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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 5

 Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 23 May
19:00   Armenia: Life and Study of an Enduring Culture

Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College

Nikoloz Aleksidze

The Cult of Saints and the Body Politic: Dilemmas of Nationhood and Sainthood in the Caucasus

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TUESDAY 24 May
10:00-12:00     Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies: “Israel in Egypt: The land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period”, Workshops and Project Seminars

Clarendon Institute

Professor Alan Bowman (University of Oxford)

SEMINAR: The Jews of Alexandria and Egypt in the papyri

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14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Tal Ilan (FU Berlin)

Julia Crispina between Ein Gedi and the Fayum

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16:00   Patristic Seminar

Christ Church, Room 2

Dimitrios Pallis

From Monastic Cell to Lecture Hall: the Journey of the Areopagite in Modern Greece

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WEDNESDAY 25 May

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar & OCBR Special Lecture

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Tia Kolbaba (Rutgers University)

Reading about writing about heretics: Recent scholarship on heresiology and some ideas for moving forward

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17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Neil McLynn (University of Oxford)

The two Gregories: Nyssen and Nazianzen

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THURSDAY 26 May

11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Stefanie Lenk (Oxford, ‘Empires of Faith’)

Pre-Christian imagery in baptisteries in Late Antique Iberia and North Africa – A paradox?

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17:00   After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Ertegun House
Christian Boudignon (University of Aix-Marseille)

Who wrote the first part of Nicephorus’ Short History?

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FRIDAY 27 May

10:00-11:30   Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes (Epistulae)

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12:00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes

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 17:00   The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Radcliffe Humanities Building, Collin Matthew Room (Ground floor)

Simon Loseby (University of Sheffield)

Thinking about saints with Gregory of Tours

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 22nd May 2016

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 NEWS & EVENTS

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Late Antique Archaeology 2016: ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY IN THE FIRST MILLENNIUM A.D. To be held at The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE (inside the Royal Academy), Saturday 8th October 2016

Places are limited. To register for the conference write to M.Mulryan@kent.ac.uk before 15th September. Registration opens at 9:15. The conference begins at 9:30. Underground: Green Park and Piccadilly Cost (to be paid in advance): 12GBP for students and OAPs; 25GBP for others. See details here.

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The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, Medieval Georgian Heritage in Turkey (17-18 June, Ertegun House, 37a St Giles’, Oxford)

Participation at this colloquium is free, but registration is essential. Email, before 13 June to Nikoloz Aleksidze: aleksidze@gmail.com. See the poster here and the schedule here.

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Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies  “ISRAEL IN EGYPT”: The land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period

Please see the programme for the forthcoming conference taking place at the Clarendon Institute on 20-21 June, here.

All are welcome, but please pre-register  via the e-mail address below, and also kindly indicate whether you would like a sandwich lunch (for which there will be a £5 charge, payable on the day[s] you attend.) sue.forteath@ochjs.ac.uk

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  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Curator: Late Antique Egypt – British Museum [12 month post]

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the British Museum for a Curator to undertake research into and make publicly accessible the Late Antique collections from Egypt, in line with the Museum’s Operating Plan and all relevant Museum strategies. The post is a one-year, fixed-term position to cover a period of research leave within the department. In this role, you will participate in research and outreach activities for a variety of audiences and will lead on up-grading the documentation of the collection. This role will also involve working to improve the display of the collection in the Ancient Egypt and Sudan galleries and elsewhere, both on- and off-site. Educated to PhD level, or equivalent, in Archaeology, Ancient History, Egyptology, or a related subject, you will have strong knowledge of the history and material culture of ancient Egypt, specialising in Late Antiquity. You will possess museum/project/research experience and will be proficient with software packages, including databases. Applications from specialists in Coptic epigraphy or papyrology would be especially welcome. Demotic specialists will also be considered. As a highly organised individual, you will ensure a high level of accuracy in all your work and will be able to prioritise your workload effectively. With excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, you will be confident in interacting with a variety of audiences. A publication history in relevant peer-reviewed journals is essential.

About the British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.8 million visitors in 2015, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including: Membership of the civil service pension scheme; Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions; Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections; Generous annual leave allowance; Interest-free season ticket loan; Child care; voucher scheme; Professional & personal development opportunities; Employee Assistance Programme; Discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application. If you wish to discuss the scope of the role in more detail, please contact Elisabeth O’Connell, (econnell@britishmuseum.org) Closing date: 15th June 2016, Midday, Interviews are planned for the week commencing 27 June 2016. Start date: end of Sept/beginning of October Job info available here.

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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The Byzness, 15th May 2016

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17th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean.

It will take place on 4 June, 2016 at the University of Birmingham Campus. Please see the attached poster and schedule for details. To reserve a place, please email Anna Kelley at ack442@bham.ac.uk. See here for details.

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School of Historical Studies of the University of San Marino Republic Studios, REVOLUTION AND RESTORATION CHURCH AND MODERN

See here for details.

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Conference Sicily: heritage of the world

Friday 24 June 2016, 10.00–17.30, Saturday 25 June 2016, 10.00–17.30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Tickets £50; Members/Concessions £35, Registration required

See details here.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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Global Byzantium: 50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, 25-27 March 2017

For its 50th anniversary, the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies returns to the University of Birmingham, where it began in 1967. On this anniversary of the discipline we ask what the language of globalism has to offer to Byzantine studies, and Byzantine studies to global narratives. How global was Byzantium? Our understanding of the links which Byzantium had to far-flung parts of the world, and of its connections with near neighbours, continues to develop but the significance of these connections to Byzantium and its interlocutors remains keenly debated. Comparisons from or to Byzantium may also help in thinking about globalism, modern and historical. How, for example, might Byzantine legal structures, visual culture or military practice contribute to debates about the role of the medieval state or the relationship between modern cultural and national identities? Finally, Byzantine studies has always been an international discipline, marked by the interaction of its different national, regional and linguistic traditions of scholarship, as well as its highly interdisciplinary nature. How has this manifested in the interpretation of Byzantine history and how might practices of global scholarship be pursued in the future? The 50th Spring Symposium invites contributions for communications on any of these themes and warmly invites abstracts from scholars outside the UK and in fields linked to Byzantine studies.

The call for communications is now open. If you would like to offer a 10-minute communication on the theme of the symposium, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Daniel Reynolds at d.k.reynolds@bham.ac.uk by 1 September 2016.

Successful submissions will be informed no later than 1 October 2016. Some bursaries will be available to selected speakers, especially to attendees from outside the UK. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please indicate this on your abstract and we will send you further information about the application process if appropriate.

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 4

Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 16 May

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Amanda Power

The vita apostolica and the governance of the faithful: a reordering of the Friars Minor

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TUESDAY 17 May

14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Catherine Hezser (SOAS)

Speaking with their bodies: non-verbal communication in rabbinic texts

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16:00   Patristic Seminar

Christ Church, Room 2

Kirsten Mackerras (short presentation): Justice in Lactantius

Eric Hoff (short presentation): To be arranged

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WEDNESDAY 18 May

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16:00   OUBS AGM & Hustings

Basement Room 42, Ioannou Centre

Summary of OUBS Year and Election of new commitee

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17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Christian Sahner (St. John’s College, Cambridge)

Violence against Christians and Shi’is in the Early Islamic Period: Formation of a Persecuting Society?

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17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Sophie Cartwright (University of London)

Vulnerable Minds and Vulnerable bodies as the Secret of Strength in Gregory of Nyssa

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THURSDAY 19 May

11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Simon Ford

Mount Gerizim and the Christian Conversion of Jewish and Samaritan Holy Sites in Late Antiquity
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17:00   After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Ertegun House
Sergey Minov (‘Cult of Saints’ project, Oxford)

The Syriac Life of Mar Yareth the Alexandrian: Imagining a holy man in early medieval Mesopotamia

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FRIDAY 20 May

10:00-11:30   Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes (Epistulae)

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12:00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes

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17:00   Comparing Ancient Autocracies

Brasenose, Old Library

Theme: Psychology of the Autocrat

Giustina Monti “Alexander the Great King thus says”

Nik Mattheou: ‘Between the “autokrator” and the “politeia”: Imagining Autocracy in Medieval New Rome.

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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The Byzness, 8th May 2016

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
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Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Εarly Modern Mediterranean: paradigms of contexts and cross-cultural exchanges, 3-4 June 2016, Museum of Islamic Art Athens

 For details see here.

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Orient oder Rom? Prehistory, history and reception of a historiographical myth (1880-1930), Centre for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, February 7 – 09, 2017

Deadline: Sep 9, 2016; Organizers: Ivan Foletti, Universities of Brno and Lausanne; Francesco Lovino, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Today the question “Orient oder Rom?” is no longer a topical issue in medieval art history, although a persuasive answer has never been formulated. One of the reasons for this oblivion deals with the controversial figure of Josef Strzygowski, who in 1901 published about the question his pivotal volume and nowadays discredited for its racial and proto-nazi judgement. However, the question “Orient oder Rom?” concerns not only with Josef Strzygowski: the prodromes of this critical concepts goes back to the nineteenth century, when the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires fought to control contested territories, and humanities studies mirrored these conflicts.

The conference aims to distance from the sole Strzygowski’s perspective and to comprehend and rewrite the story of a pivotal concept for both art historiography and cultural identity. The goal of such reflection deals with three different moments: (I) the prehistory of the question “Orient oder Rom?” according to the nineteenth-century studies in the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and even in the Ottoman empires, where art history coincided with  political aspiration; (II) the Vienna experience and the dialectical clash between Alois Riegl’s and Franz Wickhoff’s school against Josef Strzygowski, and its repercussions worldwide; (III) the longue durée, or how the lumbering figure of Strzygowski determined the critical misfortune of the question during the 1920s and the 1930s, until the postwar  period.

Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: the manner in which the question “Orient oder Rom?” was used in local context and especially in the long run; the scholars who discussed and faced this critical point; the impact of “Orient oder Rom?” in the study of monuments and art objects; the political use of the historiographical concept. Papers from a diachronic art historical perspective are especially welcome. The organization will provide accommodations for all participants; additionally, partial funding is available to support travel expenses. Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 9 September 2016 to:ivan.foletti@gmail.com and lovino@udu.cas.cz

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The Oxford Medieval Society Graduate Research Presentation Day

This is a reminder that abstracts are due for our Graduate Research Presentation Day, which will be taking place on the afternoon of 12 May. This is a friendly environment to try out ideas in front of an encouraging audience, and a good way to prepare for future conferences. Papers do not need to be polished; they can be works-in-progress. The poster for the event is attached. If you teach graduate students, please encourage them to submit a proposal! Proposals can be submitted to caroline.batten@ell.ox.ac.ukcarol.fry@hist.ox.ac.uk, or mikayla.hunter@ell.ox.ac.uk. For details see here.

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Istanbul Through the Ages, Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar by Koç University GSSSH & RCAC, 11 JULY – 29 JULY 2016

More information see here.

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 3

 Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 9 May

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

John Watts

Re-thinking the Henrician Reformation: church, state and religion, c.1450-c.1550

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TUESDAY 10 May
14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Dr Ben Wright (Lehigh)

The Letter of Aristeas and Greek paideia

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16:00   Patristic Seminar

Christ Church, Room 2

Christopher Beeley

Christological Metaphysics and the communicatio idiomatum

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WEDNESDAY 11 May

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Silvia Ronchey (University of Rome)

Eustathios at Prodromos Petra? Some remarks on the manuscript tradition of the Exegesis in Canonem Iambicum Pentecostalem

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17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Christopher Beeley (University of Yale)

Predication, Metaphysics, and Divine Impassibility in Gregory of Nyssa’s Christological Exegesis

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THURSDAY 12 May

11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
David Kennedy

Christianity in the hinterland of Roman and Philadelphia (Amman)

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17:00   After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Ertegun House
Marta Szada (‘Presbyters’ project, University of Warsaw)

Conversion from Nicene to Homoian Christianity in the barbarian kingdoms

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FRIDAY 13 May
09:00-19:00     SPECIAL EVENT: Rulers and Saints. Concepts of ‘dynasty’ and ‘sanctity’ from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages (The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium)

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10:00-11:30   Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes (Epistulae)

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12:00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 2

 Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 2 May

17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Jo Story

Lands for lights in early medieval Rome

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TUESDAY 3 May
14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Anthony Rabin

When was a convert not a convert? The puzzle of Josephus’s Adiabene narrative

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16:00   Patristic Seminar

Christ Church, Room 2

Matthew Thomas

Fellow-workers against the Law? Works of the Law in the Epistle of Barnabas and its Correspondence with Pauline Deabtes

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WEDNESDAY 4 May

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
GeorgeWoudhuysen (All Souls)

The Fall of the House of Constantine, 324–366 A.D.

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17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Johannes Zachhuber (University of Oxford)

The Soul as Dynamis in Gregory of Nyssa’s De Anima et Resurrectione

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THURSDAY 5 May

11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Andrew Poulter (Nottingham)

Continuity in churches of Late Antique Bulgaria

(Apologies for incorrect information. This seminar did not run last week.)

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Roman Discussion Forum

14:00   Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont Street

Jean-Pierre Brun

Exploitation of natural resources and long-distance Oriental trade in the Eastern Desert of Egypt: 2. From the Roman conquest to Late Antiquity

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17:00   After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Ertegun House
Filip Doroszewski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw)

Alexandrian theology in Nonnus’ biblical epic

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17:15   SPECIAL EVENT, 2nd Meeting of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network: ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists’

Whitting Room, University of Birmingham

For details see here. Second event of a network founded in Oxford. A large group of Oxford students are participating. Email the society if you would like to join the group travelling to Birmingham.

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FRIDAY 6 May

10:00-11:30   Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes (Epistulae)

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12:00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannes Tzetzes

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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The Byzness, 1st May 2016

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On Thursday, 5th May 2016 at 5.15, the University of Birmingham will be hosting the next British Byzantine Postgraduate Network event: ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists’.

 Much has changed in the scholarship of the humanities in recent years, with an emphasis both on interdisciplinary research and the use of new methodologies. When embarking on our own research with Byzantine source material, we can be faced with what seems to be an overwhelming array of sub-methodologies and languages. With so many different avenues of research, each with their own specific difficulties and problems, what is the
Byzantinist to do?

In the spirit of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network this event will create a space where early-career Byzantinists can discuss solutions to this disciplinary dilemma. We will ask how we, as early-career scholars, can challenge the current structures of academia in order to create a more interdisciplinary and collaborative research culture.

The evening will take the form of a series of speakers (please see the attached poster for details) followed by a round table discussion and wine reception.

For details see here. Please email me (lxw936@bham.ac.uk) with any questions and to reserve a place.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, Berlin and Brandenburg, September 20–23, 2017. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

The theme for the 4th Forum Medieval Art is 360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives. It will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. The various venues in Berlin and Brandenburg with their medieval heritage and their rich collections of Byzantine and Middle Eastern will be taken as a starting point. Accordingly, the conference will highlight the interaction of Central European medieval art and artistic production with other regions ranging from Eastern Europe, Byzantium, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and the Baltic region. Thus research areas such as Byzantine Studies or Islamic Art History will be brought into the focus and consciousness of medieval studies, particularly in the context of the endangered artistic and architectural monuments of the Middle East. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and changing cultural paradigms. By asking for culturally formative regions at the borders of “Europe” and transcultural contact zones, definitions of the Middle Ages can be put up for debate. As a counterpart to this panorama, research about the region of Brandenburg and Berlin will also be presented. This includes subjects of museum studies and the history of art of and in Berlin, where the development of areas of cultural exchange has a long tradition.

We invite session proposals that fit within the 360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art atmittelalterkongress.de.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://www.maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/4th-forum-medieval-art). The deadline for submission is May 9, 2016. 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 16, 2016. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 1, 2016.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and 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.

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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The Byzness, 24th April 2016

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Al-Balādhurī: A Guide for the Perplexed 29 – 30 April 2016

Friday 29 April 2016: Public Lecture Okinaga Room, Wadham College, OX1 3PN

17:00 Chase Robinson (CUNY) Provisional observations on the Futūḥ al-buldān

18:30 Drinks reception

Saturday 30 April 2016: Workshop MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, OX1 4JF

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introductory remarks by Mark Whittow (University of Oxford)

10:15 Hugh Kennedy (SOAS) Concerning Fadak: reading a micro-narrative in al-Balādhurī’s Futūḥ

11.00 Coffee

11:30 Robert Hoyland and Leyla Masma Najafzada (University of Oxford) Al-Balādhurī and the beginnings of Islam in the Caucasus & Nick Evans (University of Oxford) “An unprecedented peace”: al-Balādhurī on the North

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Edward Zychowicz-Coghill (Univeristy of Oxford) Provincial history for metropolitan purposes? Al-Balādhurī’s Egyptian sources & Su I-Wen (University of Edinburgh) Al-Balādhurī’s sectarian vision: was he a proto-Sunnī?

15:30 Tea

16:00 Ryan Lynch (University of Oxford) The reception and reuse of al-Balādhurī’s Futūḥ in medieval Islamic history

16:45 Concluding discussion, introduced and chaired by James Howard-Johnston (University of Oxford)

17:30 Drinks reception

Please register by writing to baladhuriworkshop@gmail.com. A contribution of £10 (or £5 for students) towards coffee, sandwich lunch and tea will be payable on the door. See details here.

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On Thursday, 5th May 2016 at 5.15, the University of Birmingham will be hosting the next British Byzantine Postgraduate Network event: ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None? Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Methodologies for Byzantinists’.

 

Much has changed in the scholarship of the humanities in recent years, with an emphasis both on interdisciplinary research and the use of new methodologies. When embarking on our own research with Byzantine source material, we can be faced with what seems to be an overwhelming array of sub-methodologies and languages. With so many different avenues of research, each with their own specific difficulties and problems, what is the
Byzantinist to do?

In the spirit of the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network this event will create a space where early-career Byzantinists can discuss solutions to this disciplinary dilemma. We will ask how we, as early-career scholars, can challenge the current structures of academia in order to create a more interdisciplinary and collaborative research culture.

The evening will take the form of a series of speakers (please see the attached poster for details) followed by a round table discussion and wine reception.

Please email me (lxw936@bham.ac.uk) with any questions and to reserve a place.

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SPBS Annual Lecture, Liz James, Material Faith 07.06.16, London

For details see here.

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 Dr Magdalena Laptas (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw) Re-Thinking Nubian Iconography”

  Abstract: The subject of my lecture is the presentation of the complexity of the iconography developed in the Middle Nile Valley in the Middle Ages. Although Nubian mediaeval art flourished under strong Byzantine influence, it inherited the artistic heritage from ancient Egypt and Meroe as well. The Nubian painters were creative, so they not only copied foreign visual patterns but also based their images on written sources; among them apocrypha and legends. This explains why some Nubian paintings are so unique and have no analogies elsewhere. During my lecture I will present some interesting and unique murals and show some new methods of their iconographic interpretations.

Department of Art and Archaeology, SOAS-University of London, Research Seminars in the Art and Archaeology of Africa and the Americas, Convenor: Dr Tania Tribe (tt10@soas.ac.uk). Thursday, 21 April 2016, 5-7 pm, Room B104. All Welcome.

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  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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Monastic Journeys from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Please take note (and disseminate as appropriate) of the enclosed call for papers for a conference on ‘Monastic Journeys’, the third in a series of events organized by several French academic institutions. It will be hosted at the Division of Byzantine Research (Institute for Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences) in Vienna, 17 to 19 November 2016. See details here.

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Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 11–14, 2017

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://www.maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/52nd-international-congress-on-medieval-studies). The deadline for submission is April 25, 2016. Proposals should include: Title, Session abstract (300 words), Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words), Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider), &CV

The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. Successful applicants will be notified by May 6, 2016, if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and presider) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium, 19th Conference of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, 24-26 February 2017, Monash University, Melbourne

In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and architecture.

Professor Derek Krueger of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will be our guest speaker at this international conference.

We welcome papers on any aspect of the topic, including reception studies. The deadline for the first Call for Papers is 31st July 2016. Two student bursaries will be offered to HDR students who present papers.

Further information will be available on this web site http://www.aabs.org.au/conferences/dreams-memory-and-imagination-in-byzantium/

or from the Convenor, Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, at eva.anagnostoulaoutides@monash.edu, or for general enquiriesconference@aabs.org.au.

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Origeniana Duodecima: Origen’s Legacy in the Holy Land–A Tale of Three Cities: Jerusalem, Caesarea and Bethlehem

To be held at the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, on June 25-29, 2017. Please see here for details.

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Maritime Famagusta: Towards a dynamic biography of a harbour city

Following the success of our meetings in Paris, Budapest, and Bern, all of which led to international book publications related to the art, history, architecture and heritage of the walled city, I now wish to focus on the maritime story of Famagusta through all historical periods (from the 12th century to independence). Scholars with interests in maritime painting, cartography, economic history, photography, marine archaeology, travellers’ accounts, navigation, trade, shipbuilding, linguistics, numismatics, fiction, economic history, urban development and so on, and with a specific academic interest in the Cypriot city of Famagusta, are sought. At this point I am interested only in collecting expressions of interest so that I can begin to plan both the venue and the budget.  Please contact me therefore on mwalsh@ntu.edu.sg if you think you might like to attend this meeting and include an indication of your research area.

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  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Summer School of Byzantinology in Thessaloniki: “State religion, religion for the State”

If students would like to participate, I [Paolo Odorico the organiser] could ensure a very low cost for them, that covers the expenses of participation, which are estimated to be around 45 € a day and include: accommodation in a good hotel and a dinner per day, as well as participation in the courses. The duration of the summer school would be reduced to 10 days. The cost of the course will be c. 450€. For details see here or contact odorico@ehess.fr.

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Research Fellowship (Georgian Studies), Research Explorer Ruhr, PostDoc at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

For details see here.

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Byzantine job with Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian or Russian in Mainz

For details see here.

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The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organization of its first Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy from July 4 to July 9, 2016 with the kind collaboration of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos.

The one-week intensive Summer School is an introductory course to Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy aiming to provide students with basic skills that will enable them to approach manuscripts and written inscriptions. A unique feature of this Summer School is that students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice in the Monastery of Saint John, which is now home to more than 1200 manuscripts and a large number of icons and monumental paintings with inscriptions dating from the 12th to the 16th century. The school is open to PhD candidates, postgraduate students and students in their final year of Classics, Philology, History, Theology and Byzantine & Medieval Studies. We would appreciate if you could inform all interested parties. Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website.

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Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, in the Archaeology of the Classical, Roman, or Late Antique Hellenic Worlds at the Hellenic Studies Program at Simon Fraser University

For details see here.

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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Oxford Listings

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 1

 Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 24 April
17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

James Palmer

Climates of crisis: apocalypse and nature in the early middle ages

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TUESDAY 25 April
14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Dr Lorenzo Cuppi (OCHJS)

Dating and locating the Septuagint of Proverbs in its Jewish-Hellenistic cultural context

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17:00   Special Lecture: PTARMIGAN LECTURE IN PATRISTICS

Examination Schools

Frances Young (Emerita Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham)

Creation: A catalyst shaping early Christian life and thought Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 5pm in the Examination Schools

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WEDNESDAY 26 April

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Matthew Kinloch et al. (OUBS)

OUBS Fieldtrip to Armenia: Report

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17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)

Allegory and Mysticism in Gregory of Nyssa

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THURSDAY 27 April

11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Andrew Poulter (Nottingham)

Continuity in churches of Late Antique Bulgaria

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17:00   After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Ertegun House
Damien Labadie (École pratique des hautes études, Paris)

The invention of Stephen’s relics: the cult of saints and religious controversy in late antique Palestine

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FRIDAY 28 April
10:00-11:30   Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannis Tzetzes (Epustulae)

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12:00   Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Ioannis Tzetzes

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 17:00   The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Radcliffe Humanities Building, Collin Matthew Room (Ground floor)

Mark Laynesmith (The Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, Lambeth Palace)

The Cult of St Alban of Verulamium: Romano-British, Merovingian and AngloSaxon devotion, c.400–800

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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