The Byzness, 09/08/2020

The Byzness, 9th August 2020



  1.       NEWS AND EVENTS


Open Letter on the International Byzantine Congress and the Future of Byzantine Studies

“We are a network of early career researchers, and we write regarding the recent decision of the International Bureau of the Association internationale des études byzantines (AIEB) to move the planned Istanbul 2021 Congress to another host country, while retaining the Turkish Organizing Committee’s programme.

In addition to some comments on the current situation, we seek to offer some suggestions on ways forward for the field of Byzantine studies and the way it is organised internationally. These are intended as invitations to get in touch and begin working collectively and collaboratively to develop Byzantine studies further. We hope that this will position us to avoid situations such as the one in which we currently find ourselves regarding the 2021 Congress. To read the rest of the letter see here:



Online workshop ‘Columns of Constantinople’ 13th November 2020 organised by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg. Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Abteilung für Byzantinische Archäologie.

To see the full program see here: to register write to or visit


  1.       CALL FOR PAPERS


2021 digital conference “Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Toward the Future,” scheduled for 11-12 June, 2021. Deadline: 5th of October 2020.

In a 1947 article titled “Byzantine Art and Scholarship in America,” Kurt Weitzmann examined the history of collecting Byzantine art in the United States. “…The combination of formal beauty and material splendor, coupled with great technical perfection and an aristocratic spirit which gives to even the smallest object a rare distinction…” renders these works particularly attractive to private collectors, wrote Weitzmann. Our conference takes this statement as a starting point and focuses on the history of collecting Christian Orthodox objects in the West from the nineteenth century to the present: a topic replete with spectacular objects, profound questions and captivating narratives.

This international conference, organized and sponsored by the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA (USA), considers why, how, where, and by whom these objects have been and continue to be acquired. Once obtained, how are they classified, conserved, displayed, and described? How and by whom is their value, whether symbolic or monetary, determined? What is the relationship between their original purpose and the newfound one? From Marjorie Merriweather Post and Henry Walters to modern day collectors such as Gordon Lankton, small private museums to major public institutions, there has been a sustained interest in owning architectural remnants, manuscripts, liturgical objects, enkolpia and, of course, icons. Whether to save them from destruction, perpetuate a living tradition, preserve personal or communal memory, demonstrate erudition, wealth or taste, or to tell a story, these pieces are found in nearly every important collection. In addition to the above, topics include, but are not limited to: discussions of single objects or entire collections; individual or institutional collectors; related questions of loot, provenance, authenticity, religious and cultural sensitivity, and ethics; as well as past collecting patterns versus possible future directions.

We welcome papers from museum professionals and scholars at any career stage. Please send a CV as well as a 350-word abstract with at least one image to Lana Sloutsky at lsloutsky@ by 5 October 2020. Selected speakers will be notified by 6 November 2020. The virtual conference is scheduled for 11 and 12 June 2021. Interested presenters will have a chance to have their papers peer-reviewed and published in the 2022 issue of the Journal of Icon Studies.


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The Byzness, 20/07/2020

The Byzness, 20th July 2020





2021 International Congress of Byzantine Studies

As the result of the ongoing and uncertain future impact of covid-19, together with other concerns associated with issues of heritage management, the International Bureau has decided, after careful discussion with all colleagues involved with the organization of the 2021 International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Istanbul, that the Congress should be postponed until 2022, and that it will no longer be held in Istanbul.  A new venue will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed, probably in September 2020.  The International Bureau is currently consulting with all National Committees.  For further questions please refer to your own National Committee for information.




“Towards a Critical Historiography of Byzantine Studies”

BSANA and the New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World Network announce a webinar to be held Thursday, August 13, from 5-7 PM (GMT) / 12-2 PM (EST). To promote discussion of the question, “Is Byzantine Studies a colonialist discipline?,” we plan to:


– consider the role that European colonialism plays in existing accounts of the history of the discipline (readings will include “Byzantine Studies as an Academic Discipline” from the Oxford handbook, and essays by Dimiter Angelov, Helena Bodin, Averil Cameron, and Ihor Ševčenko);


– compare those accounts to two critical historiographies of neighboring disciplines (The Nation and Its Ruins by Yannis Hamilakis and Beyond Balkanism by Diana Mishkova); and,


– brainstorm topics (themes, chapters) that are still little discussed, but should appear in a future (and as yet entirely hypothetical) Critical Historiography of Byzantine Studies.


In addition to the members of the New Critical Approaches Network and the BSANA initiative to Decolonize Byzantine Studies, we hope to welcome a further ca. 15 participants. If you would like to join, please write (as soon as possible, at any rate before the end of July) to co-facilitators Ben Anderson ( and Mirela Ivanova ( As a “buy-in” we ask that you suggest a relevant essay (book, chapter, film, etc.) by an author not mentioned above. This will help us to build a collective bibliography as a resource for future inquiry. If nothing concrete comes to mind, please write a few short sentences ( no more than 150 words) on why you are interested in this topic, and what you hope is covered in the discussion.


Participants will receive detailed instructions (and links to all readings in .pdf) on or before August 1. Our goal is to create an environment in which no single voice dominates, all feel welcome to question and contribute, and new knowledge results.
Modernity and Lateness in Medieval Architecture, 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 13-16, 2021, Kalamazoo, MI. Deadline: 15 September 2020

This panel challenges Eurocentric progress models of stylistic change that presuppose a nascent, fully-realized, and late style in architecture. The panel aims to (re)situate the eclectic visual vocabularies of secular and religious buildings from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries that are indebted to medieval building practices and designs within the larger and more established narratives of art and architectural history. Individual papers might address historiographic, methodological, or theoretical concerns related to the study of medieval architecture and its forms, focusing on the legibility and currency of medieval stylistic conventions across cultures over time; the relationships between monumental architecture and other forms of artistic expression; the role of ornament as bearer of cultural meaning and identity; the coexistence of Gothic and antique features; and issues of hybridity and eclecticism in architecture.

Please submit all proposals through the ICMS portal ( by September 15, 2020.  Session ID = 1232.


Materiality of Languages: Epigraphy, Manuscripts, and Writing Systems in Byzantium and Early Islamic Near East (324-1204). Deadline: 31 July 2020.

This series of sessions at the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 13-16, 2021) will bring together a group of scholars to explore the links between languages and their material and visual forms (including specific media of writing, writing instruments, scripts, etc.) in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Byzantine and early Islamic eras.

The interplay between languages and their visual representations in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages is a fascinating topic that has attracted scholarly attention in recent years but still requires further investigation. In this period, the Eastern Mediterranean witnessed greater linguistic transformations that affected the entire regions and cultures, including their popular and elite levels. Linguistic frontiers were often not a line drawn on a map, but rather extended grey areas where large numbers of people possessed some form of multilingual competence; communities speaking different languages coexisted side by side for centuries. The purpose of the sessions is to examine whether this situation led to consolidating associative links between certain languages (or their varieties) and particular types, methods, and styles of writing regarded as their “proper” or “preferred” mediums; and to what extent modern scholars can detect these links today, studying epigraphy, manuscripts, and writing systems.

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of visual and material forms in which languages appeared in the historical record. When shared, those forms helped to bridge the differences in vocabulary and phonetics, bringing distinct languages closer to each other as cultural artifacts that employ the same symbolic codes. By contrast, visually distinct language forms helped to solidify social boundaries and to emphasize social differentiation within the same speech community.

We are specifically interested in the following issues:

  • Changes in scribal features and practices: those inherited from the past, transformed, and newly invented;
  • A distinct physical outlook of a language as a factor contributing to its high or low status;
  • Visual differentiation between the “High” and “Low” varieties of the same language;
  • Ancient writers’ reflections on changing appearances and materiality of languages;
  • More or less prestigious placements, art forms, and materials (e.g. languages chosen for precious floor mosaics and opus sectile decorations vs. those for plain unadorned rock inscriptions located in desolate areas);
  • Preferable directions of writing (e.g. why Syriac inscriptions were often written from top to bottom?)
  • Decorative techniques and calligraphy in book manuscripts and monumental inscriptions as a cross-lingual phenomenon;
  • Features of cursive and documentary scripts (non-)attested across different languages;
  • We also welcome contributions on the social functioning of different Aramaic scripts, cases beyond a simple division into ʾEsṭrangēlā, Serṭā, and Maḏnḥāyā in Syriac; the visual differentiation of JPA and CPA; the way Hebrew and Aramaic coexisted in late antique synagogues; the emergence of Garshuni; the birth of Arabic scripts; the adoption and adjustment of the Greek alphabet for writing in Egyptian (Coptic); the beginnings of writing traditions in Germanic and Slavic languages; and similar.

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 15-20 minutes talks. Titles and abstracts should be submitted to Yuliya Minets, the University of Notre Dame/Jacksonville State University (, and Paweł Nowakowski, University of Warsaw ( Please, indicate your academic status and affiliation (if applicable).

The deadline is 31 July 2020.

Papers in all the working languages of the Congress (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Turkish) are accepted. We encourage linguistic diversity within these sessions.

The proposal for this series of sessions (three or four, depending on the interest) will be submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Congress for approval. The sessions are sponsored by the research project ‘Epigraphy & Identity in the Early Byzantine Middle East’ (National Science Centre, Poland, grant Sonata 15 and the University of Warsaw, Faculty of History). We will apply for external funding which may allow us to cover the conference fee for the participants. For details on conference fees, see the Congress website.


Changing Winds and Great Storms: The Dynamics of Speech Communities and Forms of Their Linguistic Self-Expression in the Eastern Mediterranean (324-1204). Deadline: 31 July 2020. 

Organised by Yuliya Minets (University of Notre Dame and Jacksonville State University), Paweł Nowakowski (University of Warsaw):

“We plan to organize a series of sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress (July 5-8, 2021; the special thematic strand: ‘Climates’ ) devoted to the topic of the linguistic change, broadly defined, in the Eastern Mediterranean (c.324–c.1204) .

As the surfaces of stone inscriptions are subject to weather conditions, languages and their speakers experience the winds of history and harshness of the ever-changing political, social, and religious climates. We would like to invite participants to explore how different languages and speech communities withstood (or did not) various transformations that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean in the period from the fourth to the twelfth century.

As a number of recent studies have demonstrated, the shifts in practices and performances of language use in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages rarely came as a result of an intentional policy from above, but were rather introduced from the bottom-up perspective. While the organized actions on behalf of political authorities may have been indeed lacking, the political climate itself, as well as the dynamics of social relationships, suggested certain opportunistic choices available for local groups, who had to comp ete for political favors, economic resources, and social prestige and sought to preserve their distinct religious or confessional identities. In this situation, the choice was often made for practical benefits that the language associated with power and authority provided, while the use of other languages was reduced to certain traditional communicative domains (e.g. language of liturgy). We encourage participants to address various aspects of these processes and contribute to the on-going scholarly discussion of this fascinating topic.

We particularly welcome papers on these themes:

  • The dynamics of linguistic changes in administration and legal systems, with a particular emphasis on the use of vernacular languages in these domains
  • Languages of private communication among friends and family members
  • Languages of monumental epigraphy, historical memory, and commemorative practices
  • Linguistic abilities of authors, consumers, and target audiences of ancient texts
  • The accessibility and costs of interpreting services
  • Language choice from the perspective of career and business opportunities
  • Language choice and religious or political affiliations
  • Language choice in urban centres and peripheries
  • Language choice and gender
  • Opportunistic choices with regard to languages
  • and others

Titles and abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minutes talks should be submitted to Yuliya Minets, the University of Notre Dame / Jacksonville State University ( or Paweł Nowakowski, University of Warsaw ( Please, indicate your academic status and affiliation (if applicable).

Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2020. 

We encourage linguistic diversity at our sessions, though in accordance with the guidelines of the Organizing Committee, we will ask for a short outline in English to be distributed among the attendees if the talk is given in a different language.

The proposal for this series of sessions (three or four, depending on the interest) will be submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Congress for approval. The sessions are sponsored by the research project ‘Epigraphy & identity in the early Byzantine Middle East’ (National Science Centre, Poland, grant Sonata 15 and the University of Warsaw, Faculty of History). We will apply for external funding which may allow us to cover the conference fee for the participants. For details on conference fees, see the Congress website .“




Online International Conference. Communicating Objects. Material, Literary and Iconographic Instances of Objects in a Human Universe in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. University of Bucharest (Department of Ancient History, Archaeology and History of Art, Faculty of History), November 27th-29th 2020. Deadline: 15 September 2020.


Material culture occupies a special place in most research conducted on Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Interdisciplinary approaches have allowed for the enrichment of traditional paradigms used by archaeologists and historians, as a follow-up to the valorisation of the social life of things, or of the agency characterising objects in any given society. Objects which are deliberately associated are more susceptible of becoming expressive in the presence of humans. From this perspective, associating objects, and exploring potential reasons for their association and for their compatibility, opens up multiple possibilities for reflection.

Here are some suggested topics, meant to inspire, without limiting, the participants’ choice of subject matter:

–        the place of associated objects in literary sources. Suggested lines of investigation: the place of associated objects in literary discourses, their role in the construction of characters or as vehicles used to advance the action, to create images or to emphasize key moments in the economy of the texts; the practices of writing about objects, ways of selecting and including them in texts, and the study of certain characteristics of objects judged as indispensable to the fulfillment of said objects’ narrative roles.

–        the place of associated objects in constructing images, be they objects carrying images or objects being represented. Suggested lines of investigation: the manners of representing objects, the objects’ insertion in representations and their contributions to visually illustrated discourses.

–        the intrinsic materiality of objects places the discussion in the field of archaeology. From this perspective and for the purpose of a better investigation of associated objects and their potential meanings, one (though by no means the only) possible line of enquiry would turn the researcher’s gaze towards funerary archaeology.

Beyond these suggestions, the synchronic and comparative approaches to various media where objects are placed in association (texts, materiality, images) are strongly encouraged, in order to better assess multiple perspectives and perceptions to which the objects could be subjected, as well as the ways in which objects, once put together in particular and deliberate ways, acquire the capacity of acting as agents.

Accepted languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish.

Deadline: September 15th 2020.

Abstracts: no more than 300 words to be submitted at the e-mail address The abstract should also contain the title of the presentation, the name of the author(s) and the home institution(s).

Duration of each presentation: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussions.

Announcement of accepted proposals: September 30th 2020.

Digital poster section: a poster gallery will also be available for researchers preferring to send their presentation in this form. The gallery will be open to the public for the whole duration of the conference. On demand, the posters may be accompanied by a recorded audio presentation, no more than 10 minutes in length. Technical details will be available shortly, on the dedicated page at

Host institution: University of Bucharest (online).

Deadline for papers to be published in a collective volume: January 15th 2021.

Organisers and contact: Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Liţu (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Ţârlea (University of Bucharest) at





Maître d’enseignement et de recherche 1 (MER1), U. de Lausanne. Deadline: 6 September 2020.


The Institut romand des sciences bibliques (IRSB) of the Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions of the University of Lausanne is advertising a position of Lecturer (Maître d’enseignement et de recherche 1) on Jewish and Christian Apocryphal literatures (70%).

More details here: : “emplois”, then “postes ouverts”.

Deadline for the application: 6 September 2020.




DAI-ANAMED Post-doctoral Fellowships


The Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Istanbul (DAI) and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) invite applications for newly established DAI-ANAMED Joint Fellowships in Environmental Archaeology to support. The fellowships will support research on the environmental archaeology of Anatolia using approaches such as archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, and related specializations. The primary responsibility of fellowship holders will be to conduct work relating to a longitudinal research project titled “Humidity & Society: 8.500 Years of Climate History in Western Anatolia.” Using Neolithic through Classical period materials from excavations associated with the DAI and Koç University (e.g., Barcın Höyük, Kaymakçı, Pergamon), the project aims to conduct high-resolution stable isotope carbon analyses of ancient wood and seed samples to estimate past relative humidity and water availability and thus to understand past climatic conditions for agricultural and pastoral activities.

ANAMED, located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul is dedicated to fostering research on the archaeology, art, heritage, and history of Anatolia through fellowships, exhibitions, symposia, publications, and library collections and services. Selected post-doctoral fellows will work in ANAMED’s environmental archaeology laboratory, help develop reference collections therein, and run hands-on workshops related to the fellowship. Fellows must be resident in Istanbul but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research related to the fellowship.



Successful applicants will have a strong combination of the following qualifications:

  • PhD in a related specialization (e.g., archaeology, anthropology, ancient history and/or related social sciences and humanities fields) granted after 15 September 2015;
  • Demonstrated expertise in archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, isotope analyses in archaeology, and/or related specializations;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills for working within teams;


Ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple, simultaneous projects;

  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in English with project-related researchers as well as Koç University faculty, administration, staff, and students; Turkish and/or German is preferred as well;
  • Flexibility in work schedule, as needed; and
  • No military obligations.



The successful applicant will be provided a fellowship stipend commensurate with experience, health benefits, a research account, and assorted other benefits.



The successful applicant will be ready to start the one-year fellowship on 21 September 2020. Renewal thereafter is contingent on project progress and available funding.



Required application materials include;

(1) an application letter detailing the applicant’s relevant experience and motivation to win a fellowship;

(2) a Curriculum Vitae; and

(3) the names and emails of two referees familiar with the applicant’s experience. Up to two relevant publications or writing samples are welcome, also. Applicant materials must be submitted via email to Application files should be saved as MSWord or PDF files, with filenames containing the applicant’s last name. Questions should also be addressed to

Application review will commence on 15 July 2020 and continue until the position is filled, with an estimated fellowship start date of 21 September 2020.


Job Advertisement at the University of Regensburg | Number 20.133. Deadline: 1 September 2020

The University of Regensburg is an innovative campus university with more than 21,000 students. Oriented towards interdisciplinarity, it offers a wide range of research activity and study opportunities for young people both domestic and from abroad. The Research Training Group 2337, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), consists of scholars from the fields of History, Art History, Legal History, Social and Economic History, Early Ecclesiastical History and Patristics, Classical Archaeology, Liturgical Studies, Romance Linguistics, Political Science, English Literary and Cultural Studies, and further other associated disciplines and cooperation partners. The Research Training Group focuses on questions concerning the constitution, representation, impact, and transformation of metropolitan cities from the Greco-Roman antiquity towards the threshold of industrialization. From the earliest possible date, we offer:

1 position as Post-Doc Research Assistant (m/f/d) 

The full-time contract within the project “Pre-Modern Metropolitanism” (40,1 hours per week = 100 %) will be initially limited until September 30, 2021. An extension is intended. The salary follows TV-L E 13 (German public service standard).

Your assignments: 

Research activity within the DFG-RTG 2337 “Pre-Modern Metropolitanism” at the University of Regensburg

Authoring a “Habilitationsschrift” or a similar project (e.g. monography, “second book”) in one of the disciplines within the RTG

Contributions to the DFG-RTG ́s research and qualification programme. For an English summary, please consult gesellschaft/metropolitaet-vormoderne/forschungskonzept/index.html

Our requirements: 

A qualified dissertation (PhD or equivalent) with outstanding results, preferably in one of the disciplines within the DFG-RTG “Pre-Modern Metropolitanism”

High motivation as well as academic and personal ability to develop innovative methodologies for transdisciplinary research and to introduce these findings constructively into the research programme of the structured PhD programme

Substantial personal presence at the University of Regensburg and the willingness to interact profoundly with the members of the RTG

A sophisticated, original yet topically compatible exposé for a relevant and innovative post-doc project, reflecting intensive engagement with the research concept of the DFG- RTG “Pre-Modern Metropolitanism” (3-4 pages max.) including a realistic work schedule

Convincing application documents including your academic CV and your list of publications


We offer: 

The chance to co-shape a structured PhD programme together with a transdisciplinary team of outstanding junior researchers and faculty Dedicated, individual, and constructive mentoring

Frequent research colloquia, lecture series, guest lectures, workshops, skill enhancement, and mobility grants for research, conference, and archival travel as well as excursions (your active participation and regular attendance are compulsory)

Inclusion into an academic network with cooperating institutions and scholars at the University of Regensburg and worldwide

In case of interest, the opportunity for academic teaching

The University of Regensburg targets to increase the share of women in the workforce. Therefore, qualified female candidates are explicitly encouraged to submit their applications. Moreover, the university advocates for the compatibility of family and career (for further information in German, see

Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will receive preferential treatment within the recruitment procedure. Please refer to your disability status already in your application.

Please note that expenses that may arise in the context of an eventual job interview cannot be reimbursed.

For further queries please contact Professor Jörg Oberste (email: / phone: +49 941 943-3536). We are looking forward to your detailed application. Please send the documents in one PDF file to by September 1, 2020.


Medieval literature Across languages: a multi-lingual summer school. (UPDATED) 17–28 May 2021 Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. Deadline: 1 October 2020.

This summer school seeks to provide PhD students with a first immersion into the study of medieval literature across languages. Language training, with the aim of inviting PhD students to become acquainted with new medieval languages, will here be combined with lectures on case studies, addressing various methodological issues and approaches. The summer school focuses on five medieval languages: Georgian, Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Old French. Together these languages cover an immense geographical and literary expanse, yet they all involved various areas of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The summer school will be organized around language teaching and tutoring, lectures and group work, and time for informal conversation. In the mornings, language teaching will be followed by study time. In the afternoon, PhD students assist each other as tutors and will themselves receive help from others. Small excursions will take place, especially during the weekend. Substantial work will be required of students in advance of the summer school (learning of new alphabets, initial reading exercises). Lunches and two dinners will be in common.


Applications should be sent before 1st of October 2020 to

We encourage applications from PhD students from any field in medieval studies who wish to learn any of these languages. Previous knowledge of (reading abilities in) another medieval language is required, preferably another (or more) on the list.

Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Your application should include an abstract of your current research and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain from participating (together no more than a single A4 page, single spaced). You must also name one referee who will be willing to write in support of your application. Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.

There is no cost for attending the Summer School.


Five bursaries (cost of transportation to Is- tanbul) will be available. Please address your application to before 1st of December 2020, detailing your costs and financial need.

Accommodation and transport

Accommodation will be provided for the participants at the Swedish institute or at hotels in the vicinity.

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The Byzness, 12/07/2020

The Byzness, 12th July 2020





Byzantium at Ankara Seminar Series- 10, 17 and 24 July 2020

The Byzantine Seminar Series “Byzantium at Ankara” is an event organized and hosted in collaboration by the Department of History at Bilkent University and the Department of History of Art at Hacettepe University which will be held over the entire 2019/2020 Academic Year as organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sercan Yandim and Asst. Prof. Dr. Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)

The object of the series of talks is to engage Byzantine scholars from different backgrounds and areas of expertise in a conversation on issues which relate and resonate with the current socio-political and economic situation. The importance of building \ these connections should indeed allow to put Byzantium in a global, modern and historical perspective .The idea is to have an inter and multidisciplinary approach to all-encompassing topics like “Famines and Plagues”, “Crisis and Migrations across land and sea frontiers” and “iconography of Byzantine disasters and Renaissance” as debates will be open to scholars and students as well as Medieval and Byzantine enthusiasts.


I.    Famine and Plagues in Byzantium: archaeology, documentary and hagiography in a comparative perspective – Friday, 10 July 2020 h. 19:00 (Istanbul Time)

Discussants: Beate Bölhendorf Arslan (Philipps Universität Marburg), William Caraher (University of North Dakota), Antje Fehrman (Freier Üniversitat Berlin), and Aneilya Barnes (Coastal Carolina University).

II.    Crisis and Migrations across the Mediterranean frontier: was it really all about a Dark Ages after all? – Friday, 17 July 2020 h. 19.00 (Istanbul Time)

Discussants: Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck University), Jonathan Jarrett (University of Leeds), Nicholas Bakirtzis (Cyprus Research Institute) and Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)

III.    Picturing disasters (and Renaissance) in Byzantium – Friday, 24 July 2020
h. 19.00 (Istanbul Time)

Participants: Sercan Yandim (Hacettepe University), Renate Burri  (University of Bern), and Ivana Jevtic (Koç University)

All the sessions will be broadcasted via zoom and upon pre-registration at or a link to attend the seminars will be send one hour before the start of the meeting.




Local Self-Governance and Weak Statehood: Theoretical and Empirical Insights from an Interdisciplinary Perspective, International Conference of the DFG Research Unit 2757 LoSAM, July 5-7, 2021, Würzburg, Germany

The nucleus of statehood is situated at the local level: in the village, the neighborhood, the city district. This is where a community, beyond the level of the family, first develops collective rules that are intended to ensure its continued existence. But this is usually not the only level of governance at play. Above it, there are supralocal formations of power, varying in scope from regional networks to empires, which supplement the local orders or compete with them. Wherever supralocal statehood exists in the mode of weak permeation, local forms of self-governance are especially heterogeneous and prominent. How do they work in this context?

The approach of the DFG Research Unit 2757 LoSAM is to deepen our understanding of different forms and impacts of local self-governance across time and space, from Antiquity to the Global South of the present (see Pfeilschifter et al. 2020). We are examining the relations to different levels of state governance as well as to other local groups as they develop over time; the scope and spatial contingency of forms of self-governance; its legitimization and interdependency with the organization and collective identity of the groups which carry them out. In addition, we turn our attention to the significance of self-governance for the configuration of weak statehood.

In pursuing our research, we have followed both an interdisciplinary (see Lauth et al. 2019) as well as a comparative approach by looking at different cases. Bringing together scholars from various disciplines (e.g. History, Archaeology, Theology, Social Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Human Geography, Sinology, Economics) helps us to embed our case studies in a broader theoretical and methodological framework. The exchange of different viewpoints and extensive discussions will further our agenda to combine and implement different subject-specific approaches as well as theories of neo-institutionalism and to sharpen the analysis of various forms of governance.

Conference structure

The conference serves as a forum to share the first insights of our research with others and to get scholars connected who work on similar problems. We hope to learn from each other by looking at the contexts of local self-governance and weak statehood through different areas and through different periods of time, from Antiquity to Modernity.

All contributions should be based upon empirical cases and should, starting from there, tackle broader issues: the kind of methods and theories which are helpful; the definition of concepts like state, weak statehood, local self-governance, civil society or social capital in a global context. We suggest four clusters of key questions:

1) Which areas of community life are covered by collective rules that are given or upheld by this community? What patterns of local self-governance can be identified?

2) Which mechanisms of local community building can be observed? How are groups organized, and how does the internal decision-making process work? What can we say about the collective identity and the legitimization of the groups?

3) How do these communities relate to other local groups? How do interactions between groups affect the scope and the spatial contingency of forms of self-governance?

4) What are the relations to the state level? Which rules does the central state bring in? When does the government force its own rules upon the local population, when does it act in a more coordinated manner? What form and styles of governance can be identified?

Of course, additional studies that fit in the scope of our research agenda are also welcome.

The different panels will be based on these key questions. Each panel will consist of paper presentations, an in-depth comment by a discussant on each paper and an open discussion afterwards.


Please submit your paper proposal by August 31, 2020 (up to 500 words). Please send your proposals to the coordinator of the DFG Research Unit 2757, Dr. Christoph Mohamad-Klotzbach (

A final decision concerning the acceptance of the paper proposals will be communicated by September 30, 2020. The accepted papers for the conference should be submitted by April 30, 2021 to Dr. Christoph Mohamad-Klotzbach (, so that everybody – especially the discussants – has the time to read the papers in advance of the conference (July 5-7, 2021).

Some of the papers will be included in an edited conference volume which will be published in late 2021 by De Gruyter Press. The length of the papers should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including title, abstract, tables, figures, and references). There are plans to cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

Please feel free to contact



Panel “Layout and Materiality of Writing in Ancient Documents” (Conference in Classics & Ancient History, Coimbra, 22th-25th June 2021). Deadline: 30 September 2020

The Coimbra Conference in Classics & Ancient History has been postponed to June 22-25, 2021. The call for the panel “Layout and Materiality of Writing in Ancient Documents” ( is still open and that the new deadline is September 30, 2020.

Over the last few years, an increasing number of scholars have drawn attention to issues relating to format and layout in ancient Greek texts, techniques of reading, and the importance of writing in the legal practices of the ancient world. The goal of this panel is to explore systematically the possible similarities in aspects of layout among different categories of documents (primarily inscriptions and papyri, but also graffiti, ostraka, and wooden tablets). We also aim at discussing whether and to what extent the strategies adopted by ancient scribes and letter-cutters meant to improve the overall readability of ancient documents. Our purpose is thus primarily that of bringing together a diverse range of scholars from different backgrounds in order to examine a number of specific case studies, as well as to foster an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas on these issues.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • issues of mise en page (e.g. ekthesis and eisthesis, division into columns, consistency in the use of blank spaces);
  • rubrication, use of titles or subtitles, variations in the size of letters;
  • interpuncta and lectional signs, especially vacat, paragraphos, and coronis;
  • abbreviations;
  • strategies of correction, such as rasurae, interlinear additions, overwriting; functionality versus ornamentality;
  • terminology and references to specific formal features of ancient documents in Graeco-Roman literary and non-literary sources;
  • treatment of such aspects in antiquarian research from Renaissance Humanism onwards (for instance, in the works of Ciriaco d’Ancona, Scipione Maffei, Jean Mabillon, etc.);

In addressing these issues, we seek to provide an answer to the following questions of more general interest: What is the relation between formats and typologies of documents? Do inscriptions mirror contemporary archival documents and to what extent? Can some features of the epigraphic practice be influenced by texts written on perishable materials? Does the use of specific lectional signs relate to specific typologies of documents? If so, is it possible to reconstruct a taxonomy of signs or to outline any developmental lines in their evolution? Is a certain level of standardisation clearly recognisable in specific categories of texts?

We invites abstracts for 40-minutes or 20-minute papers. Those who are interested in joining our panel should submit via email a 250-word abstract as attachment to by March 15, 2020. For any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at the same address.

Preferably, abstracts should be written in English. However, proposals and presentations in other languages – such as Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish – are welcome as well. Proponents should also make clear whether they are interested in giving a 20-minute or 40-minute presentation. We will review all submissions and inform submitters of our decision by March 31, 2020.

​Abstracts should have:

– Title of communication

– E-mail

– University

– Abstracts (max 250 words)

– Keywords (5 to 10 words)


Call for Papers: “The Lost Latin Historiography of Late Antiquity” at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 5-8 July 2021.

“The Missing Link. The Lost Latin Historiography of the Later Roman Empire (3rd-5th century)” project, funded by the National Science Centre Poland, aims to collect and study cases of lost or fragmentarily preserved history works composed in Latin in the Later Roman Empire in accordance with Classical historiographic models, such as political narratives, chronicles, annals and biographies. In line with this goal we invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers relating to the subject of “The Lost Latin Historiography of Late Antiquity”.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Identity and biographies of authors of lost history works
  • Reception of Classical historiographic models in Late Antiquity
  • Transmission of fragments
  • Regional idiosyncrasies of history writing in the Roman Empire
  • Audiences and author’s networks– composing history as a social activity
  • Defining history – categories and boundaries of form and content of historical genres in Late Antiquity
  • History writing in the post-Roman West – continuity or a break?
  • History of the scholarship on the lost and fragmentarily preserved Latin historiography

Please send paper proposals in English of no more than 300 words to Aleksander Paradziński ( by 18 September 2020. Please note that conveners are, regrettably, unable to cover the congress registration fee and travel expenses.


Call for Submissions: The Routledge Handbook of Byzantium and the Danube Regions (13th–16th c.)

Please find the call for submissions here and attached for the Routledge Handbook of Byzantium and the Danube Regions (13th–16th c.). We invite proposals that explore the histories, cultures, and artistic productions of territories to the north and south of the Danube River between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. We would be grateful if you could advertise this project in your mailing list and circulate it to colleagues and research students who might be interested.


Apologists and Empire, Virtual Conference, December 2020

Proposals for papers are sought for a virtual conference in December 2020 exploring Christian apologetic literature within the wider context and literature of the second and third centuries A.D.

The Christian Apologists of the second and third centuries offer an important perspective on the world of the Roman empire from the viewpoint of a minority group. But theirs was not a world apart. They lived in the same cities, read the same books, and sought to understand and articulate their experience of empire using the same tools as contemporary Graeco-Roman authors. That Christian apologetic literature can fruitfully be read against the backdrop of the Second Sophistic has been long understood. But much work remains to be done to properly take into account our increased sensitivity not just to the sympathies and aesthetics of the literature of the provinces, but also our changing understanding of its historical landscape. Like the Greek-speaking authors of the eastern empire who sought to grapple with their culturally privileged but politically emasculated position, the Apologists’ engagement with empire can be sarcastic and even playful. At the same time, like the Latin senatorial historical tradition, their approach to one-man-rule mixes optimism and cynicism, attempting to condition, rather than merely describe, the operation of power. And like all imperial subjects in this period, they tried to navigate the complex matrix of an ambiguously globalised Roman identity, their own complex ethnic, social, and religious identities, the ways Rome managed its provinces, and the means by which provincials could accept, appropriate, resist, or subvert those mechanisms.

This conference invites scholars of varied specialisms and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the history and literature of the second and third centuries A.D. to reconsider Christian apologetic literature. Papers might treat, for example:

  • the relationship between Christian apologetic literature and other contemporary “genres” (panegyric, for example, or drama);
  • the self-styling of the Apologies as Greek embassies to Roman rulers as an expression of their imaginative integration into the world of the Greek cities;
  • how the Christian Apologists adopted and contested traditional elite markers of self-definition;
  • how recent advances in the interpretation of irony, multivocality, and self-awareness in second- and third-century approaches to imperial domination might be applied to Christian apologetic material;
  • how our changing understanding of law in the provinces impacts our reading of Christian apologetic material.

Applications from all scholars, including postgraduate students, are welcome. 500-word abstracts for 30 minute papers should be sent to by 5.00pm on 24th July.




Medieval literature Across languages: a multi-lingual summer school. 17–28 May 2021 Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.

This summer school seeks to provide PhD students with a first immersion into the study of medieval literature across languages. Language training, with the aim of inviting PhD students to become acquainted with new medieval languages, will here be combined with lectures on case studies, addressing various methodological issues and approaches. The summer school focuses on five medieval languages: Georgian, Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Old French. Together these languages cover an immense geographical and literary expanse, yet they all involved various areas of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Five bursaries (cost of transportation to Istanbul) will be available. Please address your application to before 1st of December 2020, detailing your costs and financial need.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, 2020/21

This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.

The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria (see The Second Stage is invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply. Applications are only accepted through our grants management system, Flexi-Grant®


Gerald Averay Wainwright research grants for Near Eastern archaeology University of Oxford. Closing date: 01 October 2020

These encourage the study of non-classical archaeology and general history as deduced from comparative archaeology of any country or countries of Northern Africa and the Near East. The grant is worth up to £4000. For more information, see:


2e École d’été du projet DANUBIUS (ANR / I-SITE ULNE) organisée en collaboration avec le projet EMIDIS (I-SITE ULNE) : La prosopographie de l’Antiquité tardive : objets et méthodes. Villeneuve d’Ascq et Lille 9-11 September 2020

Le projet DANUBIUS (ANR / I-SITE ULNE) organisera sa deuxième école d’été les 9, 10 et 11 septembre 2020, conjointement avec le projet EMIDIS (I-SITE ULNE), en association avec l’UMR 8164–HALMA (Univ. Lille, CNRS, MC), la Maison européenne des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (MESHS) et l’École doctorale SHS Lille Nord de France. Destinée avant tout aux doctorantes et doctorants, mais ouverte également aux étudiantes et étudiants de master, voire à toutes les personnes intéressées par l’activité, cette deuxième édition aura pour thème général la prosopographie de l’Antiquité tardive.

Cette école d’été proposera divers séminaires animés par des actrices et acteurs centraux de la Prosopographie chrétienne du Bas-Empire et par des responsables d’autres programmes de recherche prosopographique portant sur l’Antiquité tardive. Les intervenants feront part de leur expérience, en insistant sur les questions de méthodologie. En outre, de jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs en histoire dont le sujet de la thèse est lié au thème général, feront part de leurs travaux.

Cinq bourses de participation (remboursement des frais de déplacement et d’hébergement) sont offertes aux étudiants de master et de doctorat. Les dossiers de candidature, composés d’une lettre de motivation et d’un curriculum vitae, sont à envoyer, avec l’accord de la directrice ou du directeur de recherche, à avant le 31 juillet 2020.

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The Byzness, 28th June 2020




New OUBS Committee.

The full OUBS committee for 2020-21 has now been elected:

President: Lorenzo Saccon

Secretary: Alberto Ravani

Treasurer: James Cogbill

As two of us step down, we would like to wish the new committee the best of luck for the upcoming year.

Dan Gallaher (former President)

Josh Hitt (former Treasurer)

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The Byzness, 21st June 2020




‘The Justinianic Plague’, Merle Eisenberg (Princeton University) and Lee Mordechai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 7 July 2020, 4:15–6:00 pm (UTC+02:00), via Zoom.

The Justinian plague is considered the biggest ancient epidemic in the Euro-Mediterranean area. In discussing the effects of the Justinian Plague, which may be more likely to be considered the first phase of the Early Medieval Pandemic, results of research – carried out by using scientific methods – have led to a number of new findings and questions in recent years. These concern both the effects of the plague during the time of Justinian as well as its spread and many other aspects. The speakers will discuss these problems in dialogue form.

Merle Eisenberg is Lecturer and Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of History at Princeton University. He is PI of the interdisciplinary environmental digital humanities project, The Justinianic Plague and the End of Antiquity, funded through Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities

Lee Mordechai is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He associate director and co-PI of Princeton University’s CCHRI (Climate Change and History Research Initiative), director of FLAME (Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy), and leads the PLAGUE project.

The lecture is organized by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt) in cooperation with the Leibniz ScienceCampus – Byzantium between Orient and Occident – Mainz/Frankfurt.

The event will take place via Zoom. Please register for participation by email until June 24th.

For more information, see here.


‘Byzantium at Ankara: Graduate Students’ Forum’, 26-27 June 2020, via Zoom.

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its Byzantine Seminar Summer Series, a series of events and talks for Byzantine scholars, students and enthusiasts. The series will start with a ‘Graduate Students’ Forum’. In collaboration with Bilkent University, Hacettepe University, Koç University, and Boğaziçi University.

The forum will open with a keynote address by Prof. Nevra Necipoğlu (Boğaziçi University) and will be followed by four panels each coordinated by a respondent from American and Turkish Institutions (Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia, Nikos Kontogiannis, Koç University, and Sercan Yandim, Hacettepe University).

It is necessary to RSVP. For the full programme, see here.



‘Diogenes’: Open-Access and Peer-Reviewed Online Journal.

Since its launch in January 2014, Diogenes is an open-access and peer-review online journal edited by the postgraduate students at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham.

It aims to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers and provide a forum at which they can further develop their research ideas and communicate them to a general audience.

The articles published in Diogenes cover a wide range of research interests, yet they all fall under the umbrella of the often-separate fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. We look forward to any article that actively engages with any of these fields, from universities in the UK and abroad. It is published twice a year: in April and October.

Therefore, indicative topics cover yet are not limited to:

·         Byzantine archaeology, material culture, art history and textual analyses

·         Ottoman history, archaeology, literature and art

·         Modern Greek history, literature, film, pop culture, and politics

·         Book Reviews in BOMGS

·         Theoretical Reflections and Methodological explorations on BOMGS

·         Before submitting, please consult the author manuscript guidelines (Diogenes Manuscript Guidelines)

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in Diogenes or submitting articles or reviews, please contact the editors:

For more information, see here.


‘Byzantium and Sasanian Persia: The Climate of the Near East in Late Antiquity’, 5-8 July 2021, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

Deadline: 15 August 2020

For centuries, the Roman and the Sasanian Empires battled it out in the Near East for dominance ideologically and physically. Frontiers expanded and retracted, with the two powers continuously interacting with one another throughout the third to seventh century.

But what were the political, and by extension diplomatic, military, geographic, and gendered climates that these two superpowers were living under? And how did they impact the Near East and the events that unfolded?

In keeping with the IMC 2021 theme of ‘climates’, papers are sought for a panel examining comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the various climates between Byzantium and Sasanian Persia. The panel will focus on the geographical climate of the Near East, in particular on the interactions between Byzantium and Sasanian Persia. Papers for this panel should focus on the fifth to the seventh century.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

·         Political and diplomatic exchanges

·         The ideological climate of Byzantium and Sasanian Persia

·         Comparison of gender roles; their interaction and reception

·         The military climate of the Near East

·         The Geo-political climate of the Near East

·         Foreign affairs and exchanges with Byzantium’s and Persia’s neighbours

·         The geographic climate of the Near East

We are currently in the process of organising a publication of the panel’s findings with the Journal of Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC), alongside looking at different sources of funding for panel speakers.

Those wishing to have their paper considered should send an email to Sean Strong ( and Domiziana Rossi ( with a paper title, a 250-word abstract, and academic affiliation/status by 15th August 2020. If you have any queries, please get in contact with us.


‘Procopius of Gaza: Catenist, Compiler, and Exegete’, 9-11 December 2020, KU Leuven.

Deadline: 30 August 2020

In the last decades, the study of the literary output of Gaza in the 5th-6th centuries AD has seen a significant revival of interest. New editions and studies of rhetorical, poetic, monastic and hagiographic texts –produced in, or related to Gaza– have emerged; three international symposia were devoted to Gaza in Late Antiquity. However, a far lesser attention has been paid to the biblical commentaries of Procopius the Christian sophist from Gaza. This conference aims to shed light on Procopius’ work as catenist, compiler and exegete of the Bible, and further the understanding of the author and his writings. More specifically, it will raise the question whether the profane and the Christian works assigned to Procopius are by one and the same author. It will assess the critical edition project of Procopius’ Commentaries on the Octateuch. It will seek to contextualise Procopius’ In Genesim, especially regarding the debate on the creation of the world and the Origenist crisis. It will study the patristic sources of the In Exodum and In Canticum and the use that Procope made of them. It will examine the relationship between Procopius’ In Canticum and In Proverbia on the one hand, and the Greek exegetical catenae on the same biblical texts on the other hand. It will compare the main characteristics of Procopius’ Epitomae with those of the anonymous epitomae on the Twelve Prophets. It will study the patristic sources of Procopius’ In Isaiam and the process of transforming them into a new commentary. It will finally reflect on the nature and usefulness of Procopius’ catenae and epitomae: are these works collections of commentaries, new forms of commentary, or Bible study tools?

Proposals are invited for a limited number of papers of 20 minutes.

Proposals (between 250 and 500 words) may be sent to Dimitrios Zaganas (, no later than August 30, 2020.

The proposals will be assessed by a scientific committee. Candidates will be informed of the decision by September 10, 2020.


‘YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies’: Open-Access and Peer-Reviewed Online Journal.

YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies’ invites contributions for its issue no. 2 (2020). YILLIK is a peer-reviewed, open access, international academic journal featuring cutting-edge research on Istanbul’s past and present, published by the Istanbul Research Institute in print and online.   

YILLIK is accepting submissions of original research articles, opinion pieces (Meclis), book and exhibition reviews in Turkish or English, by researchers working on any period of the city through the lens of history, history of art and architecture, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban studies, and other related disciplines in humanities or social sciences.

For more information, see here.



Director of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, University of Notre Dame.

Deadline: 13 July 2020

The University of Notre Dame seek a visionary, creative, and collaborative full-time faculty Director of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (NFCDS). The Director leads a robust, broadly interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff members, as well as student workers and guest postdoctoral researchers, and manages the NFCDS strategic direction, service portfolio, and operations. The university is undergoing a rapid expansion of digital programs (including the concurrent hiring of two additional NFCDS faculty), and the successful candidate will thrive in a culture of innovative service, strengthening the role of the Hesburgh Libraries as a support hub and partner for digital literacy, multimodal digital publishing, digital ethics, GIS research, research data management, data and statistical science, digital humanities scholarship, media archaeology, and other kinds of computational research and teaching. As the leader of an endowed center, the Director must possess excellent budget management skills, be eager to build research and service relationships across campus, and represent the University, the Libraries, and the Center at regional, national, and international levels.

To apply, see here.

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The Byzness, 14th June 2020





Online Webinar: ‘Women Scholars of Orthodox Christianity’, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, 24 June 2020, 11:00 AM (EST), via Zoom.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the third episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity. The broadcast will be livestreamed and open to all who have pre-registered. The event will include some time for live audience questions. For those who miss the live event, the Center will archive each episode on its website and YouTube channel.

This episode features an interview with Dame Averil Cameron. Dame Averil is one of the world’s most accomplished scholars of late antiquity and Byzantium, with major contributions to our understanding of early Christian historical writing, devotion to the Theotokos, and the intersection of Christianity with the Roman Empire.  While teaching at Kings College London (1965-1994), she founded the Centre for Hellenic Studies and served as the editor for the Journal of Roman Studies.  In 1994, she was elected Warden of Keble College, Oxford, a position she held until her retirement in 2010.  She is the author or editor of more than twenty books and, among her many honors, she was named “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” in 1999 and “Dame Commander” in 2006.  She has recently written on contemporary appeals to the Byzantine heritage and the concept of orthodoxy in Byzantium.  Her most recent book is Byzantine Christianity: A Very Brief History (SPCK, 2017).

The webinar will take place via Zoom and the links for the meeting will be advertised 1-2 days prior to the event.

For more information, see here.

Online Webinar: ‘How Byzantine Civilization Influenced Modern-day Culture’, Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, 18 June 2020, 5PM (EST), via Zoom.

Join Professor Maria Mavroudi for our first in a series of virtual events. Scholars from the 19th and 20th centuries assigned Byzantium a marginal role in the development of world civilization, one limited to the preservation of “classical” Greek texts. However, during the last two or three decades, new interpretations of Byzantine civilization have begun to challenge this view. Professor Mavroudi’s presentation will focus on Byzantium’s economy and monetary system, its art and its literature, in order to explain the global importance of Byzantine civilization.

Professor Mavroudi was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied Philology before earning a Ph.D. in Byzantine studies at Harvard. Professor Mavroudi’s work was recognized with a MacArthur fellowship in 2002. She is a Professor of Byzantine History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Mavroudi will be available for questions at the end of presentation.

For more information, see here.




Call for Contributions: Eastern European Visual Culture and Byzantium (13th -17th c.)

In efforts to promote and advance knowledge and scholarship about the rich artistic and cultural production of Eastern Europe, North of Byzantium partnered with Trivent Publishing to establish a new book series, titled Eastern European Visual Culture and Byzantium (13th -17th c.). Please find the announcement here.

The series co-editors are interested in contributions that address how cross-cultural exchange operated across Eastern European regions that developed at the intersection of different traditions, among them Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic; issues of visual eclecticism in the art, architecture, and visual culture; as well as the role of patronage, workshop practices, and the movements of people and objects in the transfer and adaptation of artistic ideas, techniques, and styles.

We invite proposals for monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings, and translations in English. All suitable submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process. Should you like to submit a book proposal, please complete the Book Proposal Form and return it via email.

‘Days of Justinian I’, Institute of National History, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.

Deadline: 10 August 2020

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to bring together scholars from around the world to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the special thematic strand, Religion, aims to incite scholarly debate about the different concepts of religion in Byzantium and Medieval Western Europe. Being an essential component of the Byzantine and Medieval Western World, the religion has shaped the identity of the individuals, communities, polities, acting as a factor of division and unification. Various questions will be raised in examining the profound role of religion in historical processes, political and cultural transformations, that transcended boundaries and time. As an inspirational model for the literary, architectural, artistic works, religion will be also observed as an intermediate expression of the past traditions, the system of networks, values, beliefs and practices. The Symposium will address wide range of conceptional issues in exploring the phenomena of religion and religious controversies in Eastern Roman Empire and Medieval Western Europe. This will include the perspectives of the religion as a function of culture and belonging, its role in defining and constructing the identities, the exclusion and inclusion, conversion and defiance, violence and tolerance, militarization and waging “sacred” wars, relationship with the nations, the heritage of Europe.

Please send the application form to the following address: Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

‘Changing Winds and Great Storms:  The Dynamics of Speech Communities and Forms of Their Linguistic Self-Expression in the Eastern Mediterranean (324-1204)’, 5-8 July 2021, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

Deadline: 1 July 2020

We plan to organize a series of sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress (July 5-8, 2021; the special thematic strand: ‘Climates’) devoted to the topic of the linguistic change, broadly defined, in the Eastern Mediterranean (c.324–c.1204).

As the surfaces of stone inscriptions are subject to weather conditions, languages and their speakers experience the winds of history and harshness of the ever-changing political, social, and religious climates. We would like to invite participants to explore how different languages and speech communities withstood (or did not) various transformations that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean in the period from the fourth to the twelfth century.

As a number of recent studies have demonstrated, the shifts in practices and performances of language use in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages rarely came as a result of an intentional policy from above, but were rather introduced from the bottom-up perspective. While the organized actions on behalf of political authorities may have been indeed lacking, the political climate itself, as well as the dynamics of social relationships, suggested certain opportunistic choices available for local groups, who had to compete for political favors, economic resources, and social prestige and sought to preserve their distinct religious or confessional identities. In this situation, the choice was often made for practical benefits that the language associated with power and authority provided, while the use of other languages was reduced to certain traditional communicative domains (e.g. language of liturgy). We encourage participants to address various aspects of these processes and contribute to the on-going scholarly discussion of this fascinating topic.

We particularly welcome papers on these themes:

  • The dynamics of linguistic changes in administration and legal systems, with a particular emphasis on the use of vernacular languages in these domains
  • Languages of private communication among friends and family members
  • Languages of monumental epigraphy, historical memory, and commemorative practices
  • Linguistic abilities of authors, consumers, and target audiences of ancient texts
  • The accessibility and costs of interpreting services
  • Language choice from the perspective of career and business opportunities
  • Language choice and religious or political affiliations
  • Language choice in urban centres and peripheries
  • Language choice and gender
  • Opportunistic choices with regard to languages

Titles and abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minutes talks should be submitted to Yuliya Minets, the University of Notre Dame / Jacksonville State University ( or Paweł Nowakowski, University of Warsaw ( Please, indicate your academic status and affiliation (if applicable).

We encourage linguistic diversity at our sessions, though in accordance with the guidelines of the Organizing Committee, we will ask for a short outline in English to be distributed among the attendees if the talk is given in a different language.

The proposal for this series of sessions  (three or four, depending on the interest) will be submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Congress for approval. The sessions are sponsored by the research project ‘Epigraphy & identity in the early Byzantine Middle East’ (National Science Centre, Poland, grant Sonata 15 and the University of Warsaw, Faculty of History). We will apply for external funding which may allow us to cover the conference fee for the participants. For details on conference fees, see the Congress website.


Prae-Doc Position, Digital Humanities and Manuscript Research, University of Vienna.

Deadline: 23 June 2020.

The University of Vienna has just made available a doctoral fellowship (3 years) in the Digital Humanities. The financing is part of a larger Austrian consortium, with many stakeholders, including the Center of Image and Material Analysis in Cultural Heritage (CIMA), where the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is represented.

The doctoral candidate will be recruited through the Faculty of Philological-Cultural Studies (Department of German Studies, contact person: Professor Stephan Müller), but the choice of topic is open and collaborations with the Faculty of Cultural-Historical Studies (including the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies) are explicitly encouraged, especially since is possible to have two dissertation advisers.

Particularly welcome are applications of doctoral students with an interest in the combination of manuscript research (including Byzantine manuscripts) with digital methods.

For more information, see here.

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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



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

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 ( 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,


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 (


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 (, 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 and 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:

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:


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 (


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 by June 1, 2020. The course fee is 150 Euro. For further information please refer to 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 ( and Ugo Mondini ( 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  




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 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

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  

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

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 ( 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 (

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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