The Byzness 26/03/2019

The Byzness, 26th March 2019





‘Funerary Landscapes of the Late Antique oecumene: Contextualizing Epigraphic and Archeological Evidence of Mortuary Practices’, 30 May – 1 June 2019, Heidelberg, Germany.

Funerary practices and epitaphs are a central research field of Classical Studies. Especially in times of social, political and religious change, evidence from the tombs and their surroundings is a key factor in our understanding of continuity and transformation processes on multiple cultural levels. Late Antiquity was doubtlessly one of such transitional phases. However, research on burial practices and tomb inscriptions of this period is still very uneven. Although hundreds of necropoleis, coemeterial churches and individual tombs are known across the Late Antique World, a holistic documentation including epigraphic, iconographic, spatial and social analysis, as well as anthropological examination and natural scientific data, is mostly lacking.

Through this conference we would like to undertake a start to fill some lacunae on Late Antique funerary research. First, we will try to link as many disciplines as possible in order to draw a more complete picture of sepulchral habits of Late Antiquity as it hitherto has been done. Secondly, we intend to give – for the first time – a Mediterranean-wide overview on Late Antique funerary landscapes, not only examining global trends, but also local and regional habits. Thirdly, we want to illustrate the potential of new contextual approaches; questions on the materiality and design of epitaphs and tombs, their visibility, perception and accessibility will be central guidelines of our conference.

Venue: Heuscheuer, Große Mantelgasse 4, 69117 Heidelberg

For further information and the full programme visit the website of Material Text Cultures.


‘Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions’, The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium Syriac Worlds, Brown University, 16-19 JUNE 2019, Providence, RI.

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium will convene at Brown University on June 16-19, 2019.  Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.

Further information is now available at these links:

Local Steering Committee:

Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University, Chair
Sargon Donabed, Roger Williams University
Jae Hee Han, Brown University
Sandra Keating, Providence College
Nancy Khalek, Brown University
Ute Possekel, Harvard Divinity School

For more information, contact  Additional information will be posted in due course.

Generously supported by Classics Department, The Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Program in Early Cultures, the History Department, the Joukowsky Institute for Achaeology and the Ancient World, the Program in Judaic Studies, Middle East Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Starr Lectureship Fund.


Symposium ‘Eclecticism at the Edges’, Princeton University, 5-6 April 2019, McCormick Hall 106. 

On April 5-6, 2019, the Index will co-host “Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres,” along with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture. This two-day symposium focuses on the art, history, and culture of Eastern Europe between the 14th and the 16th centuries.

In response to the global turn in art history and medieval studies, “Eclecticism at the Edges” explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways in which we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This event will serve as a long-awaited platform to examine, discuss, and focus on the eclectic visual cultures of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, the specificities, but also the shared cultural heritage of these regions. It will raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval and Byzantine artistic and cultural traditions in eastern European centers and consider how this heritage was deployed to shape notions of identity and visual rhetoric in these regions that formed a cultural landscape beyond medieval, Byzantine, and modern borders.

You can view the program here.

The symposium is free, but registration is required to guarantee seating. Please register here. For any queries, please contact the organizers at


‘Polities of Faith: Theology, Ecclesiology, and Spatiality in the Christian World’, Institute of Classical Studies, 2019 Byzantine Colloquium, 4-5 June 2019, Senate House, University of London.

In 1932 Olof Linton’s dissertation Das Problem der Urkirche in der neueren Forschung overturned the existing consensus that presented the Church as a historical construct that followed the triumph of Christianity. According to Linton, the Church already existed in the minds of the earliest Christian thinkers, who had envisaged a structured community of believers and clerics. More recently, sociologists have similarly responded to previous approaches focused on the efficiency of institutions by emphasizing the key role that intellectual legitimisation plays in the survival of organisational structures. While Late Antique and Medieval historians have underlined the importance of discourse and ritual in the construction of a Christian world-view, there is still much work to be done in assessing how theological and ecclesiological discussions shaped the structure, organisation and on-going development of the Christian Churches. The Colloquium explores this theme bringing together classicists, historians and theologians working on the construction of the Christian Churches from Late Antiquity to the thirteenth century, and beyond:

  • James Corke-Webster (London), The Church in Eusebius’ Life of Constantine
  • Anthony Dupont (Louvain), Keeping the Church in the middle. Augustine of Hippo’s interrelated theoretical and practical ecclesiology
  • Tom Hunt (Birmingham), The Influence of Trinitarian Theology on Jerome’s Hierarchical Ecclesiology in Against Jovinian and Letter 52
  • Andrew Jotischky (London), Knowledge, Mediation and Tradition in Thirteenth Century Pilgrimage in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Chrysovalantis Kyriacou (Nicosia), Of monks and bishops: Cypriot clerical networks and the circle of Maximus the Confessor
  • Ioannis Papadogiannakis (London), The Body Politic in 6th-7th Byzantium: Religious, Social and Political Implications
  • Richard Price (London), One Empire, One Church

For the programme of the Colloquium please click here.

For information and to reserve a place please contact by 15 May 2019.

Organising Committee: David Natal Villazala, Brian McLaughlin, Christopher Hobbs, Sapfo Psani, and Charalambos Dendrinos



‘Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference’, Friday 14 June 2019, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

Deadline: 29 March 2019

‘Cultural entities typical of the culture industry are no longer alsocommodities, they are commodities through and through’. Theodor Adorno, “Culture Industry Reconsidered” (1967).

When art makes the headlines, it is usually about money. In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for over $450 million at Christie’s New York. Just how can a painting be worth more than a penthouse on Fifth Avenue?

A propensity for truck, barter and exchange is one of visual art’s defining characteristics. This conference will explore the conceptual interrelationships between art and commodities, encompassing a range of media from paintings to artefacts.

Are artworks ‘commodities through and through’, or are they economically exceptional? The brand equity of a Picasso or Fabergé, compounded with their provenance or “social life”, suggest so. As desirable objects, artworks are often meta-desirable. The Paston Treasureis a mirror of luxury that was itself luxurious to own. Mundane objects, meanwhile, have a history of aesthetic transfiguration, especially materials of the craft. Did artists possess a kind of Midas touch?

This conference will demonstrate the centrality of markets to art’s modern cultural ascendancy, while also recasting art objects as bodies of knowledge and vehicles of cultural exchange through networks of global trade.

Co-organised by Adam Sammut (University of York), Simon Spier (University of Leeds) and Apurba Chatterjee (University of Sheffield). Please send a short speaker profile and an abstract of 300 words maximum to by 29 March.

Generously funded by WRoCAH, CREMS and ALCS.


‘Lost for Words – Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon’, Review of Ecumenical Studies.

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The peer reviewed journal Review of Ecumenical Studies invites papers  for a special issue dedicated to Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon:

The Council of Chalcedon (451) has been responsible for one of the most remarkable and long-standing splits within Christianity. Conceptual differences between Chalcedonian and (Miaphysite) Non-Chalcedonian Christianity have been lasting for more than fifteen hundred years, and, despite the advancement of the ecumenical dialogue in recent decades, these conundrums prove to be hard to overcome. One of the results of the contemporaneous theological interchange has been the acknowledgment of differences in the vocabulary employed by the supporters and the detractors of the Council. One such example is the use of philosophical language in sixth and seventh century debates, which consequently made room for different terminological interpretations of the nature(s) of Christ. This special issue of RES aims to bring together studies on the understanding of vocabulary differences and similarities between the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christian traditions. We invite papers from historians, philologists, theologians and philosophers on the debates that took place in the aftermath of Chalcedon till nowadays. We are particularly looking to contributions on the use of philosophical concepts in a theological frame, such as (but not limited to) genus, species, definition, predication, existence, participation, motion, activity, power, soul, body etc. that may prove relevant for understanding their similarities and differences of use within the Greek, Syriac, and Latin languages. Papers emphasizing the social and political background related to the emergence and development of Chalcedonian debates are also warmly welcome.

The papers must be submitted to:

About RES: The Review of Ecumenical Studies About RES publishes articles, essays and reviews which come from the theological field, but also have an interdisciplinary dimension, especially from the fields of philosophy, history, ethics and social sciences, and go through a process of peer review. Decisions are made within four months. The contributions will be published in English or German and must comply with RES’s editorial guidelines:


‘Hellenic Political Philosophy and Contemporary Europe’, First International Conference of Hellenic Studies, Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro), 29 September – 04 October 2019, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The Conference is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Science of Montenegro and will be held in Herceg Novi, an ancient town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, and an intersecting point of different cultures during ancient and medieval times.

As one of the institutions participating in the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action entitled Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe, the Center for Hellenic Studies organized a series of lectures, presentations and round tables, participated by eminent experts in philosophy, history, political theory, theology, classics, and other disciplines. As the final phase of the project, the Center deemed opportune to initiate a debate on the achievements, values and guide marks that Hellenic political philosophy can have for contemporary Europe, in which the apprehension of the political is chiefly reduced to the interests of powers and corporations, being thus exclusively linked to the technique of conquering and maintaining dominance.

Ancient Hellenic conception, that gave birth to notions like freedom, democracy, parrhesia, publicity and other, reminds us that ancient Greeks understood politics not only as a fundamental designation of human beings – as, according to Aristotle, anyone who does not partake of society is either a beast or a god – but also as inseparably linked to ethics.

If politics in the modern world, according to Napoleon’s famous dictum, became a sort of fatalité moderne, or what the ancient Greeks called moira, then dealing with questions and issues posited by the conference’s topic does not represent a subject of a mere intellectual exhibition and strictly academic discussion, but a crucial question of human destiny and human being’s position in the contemporary world.

The Conference is of an interdisciplinary character and aims at addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas, anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. The themes to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
  2. Freedom and democracy
  3. Politics and economy
  4. Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
  5. The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
  6. Autonomy and responsibility in politics
  7. The philosophy of the cosmopolis
  8. The polis and happiness
  9. Ethics and politics
  10. The “political” before and after Machiavelli: Similarities and differences
  11. Imperialism and (neo)colonialism – political, ideological, cultural, linguistic
  12. Democracy and revolution
  13. Intellectuals and social change: The free intellectual and “secular priesthood”
  14. Politics and the media
  15. Globalization, unification, otherness
  16. European Union: Foundation, possibilities, perspectives
  17. Law and justice
  18. International law: Sovereignty and territorial integrity
  19. The politics of difference and the problem of interventionism
  20. Cultural politics

The official language of the Conference is English. There are five categories of participation:

  1. Keynote lectures by invited speakers (30min)
  2. Presentations of original papers (20min)
  3. Presentations of short communications (15min)
  4. Passive participation (without paper)
  5. Participation as accompanying persons

All participants (except invited speakers) are required to register through the registration form and pay their registration fees. Participants wishing to present a paper should include an abstract (max 200 words) in their registration form. In case of technical issues, participation applications (including title, name, address, affiliation) and abstracts can be sent via email to All participants will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of their submission.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st May 2019. Registration fees and payment instructions can be found here.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept or reject papers that do not comply with the academic standards of the Conference. Selected full papers will be published in the proceedings after the Conference.


‘True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (C. 1100 – 1700)’, 9th LECTIO International Conference, 11-13 December 2019, Leuven.

Deadline: 15 April 2019

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the center of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists, Catholics and Protestants – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, consilia, images, carnivalesque parades, music, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aforementioned genres and strategies are all modes of negotiating dissent, which raises several important questions regarding these intellectual ‘warriors’. What were the most important issues at stake and how were they debated? Did the debates in the public sphere reflect the private opinions of the scholars involved? What access do we have to those private opinions? Can we approach such controversies in terms of authenticity and truthfulness, or consistency and coherence? Is there a contrast between ego-documents and the published part of an author’s oeuvre?

Starting from these questions, the aim of this conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

the role of alliances and polemics in establishing intellectual networks;
the presentation of rivaling views and the depiction of adversaries;
the discrepancy or congruency between private and public persona;
hitherto neglected disputes or new perspectives on well-known controversies;
non-literary modes of negotiating dissent;
the relation and connections between various literary and non-literary genres, also across different semiotic modes (literature, visual arts, performative arts, …);
the role of socio-cultural and economic background in polemics;
the role of language (e.g.: vernacular vs. Latin);
similarities and differences across disciplines (philosophy, civil and canon law, theology, medicine….) with regard to polemization and the negotiation of dissent.

We actively invite papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (civil and canon law, philosophy, theology and religious studies, literary studies, historiography, art history, etc.) and aim to study texts in Latin, Greek and the vernacular, as well as pictorial and performative traditions. We do not only welcome specific case studies, but also (strongly) encourage broader (meta)perspectives, e.g. of a diachronic or transdisciplinary nature. The conference will span the period from the twelfth until the seventeenth centuries.

The conference will be organized by the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (LECTIO). It follows upon last year’s conference on polemics, rivalry and networking in Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Laura Beck Varela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Leen Spruit (Radboud Universiteit – Nijmegen)
Anita Traninger (Freie Universität – Berlin)

We invite submissions for paper proposals in English, French, German and Italian. Proposals should consist of a (provisional) title, an abstract of 300-400 words, and information concerning the applicant’s name, current position, academic affiliation, contact details and (if applicable) related publications on the topic. Applicants who intend to speak in French, German or Italian, are expected to include an English abstract as well. Accepted papers will be awarded a 30 minutes slot (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for discussion).

Please submit your proposal via email ( by April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email within 5 weeks from this date.

Successful applicants are expected to submit their paper for inclusion in a thematic volume to be published in the LECTIO series (Brepols Publishers). All submitted papers will be subject to a process of blind peer-review.

For any further queries, please mail to


Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’ Psalms 2020 Colloquium, Ghent University.

Deadline: 31 June 2019

The Psalms, in their Greek Septuagint translation, were a fundamental corpus of biblical poetry, and as such were continuously referred to in Christian literature. They played a key role in the daily life and in the development of religious sensitivity of late antique and Byzantine people. The production of Psalm-related literature, notably exegetic, was impressively widespread. The Psalms, however, influenced other genres of religious literature as well, and their poetical nature remained an important feature that later authors were well aware of.

In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in poetry from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, we invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a paper at a colloquium on this subject.

Confirmed speakers are Andrew Faulkner, Antonia Giannouli, Christian Høgel and Maria Ypsilanti.

We welcome contributions on the following topics especially:

  • the appreciation of the Psalter’s poetical nature in exegesis and in the biblical manuscript tradition (e.g. recognition, by patristic and Byzantine exegetes, of the presence or absence of poetical features);
  • rhetorical aspects of the Psalms as highlighted in late antique and Byzantine treatises;
  • the influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry (e.g. what was their role in the composition of eis heauton poems? How does self-expression in Christian poetry relate to the Psalms?);
  • the reception of the Psalms in hymnographic poetry;
  • the reception of the Psalter in specific genres of poetry, such as Byzantine catanyctic poetry;
  • the metrical metaphrases by ps-Apollinaris and Manuel Philes;
  • metrical paratexts on the Psalms.

These examples are not exclusive and papers on other related topics are welcome.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by a reaction from a respondent, who will open the discussion with the audience. Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be asked to submit prior to the colloquium a rough draft of their full text. After the conference, they are expected to offer their re-worked paper for inclusion (upon acceptance after peer-review) in a volume on the reception of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry.

Please send a title and a short abstract (max. 300 words) of your paper to no later than May 31, 2019.

Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of June 2019.


The 95th Annual Meeting of The Medieval Academy of America, University of California, 26-28 March 2020, Berkeley, California.

Deadline: 1 June 2019

The 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper or session proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Exceptions may be made for individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.

Location: Berkeley is a diverse and multicultural city in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It has its own vibrant culinary, arts, and music communities but is also connected via the BART mass-transit system with the cultural offerings of nearby Oakland and San Francisco. The meetings will take place on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Registration, book exhibits, and other events will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building on Sproul Plaza, a short half-mile walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, and sessions will be in historic Wheeler Hall just inside the Sather Gate. Information on accommodations, as well as MAA student bursaries and travel grants, will be made available next fall.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2020 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “themes.” The list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive; innovative proposals not related to the themes below are also welcome.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the themes below, a full panel of papers and speakers, a full panel of papers and speakers for a theme they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific theme. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc.). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

For further information visit the website.



Full-time Postdoctoral Position at the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).

Deadline: 7 April 2019

Every year NINO opens one full-time postdoctoral position for the duration of two years (overlapping tenures). Each NINO Postdoctoral Fellow carries out original research at NINO, organises an international workshop on a related theme, publishes the proceedings in a NINO volume, and teaches a seminar for graduate students at OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands.

Candidates are recruited through an open call for applications. Successful candidates will have completed their PhD and possess a research CV commensurate to career stage.

A call is opened every year in February, starting from February 2019. The selected Postdoctoral Fellow will start his or her fellowship in September.

Conditions and regulations: Please refer to Leiden University’s terms and conditions, described in the vacancy posting.

Application: The 2019 call is posted on Leiden University’s website (vacancy no. 19-079 6085, deadline for application: 7 April 2019). Applications are processed through Leiden University’s website.


Doctoral Scholarship, French School at Athens.

Deadline: 30 April 2019, 15:00 (Paris time).

Dans le cadre du soutien apporté aux actions de coopération internationale, le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) propose un dispositif de contrats doctoraux fléchés à l’international (ACI). Ce dispositif peut bénéficier à tout candidat à l’inscription en doctorat dont les recherches s’inscrivent dans le cadre des programmes scientifiques d’une des cinq Écoles françaises à l’étranger : École française d’AthènesÉcole française de Rome, Institut français d’Archéologie orientaleÉcole française d’Extrême-Orient, Casa de Velazquez (École des hautes études hispaniques). (Pour en savoir plus)

Les dossiers de candidatures doivent parvenir directement à chacune des EFE concernée, sous forme d’un document PDF unique comprenant:
– un projet de thèse de cinq pages au maximum;
– le CV du candidat pressenti pour entreprendre cette recherche;
– une lettre de présentation du ou des directeur(s) de thèse pressenti(s) ;
– l’avis du directeur de l’ED.

Conformément à ses statuts, l’École française d’Athènes « développe en Grèce et à Chypre, où elle dispose de missions permanentes, ainsi que dans les Balkans, des recherches dans toutes les disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, depuis la Préhistoire jusqu’à nos jours.». Elle peut donc accueillir en septembre 2019 et pour une durée de trois ans un doctorant travaillant dans ces champs géographiques et chronologiques.

Les documents devront être envoyés sous format électronique (PDF unique) à l’adresse, avant le 30 avril 2019 à 15h00 (heure de Paris). Les résultats seront transmis au cours du mois de juin, avant la réunion des conseils des Écoles doctorales pour l’attribution des contrats ministériels.

Veuillez prendre note que cette allocation vient s’ajouter au contingent d’allocations dont dispose chaque École Doctorale : elle constitue donc à la fois un renforcement de l’aide aux jeunes chercheurs et un soutien à la recherche française à l’étranger. Pour l’EFA c’est aussi l’occasion de renforcer le partenariat avec les universités françaises.


Mejlis Institute Summer School in Languages (Armenian, Persian, Turkish) and Connected Histories, 15 July – 15 August 2019, Yerevan, Armenia.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

Mejlis Institute is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019 intensive summer program that will take place between July 15 and August 15, lasting four weeks. The program will consist of three parallel language courses – Armenian, Persian and Turkish – and a series of seminars devoted to topics in connected histories of Armenia, Iran and Anatolia from the medieval period onwards.

The program is primarily, though not exclusively, targeted at advanced undergraduate and graduate students wishing to study either Armenian, Persian or Turkish and interested in topics of intercultural connections. While applicants of different levels will be considered, preference will be given to those who have already achieved the intermediate or advanced levels. Apart from learning in the classroom, students will be able to practice their language skills in conversations with fellow participants from Armenia, Turkey and Iran.

MA and PhD students engaged in research and interested in working on particular sources will also be given an opportunity to receive additional guidance on individual basis.

For more information please visit


Environmental Archaeology Training Program, ANAMED, Koç University, 6 – 9 September 2019, Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

Deadline:  15 April 2019

The Environmental Archaeology Training Program will take place at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul from September 6th to 9thIt is designed to introduce participants to environmental archaeology broadly, including a survey of research questions and methods, and to explore in-depth two important subfields: archaeobotany and zooarchaeology. The program will comprise lectures, hands-on practical instruction, and presentations by guest scholars. (For more information: About the Program)

The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers who are engaged with Anatolian Studies. Instruction will be conducted in English, with language support for beginner English speakers. (see: Requirements). There are no fees for participation in this program. Each participant will receive a full program scholarship (see: Scholarships). For more information about how to apply see: Applications.

There are no fees for participation in this program. Each participant selected by the program instructors based on merit, will receive a full program scholarship (see: Scholarships).

Please kindly contact with for further inquiries.


Twelve post-doc researchers: ‘The European Qur’an (EuQu): Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)’.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent and the University of Amersterdam are hiring post-doctoral researchers to join our project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)” (EuQu).

Project summary

“The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850” (EuQu) is a six- year research project funded through a synergy grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Its four principal investigators (and host institutions) are Mercedes García-Arenal (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC, Madrid, Spain), John Tolan (Université de Nantes), Jan Loop (University of Kent) and Roberto Tottoli (Università di Napoli l’Orientale).

The project studies the ways in which the Islamic Holy Book is embedded in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern Christians, European Jews, freethinkers, atheists and European Muslims. We will conduct research on how the Qur’an has been translated, interpreted, adapted and used in Christian Europe from the Middle Ages through to early modern history, in order to understand how the Holy Book has influenced both culture and religion in Europe. EuQu will look at the role of the Qur’an in interactions with Islam, in debates between Christians of different beliefs and in critiques of Christianity during the Enlightenment.

The six-year project will produce interdisciplinary research through scientific meetings across Europe, a GIS-database of Qur’an manuscripts, translations and other works in which the Qur’an is discussed, and through PhD theses and monographs. It will bring the fruits of this research to non-academic audiences though a creative multimedia exhibition on the place of the Qur’an in European cultural heritage.

Candidates should consult the full description of the project, available here and here.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD in a discipline in the humanities by the time of application, or at least strong assurance that they will obtain the PhD by August 2019. Candidates should be fluent in English and have strong skills in other languages appropriate to their research topics.

Research profile: Up to twelve positions will be filled. Each candidate should propose an original, innovative research project on an important aspect of the role played by the Qur’an in Medieval and Early Modern European culture. The following is a list of possible broad themes, but in no ways should be seen as restrictive. All innovative research proposals are welcome, as long as they clearly fit the themes and structure of the EuQu project. We also welcome proposals that apply digital technologies such as mapping, textual analysis, visualization, or the semantic web to their topic. Candidates should clearly situate their proposed research in the context of the state of the art and should describe some of the sources they propose to work on.

  • Synthetic comparison of translation strategies and ideologies of language study and translation between early modern polemical works
    • The use that European scholars made of Muslim exegetical literature in order to understand the Qur’an.
    • Translations of the Qur’an written before 1800 (in Latin and in various European vernaculars)
    • Collecting the Qur’an (manuscripts and printed editions)
    • The Politics and Economies of the European Qur’an (including theological and political obstacles that editions and translations of the European Qur’an faced)
    • Polemical responses to the Qur’an
    • The Printing of Arabic in Europe: The Qur’an and Islamic Texts
    • A History of Qur’an Manuscripts in Europe
    • The Qur’an in European literature and thought
    • The Qur’an in Central & Eastern Europe
    • The Qur’an in European Jewish culture and scholarship
    • Colonial Expansion and the European Qur’an
    • The Qur’an and European Legal and Political Thinking

Responsibilities of the researchers: Each post-doctoral researcher will propose an innovative research project on some aspect of the place of the Qur’an in European Culture between the twelfth and early nineteenth centuries. Depending on the specific research topic, responsibilities may include

  • Bibliographical research:
    • Database management:
    • Participating in regular team meetings (including periodic seminars and workshops), at the EuQu partner institutions and in their organization
    • Publication: each candidate will propose contributions to one or more of the collective volumes listed in the EuQu project description. S/he should also propose a monograph or article stemming from his or her own research.

Conditions of employment: The researcher will be hired on a one-year renewable contract employed by one of the EuQu institutional partners, for a total maximum of four years of employment. The date of the beginning of the contract will be negotiated on hiring: it will be no earlier than September 1st 2019. The researcher will be expected to reside in the city of employment for the period of employment and will be provided with office space. The researcher will travel frequently for conferences, workshops and research stays with partner institutions in Europe.

Application procedures: Applicants should send an application, consisting of a letter of application, a project description, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references (with titles and e-mail addresses). In the letter of application, candidates should specify which of the EuQu partner institutions they would prefer to be affiliated with, in order of preference: The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent or the University of Amersterdam. The project description (5 pages maximum) should outline how the candidate’s previous research is germane to the themes of EuQu and how the candidate would contribute to the EuQu project, giving specific examples of material that s/he would integrate into the database and a tentative description of his/her contribution to one of the planned collective volumes. Before writing the project description, candidates should carefully read the full description of the EuQu project available here and here.

All documents should be sent in PDF format to by April 1st, 2019.

Selected applicants will be interviewed 21-23 May 2019. The interviews will be conducted by EuQu’s four principal investigators. Applicants will be interviewed via videoconference. Those candidates who prefer to be interviewed in person may come to Madrid for interviews, but no travel expenses will be paid to interviewees. Fuller details about interviews will be sent to chosen candidates before May 1st. Applicants will subsequently be informed of the results of their application by the end of May.

Contact and information:


Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (Greek Art and Architecture), Stockton University.

The Visual Arts Program at Stockton University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History beginning September 2019. Ph.D. required (or must have Ph.D. by September 2019) with college-level teaching experience and publications record. The preferred candidate will specialize in Greek art and architecture and have access to an active archaeological project in Greece or Cyprus. Consideration is also given to specialists in Byzantine art and architecture or other ancient specializations. Ability to teach more broadly within art history curriculum and academic experience with culturally diverse populations desired.

The successful applicant will teach courses in area of specialization, two-semester art history survey, and other courses as needed, including courses for the University’s General Studies program. One course in archaeology is required each year with preference given to candidates who can offer summer field work for students. The position includes endowed research funding and support for students traveling abroad established through the Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies. The faculty member will participate in Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies programming on campus and beyond.. Teaching load is six four-credit courses per year.

The job is posted here:

To apply visit

Only electronic documents will be accepted. Please complete the on-line application in addition to providing the following required documents. All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to move forward. You may upload documents using Word or PDF

  1. A letter of interest describing qualifications and accomplishments
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Short (1-page) teaching philosophy statement
  4. Documents showing evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. Short description of Scholarship plans and research capabilities
  6. Samples of scholarly or creative work (e.g. documents, video, etc.)
  7. Unofficial Graduate transcripts
  8. A list of three professional references (included in the application): Name, Organization, Email address and Telephone


One doctoral position at the Leibniz project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity”, Frankfurt, Germany.

Deadline: 17 April 2019

The Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for a doctoral position as a Researcher in Late Antique Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean (E13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time) within the Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” directed by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin. The position is to be filled from June 15th 2019 onwards. The duration of the contract will be 36 months and the salary is set according to TV-G-U 13. The project is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” strives to develop a new picture of Christianity in Late Antiquity by integrating eastern mediterranean and near eastern perspectives.

We are looking for new members of the team who would like to work on this field of research for their doctoral thesis and contribute to analysing the diversity of Christianity in late antiquity. As a member of the team, the researcher will be expected to share the research tasks of the team, preparing workshops, conferences, and publications as well as participating in colloquia.

The ideal candidate will have a M.A. or equivalent in Ancient History, History of Religion, Theology, Oriental Philology, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Christianity, or related fields, a solid knowledge of English, German and an additional modern language and an excellent knowledge of the relevant ancient languages (Latin and Greek and others as necessary).

For further information please contact

Please submit your application complete with curriculum vitae, copies of your final university degrees, a copy of your M.A. thesis (or other significant research paper) and an outline of the research project (3-5 pages) you would like to pursue no later than April 17th 2019 in electronic form to

Please note that that costs incurred for the application procedure will not be refunded by Goethe University. Please note that we are not able to reimburse the travel costs for the interview.


Intensive Course on Islamic Archaeology, 19-23 August 2019, Princeton, New Jersey.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Thanks to a number of generous grants from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University has organized a series of short, intensive courses for graduate students on a variety of subjects in the broad field of Islamic studies not normally covered in the Princeton curriculum. In each case, an internationally-recognized expert has been brought in to teach the course over a period of five weekdays.

This year, we plan to offer such a course on Islamic archaeology.

The course will take place from August 19 – August 23, 2019. The course is intended primarily for graduate students, both from Princeton and from other universities.

The instructor will be Dr. Denis Genequand, a leading expert in the study of Islamic archaeology. The objective of the program is to present the field of Islamic archaeology, which has witnessed a considerable evolution over the past 40 years. The main focus of the course will be on the early Islamic Near East, with a brief excursus into other regions of the Islamicate world.

The program will have three objectives:

Give students a comprehensive picture of the archaeology of Syria-Palestine and Iraq between the 7th and the 10th century (Late Antique context, Islamic conquest, Umayyad and Abbasid periods). This will encompass the archaeology of the main cities, the new urban settlements and the different types of rural settlements, as well as land use and settlement patterns.

Introduce students, using a number of case studies, to different categories of archaeological sources (architectural remains, pottery, faunal or botanical remains, etc.) and their potential for investigating economic and social aspects of early Islamic society.

Give students a wider perspective on Islamic archaeology, with some insights into research conducted in other regions of the Islamicate world (Central Asia, Indian Ocean, North and West Africa).

Applications must be emailed to Julia Gilbert ( at the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University by April 1, 2019. The subject line of the email should read, “Application for Islamic Archaeology Workshop.”

Applications should comprise the following:

Letter of application with statement of interest CV Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees. All items should be included in a single attachment, which may be a pdf.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April 2019 and students accepted for the course but coming from outside of Princeton will receive partial scholarships to help defray travel and accommodation costs. The course itself is free.

Dr Denis Genequand is an archaeologist specialized in the Islamic period, with a main focus on Early Islamic Syria. He has conducted field work in the Near East (Syria and Jordan), Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan), and West Africa (Ghana). Until recently, he held a senior lectureship in Islamic Archaeology at the University of Geneva, and is currently the Director of the Museum and Research Centre of Avenches (Switzerland).

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Armenia & Byzantium

Graduate and Early Career Workshop: ‘Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations’, University of Oxford, 22–23 March 2019

The ‘Armenia & Byzantium: Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations’ is a two-day workshop which intends to bring together early career researchers working in the fields of Armenian and Byzantine studies and to give them the opportunity to discuss their research with senior specialists in their field. This workshop will continue the successful collaboration between Oxford and Vienna, which began last year in the University of Vienna with the workshop ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Borders’ convened by Dr Emilio Bonfiglio and Professor Claudia Rapp within the framework of ‘Moving Byzantium: Mobility, Microstructure and Personal Agency’ project.


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A .pdf file of the workshop’s poster and full programme can be downloaded here.

Scientific Committee:

Dr. David Zakarian (Oxford)

Prof. Theo M. van Lint (Oxford)

Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (Vienna)

Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna)

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The Oxford Listings: HT19/Week 8



Hilary Term 2019

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MONDAY 4th March

14.15    Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Weston Library, Horton Room

Hannah Ryley

Recycling paper and parchment in late medieval English manuscripts


15.00    Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Jessica Dunham

Remnants of a Roman Past: Reuse of Roman objects in early Anglo-Saxon graves


16.00   Gender in Classical Archaeology Seminar Series

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

The lecture has been cancelled.


17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Warton Room

Andrew Holland (Queen’s College)

Anglo-Saxons in the landscape: identity, conflict, and communication

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TUESDAY 5th March

14:00   Byzantine Epigraphy

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Dr Ida Toth


17.00    Annual Oxford Medieval Studies Lecture

Taylor Institution, Main Hall

Simon Gaunt (King’s College, London)

On the Temporality of Style in Medieval French Trojan Narratives

(Abstract in pg.6 of the Medieval Booklet)


17:00   Medieval Church and Culture

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

No lecture


19.30    Aquinas Special Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Dr. Rik van Nieuwenhove (Durham University)

Why Did God Die? Salvation According to Thomas Aquinas

Co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute and the Thomistic Institute. Wine reception following lecture. Open to all. Free registration:

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12.00-14.00     Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Dr Julian Baker (Oxford)

The late medieval crisis, ca. 1330-1450


13.00   Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Geoffrey Dannell (Nottingham) & Allard Mees (Mainz)

Terra sigillata in the Roman Economy: cui bono


16.30   Aquinas Seminar Series: “The Good of Human Interdependence”

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Rev Dr Joost Baneke

“I have called you friends”: Aelred of Rievaulx’s medieval psychological theology of charity, friendship, and interdependence


17.00    Oxford Archaeological Fieldwork Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Dr. John Naylor, Anni Byard (Portable Antiquities Scheme) & Dr. William Wintle

An Iron-Age to Post-Roman Landscape on the Berkshire Downs


17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Teresa Shawcross (Princeton), Ida Toth (Oxford) et al.

Festschrift Elizabeth and Michael Jeffreys – book launch


17.00   The Slade Lectures 2019: Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm

Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Beyond Enlightenment? Towards a Conclusion (followed by discussion)

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THURSDAY 7th March

11.00-12.30     Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Dr Vivien Prigent

Asserting control over outlying provinces: the case of the island of Sicily


12.00   RLAHA Martin Aitken Seminar
School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Lecture Theatre,



14.00-17.00       OUBS & GAO Joint Coffee and Cake Event

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Common Room

Join us and our colleagues from Graduate Archaeology at Oxford for a casual tea and coffee event in the Ioannou Common Room. There will be cake!


14.00-16.30       Roundtable PERLEGO

Somerville College, Council Room

PERLEGO: Methods of Research in Literature and the Visual Arts

Abstract in pg. 7 of the Medieval Booklet. If you are interested in attending the roundtable please send an email to and with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and how they connect to the topic of discussion.


17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College

Alberto Rigolio (Durham University)

The origins of Syriac literature


17.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminars

Wolfson College

Mat Immerzeel (Leiden)

The History of Churches and Monasteries in Egypt. A medieval encyclopaedic source on church building, decoration and patronage in Egypt and beyond

17.00-19.00       Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance music

All Souls, Wharton Room

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FRIDAY 8th March

9.30-11.00       Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


11:00   Later Medieval Seminar – Commemoration

St John’s College, 21 St Giles seminar room

Judith Pollman (Leiden)

Commemorating civil war in the Low Countries 1566-1648 


11.00-12.45     KRC Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Ashmolean Museum, Dept of Eastern Art, Study Room 1

Francesca Leoni, Curator of Islamic Collections (Ashmolean)

Islamic manuscript collection in the Ashmolean

Registration is required. Please contact


12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


13.30    Conference at Maison française d’Oxford

Sébastien Bully (CNRS, UMR ARTeHIS Dijon-Auxerre) & Morana Čaušević-Bully (Université de Franche-Comté)

Insular monasticism and ecclesial complexes between the 5th and 11th centuries in the northern Adriatic archipelago (Kvarner, Croatia): new archaeological evidence


14.15    Seminar in the History of the Book

Weston Library, Lecture Theatre

Book launch: Manuale Tipografico IV. A triumph of hand-printing aesthetics, paper and watermarks Enrico Tallone (Tallone Editore, Turin), Carlo Ossola (Collège de France, Prof. of Modern Literatures of Neo-Latin Europe), Stefano Salis (Il Sole 24 Ore)


16.00    Ancient Architecture Discussion Group

Lincoln College, Garden Building Lower Lecture Room

Julian Richard (University of Namur)

A question of scale? What makes a fountain monumental? The case of nymphaea in the Roman East


17.00    Aquinas Special Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Prof Andrew Willard Jones (Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio)

Against Liberalism: The Spiritual and Temporal Swords in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

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The Byzness, 3rd March 2019





“Insular monasticism and ecclesial complexes between the 5th and 11th centuries in the northern Adriatic archipelago (Kvarner, Croatia): new archaeological evidence”, Maison Française d’Oxford, 8 March 2019, 13:30, Oxford.

The conference will address the issue of monastic foundations between the Late Antiquity

and the 11th century in the Kvarner archipelago in Croatia, between Istria and the bay of Rijeka, islands which marked the maritime boundary between Byzantium and the West in Northern Adriatic. Until recently, the rich monastic vestiges located in these islands have been poorly studied, both because they are often difficult to

access, or unassuming at first glance, and because their hybrid archaeological features are difficult to interpret.

The local monastic life is already attested in the 4th century, but after the Gothic Wars, local it was fuelled by refugees from the Dalmatian mainland threatened by the Slavic invasions and new communities occupied former insular military outposts of the Byzantine maritime limes. During the following centuries, the religious identity of these communities fluctuated according to the balance of power between the Latin West, Byzantium, the emerging local Slavic polity and the rising power of Venice. In the 11th century, Saint-Peter of Osor, a monastery built in one of the small insular kastra mentioned by Emperor Constantine VII, exemplifies the rising influence of Benedictine monasticism and the order’s strategy of control over the maritime lanes. Ultimately seat of a bishopric, it came to be considered as the cradle of the Gregorian reform in the area.

The conference will offer a presentation of twelve years of French archaeological research on the monastic communities of the Kvarner archipelago.

Convenors: Sébastien Bully (CNRS, UMR ARTeHIS Dijon-Auxerre) & Morana Čaušević-Bully (Université de Franche-Comté)

“Processions: Urban Ritual in Byzantium and Neighboring Lands”, Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Symposium, 12-13 April 2019, Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, Washington, DC

Symposiarchs: Leslie Brubaker and Nancy Ševčenko

Military, civic, and religious processions were hallmarks of the ancient and medieval world; they continued into the Renaissance and, indeed, continue to this day. Yet the Byzantine procession has not yet been subjected to any synthetic, historicizing, contextualizing, or comparative examination.

Understanding processions is critical for our appreciation of how urban space worked and was manipulated in the Middle Ages. For the 2019 Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium, speakers will examine texts, artifacts, and images in order to develop a new understanding of medieval urban life across multiple social registers. For example, records of processions show us what kinds of public behavior were acceptable, and when, and where. Studying processions introduces us to new protagonists as well, for processions involve audiences as well as participants, and groups hitherto virtually invisible, such as the team of people who prepared for the event by decorating the streets, will be brought to light. The Byzantine commitment to processions is striking in terms of the resources and time allocated: there were as many as two processions a week in Constantinople, many involving the patriarch and the emperor. In the Latin West, the Crusader States, and in the Fatimid, Ottoman, and Muscovite worlds, by comparison, processions occurred far less frequently: the procession was significantly more important to the Byzantines than to their neighbors and successors. The comparative study of Byzantine processions to be offered by the speakers at the symposium will reveal how the Byzantines operated in a complex global network defined by local contexts, how the Byzantines positioned themselves within this network, and the nature of the Byzantine legacy to the Islamic, Catholic, and Orthodox inheritors of their culture.


  • Nathanael Andrade, “Controlling Material and Semiotic Landscapes: Processions in Late Antiquity”
  • Christine Angelidi, “Sparkling creations, threads of tradition. Marian processions in medieval Constantinople”
  • Leslie Brubaker, “Bridging the gap: processions in early medieval Constantinople”
  • Michael Featherstone, “Public Processions in Middle Byzantine Constantinople”
  • Georgia Frank, “The Things They Carried: Religious Processions in Early Byzantium”
  • Michael Flier, “Changing times, divergent destinies: Processional Imagery in the Age of the Tsar”
  • Niels Gaul, “Processions in the late Byzantine world”
  • Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, “Guild processions in Istanbul: claiming public space in the early modern city”
  • James Norrie, “11th–12th century processions in Milan and Rome – urban conflict or civic integration?”
  • Paula Sanders, “Negotiating power in the Islamic Mediterranean: Urban Processions in Egypt, North Africa, and Iberia”
  • Sebastian Salvadó/M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, “The Latin Processions in Jerusalem”
  • Alexandra Vukovich, “Princely Processions and Peregrinations Itinerant Rulership in Early Rus”

Online registration here.

Conference “Meanings and Functions of the Royal Portrait in the Mediterranean World (11th – 15th Centuries)”, 12 – 13 March 2019, University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

The aim of this conference is to promote new thoughts and new approaches to a topic that, though being at the core of the art historical debate since its very beginnings, still proves to be insufficiently investigated: namely the extent to which Medieval royal portraits were intentionally or unintentionally used as visual strategies to evoke and embody either the ruler’s institutional status or his or her personal charism, and the multiple ways by which pictorial or sculptural images exerted an impact on the sovereign’s (and his material body’s) public perception.

A comparative analysis of such issues will be enabled by the fifteen papers offered by distinguished scholars from five countries, each of them focussing on different geographic and historical contexts, including Cilician Armenia, late Byzantine Serbia, the Kingdom of Hungary, Sicily, Naples, France, the Christian kingdoms of Spain and al-Andalus.

The full programme can be found here.

“Histoire des bibliothèques anciennes”, Séminaire IRHT, Fevruary – May 2019, Centre Félix-Grat, Paris.

La section de Codicologie, histoire des bibliothèques et héraldique de l’IRHT organise un séminaire-atelier consacré aux recherches en cours sur les bibliothèques du haut Moyen Âge à la fin du xviiie siècle. Commencé dans le cadre du projet BiblIFraM financé par l’ANR (Les bibliothèques, matrices et représentations des identités de la France médiévale, 2008-2012), le séminaire se veut un lieu de rencontre et d’échanges pour les chercheurs et les universitaires qui s’intéressent à l’histoire des livres et des textes.


15 février 2019 — Reconstituer des bibliothèques perdues
Synnøve Midtbø Myking (IRHT): Livres et collections en Norvège médiévale – que nous racontent les vestiges fragmentaires?
Anastasia Shapovalova (IRHT): La bibliothèque de travail d’un médecin humaniste de la fin du XVe siècle : Girolamo Ramusio et ses lectures.

15 mars 2019 — Bibliothèques monastiques orientales
Esther Garel (Université de Strasbourg): Lectures monastiques à Thèbes (Haute Égypte) aux VIIème-VIIIème siècles.
Olivia Adankpo-Labadie (École française de Rome): Que sait-on des bibliothèques monastiques de l’Éthiopie médiévale? Une étude des listes de livres des monastères de Dabra Māryām et Dabra Bizan (nord de l’Éthiopie, XVe siècle).

5 avril 2019 — Origines et provenances des manuscrits de la bibliothèque de Saint-Bertin
Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT)
Claudia Rabel (IRHT)
Joanna Fronska (IRHT)
Marlène Hélias-Baron (IRHT)

17 mai 2019 — Bibliothèques italiennes du haut Moyen Âge
Patrizia Stoppacci (Università di Perugia): Le miroir d’une bibliothèque : les Institutiones de Cassiodore et Vivarium.
Giacomo Vignodelli (Università di Bologna): Nel laboratorio di una scuola episcopale del secolo X: le fonti del Polipticum quod appellatur Perpendiculum e la Biblioteca Capitolare Eusebiana al tempo di Attone di Vercelli (924-958)

Pour plus d’informations voir ici.



“Lost for Words – Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon / Im Nebel der Worte: Theologisches und philosophisches Vokabular im Anschluss an Chalkedon”, The Review of Ecumenical Studies.

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The peer reviewed journal Review of Ecumenical Studies invites papers for a special issue dedicated to Theological and Philosophical Vocabulary in the Aftermath of Chalcedon:

The Council of Chalcedon (451) has been responsible for one of the most remarkable and long-standing splits within Christianity. Conceptual differences between Chalcedonian and (Miaphysite) Non-Chalcedonian Christianity have been lasting for more than fifteen hundred years, and, despite the advancement of the ecumenical dialogue in recent decades, these conundrums prove to be hard to overcome. One of the results of the contemporaneous theological interchange has been the acknowledgment of differences in the vocabulary employed by the supporters and the detractors of the Council. One such example is the use of philosophical language in sixth and seventh century debates, which consequently made room for different terminological interpretations of the nature(s) of Christ. This special issue of RES aims to bring together studies on the understanding of vocabulary differences and similarities between the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christian traditions. We invite papers from historians, philologists, theologians and philosophers on the debates that took place in the aftermath of Chalcedon till nowadays. We are particularly looking to contributions on the use of philosophical concepts in a theological frame, such as (but not limited to) genus, species, definition, predication, existence, participation, motion, activity, power, soul, body etc. that may prove relevant for understanding their similarities and differences of use within the Greek, Syriac, and Latin languages. Papers emphasizing the social and political background related to the emergence and development of Chalcedonian debates are also warmly welcome.

The papers must be submitted to:

About RES: The Review of Ecumenical Studies About RES publishes articles, essays and reviews which come from the theological field, but also have an interdisciplinary dimension, especially from the fields of philosophy, history, ethics and social sciences, and go through a process of peer review. Decisions are made within four months. The contributions will be published in English or German and must comply with  RES’s editorial guidelines. The Call for Papers can also be found here.


“Family Matters”, The 5th Annual Conference of the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society at the University of Edinburgh, Saturday, 15 June 2019.

Deadline: 5 April 2019

The Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a one-day conference on the theme of Family Matters in literature and historical sources from the Late Antique to the start of the Early Modern period. This conference seeks to further our understanding of the roles, values, religious ideals, practices and dynamics of the family during the Late Antique and Medieval periods. It invites us to explore how families, whether aristocratic or not, functioned. It also aims to strengthen interdisciplinary connections within and outside of the University of Edinburgh, including but not limited to the fields of Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, Islamic Studies, and Theology. We welcome submissions for papers on the theme of Family Matters and hope to engage with a wider audience by providing a forum for postgraduate and early career scholars to present their research. Submissions for abstracts may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Family as portrayed in literature
  • Gender roles
  • Children and childhood
  • The function of religion within everyday life
  • Parenthood
  • Home and work
  • Religious, legal and social issues within the home
  • Family and the community
  • Monastic families
  • Mortality

Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words, as well as a short biography of up to 100 words to by Friday, 5 April, 2019.

«La famille au Moyen Âge entre normes et pratiques», Journées d’étude des doctorants du CIHAM, 24 et 25 octobre 2019.

Deadline: 3 May 2019

Ces journées d’étude auront pour ambition d’aborder le thème de la famille dans les sociétés médiévales chrétiennes et musulmanes. Elles porteront sur les décalages qui pouvaient exister à une même époque et dans un espace donné entre les normes et les pratiques associées à la famille. En effet, les modèles normatifs – qu’il s’agisse de règles contraignantes ou de prescriptions morales – établissent une définition dominante du groupe familial qui ne se recoupe pas forcément avec les réalités observées dans les actes de la pratique ou les représentations véhiculées par les sources littéraires.

Incluant tout type de normes, juridiques, morales, religieuses, on se posera la question du rôle de la pratique dans l’élaboration des modèles normatifs familiaux. Dans la sphère juridique, par exemple, l’étude de l’émergence de nouvelles règles à travers l’évolution de la jurisprudence ou la diffusion du droit romain et la confrontation avec d’autres pratiques, pourra montrer comment ces modèles se recomposent. Plus largement on questionnera les mutations des règles morales et religieuses en rapport avec la pratique, comme l’assouplissement de la définition de l’inceste par l’Eglise en réponse à l’endogamie de la haute noblesse.

Le décalage entre normes et pratiques pourra également être étudié à travers les productions culturelles, qu’elles soient littéraires, iconographiques ou emblématiques. On s’intéressera particulièrement à la production littéraire ou artistique, qui peut aussi bien renforcer et fonder un cadre prescriptif que le remettre en cause. Comment les auteurs jouent-ils avec la vision de l’inceste, de la bâtardise, ou au contraire entérinent-t-ils des modèles familiaux plus traditionnels ? Il sera pertinent de rendre compte des diverses modalités de représentation de la famille dans ses rapports avec les normes lorsqu’ils sont, par exemple, moteurs de l’intrigue et ressorts du tragique ou du comique. Plus largement, nous invitons les participants à se pencher sur la représentation de l’affiliation familiale par les systèmes de signes, qu’il s’agisse des enluminures, de la peinture, mais aussi de la généalogie, de l’héraldique ou de l’emblématique. Cela peut permettre de mesurer le conformisme ou l’originalité de la représentation de la famille par elle-même.

L’étude des sources matérielles – architecturales et archéologiques – sera l’occasion d’illustrer un autre aspect des pratiques familiales. Par exemple, les traces de l’organisation spatiale et symbolique de l’habitat ou bien celle des sépultures peuvent renseigner sur l’écart entre les normes et les modes de vie.

Cette discordance permet également d’aborder la famille comme une construction culturelle plurielle, et place au centre de l’analyse les acteurs en questionnant le rapport à la norme conçu comme générateur de stratégies. Ainsi, un des axes principaux de réflexion ouvert par ces journées d’étude sera centré sur la manière dont les individus ou les groupes familiaux appréhendent, interprètent ou contournent les règles morales, religieuses ou juridiques. On pourra examiner comment les stratégies matrimoniales ou successorales entrent en conflit avec les normes les plus répandues telles que les règles d’héritage, la prohibition de l’inceste ou bien la définition d’une parenté légitime (qui suppose a contrario d’interroger la place de la parenté naturelle ou filiation illégitime dans la famille médiévale).

Enfin, seront éminemment appréciées les propositions de communication analysant l’évolution des pratiques familiales dans le contexte d’une pluralité de modèles normatifs, notamment dans les aires de contacts religieux et culturels, par exemple les aires de contact entre l’islam et la chrétienté.

Les propositions de communication, d’une page maximum (résumé et titre de la présentation), accompagnées de renseignements pratiques (statut, situation institutionnelle, domaine de recherche) sont à envoyer au format PDF avant le 3 mai 2019 à l’adresse suivante :

Organisation: Ronan Capron, Romain Chevalier, Prunelle Deleville, Jérémy Engler, Thomas Girard.

Comité scientifique: Jean-Louis Gaulin, Xavier Hélary, Marylène Possamaï-Perez.

“Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East”, Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts Second International Conference, 18-20 June 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Deadline: 29 March 2019

Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts has the pleasure to announce the Second International Conference “Georgia – Byzantium – Christian East.”

The conference will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia (1/3 M. Aleksidze. Tbilisi, Georgia, 0193) between 18-20 June 2019. As usual, the working languages will be Georgian and English.

CVs and abstracts of your contributions (not more than 500 words max; Georgian texts in AcadNusx, English texts in Times New Roman; English translation should be attached to Georgian texts) should be submitted by e-mail here.

Successful participants will be informed in the first decade of April.

The details about accommodation and other practical aspects will be communicated after approval.

No registration fee required.

The conference covers all aspects of Medieval Georgian, Byzantine and Christian East Literature, history, theology, art history and digital humanities.



6 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%), Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged”, German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for 6 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%) starting on October 1st, 2019.

Initial appointment will be for three years.

The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.

In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of humans and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – starting out from textual, pictorial and material sources – by means of examples and to study them in culturally immanent as well as transcultural respects. In order to align the spectrum of potential fields of topics in a targeted manner four main focal points of research have been defined:

(1) Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;

(2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;

(3) Flora, fauna, and natural environment;

(4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these four areas and belong to one of the academic disciplines mentioned above.

We are looking for dissertation projects that will connect with and complement dissertation projects within the Research Training Group as well as additional dissertation projects belonging to one of the four areas.

For detailed information regarding our research and training programme and for a list of the academic staff involved in our graduate school, please refer to our homepage.

Requirements for appointment:

– a diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the disciplines mentioned above and fulfilment of the necessary requirements for enrolment on a doctoral degree in either Faculty (Fachbereich) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

We offer:

– a salary based on the German public sector pay scale (TV-L)

– a PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction

– ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange

– close supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty

– a mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad

– traineeships within cooperating institutes

– additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany

– classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)

– a modern and pleasant working environment

– optional six months’ funding for developing a new research project once you have completed your PhD

We expect:

– preparation of a doctoral thesis within our research programme

– scientific training within a structured dissertation programme

– continuous participation in the study programme

– cooperation with other PhD students and scholars from neighbouring fields and disciplines

– presence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

– after the three-year funding period: doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The following documents must be provided:

– application form (available on the website for download)

– a letter of motivation

– a curriculum vitae

– a complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university (Abitur, highschool-diploma or equivalent)

– a résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages)

– your graduate thesis in a pdf-file

– an exposé for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group, summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages)

– two letters of reference from members of academic staff allowing us to judge your abilities (to be sent before the closing date directly to the spokesperson)

– if available: a list of attended conferences and publications

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is keen to increase the number of women among its scholars and thus encourages women to apply. The university supports its members in reconciling professional and family responsibilities and offers family-friendly study and working conditions. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified. It is recommended to refer to a possible handicap in the application.

Further details regarding the application process and the selection of candidates are available on the homepage of our graduate school. You may also contact a member of the Research Training Group’s staff in your discipline if you have a specific question. For organizational questions you may contact the coordination office.

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) no later than May 1st, 2019 to the Research Training Group’s spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening.

2 doctoral positions Leibniz project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity”, Frankfurt, Germany.

Deadline: 13 March 2019

The Department of Ancient History, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for 2 doctoral positions as Researchers in Late Antique Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean (E13 TV-G-U, 65 % part-time) within the Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” directed by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin. The position is to be filled from May, 1st, 2019 onwards. The duration of the contract will be 36 months and the salary is set according to TV-G-U 13. For the limitation of the contracts of scientific employees the regulations of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz are applicable in connection with the Hessisches Hochschulgesetz. The project is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

The Leibniz research project “Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity” strives to develop a new picture of Christianity in Late Antiquity by integrating eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern perspectives.

We are looking for

new members of the team who would like to work on this field of research for their doctoral thesis and contribute to analysing the diversity of Christianity in late antiquity. As a member of the team, the researcher will be expected to share the research tasks of the team, e.g., preparing workshops, conferences, and publications as well as participating in colloquia.

The ideal candidate will have

a M.A. or equivalent in Ancient History, History of Religion, Theology, Oriental Philology, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Christianity, or related fields,
a solid knowledge of English, German and an additional modern language,
and an excellent knowledge of Latin and Greek as well as other relevant language(s) (e.g. Syriac).

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin.

The University of Frankfurt is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications by women. Ceteris paribus seriously handicapped people will have preference.

Please submit your application complete with curriculum vitae, copies of your final university degrees, a copy of your M.A. thesis (or other significant research paper) and an outline of the research project (3-5 pages) you would like to pursue no later than 13 March 2019 in electronic form to Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin.

Please note that that costs incurred for the application procedure will not be refunded by Goethe University. Please note that we are not able to reimburse the travel costs for the interview.

3 Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies at Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, KU Leuven. 

Deadline: 1 June 2019

In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, has launched an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is now opening a last call to hire a third group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.

Job description

The project studies one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus is the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.

Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:

–    fellowship 1: a study of the martyr homilies of John Chrysostom.

–    fellowship 2: a critical edition and study of the Capita theologica et oeconomica of Maximus the Confessor.

–    fellowship 3: a study of the reception of the figures of Abraham, Moses and David in early Christian literature.


The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and preferably also basic knowledge of early Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).

Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.


The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.

Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.

How to apply

Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to

Deadline for applying: 1 June 2019.

A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview on the 20th of June.

Starting date: 1 October 2019 (or soon after).


ARIT-Istanbul Branch Director.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

The American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul Branch (ARIT-Istanbul), is seeking applicants for the position of ARIT-Istanbul Branch Director, effective July 1, 2019.

The Director resides in Istanbul and is responsible for supervising the ARIT-Istanbul branch located at the Koç-ANAMED facility in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district. The duties include the development of public programs paralleling those run by other institutes and universities in the city, along with pursuing opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and scholars. The director oversees ARIT’s library collections and digital projects, including acquisitions, cataloguing, maintenance of databases, and construction and updating of relevant interfaces. The director also prepares the relevant reports for compliance with granting agencies, government authorities, and annual reports to the Board of Directors, as well as an annual outreach newsletter. The Director assists ARIT fellows and other scholars doing research in Turkey with their projects, including engagement with the relevant archival, library, or governmental authorities. The Director is also expected to manage the financial affairs of the ARIT Representative office in Istanbul, to issue budget reports, and to seek out fundraising opportunities for the organization and its affiliated groups as a whole.

Potential candidates should possess excellent spoken and written ability in English, and good communication skills in Turkish to facilitate interaction with scholars and bureaucracies; computer literacy with an emphasis on database management, social media, and website design skills; experience in financial accounting; and ongoing research interests in Turkey. A Ph.D. in some field of Turkish Studies is preferred. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Prof. Brian Rose, ARIT President, by March 15, 2019. The search will continue until the position is filled.

The American Research Institute in Turkey is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Evans-Pritchard Lectureship 2019-20, University of Oxford.

Deadline: Friday 26 April 2019

Salary: Stipend of £3,000, board and lodging at All Souls College (or one of its properties) during the Lectureship, plus reasonable travel expenses.

The Lecturer will deliver a series of four to six lectures in the course of a month (usually May), based on fieldwork or other indigenous primary materials concerning Africa, the Middle East or the Mediterranean, and offering an empirical analysis of social relations. Scholars in the fields of social anthropology, classical studies, archaeology, modern history, and Oriental studies are eligible and, other things being equal, the electors will prefer a person at the beginning of their career. A doctorate is required for eligibility. It is hoped that the Lectures will be published in book form.

Candidates for election should send an outline of their proposed lectures, a CV, and a list of publications, here by Friday 26 April 2019. They should also ask two referees to send their references here – also to arrive by Friday 26 April 2019.

Further particulars can be found here.

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS), summer 2019.

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation(BHF) intended for education in the field of archaeology and historic preservation and is targeted for students and specialists, but also for anyone (18+) interested in cultural heritage study and preservation. BHF is а Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was established in 2008 by Ivan Vassilev, Nayden Prahov and Angela Pencheva with the mission of supporting the study, preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Southeastern Europe. In the period 2008 – 2018, BHF conducted and supported 101 projects related to archaeological research and excavations, conservation and recording of cultural monuments and artifacts, training and education in the field of cultural heritage, volunteer workcamps, exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, fundraising campaigns, and design of strategic plans for utilization of cultural heritage by municipalities.

BHFS first started in 2003 and resumed as the BHF program in 2008. It includes field school programs, taught in English, in four Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia. All the field schools are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects: archaeological excavations, art historical expeditions, conservation of artifacts and monuments, thus contributing to the study and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Balkans. Since 2008, BHFS has implemented 101 field school projects (with durations ranging from 1 to 8 weeks) attended by approx. 1750 students from over 60 countries* and involved a great number of academic and research institutions, museums, and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece, France, Montenegro and Japan.

The BHFS overall goal has been the development and enhancement of accessible practice-based education in the fields of archaeology and heritage conservation with an emphasis on Balkan cultural heritage. It aims to:

  1. supplement the academic education, volunteer training, and pre- and early career training through short-term practice-based field schools;
  2. encourage the involvement of students, scholars and volunteers in studies, preservation and promotion of Balkan cultural heritage;
  3. support research and conservation projects related to cultural heritage in SE Europe;
  4. promote and present Balkan cultural heritage worldwide;
  5. contribute to the sustainable development through utilization of cultural heritage for education and enhancement of cultural tourism in SE Europe; and
  6. foster the sensibilisation of local communities towards cultural heritage.

Each BHFS project combines 3 basic educational modules: theoretical (lectures, presentations and field training), practical (participation in excavations, lab work, conservation workshops, field trips) and excursions to attractive archaeological and cultural sites & behind-the-scene visits.

Currently there are three types of field school programs offered by BHFS:

  • Archaeological field schools take place at different excavation sites (including underwater) related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans, starting with the first Neolithic farmers in Europe and Europe’s first civilization in the Chalcolithic, followed by the Ancient Greek, Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Ottoman civilizations.
  • The emphasis in the workshops on historic preservation/heritage conservationis on ancient Greek pottery, Roman pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings, historic metal, paper and textiles.
  • In addition, an expedition introduces students to Late and Post Medieval (Byzantine) ecclesiastical architecture and wall-paintings.

Since 2014, BHFS has offered a thematic combination of certain projects as BHFS project packs providing more comprehensive educational opportunities, broader experience, extra excursions and tempting admission fee discounts.

Three universities award academic credits to students who participate in BHFS projects: New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Queen’s University, Canada and Connecticut College, through Institute for Field Research, USA. Participants who are not interested in academic credits are not expected to pay any tuition fee nor to take part in any activities related to academic curriculum (exams, academic reports etc.).

Further information can be found here.

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 Hilary Term 2019

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MONDAY 25th February

16.00   Gender in Classical Archaeology Seminar Series

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Miriam Steinborn (RGZM, Mainz)
Approaches to a Gendered Construction of Space in Late Antiquity


17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Warton Room

Elisheva Baumgarten (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Making Matches: Towards a Social History of Medieval Jewish Marriage in Northern Europe 1200-1350

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TUESDAY 26th Februay

14:00   Later Medieval Seminar – Commemoration

St John’s College, 21 St Giles seminar room

Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge)

Heirloom Books and Archives of Memory in Late Medieval and Early Modern England


14:00   Byzantine Epigraphy

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Dr Ida Toth


17:00   Medieval Church and Culture

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Anna Sapir Abulafia

Jewish Martyrdom in the First Crusade

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WEDNESDAY 27th February

12.00-13.00     Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Dr Julian Baker (Oxford)

The Commercial Revolution and the long thirteenth century


13.00   Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Ted Peña (University of California, Berkeley)

The Pompeii Artifact Life History Project: The Study of the Flow of Objects through a Roman Town


16.30   Aquinas Seminar Series: “The Good of Human Interdependence”

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Prof Peter Hampson

Appreciating the fine and discerning the good: toward a theology of affordance


17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Alexandra Vukovich (Oxford)

Byzantine Imitation Coins and the Emergence of Rus


17.00   The Slade Lectures 2019: Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm

Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Statue Histories: Iconoclasm as Anti-Colonialism

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THURSDAY 28th February

11.00-12.30     Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Nikos Karydis

‘Basilica B’ at Philippi: The phases of construction of an incomplete Church


12.00   RLAHA Martin Aitken Seminar
School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Lecture Theatre,

Dr. Margarita Gleba (University of Cambridge)

Archaeological textiles and what we can learn from them via scientific analyses


15.30-16.45     The Material Culture of Pilgrimage

History Faculty, Rees Davies Room

A comparison of pilgrim accounts from different faith traditions


16.30   Aquinas Special Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Prof William Carroll

The Condemnations Of 1277 and the Origins of Modern Science


17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College

Jerzy Szafranowski (University of Warsaw)

Behind abbot’s back. Clerics within the monastic hierarchy


17.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminars

Wolfson College

Glaire Anderson (Edinburgh University)

Subtle Inventions and Marvellous Innovations: Abbas ibn Firnas, Craft and Intellect in al Andalus

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FRIDAY 1st March

9.30-11.00       Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


11.00-12.45     KRC Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Weston Library, Horton Seminar Room

Dr Adeela Qureshi (independent scholar)

The Hunt as Metaphor in Mughal Painting

Registration is required. Please contact


12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann

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Hilary Term 2019

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MONDAY 18th February

14.15   Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Weston Library, Horton Room

Lia Costiner

Artist-scribes in fourteenth-century Italy: an illustrated vernacular Life of the Virgin Mary and of Christ


15.00   Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Jane Kershaw

Where did Alfred get his silver from?


16.00   Gender in Classical Archaeology Seminar Series

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Grace Stafford (Oxford)
Muscular Women and Beautiful Men: Gender and Identity at Piazza Armerina


17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Warton Room

Scott Ashley (University of Newcastle)

Between the Ice: Stories of Climate Change in the Middle Ages


17.00   Centre for the Reception History of the Bible

Trinity College, Danson Room

Rowena Loverance (formerly of the British Museum)

The day the sun stood still: representations of Joshua in Byzantine and Crusader art

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TUESDAY 19th Februay

14:00   Later Medieval Seminar – Commemoration

St John’s College, 21 St Giles seminar room

No seminar


14:00   Byzantine Epigraphy

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Dr Ida Toth


17:00   Medieval Church and Culture

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Paul Brand (All Souls)

The Statute of Jewry of 1275: some problems

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WEDNESDAY 20th February


12.00-13.00     Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Postponed for one week.


13.00   Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Dominik Maschek (Oxford)

Institutions and Transaction Costs. Towards a New History of Roman Architecture


14.00   Medieval Chronology Class (2nd)

Theology and Religion Faculty, Gibson Building, ROQ

To attend contact


17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Vivien Prigent (Oxford)

New light on the seventh century: the corpus of seals from Carthage


17.00   The Slade Lectures 2019: Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm

Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Figuring for Piety: Strategies of Negotiation


17.30   The Principal’s Research Seminar

St Hilda’s College

Prof. Mary Carruthers

Dis-location, Dis-quiet, and Perplexity: Some Observations about Invention Practices in Medieval Meditation

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THURSDAY 21st February

11.00-12.30     Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Sean Leatherbury

Walking on the Bible: Old and New Testament floor mosaics in Late Antique churches and synagogues


16.30   Aquinas Seminar Series: “The Good of Human Interdependence”

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Rev Dr Nicholas Austin, SJ

Divine and Human Gift: Magnanimity in Thomas Aquinas and Ignatius Loyola


17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College

John Weisweiler (Cambridge University)

Parts of the emperor’s body: Reproducing the imperial governing class in the early Roman empire and the later Roman state


17.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminars

Wolfson College

Nourane Ben Azzouna (University of Strasbourg)

The eye of the calligrapher: the literature on writing and calligraphy in Arabic script as a source on the perception of calligraphy in Medieval Islam


18.15   Oxford Medieval Society Seminar

St John’s College New Seminar Room

Prof. Ben Morgan (Worcester College) & Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert (Westminster Abbey Institute)

In Our Times: Critical Readings of Medieval Mystics

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FRIDAY 22nd February

9.00-19.00       OUBS 21st International Graduate Conference

History Faculty

Various Speakers

Contested Heritage: adaptation, restoration and innovation in the Late Antique and Byzantine world

Click here for the full programme


9.30-11.00       Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


11.00-12.45     KRC Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Weston Library, Horton Seminar Room

Manuscript production in Iran and Central Asia c.1500–1750: Safavid and Uzbeg (ZY-G and TF)

Registration is required. Please contact


12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


16.00   Ancient Architecture Discussion Group

Lincoln College, Garden Building Lower Lecture Room

Konogan Beaufay (Oxford)

Building and heating the Roman public baths of Central Italy

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SATURDAY 23rd February

9.00-19.30       OUBS 21st International Graduate Conference

History Faculty

Various Speakers

Contested Heritage: adaptation, restoration and innovation in the Late Antique and Byzantine world

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20.00   OUBS Conference Dinner


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“Cult Transfer and Literary Transformation in Hagiographic Legends during the First Millennium”, Maison Française d’Oxford, 15 February 2019, Oxford.

Religious cults can be affected, transformed, or even obliterated by their transfer from region to region. The cults of saints and their related customs, legends, images, and relics, could travel away from their place of origin, following waves of migrations or networks of ecclesiastical, political, social, and commercial contacts. Transfer could transform a cult, or affect indigenous cults through their contact with imported ones. This workshop will examine the paradigm of cult transfer as a historical tool for our understanding of literary transformation in Byzantine Greek hagiography and its related linguistic traditions, in all its different manifestations.

The event is organised by Anna Lampadaridi and Efthymios Rizos, and supported by the British Academy Newton International Fellowships, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Maison Française d’Oxford, and UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée Paris (équipe Monde byzantin)



“Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium”, 20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies, 19-21 July 2019, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society.  The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times.  In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?  Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day?  The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium.  Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted on the following or related themes:

  • The rhetoric of persecution in hagiography and historiography
  • Monastic dissidence and dissidents
  • The persecution of minorities
  • Dissension in the military
  • Imperial usurpation and sedition
  • Discourses of violence and tyranny in literature
  • Popular uprisings and civil disobedience
  • Satire and literary subversion
  • Laws relating to prosecution and capital punishment
  • Depictions of persecution in Byzantine art
  • Slavery and manumission
  • The forced baptism of Jews and others
  • Heresy and the imposition of religious orthodoxy
  • The suppression and oppression of women
  • Persecution of philosophers and other intellectuals
  • Anti-pagan policies
  • Forced migrations and resettlements – Manichaeans and Paulicians
  • The liturgical celebration of martyrdom

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: by the due date of 15 February 2019.

Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson.  Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.


“Beyond Eusebius and Augustine: Rethinking Christian Political Thought in Late Antiquity”, Postgraduate/Early Career Conference, University of Liverpool, 18 June 2019.

Deadline: 18 February 2019

Amid the mass of outstanding scholarship on the Christianization of the Roman world in late antiquity (c. 250-700 CE), political thought has been left behind. Even excellent recent accounts tend to fall back on canonical authors (esp. Eusebius of Caesarea and Augustine of Hippo), themes (e.g. the relationship between emperor and churchmen), and early to mid-twentieth century accounts (esp. Baynes, Dvornik, Markus). This project seeks to diversify approaches to late ancient Christian political thought by exploring new topics (e.g. the imperial family, the role of the demonic, the influence of ascetic ideology), authors, regions, and languages. Through an international conference bringing together specialists in Classics & Ancient History, Medieval Studies, Byzantine History, and Early Christianity, leading to a collection of path-breaking essays on specific case studies, it aims to stimulate new approaches and lines of inquiry into a central theme in late ancient history.

We invite proposals for c. 20-minute papers on this theme from postgraduate students and early career researchers. Thanks to generous support from the Royal Historical Society, we will be able to pay for UK travel costs and two nights’ hotel accommodation. Papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a resulting edited volume/special journal issue.

We would particularly invite proposals which speak to one of the following research themes:

(1)  Developing a more pluralist conception of Christian ‘political thought’

Possible topics might include: gendered praise and invective; classical political ideals in ascetic/monastic literature; ascetic/monastic visions of earthly government; demonology and diabolical agency; ethnic discourse, ethnography, and visions of the church as an ethnic, supra-ethnic, or anti-ethnic community.

(2)  Expanding the canon

We invite paper proposals which consider previously peripheral or understudied authors, languages, and regions of late ancient western Eurasia, to complicate and nuance accounts of the development of Christian political thought in late antiquity.

(3)  Christian political ideology ‘in action’

We invite paper proposals which root Christian political culture in the lived experience of governance in the late ancient world, and consider its influence on concrete interactions between bishops, monks, emperors, officials, and their subjects.

If you are interested in presenting, please e-mail an abstract of no more than 500 words to Dr Robin Whelan. The deadline for submissions is Monday 18 February; we will aim to provide responses by the end of February. Please feel free to e-mail any of the organisers with questions.


Prof. Richard Flower (Exeter)

Dr Meaghan McEvoy (Macquarie)

Dr Robin Whelan (Liverpool)

Confirmed Speakers:

Prof. Dame Averil Cameron (Oxford; respondent)

Dr James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)

Dr Gerda Heydemann (Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Julia Hillner (Sheffield)

Dr Conor O’Brien (Durham)


“Destruction/Re-Construction – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict”, Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), 30 September – 2 October 2019, Beirut, Lebanon.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

Ruins have often captured human imagination and, in one way or another, they have been inscribed in a community’s memory, history, or lore. The past decades, however, have witnessed a considerable shift of meaning concerning deliberate destruction and the symbolic character of ruins. The detonation of Stari Bridge in Mostar (1993) has become one of the iconic images representing the Bosnian War. The targeted demolition of the Bamyan Buddhas in Afghanistan (2001) can be seen as a prelude to the then-impending military intervention. The destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, stands out as a symbol of communalism, a religiously exclusionist nation-state, and the deliberate attempt to eradicate centuries of peaceful Hindu-Muslim coexistence, while the deliberate destruction of heritage sites, museums, and libraries in Iraq and Syria serve as a symbol for the atrocities of a still ongoing conflict that has left thousands of people displaced or dead.

The history of destruction is as old as humanity. What has changed, however, is the way how acts of destruction are promulgated, celebrated, and perpetuated by carefully staging and filming them as well as by distributing these records on video-sharing websites. Similarly, the reactions that destruction causes among the viewers of these records gained more and more importance. While ancient temples or statues feel no fear, anguish, or pain when they are blown up, it is societies that are distressed by their fate. During the past decades, there has been an ever-growing number of publications, commentaries, and conferences on the destruction of cultural heritage. At the same time, artists and writers have also turned to the question of destruction, be it under circumstances of war and conflict as outlined above, or in the context of neo-liberal urbanization and gentrification, proposing ways of challenging these developments through their artworks, installations, and writings or by initiating grass-roots projects in the attempt to preserve buildings and create awareness for their value among urban authorities.

An international and interdisciplinary conference held in Beirut in autumn 2019 aims at discussing the cycle of the creation and decay of architectural heritage, thereby investigating
– the historical, philosophical, and social implications of destruction and (re-)construction (or the deliberate decision to leave a building in its ruined state),
– the effects of destruction and (re-)construction on individual and collective psychology,
– human interventions in the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage through means of law and prosecution,
– the language and imagery in which deliberate destruction is described in different media today,
– the way artists and writers have turned to these questions, not just taking them up in their work, but also by becoming activists for the preservation of architectural heritage,
– the manner in which destruction and construction are inscribed in communal memory, not least by the importance ascribed to ruins in the cityscape or by the representation of destruction in museums.

The international and interdisciplinary conference welcomes contributions from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, law, architecture, and the arts. It is organised by the Arab-German Young Academy (AGYA), Working Group “Transformation”, in collaboration with the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB). Organizing committee: Mohammad Alwahaib (Kuwait City), Hanan Badr (Berlin), Christian Fron (Stuttgart), Julia Hauser (Kassel), Konstantin Klein (Bamberg) and Lena-Maria Möller (Hamburg). The conference will take place in Beirut, Lebanon, 30th September–2nd October 2019. The conference will also feature a panel discussion with contemporary artists and writers open to the general public and followed by a reception. The conference language will be English.

Those interested in presenting papers are requested to send a tentative title, a short abstract (c. 250 words) and a short CV (one page including relevant publications) to Konstantin Klein until 15 March 2019. There will be no registration fee. Travel costs, board and lodging for confirmed speakers will be covered by the Arab-German Young Academy depending on final budgetary approval.

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research/Federal Republic of Germany.


“Integrating Process: Cross-Temporal Approaches in Art History”, SECAC 2019, 16 – 19 October 2019, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

As a discipline art history suffers from a lack of integration. There is no established process-focused framework for the history of art before the 21st century. Although there is a great deal of scholarship concerning process in contemporary art and production integral to objects in circulation, discussions of art processes in antiquity are rare. In part, this lacuna exists because scholars have mistakenly discounted the possibility of ancient work with a processual focus. This session will investigate this gap. In what ways and to what extent can a cross-temporal approach to art history establish a disciplinary framework with which to address process informed by complementary counterparts from ancient and contemporary visual culture?

This panel seeks to redefine process in visual art by focusing on aspects of production from any geographic location approached through a cross-temporal lens by juxtaposing themes and material from antiquity and the 21st century. Papers will address debates concerning issues such as, but not limited to: active beholders as co-creators; private studio vs. public commercial spaces; and processes (for example, in-process, serial, unfinished, completed, erased, repaired, re-made work). This session seeks to engage in a dynamic debate about process by transforming disciplinary conversations.

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400 words in length by Monday, 1st April 2019 on the SECAC portal.

The submission link is this.


“Celebrations in The Eastern Mediterranean: Private And Public”, Postgraduate Colloquium, 1 June 2019, University of Birmingham.

Deadline: 7 April 2019

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers in celebration of the 20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

From antiquity to the present peoples in the eastern Mediterranean have taken part in celebrations and ceremonies. These vary from large-scale public events to private and personal rituals. As we continue to take part in social rituals derived from these traditions and develop new ways to manifest them it is important to examine these celebrations in detail.

The colloquium aims to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives on how people experience celebrations across the eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the modern day, from textual sources to visual culture and archaeology.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anniversaries, holidays, weddings
  • Feast days and holidays
  • Secular and religious ceremonies
  • Processions
  • Gift giving
  • Festivals
  • Celebrations in text and art
  • Spaces and Objects

Papers of approximately 20 minutes and posters (A3 format) related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Sunday 7thApril 2019 here.

A selection of papers will be published in the proceedings on the online journal Diogenes.

The Organising Committee

Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham)

Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)


“European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds: Interdisciplinary Long-Term Perspectives”, 15-16 November 2019, University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Deadline: 15 May 2019

Islands make up 2% of the earth’s surface and are defined by their circumference with the sea (Ratter 2018, 2). Yet, since the emergence of seafaring, these seemingly marginal territories came into contact with countless trade partners and their respective languages, religions, migrants, information networks, and goods, bringing islands from the margins into the center of European cultural developments. The connection with the sea also presented reoccurring dangers, such as assaults by conquerors, pirates, privateers, smugglers, sailors with contagious diseases or revolutionaries with controversial ideas. Nevertheless, in direct contrast, some islands were isolated from the information of impeding attacks, assistance from allies, raw materials required to rebuild after storms, or the food and water needed in times of scarcity. Insularity at times prompted innovative solutions and disparate cultural customs not seen on the mainland. The central question of this workshop analyzes how islands in the waters around Europe were used and understood by past societies, considering the cultural practices, social norms, and solutions of island residents to the many opportunities and challenges they have faced from 3000 BC to 1800 AD. Island-specific factors will be examined to better understand the fragile equilibrium of island life between scarcity and excess, between local customs and global contracts, between dependence and independence, between security and insecurity, between control and power, and between physical, political, or social isolation and cross-regional or global maritime networks.

The workshop takes place within the academic context of the collaborative research center SFB1070 RESOURCECULTURES and the University of Tuebingen work group “Insularitäten / Insularities.” In various projects, islands are used as units of analysis to understand dynamics related to resources, defined as “tangible and intangible means by which actors create, sustain or alter social relations, units and identities” (Scholz et al. 2017, 7). Concepts related to insularity phenomena, such as insular long-term developments, connectivity and isolation, or perceptions of islanders are examined within an interdisciplinary, diachronic, and cross-cultural framework. Possible thematic questions include:

  • Are island residents more attuned to climate change because of their dependence on its control?
  • How are islands different from other isolated locations (e.g. desert communities)?
  • Which social and societal practices are unique to small islands (<10,000 km2 ) vs. larger islands?
  • What is the role of islands in processes of globalization?
  • How do islands cope with adversity through their religious beliefs, technological outlays, regulations, and social norms? Can these practices be seen as a (cultural) resource for the islanders?
  • How do we distinguish different types of identities between archipelagos and islands?
  • Does the distance to the mainland play a role in island historical development? Can differences be traced between geographical regions?

Organizers: Frerich Schön, Laura Dierksmeier, Annika Condit, Valerie Palmowski, Anna Kouremenos

Submission: Archaeologists, historians, geographers, art historians, and anthropologists are cordially invited to submit an abstract of 250 words in English with a narrative C.V. of 100 words to Britta Kobus ( for a presentation (in English) of 20 minutes. Researchers living and working on islands are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and share their personal insight with the group.

Edited Book: This conference will produce an edited book published both in print and electronically through the University of Tuebingen Press. In order to expedite the publication, participants in this conference are required to submit finished chapters (6,000-8,000 words) by the date of the conference. The chapters will be peer reviewed and authors will have 3 months to edit before final submission.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019 Notification Deadline: June 15, 2019*

Conference Dates: November 15 – 16, 2019 Location: Castle Hohentuebingen in the medieval town of Tuebingen, Germany

Closest airport: Stuttgart (33 km / 20 miles); Trains from Frankfurt am Main airport (221 km / 137 miles / 2-hour high speed train) and Munich airport (249 km / 154 miles / 4 hours) also possible. Included: Workshop fees and catering will be covered for all accepted participants through the funding of the German Research Council (DFG) and the research group: SFB1070 RESOURCECULTURES.

*Publication guidelines from the University of Tuebingen Press will be sent with the acceptance email.



Bologna Greek and Latin Summer School, 24th June – 12th July 2019

The University of Bologna invites applications for its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School (2019).

The school offers classes in Greek and Latin at two different levels (beginners and intermediate). It is possible to combine two classes (one in Latin and one in Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies (, from 24th June to 12th July 2019 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

As usual, the teaching will be focused mainly on the linguistic aspects and the syntax of Greek and Latin; additional classes will touch on moments of classical literature, ancient history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

All teaching and social activities will be in English.

For further information and to download the application form, please visit the website.

Contact e-mail :


“Tao-Klarjeti: History and Heritage of Movable and Immovable Monuments” Summer School,
07-16 August 2019, Georgia.

Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Giorgi Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation in collaboration with the University of Basel (Seminar of Art history), University of Fribourg (Art History Department) and Max-Planck Institut-KunsthistorischesInstitut in Florence, with the financial support (№ MG_ISE_18_2142) of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia:

The programme

Tao-Klarjeti is a general name to define the medieval Georgian heritage, movable and immovable, related to the historic Georgian provinces that lie within the borders of Turkey (Tao, Klarjeti, Shavsheti, Erusheti, Kola-Oltisi and Speri). The majority of the architectural remains are located in the provinces of Erzurum, Artvin, and Ardahan. Most of the movable objects (icons, crosses, manuscripts, sculptures etc) are preserved in the museums and repositories of Tbilisi.

The main objective of the Seasonal school is to present to participants the most significant monuments of Tao-Klarjeti. To demonstrate the significance of the heritage of Tao-Klarjeti the Seasonal school aims to discuss and analyze it in the context of Georgian history and Georgian art. At the same time, we aim to show its special significance in the context of broader Byzantine and regional cultures (The Caucasus, Islamic Anatolia).

The Seasonal school will last ten days. It will work in the established format of art history instruction. The Seminars will take place mostly not in the auditorium, but on the sites, where the participants will have direct contact with the monuments in the field (Kumurdo, Oshki, Khakhuli etc) or with the artefacts housed at the museums and the repositories (for example: the Khakhuli Icon, the Anchiskati Icon, the Gospel of Tskarostavi, etc).

All participants of the Seasonal school will be required to study all the reading materials provided electronically. Each member will be responsible to make a presentation on a monument included in the list of the Seasonal school programme. All members of the group are strongly encouraged to participate in discussions and reflect the knowledge they obtained in their further studies and from publications.

The working language of the Seasonal school is English.

The Chubinashvili Centre will issue certificates to all participants who successfully complete the programme.

Important information:
The programme provides transportation to the monuments, breakfasts, lunches and most of the dinners during the Seasonal school period (7-16 September), museum entrance fees and hotel accommodations (shared rooms for students). Airfare to and from Tbilisi, travel/health insurance, entry visa fees (if required) and pocket money are the responsibility of the individual participant.


Applicants must be holders of an MA, currently enrolled in Ph.D. studies or early career scholars with interests in the arts, history, and culture of Byzantium, and medieval Georgia, Caucasus and Anatolia.
Priority will be given to applicants who are either Turkish citizens or affiliated with Turkish educational/research institutions.

The application form can be found here.

Applications should be submitted here as a pdf file by February 28, 2019

Selected candidates will be notified by 30 April 2019.


PhD Fellowship in Byzantine Literature, Leuven.

Deadline: 10 March 2019

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek Department at KU Leuven is seeking a PhD candidate, to work on a research project investigating the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries. The successful candidate will prepare a dissertation, which will be a joint degree from KU Leuven (main institution) and the Universität zu Köln. The supervisors will be professors Reinhart Ceulemans and Claudia Sode.

The position opened now is a two-year full-time appointment at Leuven (starting date: 1 October 2019 at the latest). Additional funding will be solicited once the fellowship has started.

A full version of the job description can be found here. The deadline is 10 March 2019.

Contact: and


HMML/Dumbarton Oaks Syriac and Coptic Summer School, 7 July – 2 August 2019.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Building on three summers of success, Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces an intensive four-week course introducing the Syriac and Coptic languages and paleography in summer of 2019. The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML, located on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The summer school will run from July 7 to August 2, 2019 (arrival on July 6, departure August 3). The audience is doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need to learn Syriac or Coptic for their research.

Approximately ten places will be available for each language. Costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks. The selected participants will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul).

The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

Course Offerings
The Summer School will consist of morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, complemented by guest lectures and other learning opportunities, as well as social events and enjoyment of the beautiful 2700-acre campus with woods, lakes, and notable architecture.

Prior familiarity with basic Syriac or Coptic grammar is not a prerequisite but some preparation will be required before arrival, as directed by the instructors. The courses will include an introduction to paleography and to the study and use of manuscripts, especially those now available in the vHMML Reading Room from HMML’s vast collection of digitized manuscripts.

Following this intensive course, students will be fully equipped to continue reading on their own or to enter reading courses at other institutions.

Faculty for 2019
Syriac: Dr. Robert Kitchen, Regina, Saskatchewan, and Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy, Södertälje, Sweden; Dr. Sergey Minov, University of Oxford.
Coptic: Dr. Alin Suciu, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen; Prof. Victor Ghica, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo.
HMML Staff, and guest lecturers

Accommodation and Costs
Students will be housed in apartments on the Saint John’s University campus. Each participant will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. A meal contract at the student Refectory will be provided. All expenses will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University. See more about visiting HMML.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must be either enrolled doctoral students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Coptic for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Coptic for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to learn Syriac or Coptic at their own institutions. Those with significant prior study of Syriac or Coptic (e.g., a semester-long class) will not be considered. Those accepted into the program will be informed about resources to help them in their preparation. A basic familiarity with the Syriac and Coptic writing systems and principal script-forms will be presumed upon arrival.

Application Procedure
Applications are due February 15, 2019. The application should include:

A letter of no more than two single-spaced pages describing the applicant’s academic background (including language skills) and an explanation for why learning Syriac or Coptic is important for future research and teaching.
A curriculum vitae.
A transcript of graduate school coursework for those who are currently doing graduate study. This is not required for those who have completed their PhD.
Two letters of recommendation, to be sent separately.

The application letter and recommendations should be addressed to Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Executive Director of HMML. Letters and other materials should be sent as email attachments to with “Syriac [Coptic] Summer School” in the subject line.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Syriac or Coptic, and research promise. Awards will be announced in late February 2019 and must be accepted by March 15, 2019.


Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA) Travel Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA), founded in 2016 by the American Membership of the Friends of Mount Athos, is pleased to announce that it has granted two scholarships (travel bursaries) of up to $1000 each to support research projects related to Mount Athos.


Applicants must be conducting research related to Mount Athos that requires travel either to Mount Athos, or to a dependency of one of the Athonite monasteries, or to one or more institutions such as museums or research institutes for access to materials related to Mount Athos and essential to the completion of the applicant’s research project.

What the Application Should Include

  • The attached application form
  • A 500-1,000 word project description
  • A project budget that includes itemized travel costs

The budget should be for the entire project, not just the travel covered by this award, and should indicate what parts of the project are covered by, or projected to be covered by, other funding sources. The project description should clearly state the objectives of the research to be conducted at the destination, and the significance of the project to contemporary research in the applicant’s research field.

Appropriate Research Fields

There is no restriction on what fields of research will be supported. For example, they may be ones that are traditional for Mount Athos, like Byzantine and post-Byzantine history, art, architecture, musicology, diplomatics and manuscript studies; Eastern Orthodox theology, literature, hymnology, monasticism, monastic spirituality, patristic studies, etc. They may also be in scientific or social-scientific subject areas like botany, geology, forestry, anthropology or sociology, or an interdisciplinary field. This list is by way of example only; other fields of research are acceptable, as long as the project is focused on Mount Athos and the significance of the project to the applicant’s field of research is made clear.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Applicants must commit to the following:

  • to submit a confirmation of acceptance of the travel grant via an Acceptance Letter (provided by the Foundation along with its award notification) within thirty (30) days of receipt of the award notification.
  • to prepare an illustrated final report suitable to presentation at the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (a 20-minute presentation) or other professional organization appropriate the applicant’s research field (to be proposed by the applicant and approved by MAFA) appropriate to the content of the research project.
  • to submit a printed version of the final report suitable for publication by MAFA or the Friends of Mount Athos in one of their annual publications or on the MAFA website.
  • to submit receipts for travel expenses promptly following payment of those expenses, accompanied by an itemized explanation of those costs.
  • to submit periodic financial and progress reports during the course of the project, the frequency and schedule of reporting to be determined, based on the length of the project time frame and/or the timing of reporting required by other grant agencies sponsoring the research project
  • to return to MAFA any unexpended funds at the close of the grant period.

Research Project Time Frame

The research project may be for any time period, but the dates of the travel funded by this award should be specified in the application. These dates may be changed later, if necessary.


The deadline for the submission of applications for MAFA travel grants for 2019 will be announced after the Board’s first quarterly meeting to be held in January 2019.

Related MAFA Policies

MAFA will issue an initial check to the recipient based upon the travel expenses projected in the recipient’s application. MAFA will fund the actual costs of travel for the specified research project, up to a maximum of $1,000. In any cases where the actual cost of travel as documented by receipts turns out to be less than what was initially projected in the application, the recipient of this award may be required to return the difference to MAFA.

If a recipient’s situation changes in the course of the scholarship application process so that the recipient is no longer qualified to receive the scholarship, the offer of the MAFA scholarship will terminate.

If, in any given year, the Foundation does not receive an application that meets the Foundation’s criteria for quality and viability (MAFA Scholarship Policy, Section V, Criteria for Selection) and clearly fulfills the charitable purposes of the Foundation, the Foundation will not issue an award. Click to download MAFA Conflict of Interest Policy.

Please contact the MAFA Grants Administration Committee if you have questions after reading this announcement and the Travel Scholarship Application Packet.


Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2019

Deadline: 27 March 2019, 3pm UK

The British Academy is now inviting applications to the Newton International Fellowship scheme, which is run jointly with the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. The application form is now available online on the Flexi-Grant Application system. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27 March 2019, 3pm UK time.

Purpose of the Scheme
The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences, and humanities from around the world. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Additional Newton International Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries which include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey, subject to additional funding.

Applicants must have a PhD or be in the final stages of their PhD and should have no more than seven years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. Additionally, applicants must be working outside the UK and not hold UK citizenship.

Level of Award
Newton International Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 (tax exempt) to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive follow-on alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

Applying for this scheme
Applications are available online on the Flexi- Grant application system:
Deadline for submission and organisation approval: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Results expected: August 2019
Awards available to start date between: 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020 (preferably the first of the month).

Further information can be found here.


Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellowships in Modern Greek Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for three visiting research fellowships in the field of Modern Greek Studies for early- and mid- career scholars who wish to pursue (part of) their research at the University of Amsterdam. For the academic year 2019-2020, 1 fellowship will be offered for a period of 8 months and 2 fellowships for a period of 4 months each.

The fellowships are sponsored by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which is also the main sponsor of the Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam, held by Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi. The call is open to projects from all disciplines in the humanities and/or social sciences that engage with aspects of Modern Greek culture and/or history.

These fellowships will be offered annually on a competitive basis and by application. For the academic year 2019-2020 the fellowships will be offered to early- and mid-career scholars (with a Ph.D. not earlier than 2011).  Applicants can apply for either an 8-month fellowship or a 4-month fellowship.

Applicants should send a research proposal (max 1500 words), a motivation letter (max. 350 words), a CV and a letter of reference (directly provided by the referee) to Please makes sure to use the CV format provided here. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.

A full call for proposals is available here.

For questions regarding the practical aspects of the application procedure, please send an email to
For content-related questions concerning the application, you may contact Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi at


Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media. Dumbarton Oaks is launching a three-year Access Initiative to expand opportunities to engage with its resources and collections by scholars and the general public. One goal of the Access Initiative is to create more professional opportunities for early-career PhDs in the areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Art/Archaeology (ICFA) is one of several opportunities that Dumbarton Oaks is announcing for 2019/2020 under this initiative.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers to establish intellectual control over ICFA’s multi-media holdings. The Fellow will support the ongoing cataloging of the Frank Kidner archive of Syria photos from the 1990s, a collection of nearly 10,000 color slides documenting in rich detail a great number of sites, including many that have now been fundamentally altered or completely destroyed. As that project reaches completion, the Fellow will assist with setting priorities for the cataloging, processing, and digitization of other collections related to Byzantine Art and Archaeology, based on their intellectual and cultural significance. Outcomes of the fellowship may include a research gateway similar to Dumbarton Oaks’ Moche Iconography site: This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefitting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will benefit from Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.


  • PhD in Art History, Architecture, or Archaeology, with a specialization in Byzantine, ancient, or medieval art, or the late Antique Near East.
    • Excellent research skills, particularly in the use of archival and photographic collections.
  • Excellent knowledge of Ancient or Medieval Greek. Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Modern Greek, Latin, Turkish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, German, or Arabic.

• Experience in a research library, archive, special collection, museum, or comparable environment.
• Strong computer skills, including experience using relational databases, collection management software, and electronic library resources.
• Experience with digital photography or digitization of photographs, slides, negatives, and other media, including working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Bridge or comparable software.

This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $60,000 per year and the health insurance plan available to Fellows.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted by February 28 to Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, a statement of interest describing their professional and academic experience (1000 words) and should secure two letters of recommendation. The Fellowship will begin on September 2, 2019. Applicants must have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD by the time of application and must have received the PhD no later than July 31, 2019 and no earlier than July 31, 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for onsite interviews at Dumbarton Oaks in April.


Museum Director at Dumbarton Oaks

Deadline: open until filled

The Museum Director will lead the Museum team in planning and delivering innovative exhibits that will highlight the Dumbarton Oaks collections and may include collaborations with the three programs of study and the library, rare book, and image collections. The Museum Director will oversee long-term exhibition planning, budget, and all aspects of Museum operations, in close conjunction with other departments of Dumbarton Oaks. The ideal candidate will combine deep knowledge of at least one area of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with the promise of strong leadership and a proven record of collaboration. The incumbent will join Dumbarton Oaks at an exciting time of expansion of both our academic and our public programs and will be encouraged to foster links between the Museum and the research institute, help develop new educational programs for DC students, and provide open and free access to the collections through digital initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Oversees all aspects of Museum operations including administration, budget, and staff.
• Oversees exhibition planning and delivery, leading the Museum team and collaborating with other Dumbarton Oaks departments as well as external partners where appropriate.
• Oversees handling, conservation, insurance, and loans of collections.
• Collaborates closely with the Directors of Facilities and Security on building maintenance and security; and with the Managers of Events and Communications on public programs.

  • Oversees the digital or print publication of Museum collection and exhibition catalogues.
    • Oversees the transition to, and future maintenance of, an updated collections management system.
    • Leads the overhaul of the Museum digital and web presence, including the provision of open access catalogues and high-resolution images of the Museum collections.
    • Engages actively with new scholarship relating to the Dumbarton Oaks collections, as well as with the most up-to-date museum practices and initiatives, through attendance of conferences and professional meetings as appropriate.
    • Mentors fellows and interns from Harvard University as part of Dumbarton Oaks’ skill-building programs for early-career humanists.
    • Maintains coordination with Harvard University policies as appropriate.
    • Performs special projects and duties as required by the Director and Executive Director.

Supervisory responsibilities:
Manage a team of ten full-time museum professionals.

Basic qualifications:
Advanced degree in art history or museum studies required, Minimum four to six years’ museum management experience, including responsibility for a professional staff and budget. Proven administrative and leadership ability, ideally in a museum setting.

Additional qualifications:
Advanced degree in Byzantine or Pre-Columbian Art highly preferred. PhD preferred. Strong data and collection management skills. Excellent communication skills; collegiality, initiative, and versatility in a fast-paced environment that is committed to the highest standards of museum and scholarly practice.

To Apply:
This position is open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking this link.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Chair of Christian Thought, Department of Classics and Religion

Deadline: 19 February 2019

Job ID: 17206

Updated: January 4, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor who will serve for a five year (renewable) term as the Chair of Christian Thought . The area of specialization within the study of Christianity is open, as is the disciplinary approach within the broader study of religion. The Department encourages applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the history, sociology, anthropology, or philosophy of religion, as well as theology. Candidates with expertise in emerging theories and methods within the study of religion or theology are especially encouraged to apply.

The Chair of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary serves as a resource and catalyst in promoting the academic study of Christianity in both the University and the Christian communities of the City of Calgary. The Chair’s mission is to act as a bridge between the academy and faith communities. The Chair undertakes all normal university activities of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, research, and writing. The Chair has reduced teaching duties, and will normally teach 3 courses a year. The Chair also initiates community events, including organizing a series of four endowed lectures per year.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or its equivalent in Religious Studies or a cognate discipline, as well as mastery of relevant research languages. They will demonstrate excellence in teaching, graduate supervision, and scholarship. They will also possess the necessary communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills for developing good public relations between the University of Calgary and Calgary’s Christian communities through enrichment activities. The Chair will initially be held for a five-year term. This term is renewable at the end of each five years contingent upon favorable performance.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications)

  • Letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a statement providing a plan for the applicant to establish connections with the Christian communities of the City of Calgary
  • Three examples of recent scholarly work
  • Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness
  • Description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference to be submitted directly to the selection committee at:

Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean
c/o Sharla Mann, Manager Administrative Services
Department of Classics and Religion
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Sharla Mann by email at

All applications must be received by February 19, 2019, at which time the Academic Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications to select applicants to invite for on-site interviews.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here.

The Department of Classics and Religion respects, appreciates and encourages diversity, and we encourage diverse applicants to apply for this position. A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion on campus, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure, the Native Centre, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.


W.D.E. Coulson & Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program (Eligibility, Greek Nationals)

Deadline: 15 March 2019

W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Eligibility:  Greek nationals including staff of the Ministry of Culture; doctoral candidates and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities.  For further information on ARIT. A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. For more information about the application, visit the website.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project.

Web site: or

The awards will be announced in late spring.

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


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The Oxford Listings: HT2019 / Week 5



Hilary Term 2019

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MONDAY 11th February

13.00   Archaeobotany Discussion Group

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Seminar Room

Dr Kelly Reed (University of Oxford)

A taste of Empire: Reconstructing Foodways in Roman Pannonia


17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Warton Room

Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna)

Cultural Convergences: Saint Catherine’s Monastery and its Palimpsest Manuscripts

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TUESDAY 12th Februay

14:00   Later Medieval Seminar – Commemoration

St John’s College, 21 St Giles seminar room

Marika Rasanen (Turku)

Rethinking the late medieval relic (c. 1200-1550) 


14:00   Byzantine Epigraphy

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Dr Ida Toth


17.00   Medieval French Research Seminar

Maison Française

Bernard Cerquiglini (Université Paris Diderot)

Pourquoi Nithard (843) fut le premier écrivain de langue française


17:00   Medieval Church and Culture

Harris Manchester College, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

Reading Hebrew Psalms in 13th-Century England:  glosses and dictionary in MS Longleat House 21

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WEDNESDAY 13th February

12.00-13.00     Money in the Medieval West and Byzantium

Ashmolean Museum, Floor 2, Coin Study Centre, off Gallery 36 Japan after 1860

Dr Julian Baker

The Middle Byzantine period, ca. 800-1200


13.00   Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone (Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli)

Beyond Pompeii: Landscape and Economy in Late Antique Campania


17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Michael Zellmann-Rohrer (Oxford)

Applied poetry and prose: Greek incantations and amulets in Byzantium


17.00   The Slade Lectures 2019: Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm

Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Grammars of Defacement: Censure and Redemption

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THURSDAY 14th February

11.00-12.30     Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, First Floor Seminar Room

Beatrice Leal

Modes of architectural imagery in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Eastern Mediterranean


15.30-16.45     The Material Culture of Pilgrimage

History Faculty, Colin Matthew Room

The Material Culture of Pilgrimage: Art and artefacts that commemorate or participate in the pilgrimage experience


16.30   Aquinas Seminar Series: “The Good of Human Interdependence”

Blackfriars Hall, Aula

Prof John Finley

Matter as Principle of both Individuation and Communion


17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College

David Lambert (Oxford University)

The ethnicity of the usurper Vitalian


17.00   Khalili Research Centre Seminars

Wolfson College

Lorenz Korn (Bamberg University/St Andrews University)

Title TBA

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FRIDAY 15th February

9.30-11.00       Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


11.00-12.45     KRC Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Weston Library, Horton Seminar Room

Manuscript production in Iran, Anatolia and Central Asia c.1400– 1500: Timurid, Turkman and early Ottoman (ZY-G and TF)

Registration is required. Please contact


12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


14.15   Seminar in the history of the book

Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford Level 2 Visiting Scholars’ Centre (VSC)

15cBOOKTRADE tools for Modern Languages, History, and Classics 


9.30 – 15.00    Cult Transfer and Literary Transformation in Hagiographic Legend during the First Millennium

Maison Française d’Oxford, 2–10 Norham Road

Various Speakers

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