Byzness 10/12/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 10th December 2017
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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

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Greek Laughter and Tears’, 11 December 2017, King’s College London

6.30 pm, Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London

With the editors, Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns, and a presentation by Niels Gaul: ‘Tears and Laughter in Medieval Constantinople (Episodes from Michael Psellos and Niketas

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Choniates)’.

Bringing together scholars from diverse periods and disciplines of Hellenic and Byzantine studies, this volume explores the shifting shapes and functions of laughter and tears. With a focus on the tragic, the comic and the tragicomic dimensions of laughter and tears in art, literature and performance, as well as on their emotional, sociocultural and religious significance, it breaks new ground in the study of ancient and Byzantine affectivity.

Please sign up for the event here

SUMMER SCHOOL: ‘Archaeology and Greek Languages’, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki

The Summer School will take place in July 2018 and will include both seminars and fieldwork at the excavation site of Toumba in Thessaloniki.

For information can be found here
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

A Cross-Divisional Conference on Distributed Authorship, 5-6 October 2018, UCLA

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Distributed authorship is a familiar concept in many fields of cultural production. Long associated with pre-modern cultures, it still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes ‘Homer’ as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.

In recent years, however, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the digital domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. These developments have prompted important questions on the part of scholars who study these new media about the ontological status of the artistic, musical and literary objects that such modes of distribution (re)create. In musicology, for example, musical modes such as jazz improvisation and digital experimentation are shown to exploit the complex relay of creativity within and between the ever-expanding networks of artists and audiences involved in their production and reception, and construct themselves in ways that invite others to continue the process of their ongoing distribution. The impact of such artistic developments on the identity of ‘the author’ may be measured by developments in copyright law, such as the emergence of the Creative Commons, an organization that enables artists and authors to waive copyright restrictions on co-creators in order to facilitate their collaborative participation. And this mode of distribution has in turn prompted important questions about the orientation of knowledge and power in the collectives and publics that it creates.

This conference seeks to deepen and expand the theorising of authorial distribution in the digital domain, and to explore the insights that its operations in this sphere might lend into the mechanisms of authorial distribution at work in older (and, indeed, ancient) media. To this end, it will bring together scholars working in new media with scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, in order to explore what kind of dialogue we might generate on the question of distributed authorship across these disciplinary (and other) divisions. Ultimately, our aim is to develop and refine a set of conceptual tools that will bring distributed authorship into a wider remit of familiarity; and to explore whether these tools are, in fact, unique to the new media that have inspired their most recent discursive formulation, or whether they have a range of application that extends beyond the digital domain.

We invite contributions from those who are engaged directly with the processes and media that are pushing and complicating ideas of distributed authorship in the world today, and also from those who are actively drawing on insights derived from these contemporary developments in their interpretation of the textual and artistic processes of the past, on the following topics (among others):

·       The distinctive features of the new artistic genres and objects generated by modes of authorial distribution, from musical mashups to literary centones.

·       The impact that authorial distribution has on the temporality of its objects, as the multiple agents that form part of the distribution of those objects spread the processes of their decomposition/re-composition over time.

·       The re-orienting of power relations that arises from the distribution of authorship among networks of senders and receivers, as also from the collapsing of ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ functions into one another.

·       The modes of ‘self’-regulation that authorial collectives develop in order to sustain their identity.

·       Fandom and participatory culture, in both digital and traditional textual media.

·       The operational dynamics of ‘multitexts’ and ‘text networks’, and their influence by and on virtual networks.

Paper proposals will be selected for their potential to open up questions that transcend the idiom of any single medium and/or discipline. Please send a proposal of approximately 500 words to gurds@missouri.edu by January 15, 2018.
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College Oxford

Deadline: 25 January 2018

Trinity College has just advertised a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship to be held for three years from 1 October 2018 in either Classics (languages and literature), linguistics and philology, French or Spanish.  The deadline for applications is 25 January.  Please see the advertisement and further particulars here

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munich

Deadline: 8 January 2018

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities, with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. In 2012, the university established the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies ‘Distant Worlds’ with funding from the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network bringing together LMU and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School combines research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.

The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions:

2 Postdoctoral Positions

These temporary positions are available from 1 April 2018 until 31 December 2019.

They may be extended by another 15 months depending on structural decisions made at the end of 2018.

Each of the positions will coordinate a junior research group. The junior research groups are oriented towards one of the seven focus areas below:

1. Constructions of Norms

2. Constructions of Elites

3. Constructions of the ‘Beautiful’

4. Organisation of Coexistence

5. Organisation of Exchange

6. Organisation of Dealing with Dissent

7. Organisation of Memory and Forgetting

Responsibilities:

Successful candidates will conduct an independent research project contributing to one of the seven focus areas, to be chosen by the candidates themselves. In pursuing their research, candidates will be supported by mentors chosen from the group of Principal Investigators of the School.

They will collaborate with doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group and coordinate the activities of that group (supported by mentors).

They will develop new research perspectives in the field of ancient studies together with doctoral students, Principal Investigators and other members of the Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten.

Requirements:

In order to qualify for application, candidates must have completed their doctorate in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for an independent research project. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.

The School offers the scope for individual academic development and an inspiring research environment.

Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit the following required application documents electronically:

(A) as one pdf file:

(1) Application letter (letter of motivation)

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) List of publications and list of courses taught

(4) Degree certificates

(5) Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography

(6) Sample of your written work (app. length: 10–12 pages).

(B) as pdf file:

completed application form (download via: www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/de/Stellen/Postdoc-Stellen/1).

(C) 2 Letters of reference:

To be emailed directly by the referees to application@mzaw.lmu.de citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18_your_name

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/18 at the latest by 8 January 2018 exclusively via email to: application@mzaw.lmu.de

You can find further information on the Graduate School “Distant Worlds“ on the following website: http://www.gs-distantworlds.mzaw.lmu.de/

For further questions please contact Ms Anna Waldschütz (anna.waldschuetz@mzaw.lmu.de).

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Byzness 03/12/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 3rd December 2017
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1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Deadline: 11 December 2017

The School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Byzantine Studies, with a focus on Late Antique or Early Byzantine History, from September 2018. Based in the Department of Classics, this is a new post, made possible by the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation. It is intended both to expand teaching provision and the scope of research in the Department of Classics, and to enhance links within the School by bridging the gap between existing strengths in Ancient and Early Medieval history and culture. Applicants should have a research specialism in any aspect of Late Antique/Early Byzantine history or culture. The successful applicant will be expected to co-ordinate and teach undergraduate modules in Roman History, and to offer advanced undergraduate and postgraduate (MPhil) modules relating to their areas of research. They will also be expected to contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programme in Ancient and Medieval History and Culture. Willingness and ability to teach Latin and/or Greek to advanced level will be an advantage.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Monica Gale (Head of Department of Classics) mrgale@tcd.ie  or Christine Morris (Head of the School of Histories and Humanities) cmorris@tcd.ie.

For further information, and to apply, click here

Research Assistant, ‘Arms and Armour’, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Deadline: 22 December 2017

The Research Assistant will provide the curatorial and administrative support for The Last Knight exhibition project and the accompanying catalogue.  The Research Assistant will work with and report to the exhibition curator (Curator in Charge), correspond with the lending institutions, as well as with the authors of the catalogue, assist the exhibition curator with research topics and the coordination of exhibition logistics overall.

For further information, and to apply, click here

Visiting Fellowships, Princeton University

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Over 800 scholars have been supported by our visiting fellowships since the inception of this program in academic year 1979-80. Further information is here

Current and former recipients are listed in: http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/people/visiting-fellows/

Publications by former Hellenic Studies visiting fellows, based on their research at Princeton:  http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/publications/visiting-fellows/

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Oxford Listings – Week 8

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 8

Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 27th November

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar
Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Jane Kershaw, John Naylor
The Watlington Hoard

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17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Alexander Dymond (Oxford)
Ducal and Royal Estates in Normandy and England, c. 1100 – 1135

WEDNESDAY 29th November

17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Mattia Guidetti (Vienna)
Churches and mosques in early medieval Syria


THURSDAY 30th November

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

Irene Giviashvili
Ishkani, a Medieval Georgian Church in Northeast Turkey: Modern Restoration, New Findings

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14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Fuschia Hart (Oxford/V&A)
Iran: collecting and curating

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17:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Marcello Lusvarghi (Università di Bologna)
Barbari, afri barbari and Mauri: ‘the other’ in the African ecclesiastical authors of the 4th to 6th centuries

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17:00 Georgian Studies Seminar Series
The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Donald Rayfield (Queen Mary University of London)
What did the Iranians and Russians ever do for the Georgians? – Exploitation and Empowerment

FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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Byzness 26/11/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 26th November 2017
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

Conference:‘The Byzantine Legacy in Italy: A Reassessment’, 1 December 2017, Maison Francaise d’Oxford

No registration required

More information: http://www.mfo.cnrs.fr/calendar/the-byzantine-legacy-in-italy-a-reassessment/

Lecture: ‘Byzantine Routes and Frontier in Eastern Pontus and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios’, 7 December 2017, British Academy

The British Institute at Ankara is hosting a lecture in memory of our former President, Professor AAM Bryer, on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.  The lecture begins at 6.30 pm after the Annual General Meeting of the Institute.

Professor Jim Crow is delivering the lecture and it is entitled “Byzantine Routes and Frontier in Eastern Pontus and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios”.

We are expecting a good turn out, including Jenny Bryer and members of the family, so it is probably worth booking a place either by visiting Events | BIAA or ringing Simon Bell on 0207 969 5204.

Armenian Studies Summer School, 29 Jul – 18 Aug, 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Application deadline: 20 April 2018

More information: https://armacad.info/2017-11-20–armenian-studies-summer-school-29-jul-18-aug-2018-yerevan-armenia
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2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

PhScholarship in Ancient Papyrology, Wolfson College, Oxford

Wolfson College, Oxford, is delighted to announce the David Thomas Graduate Scholarship in Ancient Documents, which will be awarded to an outstanding student commencing a doctorate at Oxford in October 2018, with a topic in Greek or Latin papyrology or a closely related subject (i.e. Egyptian Papyrology). For further details see​: https://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/ancient-documents

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Oxford Listings – Week 7

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 7

Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 20th November

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Jonathan Conant (Brown)
Envisioning Empire: Space and Power in the Carolingian World

TUESDAY 21st November

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

Julia Bray (Oxford)
Doing Emotions in Medieval Arabic

WEDNESDAY 22nd November

17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Maria Cristina Carile (Bologna)
Re-approaching the late antique and medieval art of Ravenna: Visuality and artistic culture of a Mediterranean city

THURSDAY 23rd November

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

Grace Stafford (Oxford)
Literary and Material Evidence for Early Christian Female Pilgrimage

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14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Oliver Watson (Oxford)
An impossibility? Writing a book on Persian Pottery

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17:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Claire Sotinel (Université Paris Est – Créteil)
Constantine’s conversion politics

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24th November

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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

Edward Schoolman (Nevada)
Saints for Every Age: a Hagiographic Stratigraphy of Ravenna

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Byzness 19/11/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 19th November 2017

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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

LECTURE: ‘St Theodore, Euchaita and Anatolia, c.500-1000 CE: Landscape, Climate and the Survival of an Empire, Boğaziçi University, 21 November 2017, 5pm

Speaker: John Haldon

There will be simultaneous translation into Turkish at the event.

LECTURE: ‘A Hut with a View: Monastic Communities and Lay Society in Byzantine Thrace’, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton, 28 November 2017, 4.30pm

Speaker: Georgios Makris (gmakris@princeton.edu),

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Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent:  Jack Tannous, History

In this lecture, I will examine the history and material culture of monasticism in Thrace, the European hinterland of Constantinople, between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. Primarily concerned with important aspects of monastic life, including daily routine and living conditions, property ownership, and patronage as well as the modes of interaction with the laity, this lecture will offer a rare view of the landscape setting and architectural configuration of multiple monastic foundations across Thrace. In the Byzantine world, monasticism was a fundamental institution that touched the lives of virtually all inhabitants regardless of their financial or social status. In investigating the ties between Byzantine monastics and laity, it will be imperative to transcend the political boundaries that now divide Thrace into three modern nation-states: Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. Ultimately, by bringing together archaeological material and textual sources, I will attempt to identify and decipher key facets of the cultural and economic relation between hinterland and center, between Thrace and Constantinople.

Georgios Makris holds a B.A. in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens and a Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies from the University of Birmingham. He has held fellowships at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Junior Fellow, 2014-2015) and at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul (Fellow, 2015-2016). Makris was previously a post-doctoral research scholar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University (2016-2017). He is currently working on his first monograph on the life-cycle, topography, and spatial composition of monastic communities in the region of Thrace, the hinterland of Constantinople, from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. In his work, Makris follows an interdisciplinary methodology which brings together the systematic analysis of texts associated with religious institutions with the results of archaeological fieldwork in Greece and Turkey.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

‘Byzantium and the Slavs’

Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Slavs, whose presence on the territory of Europe has been recorded starting from the first centuries of our era, profoundly interacted with Byzantium, determining its political choices and shaping its identity: first, the encounter-clash between these two different worlds, which the court of Constantinople had repeatedly attempted through diplomacy or weapons, and hence the progressive formation of the Slavic states in the Balkan Peninsula is undoubtedly among the indispensable factors in the examination of the modern Byzantine scholar. And this is all the more true when thinking about the developments of the historical and social dynamics inherent in Slavic populations that continue to be reflected in the modern world.

In the light of these considerations and in the perspective of dedicating the next issue of Porphyra (XXVII) to the relationship between Byzantium and the Slavs, we invite interested professors, doctoral students, research doctors, young researchers and scholars to send their contributions to editorporphyra@gmail.com before and no later than 31 December 2017.

http://www.porphyra.it/call-for-papers/

‘Byzantium and the Modern Imagination: Patterns of the Reception of Byzantium in Modern Culture’, Masaryk University, Brno, 12-14 September 2018

Deadline: 30 March 2018

The imagery of Byzantium in popular discourse is a culturally and historically constructed notion. As has been noted, the very name “Byzantium” is both a retronym and an exonym, and scholars today very often insist on using a more proper description – “The Eastern Roman Empire”. Writers, playwrights, musicians, and politicians throughout centuries constructed their own versions of Byzantium, which depended on local artistic or political needs. In many cases these constructed versions had very little to do with the “historical” Byzantium. Yet, at the same time, academic discourse might – and did – influence the imagery of Byzantium in the popular imagination. During the conference we would like to discuss these imaginary visions of Byzantium, including the intersections of popular and academic images of Byzantium. We also welcome papers dealing with the use (and abuse) of key events in Byzantine history (such as the Fall of City) and their reworkings in literature and culture.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

–       The reception of Byzantium in schoolbooks in Europe and beyond;

–       Byzantium for the young – Byzantium in children’s literature and games;

–       Literary reworkings of key events and personages in the history of Byzantium;

–       Byzantine Studies and its influence on the popular understanding of Byzantium;

–       The ways of popularising Byzantium;

–       Byzantium in the digital age;

–       Byzantium in popular culture (games, speculative fiction, TV series, films).

Please send the abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to Przemysław Marciniak (przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl) by March, 30 2018.

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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Tenure Track Position in Digital Humanities Computing, University of Oklahoma

Deadline: 1 December, 2017.

You may be aware that, among other initiatives, http://syri.ac is hosted at OU. The University is very eager to continue to add major Digital Humanities projects among its faculty, particularly in the area of “Big Data” computing.

More information here: https://apply.interfolio.com/46095

Please also feel free to contact Scott Johnson (sfj@ou.edu) for more information.

ANAMED fellowships, Koç University

Deadline: 15 December 2017

Koç University invites applications for PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). Opportunities include regular fellowships for support of residential and a few non-residential scholars for the full academic year. Several short-term fellowships for individual or group projects with durations between 2 weeks and 2 months are available for post-doc and senior applicants needing to study in Istanbul for shorter periods of time. A few post-doc or senior applications for regular and short-term fellowships that qualify for collaborative fellowships involving Koç University faculty, centers, or facilities will be preferred. Applicants for regular, short-term, and collaborative fellowships are encouraged to consider their applications with one of ANAMED’s research themes. Additionally, several joint fellowships with specific application criteria are available.

All ANAMED fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects, to be active members of Koç University’s academic community, and, for full-year fellowships, to give two lectures on their work during the course of the year. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, yet fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.

Established in 2005, ANAMED’s mission is to promote and produce cutting-edge scholarship contributing to the growing body of critical knowledge on Anatolia and its civilizations. Applications focusing on the archaeology, art history, heritage, and history of Anatolia from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras are welcome from scholars of these and allied disciplines, including those that focus on the management, conservation, and presentation of the past. Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, ANAMED is near many research institutions, archives, and other scholarly facilities and thus serves as a convenient and comfortable locus for intensive study.

For more information, see: https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/fellowships-0 and to apply, see https://anamed.service-now.com/anamed

Numerous Graduate Fellowships, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI)

Deadline: 15 December 2017

THE CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, welcomes scholars and students specializing in archaeology, history, and culture of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (both with major libraries), as well as the main business and commercial district. In addition to hostel accommodation for a total of twelve residents, the institute has excellent research facilities: a 10,000-volume library, comprehensive map and artifact collections, archival material, and facilities for Internet, scanning, and photography.

Recipients of fellowships are required to spend time as residents of CAARI and to submit a written report for the CAARI newsletter.

The details of the fellowships, and the application forms, are available here: http://caari.org/fellowships/

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Oxford Listings – Week 5

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 5

Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 6th November

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Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Merridee Bailey (University of Adelaide)

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The Value of Meekness in Medieval Hierarchies

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TUESDAY 7th November

17:00 

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Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)
Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Umberto Bongianino (Oxford)

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A Quranic Manuscript from Medieval Morocco

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WEDNESDAY 8th November

12.30 

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TORCH Book at Lunchtime
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road

Lunch available at 12:30pm, Discussion 1–2pm

Join the authors of the catalogue of Imagining the Divine (on show at the Ashmolean from 19 October) and the exhibition’s curators, as well as a panel of experts in the field, for lunch and a lively discussion of both catalogue and exhibition. Lunch & talk are free, booking essential.

For further details, visit: http://torch.ox.ac.uk/imagining-divine-art-and-rise-world-religions

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Empires of Faith Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Alain George (Oxford)

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The temple, church, and first mosque at Damascus: New perspectives

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THURSDAY 9th November

11:00 

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Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Stefan Faust

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Fun with Achilles. Late Roman Perspectives on the Life of a Greek Hero

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14:00 

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Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Archie Walls (Independent Scholar)

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Geometry and architecture in Islamic Jerusalem: a Sufi way

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17:00 

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Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Dominique Santos (Universidade Regional de Blumenau, Brazil)

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Connections across the Irish Sea: bilingualism and biliteralism in the ogham stones of Late Antiquity

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Georgian Studies Seminar Series
The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Sandro Nikolaishvili (Central European University, Budapest)

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The Construction of Royal/Imperial Authority in Georgia and Byzantium in the Age of Davit IV and Alexios I Komnenos, ca. 1081–1125

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FRIDAY 10th November

10:00 

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Byzantine Text Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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12:00 

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Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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17:00 

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

Susan Walker (Ashmolean), Jaś Elsner (Corpus Christi), and Maria Lidova (Wolfson)

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Book Presentation of: Saints and Salvation: the Wilshere Collection of Goldglass, Sarcophagi and Inscriptions from Rome and Southern Italy by S. Walker, S. Leatherbury, and D. Rini

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Byzness 05/11/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 5 November 2017
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity, 4-5 May 2018, University of Reading

Deadline: 10 November (papers)/15 November (posters

Keynote speech: Dr. Chiara O. Tommasi (University of Pisa): Esotericism in Classical and Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity.

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent.

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading.

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology:

Option A: papers (15 min)

Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 10 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Option B: posters

Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 15 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

For further enquiries, please contact Lorenzo Livorsi (l.livorsi@pgr.reading.ac.uk), Ilaria Scarponi (ilaria.scarponi@reading.ac.uk) or Fiona McMeekin (f.p.mcmeekin@pgr.reading.ac.uk).
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2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Various funding opportunities: Council for British

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Research in the Levant

Deadline: from 30 November, see website for further information

The CBRL is offering the following funding for 2018-19

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Visiting Research Fellowships and Senior Visiting Fellowships

To enable established scholars in university posts and early career postdoctoral candidates to spend time in the Levant region to conduct primary research, develop contacts, give lectures, and write up project results/publications derived from a thesis/research.

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Project Awards

Our Project Awards include funding opportunities for Pilot Study, Project Completion and Team-Based Fieldwork.

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Travel Grants

CBRL Travel Grants cover costs of travel and subsistence for students, academics and researchers undertaking reconnaissance tours or smaller research projects in the countries of the Levant.

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Centennial Awards

In 2019 the CBRL celebrates 100 years since the founding of our active research community.

To commemorate the anniversary, we will be offering a number of Centennial Awards for research or events focusing on the history of British scholarship in the area and early Mandate history, society and politics.

Further information can be found here: http://cbrl.org.uk/funding-and-jobs.

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PhD: ‘Mobility and Geography in the Byzantine World’, Radbound University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Deadline: 17 December 2017

Please note that it is intended that the applicant will begin study soon after 1 March 2018.

A project description, further details, deadlines and contact information can be found here

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Oxford Listings – Week 4

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 4

 

Michaelmas Term 2017
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MONDAY 30th October

 

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Grenville Astill

 

Permeable precincts and changing landscapes: reviewing late medieval monasteries

 

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17:00   Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls

David Carpenter (KCL)

New Light on the Treaty of Paris 1259: King Louis IX and the political revolution in England

TUESDAY​ 31st October

 

16:00 Special Slade Lecture

Prof. Salvatore Settis (Chair of the Louvre Museum’s Scientific Council)

 

The Materiality of the Divine: Aniconism, Iconoclasm, Iconography

 

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17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)

Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Farouk Yahya (Oxford)

 

The Magic Square
WEDNESDAY 1st November

 

17:00   The Cult of the Saints in Late Antiquity Project

Ioannou Centre

 

Launch of the new online database.

Followed by a drinks reception.

 

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17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Nadia Ali (London)

 

Qusayr ‘Amra and the continuity of post-classical art in early Islam: Towards an iconology of forms

 

 

THURSDAY 2nd November

 

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Irina Demetradze

 

Defining Urban Space: Archaeology and Topography of Mtskheta

 

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14:00 Islamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice

Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Lamia Hadda (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

 

L’architecture palatiale ziride et hammadide et son influence sur l’architecture normande en Sicile

 

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17:00 Late Roman Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Robin Whelan (Oxford/Liverpool)

 

Mirrors for bureaucrats: expectations of Christian officials in the Theodosian Empire

 

FRIDAY 3rd November

 

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

 

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12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

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Byzness 29/10/17

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 29 October 2017
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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

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LECTURE: “Pωμαιοκρατία ≠ Roman occupation: (Mis)perceptions of the Roman Period in Greece”, University Library, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, 1 November 2017

Dr. Anna Kouremenos, Independent Scholar, New Haven, CT.

This paper focuses on the place the Romans hold in the modern Greek national narrative. It brings together evidence from archaeological sites, museums, the media, and education in order to show how the country’s Roman past has been displayed and taught to both Greeks and foreigners.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Senator Nicholas Petris Room, Library 3023 (3rd floor)
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library

Schedule of Events:
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. presentation and discussion

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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TALK: Empires of Faith project’s ‘Imagining the Divine’ exhbition, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Details for a number of talks here.

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EXHIBITION: ‘Those Who Follow’, Ioannou Centre, Oxford

Details here.

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CONFERENCE: Fieldwork in Late Antique Archaeology: Burial and Funerary Practice, 25 November 2017, Birckbeck College London

This seminar reviews the state of funerary archaeology across the late antique world, providing an up-to-date overview of the latest discoveries in the field and in the lab, organised in terms of a series of regional portraits, from the cemeteries of Britain to the caves of Egypt.

*Britain*

10.00-10.30 Paul Booth (Oxford Archaeology)

Southern Britain

10.30-11.00 Sadie Watson* (Museum of London Arch.)

London

11.00-11.30 Jake Weekes (Canterbury Arch. Trust)

Canterbury

*Western Mediterranean*

11.50-12.20 Mauro Puddu (Cambridge)

Sardinia

12.20-12.40 Alexandra Chavarria* (Padua)

Northern Italy

12.40-13.10 Kaja Stembeger (KCL)

Slovenia

*Africa and Egypt*

14:00-14:30 Anna Leone* (Durham)

Africa

14:30-15:00 Elisabeth O’Connell (British Museum)

Egypt

*East Mediterranean*

15:20-15:40 Joseph Rife (Vanderbildt)

Greece

15:40-16:10 Sophie Moore (Brown)

Asia Minor

16.10-16.40 Ádám Bollók (HAS, Budapest)

The Near East

16:45-17.00 John Pearce (KCL)

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The conference will be held at Birkbeck College. All are welcome. Admission 15 GBP; Students / OAPs 7.5 GBP.

To register write to michaelmulryan@gmail.com before 20th November. Papers marked * = read in absentia. # = via skype.

Venue: B35 Lecture Theatre inside Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX
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CALLS FOR PAPERS

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51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, ‘The Post-1204 Byzantine World: New Approaches and Novel Directions’, 13–15 April 2018, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh

Deadline: 1 December 2017

The 51st Spring Symposium will return to Edinburgh for the third time, after Prof. Michael Angold’s The Byzantine Aristocracy, IX–XIII Centuries in 1982 and Prof. Jim Crow’s The Archaeologies of Byzantium in 2008. The 2018 symposium will be dedicated to the late Byzantine world, taking its starting point from the cataclysmic events of 1204. Especially in recent years, the late Byzantine period has seen an increasing amount of exciting research activity: from continuing Grundlagenforschung (palaeography, critical editions, translations and commentaries) via the reevaluation of key social, political, and economic practices to the application of new methods such as network studies or sociolinguistics, our understanding of the society and politics of the final two hundred and fifty years of Roman rule in the eastern Mediterranean have much increased. If down to the late 1990s Laskarid and Palaiologan Byzantium was often still perceived as one of the (many) Cinderellas of Byzantine Studies, this is clearly no longer the case.

Wherever one looks these days, exciting postgraduate projects are under way; in an increasing number of universities, Byzantine Studies is taught by colleagues with expertise in the later Byzantine period. The 51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies seeks to take stock of these novel approaches to the post- 1204 Byzantine world by bringing together established researchers, new voices, and open communications on all aspects of this newly polycentric world that stretched from Constantinople to Mystras and from Arta to Trebizond: we will explore the functioning of late Byzantine politics – the interaction of emperors and rulers with aristocratic, ecclesiastical, urban elites and the dēmos – look at the cultural, religious, and literary life in the various post-1204 polities from various angles, and explore the fragile position of the dwindling Eastern Roman polities in their wider Mediterranean context, from the Italian powers via the Balkans to the Mamluks, Ottomans, and Mongols.

The 51st Spring Symposium invites contributions for ‘New Voices’ papers and Communications on any of these themes and warmly invites abstracts from scholars within and without the UK and in fields linked to Byzantine studies. ‘New Voices’ papers (20 minutes) are open to post-doctoral scholars as well as doctoral students in the final year of dissertation writing and should introduce an aspect of current research pertinent to the Symposium theme. They will be considered for publication in the Symposium proceedings alongside main papers (subject to peer review). Communications (10 minutes) are open to everybody, and will not normally be published. The call for ‘New Voices’ papers and Communications is now open. If you would like to offer a ‘New Voices’ paper or a Communication on the theme of the Symposium, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words (for a ‘New Voices’ paper) or no more than 250 words (for a Communication) to byzantium2018@ed.ac.uk by 1 December 2017. Successful submissions will be informed no later than 15 December 2017. Some bursaries will be available to selected speakers, especially to attendees from outside the UK. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please indicate this on your abstract and we will send you further information about the application process if appropriate. For further information on the 51st Symposium, please check https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/news-events/events/51st-spring-symposium-of-byzantine-studies (if the page does not open, please copypaste the complete link manually into your browser and make sure to remove the hyphen and space in the middle of ‘archaeology’). Information will be updated regularly.

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7th International Hilandar Conference, Preserving and Accessing Medieval Slavic Manuscripts”, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Deadline: 10 January 2018

Papers that compare medieval Slavic to other manuscript traditions will also be considered, as will presentations about the establishment of similar libraries and centers that preserve a cultural heritage and promote scholarly access to its materials. Possible session topics related to medieval Slavic manuscripts include:

Conservation and preservation

Description and cataloging

Microfilming, Digitization, and/or Digital Humanities

Watermarks

Hymnography Acrostics and other hidden information in manuscripts

Teaching medieval Slavic manuscripts

Medieval Slavic texts preserved in other traditions

Hilandar Monastery Manuscripts (Slavic and Greek)

Scribes

Hilandar Monastery Edicts – Slavic, Greek, Ottoman, and/or Wallacho-Moldavian

The international series of Hilandar conferences began at The Ohio State University in April 1981, when medieval Slavic scholars from 19 different countries came to Columbus to show their appreciation and support for what was then the Hilandar Research Project (HRP). The HRL, at the invitation of the monks, had microfilmed at Hilandar Monastery nearly 1,000 Cyrillic manuscripts and over 400 medieval charters and edicts (Slavic, Greek, Ottoman and Wallacho-Moldavian), thus creating for the first time opportunities for scholars, especially female scholars (who cannot work with the originals on Mount Athos), to conduct research of nearly 500,000 pages of what was then largely un-researched material. The materials were first housed in the “Hilandar Room,” dedicated December 2, 1978, in the “Main” Library at Ohio State. In 1984, the HRP ended and two units were created: the Hilandar Research Library, a special collection of University Libraries, and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS) in the College of Arts and Sciences. We invite scholars (researchers, faculty, independent scholars and graduate students) to submit abstracts (not to exceed 500 words) to hilandar@osu.edu. For additional event information, please contact the RCMSS Program Coordinator Jessi Jones, jones.3939@osu.edu.
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Various Research Opportunities at the French School of Athens

Deadline: from 31 October 2017

Details can be found here and here.

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Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The call for the 2018 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open for one or two-year fellowships. Applicants must be supported by an academic mentor at an eligible higher education institute in the Republic of Ireland. Trinity College Dublin Classics has hosted five IRC Postdocs in the past three years (in literature, history and archaeology) and the Department welcomes enquiries from suitably qualified, outstanding candidates for this new call.

“The mission of the Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland. The Council is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority. The core function of the Council is to support excellent frontier research across all disciplines and career stages. It places particular focus on early-stage researchers and promotes diverse career opportunities for researchers by partnering with enterprise. The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus, and has established partnerships across government and civic society.”

Full details of the scheme at: http://research.ie/funding/goipd/?f=postdoctoral, but anyone interested should be aware that there is an internal deadline for the sign-off of applications, well ahead of the final submission deadline of 30 November 2017. Please contact the Head of Department Professor Monica Gale (mrgale@tcd.ie) or a potential mentor for further information. A list of staff members of the Classics Department at TCD and details of their research interests can be found at http://www.tcd.ie/Classics/research/staff.php.

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