THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 20th May 2019
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
‘Celebrations in the Eastern Mediterranean: Private and Public’, 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies, University of Birmingham, 1 June 2019, Arts Building, Arts LR1 and LR3.
9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30-9:50 A Tribute to Ruth Macrides (Professor Leslie Brubaker)
Panel One: Celebrations and Identity (Chair Vicky Kaisidou)
9:50-10:15 Banquets as a theater of cultural difference in 12th century Byzantine romance
Zoe Kokka (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
10:15-10:40 Archbishop Makarios III, the 1st April, and the creation of “the Cypriot”
Antonios Savva (University of Birmingham)
10:40-11:05 Modern Greek Celebrations – A Journal Ethnography
Holly Chalcraft (University of Durham)
11:05-11:20 Coffee Break
Panel Two: Public Celebrations (Chair Dr Christopher Markiewicz)
11:20-11:45 The Brumalia festival from Rome to Byzantium: continuity or ideological remaking?
Elena Nonveiller (EHESS Paris)
11:45-12:10 Celebrating sanctity. The public celebrations of saints in Coptic hagiography
Chloé Agar (University of Oxford)
12:10-12:35 The ‘Giostra’ as celebratory propaganda in Renaissance Crete: La nobilissima barriera della Canea: poema cretese del 1594 by Giancarlo Persio
Amanda Skamagka (University of Athens)
12:35-13:00 Privacy in public: transgressions at the Greek Orthodox carnival in late Ottoman Istanbul
Sada Payir (University of Oxford)
Panel Three: Religious Celebrations (Chair Dr Daniel Reynolds)
14:00-14:25 Chrysostom’s Catechetical Homily on Pascha (CPG 4605): a case study in approaching the question(s) of Pseudepigrapha
Mark Huggins (University of Edinburgh)
14:25-14:50 ‘Blood for the Blood God!’. The survival of ritual sacrifice in Late Antiquity and Beyond
Michael Burling (University of Birmingham)
14:50-15:15 The celebration of saints in Theodore the Studite’s Hymns
Maria-Lucia Goiana (University of Vienna)
15:15-15:40 Pascha in Contemporary Greek poetry: five poets at the Cross
Mariza Parasyri (King’s College London)
14:40-16:00 Coffee Break
Panel Four: Celebrations and the Imperial Ceremonial (Chair Lauren Wainwright)
16:00-16:25 ‘Daphne/Laurus‘: triumphal rhetorics and wedding ceremonies in the Imperial Palaces of Late Antiquity
Alfredo Calahorra Bartolomé (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
16:25-16:50 The imperial dress and the coronation ceremony: the etiquette and the signs of excellence of the rank
Antonio Pio Di Cosmo (Pontificio Istituto Orientale)
16:50-17:15 The political significance of Maria Skleraina’s ceremonial performances as Sebaste (1042-1046)
Ewan Short (Cardiff University)
17:15-17:40 When celebration goes wrong: the collapse of the Middle Byzantine honours system
James Cogbill (University of Birmingham)
17:40-18:00 Final Remarks
Dr Rhoads Murphey
18:00 Wine reception
Registration for the event can be found at here.
A book stall and poster display will be running throughout the day in Arts LR3.
The Organising Committee: Rachael Helen Banes, Alessandro Carabia
This is a student-led postgraduate colloquium organised under the auspices of the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham.
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
‘Motifs, Influences, and Narrative Strategies in the Epics of the Medieval East and West‘, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 17–18 September 2020
Deadline: 30 March 2020
Organisers: Markéta Kulhánková (Masaryk University, Brno) and Ingela Nilsson (Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul/Uppsala University)
The impetus to organize this workshop is the research project A Narratological Commentary on Digenis Akritis (https://www.muni.cz/en/research/projects/44579), currently ongoing at Masaryk University in Brno and funded by the Czech Science Foundation. The aim of the project is to prepare a book-length commentary discussing the treatment of narrative categories, narrative strategies, literary and oral techniques, motifs, parallels, and influences and also including a summary of historical and philological discussions concerning the poem.
Our ambition is to make this literary work accessible and understandable to a wider audience from different fields. Within the planned workshop, we aim to bring together scholars working on the Digenis poem and related Byzantine genres (in particular vernacular poetry and novels) with specialists in both western and eastern medieval epics. We would like to invite you to discuss the character of these narratives and common problems and challenges for literary historians dealing with medieval epics.
Topics for discussion include but are not restricted to:
- motivic parallels in epics across medieval Europe and the Near East
- the mixing of cultures in border epics
- medieval epics and other genres (influences, interaction)
- epical and other narrative strategies
- medieval epics and narratology
- orality and textuality
Please send an abstract (ca 250 words) for a 20-minute presentation to Markéta Kulhánková by 30 March 2020.
‘The Citizen in Late Antiquity’, The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network, University of Utrecht, 25th November 2019.
Deadline: 26 July 2019
‘Citizen’ in Late Antiquity was an emotive and complex term. In the classical world, the term not only signified the distribution of rights and duties of members of city and empire, but perhaps much more importantly reflected the intricate processes of inclusion and exclusion that shaped Greco-Roman culture in a myriad of ways. Conventional historiography, which tended to focus on legal citizenship almost exclusively, once characterized citizenship as defunct by the onset of Late Antiquity: it has argued that the mass enfranchisement of the edict of Caracalla and the gradual transformation – or collapse – of the classical city, turned the ‘citizen’ into an anachronism, with its social, cultural and political significance returning only at the onset of the Renaissance. Recent scholarship however has started to contest this view by positing that neither the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west nor the transformation of the classical city brought an end to the concept of the citizen.
Next to other forms of self-identification, such as gender, class and ethnicity, people in late Roman and post-Roman polities continued to imagine and conduct themselves as citizens and these categories could themselves be understood in terms of legal and social citizenship. The citizen was also omnipresent in religious discourses, most significantly in late antique Christianity where the followers of Christ could either be perceived as citizens par excellence (viz. of the civitas Dei) or as intrinsic strangers and outsiders, namely to the civitas of the transitory world. Furthermore, citizens, of whatever kind, were also represented in material and visual culture, they took part, as citizens, in economic and artistic life and they appear most frequently in a vast number of textual sources and genres. An understanding of the full spectrum of ‘citizenship’ and ‘the citizen’ in Late Antiquity thus requires the use of a wide range of sources and approaches, and the fresh insights of a new generation of scholars.
This workshop, The Citizen in Late Antiquity, aims at providing an informal, constructive environment for postgraduate and early career researchers to present their work, meet others working in the field, and discuss current trends and issues. The Late Antiquity Network provides a single platform for those working on a broad range of
geographical and disciplinary areas within the period of Late Antiquity, and participants are thus encouraged to interpret ‘citizen’ in a broad sense, thinking about how the theme intersects with their own research. Papers will be of twenty minutes, with ten minutes allocated for discussion. Facilitating this will be an address by our visiting speaker, Professor Engin Isin of Queen Mary University London, an acclaimed and prolific theorist on the subject of citizenship. The workshop is generously supported and hosted by the Dutch NWO VICI research project “Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages” and the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS) at Utrecht University. Some suggested topics for discussion are:
– Different types of citizens
– Citizens and material culture and imagery
– Citizens and non-citizens, and interactions between different kinds of citizenship
– The spatial dimensions of citizenship
– Citizens, universalism and cosmopolitanism
– Criteria for becoming or ceasing to be a citizen
– Alternatives to citizenship discourse
– Citizens and the city
– Citizens and religion
– Poverty and citizenship
– Citizens in different literary genres
– Citizens and lawmaking
Abstracts of no more than 400 words with a brief biography to be sent to the conveners Thomas Langley and Kay Boers by Friday 26th July. Please include your affiliation (independent scholars welcome) and current academic status (or the year your PhD was awarded). If interested in the opportunity to run the seminar next year, please detail any relevant previous experience alongside the biography when you submit the abstract. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 19th August.
7th International Symposium ‘Days of Justinian I’, Special thematic strand ‘Identities’, 15-16 November 2019, Skopje.
Deadline: 10 August 2019
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Kaldellis (The Ohio State University).
The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to bring together scholars from around the world to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.
This year’s special thematic strand Identities aims to incite scholarly debate about the differing perceptions of identity in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe. Aside from the discursive evidence in the contemporary sources, modern theoretical approaches will be addressed in exploring the complex concepts and notions of identity, covering the broad range of modes of identification. Various fundamental questions will be raised in defining how identities were formed in the Middle Ages and how they were expressed, maintained, negotiated or transformed. This will encompass the ways in which Byzantium and other pre-modern states and empires have shaped and configured the composite spectrum of political, ethnic, provincial, legal, religious or cultural identities.
The symposium will embrace broader geographical areas, chronological scope, and varieties of political, ideological, cultural, social or religious contexts in exploring the multiple layers of identity in the Eastern Roman Empire and in Medieval Western Europe.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:
- Romanness in the Middle Ages: Concepts and approaches
- Being Byzantine or Roman: Interpreting the identity of Byzantium / Romania
- Mapping ethic identities in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe
- Imagining Identities in Middle Ages: Modern theoretical definitions
- Strategies of identification
- Concepts of the “Other” in the Middle Ages
- Ethnicity, ethnogenesis and identity
- Premodern ethnicity and national identity
- Narrative, memory and identity
- Language and linguistic identities
- Art and identity
- Material culture and identity
- Roman law and legal identities
- Gender and Identity
- Heritage discourses and cultural identity
- Religion, religious communities and identities
- Heresy and Identity
- Music and identity
- Cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
First Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 10 August 2019.
Second Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 15 October 2019.
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August 2019.
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October 2019
Deadline for submitting the complete paper for publication: 1 March 2020.
Please send the application form to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
Working languages: Macedonian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The excursion will be covered by the organizer.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the
The papers submitted will be peer-reviewed before publication.
For further inquiries you can contact the Secretary of the Symposium, Prof. Dragan
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Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov
Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 7–10 May 2020.
Deadline: 29 May 2019
To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 7–10, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/55th-international-congress-on-medieval-studies). The deadline for submission is May 29, 2019. Proposals should include:
**Session abstract (300 words)
**Intellectual justification for the proposed session (100 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)
Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2019, if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse up to 5 session participants (presenters and presider) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming abroad. Session organizers and co-organizers should plan to participate in the panel as either a participant or a presider. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available here.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Research Associate or Research Fellow, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.
Deadline: 1 June 2019
The Department of Ηistory and Archaeology announces one (1) part-time position (70 hours/month) of Research Associate or Research Fellow for employment in the Research Project “Greek learning in France in the sixteenth century: Grammars & sententiae” funded by the University of Cyprus and under the direction of Dr Natasha Constantinidou.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SELECTED CANDIDATE
This project aims to collect and analyse information relating to two specific kinds of Greek editions printed in France in the sixteenth century: Greek grammars and short anthologies of dicta or sententiae of ancient philosophers (often also known as Dicta septem sapientium). Through the collection and study of this information, the project aims at providing an insight into the learning of Greek in sixteenth and early seventeenth century France.
The successful candidate will assist the PI in collecting data regarding sixteenth-century Greek editions of grammars and anthologies. He/she is expected to spend time in libraries in France and elsewhere.
Candidates with backgrounds (MA or PhD level) in any of the following subjects are welcome to apply: Classics, History, Bibliography (Early Printed Books)
Apart from English, working knowledge of Ancient Greek, Latin and French
Prior experience in working with early printed books is not necessary, but would be regarded favourably
Knowledge of modern Greek is not necessary
Shortlisted candidates are expected to be interviewed in Cyprus or via video conference during the week of 10-15 June 2019
Fellowship starts on the 1st of July or soon thereafter
Candidates who are shortlisted will require two favourable academic references at time of interview
The position is on a contract basis of one year, and are renewable. The monthly salary is equal to € 1200-1500, based on qualifications and experience. Employee and employer contribution will be deducted from the above amount. The position does not include a 13th Salary bonus or medical insurance coverage.
Interested candidates should submit the following items, in PDF or Word format, via e-mail to Dr Natasha Constantinidou (email Constantinidou.email@example.com) by the 1st of June, 2019:
- Cover letter (that also specifies their employment availability date)
- A detailed curriculum vitae
iii. The names and contact details of at least two University professors from whom references may be requested
- Details of any relevant experience or publications if applicable
For more details and other information, interested individuals may contact Dr Natasha Constantinidou.
Managing Editor of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.
Deadline: The position remains open until filled.
Position Title: Managing Editor of Byzantine Studies
Supervisor: Director of Publications
Grade: 57, exempt
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday
To serve as editor of the journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers, and manage all aspects of production of Byzantine Studies publications such as symposia and colloquia conference proceedings, Dumbarton Oaks collections publications, and various other books in established series.
Duties and Responsibilities
- In your role as editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers you will be responsible for evaluating submissions for the journal, determining whether each article is of suitable length, subject, and tone. In addition, you will evaluate the need for manuscript development and work with authors on needed changes to prepare articles for peer review. You will also work directly with the editorial board to conduct and manage double-blind peer review.
- In addition, you will conduct and manage double-blind peer review for all Byzantine scholarly books, and make sure that all concerns of peer reviewers have been met by authors and volume editors.
- Work with the director of publications to create and maintain reasonable production schedules to ensure projects are produced in a timely manner.
- See each edited volume, monograph, and the journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers through the publishing production process, from transmittal to final print production.
- Work with volume editors and authors to transmit all final files, text, and images for production in a timely manner, make sure all permissions are in place, and work with production manager to ensure all image files are ready for print production..
- Hire and manage contractors such as copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, cartographers, and illustrators as needed, including setting reasonable schedules and writing contracts.
- Provide information, instructions, and schedules to the organizers of Dumbarton Oaks symposia and colloquia who hope to publish their proceedings as edited volumes.
- Write and administer contracts for volume editors, monograph authors, contributing authors in edited volumes, and journal article authors. Ensure that authors’ contractual obligations are met.
- Cleanup and prepare copyedited text files and send text and images to the graphic designer or type compositor.
- Review all proofs and traffic to multiple editors, authors, and contractors, compiling and marking up corrections for the compositor and making sure all corrections have been made.
- Write marketing (website and catalog) and jacket or cover copy for all volumes.
- Compile complimentary copy lists for reviewers, authors and contractors; send book
announcements to specialized listservs; and apply for relevant book awards.
- Write monthly reports outlining the progress of all publications.
- Maintain publication submission guides and style guides.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Graduate degree in Byzantine studies or a cognate field.
- Five + years of experience as a manuscript editor or production editor in scholarly
publishing, experience with mechanical and substantive editing of book-length manuscripts,
experience with project management.
- Demonstrated experience in ancient Greek required.
- Familiarity with prevailing standards of documentation and advanced knowledge of the
Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.
- PhD in Byzantine studies preferred.
- Other than ancient Greek, one or more other languages relevant to Byzantine studies highly
preferred (e.g., Latin, French, German, Russian, modern Greek).
- Familiarity with trends and issues in Byzantine and medieval studies.
- Computer fluency and proficiency in onscreen editing techniques and fluency with Microsoft
Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Word, is essential.
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred.
- Ability to work with authors from different national and disciplinary backgrounds.
- Familiarity with copyright, publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.Superb organizational abilities, with keenattention to detail. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines. Flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills.
The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. A copyediting test will be administered to finalists to determine skill, style, and proficiency.
All information is also available here.
Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).