The Byzness, 11/10/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 11th October 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Hagia Sophia Public Forum Zoom Webinar (Stanford University). Part 2: Friday 16 October, 12-1:30 pm (PST)/ 8-9:30 pm (BST)

Featuring Patricia Blessing, Princeton University; Ali Yaycioglu, Stanford University; Christina Maranci, Tufts University; Anna Bigelow, Stanford University; Ece Temelkuran, Political commentator, journalist, and writer

https://events.stanford.edu/events/889/88924/

Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of world architecture, having served many different functions throughout its 1500 years of history: built as the cathedral of Constantinople in 532-537, then converted into a mosque 1453 when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks, and then transformed into a museum in 1934 by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The secularization emphasized the universal, historical value of the monument over the more divisive memory of the Byzantine empire and its Ottoman conquest. All this abruptly changed when on July 10, 2020 Turkey’s highest administrative court revoked the 1934 decree, leading to the reconversion of Hagia Sophia from a museum back to a mosque and mandated a switch of its jurisdiction from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to the Directorate of Religious Foundations. Why this reversal, why a mosque, why now, for whom is this gesture intended? How does this action reshape the stewardship of the monument and Turkey’s image?

The Hagia Sophia Public Forum at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford has invited a core group of scholars and a political commentator and journalist to address these questions and lead the discussion about the future of this great monument. Two consecutive sessions will address the implications of the reconversion on the survival of a multi-faith Turkey. The first session will present the Byzantine history of the building, the process of its museumification underwritten by significant American private donations, and the current conservation projects. The second will focus on the Ottoman significance, its role in the formation of the modern Turkish Republic, and the contemporary divisive politics. Each speaker will give 12-minute presentations, followed by discussion among the panelists and a public Q&A session. 

Co-organized by Patrick R. Crowley, Associate Curator of European Art at Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts and Dr. Bissera V. Pentcheva, Professor of Art & Art History at Stanford University

Byzantine Worlds Seminar, University of Cambridge, Michaelmas 2020

The Byzantine Worlds Seminar in Cambridge looks beyond the territory of Byzantium to provide a venue for exploring the material and intellectual entanglements between the medieval worlds of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. We host fortnightly seminars presenting the research of speakers from a variety of disciplines from within and outside of Cambridge.

Due to COVID restrictions, we will be holding our seminars online in the coming term. As such, we are hosting speakers from around the world and would like to invite participants from other universities to attend the seminars and contribute to our discussions.

Additionally, from October 2020 we would like to invite researchers working outside Cambridge to join our Classical Armenian reading group, to help build connections between the (relatively few) specialists working in this language across institutions. Please contact Stephanie Forrest for details.

Please see the attached poster for this term’s events and sign-up details. For details about future events please follow us on Twitter or Facebook:

Warsaw Late Antique Seminar

Ewa Wipszycka’s Late Antique Seminar at the University of Warsaw is restarting on Zoom. We are beginning with Robert Wiśniewski’s paper Counting presbyters in late antique Rome, on Thursday, 15 October. The full programme for the winter semester can be found on the seminar’s website.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09

Meeting ID: 835 0128 4547

Passcode: 791010

Online Ancient Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew and Old Slavonic Extensive Courses for 2020-2021

The Dan Slusanschi School for Classical and Oriental Languages is now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 remote study courses. This autumn we have once again expanded our offered course selection to include a Beginners Level Ancient Hebrew course alongside Ancient Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic. All courses will be held once a week via a social media platform for a total of twenty courses at two hours a week. Course fee: 150 Euros. Registration deadline: October 16, 2020. For more information and to register, visit http://ecum.ro/dan-slusanschi-school-of-classical-and-oriental-languages

Coptic Magical Papyri: Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects Launch

The Coptic Magical Papyri team of the Chair of Egyptology at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg is very pleased to announce that the Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects is now online. 

In this first stage, data on 677 manuscripts and 11 texts written in Coptic and Greek have been made available. This includes manuscript information on all published (and over 150 unpublished) manuscripts containing Coptic magical texts, as well as most of the Greek and Demotic magical papyri from the major collection known as the PGM (Papyri Graecae Magicae).

Regular additions to the published manuscripts and texts will be uploaded, as well as information on magical archives, and copies of drawings from the magical texts. Future updates will provide information on all of the published Greek magical manuscripts from Egypt, as well as begin to add older magical papyri from Egypt, magical texts from outside Egypt written on lead tablets and other material, and add other genres of texts – Christian liturgical papyri, as well as medical, alchemical, and astrological texts. 

More information on the structure and functionality of the database is to be found here.

An online seminar to present the database will be announced in the next few weeks. 

The database is still in its early stages, so feedback concerning any problems, corrections, or ideas that you may have is welcome. 

Updates will be announced on the Coptic Magical Papyri project website, where blog posts and podcasts focused on various topics related to the cultural context studied within the project are also regularly published.

‘Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion’. Zoom event, 30 October 2020

For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity. 

This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and nonacademic contexts.

Organizers: Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Participants 

Derek Krueger is the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as chair of the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (2016–2021) and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2015–2021). His current project is entitled “Monastic Desires: Homoeroticism in Byzantine Ascetic Literature.”

Mark Masterson is senior lecturer of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His major research interest is same-sex desire between men in classical antiquity and medieval Byzantium. His Between Byzantine Men: Desire, Brotherhood, and Male Culture in the Medieval Empire is forthcoming from Routledge.

Claudia Rapp is professor of Byzantine studies at the University of Vienna, director of the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and scholarly director of the Sinai Palimpsests Project. She serves as president of the Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2019–2021). Her research and publications (including Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual) focus on social and cultural history, often from the angle of religious history and manuscript studies.

Shaun Tougher is professor of Late Roman and Byzantine history in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. He works especially on Constantinian and Macedonian dynastic history and on eunuchs. His Roman Castrati: Eunuchs in the Roman Empire is forthcoming this autumn.

‘People and Power in Byzantium’. Zoom event, 5-6 November 2020

Bringing together specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.

Research on the social and economic history of Byzantium has tended to focus on the upper levels of society, where the evidence is abundant and relatively easily accessible. It has traditionally been dominated by attention to the large structures of church and state, represented through the key figures of patriarch and emperor, and how they implemented their economic and ideological interests. This has resulted in a top-down view of Byzantine society. In recent years, however, greater attention has been paid to the study of group formation, especially with a view to vertical mobility through patronage networks. This colloquium aims to foreground these recent advances in scholarship.

The colloquium brings together eight specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, whether social, economic, or religious. Of particular interest is the interplay between external pressures and internal motivation in the perception and representation of groups, on the one hand, and in the formation of groups and networks, on the other. This often involves searching out previously unknown or underappreciated sources, or subjecting better-known sources to new analytical questions.

By elucidating these phenomena in different periods of Byzantine history and in different geographical and social settings, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.

Colloquiarch: Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna

2.       CALL FOR PAPERS

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities. 2021-2022
Apply Now 

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

Applications and instructions are available online.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree at the time of application, or who have established themselves in their field, and wish to pursue their own research. Application deadline: November 1

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.
Application deadline: November 1

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are for cross-disciplinary scholars in urban landscape studies (PhD or MLA preference), and History Teaching Fellowships are for current faculty members in universities/other secondary educational institutions.
Application deadline: December 1

Grants

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.
Application deadline: November 1

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA BOARD

The nominating committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America invites nominations and self-nominations to its Board for terms beginning this October 2020 at the virtual BSC.  As per our by-laws, the nominating committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent a range of disciplines within the field of Byzantine studies broadly defined, and reflect geographic representation. All ranks are welcome and nominees may hold any type of position, at any type of institution, or nominees may work independently. If elected at the 2020 meeting, new board members will serve until the 2024 meeting, joining the twelve remaining members to create a body of sixteen total board members. 

Board members attend the annual board meeting held during the Byzantine Studies Conference and serve, as needed, as chairs of panels, panelists in professional development workshops, and lead ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board.  Serving as a member of the Board not only provides an important service to our organization, it is also a great way to come to know colleagues from other parts of the country and in different disciplines. We have found the experience very rewarding. 

At this time we are also taking nominations and self-nominations for the Programming Committee for BSC 2021 in Cleveland. If you are interested in serving on the Programing Committee, please let us know.

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to Galina Tirnanic (tirnanic@oakland.edu). Include the name, rank, institution and discipline, and please confirm that the person you are nominating has agreed to serve if elected.

Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”

Wars both internal and external exert a large impact on the development of societies. The Byzantine Empire has always been in constant exchange and conflict with its neighbours and rivals due to its geographic position. Out of this arose a wide range of violent interactions with the Latin, Slavic and Islamic worlds, in addition to, as a consequence, manifold interrelationships between the respective martial cultures, which we define as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections related to war as well as its forms and practises. The aim of this Research Training Group is to analyse Euro-Mediterranean cultures of war and the importance of Byzantium for them in a transcultural perspective for the first time. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 4,5 years in a first funding period (01.10.2018 – 31.03.2023).

Starting with the two overriding fields of study of “expressional forms” and “interpretative concepts”, these reciprocal processes of exchange, of distinction or also of reception will be analysed by means of four concrete subject areas: 1) strategies of justification and legitimisation; 2) conceptualisations of persons and groups; 3) rituals and cultic practises; 4) knowledge and infrastructure. The diachronic scope extends from the Roman Imperial Period, whose inclusion is indispensable for the understanding of Byzantine cultures of war, until the Early Modern Period, when the Byzantine heritage, especially in Eastern Europe, was still very vibrant. Within this interdisciplinary-orientated Research Training Group textual and visual sources, archaeological objects, visual sources, music as well as other media will be investigated in equal measure and brought in connection with one another, in order to grasp mentality and materiality and the related semantics of martial cultures. Based on this clearly-defined thematic complex, the immanent significance of Byzantium for the culture and history of the Euro-Mediterranean area will be explored in a thorough and systematic manner for the very first time.

The qualification programme and supervision strategy are construed according to the individual needs of the Ph.D. candidates, whereby there are not only included methodological, theoretical and thematic training and activities aimed at networking and internationalisation, but also museum research practice and collection-related work. In this regard Mainz provides an ideal location, not only because of the subject variety of the Johannes Gutenberg University and the structures provided by it for research and advanced training (including the Research Unit Historical Cultural Sciences), but also through the involvement of the Roman-German Central Museum as well as the Leibniz Institute for European History. In the field of interdisciplinary scholarship on Byzantium the aforementioned partners have long cooperated via the Leibniz-ScienceCampus “Byzantium between Orient and Occident”, thus providing an inspirational and international environment for junior scholars.

CRAC 12-month postdoctoral fellowships in ancient studies. Deadline: 10 November 2020

The Rector of the University of Warsaw invites applications for the position of two postdoctoral researchers under the Excellence Initiative – Research University Programme. The selected candidates will run their projects at the Centre for Research on Ancient Civilizations (CRAC) which brings together historians, classicists, archaeologists, orientalists, and Roman jurists from the University of Warsaw

More information at the following link: https://crac.uw.edu.pl/crac-postdoctoral-fellowships-call-for-candidates/

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The Byzness, 27/09/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 27th September 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

York History of Art Research Seminars : ‘The medium and genre of the Codex of Georgios Klontzas’, by Professor Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University. 25 November 2020, 16.00-18.00.

The Codex of Georgios Klontzas (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Marc. Gr. VII, 21) is a leather- bound volume containing 217 paper folios. Multiple hands copied the Greek texts and executed the drawings, of which there are over four hundred. A signature at the conclusion claims the whole as the work of the Cretan painter Georgios Klontzas, while at least one drawing may be dated to ca. 1592.

Klontzas was renowned as a painter of icons, but his codex is more difficult to classify. The seventh-century Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius provides the textual frame, beginning with the Expulsion from the Garden and concluding with the Last Judgment; which is however expanded through introduction of extensive Biblical and prophetic texts and Byzantine and Ottoman history. The drawings refer less to medieval traditions of icon painting than to contemporary (Venetian, Flemish, etc.) engravings, emblem books, and oracular images.

Is the codex historical, devotional, or prophetic? Is it a Byzantine miscellany grown Baroque, or the fantasy of a printed volume that no printer would ever underwrite? Close analysis of individual pages will cause us to pose these questions differently. The Codex of Georgios Klontzas does not conflate multiple categories of medium and genre. Rather, Klontzas knowingly situates a distinctive historical subjectivity within an early modern media ecology.

To join: https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93611844222

2.     CALL FOR PAPERS

New Insights on Plagues and Epidemics in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras. Deadline: 15 October 2020

“It Spread Without Stop”: New Insights on Plagues and Epidemics in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras, February 19-21, 2021

This conference will bring together academics and researchers from around the world to present current research on all aspects of epidemics in the Medieval and Early Modern periods (ca. 500-1800 C.E.) including:

  1. Identification of historical epidemics
  2. Contemporary and historical medical approaches
  3. Effects of epidemics on historical populations
  4. Social and cultural reactions to disease

Titles and abstracts for 20-minute presentations or posters due by October 15, 2020 to avianello@usf.edu

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

6 positions for doctoral research associates, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Deadline: 15 November 2020

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean  Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the  DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University  of Mainz 

6 positions for doctoral research associates (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) to be filled by 1st April 2021 for a contract period of three years. 

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History,  Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern  European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian  Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a  focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology. 

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean  Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to  the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and  practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and  reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or  reception will be explored via four thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification and legitimation

2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups

3. Rituals and worship

4. Knowledge and infrastructure

A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating  disciplines is available on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de]. The  prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as  well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines. The primary criterion for  the evaluation of applications is the originality and quality of the research project  summarized in the exposé. Suitable candidates can also apply on the basis of  suggested topics – a selection of possible dissertation topics is likewise to be found on  the homepage. 

Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral  program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research  Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating

scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through  museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital  Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent)  completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as  openness to interdisciplinary work.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf  (in German or English):

∙ A letter of application (one page)

∙ An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)

∙ A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree  diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities

∙ Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of  women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes  applications from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the  application.

For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding  specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to the Spokes-person. 

The application deadline ends by 15th November 2020.

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the  Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch,  (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

1 position for doctoral research associate, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Deadline: 15 November 2020

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean  Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the  DFG (German Research Foundation), there is at the Johannes Gutenberg University  of Mainz

1 position for doctoral research associate (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) in  Protestant Theology/Early Modern Church History

to be filled by 1st April 2021 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History,  Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern  European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian  Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a  focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean  Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to  the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and  practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and  reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or  reception will be explored via four thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification and legitimation

2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups

3. Rituals and worship

4. Knowledge and infrastructure

A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating  disciplines is available on the homepage [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de/].

Doctoral research on early modern church history can produce valuable insight on  the reception, impact and interpretation of Euro-Mediterranean cultures of war  affected by Byzantium. Candidates are asked either to submit their own proposals for  a dissertation topic or to orient their proposals upon one of the perspectives  discussed below.

“The fall of Constantinople and the ‘Turkish threat’: theological interpretations of the  conquest of the Byzantine Empire in Reformation theology” or: “Visions of an apoca lyptic war: the reception of Eastern Christian eschatological thought in Early Modern

Protestantism”, or: “The Spiritual Struggle. The Early Modern reception of an Early  Christian Topos and its circulation in the Euromediterranean”. 

Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral  program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research  Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating  scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through  museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital  Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent)  completed with above-average marks in Protestant Theology/ Early Modern Church  History or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf  (in German or English):

• A letter of application (one page)

• An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)

• A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas,  certificates of scholarly activities

• Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of  women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applica tions from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the application.

For subject-related questions please direct your queries to Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel, PD  Dr. Mihai Grigore or Dr. Stanislau Paulau, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG),  other questions to the Spokesperson. 

The application deadline ends by 15th November 2020.

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the  Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch,  (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

The William Sanders Scarborough Fellowships, Deadline: 1 November, 2020

This fellowship is intended to honor Professor William Sanders Scarborough’s memory and to help foster diversity in the fields of Classical and Hellenic Studies and the Humanities more broadly by supporting students and teachers from underrepresented groups in their study and research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), the son of an enslaved woman and a freedman, was a pathbreaking African American Classical scholar and public intellectual. Scarborough’s scholarship included philological works on Greek and Roman authors, as well as studies of African languages and African American folklore. His First Lessons in Greek (1881) was the first foreign language textbook by an African American author. He taught at Ohio’s Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary, serving as Wilberforce’s president from 1908–1920. At least twice in his life (1886 and 1896), Scarborough hoped to attend the American School, with the encouragement of the School’s Managing Committee. Lack of funding, coupled with his many professional responsibilities, kept Scarborough from realizing his dream of going to Greece. 

Eligibility:  Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars residing in the United States or Canada, regardless of citizenship, whose geographic origin, diverse experiences, and socio-economic background are underrepresented at the School (including persons from the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities), and whose studies, research, or teaching would benefit from residency at the School. Fellowship recipients need not be specialists in the field of Classical Studies. The School welcomes applicants from public and private universities, colleges, and community colleges, and particularly encourages those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Terms and Duration:  The fellowship supports up to three months in residence at the School to carry out proposed research projects and/or join the School’s academic programs (field trips and seminars during the regular academic year or the summer, excavations at the Agora or Corinth, scientific field schools, etc.). Applicants interested in using the fellowship to participate in summer programs should submit separate applications to programs of interest. The summer programs for 2021 are already largely filled with deferred applicants from 2020. Applicants to the Scarborough fellowship program wishing to be considered for summer programs in 2021 should contact the ASCSA Programs Administrator at application@ascsa.org for further guidance. Awards granted in the 2020 competition should normally be used between June 1, 2021 and May 30, 2022.

Each of the awards provides for $1500 per month (rounded upwards to the nearest whole month to a maximum of 3 month) as a stipend. The fellowship covers the costs of room and board in Athens, a waiver of any applicable School fees, and one roundtrip economy-class airfare to Athens. The School intends to make up to four such awards each year.

Application: Submit an online application here, https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/171376/william-sanders-scarborough-fellowship. A complete application will include:

  1. A 2-page, single-spaced, statement indicating your eligibility, describing the proposed use of the fellowship including any formal program at the School you plan to apply for, the proposed timeframe for your work at the School, and your research project (as applicable).
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A copy of current transcripts (for student applicants).
  4. Arrange for two letters of recommendation. Once an online application is submitted, recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions about how to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be asked to upload their letters via the online application system, Submittable. It is also acceptable for recommenders to submit letters directly to this email address: application@ascsa.org.

Web site: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral 

E-mail: application@ascsa.org                    

Award decisions will be announced in March 2021.

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The Byzness, 20/09/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 20th September 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE). 4th Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Conference (Online). 19-21 November 2020  

This conference will be held online by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-20, 2020. The conference focuses on disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) that shape historical memory and our understanding of the past, concentrating on the problematic relations between catastrophes and memory in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine societies.

The conference will include Prof. Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland) as the keynote speakers among many other prominent academics, researchers, postdoc, and graduate students.  

For any questions, please contact the conference committee: byzantine.pg@ed.ac.uk 

Cleveland Byzantine Studies Conference, October 7-10, 2021

The Byzantine Studies Conference is the most important annual event by far in the United States to foster knowledge about Orthodox history, religion, art and traditions. It is one of the three most significant annual events in the world dedicated to the study of Byzantium. The most active scholars and graduate students attend and present their work at this prestigious event. 

The first Byzantine Studies Conference was held in Cleveland in 1975. It has been held annually in a different city each year. The conference will be held again in Cleveland, between October 7–10, 2021. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021

EVENING 

Presentation on the Work of the St. Catherine Foundation over the last twenty years by Dimitri Dondos, Dr. Helen C. Evans, and Hieromonk Justin 

Mr. Dondos is a prominent member of the Foundation, who belongs to the NYC and London Boards. Dr. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and (along with Elizabeth Bolman) a member of the NYC Board. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 

EVENING 

Plenary Lecture by Hieromonk Justin of the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai 

Hieromonk Justin is a scholar, and is in charge of the most important Orthodox library in the world, which is at the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 

EVENING 

Banquet 

SCHEDULE 

Scholarly talks on all aspects of Byzantine history, art and religion will be presented between October 7-10. Three parallel sessions run at the same time. 

HOST: 

ELIZABETH BOLMAN 

holds her MA and PhD in Byzantine art history (Bryn Mawr College), and is the Elsie B. Smith Professo  in the Liberal Arts and Chair of the  Department of Art History and Art  at Case Western Reserve University.  She is a Senior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University’s Byzantine Studies Center).  She is also on the Board of theSt.  Catherine Foundation (NYC). She is the Vice President of the US National Committee for Byzantine Studies, which is the national branch of the International Committee for Byzantine Studies. She has a distinguished publication and fundraising record. 

Professor Bolman is hosting the conference in 2021.

JULIUS LECTURE IN BYZANTINE ART Heaven on Earth: Justinian’s Hagia Sophia. 12 October 2020, 5pm US Eastern Time

Register here: https://cwru.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3Mc9XSmkSFCcpkrxr3zsxA

This talk addresses the transformation of the basilica as an architectural form and its subsequent impact on architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. Justinian’s Hagia Sophia represents a critical moment in architectural history in terms of form, meaning, and aesthetics.

ROBERT OUSTERHOUT is professor emeritus in history and art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 2007-2017 and also served as director of the Center for Ancient Studies. He taught previously at the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD. Ousterhout’s fieldwork has concentrated on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Thrace, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem.

‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections’ lecture webinar. 14 October 2020, 5pm BST

Prof Alexander Kulik will deliver a lecture-webinar on 14 October at 5pm BST

Free and open to the public. Register at:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G6tq3RF-SkisWkiS4NRToQ

The open lecture-webinar on the topic of ‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections’ will be delivered by Alexander Kulik, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The talk will reassess the evidence on the connections of early East European Jewry with Byzantium. It will focus on new or newly interpreted data which can help to define the origins of pre-Ashkenazi communities in Rus’ and possibly also help to solve some puzzles relating to literary activity in Kyivan Rus’.

About the speaker:

Alexander Kulik’s research concentrates on the cross-cultural transmission of texts and ideas. His scholarly interests encompass Slavic and Jewish studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Kulik authored four books: Retroverting Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (two editions: Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta GA, 2004 and Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2005), 3 Baruch: Greek-Slavonic Apocalypse of Baruch (Berlin-New York: De Gruyter, 2009), Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016; with S. Minov), and Jews in Old Rus’: A Documentary History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press for HURI, forthcoming) and edited seven volumes, among them, the collected volume History of the Jews in Russia: From Antiquity to Early Modern Period in the bilingual series with Zalman Shazar Center (Jerusalem, 2010) and Gesharim (Moscow, 2010) and the Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission (Oxford-New York, 2019: Oxford University Press; as editor-in-chief, with G. Boccaccini, L. DiTommaso, D. Hamidovic, and M. Stone). In 2010 he won the ERC grant for the project “Jews and Slavs in the Middle Ages.” Together with Moshe Taube he initiated and headed the international research group “Cultural Archaeology of Jews and Slavs: Medieval and Early Modern Judeo-Slavic Interaction and Cross-Fertilization” held at the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in 2011. Currently Kulik is directing the project “The Bible in Russian Modernism” (with Roman Timenchik; funded by ISF). He has founded and headed the Brill book series Studia Judaeoslavica. Presently he servers as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alexander Kulik has held visiting positions at Moscow SU, UC London, Stanford, Oxford, FU Berlin, and Ca’ Foscari Venezia. He is Member of the International Committee of Slavists.

2.     CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for papers, Changes of climate in Byzantium, 28September 2020

As known, the theme for the International Congress of Medieval Studies 2021 in Leeds (5-8 July) is ‘Climates’. It will be a panel concerned with ‘Changes of climate in Byzantium’ and we are looking for papers 30 minutes long on any aspect of this issue. The deadline for the submission of papers to this panel is the 28th of September 2020. 

Contact person: Elena Ene D-Vasilescu at elena.ene-v@wolfson.ox.ac.uk. “

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Three research assistant positions. Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. Deadline: 30 September 2020

The Academy of Sciences in Göttingen is looking for the research center of the project “The Editio critica maior of the Greek Psalter” in Göttingen on January 1st, 2021

three research assistants (f / m / d)

initially limited to December 31, 2023, remuneration: E 13 TV-L, scope of positions 100%. The workplace is generally suitable for part-time.

The aim of the academy project, which has existed since January 1, 2020, is to research the tradition and text history of the age of the Septuaginta, which will result in the elaboration of a new critical edition of the Psalmi cum Odis (“Psalms and Oden”), which will be available as a printed book and in a more publicly accessible form , should be presented in digital form.

The future area of ​​responsibility will essentially comprise two sub-areas, the construction of a collation database and the development of a handwriting database. The collation database should be planned, developed and optimized in joint teamwork. A central task will be to enter existing collations in this database and also to create new collations. The manuscript database should also be created in joint teamwork; in it all (approx. 1300) Greek psalter manuscripts are to be recorded and described.

A very good knowledge of ancient Greek as well as Greek palaeography and codicology is required. Experience in handling the collation and revision of manuscripts as well as practical experience in describing manuscripts are desirable. Existing insights into Septuagint research are advantageous.

A completed degree in theology or classical philology, proven knowledge of the ancient languages ​​(Greek, Latin, Hebrew, if possible also Syriac) and experience in dealing with Greek manuscripts are expected.

Further information on the project is available at: www.septuaginta-unternehmen.de

Contact person for questions: Dr. Felix Albrecht (Head of Department)

felix.albrecht@uni-goettingen.de , Tel .: 0551-3937014.

The academy aims to increase the proportion of women in areas in which women are underrepresented and therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply. It also sees itself as family-friendly and promotes the compatibility of science / work and family. Severely disabled people will be given special consideration if they are suitable.

Please send your detailed application in digital form by September 30th, 2020 to the following email address: adw.bewerb@gwdg.de

Travel and application costs cannot be reimbursed.

We would like to point out that submitting the application constitutes consent under data protection law to the processing of your application data by us. You can find more information on the legal basis and use of data at:

https://adw-goe.de/ueber-uns/datenschutzerklaerung/ .

ASCSA National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. Deadline: 31 October 2020

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is a premier resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 113,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at the Athenian Agora and Corinth excavations, and at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 60 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in all fields relevant to the mission of the ASCSA who are US citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School’s academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2021-beginning of June 2022; 4 months, Sept. – Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA will be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.

NEH Fellows should use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as their primary research base, but research may be carried out throughout Greece.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to application: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115299/associate-membership-with-fellowship-application  

The following items should be included in the application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:
1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved (where applicable), and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA. 
3.   Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
4.   Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully. 

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.
1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?   

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars  
E-mail: application@ascsa.org  

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2021-2022

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2021-2022 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada: 

ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.  The fellowships support applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.

Applications for ARIT and ARIT-NEH fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2020.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants in late January 2021.

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language in Istanbul offers intensive advanced study of Turkish at Bogazici University for summer 2021.  Participants must have two years of Turkish language study or the equivalent.  The application deadline will be in early February 2021.  The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.  

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The Byzness, 07/09/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 7th September 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

Yale Lectures in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture

This lecture series is organized by Robert S. Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor in the History of Art, and Vasileios Marinis, Associate Professor of Christian Art and Architecture at the ISM and YDS. Support is provided by the Department of Classics and the Department of the History of Art. 

 Zoom lectures begin at 12 noon Eastern Time; registration is required. You can register at any time to join a lecture. Your registration is valid for the whole series; attend as many as you like.  

Register for Yale Lectures in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture(link is external)

September 11
Visual Epitome in Late Antique Art
Jaś Elsner, University of Oxford
Respondent: Maria Doerfler, Yale

October 9
Visual Mastery of the Hippodrome?: Rethinking the Imperial Image in Byzantium
Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan
Respondent: Jacqueline Jung, Yale

November 13
Everlasting Monument [արձան մշտնջենաւոր]:
Ani Cathedral and its Contexts
Christina Maranci, Tufts University
Respondent: Vasileios Marinis, Yale

December 11
What do Mosaics Want? Or, Wall Mosaics and the Space between Viewer and Viewed
Liz James, University of Sussex
Respondent: Robert S. Nelson, Yale

January 8
The Nativity Church in Bethlehem in the Light of Recent Restorations
Michele Bacci, University of Fribourg
Respondent: Ariel Fine, Yale 

February 12
From Domestic to Divine: The Mosaics of Late Antique Syria
Sean Leatherbury, University College, Dublin
Respondent: Örgü Dalgıç, Yale

March 12
Africa in Late Antiquity: Faith, Politics, and Commerce between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea  
Andrea Achi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Respondent: Felicity Harley, Yale

April 9
Auro, argento, aere perennius: Byzantine Art in and through Coins 4th–15th Centuries  
Cécile Morrisson, CNRS and Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
Respondent: Benjamin Dieter R. Hellings, Yale

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture, 1 October 2020

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce that “Byzantine Pieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis” has been rescheduled. In this lecture, Dr. Alexander Brey, Wellesley College, will discuss an Umayyad-era basalt reservoir platform built within the Azraq oasis in eastern Jordan and places its carved interlocking stones in conservation with early Byzantine zodiac and celestial diagrams.

October 1, 2020 | Zoom | 4:00–5:00 pm (Eastern time)

This lecture will take place live on ZOOM, followed by a question and answer period. Please register to receive the ZOOM link. An email with the relevant ZOOM information will be sent 1–2 hours ahead of the lecture. Registration closes at 11:00 AM on October 1, 2020.

Register here: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/byzantine-pieces-of-an-umayyad-puzzle-a-basalt-platform-in-the-azraq-oasis

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

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

Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2020

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2020, which was postponed in March because of Covid-19, has now transitioned online and the registration is open. Registration is free. To register please fill in this form or email oxgradconf@gmail.com

OMGC 2020 First Day – Tuesday 29 September

10.00-10.15 Welcome

10.15-11.15 PANEL 1: Relics
Chair: Helen Lawson (St Anne’s College, Oxford)

Megan Bunce (Brasenose College, Oxford), ‘Translating Alban: Gallic episcopal approaches to a Romano-British cult.’

Hila Manor (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem),‘From the Heavenly to the Earthly and Back: Visual Translation and Sacred Body-Parts.’

11.15-11.30 Morning Break

11.30-12.45 PANEL 2: Philosophical Translation
Chair: Jose Maria Andres (St Hugh’s College, Oxford)

Jasmine Jones (Lady Margareth Hall, Oxford), ‘The Lady and the Letter: Two Ecclesiastical Analogies in the Old English Soliloquies’

Abigail Whalen (Magdalen College, Oxford), ‘Motion at a Given Instant: Assessing Avicenna’s Contribution to the Work of Albertus Magnus.’

Humma Mouzam (University of Birmingham),‘Translating Gerbert: William of Malmesbury, Pope Sylvester II and the lure of al-Andalus.’

12.45-14.15 Lunch Break

14.15-16.00 PANEL 3: Challenges of Translation
Chair: Henry Tann (Balliol College, Oxford)

Emily Di Dodo (Magdalen College, Oxford), ‘Boccaccio’s Decameron: The creatively unfaithful Castilian translation.’

Megan Bushnell (Linacre College, Oxford), ‘Navigating Lexis and Meaning: Douglas’ Line Ratios and How He Redefines the ‘Word-for-Word’ vs. ‘Sense-for-Sense’ Maxim.’

Eugeniia Vorobeva (Jesus College, Oxford), ‘Found in Translation, or Proverbial Poetics of Íslendingasögur.’

Brianna Daigneault (University of Toronto), ‘How Did Isidore Translate? The Reception and Adaptation of the Etymologiae in the Early Medieval British Isles.’

16.00-16.30 Afternoon Break

16.30-17.30 Keynote Address

Dr Mirela Ivanova (University College, Oxford), ‘Translating Language or Culture?: some examples from Central and Eastern Europe.’

OMGC 2020 Second Day – Wednesday 30 September

10.15-11.30 PANEL 4: Images
Chair: Sophie Thorup (Wolfson College, Oxford)

Serena Picarelli (Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Naples) and Sandra Gorla (Istituto Italiano di Studi Storici, Naples), ‘Italian Vernacular Instructions for the Illuminator in some French Medieval Romances: a Double Process of Translation.’

Emily Carrington Freeman (Independent Scholar), ‘Drawing conclusions: abstracting illuminated initials.’

Catrin Haberfield (University of Manchester), ‘‘A Book in Stone’: The Interaction between Manuscript Culture and Runic Epigraphy.’

11.30-12.00 Morning Break

12.00-13.00 PANEL 5: Religious Translation
Chair: Alex Peplow (Merton College, Oxford)

Audrey Southgate (Oxford, Merton College), ‘Choose Your Own Translation: Reader Participation in the Wycliffite Psalms.’

Rose Lyddon (St Anne’s College, Oxford), Charlie’s Angels: Translating Pseudo-Dionysius’ De caelesti hierarchia at the Carolingian court.’

13.00-14.30 Lunch Break

14.30-15.30 PANEL 6: Bilingualism
Chair: Sarah Bridge (St Hilda’s College, Oxford)

Llewelyn Hopwood (Corpus Christi, Oxford), ‘Creative Bilingualism in Late-Medieval Welsh Poetry: The Case of Ieuan ap Rhydderch’s Aureation.’

Isobel Staton (University of York), ‘Macaronicism and Cultural Translation in the Commonplace Book of Robert Reynes of Acle.’

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Break

16.00-17.00 Keynote Address

Professor Ad Putter (University of Bristol), ‘Caxton’s Anglo-Dutch Adaptations: Bad Translation or Linguistic Interference?’

17.00-17.15 Closing Remarks and Announcement of next year’s conference theme

Full PDF here:

OMGC 2020 Programme.pdf

OMGC 2020 Programme.pdf

2.     CALL FOR PAPERS

Modernity and Lateness in Medieval Architecture, 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 13-16 May 2021, Kalamazoo, MI. Deadline: 15 September 2020.

Session organized by Alice I. Sullivan (University of Michigan) and Kyle G. Sweeney (Winthrop University)

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 (wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) by September 15, 2020.  Session ID = 1232.

3.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

PhD student in Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University. Deadline: 24 September 2020

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.


The Department of Linguistics and Philology is involved in research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects and provides an international work environment. The department’s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational and general linguistics. Education is offered at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.
Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.
Project description: Doctoral students in Greek at Uppsala university work in a lively research environment with scholars interested in the Greek language and Greek culture from antiquity to the Byzantine period. For this position we are looking primarily for a candidate who is interested in working within the frame of the research program “Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c. 950–c. 1100)”, investigating various aspects of translinguistic and transcultural narration in medieval texts. Applications for projects that fall outside the scope of this research program are also welcome, but should fall broadly within the areas of expertise available at the department. The proposed doctoral project must be described in a research plan attached to the application. Particular consideration will be given to the project’s quality and feasibility within the stipulated time frame, as well as to the candidate’s fitness and qualifications for the task.
Requirements: To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Greek or Byzantine Studies or equivalent.
Additional qualifications: Solid and broad language skills are a merit, as is experience from international study environments.
The application should contain:
* A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page)
* A CV containing (i) a description of your education in Greek/Byzantine Studies and other relevant areas including a transcript of finished courses and their grades/dates, (ii) a list of any academic publications, (iii) professional experience relevant to academic research (maximum four pages)
* A copy of your MA thesis (or equivalent)
* A tentative research proposal which (i) states a research question which falls within the project or field described above, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art.
* Other documents which the applicant would like to adduce.
The application may be written in English or Swedish.
Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1 and at https://www.sprakvet.uu.se/research/phd-studies/
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students. Starting date: 01-01-2021 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.
Scope of employment: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact: Professor Ingela Nilsson (ingela.nilsson@lingfil.uu.se)
Director of graduate studies Professor Christer Henriksén (Christer.Henriksen@lingfil.uu.se), phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845
Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg (Lars.Hagborg@uadm.uu.se), phone +46 (0)18 471 1907
Please submit your application by 24 September 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3010.

Research assistant, Uppsala University. Deadline: 18 September 2020

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.


The Department of Linguistics and Philology is involved in research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects and provides an international work environment. The department´s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational and general linguistics. Education is offered at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.
Duties/Project description: The present position is part of the research programme “Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c. 950 – c. 1100)”, investigating various aspects of translinguistic and transcultural narration in medieval texts. We are seeking a programmer to process hagiographical data from printed secondary sources into a structured, web-accessible format. There are three primary tasks: database design (an appropriate XML data representation format for the data), data acquisition (OCR scan and post-process source materials) and interface development (an online front-end to the database for use by project members and other researchers). The resulting website should present the structured data alongside the relevant pages of the source material (for verification), and allow for some basic search functions.
Requirements: The employment requires a Master’s degree in computer science or a related discipline as well as documented competence to carry out at least two of the tasks described above (database design, data acquisition and interface development.
Additional qualifications: Reading knowledge of German and basic familiarity with Greek are qualifying. So is experience in communicating with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries.
Salary: Individual salary.  
Starting date: 01-01-2021 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position (1 year) according to central collective agreement.
Scope of employment: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact: Professor Ingela Nilsson, (ingela.nilsson@lingfil.uu.se, +46 18-471 1424) or Professor Michael Dunn (michael.dunn@lingfil.uu.se, +46 18-471 1341).
Please submit your application by 18 September 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2399.

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The Byzness, 23/08/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 23rd August 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
  2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Virtual Workshop ‘ Licht aus dem Osten? Natural Light in Medieval Churches Between Byzantium and the West. 26-27 November 2020, 13:00-17:15 [CET]

ORGANIZERS: Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin

Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, USI | Masaryk University

 

Throughout the medieval period, Christian churches were designed in such a way that natural light was deployed to underscore theological statements. The solutions usually found in Latin andByzantine churches have been analyzed 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, and these have been less studied. These solutions depended on know-how inherited from Antiquity and preserved in local hubs or filtered through the experience of Byzantine or Latin contexts, and were further shaped by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters. The present workshop explores the economy of natural light in churches constructed across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea, and at the crossroads of Byzantium and the West 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, and rituals performed inside the buildings. The multilayered light Inszenierungen that this workshop addresses cast light on the structuring of sacred spaces in the Eastern Orthodox cultural sphere. 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 especially in regions of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

To register for this event, please RSVP here!

 

Webinar: Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History. Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 11:00 [EDT]

Dumbarton Oaks will be holding a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:00am EDT with scholars who have actively promoted research on the Hagia Sophia. The webinar, “Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History,” will cover historical facts, Dumbarton Oaks’ involvement, and the issues related to the recent reconversion of the monument.

 

  1.     CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Space and the Hospital, Lisbon, 26-28 May 2021. Deadline: 30 September 2020.

 

The International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH), the Hospitalis: Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the Dawn of Moder nity Research Project, and the Hospital Real de Todos os Santos are pleased to  announce the call for papers for *Space and the Hospital*. The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-28 May 2021.

Space, in both its physical and conceptual manifestations, has been a part  of how hospitals were designed, built, used, and understood within the  wider community. By focusing on space, this conference aims to explore this  subject through the lens of its architectural, socio-cultural, medical,  economic, charitable, ideological, and public conceptualisations.

This thirteenth INHH conference will explore the relationship between space  and hospitals throughout history by examining it through the lens of five themes:
(1) ritual, space, and architecture;
(2) hospitals as spaces;
(3) the impact of medical practice and theory on space;
(4) hospitality and social space;
(5) sponsorship.

The themes and questions presented are by no means an exhaustive list; however, we encourage the submission of an abstract that examines any aspects of space and the history of hospitals in innovative ways. Please go to our website for a more comprehensive outline of the proposed themes.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or posters which address the conference theme. Potential contributors are asked to bear in mind that engagement with the theme of space and the hospital will be a key criterion in determining which papers are accepted onto the programme.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length, in English and accompanied by a brief biography of no more than 200 words. Proposals should be sent to space.inhh@gmail.com by *30 September 2020*. As with previous INHH conferences, it is intended that an edited volume of the conference papers will be published. Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers who have not previously given a paper at an INHH conference.

 

 

Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future. Scheduled 11-12 June 2021. Deadline: 5 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@ museumofrussianicons.com 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.

 

Marco Manuscript Workshop 2021: “Immaterial Culture”. 5-6 February 2021. Deadline: 9 October 2020

The sixteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2021. Sessions will meet virtually via an online platform. The workshop is led by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This year’s workshop will consider some of the recent challenges that researchers have faced with the suspension of travel, the closing of libraries and universities, and the quarantine restrictions that have kept so many of us in our homes. How can our field, which has always emphasized the importance of physical place and tactile artifacts, work successfully in isolation and at a distance? What does it mean for us when our work takes place in an incorporeal world of light and numbers rather than ink and flesh, in matrices of data rather than dusty rooms? We propose to explore the advantages and disadvantages of this “immaterial culture,” and to think about how our work is shaped by access or lack of access to manuscripts, texts, catalogues, and objects. We would like to hear about experiences working remotely, discoveries made using virtual archives or catalogues, or advice on how to study manuscripts without visiting archives or how to teach codicology without a library. We welcome stories of scholars who have been productive in constrained circumstances. We would also like to learn from the experience of those for whom archives have been inaccessible for other reasons – scholars who are homebound, visually impaired, or otherwise physically challenged, or those whose access to libraries and collections has been restricted or denied. How have these constraints shaped your work? What can these experiences tell us about our discipline? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. This year’s workshop will be virtual, but we hope to retain as much of the format and the flavor of our in-person meetings as possible. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. We will prepare an online repository where presenters can place abstracts, presentations, or supporting material for access by all attendees. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts

The deadline for applications is October 9, 2020. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu.

Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. In order to keep the virtual sessions manageable, preregistration will be required and spaces will be limited. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edu for more information.

 

Adolf von Harnack – bridging the gaps”, University of Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 May 2021.  Deadline: 30 November 2020

In 2021 it will be 170 years since the birth of Adolf von Harnack – a Baltic-German Lutheran theologian, a church historian, leading figure in German science management and a notable social figure of the 19th and the 20th century. Harnack was not only born in Dorpat (Tartu) and studied there, but he remained profoundly shaped by a certain type of Baltic-German Academia and Piety, even when he moved to Leipzig, Gießen, Marburg and Berlin in later years. After two large conferences in 1998 and 2001 devoted to Harnack and organized by the Max-Planck-Society and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (two institutions which predecessors, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society and the Prussian Academy of Sciences, were deeply influenced by Harnack), it is time to deal with certain overlooked aspects, to enrich the image of a man of many talents in the context of his different networks and to confront Harnack-Studies with new ideas about the History of Christianity and his very challenging lifetime, full of rapid social and religious change in Russia and Germany, since the appearance of new scholarly work at the turn of the millennium.

The conference is titled “Adolf von Harnack – bridging the gaps”, because Harnack was not only a scholar of ancient Christianity, esteemed by Theologians as well as Ancient Historians, but made significant contributions to contemporary discussions on the “essence of Christianity” and on the understanding of History. He was part of a discussion on the institutional framework of Theology and Religious Studies in Germany, but also involved in the Institution-Building of Institutes for Sciences, Libraries and Social Work. As a public intellectual of the German Empire before 1918 and the first German republic after 1918 he contributed significantly to a large number of public debates. He also bridged the gaps between scientific cultures in Europe, Britain and the United States. What made him able to bridge so many gaps between Science and Humanities, Theology and other Humanities, University and broader public understanding of science? And what was the reason, that he could not bridge certain gaps, e.g. between University and Church, between German Protestantism and Russian Orthodoxy? The conference will be organized by the School of Theology and Religious Studies of Tartu University, because the Baltic-German background is crucial to understand Harnack and to answer such questions.

Can one use Harnack’s views to bridge those and other gaps also in the 21st century? Christianity as a source for practical religious life and personal freedom has not lost its meaning in the 21st century too, but the situation of Theology and Religion in the Baltic States, Germany and in the rest of Europe is quite different from Harnack’s times. The conference will focus on these and related questions, and calls to reflect upon Harnack’s role and influence on the debates of his own time and his relevance for the presence.

We welcome scholarly presentations Harnack’s life and the Baltic background, his successful and/or failed attempts to bridge the gaps between History and Theology, Theology and Religious Studies, Sciences and Humanities, University and public understanding of science, Academia and Weimar Republic and on his participation in debates on social cohesion and national German politics, as well as on his influence on theological discussions outside Germany.

Keynote speakers: Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

Christoph Markschies (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Jonathan Teubner (Australian Catholic University, Humboldt University of Berlin)

The conference is organised by the University of Tartu and Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Working language of the conference is English and the length of papers is 30 minutes.  Please send abstracts of papers of 250–300 words to Priit Rohtmets priit.rohtmets@ut.ee

Important dates: Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30.11.2020  

Notification of acceptance and opening of the registration: 01.02.2021 

For further inquiries you may also contact Priit Rohtmets priit.rohtmets@ut.ee

 

6th Forum Medieval Art Art – “Sinne / Senses” Scent and Sense (ICMA-sponsored session at the 6th Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, „Sinne / Senses“). Frankfurt am Main, 29 September to 2 October 2021.

 Deadline: 15 October 2020

 

(Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is not decided yet whether the Forum can take place ‘live’, partially virtually, entirely virtually, or whether it will be postponed.)

 

Organisation: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V. with the Institute for Art History, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Kristin Böse / Joanna Olchawa)

 

Session 4:

Scent and Sense: Olfaction and Memory in Medieval Material Culture

Session organiser: Elina Gertsman (Case Western Reserve University)

Session sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art [ICMA], New York)

 

Although we are used to thinking that the sense of sight reigned supreme in the Middle Ages, medieval scholars of all stripes were quite obsessively preoccupied with questions of olfaction. Ephemeral and fleeting but emotionally, spiritually, and physiologically impactful, the sense of smell was tightly tethered to the humoral, anatomical, and cognitive theories. Memories, in particular, could be affected by smells: a fetid odor, it was gleaned from Avicenna, induced such illness that could make one forget the names of his own children, while sweet-smelling perfumes could strengthen memory and increase devotion.

 

This session will explore the multivalent relationships between objects, smells, and memory, especially as they existed in the later Middle Ages. We seek to explore two distinct aspects of this relationship. On the one hand, we welcome papers that focus on visual representations of smell, as found in a broad range of manuscripts and printed texts, from medical treatises to romance literature, from tracts on philosophy to encyclopedias. On the other hand, we hope to see contributions that focus on objects whose function is predicated on the sense of smell: among them censers and thuribles used during Christian liturgical services; Jewish Havdalah spice (besamim) containers, used in a ceremony that concluded the Sabbath; incense burners used at receptions, events, and in places of worship throughout Islamic world. Papers may focus on specific case studies or else broadly thematize the intertwinement of smell, memory, and image within the vast sensory landscape of the Middle Ages.

 

 

 

  1.     JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Junior Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek (ERC project PURA) at Venice University. Deadline: 3 September 2020

 

The ERC project PURA – Purism in Antiquity: Theories of Language in Greek Atticist Lexica and their Legacy (grant agreement no. 865817), to start in January 2021 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Humanities, is seeking a Researcher – Junior Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek (3 years, renewable for further 2; non-tenure-track). PURA investigates the Greek theories of linguistic purism, the texts which upheld it, and their legacy in later ages.

 

The Researcher’s duties will be to assist the PI, Olga Tribulato, in the linguistic analysis of the Atticist lexica; to produce the linguistic commentary on the lemmas selected for the aims of the project, in particular by focusing on Phrynichus’ works (also with regard to Phrynichus’ relationship with the contemporary Antiatticist lexicon, as well as his presence in Photius); and contribute to the other outputs of the project and the organization of workshops and conferences. Teaching duties in the field of Ancient Greek language and/or linguistics (30 hours per annum) are also part of this post. Candidates should hold a PhD in a related subject and possess the following requirements:

– excellent knowledge of the methodologies concerning the history of the Greek language, particularly as concerns the use of dialects (especially Attic) in literary and epigraphic texts, and their ancient exegesis, as shown by original publications and on-going research activity;

– adequate knowledge of Greek lexicography, its most representative works (including Atticist and Byzantine lexica), and its transmission;

– experience in the ecdotic methodologies for Greek texts, especially as concerns the indirect transmission of fragmentary texts (particularly those central to Attic literature and Atticist lexicography: comedy and oratory).

It is highly desirable that candidates have an international research profile, as shown by publications and/or experiences abroad.

Candidates are also expected to have first-class knowledge of the English language since the main outputs of the project will be in English.

The deadline for applications is 03/09/2020

Further particulars and the application procedure can be found here: https://www.unive.it/data/38002/?id=2020-UNVE000-0039904

For further information on the project and its objective please visit our website: https://www.unive.it/pura (under construction).

For enquiries, please feel free to e-mail me: olga.tribulato@unive.it.

 

 

 

BA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the Department of Classics at University of Reading. Deadline: 31 August 2020

 

Reading’s Department of Classics would be delighted to support a small number of applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, which is now opened: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/funding/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

This scheme offers an ‘opportunity to outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields’. Eligible candidates should have obtained their doctorate before the onset of the funding period, thus with their viva held between 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2021 (please see the website noted above for more eligibility information).

We herewith invite expressions of interest to myself <a.c.smith@reading.ac.uk>, cc. to Prof. Annalisa Marzano <a.marzano@reading.ac.uk>, by 31 August 2020. Expressions of Interest should contain a short academic cv (no more than 2pp.), including a list of publications and a one-page project proposal, along with a short statement regarding why Reading Classics would be an appropriate partner for this application.

 

Interested candidates should discuss their application with a member of academic staff in the Department of Classics before submission and seek their support. For an overview of our current academic staff and their research interests and activities please refer to our webpages at http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/class-meet-the-team.aspx (see also Ure Museum research at https://collections.reading.ac.uk/ure-museum/research/)

 

 

Postdoctoral position at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Deadline: 4 September 2020

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for the position of a postdoctoral researcher (4.5 years, salary according to German pay scale TV-L 13, 100%)  from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2025) in the Research Training Group (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”.

 

Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) focuses on imperial temporalities and their representation, reflection, resonance, and manipulation in periods of accelerated imperial change and in post-imperial contexts. The RTG follows three main lines of research: temporalities involved in a) the transformation of imperial space, b) imperial economies, and c) imperial institutions and normative structures.

 

The following disciplines participate in the RTG: Classics, Ancient History, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary History of any global area, Sociology, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies, Literary/Cultural/Media Studies. For further information please visit: www.altegeschichte.uni-freiburg.de/forschung/imperien.

 

The postdoctoral researcher should have completed a PhD dissertation and present evidence of prior research in the field of empire studies. At the time of application, they should present a research project focusing on an innovative topic concerning imperial studies, possibly with a comparative component.

 

We expect:

  • a PhD dissertation in one of the disciplines represented in the RTG
  • expertise in one of the subject areas of the RTG, documented by the dissertation or any other publications
  • experience in international academic collaboration and interdisciplinary research
  • B2 knowledge of German and English; see https://www.sli.uni-freiburg.de/english/tests/tests#cef
  • willingness to relocate to Freiburg (exceptions can be made under the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic)

 

We offer:

  • excellent opportunities for academic and interdisciplinary research
  • excellent opportunities for the development of an international research profile and career advancement
  • funding for a research stay abroad (up to eight months) at one of the RTG’s collaborating research institutions
  • travel grants for field work, attendance of conferences and lectures within and outside Germany
  • opportunities for joining courses on advanced research skills and professional training
  • opportunities for teaching, enhancing leadership skills, and gathering further experience in senior research practices (e.g. conference

organization, writing funding applications, editing publications, etc.)

 

 

Your employment will include:

  • to work independently on an innovative research project, which will be finished in 4.5 years with a monograph. It is possible to obtain a

Habilitation at the Freiburg University

  • to present your project on a regular basis within and outside of the RTG
  • to take part in the activities of the RTG and in the meetings of the executive board
  • to support and develop the RTG program, to liaise with the professorial staff and Ph.D. students, and to support the organization of

conferences and other events of the RTG

 

Your application should include:

  • a letter of motivation (1–2 pages)
  • an academic CV (including lists of publications, conference papers, distinctions and awards)
  • copies of degree certificates and diplomas
  • a proposal of a research project (ca. 10 pages), including a time schedule and details of how the project will fit into the RTG’s general research

profile

  • two letters of recommendation, providing information on your academic and personal qualifications as well as the quality of your application and

project, to be sent by the referees directly to the following address: kontakt@grk2571.uni-freiburg.de, under the heading GRK2571_[your

name].

 

Please send your application in a single PDF file by 04.09.2020 with the reference no: 00001167 to the following address: kontakt@grk2571.uni-freiburg.de.

 

Freiburg University seeks to increase the number of women in positions in which they are underrepresented. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities if there are several equally qualified candidates. The University of Freiburg is committed to offering support for young scholars with families.

 

This invitation for applications is subject to the availability of the approved funding.

 

 

6 three-year PhD positions at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Deadline: 4 September 2020

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for 6 Three-Year Positions (German pay scale TV-L E 13, 65%) from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023 in the Research Training Group (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the interdisciplinary Training Group will focus on imperial temporalities and their representation, reflection, resonance, and manipulation in periods of accelerated imperial change and in post-imperial contexts. The RTG will focus on three main lines of research: temporalities involved in a) the transformation of imperial space, b) imperial economies, and c) imperial institutions and normative structures. For further information on the Research Group please go to: https://www.altegeschichte.uni-freiburg.de/forschung/imperien.

We are looking for graduates with a background in the following disciplines: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, Eastern European and East Asian History as well as Sociology, Political Science, Literary/Cultural/Media Studies.

We expect:
•       an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent
•       high personal motivation for academic work and research
•       an innovative dissertation project within the scope of the Research Teaching Group
•       applicants with no prior knowledge of German will be expected to develop proficiency in German within the first year of their study
•       members of the Research Training Group are asked to participate in the qualification program tailored to academic as well as professional career paths
•       a willingness to take residence in Freiburg and to enroll as a doctoral student at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (exceptions may be made under the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic)

We offer:
•       a PhD program with a clearly defined curriculum supporting your research, and preparing you for an academic career or other postdoctoral employment
•       ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange
•       regular supervision by two professorial members of the RTG
•       funding for up to six months abroad at a research institute cooperating with our program, as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany

Please submit the following documents:
•       a standard curriculum vitae
•       a letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
•       copies of degree certificates and diplomas
•       an outline of your proposed research, identifying the topic and provisional title, the area of research, main research questions, theoretical approaches and methodology, and a time schedule (7-10 pages)
•       two academic referees whom we may contact regarding your application

Please submit these materials in a single PDF file by 04.09.2020 to: kontakt@grk2571.uni-freiburg.de citing the reference no. 00001166.

Freiburg University seeks to increase the number of women in positions in which they are underrepresented. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities, if there are several equally qualified candidates. The University of Freiburg is also dedicated to assist young scholars with families.

This is a temporary position limited to a term of 36 months in accordance with the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The extension within the permissible fixed-time period/in accordance with the WissZeitVG in order to (successfully) complete the doctorate/project/PhD is possible.

This invitation for applications is subject to the availability of approved funding.

 

 

SHERA Publication Grant. Deadline: 15 October 2020

The SHERA Board is pleased to announce the SHERA Publication Grant, offered for the first time this fall. Made possible by a gift by an anonymous donor, the $3000 grant supports the realization of publications of the highest scholarly and intellectual quality in the field of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art and architecture. The grant is intended to offset the substantial production expenses associated with the publication of an art-historical monograph, edited volume, or exhibition catalogue. Book projects must have been accepted by a publisher in order to be considered. Funds may be directed toward production costs (such as image rights, image reproductions, subventions, indexing, keeping down the final cost of the book). The grant does not fund research, writing, or editorial labor. Projects that are financially self-supporting are not eligible. Applicants do not need to be SHERA members to apply, but the recipient must join in order to accept the award. Applications should include a project description, author’s cv, letter of intent to publish and readers’ reports from the publisher, and a budget detailing the expenses to which the grant will be applied, as well as other sources of funding available for the project. Send applications to shera.artarchitecture@gmail.com by October 15, 2020.

 

 

Rome Global Gateway, Digital Palaeography Workshop. 18-22 January 2021

Instructors: Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis, Department of Classics, Princeton University

David Jenkins, Firestone Library, Princeton University

This tuition-free online Greek Palaeography workshop is being offered as part of Princeton University’s participation in the Rome-based graduate seminars jointly sponsored with the universities of Notre Dame and Stanford, and supported by funding from Princeton’s Humanities Council. It is intended to provide graduate students from various fields, including Mediaeval and Early Modern Literature and History, Classics, Religion, and Art & Archaeology with an intensive initiation to Greek palaeography while also  exploring the potential for original scholarship in digitized manuscript libraries. The workshop will simultaneously examine how the constraints of remote research may prove consonant with the digital resources increasingly at our disposal and the expanded possibilities for what used to be privileged access to otherwise rarefied historical sources.

Course Description

The workshop will pivot mainly from the Vatican Library’s Greek manuscript collection and cover the gamut of palaeographical skills and analyses required to conduct research on various aspects of mediaeval books and literature. We will survey the main mediaeval Greek scripts and the characteristics which enable us to date codices; we will review the online (and print) tools for doing Greek manuscript research and how to make efficient use of them for a variety of research aims.

Assignments

In addition to daily transcription assignments designed to instill proficiency in the various Byzantine Greek scripts, students will draw up a palaeographical profile of a topic of their choice using the growing number of online materials and platforms.

Dates

The workshop will run from January 18 to 22, 2021. It will meet online for two hours per day, from 10am–12pm (EST), with an anticipated 2-3 hours of work each day outside of class.

Requirements

We welcome applications from qualified graduate students who can demonstrate a level of Classical/Mediaeval Greek commensurate with the demands of reading a broad range of mostly higher register texts (in most cases that means at least 2-3 years of university-level Greek). As all meetings will be held live online and make use of high-resolution images, participation will require a stable high-speed internet connection.

How to Apply

Students should send PDFs of the following to ebourbou@princeton.edu:

– a short letter describing your interest in Greek palaeography and its bearing on your current doctoral work or future research,

– a one-page CV detailing your studies thus far,

– a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with your work

Application Deadline: October 15, 2020*

We expect to notify all applicants by November 2, 2020.

For all inquires about the course or the requirements, please write to  ebourbou@princeton.edu

 

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Lorenzo Saccon

DPhil Candidate, Faculty of History

President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com

https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 9th August 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
  2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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  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: https://torch.web.ox.ac.uk/article/open-letter-on-the-international-byzantine-congress-and-the-future-of-byzantine-studies

 

 

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:  http://www.byzanz.uni-freiburg.de/pdf/columns-of-constantinople to register write to hiwi@archaeologie.uni-freiburg.de or visit www.byzanz.uni-freiburg.de

 

  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@ museumofrussianicons.com 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

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 20th July 2020
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  1. NEWS AND EVENTS

 

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.

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

“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 (bwa32@cornell.edu) and Mirela Ivanova (mirela.ivanova@univ.ox.ac.uk). 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 (wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) 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 (yulia.minets@gmail.com), and Paweł Nowakowski, University of Warsaw (pawel.nowakowski@uw.edu.pl). 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 (yulia.minets@gmail.com) or Paweł Nowakowski, University of Warsaw (pawel.nowakowski@uw.edu.pl). 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 objetsdialogue@gmail.com. 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 http://www.daaia.ro/.

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 objetsdialogue@gmail.com

 

 

  1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

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: www.unil.ch/carrieres : “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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

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

 

TERM

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.

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS & SUBMISSION

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 anamedapplication@ku.edu.tr. Application files should be saved as MSWord or PDF files, with filenames containing the applicant’s last name. Questions should also be addressed to anamedapplication@ku.edu.tr.

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 https://www.uni-regensburg.de/philosophie-kunst-geschichte- 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 http://www.uni-regensburg.de/chancengleichheit).

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: joerg.oberste@geschichte.uni-regensburg.de / phone: +49 941 943-3536). We are looking forward to your detailed application. Please send the documents in one PDF file to joerg.oberste@geschichte.uni-regensburg.de 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

Applications should be sent before 1st of October 2020 to hogel@sdu.dk.

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.

Bursaries

Five bursaries (cost of transportation to Is- tanbul) will be available. Please address your application to hogel@sdu.dk 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 OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
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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.

PROGRAM

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 luca.zavagno@bilkent.edu.tr or sercan.yandim@hacettepe.edu.tr a link to attend the seminars will be send one hour before the start of the meeting.

 

  1. CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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.

Submissions

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 (losam@uni-wuerzburg.de).

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 (losam@uni-wuerzburg.de), 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 losam@uni-wuerzburg.de.

 

 

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” (https://cechfluc.wixsite.com/ccah/layoutmateriality) 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 em.rosamilia@gmail.com 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 (a.k.paradzinski@uw.edu.pl) 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 ben.kolbeck@kcl.ac.uk by 5.00pm on 24th July.

 

  1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

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 hogel@sdu.dk 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 https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/funding/postdoctoral-fellowships/). 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: http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/wainwright/index.php/en/research-grants

 

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 dominic.moreau@univ-lille.fr avant le 31 juillet 2020.

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The Byzness, 28/06/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 28th June 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

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, 21/06/2020

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 21st June 2020
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1.       NEWS AND EVENTS

‘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.

 

2.       CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘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: colcal-c-Diogenes@adf.bham.ac.uk.

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 (strongss@cardif.ac.uk) and Domiziana Rossi (rossiD1@cardiff.ac.uk) 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 (dimitrios.zaganas@kuleuven.be), 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.

 

3.       JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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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