra Lochias: New findings


17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Ilse Sturkenboom (St Andrews)
Chinese painted paper and its impact on the illumination of Persian manuscripts


17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Johannes Zachhuber (Oxford University):
The human individuality of Jesus Christ in some Greek church fathers

FRIDAY 11th May

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone


17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium
Sutro Room, Trinity College

Nikolaos Karydis (Kent)
Reconstructing Justinian’s Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople 

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Byzness 06/05/18

The Byzness, 6th May 2018



SCHOOL: Summer school in Classical Languages, London

The London Summer School in Classics (10-19 July, 2018) offers 8 days of intensive teaching in Greek or Latin, along with additional lectures and workshops. Language classes are offered at all levels from beginners to advanced.  We also offer classes in Syriac (beginners and intermediate), Coptic (beginners) and Biblical Hebrew (beginners and intermediate). The course is non-residential and costs £150.  Full-fee bursaries and travel grants will be available.  The deadline for applications is 18 June, 2018.

King’s College London also offers two 6-week courses (2 July – 10 August) in Greek and Latin, giving students who have not previously had the opportunity to study Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring them from complete beginners to a point where they are able to read simple texts.  It is also possible for complete beginners to take just the first half of the course (2 – 20 July), and for those who already have a basic knowledge to take the second half of the course (23 July – 10 August).  In addition to language learning, we offer workshops in epigraphy and papyrology, and museum visits.  Accommodation is offered by King’s College London.

Bursaries to help cover the cost of fees will be offered by the Classics Department, and we are grateful to the Classical Association for their support. The closing date for bursary applications is 14 May. The closing date for applications to the Summer School is 31 May.

Information about both Summer Schools is available here


Exiles, Sanctions, and Punishments in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, 29 June 2018, Birkbeck, University of London

Deadline: 13 May 2018

Exile represented a complex phenomenon in the secular as well as the ecclesiastical sphere throughout the Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

This colloquium will focus on exile across all of its dimensions, from literary texts to less well-explored historical documents, with a particular attention to the juridical field, which involved a close interaction of religious and political power. Proposed papers may address this subject from any perspective, including but not limited to: Archaeology, History, Law, Literature. Papers of not more than 20 minutes related to any aspect of exile in the Late Antique/Medieval world are welcome. If you would like to offer a paper, please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) to:

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mattia.chiriatti@uah.es / r.darley@bbk.ac.uk.

Workshop for PhD students

The Colloquium will also include a workshop for early-career graduate students, as an opportunity to discuss their PhD research with experts in their field. Students working on topics related to the issue of exile are invited to present a short communication (max. 15 min) on pre-circulated material. They will then receive structured feedback from a senior scholar as well as an opportunity for open questions. Interested PhD students are invited to send a short summary of their research, how the colloquium topic is relevant to them and a title and abstract for the topic they hope to present (total pages) to mattia.chiriatti@uah.es.

N.B. From selected postgraduate speakers, a five-page summary and bibliography will be requested for pre-circulation.

PANELS: Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9–12, 2019, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Deadline: 27 May 2018

We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/54th-international-congress-on-medieval-studies).

Proposals should include:

**Session abstract (300 words)
**Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)

Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2018, if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

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

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse up to 5 session participants (presenters and presider) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming abroad. Session organizers and co-organizers should plan to participate in the panel as either a participant or a presider. 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. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress.

PANEL: Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 5th Forum Medieval Art, September 18–21, 2019, Bern

Deadline: 30 May 2018

The theme for the 5th Forum Medieval Art is Peaks, Ponti Passages. Bern—looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building—embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.

Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter.

We invite session proposals that fit within the Peaks, Ponti Passages theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art is available at mittelalterkongress.de.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/5th-forum-medieval-art).

Proposals should include:

**Session abstract (500 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by June 1, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 8, 2018.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Switzerland, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. In order to receive funding, session organizers and co-organizers must participate in the panel as either a participant or the session chair. 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.

CHAPTERS: From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East

Deadline: 15 June 2018

Specialists are sought to contribute chapters towards a forthcoming edited volume to be published under Gorgias Press’ Classical & Late Antiquity Series (CLA). More information about the CLA series can viewed here: https://www.gorgiaspress.com/classical-late-antiquity-series.

The title of the edited volume is: From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity.

The volume seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Further, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions. The volume will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the volume is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE.

While the scope of the volume has been intentionally left broad, the editors are particularly interested in chapters that deal with the following areas:

• The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
• Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
• The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.

The deadline for abstracts (max. 500 words) is 15th June 2018 and completed chapters submitted by 15th December 2018. Chapters should be 4,000-6,000 words in length. All abstracts should be sent to Manolis Ulbricht: manolis.ulbricht@fu-berlin.de


Research Fellowships, Macquarie University, Sydney

Deadline: 9 May 2018

Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) will offer up to 10 full-time Research Fellowship positions commencing in 2019. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be fixed-term for three years. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD on or after 1 March 2015, or submit their thesis on or before 7 August 2018 (or make a convincing case for early career researcher status).

If you have an interest in applying for a Fellowship in the 2019 round through the Department of Ancient History, please send to artsro@mq.edu.au by Wednesday, 9 May 2018 the following:

1.       Your current CV with list of publications, as an email attachment with your surname in the file name. Publications should be listed under the headings:  books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and other.
2.       Provisional project title and a brief (400-word) project description, also as an attachment with your surname in the file name.

If the Department is able to sponsor your application, you will be notified by 16 May 2017. Sponsored applicants will then be invited to work with their sponsors to develop their formal Expressions of Interest which must be submitted to the University by 31 May 2018.

Enquiries can be sent to the Department’s Director of Research – ray.laurence@mq.edu.au.

It is important that there is a good fit between the research interests of applicants and sponsors. For this reason, potential applicants are strongly advised to review the research profiles of potential sponsors from within the Discipline of Ancient History. These can be viewed via the Department staff list at:

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As well as being the home of The Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, staff in Ancient History have research expertise in the following areas:

Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East and Ancient Israel
Ancient Greece and Rome
Ancient Language Studies
Archaeology and Artefact Studies
Late Antiquity, Coptic Egypt, Medieval Europe and Byzantium

The full details of the fellowships are available here: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-funding-and-grant-opportunities/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/internal_funding/mq-research-fellowships

Researcher, Thesauraus Linguae Graecae, UC Irvine

Deadline: 16 May 2018

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) at the University of California Irvine invites applications for a full-time research position. This appointment is for an initial one-year period with the possibility of renewal.

Prerequisites: Ph.D. in Classics or Byzantine Literature; high level of proficiency in Greek and Latin; prior experience in technology is desired but not required. Familiarity with textual criticism and a capacity for detail-oriented work are essential requirements.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of California offers an attractive benefits package. Applications should be submitted electronically at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04572. Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Questions about the position may be sent to: tlg@uci.edu.

Paid Internship, Medieval Manuscripts, British Library

Deadline: 20 May 2018

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in art history, history or other relevant subject to work on The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200. As part of this project, 800 illuminated manuscripts made in England and France before 1200 have been digitised. The internship is a six-month position based in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department at the Library in London.

For more information see http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2018/04/medieval-manuscripts-internship.html

Various Positions, University of Erfurt

Deadline: 23 May 2018

The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg) at the University of Erfurt is an Institute for Advanced Studies and permanent graduate school. Within its Weberian research programme, it hosts several interdisciplinary research projects. Pending (available) funding, it currently invites applications for up to

2 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %) and
3 post-doctoral positions for habilitation projects Pay category E 13 TV-L (100 %)

in the fields of History and History of Religion within the framework of the research projects “The City in the History of Religion” and/or “Urbanity and Religion”, directed by Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau and Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke.

Positions are to be filled by 1 October 2018 for a period of 36 (+12) months (Further extension possible, depending on personal requirements and institutional settings.).

The project examines the long-term relationships between urbanity and religion in cities of very different types from the first millennium BC onwards. Successful candidates will work on a project that connects problems of the history of urbanisation and urbanity with problems of the history of religion for cities or regions in Europe, the circum-Mediterranean area, West or South Asia from Antiquity onwards.

Successful candidates will participate in the project’s research programme, engage in joint research and (in the case of the postdoctoral positions) take over administrative duties related to the project.


• Excellent degree (MA for doctoral, Doctorate/PhD for postdoctoral positions) in History or History of Religion or a closely related discipline
• Knowledge of English, German (at least reading skills; candidates without knowledge of German are requested to take courses), and other languages relevant for the research planned
• Willingness to cooperate within the research project and to take part in the study programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Max-Weber-Kolleg
• Willingness to pursue a doctorate or habilitation at the University of Erfurt, preferentially in History or History of Religion/Religious Studies

The research programme is outlined on the project’s website https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/forschungsgruppen-und-stellen/forschungsgruppen-am-max-weber-kolleg/the-city-in-the-history-of-religion/

For more information about the Max-Weber-Kolleg see: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/

Please address informal enquiries to Dr. Elisabeth Begemann (elisabeth.begemann@uni-erfurt.de).

Application Deadline

Please submit your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA or diploma resp. dissertation thesis, one letter of recommendation and an outline of the project you would like to pursue (2,500-5,000 words) with a stringent discussion of your research questions, the state of research on the topic, your methodological approach and the leading hypotheses as well as a working schedule and projected date of completion as pdf-files (maximum of 10 B) and up to five publications (if applicable) by 23 May 2018

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to: University of Erfurt • Max-Weber-Kolleg • mwk.bewerbungen@uni-erfurt.de

Interviews will be conducted in the second half of June 2018.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East, University of Oxford

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Following the award of a European Research Council Advanced Grant, ‘Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage’, to Dr Judith McKenzie, the Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Early Islamic Monumental Art and Architecture to work on the project. This post will be fixed-term for 24 months until 30 September 2020, and it is anticipated that the appointee will start on 1 October 2018.

This project will analyse the monumental art (large decorative programmes of wall and floor mosaics, and wall paintings on buildings) of two areas of the former eastern Roman Empire which came under Islamic rule but which have never been the subject of an integrated comprehensive study: Egypt and Syro-Palestine (modern Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine). It aims to determine systematically how the strength and nature of the local Greco-Roman traditions and expressions of identities influenced monumental art in these regions during Late Antiquity (AD 250–750), the period of transition from paganism to Christianity and, in turn, to Islam. The project aims to define and distinguish between different strands of classical influence, both local and external (from the centres of Rome, Constantinople, and Alexandria). For the early Islamic period, it will also include other, eastern, influences. By investigating the roles of local artists and artisans as creators rather than imitators, and continuities of local workshop traditions, this project will transform our understanding of the artistic culture of the late antique Middle East.

Reporting to Dr Judith McKenzie, the post holder will carry out research on early Islamic wall mosaics and paintings for the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project, ‘Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage’.

Further Particulars (which all applicants must consult) are available through https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=134229

Applications should include a CV and a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the post. Candidates are asked to submit two article length samples of written work and requested to have two references submitted by the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 31st May 2018. Interviews are expected to be held in Oxford on 14th June 2018.

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The Oxford Listings – Week 2


Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 30th April

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Matthew Kinloch (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Rethinking Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Historiography: A Postmodern, Narrativist, and Narratological Approach


17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Peter Webb (University of Leiden)
‘Let us go down, and there confound their language’: speech and identity in the late antique Middle East


17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Fuchsia Hart
The Very Special Dead in Twelver Shi’i Islam


17:00 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Sir Fergus Millar (Brasenose)
Representing Jews and Judaism in Syriac literature: (2) The Temple and Jerusalem


11:15 New Perspectives in Mediterranean History
Old Common Room, Balliol

Sundar Henny (Bern)
Other Christians: Latin ethnography and comparatism at the Holy Sepulchre (1400 – 1600)


17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Leonora Neville, Anna Komnene (huge if true)
Gender and authorship in 12th-century Byzantium


17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Judith McKenzie (University of Oxford):
What did Alexandria look like in the fifth century AD?


11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Katarzyna Lubos (Bonn)
Fabric for Plaster: Making and using late antique textiles (resist dyed)


17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

John-Paul Ghobrial, Lucy Parker, Feras Krimsti (Balliol College)
People, places, texts: eastern Christian manuscript culture in the Ottoman world and beyond, c. 1500-1700


17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Julien Cooper (Oxford University)
Nomad Christians: The emergence and decline of Christianity among the Beja- Blemmyes in Late Antiquity

FRIDAY 4th May

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone 

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Byzness 29/04/18

The Byzness, 29th April 2018



CONFERENCE – Tzetzes, 6-8 September 2018, Venice

We are pleased to announce the programme of the international colloquium ‘Tzetzes’, to be held in Venice from 6th to 8th September 2018.

Thursday 6th September

9:30   Opening of the colloquium: Giovannella Cresci, Head of the Department of Humanities
9:40   Alessandra Bucossi – Tzetzes and the twelfth century
10:20   Frederick Lauritzen – Allegory in eleventh- and twelfth-century Constantinople (Iliad 4.1)

11:20   Vlada Stankovic – John Tzetzes as an epistolographer and a witness of the creation of Manuel Komnenos’ autocracy
12:00   Giulia Gerbi – Epistulae ad exercitationem accommodatae: notes on some fictitious epistles by John Tzetzes

14:20   Aglae Pizzone – Why a self-commentary? Tzetzes’ Historiai and the emergence of a new genre in twelfth-century Byzantium
15:00   Julián Bértola – Tzetzes’ verse scholia: a particular case of book epigrams

16:00   Tommaso Braccini – A neglected manuscript of Tzetzes’ Allegories from the Verse-chronicle: first remarks
16:40   Jacopo Cavarzeran – “Euripides talks nonsense” (schol. Eur. Hipp. 1013b)
17:20   Thomas Coward – Discerning Tzetzes: Towards a new edition of Tzetzes’ commentary on Lycophron

Friday 7th September

9:00   Valeria Lovato – John Tzetzes’ reception of Orpheus, teacher of truth
9:40   Caterina Franchi – Una, nessuna, centomila: Penthesilea between Tzetzes and Eustathius
10:20   Corinne Jouanno – Tzetzes’ Alexander: between learned and popular culture

11:20   Ettore Cingano – Facing the early and classical authors: Tzetzes’ reliability as a source of rare information
12:00   Anna Novokhatko – παρὰ τῶν τεσσάρων τούτων σοφῶν: John Tzetzes as a critic

14:20   Johanna Michels – Tzetzes mythographus in Vaticanus Gr. 950
15:00   Minerva Alganza Roldán – Le Chiliadi di Tzetze e la tradizione mitografica: il caso di Palefato

16:00   Philip Rance – Tzetzes and the mechanographoi
16:40   Jesús Muñoz Morcillo – John Tzetzes on ekphrasis
17:20   Ugo Mondini – John of all trades: Carmina Iliaca and Tzetzes’ didactic programme

Saturday 8th September

9:00   Marc Lauxtermann – Buffaloes and bastards: Tzetzes on metre
9:40   Baukje van den Berg – Verses for his deceased brother: John Tzetzes’ didactic poetry and his treatise on metres
10:20   Enrico Magnelli – Tzetzes’ hexameter: not so unruly?

11:20   Yulia Mantova – Tzetzes’ legacy as a source on the socio-cultural use of invective in Byzantium
12:00   Tomasz Labuk – Tzetzes on the foul literary cuisine: contemporary Byzantine discourses and ancient literary engagements

The colloquium will take place in Ca’ Foscari, the University’s historical core, in the scenic Aula Baratto, overlooking the Grand Canal. The address is Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice.

There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so participants are kindly requested to register their interest by emailing the organiser at enricoemanuele.prodi@unive.it by 31st July 2018.


Drugs in the Medieval World, 7-8 December 2018, King’s College London

Deadline: 22 June 2018

From the mid-eleventh century onwards the Mediterranean world was a hotbed of transcultural interactions to an even greater degree than had been the case in the past.  The field of pharmacology is particularly significant in this historical context in both social and cultural terms, because it involved practical matters, such as the administration of drugs, thus impacting on the everyday life of a large number of people of all social classes. Yet we lack comparative studies in this field or studies on the interrelationship between the different Mediterranean traditions, including the Byzantine, Islamic and Latin Western traditions, as well as on the role of minority ethno-religious groups, such as the Jews in the process of knowledge exchange. This conference seeks to promote discussion and research on the evidence for interaction between different cultures and regions in the medieval Mediterranean in an attempt to create a much more detailed and critical narrative. In doing so, it also aims to foster dialogue between scholars and disciplines by focusing, inter alia, on the following topics:

-transfer of pharmacological knowledge
-drug experimentation and drug therapy
-drugs as commodities (e.g. trade, diplomacy, consumption)
-drugs outside medicine (e.g. magic, alchemy)
-discovering new material in medieval pharmacology

Abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be in English and include title of the paper, full name, academic affiliation, and contact details. These must be sent by Friday, June 22, 2018 to: drugs.medieval.world.2018@hotmail.com

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Oxford Listings – Week 1


Trinity Term 2018

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MONDAY 23rd April

17:00  Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Adam Davis (Denison University/Clare Hall Cambridge)
Lending to God: Charitable Giving in an Age of Commerce


17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

OCBR Special Lecture
Richard Foltz
The Caucasian Alans between Byzantine Christianity and traditional paganism


17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Luke Treadwell (University of Oxford)
Islamic kingship in the high Abbasid era: the reinvention of Sasanian tradition?

TUESDAY 24th April

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Anne Bailey
Problematising Pilgrimage in Twelfth-Century Pilgrimage and Beyond

Fuschia Hart
The Very Special Dead in Twelver Shi’i Islam

THURSDAY 26th April

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Carlos Cabrera Tejedor (Oxford)
Seville and its port during the Late Antique period


17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Gizem Dörter (Koç University) 

From Hieron Byzantion to Imros Kalesi: the story of the European Hieron on the Bosphorus in light of archival sources and field research


17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Joanna Wegner (Warsaw University):
Accumulation of resources in the monasteries of Middle Egypt and its effect on the communities


17:00 Ptarmigan Lecture in Patristics
Examination Schools

Dame Averil Cameron
Patristics and Late Antiquity

FRIDAY 27th April

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone


17:00 The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium
Sutro Room, Trinity College

Monica White (Nottingham)
Fabricating Martyrs in Early Rus
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Byzness 22/04/18

The Byzness, 22nd April 2018



SCHOOL: Various summer schools in Near Eastern languages, May-August 2018, Catholic University of America

For all information see here

CONFERENCE: Pantokrator 900: Cultural Memories of a Byzantine Complex, 7-10 August 2018, ANAMED Istanbul

The Christ Pantokrator Complex (Zeyrek Camii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that included the mausoleum of the imperial dynasty, a monastery, a hospital, an orphanage, a home of the elderly and a poorhouse was founded in 1118 by Empress Piroska-Eirene and Emperor John II Komnenos. The second largest Byzantine church still standing in Istanbul after the Hagia Sophia, the Pantokrator was the most ambitious project of the Komnenian renaissance and the most impressive construction of twelfth-century Byzantine architecture. To commemorate the nine hundred years of the Pantokrator Complex, the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU Budapest and the Hungarian Hagiography Society organize, in collaboration with LABEX RESMED of Sorbonne-Paris, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and the Hungarian Institute in Istanbul an international conference that brings together scholars from diverse scholarly traditions to discuss the social, architectural and spiritual meanings of this outstanding monument.

Tuesday, August 7

9- 9:30 Marianne Sághy (CEU and ELTE Budapest), Gábor Fodor, director of the Hungarian Cultural Istitute in Istanbul – welcome and opening of the workshop
9:30-10 Albrecht Berger (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich) – Celebrating foundations: from the Pantokrator to Zeyrek Camii
10:30-11 coffee break
11-11:30 Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris IV, Sorbonne) — Spiritual and physical healing at the Pantokrator Monastery
11:30-12:30 Roundtable Discussion: Monuments and New Trends in Byzantine Studies
12:30 -2 pm lunch break
2 pm-2:30 pm Floris Bernard (University of Ghent – CEU Budapest) – Empress Eirene in Komnenian Poetry: Perceptions of Gender, Empire and Space
3-3:30 coffee
3:30-4 Zoltán Szegvári (PhD student, University of Szeged) The Image of the Latins in Late Byzantine Epistolography
4:30-5 Etele Kiss (Hungarian National Museum, Budapest) –  Visual and Spiritual Portraits of Eirene, the Co-Founder of the Pantokrator
5:30-6 Cicek Dereli (PhD student, CEU Budapest) Cultural Heritage in Istanbul –  Monasteries in Focus

Wednesday, August 8

On-the-Spot: Monument and museum visits guided by David Hendrix and Şerif Yenen

Thursday, August 9

10-10:30 Marianne Sághy Greek Culture in Early Árpádian Hungary
11-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12 Béla Zsolt Szakács (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest) – Between Byzantium and Italy: the Art of Twelfth-Century Hungary
12:30-2 pm lunch break
2-2:30 pm Márton Rózsa (PhD student, ELTE University of Budapest) — The Byzantine Second-Tier Élite in the Komnenian Period
3-3:30 Lioba Theis (University of Vienna) – Light Symbolism in the Pantokrator
4-4:30 coffee break
4:30-5 Hâluk Çetinkaya (Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul) Funeral Spaces in the Pantokrator Monastery
5:30-6 Etele Kiss (Hungarian National Museum, Budapest) Cosmology between Byzantium and the Occident in the Twelfth Century: Piroska-Eirene and the Opus Sectile Floor of the Pantokrator Monastery
6-6:30 Discussion and conclusions

Friday, August 10

On-the-Spot: Byzantine City Walks guided by David Hendrix and Şerif Yenen

SCHOOL: The Manuscript Heritage of Ethiopia, 24-29 September 2018, Mekelle, Ethiopia

All information here 


Climate Science and Ancient History: Decoding ‘Human’ and ‘Natural’ Archives, 27-28 November 2018, Basel

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Ancient historians rely on “human archives” (historical narratives, inscriptions, coin hoards, papyrus archives, etc.) to reconstruct historic events, and social, economic, political and cultural systems among the Greeks, Romans and their neighbors. These historians are trained to read human archives with all their subjectivity and errors in recording and transmission. Palaeoclimatologists read and interpret “natural archives” to assess changes in climatic and environmental conditions in the past. Palaeoclimate archives include organic (tree rings, corals) and inorganic materials (speleothems, lake and marine sediments, ice cores) and represent a treasure trove for accessing a whole new set of statistical and quantitative, usually highly resolved data of precisely dated information about past climate and environmental conditions. Natural archives also come with their inherent difficulties including qualitative and quantitative variations by region and period, temporal resolution, dating uncertainties, and climate information they resolve (temperature, precipitation, sunshine duration, drought, sea level changes, pH, sea water temperature, streamflow changes, etc.).

Not only are ancient historians and palaeoclimatologists often working on the same period and region, palaeoclimatologists also have to rely on historical documents as climate proxies for reconstructing climate in the past and need the help of historians for properly interpreting them. A closer collaboration between the two fields and a convergence of evidence from both disciplines will thus not only help to clarify the picture of past climates, but also widen our knowledge about the interaction between climate change, environmental stress, and socio-political systems. In recent years, a new discipline, coined “historical climatology”, has been established crossing the traditional division between historians and the natural sciences and combining their two approaches. Historical climatologists are studying the connectures between human and climate history, especially the impact of environmental change on past societies, and human resilience and mitigations strategies when faced with climate variability and climate change (cf. Izdebski et al. 2016; Haldon et al. 2018).

Switzerland has been at the forefront of climate research for the past few decades. “The Basel Climate Science and Ancient History Lab” is directing the focus on the impact of climate variability and climate change on societies in the ancient Mediterranean and in particular on the society of Graeco-Roman Egypt. Egypt in particular provides a unique historical laboratory in which to study social vulnerability and responses to climate and environmental change thanks to its extraordinarily rich evidence unparalleled for any other region of the ancient world (https://altegeschichte.philhist.unibas.ch/de/forschung/forschungsprojekte/climate-science/).

In this colloquium we want to discuss the challenges connected to a joint interpretation of human and natural archives in the ancient Mediterranean, the problems inherent in a collaboration between ancient historians and the natural sciences (terminology, project design, publication culture), methods to solve discrepancies between information gained from the textual and archaeological evidence on the one hand and tree rings, ice cores and speleothems on the other one, the methodological difficulties in distinguishing between correlation and causality, and methods of assessing the impact of climatic variability or change on ancient societies without oversimplifying their causal connections. The impact of climate on past societies need to be assessed in a holistic venture, integrating and synthesizing traditional classical scholarship with the most advanced scientific methods in a manner which does not privilege data from one field over another.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Jürg Luterbacher (Giessen) on “Reconstructing Climate back to Greek and Roman Times: Challenges, Opportunities, and Uncertainties”.

Ancient historians and paleoclimatologists interested in starting a dialogue should send expressions of interest, along with short abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) to Prof. Sabine R. Huebner, Institute of Ancient History, University of Basel/Switzerland (sabine.huebner@unibas.ch). Please include the full title of your talk and a brief biographical note on your academic affiliation and previous research. PhD candidates are encouraged to apply as well. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 31, 2018.

Frontiers and Border Regions, 28-30 November 2018, Beja, Tunisia

Deadline: 30 June 2018

The Tunisian World Center for Studies, Research, and Development and Tunisian-Mediterranean Association for Historical, Social and Economic Studies invite papers in  Arabic, English, French, or Spanish for the 11th International Colloquium on the theme: Frontiers and Border Regions, to be held at Beja (Tunisia), 28-30 November 2018.

The theme of “Frontiers and Border Regions” could be dealt with respecting the following axes:

1. History of the border and border regions
2. Definition and types of boundaries
3. Fixing the border
4. Border control
5. Disputes and border disputes
6. Economics of the border
7. Moving beyond the border

• Important deadlines:
– June 30, 2018: Deadline for submitting proposals to the following email address: tunisian.mediterranean.associ@gmail.com
– Participants will receive before July 10, 2018 responses to their proposals and information about the conference registration fees.

• Rules for submitting proposals:
– Individual proposals: must be a new topic that has not already been published or presented at a scientific symposium.
– Proposal: Give a detailed summary: at least one page (font: Times New Roman 12; page margins 2.5 cm, single-spaced), with a detailed and up-to-date C.V.
– The proposals can be in Arabic, English, French, or Spanish.
– For abstracts in French or Spanish, a detailed English translation is mandatory (one page at a minimum; font: Times New Roman 12, page margins 2.5 cm, single-spaced).
– For summaries in Arabic, a detailed translation into English or French is mandatory (one page at a minimum: font: Times New Roman 12, page margins 2.5 cm, single-spaced).

PANELS: 15th Annual Conference of the Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Études Classiques, 4-8 July 2019, UCL

Deadline: 1 July 2018

The 15tH annual conference of the Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Études Classiques will take place in conjunction with the 2019 CA conference on 4th-8th July 2019 in the Institute of Education (UCL) in Bloomsbury. FIEC business meetings will take place on 4th July, and the conference proper will begin on 5th. It is sponsored by the Hellenic and Roman Societies and the Classical Association and will be run jointly by the London classics departments including classics at Roehampton University.

The Programme Committee is now inviting proposals for panels.

Each panel will be of 2 hours duration. We anticipate that many panels will consist of 4 short papers united by a common theme. We also invite proposals for panels and workshops in different formats, but within a 2 hour block.

We aim to select a range of panels that reflects the breadth of traditional and non-traditional classics, including but not limited to Greek and Latin literatures of all periods, linguistics, ancient history in its widest sense, philosophy and religion, art and archaeology, Neo-Latin and Byzantine studies, and the past and current reception of the classics in all media and in different cultures and traditions. We also welcome panels drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary studies. We anticipate there will be panels discussing national traditions in classical research and that some panels will deal with non-Greek peoples such as Etruscans, Persians and Phoenicians. We especially encourage panels dealing with pedagogy and outreach.

It is the tradition of both FIEC and the Classical Association to represent as wide a range of speakers as possible. Panels are more likely to be selected if they include speakers from more than one country, and if they include junior as well as senior speakers. Panels consisting only of men or only of women are unlikely to be selected unless a powerful case is made for an exception.

Each panel proposal should include a title for the session, the names and affiliations of all speakers, and a 150 word abstract for each paper and for the panel as a whole. The deadline for proposals is 1st July 2018. They should be sent to fiec2019@ucl.ac.uk. One named person should be the proposer and should provide a contact e-mail. It is not necessary that she or he be the chair of the panel, but if not then the name of the chair should be indicated in the proposal. If the proposal is for a very different format to a multi-speaker panel, the proposer is strongly encouraged to contact the Programme Committee as far in advance as possible.The Programme Committee expects to make its selections over the course of the summer and by the end of September at the latest. Its decisions will be final.

The Programme Committee also invites proposals for posters. Posters may present individual or collaborative projects, and scholars of all career stages are encourage to apply. Proposals for posters should also be sent to fiec2019@ucl.ac.uk by the 1st July 2018 and selection will take place on the same time scale as for panels. Proposals for posters should include a 150 word description of the subject and the name and contact details of the poster presenter.

Please note that were are not inviting proposals for individual papers.



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Position in Medieval Studies, University of Bergen

Deadline: 30 April 2018

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Position in Rabbinic Hebrew philology, Cambridge University

Deadline: 9 May 2018

All information here

PhD Position, Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD), University of Bologna

Deadline: 14 May 2018

Two PhD positions (3 years each) are available at the University of Bologna (Department of Philosophy and Communication studies) within the ERC project (Consolidator Grant): “Alchemy in the Making: From ancient Babylonia via Graeco-Roman Egypt into the Byzantine, Syriac and Arabic traditions (1500 BCE -1000 AD)”, Acronym: AlchemEast.

The AlchemEast project is devoted to the study of alchemical theories and practices as they appeared and developed in distinct, albeit contiguous (both chronologically and geographically) areas: Graeco-Roman Egypt, Byzantium, and the Near East, from Ancient Babylonian Times to the early Islamic Period. Applicants are expected to propose research projects dealing with the ancient alchemical tradition.

Proposals may focus on the analysis of a specific set of primary sources — depending on the historical period on which the applicant prefers to focus on, primary sources may include alchemical writings in Akkadian, Greek, Syriac or Arabic. The proposals may also focus on a wider and cross-cutting analysis of topics connected to important issues pertaining to the ancient alchemical science and its relations with close fields, such as natural philosophy and medicine.

The doctoral research shall result either in editions and translations of ancient alchemical writings or in monographs focused on central issues of the ancient history of alchemy.

The two scholarships are part of the PhD programme: “Philosophy, Science, Cognition and Semiotics”


By following the link “PHD PROGRAMME TABLE” (at the top of the webpage), you will find the full description of the programme, with reference to the 2 scholarships specifically linked to the AlchemEast project.

Please visit the following webpage in order to apply (or for further information about the call):


For any doubt or question, please do not hesitate to e-mail: matteo.martelli@unibo.it

Géza Alföldy Research Grant

Deadline: 15 May 2018

AIEGL is pleased to announce the annual award of a Géza Alföldy Grant in the amount of EUR 1,500. The Grant is intended to support early career scholars in conducting epigraphic research abroad (including e.g. field study of inscriptions) for a period of one to two months.


Applicants must be AIEGL members under 40 years of age.
The closing date for applications is 15 May each year; AIEGL will notify the winner of the

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Grant within 30 days after the closing date.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel of 3 who are appointed

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by the AIEGL Bureau from among the members of the Association.
The successful applicant will be required to send a report (max 300 words) to the AIEGL

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Bureau within 30 days after the end of their stay abroad.

Applications should be submitted via email to the Secretary General, Dr. Camilla Campedelli

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(campedelli@aiegl.org), and include the following:

CV (max 1 page)
Project description, including details of the host institution (max 3 pages)
Acceptance letter from the host institution OR official permit to conduct fieldwork (study of

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ancient inscriptions on site, epigraphical survey, etc.)
Information on other bursaries received or applied for

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions, Study of Coptic Magic, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Deadline: 31 May 2018

– 1 postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13 100%; initial monthly salary min. 3,672.02 EUR before tax)

– 1 doctoral assistant (TV-L E13 50%; initial monthly salary min. 1,836.01 EUR before tax)

These positions will be part of a new in-depth project studying “magical” texts from Late Antique and early Islamic Egypt written in Coptic, and will involve the creation of a database of published and unpublished texts, the edition and re-edition of original manuscripts, and the production of research situating them within their historical, social and intellectual context. The appointed applicants will work with the team co-ordinator (Dr. Korshi Dosoo).

Both positions will begin 1 September 2018, running for five years until 31 August 2023.

The postdoctoral candidate will require a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (Coptic Studies, Papyrology, Egyptology, Early Christian Studies, Islamic Studies etc.), and a strong knowledge of the Coptic and Greek languages, as well as fluent English and at least a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Language skills in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and earlier phases of Egyptian are also highly desirable. As a position intended for a junior researcher, applicants are normally expected to have completed their doctorate within the last three years.

The candidate for the position of a doctoral assistant will require a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (Ancient History, Coptic Studies, Papyrology, Egyptology, Early Christian Studies, Islamic Studies etc.), and a strong knowledge of the Coptic and Greek languages, as well as fluent English.

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A reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, and Spanish is highly desirable, as are language skills in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Spanish, Latin, and earlier phases of Egyptian. She or he will receive supervision to allow her or him to complete her or his doctoral degree. The candidate will be free to decide on a thesis topic, although it will preferably overlap to some degree with the project theme.

In order to increase the proportion of female researchers at the University of Würzburg, applications from women are particularly welcome.

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Persons with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

To apply, please send a current curriculum vitae with the contact details for 2 referees, a letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages), and – a writing sample (article or conference presentation, postdoctoral researcher) or – a proposal for a doctoral dissertation topic (ca. 2 pages, doctoral assistant) as a single PDF.

For further details, and to apply, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Andreas Stadler: martin.stadler@uni-wuerzburg.de

PhD position in Late Antiquity (Ecclesiastical Organisation and Christian Topography of the Lower Danube during Late Antiquity), University of Lille

Deadline: 15 June 2018

The DANUBIUS project, funded by the I-SITE ULNE for the period 2018-2021 and which is hosted by the University of Lille, within the HALMA-UMR 8164 research unit, offers one PhD position starting in October 2018. The position is limited to 36 months. The PhD will investigate aspects of the Christianisation of the Lower Danubian region in Late Antiquity, both from the archaeological and historical points of view, in a topic to be negotiated between the selected candidate and the scientific coordinator of the research programme, Dr Dominic Moreau, relying on the project proposed in the application (depending on the topic, there is a possibility of thesis co-supervision).

For more information about the DANUBIUS project, please refer to: https://danubius.univ-lille3.fr

Requirements :

– Relevant master’s degree in Roman History (High or Late Imperial era), on a topic involving archaeological sources, or in Roman Archaeology, on a topic involving written sources.
– Interest in the main topic and digital humanities (knowledge in geomatics – GIS models – would be a real asset).
– Willingness to work on a highly interdisciplinary, collaborative and international research project (many trips to Eastern Europe are planned).
– Practical experience in archaeology.
– Knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek. – Proficiency in English (level C).
– Knowledge, even rudimentary, of French (if the candidate is not fluent in that language, he/she will be strongly encouraged to learn it during the contract), German, Bulgarian and/or Romanian would be an asset.

Complete applications, that include a cover letter, c.v., copies of relevant transcripts, a sample of work (term paper or publication), a proposal of topic with a short abstract (1 page maximum), and a letter of recommendation, are to be submitted by 15 June 2018, by e-mail, in PDF, to the following address: dominic.moreau@univ-lille3.fr

The recruitment commission will meet a first time to decide which applications will be selected and those which have been selected will be promptly invited to an interview by Skype, which will take place before the committee before July.

Start date : 1 October 2018

Income : according to the research contracts wage scale of the University of Lille, ongoing on the effective date of the contract (about € 2.750 gross monthly salary).

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