Oxford Listings – Week 2


Michaelmas Term 2017

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​​MONDAY 16th October

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology

Neil Price

​​The Viking Phenomenon


17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Lindy Grant (Reading)

​​The abbey in the palace and the palace in the abbey: the interpenetration of religious and residential space in France in the long thirteenth century

​​TUESDAY 17th October

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

Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Martin Whittingham (Oxford)

​​Seeing Muhammed in the Bible: on the lookout – in Isaiah 21: 6-7 and elsewhere

​​WEDNESDAY 18th October

17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Irene Giviashvili (SIAS, Oxford)

​​Marking the sacred space in Ani: The evidence of monuments


17:00 Empires of Faith Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Richard Hobbs (London)

​​Representing belief on silver plate in late Antiquity

​​THURSDAY 19th October

11:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre 

Ekaterine Gedevanishvili

​​Cult and Image of St. George in Medieval Georgian Art


14:00 OCLA Special Lecture
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Sutro Room, Trinity College
Prof. Stephen Mitchell (University of Exeter)
The Fear Factor … Roman Cities and the Barbarian Threat in the Third Century


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

Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Jürgen Paul (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg)

​​How to do things with things. Objects and ceremonies in Seljuq Iran

​​FRIDAY​ 20th October​

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

​The Letters of Nicholas Mystikos​


12:00 Byzantine Literature Lecture

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann

S​​cholarship in Byzantium​

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
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The Byzness, 15 October 2017








SYMPOSIUM: Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, Pera Museum Istanbul, 16-18 November 2017

On the tenth anniversary of its foundation, the Istanbul Research Institute will host Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, a symposium examining the development of Byzantine studies in Istanbul during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The symposium will take place at the Pera Museum, November 16–18, 2017.

At a time when classical antiquity continued to be the main attraction drawing Western scholars to the Eastern Mediterranean, Byzantine history and archaeology became a new field of competitive scientific exploration in the former Byzantine capital. Some of the major themes and issues to be addressed at Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul are scholars’ motivations and incentives for studying the empire founded by Constantine in 330 AD, the means by which they accessed the monuments and material wealth of Constantinople, what they were allowed to see and under what circumstances and conditions, and the networks they established among themselves and with authorities from government and cultural institutions. The activities of newly founded foreign institutes and museums are also examined, along with scientific competition at the international level, including the reactions of Turkish scholars.

The period covered by Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul begins with the emergence of major archaeological expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and is rich in major historical events and findings that brought the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkish republic to the fore. It ends with the International Congress of Byzantine Studies convening its tenth conference, for the first time meeting in Istanbul. The contributions analyze archival material with the aim of bringing to light unknown and unexplored sources of research.

The symposium is being organized under the direction of Olivier Delouis and Brigitte Pitarakis, both from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris.

Free of admissions; drop in. This event will take place in Pera Museum’s auditorium. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

More information, including the programme, can be found 

​​SCHOOL: International Spring School “The Material Dimension of Religions: Transcultural Approaches to Epigraphical and Archaeological Sources from Antiquity to the Middle Ages”, University of Goettingen, 5-9 March 2018

Application dealine: 24 November 2017

Participation costs: no tuition fee; accommodation costs fully covered

Queries and applications: 


Notwithstanding the importance of literary texts, the practice of religious cults and rituals is investigated through the evidence of material culture, from inscriptions, paintings, and statues to objects and buildings. However, it is challenging to cope with fragile, scattered, and often fragmentary documents, to study their settings, and to scrutinize their impact on worship and everyday life. Thus, the issue of the materiality of religions merits a scholarly treatment on its own. The Material Dimension of Religions Spring School is aimed at graduate students and intends to examine theories and methods of investigating religions through epigraphical and archaeological sources in a transcultural and transhistorical approach. The schedule includes seven workshops on Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome, Late Antique Judaism, Early Christianity, Classical Islam, Christian Middle Ages, and Jerusalem as a transcultural place, and four keynotes on Greek epigraphy and religion, religion in the public space, the materiality of texts, and the city of Jerusalem as an example of coexistence and interaction of the materialities of religions. The spring school will provide an intensive training for interpreting non-literary sources in a historical perspective. The participants will learn how to study religions from inscriptions and material culture. Furthermore, looking at the topography of cities like Rome and Jerusalem, the participants will increase the awareness of processes of interactions and exchanges between religious traditions in antiquity.

Practicalities: participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The main language will be English. Accommodation of successful applicants will be fully covered. A contribution to travel costs may be awarded to students who lack other funding opportunities upon application at the SFB 1136 Bildung und Religion.

How to apply We welcome applications from graduate students of Classics, History, Archaeology, Theology, Judaic Studies, Arabic Studies, and related disciplines. Preliminary requirements:  a basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages: ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic.  an interest at university level in history of religions, archaeology, or epigraphy.

Please send by Friday the 24th of November a full CV and an application letter in English or in German (max. 600 words) explaining your motivation for participating in the Spring School to: 

​​CONFERENCE: ‘The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew, and ‘Oriental’ Languages on Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’, Leuven, 13-15 December 2017

Registration deadline: 3 December 2017

500 years ago, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Jerome Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the three ‘sacred’ languages Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. The initiative was not the only of its kind in the early 16th century and this fascination with Greek and Hebrew did not come out of nowhere, but had its roots in Renaissance Italy, whence it gradually disseminated to other parts of Europe. Moreover, as early as the beginning of the 14th century, the Council of Vienne had authorized and encouraged the foundation of professorships in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic at four universities (Bologna, Oxford, Paris, and Salamanca), mainly in order to convert Jews, Muslims, and Oriental Christians to the ‘true’ faith. The council and Italian humanism thus testify to the fact that enthusiasm for learning Greek and ‘Oriental’ (nowadays: Semitic) languages, next to Latin, among Western-European scholars and clergymen clearly predates the 16th century.

This year’s LECTIO conference will seize the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive to examine the general context in which such linguistic institutes emerged as well as their learning and teaching practices and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of this new education on scholarship, science, and society.

Apart from 19 papers to be presented both by promising junior researchers and renowned senior scholars, there will be two keynote lectures. Prof. dr. Saverio Campanini (Bologna) will discuss the relationship between the teaching of Classical Hebrew and conversion, whereas dr. Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Paris) will (re)contextualize the rediscovery of Greek on the humanist scene of Western Europe.

Please find appended to this message the full program. For more information, see also our website (

The conference will mostly take place in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven. The keynote lectures will, however, be at different venues. Saverio Campanini’s lecture will be in the ‘Promotiezaal’ at University Hall (room 01.46), Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven, whereas Luigi-Alberto Sanchi’s will be in the ‘Mercierzaal’ of the University Library, Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven.

Participation is free, but please register before 3 December 2017 by means of the form you can find on the website.

​​The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800)

Deadline: 28 February 2018

This thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO), which will appear in 2019, celebrates the Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery and its various afterlives. It aims at investigating its evolution within the sphere of Byzantium’s cultural influence and beyond, with a chronological scope which begins from the Late Middle Ages and stretches until the 19th century, when artisanal productions begin to decline. We welcome proposals on the following subjects:

The different aspects of Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery and its artistic and technical evolutions.

Embroidery techniques and iconographies transmitted from West and/or East.

The relationship between Byzantine/post-Byzantine productions and the Christian Orient (ex. Armenia,Georgia)

The management of Byzantine heritage in the Slavic World. – Italian-Greek borderland productions (ex. the Ionian Islands)

The circulation of Byzantine embroideries overseas (Italy, Eastern Europe and beyond)

Christian embroideryin Egypt and the Levant

Proposals by junior and senior researchers will be equally considered with priority being given to original research, whether based on technical analysis, iconographical interpretation or textual evidence. Subjects which favor interdisciplinarity are particularly welcome. The volume will be bilingual (French and English) and will appear in print in 2019. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to 

​​Deputy Director, Kenyon Institute East Jerusalem

Deadline: 30 October 2017

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) seeks to appoint a Deputy Director of the Kenyon Institute in East Jerusalem. This fixed term post presents a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to live and work in East Jerusalem; to develop his/her local and international academic networks and skills; and to lay strong foundations for an academic career.

For further details and to apply please download the 
guidance document and see the website.

Applications must be submitted to 
cbrl@britac.ac.uk by the closing date: Monday 30 October 2017, 5pm BST.

​​Fully funded PhD in Classics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Deadline: 10 December 2017

The University of California at Santa Barbara is delighted to offer a new funding opportunity: 5 years of full funding for a Classics PhD student who is able to teach modern Greek. The successful applicant will be expected to teach modern Greek to undergraduates for two quarters each year, and will be on fellowship for the third quarter. Greek-speaking applicants from Greece, the US, and other countries are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the UCSB Classics department and PhD program: 

Who may apply?

Students who wish to pursue a PhD in Classics and who have a BA in Classics or a comparable degree and who have a minimum of 2 years training in both Latin and ancient Greek. Applicants must be a good fit for our department and bilingual in modern Greek and English. Applicants should have an aptitude for teaching, but no teaching experience is necessary as training will be given. 

How to apply:  


For more information about this and our other fellowships please contact the Chair of the Classics department, Professor Helen Morales: 

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
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The Byzness, 8 October 2017







​​CONFERENCE: “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, 26-27 October 2017, University of Bari.

Prolepsis is glad to circulate the final programme of the upcoming 2nd International Postgraduate Conference “Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages taking place at the University of Bari on 26th and 27th October 2017.

You can download it here:
​ ​https://prolepsisblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/programma.pdf

​​CONFERENCE: Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium, 20-22 October 2017, University of Silesia, Centre for Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception​, K​atowice

Friday 20 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)

16.00-17.00    Coffee / tea     & Welcome (Przemysław Marciniak)  

17.00-18.00    Keynote lecture: Panagiotis Agapitos, “Scholia, Schede, Paraphrases, Integrated Gnomologia, Overflowing Narratives: The Politics of Commentary in Komnenian Byzantium”

Saturday 21 October 2017

Location: CiNiBa, Sala Seminaryjna, second floor (Bankowa 11a)

Session I: Aristotle in Byzantium (Chair: Panagiotis Agapitos)

9.00-9.50    Michele Trizio, “Unfolding Meanings, Forging Identities: Commentaries on Aristotle and Authorial Practices in Twelfth-Century Byzantium”  

Respondent: Andrea Cuomo 

9.50-10.40     Melina Vogiatzi, “Aristotle’s Rhetoric in Early Byzantium (Ninth-Twelfth Centuries)”

Respondent: Michele Trizio

10.40-11.00     Coffee / tea 

Session II: Ancient Texts in the Works of John Tzetzes (Chair: Janek Kucharski)    

11.00-11.50    Maria Tomadaki, “The Use of Ancient Texts in John Tzetzes’ Theogony” 

Respondent: Przemysław Marciniak

11.50- 12.40    Joanna Komorowska, “Astrological Theory and Astrological Authorities in Ioannes Tzetzes’ Exposition of the Iliad” 

Respondent: Inmaculada Pérez Martín 

12.40-14.30     Lunch 

Session III: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Ancient Literature (Chair: Divna Manolova)

14.30-15.20     Baukje van den Berg, “Twelfth-Century Scholars on the Ethics and Rhetoric of Comedy and Ridicule” 

Respondent: Janek Kucharski 

15.20-16.10     Valeria Flavia Lovato, “Odysseus the Schedographer in Eustathios’ Parekbolai” 

Respondent: Aglae Pizzone  

16.10-17.00     Inmaculada Pérez Martín, “The meaning of Eustathius of Thessalonike’s Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes in the Tradition of Homeric Geography” 

Respondent: Baukje van den Berg 

17.00-17.30     Break 

17.30-18.30    Keynote lecture: Aglae Pizzone, “Tzetzes on Hermogenes and Rhetoric: from the Ancients to the Self”

Sunday 22 October

Location: Sala Rada Wydziału, plac Sejmu Śląskiego 1, fifth floor 

Session IV: Twelfth-Century Commentaries after the Twelfth Century (Chair: Aglae Pizzone)

9.30-10.20     Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi, “Preserving through Adapting: The Case of the Homeric Proverbial Verses”  

Respondent: Maria Tomadaki

10.20-10.40    Coffee / tea

Session V: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Palaiologan Byzantium (Chair: Przemysław Marciniak) 

10.40-11.30    Andrea Cuomo, “The Moschopulo-Planudean Scholia on Sophocles: What Do They Comment on?”

Respondent: Lorenzo Maria Ciolfi

11.30-12.10     Francesco Monticini, “The Λόγος and the λόγοι: The Commentaries on Synesius’ On Dreams in Their Context” 

Respondent: Divna Manolova 

12.10-12.20     Concluding remarks (Baukje van den Berg)

All inquiries should be directed to dr. Baukje van den Berg (

​​CONFERENCE: Astronomy across the Medieval World, 18 November 2017, St Cross College, Oxford

Registration deadline: 10 November 2017

The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the 
Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University) – `The Service of Astronomy’ – European Star-Gazing and Its Implications in the Middle Ages

Professor Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge) – Chinese Astronomy in a World Context

Dr Josep Casulleras (University of Barcelona) – From Ancient to Modern: Astronomy in Medieval Islam

Professor Ivan Šprajc (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – Mayan and Aztec Astronomy: Skywatching in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Dr Benno van Dalen (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – Ptolemaic Astronomy and Its Dissemination in the Islamic World, Europe and Asia

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College) on the influence of astronomy and the cosmos on medieval art. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend – booking a place for dinner can be done 

Bed and breakfast accommodation in the Oxford colleges can be found 

A map of the location of St Cross College in the city centre can be found 
here and a map of the location of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre at the Department of Physics can be found here.

​​SCHOOL: ‘Rome and Constantinople: Tales of Two Cities, 11-17 February 2018, Radboud University Nijmegen

This winter school is set up for advanced bachelor students. Please spread the word to your students who might be interested, as registration is open now.

See for details of the program and further information:
​ ​www.ru.nl/radboudwinterschool

​​Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 18-20 June 2018, St Louis University, Missouri

Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: 

​​Cyprus: a place and topos in ancient literature, 21-22 September 2018, Athens

Deadline: 15 Januaey 2018

Whether it was love, war, struggle or simply a breathtaking landscape that inspired authors in antiquity, Cyprus had it all. Greek and Latin literature abounds with references to the island: the land of kings and heroes and, most importantly, the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus, Cyprus offers to ancient authors numerous sources of inspiration – Teucer, Evagoras, Pygmalion, Cinyras, Myrrha, Adonis, to name but a few. At the same time, Cyprus the place has a unique cultural identity, shaped under the multiple interrelations, contacts and assimilations of indigenous Cypriot, Greek, and Eastern elements. Similar is the shaping of the linguistic landscape of the island.

Although the presence of Cyprus in literature is evident, a systematic exploration of the literary character and the role of the island in classical literature has not appeared yet. In addition, there is still much to be said about the literary production in Cyprus. The recent launch of the ‘Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature’ as part of Dioptra(
http://dioptra.cyi.ac.cy) enables classicists to assess a variety of sources which shape the literary culture of Cyprus.

Motivated by this recent development, this conference invites contributions to the following suggested topics:

the poetic exploitation of Cyprus (as a place or theme);

the literary landscape and production in Cyprus from the archaic period up to the Late Antiquity;

Cyprus as a possible literary topos;

the perception of Cyprus as place: references to, and descriptions of, the island and its habitants;

reception of Cypriot themes and traditions in classical literature.

Papers may engage with literary genres of any period up to the Late Antiquity, including inscriptions. PhD students and early career researchers as well as members of under-represented groups are encouraged to participate. The papers shall be in English or any other major European language, provided that an English translation is supplied.

The Conference will take place on September 21-22, 2018, in Athens, Greece. Details on keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration (subject to funding) will be announced in due course. Informal questions/enquiries can be addressed to Andreas Gavrielatos (
a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk). Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume (after peer-review).

Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted by January 15, 2018, to any (or all) of the members of the organising committee:

Amfilochios Papathomas (
Andreas Gavrielatos (
Grammatiki Karla (
Katerina Carvounis (

​​Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, 10 April 2018, University of Leeds,

Deadline: 1 February 2018

Few topics in medieval studies have as much current relevance and activity as frontiers and borders. Yet approaches to their study in the Middle Ages are often untheorised, and compare, if at all, only to often outdated studies of the ancient or modern world. Yet
​ ​medievalists are well placed, given the richness of their material and the complexity of medieval politics and society, to challenge such ‘classical’ ideas of The Frontier, whose weaknesses are now being exposed by current events. A fully comparative approach to the possibilities of what it meant to establish, live in or contest a frontier or border zone shown by the societies of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages can power the development of a new shared understanding of the processes at work where borders are laid down or transgressed.

The project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been exploring such ideas since 2015. Its first one-day conference, made possible by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, will take place on 10th April 2018. Scholars at all levels working on frontiers and borders within the period 100-1500 CE, in any geographical area, are invited to offer papers addressing questions such as these:

§ Who defines or defined a frontier, and with what effect?

§ How did the medieval understanding of the world envisage or describe frontiers?

§ How was a frontier physically constituted?

§ Did military frontiers differ from other sorts of border, and if so how?

§ How do archaeologists’ views of medieval frontiers compare to those of historians?

§ What persons or groups crossed medieval borders, and why? Who was prevented from doing so, and how effectively?

§ What persons or groups lived in border zones, for what reasons?

§ How far did frontiers and borders create or inform medieval identities?

§ How do the insights of other disciplines studying frontiers apply to medieval societies, and how do medievalist disciplines differ in their study of frontiers?

Papers should be up to 15 minutes long and may be exploratory or experimental.

Comparison of more than one medieval society is encouraged. Titles and abstracts should be received by 1st February 2018. It may not be possible to accept all submissions. Some travel bursaries are available to allow attendance which might otherwise not be possible, including from outside the UK.

Submissions, as well as any other queries, should be sent to Jonathan Jarrett, School of History, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 


​​Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join “The Reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: the first critical edition of George Pachymeres’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics”, a project funded from a major AHRC award and directed by Dr Sophia Xenophontos. 

The job requires expertise in Aristotelian philosophy and its reception in Late Antiquity and/or Byzantium, excellent reading skills in (Byzantine) Greek and high working proficiency in English. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications with Dr Xenophontos (including the English translation of the text to be edited), and, as part of her/his career development, to help manage the project’s dissemination and impact activities as opportunities allow. 

Further particulars (and how to apply) are available at 
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEP659/research-associate/ or https://udcf.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/, reference number 018234. 

This post has funding available from 1 February 2018 until 30 November 2018 in the first instance. Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, Level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2017.

Informal inquiries may be directed to the project’s Principal Investigator (

​​Chevening Fellowship at the British Library: Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East

Deadline: 7 November 2017

The British Library is delighted to partner with Chevening, the UK Government’s international awards scheme, to host year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders. Chevening Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development and other opportunities for individuals to spend time in the UK, researching subject matter that is relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities. At the British Library, each Chevening fellowship takes the form of a unique project-based placement that supports British Library staff to capitalise on the breadth and depth of our collections and expertise, enable new types of research, inform strategy and foster international collaboration. Upon completion of their projects, British Library Chevening fellows join the highly regarded global network of Chevening alumni.

We are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity on Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East. This 12-month project will start at the British Library in London in September 2018:

Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East

This fellowship opportunity is within the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), co-ordinated and hosted by the British Library. Supported by the Arcadia Fund, the EAP is of international pre-eminence in its mission to protect through preservation, social and cultural archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. The EAP would now like to strengthen its activities in North Africa and the Middle East. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to research the archival collections in one of these areas, engage with archival experts, at the British Library and internationally, to develop a targeted engagement strategy, and support its delivery through an outreach programme.

Applications are welcome from candidates from the following countries: Algeria; Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Palestine; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia

For a detailed overview of this and other opportunities for Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, and instructions on how to apply, visit:
​ ​http://www.chevening.org/programme/british-library

For information about current Chevening Fellowships at the British Library, visit: 

Assistant or Associate Professor, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture, John Hopkins University

Deadline: 15 November 2017

The Department of the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time professor at the rank of Assistant or early stage Associate Professor in the field of ancient Mediterranean art and/or architectural history to begin July 1, 2018. We encourage applications from scholars specializing in the arts of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece and Rome. Preference will be given to those specializing in the later first millennium BCE through Late Antiquity. Ph.D. in the History of Art, Classics or related field required at time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a strong publication record and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (published or in-press). Candidates at the assistant professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf (applicants at the tenured level should instead send the names and contact information for three references). All materials will be submitted online at 
http://apply.interfolio.com/45276. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017. For further information, contact Marian Feldman, Department Chair: mfeldm20@jhu.edu. For more information about the department, visit http://arthist.jhu.edu.

The search committee is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant. 

Tenure-track faculty position in Archaeology, American University of Beirut

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut is seeking a junior scholar in archaeology for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin on August 15, 2018.

The applicant will be a junior scholar specializing in a field(s), ideally with a Middle East emphasis, not currently covered by the department, including: the prehistory of the Ancient Near East/Eastern Mediterranean, Egyptology, Islamic archaeology, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, heritage studies, and numismatics. Applicants who have experience in teaching archaeological methodology and theory are particularly welcome. Applicants must have completed their PhD by August 2018.

In addition to the customary research and administration responsibilities associated with a position at AUB, candidates are expected to teach five undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year, supervise student research and MA theses as well as contributing to the fieldwork program of the department. The language of instruction is English. The initial period of appointment is four years.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV to 
as_dean@aub.edu.lb. In addition, applicants should arrange for three referees to directly send their recommendation letters to the same email address.

All application documents should be received by November 30, 2017.

For more information on this position, please visit 

The American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Late Antique or Medieval History, Stony Brook University

Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Department of History at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of late antique or medieval history.  Our search encompasses all fields and areas of medieval European, Mediterranean, and/or Near Eastern history, ca. 200 – 1400 CE.  Position starts August 2018.

Preferred qualifications: ability to teach a range of undergraduate lectures and seminars in late antique and/or medieval history, as well as contribute to one or more of our graduate program thematic clusters (Global connections, empire, capitalism; Health, science, environment; Race, citizenship, migration; Religion, gender, cultural identity; States, nations, political cultures). We also welcome interdisciplinary candidates whose historical work addresses social, cultural, economic, and/or political processes; who engage with material and/or visual cultures; and/or who can participate in Stony Brook’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (in hand or expected by August 2018) in late antique or medieval history, medieval studies, or related field.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online: 

A complete application consists of the following: 

1) cover letter, 

2) curriculum vitae, 

3) teaching statement, 

4) research statement, 

5) three letters of reference, and 

6) a completed State employment application form. 

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Sara Lipton (

​​T​​he Shohet Scholars Grant Program, International Catacomb Society

Deadline: 15 January 2017

This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage, 


Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).

Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Reporting Requirements

Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.

Deadlines and Decisions

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.

Click here for application forms and instructions and here for assistance.

Questions ?

If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at 
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Michaelmas Term 2017

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MONDAY 9th October



Medieval History Seminar

Wharton Room, All Souls

Paul Freedman (Yale)


Lamprey and Herring: Fish and Culinary Prestige in the Middle Ages 


TUESDAY 10th October



Medieval Church and Culture Seminar (Medieval Islam)

Charles Wellbeloved Room, Harris Manchester

Emilie Savage-Smith (Oxford)


A Thirteenth-Century Syrian History of Medicine


WEDNESDAY 11th October



Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Maroula Perisanidi (Leeds)


Hunting churchmen: Pleasure and religious authority in Byzantium




Empires of Faith Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Phil Booth (Oxford)


Crucible of the Copts: Empire and faith in seventh-century Egypt


THURSDAY 12th October



Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Hugh Jeffery (Oxford)


The Triconch Church at Aphrodisias: Architecture and Embellishment AD 500–1250






slamic Art and Archaeology Today: Theories in Practice

Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Nadia Ali (Oxford, Empires of Faith Project)


Acculturated natives who rebel. Revivalist, Ottomanist and Pan-Arabist engagements with early Islamic art (1876-1930s)




Late Roman Seminar

Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

James Corke-Webster (KCL)


How to praise a Christian emperor: The panegyrical experiments of Eusebius of Caesarea




Georgian Studies Seminar Series

The Syndicate Room, St Anthony’s College

Eberhard Wolfram Sauer (Edinburgh)


Dariali Gorge (the Caspian Gates in the Caucasus) from Antiquity to the Age of the Huns and the Middle Ages

FRIDAY 13th November



Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann




Byzantine Literature Lecture

Ioannou Centre

Marc Lauxtermann




The Cult of Saints in the First Millenium

Sutro Room, Trinity College

E. Rizos (Oxford)


Debating the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity: Critics and Defenders

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Lecture and workshop: Arabic Christianity, Cambridge MA, 16-17 October 2017

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce our next East of Byzantium events:


Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Arabic-speaking Christians and the Bible
Jack Tannous, Princeton University

Jack Tannous discusses the status of Arabic as a Christian language.

More information: https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/arabic-speaking-christians/


Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

An Early Arabic New Testament Translation
A workshop for students focusing on early Arabic translations of the New Testament. Led by Jack Tannous, Princeton University

RSVP required. Registration closes October 13. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/an-early-arabic-new-testament-translation/

ARMACAD Winter Language School (Armenian), Yerevan, 4-15 December 2017

All details can be found here: https://armacad.info/armenian-language-winter-school-04-dec-15-dec-2017-yerevan-armenia

Tabula Gratulatoria for Jean-Claude Cheynet 
Jean-Claude Cheynet, professor of Byzantine history at Paris-Sorbonne University, retired in 2015 and celebrated his 70th birthday in 2017.His former students, colleagues and friends wished to offer him a volume of Mélanges on the theme of the exercise of power in Byzantium and neighbouring states. This volume of Mélanges, published in the collection Travaux et Mémoires (Vol. 21/1), contains forty-four articles. Jean-Claude Cheynet began his career as a Byzantine scholar at the CNRS before joining the university, where he trained a new generation of historians and sigillographers. A specialist in the social and political history of the Byzantine Empire, he wrote extensively about the Byzantine aristocracy, the army, the functions and court titles of the Byzantine state, with a specialization in a known but little-used source for social history: Byzantine sigillography.

The contributions, written in French or English, are intended to present new interpretations and unpublished material. A Tabula gratulatoria will be published in the volume, which allows those who wish to join this homage by subscribing to the book.

For the subscription terms, please refer to the order attached to this mail or download it by clicking on the link below. The same document gives access to an exceptional sale on all the publications of the ACHCByz. https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2o76vc5h8mtp2x/Lettre%20de%20souscription_Catalogue.pdf?dl=0 To ensure that your name appears in the Tabula gratulatoria, please notify us of your subscription by sending a message to souscriptionmelangescheynet@gmail.com before October 15, 2017.

Conference: The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe, Harvard University, 26–27 October 2017

A two-day international conference on the development of Byzantine scholarship in early modern Europe. The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and a range of papers on the art historical, historiographical, ethnographic and textual engagement of early modern scholars with the Byzantine past.

Free registration and program available at https://inventionofbyzantium.com/



Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies

Deadline: 5 December 2017

The Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual publication, Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Akropolis is an international peer-reviewed annual scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, literature, philology, art.

To be considered for publication in the first volume of Akropolis, manuscripts should be submitted to akropolis@helenskestudije.me by December 5th 2017.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors, as well as the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. More information can be found at journal’s homepage http://helenskestudije.me/publications/journal/.





 Research Fellowships, The French School at Athens

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The French School at Athens is offering one-month research fellowships for the 2018 calendar year. Candidates must be enrolled in doctoral studies and be carrying out research that requires them to spend time in Greece, and which is related to one of the following fields: Aegean prehistory and protohistory, the ancient Greek world, and in some cases the Balkan, medieval, modern and contemporary Greek world.

Applications have to be submitted electronically at the following address: www.missions.efa.gr

Please refer to the Ecole française d’Athènes website for further information : https://www.efa.gr/index.php/en/formation-a-la-recherche/bourses/dossier-de-candidature


 PhD scholarship (1 year) within the Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel

Deadline: 15 November 2017

The PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel announces a one-year scholarship starting at the

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Your tasks:

The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting phase of his/her PhD research project. It is expected that he/she will develop his/her research project in that time for applying to the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding institutions at the end of that year.

Your profile:

The scholarship is addressed to students who held a 1st class MA‐degree either in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient History, Greek Philology, Latin Philology, Comparative and Historic Linguistics or European Archaeology. It is expected that the PhD student is highly motivated and will personally be involved in the PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. Most welcomed are PhD projects that can be linked to the research fields of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. The PhD student has to choose from the date of admission to the doctoral program a first or second supervisor from the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel.

Application / Contact:

The following documents should be sent by email to the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench

1.     Letter of motivation

2.     CV

3.     MA-Diploma

4.     1-2 sample of text (max. 20 pages each, including at least 1
academic qualification text, like BA- or MA-thesis)

5.     Sketch for the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)

6.     Letter of reference

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the Doctoral Program of Basel Ancient Studies Mr. Hans-Hubertus Muench (hubertus.muenchunibas.ch).

Applications can be submitted in German, in French or in English. The enrolment at the University of Basel is mandatory.


 Assistant/Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies/Hellenist, Penn State University

Deadline: 16 November 2017

The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the appointment of a tenure-track assistant professor or a tenured associate professor in the field of Greek language and literature, beginning August 2018.

We seek applications from candidates with active research interests that complement those of the present faculty, and that are compatible with graduate-level instruction of students in Greek philosophy.  Appropriate fields include (but are not limited to):  poetry (archaic to Hellenistic), classical drama, historical and philosophical prose, and rhetoric.

The primary teaching responsibilities include instruction in Greek language and literature at all levels, as well as lecture courses and seminars on subjects pertaining to the CAMS major and to the General Education curriculum offered by the department; e.g., Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Greek Civilization, and Classical Mythology.  The department embraces the entire Mediterranean and Near Eastern world in antiquity and welcomes candidates who can contribute to the dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

For candidates at the assistant professor level, requirements include Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment, at least two years of college-level teaching experience, and evidence of scholarly publication and productivity.  Candidates at the level of associate professor should demonstrate excellence in their achievements both in college-level teaching and in scholarly research in order to satisfy the departmental criteria for tenure.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and a teaching portfolio online at https://psu.jobs/job/74596 Candidates should arrange to have their letters of recommendation sent directly to the Hellenist Search Committee, c/o Lynn Hepfer (lrd131@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin on November 16 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by Skype or at the Annual SCS/AIA Meeting in Boston, January 4-7, 2018.

Contact: Lynn Hepfer lrd131@psu.edu

Department Website: http://cams.la.psu.edu/  


Adele Curness

DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

President, Oxford University Byzantine Society




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The Changing Face of Evil, 17-18 March 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline: 20 October 2017
Information here. 

Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Associate, St Cross College Oxford

Deadline: 28 September 2017

St Cross College invites applications for five non-stipendiary Postdoctoral Associateships in the Humanities tenable for one year from 1 October 2017 with the possibility of renewal for up to two further years dependent on continued postdoctoral post funding at Oxford. The Associateships are non-stipendiary but will carry common table rights for two days a week and are open to men and women in any Humanities academic discipline who do not have a current affiliation with any Oxford college, who have already completed their doctorate and who are in a funded postdoctoral post at the University of Oxford of at least one year’s duration from October 2017. Successful candidates will normally be within six years of having completed the requirements for their doctorate and not be in a tenured post, and will be selected with reference to their ability and willingness to contribute to the intellectual, educational, sporting and social life of the college. This should be outlined in a covering letter providing the reasons for desiring a College membership and the ways in which the applicant will contribute to College life alongside their research.

Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research plans accessible to non-specialists and should ask two referees to write on their behalf to the College. Also required as part of the application is a signed statement from an appropriate officer of the Oxford Faculty in which the applicant is working that it will provide the necessary support in terms of space and resources if the candidate is elected as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Applications (and letters from referees) should be sent to Lesley Sanderson, Master’s PA (master.pa@stx.ox.ac.uk) by no later than 9 am on Thursday 28th September 2017.


4 positions (3 PhDs, 1 Postdoc) in the NWO VICI-Project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100), Utrecht University

Deadline: 12 October 2017

The VICI-project Citizenship discourses in the early Middle Ages, 400-1100 searches for three PhDs and one Postdoc.

The project is based at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, and runs from 2017-2022 (https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs).

Starting date: 1 March 2018

Deadline for application: 12 October 2017

Direct link: 4 positions (3 PhDs, 1 Postdoc) in the NWO VICI Project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100)

Interested parties seeking further details may contact Dr Els Rose directly, in addition to the info provided in the ad and through the weblink.

Research Fellowships, The International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Deadline: 25 October 2017
Information here.
Research Fellowships, The American Researc


 Institute in Turkey

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2018-2019 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 for 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 fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2017.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2018.
For further information please see the ARIT webpage at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/FellowshipPrograms.html

Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society
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Lecture: ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites’, 21 September, British Academy, London


Aylin Orbaşlı  will be telling us all about ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites.’


There is plenty of availability. More information here.

Workshop: Language Contact in Central Asia, September 29, 2017, Cambridge MA


The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the first workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium III workshop series:


Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


Language Contact in Central Asia

A workshop for students offering the opportunity for a broad look at the linguistically diverse textual witness to life on the Silk Road(s), or Central Asia, during the 9th–13th centuries. Led by Adam McCollum, University of Notre Dame


RSVP required. Registration closes September 27. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/language-contact-in-central-asia/.

Program: ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast), a regional workshop on Late Antiquity, October 19-20, 2017, Vanderbilt University


The workshop is free and open to all interested scholars.


A full program and registration information can be found at: https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/news/relacs2017.php



“Transformations of the Seventh Century I: Connected Cultures” and “Transformations of the Seventh Century II: Disciplines in Dialogue”, International Medieval Congress, 10-13 May, University of Western Michigan Kalamazoo MI.

Deadline: 20 September 2017
The seventh century saw significant transformations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East, resulting in profound religious, political, cultural, social and economic changes which affected communities and societies in diverse ways. These sessions seek to examine specific moments of transformation within the seventh century, and the ways in which scholars can bring together different kinds of disciplines to investigate the evidence for these changes. The seventh century is also crucial in considering periodisation of late antiquity and the early middle ages. The Italian peninsula in AD 600 is usually understood to be firmly part of ‘late antiquity’ while northern Europe in the same period is generally perceived as the ‘early middle ages’; at the same time, some recent scholarship argues that ‘Byzantium’ begins only in the seventh century. However, all these areas were connected via political, economic, cultural, religious and other networks and these varying periodisations are problematic if not considered as part of a whole. A similar issue is seen in terms of methodological approaches. Scholarship of the seventh century often uses a range of different types of evidence or disciplinary approaches, but interdisciplinary study presents challenges as well as offering potential for new discoveries. Moreover, even the concept of ‘interdisciplinary research’ is taken in substantially different ways by practitioners who operate within the frameworks of different scholarly traditions, disciplines or departments, and with unspoken disciplinary assumptions.

Session one will consider how different societies and cultures experienced and negotiated these changes, and the ways in which different cultures came into contact with new networks of trade, exchange, knowledge and communication which were built up across Europe and the Mediterranean. Papers might investigate, for example, how new ideologies were developed or responses to the growth of Christianity and the initiation of Islam; how the disintegration of old structures and the establishment of new ones affected political, social and economic life; or technological developments and associated new ways of thought and practice resulted in transformations in the seventh century.

Session two will examine the disciplinary structures, approaches and assumptions which underpin research into the seventh century, and in particular will focus on how to bring different disciplines together for fruitful dialogue. Papers might explore, for example, how to approach conflicts in different types of source material (such as historical and archaeological evidence, or visual and textual evidence); or the problems and opportunities presented by interdisciplinary study of the seventh-century past with reference to specific case-studies or contexts; or how to use non-traditional or new methodologies to shed light on the changes of the seventh century.

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract to h.g.foxhallforbes@durham.ac.uk by September 20.



Tenure-Track Position, Islamic Studies, Colgate University


Deadline: 1 October 2017


The department of Religion at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2018. Ph.D. degree is expected prior to or shortly after the start date.


Candidates with expertise in Islam in any period or region are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable.


All Colgate University faculty are also expected to maintain an active research agenda and participate in all-University programs, which include the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Many faculty also serve in off-campus study and interdisciplinary programs, such as Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Africana and Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, among others. An annual five-course teaching assignment may include an introductory course in Religion and a course in the Core Curriculum.


A cover letter, CV, three current reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample must be submitted through http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9639.


Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, November 18-21, 2017, or via remote technologies, as needed.


Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching and scholarship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.


Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at http://www.upstatenyherc.org.


Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university with an ambitious study-abroad program. It comprises 2900 students and is situated in rural New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Religion department can be found at http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/religion.

Tenure-Track Position, Ancient History, University of Albany


Deadline: 4 October 2017


The University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ancient History, with a research concentration on any aspect of Hellenistic culture (including material culture) from the Classical Period to Late Antiquity.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first part of the Western Civilization introduction course, surveys of Greek and Roman History, as well as more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in an area of expertise. Proficiency with digital methods in teaching and research is desirable, as is the potential to complement existing departmental thematic strengths such as: Environmental History, Religious Studies, and Business and Public History.



Minimum Qualifications:


Applicants must have a Ph.D. from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in hand by August 15, 2018.

Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct culturally diverse populations.


Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor




Start date: September 1, 2018

Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature, King’s College London


Deadline: 9 October 2017


King’s College London is looking to appoint a leading scholar with an international reputation and research record to the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature. The appointment is to start on 1 September 2018, following the retirement of Professor Roderick Beaton. The chair was established in 1918, and is unusual in covering three academic disciplines (history, language, literature), as well as a chronological span of some 1700 years. The Koraes Professor provides academic leadership to a group of scholars who collectively have been responsible for developing and delivering high-quality teaching and research in the fields designated by the Chair. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Classics, and will play a leading role in the Faculty’s Centre for Hellenic Studies.


The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.
Interviews are scheduled to be held soon after the closing deadline.


The salary will be paid at Professorial Grade, tba (the minimum professorial salary is £64,979 p.a.), plus £2,923 p.a. London Weighting Allowance.

This post will be based on a full time, indefinite position.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Professor Dominic Rathbone (dominic.rathbone@kcl.ac.uk) and to apply please click here.

NEH Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Deadline: October 31, 2017


Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant 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 107,000 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 sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. 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 museum 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 53 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art 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 equivalent terminal degree at the time of application.

Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June 2018-2019. 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, partial board, 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 be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece). Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer of 2019. Fellows will have access to other libraries of foreign Schools in Athens but should plan accordingly.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/post-doctoral-and-senior-scholars.

The following items should be attached to the Associate Member 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), 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.

  1.  Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not aUS citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
  2.  Names of three recommenders who will write letters of reference and are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to application@ascsa.orgby 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 http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/fellowships-and-grants
    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.

Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: October 31 2017

Term: Early September to June 1.
Eligibility: A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution who is a faculty or staff member at a Cooperating Institution  Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Candidates who have held the Whitehead Professorship may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.


Project: A research project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Word limit for project description: 1500 words.

Seminar: Whitehead Professors offer a seminar during the winter term (late November to late March) and contribute to the academic program in other significant ways, such as mentoring or advising students at the School and participating in School trips and excursions. Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer 2019. School faculty and students will have access to other libraries in Athens, and the Whitehead Professors will be able to work with the Blegen librarians in planning seminar activity while the Blegen library is inaccessible. Word limit for seminar proposal: 300 words.

Compensation: Stipend of $35,000 plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Professor (one-half senior rate for spouse, and one-half student rate for dependents) and School housing. Hotel and transportation on all five School trips.

Application: Applicants should submit the following materials online at:
·  Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
·  Statement of current and projected research.
·  One page description of proposed seminar.
·  Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece.
·  Applicants should ask three recommenders to send letters directly to the address below or via email to application@ascsa.org.
Committee on Personnel
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-5232

Applicants may be invited to an interview at the annual AIA/SCS meetings or by telephone.

The appointments will be announced by January 15.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Position, Early Christianity, Duke University


Deadline: 1 November 2017


The Department of Religious Studies within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a position in the study of Early Christianity, at the rank of (tenure-track) Assistant or (tenured) Associate Professor. Candidates with expertise in any aspect of Early Christianity in the late ancient world (ca. 3rd to 10th century) are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will be familiar with critical methods in Religious Studies and will combine excellence in undergraduate instruction with teaching and mentoring in the Graduate Program in Religion. Collaboration with other programs and departments at Duke as well as with colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is expected.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of innovation and expertise in teaching (e.g. teaching evaluations, a teaching statement, a list of proposed courses), and the names and contact information (email, phone, and postal address) of three references to http://academicjobsonline.org . Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2017. Informal queries should be addressed to Professor Marc Brettler, chair of the search committee, at MZB3@Duke.edu.  Consideration will continue until the position is filled.  Start date is August 2018.

Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Adele Curness
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

Byzness 10/09/17



The Byzness, 10th September 2017






The Roman and Islamic City in North Africa, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 29 September 2017


The Impact of the Ancient City project reassesses how the Greco-Roman city was variously embraced in the Islamic and Christian worlds across the Mediterranean, up to the present day. The project’s approach to urban evolutions pairs development on the ground with that in the imagination.


Our first workshop focuses on North Africa and al-Andalus to examine the character and tempo of Islamic impact, and how what we find in the western Mediterranean diverged from what is more familiar from research in the eastern region. This workshop starts from a convergence of interests in recent work at Volubilis, and broadens out to consider the complex story of the afterlife of the Roman city in North Africa and southern Spain.



09.15 – 09.30: Registration and welcome by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

09.30 – 10.30: Javier Martinez-Jimenez, Roman and Islamic Urbanisms at the Straits of Gibraltar.

10:30 – 11:30: Lisa Fentress, Volubilis and Walíla between Idrís and the Awraba

11:30 – 12:00: Coffee/Tea break

12:00 – 13:00: Corisande Fenwick, Where are those great and most splendid cities?: Rethinking medieval urbanism in early Islamic North Africa.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:00: Said Ennahid, Of Saints and Sultans: Muslim Shrines at Roman Archaeological Sites in Morocco.

15:00 – 16:00: Susana Calvo Capilla, “Spolia” in al-Andalus and North Africa: a form of historicism and political legitimation.

16:00 – 16:30: Coffee/Tea break

16:30 – 17:30: Amira Bennison, ‘Traces of the Ancients’: the Roman city in the Arabic geographical and chronicle traditions.

17:30 – 18:30: Hugh Kennedy, Response and final discussion.


If you would like to attend the workshop or have any other queries please email Beth Clark at bc469@cam.ac.uk.


School and Expert Workshop, ‘Encoding Inscriptions: Papyri, Coins, and Seals’ University of Cologne, 9-13 October 2017


From 9 to 13 October 2017 the University of Cologne is hosting an Epidoc Autumn school in combination with an expert workshop on digital sigillography. During the first three days the autumn school will introduce the participants to Epidoc, the encoding standard for epigraphic texts and materials. Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to presentations on advanced imaging technologies in the fields of epigraphy, papyrology and sigillography. On Thursday and Friday there will be an expert workshop focusing on digital formats and standards for the description and publication of seals and similar materials.

Time: 9-13 October 2017
Place: Universität zu Köln, Thomas Institut, Universitätsstraße 22, Ground floor
Language: English
Deadline for registration: 24 September 2017
Registration contact: martina.filosa@gmail.com
School participants: max. 25
Website: http://cceh.uni-koeln.de/2017/09/05/epidoc-and-sigillography/

Programme (details to be confirmed)

Monday, 9.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Introduction to Epidoc: 14.00-15.30, 16.00-17.30

Tuesday, 10.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Exercises in Epidoc: 09.00-10.30, 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30, 16.00-17.30

Wednesday, 11.10.2017:
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22)

Exercises in Epidoc: 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30

Presentations on advanced imaging technologies for digitizing seals (RTI, 3D, etc.): 14:00-15:30, 16:00-17:30

Brauhaus (Restauration Pütz)

Thursday, 12.10.2017:
(Neues Seminargebäude / Seminar room S13 / 1. floor)

Seals expert workshop, part I: Encoding Seals, 09:00-12:30 / 14:00-17:30

Introduction & Overview
– Seal digitization projects: state of affairs
– Adjacent projects and encoding standards (TEI, NUML, CEI)
– Vocabularies and terminology

Towards an encoding standard in digital sigillography:
– Metadata
– Physical description
– Iconography
– Transcription

Public lecture:
Charlotte Roueche: Back to Socrates: Publication as Dialogue, 18:00-19:30

Friday, 13.10.2017:
(Neues Seminargebäude / Seminar room S13 / 1. floor)

Seals expert workshop, part II: Presenting Seals, 09:00-12:30

Topics to be discussed:
– Interfaces
– Presentation systems
– Portals

Conclusions, Plans & Perspectives




Post-doctoral researcher for the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development  (Latin evidence), University of Warsaw


The Institute of History, University of Warsaw, is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher  for a position in the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development. The Project is supported by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council under Grant Agreement Number 340540 and is based at the University of Oxford with a partnership at the University of Warsaw. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of seven post-doctoral researchers reporting to the Principal Investigator, Prof. Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), but under direct supervision of Dr. hab. Robert Wiśniewski  (University of Warsaw). The postholder will have responsibility for collecting Latin evidence consisting mostly of literary texts, within an electronic searchable database. The postholder is also expected to produce sole-authored articles on aspects of the cult of saints in the West.

This is a full-time time position for 12 months, starting on 1 November 2017 or soon thereafter. The postholder will be offered the salary of about 2 700 Euros per month.


For more information about the Project see: http://cultofsaints.history.ox.ac.uk.

If you have any questions about the project or the recruitment procedure, please address them to Robert Wiśniewski (r.wisniewski@uw.edu.pl)

Responsibilities / duties

  • Conduct independent, excellent research on the origin and development of the cult of Christian saints, in libraries in Warsaw with frequent visits to the UK and other countries.
  • Systematically collect, and enter into the Cult of Saints database the literary and epigraphic evidence in Latin needed for the project.
  • Produce articles on aspects of the early cult of saints.
  • Attend team meetings and other events in Poland, the UK and other countries as required, and act as a source of information and advice to other members of the research team.
  • Represent the University of Warsaw and the project, and deliver papers at team workshops, external workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings.
  • Contribute to the public engagement work of the project.



  • A completed doctorate in a relevant field (e.g. History, Classics, Patristics).
  • Experience of working with late-antique sources related to the cult of saints.
  • Excellent knowledge of Latin and English.
  • A strong working-knowledge of the other principal western academic languages (especially French and Italian).
  • Detailed knowledge of the historical context of late-antique Christianity.
  • Ability to conduct, with only light supervision, autonomous academic research and associated activities.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and to represent the project at meetings.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, share insights and findings, and engage in collaborative, collective and experimental forms of research and publication.
  • Ability to work to a deadline.


  • Knowledge of Ancient Greek.
  • Experience of working with epigraphic evidence and/or late antique calendars.
  • Experience of working with databases.
  • Experience gained in scholarly milieux other than Warsaw.


How to apply


Required documents:

  1. A letter of Application (to the Rector of the University of Warsaw).
  2. A copy of PhD Diploma or relevant document.
  3. A CV and list of publications.
  4. Names and contact details of two referees.
  5. A statement showing what paths of research a candidate is going to follow within the project (in English).
  6. An administrative questionnaire (“kwestionariusz osobowy”) to be found at the University of Warsaw Website or contact information if a candidate does not speak Polish.


The application, which can be sent either as hard copy or email attachment, must arrive not later than on 30 September 2017. Shortlisted candidates can be invited for the interview (in English) which will take place between 2 and 13 October. The interview can be by Skype.


All documents should be sent to the following address:


Institute of History, University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland


or as an attachment to the following address:



The results will be announced by 31 October 2017.


Various: Opportunities for Postdoctoral Researchers at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.

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 through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions.


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.

Application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is November 1.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree, or who have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

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.

Summer Fellowships in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies are awarded to scholars on any level beyond the first year of graduate (postbaccalaureate) study.

Mellon Fellowships, an initiative in urban landscape studies, are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms, and applications are due January 4. You may learn more about this opportunity on our website

Additional Research Opportunities

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.

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies support advanced graduate students preparing for their PhD general exams, writing doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees. Each residency provides up to four weeks of lodging and weekday lunches. Applications must be submitted at least sixty days before the preferred residency dates.

One-Month Research Awards support scholars with a PhD or other relevant final degree who are working on research projects that require use of Dumbarton Oaks’ books, objects, or other library or museum materials.

More information is available on our website.

Research Fellowships in Near Eastern Studies, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Jerusalem, 2018-19 Academic Year


The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East. The Albright annually provides up to $330,000 in fellowships and awards to 32 recipients. In addition, 32 Associate Fellows including Senior, Post-Doctoral, and Research Fellows receive funding from other sources.
Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the Islamic periods, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines.
All nationalities and students and scholars at all levels are eligible for at least some of our fellowships. Please note that any fellowships open to European citizens will continue to include those of the United Kingdom. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright is required. The option to accommodate dependents is subject to space available at the Albright.


Each year, Albright Fellows, primarily from the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Israel, and Palestine exchange ideas with hundreds of other local and foreign researchers as well as with students and the public both in the US and locally. The Albright provides a wide range of programs and resources for doctoral and post-doctoral research. Programming includes an annual series of lectures, workshops, symposia, field trips, and social events. Resources include an extensive research library, access to physical and digital resources both on campus and at neighboring institutions, laboratories, storage facilities, community spaces, and living accommodations. Since William Foxwell Albright himself took scholars out on exploratory adventures to unmarked sites in no man’s land, the field trip program has been an invaluable supplement to fellows’ research. Each year, fellows visit a range of of sites all over the country with the experts who specialize in and excavate them.
For a full list of available fellowships and to apply:

For further information please contact:
Dr. John Spencer
Interim Chair, Albright Fellowship Committee
Professor Emeritus
John Carroll University
Tel: (858) 524-6052
Email: spencer@aiar.org

For technical issues with the application system contact Matthew J. Adams, matthew.j.adams@aiar.org.

Assistant Professor of Mediterranean History (Washington and Lee UniversityLexington VA)

The History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Mediterranean history, 500-1500 C.E., beginning September 2018. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can situate Mediterranean history in a global context by contributing to the Africana Studies, Middle East and South Asia Studies, and/or Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programs. Candidates whose research focuses on issues such as, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, cross-cultural contact, religious cooperation and conflict, urbanism and/or empire are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to teach introductory surveys as well as intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses related to their areas of specialization.

For details and how to apply, see: https://apply.interfolio.com/44623


Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society



Posted in Byzness

Byzness 03/08/17



The Byzness, 3rd September 2017






CORRECTION: Remembering and forgetting saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here: http://wp.me/aYAit-Eg


Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081-1204): Perceptions, Motivations and Functions, Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna, 13-15 June 2018


Deadline: October 15 2017


Details here: http://wp.me/aYAit-Ef




Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Art History


The Getty Foundation is funding a new postdoctoral fellowship program for art historians, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will be administering the program on our behalf.


ACLS will award up to 10 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017-18, which will be the first of three competition years. Fellowships will support an academic year of research and writing to be taken during the subsequent academic year. Awards carry a stipend of $60,000 as well as $5,000 for research and travel costs during the award period, and also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Center following the fellowship.


For more information, see http://www.acls.org/programs/getty/


There are no restrictions in terms of field specialization within art history or visual studies or with regard to nationality, but candidates must be within 6 years of receiving the PhD at the start of the fellowship. I encourage you to share news of this opportunity with those you think might be interested and eligible.


Dorothy Dunnett Academic History Prize 2017


The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2017, worth £1,000, is offered by the Dorothy Dunnett Society (Scottish Charity SC030649 SCIO). The Prize is for an essay of up to 5000 words. Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution.


The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2017, worth £1,000, is offered by the Dorothy Dunnett Society (Scottish Charity SC030649 SCIO) in pursuit of its constitutional aim:

“To advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.”


The Prize is for an essay of up to 5000 words (normally 3000-4000). Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. The competition is not limited to medievalists but open to those in other relevant areas of study, including Byzantine or early Ottoman studies.

Thematic Guidelines

The novels of Scottish writer Dorothy Dunnett (1923–2001) are supported by extensive geographical and historical research, and have wide-ranging settings including (using present-day names) Scotland, Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Cyprus, Russia, Turkey, England, Iceland, Poland, Algeria, Gambia and Mali. Her work explores many issues of political, military and cultural/social history.


For more information, please see http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/centre-medieval-renaissance/dorothy-dunnett-prize-2017 or http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/centre-medieval-renaissance/dorothy-dunnett-prize-2017


Associate or Full Professor–Endowed Chair in Studies in Ancient Jewish Civilizations, UC San Diego


The Department of History (http://history.ucsd.edu) at UC San Diego is pleased to announce a search for the Endowed Chair in Ancient Jewish Civilizations and concurrent tenured appointment at the full or associate professor level in teh Department of History. Scholars whose research focuses on the Second Temple period, the Rabbinic period, and Jewish interactions with the Hellenic world are particularly encouraged to apply. Income derived from the Chair’s endowment will be available for the support of research and related scholarly and teaching activities. The successful candidate will join UC San Diego’s cohort of Endowed Chairs specializing in Greek History and Jewish Studies and will help enhance the department’s gathering strength in the History of the Ancient Mediterranean. The successful candidate will have a PhD in History or related field at the time of appointment on July 1, 2018. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting. He or she will also have experience in institutional program building.


Proof of authorization to work in the US will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program website at:http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/partneropp/index.html


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


Applications, including a cover letter, statement of research agenda, and curriculum vitae will be accepted electronically at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01502. Three letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically by the letter writers. Applicants should include in their cover letter a personal statement briefly summarizing their research interests, teaching experience, and leadership efforts. They should also include a separate personal statement summarizing their experience and leadership contributions in the arena of equity and diversity, see (http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-Info.asp) for further information.


UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize


In honour of the former president and current honorary president of the SSCLE, Professor Bernard Hamilton, and in recognition of his enormous contribution to the society and support of young scholars, the SSCLE will award an annual essay prize.


The Rules

  • The essay should be on any aspect of history, art history or archaeology of the Crusader period or otherwise relating to Crusader studies.
  • Any current doctoral student, or an individual who is within two years of receiving their doctorate is eligible to enter the competition.
  • The essay, excluding references and bibliography must not normally exceed 6,000 words and must conform with the editorial requirements of the SSCLE journalCrusades(available on the SSCLE webpage and in the Bulletin/Journal)).
  • Essays submitted elsewhere for competitions or publication will not be eligible for the prize.
  • The essays must be submitted as electronic copies as an e-mail attachment, to Professor Jonathan Phillips (email: J.P.Phillips@rhul.ac.uk) the SSCLE Postgraduate Officer, by 31 December 2018 (by 1 December in subsequent years)
  • Essays should be accompanied by details of the author’s name, address (including email address), institutional affiliation and degree registration.

The Decision

  • The essays will be read by a jury consisting of a panel drawn from the Committee of the SSCLE and the editors of Crusades.
  • The jury panel reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
  • The jury decision will be announced in April.
  • The decision of the jury is final.
  • The winner of the essay competition will have their paper put forward to Crusadeswhere, subject to the normal procedures of satisfactory reports from two anonymous external referees (and, if required, the chance to modify, amend or improve the piece on their advice), it will be published under the title ‘Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize’.
  • Names of prize winners will be posted on the SSCLE webpage and announced in the Bulletin.

Assistant Professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean History (Kalamazoo College)


The Department of History at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean history, to begin in September 2018. As the sole member of the department responsible for this period, the successful candidate will be expected to offer introductory and upper-division undergraduate courses on the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Islamic world or Colonial Latin America. These classes should reflect their specific expertise and the broader geographic and conceptual scope of the field. We also seek applicants willing and able to help reimagine the department’s current curriculum. We are especially interested in transnational approaches to Mediterranean history focusing on issues such as (but not limited to) ethnicity, migration, majority/minority relations, gender, and the interaction between the different religious and imperial entities of the region. The successful applicant will also teach within the College’s Shared Passages Program of first-year and sophomore seminars and senior capstone courses. The teaching load is six courses per year on a quarter system (2/2/2), with additional duties including directing senior theses and academic advising.

Ph.D. or evidence of imminent completion is required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a promise of scholarly excellence.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective nationally known liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations.

Completed applications received by October 16, 2017 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Upload cover letter, CV, detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, description of scholarly interests, statement on experience working with underrepresented students and engaging issues of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format below. Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to HistorySearch@kzoo.edu with a subject line in the format lastname_firstname. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Joseph J. Bangura, Chair of the Search Committee.

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply: http://www.kzoo.edu/search/index.php?dept=history/


Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society




Posted in Byzness

Byzness 27/08/2017



The Byzness, 27th August 2017







Byzantine Epigraphy at the XV International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Vienna 28th August – 1st September 2017)


Two thematic panels chaired by Andreas Rhoby and Ida Toth



Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fall Colloquium, November 17 2017


We are delighted to announce the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fall Colloquium 2017 on Byzantine Neighborhoods: Urban Space and Political Action.

The colloquium will take place on November 17, 2017 from 08:30 am to 06:00 pm.
Registration will open in September 2017.
For more information and the full program, please follow the link below:




Remembering and forgetting saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here: http://wp.me/aYAit-E7


Relations between clerics and monks in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here: http://wp.me/aYAit-Ea


“What is Medieval History I: Digital History, Archaeological Science, and Alternative Approaches to Historical Argumentation (A Round Table)” :  ICMS 53 Sponsored Panel (Harvard Medieval History Workshop), Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.


Deadline: September 15, 2017


The lines dividing the humanities and the sciences are becoming ever more blurred and the field of medieval history is no exception. This panel is designed to keep scholars of medieval history abreast of these changes by fostering dialogue among historians interested in integrating the natural and digital sciences into their scholarship.

Participants will make “lightning” presentations 8 minutes in length on how topics such as digital humanities, isotopic analysis, osteology, and the computer sciences can enrich our understanding of medieval history. After these lightning presentations, presenters will participate for the remainder of the session in a round-table discussion on how such sub-disciplines can inform the study of medieval history.  Scholars are encouraged to consider how modern disciplinary boundaries inform their research projects and argumentation.

Interested scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please contact

Claire Adams  ClaireAdams@fas.harvard.edu

John Mulhall  JohnMulhall@g.harvard.edu


With questions or to submit abstracts.


“What is Medieval History II: Travelers, Transmission, and Transport across Africa, Asia, and Europe” : ICMS 53 Sponsored Panel (Harvard Medieval History Workshop), Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018


Deadline: September 15, 2017


Medieval history is a global discipline: this session brings together scholars working on projects related to contact between the traditional medieval lands of western Europe and various medieval cultures across Africa and Asia. People, things, and ideas moved across the cultures and civilizations of the medieval world.  Scholars are encourged to think critically about how disparate cultures in the medieval period interacted and understood one another.  Rather than focusing on one aspect of contact, this session grapples with this global revolution by inviting scholars to present research on intercultural exchange in the medieval period from perspectives such as intellectual history, material culture, history of religions and beyond.

Interested scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please contact

Claire Adams  ClaireAdams@fas.harvard.edu

John Mulhall  JohnMulhall@g.harvard.edu


With questions or to submit abstracts.


Behind the bishop’s back: presbyters, deacons and the lower clergy in Late Antiquity, ICMS Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018


Deadline: September 15 2017


CfP here: http://wp.me/aYAit-E9


Clerics and their households in Late Antiquity, Leeds IMC (2-8 July 2018)


Deadline: September 20 2017


CfP here: http://wp.me/aYAit-E7




Joint Residential Fellowship on Late Byzantine-Italian Relations, The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence


The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence offer a joint residential fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholars will spend the fall term (September-December) in Istanbul and the spring term (January-June) in Florence. The fellowship will be open to scholars whose research focuses on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700).

Application deadline: November 15, 2017

Further information here: http://wp.me/aYAit-Eb



Adele Curness

MPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society



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