THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 23rd February 2020
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. NEWS AND EVENTS
‘Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity: History and Archaeology between the 6th and the 8th centuries’, 18 – 20 March 2020, Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford.
Cyprus in Late Antiquity was a thriving and densely populated province. During the sixth and seventh centuries, the growing affluence of the island is conspicuous in comparison to other regions of the Eastern Roman Empire. In the traditional historical view, the late antique period on Cyprus ended abruptly as a result of the Arab raids of the mid-seventh century. The original focus of urban archaeology on monumental structures and Christian basilicas tended to stress the impact of these raids further; layers of destruction were often uncritically associated with the Arabs, overshadowing archaeological evidence that hinted at continuities beyond the mid-seventh century.
In recent decades, archaeological research on late antique Cyprus has shifted its focus away from urban centres and single monuments in favour of a more contextual perspective. Building on well-established traditions of field prospection, diachronic survey projects and small-scale excavations are revealing a complex web of settlement patterns. They have shown that economic, political and cultural contacts between the island and the wider eastern Mediterranean were continued. Moreover, they also suggest that the end or transformation of occupation on individual sites cannot always be explained by catastrophic events, but should be interpreted in terms of local adaptation to changing needs and contacts.
This symposium brings together archaeologists and historians engaged in the study of Cyprus between the sixth and eighth centuries. They will collate the results of recent and past research to arrive at a comprehensive, interdisciplinary reconstruction of life on the island in the Long Late Antiquity.
For further information and to register your attendance, please contact the organisers: Prof Ine Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org, Faculty of Classics, Faculty of History, School of Archaeology) and Dr Panayiotis Panayides (email@example.com).
For more information, and for the full programme, see here.
‘Bardha’a, Azerbaijan: a Colloquium on the Archaeology of the Medieval City’, 27-28 March 2020, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.
This is a one-day colloquium on the archaeology of the medieval city of Bardha’a, Azerbaijan. The core of the papers will be presented by members of the University of Oxford Archaeological Exploration of Bərdə Project (2015-2019), drawing on different aspects of the material culture uncovered during the recent excavations.
The event begins with a keynote lecture by Professor Scott Redford (SOAS), The Medieval (11th-13th c.) Southern Caucasus in Context, at 5pm on Thursday 27th February. The following day, Friday 28th, papers will run from 9.30am to 5.15pm.
For more information, see here.
‘Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius’, 16-17 April 2020′, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the A.G. Leventis seminar ‘Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius’, to be held at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Alison Richard Building 7, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT.
This two-day seminar aims at re-envisioning late antique culture through the lens of one of the fourth century’s most heterodox and polyvalent figures, Synesius of Cyrene, and is conceived as an experiment in form: in each panel, a paper exploring a different theme central to Synesius’ work and of interdisciplinary impact will be matched by another paper that looks at the same theme or genre through the eyes of one of Synesius’ near-contemporaries. The idea is to offer a new model of late antiquity useful to Classicists and historians of the transitions from the “classical world” to the Middle Ages.
Conference papers will be pre-circulated to the participants at the end of March. Confirmed speakers include: Gianfranco Agosti (Rome, La Sapienza); Daniel Barbu (Paris, CNR); Christopher Cochran (Harvard); Claudio Ehrenfeld-García (National Autonomous University of Mexico); Richard Flower (Exeter); Simon Goldhill (Cambridge); Aaron Kachuck (Cambridge); Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (Cambridge); Anna Marmodoro (Oxford/Durham); Lea Niccolai (Cambridge); Aaron Pelttari (Edinburgh); Isabella Sandwell (Bristol); Claudia Tiersch (Berlin, Von Humboldt).
For more information, see here. If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact Lea Niccolai (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Aaron Kachuck (email@example.com).
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
‘Empire and Excavation: Critical Perspectives on Archaeology in British-Period Cyprus, 1878-1960’, 6-7 November 2020, Nicosia.
Deadline: 20 March 2020
In 2001, the British Museum published the proceedings of a conference held in 1999 entitled Cyprus in the Nineteenth Century AD. Fact, Fancy and Fiction. Edited by Veronica Tatton-Brown, the volume represented a watershed in the historiography of collecting and excavating antiquities on the island. Since that time, there have been significant advances in the history of Cypriot archaeology, but more especially in critical approaches to the historiography of archaeology as a whole. These approaches extend beyond traditional narratives of discoveries and intellectual trends and now encompass a diverse range of social, economic and cultural analyses within a comparative global framework (and especially in the framework of post-colonial thinking). The bibliography is now considerable, but among the key titles pioneering a range of new approaches can be listed: Tracing Archaeology’s Past: The Historiography of Archaeology (A. Christenson, 1989); Rediscovering Our Past: Essays on the History of American Archaeology (ed. J. Reyman, 1992); Archives, Ancestors, Practices: Archaeology in the Light of its History (eds. N. Schlanger and J. Nordladh, 2008); Histories of Archaeology: A Reader in the History of Archaeology (ed. T. Murray, 2008); Hidden Hands: Egyptian Workforces in Petrie Excavation Archives, 1880-1924 (S. Quirke, 2010); Scramble for the past. A story of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (eds. Z. Bahrani, Z. Çelik and E. Eldem, 2011); World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives (ed. A. Schnapp, 2013); From Antiquarian to Archaeologist. The History and Philosophy of Archaeology (T. Murray, 2014); About Antiquities. Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire (Z. Çelik, 2016); Ancient Monuments and Modern Identities. A Critical History of Archaeology in 19th and 20th Century Greece (eds. P. Cartledge and S. Voutsaki, 2017); Antiquarianisms: Contact, Conflict, Comparison (eds. B. Anderson and F. Rojas, 2017).
In Cyprus too, there has been growing interest in previously neglected or unpublished fieldwork beyond purely archaeological discoveries, as well as in archival sources recording the collection and excavation of antiquities, both in the context of broader political and socio-economic aspects of the subject (especially imperialism and nationalism) and the methods and motivations of individual excavators and scholars. These go beyond the well-known public-facing histories of key figures, again reflecting the broader discipline.
At the same time, numerous aspects of archaeology in this period are under-explored and significant archival resources remain under-exploited, while the subject would also benefit from comparative approaches with other regions, such as the Mandated territories of the Middle East in the 20th century AD. Methodologies or genres such as microhistory and object biography offer new perspectives on historical approaches and subjects, especially for uncovering hidden histories of underrepresented groups (such as women, non-elite individuals such as workers, and local agents more generally).
The sixtieth anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus provides an excellent opportunity to revisit the theme of the original conference with a workshop that will build on the past generation of scholarship while expanding the coverage to the entire British colonial period (1878-1960) and introducing the latest trends in the historiography of archaeology. It is hoped that the proceedings with be published in a peer-reviewed volume in 2021.
Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:
· How consciously or purposively political was archaeology in Cyprus in the British colonial period? How do we assess the fieldwork of European and American excavators working on the island at the same time and in the context of other imperial/colonial activity in the region?
· What knowledge of archaeology can be gained from little-known or overlooked archival sources such as photography and film, and from travel accounts and memoirs?
· The role of underrepresented groups in Cypriot archaeology (social, ethnic, gender).
· The key role of local Cypriots – from archaeological field workers and villagers to collectors and scholars – in the excavation and presentation of their past; conversely, the (mis)representation of local agency by archaeologists and scholars, then and now.
· The social and economic contexts and histories of excavation and collection, including unlicensed digging/ ‘looting’ and unlicensed export within a longer-term perspective.
· The diaspora of Cypriot antiquities, the mechanisms underpinning the formation of foreign collections (e.g. the antiquities trade), and museum strategies of interpretation and display in historical context.
· Critical interpretations of the long-term excavation histories of individual archaeological sites and regions.
· The ‘meta-historiography’ of archaeology: how archaeologists and historians have represented the work of earlier fieldworkers and scholars in their publications.
· The cultural and political use of archaeological finds, including their recruitment to colonial and nationalistic ideologies in the British colonial period.
· The mis/representation of the history of archaeology to general audiences: its impact on public understanding of excavation, and its uses for public engagement and community building.
Comparative regional studies focused on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East are particularly welcomed. Likewise, we encourage papers which cross disciplinary boundaries and help to frame the history of Cypriot archaeology in a more holistic manner with contributions from history, anthropology, heritage studies and other related areas.
Please send abstracts of 500 words by 20 March 2020 to Anna Reeve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Leadership Values and Genre Interactions in Antiquity’, 27-28 November 2020, Institute of Classical Studies, London
Deadline: 31 May 2020.
Nowadays, the characteristics of ideal leadership constitute a major field of research in disciplines like politics, management, and psychology. A leader’s relationship with their people or the members of their team, the knowledge and expertise required to lead a group effectively, as well as the capability of a leader to manage the internal and external changes of a group, are fundamental for successful leadership. A charismatic leader also needs to be adaptable, considerate and manifest the various values and principles that different times and circumstances demand, to inspire people to action or restraint, to prioritize the common good over popularity with the masses, to be receptive to criticism and seek self-improvement. Of course, all these presuppose critical thinking, self-criticism and self-sacrifice.
Leading figures from the ancient world pervade all genres of classical literature and are often the subject of research in scholarship. The characteristics of an ideal leader have been the subject of research vis a vis the specific historical circumstances, their legacy, the authors’ own biases, and the demands of specific genres. As a result, a leader can be either praised or censored depending on the nature of the genre and the attitude of the writer, whereas it is often the case that leadership values are not attributed to a certain individual but described in more theoretical or conceptual ways. What is interesting – yet not fully examined – about the presentation of leadership values in antiquity are the interactions between different literary genres, authors and texts. Thus, a historian like Polybius may be influenced by Plato and Aristotle’s political philosophy, whilst a poet like Lucan may be influenced by Stoic teachings. Alongside intertextual relationships, this fruitful dialogue also reveals aspects of the conceptualization of leadership and the ideals a leader needs to aspire to in different temporal and literary contexts, sometimes even contradicting each other.
With this short description, we would like to invite participants to a conference that aims to explore these interactions from the perspective of good leadership and exploit literary evidence that spans from Homer to the authors of Late Antiquity. Areas of questioning may be (but are by no means limited to):
· Interactions, intersections and Intertextuality: Philosophical influences in the portrayal of leaders in historiography, philosophy’s treatment of historical figures with respect to the relevant events, etc.
· Exemplarity: Exempla of leadership in various genres and/or authors and their interrelations
· Poetic representations: The ways in which presentations of leading figures in poetry like Lucan’s Caesar and Vergil’s Aeneas are influenced by principles of leadership from Historiography and/or Philosophy
· Praise vs contempt: Different attitudes towards same modes of leadership in different genres and the interpretation of this relation (e.g. between epic and satire, tragedy and comedy)
· Reception of leadership values: the reception of good leadership descriptions in authors like Homer or Plato by later authors
Please, send your abstracts (300 words) to any of or both the organizers: Dr Andreas Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading) and Dr Emma Nicholson (E.L.Nicholson@exeter.ac.uk) no later than 31 May 2020.
Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, Byzantine Studies Conference, 22-24 October 2020, Case Western Reserve University.
Deadline: 2 March 2020
As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 46th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22–25, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is March 2, 2020. Proposals should include:
· Proposed session title
· CV of session organizer
· 300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
· Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
· Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.
Session organizers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organizer is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.
Applicants will be notified by March 6, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 15, 2020. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
‘Ceramics from Islamic Lands’, 3 – 5 December 2020, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Deadline: 30 April 2020
The V&A proposes to hold a conference on the theme of ceramics from Islamic lands. Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on any theme, including but not limited to: significant bodies of archaeological material, ceramic imports into the Islamic world, trade with China, Europe and the Americas, ceramics produced in South and South-East Asia under Muslim rule, object-focused and art historical studies, studies in conservation or restoration, scientific analysis, technology and technique, architecture, epigraphy, historicism and revival (in particular within the region), the formation of private and public collections from the 19th century to today, continuity and change under colonialism, modernism, contemporary artistic practice, and contemporary craft traditions.
Please send abstracts of 250 words to email@example.com by 30th April 2020. We aim to contact those selected to participate by the end of June. We plan to cover speakers’ travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the conference. We also hope to provide fellowships to support the travel of a limited number of colleagues and students from under-represented institutions and countries who wish to attend the conference. Further information on these will be announced later in the year.
This conference is being organised to coincide with two exhibitions taking place at the V&A this autumn: Epic Iran (17 October 2020-3 May 2021) and Contemporary Ceramics from the Middle East (8 June 2020-31 January 2021). The backdrop to the conference will be one of the greatest collections of ceramics in the world. The V&A’s holdings include examples of the earliest type of glazed wares made in the Middle East as well as pieces from the 19th century, and they range across all the geographies encompassed within the discipline of ‘Islamic art’, with particularly large and significant groups of ceramics from medieval and Safavid Iran and the Ottoman world. The Museum also holds important European material inspired by Islamic designs. Today its curators are actively bringing these collections into the 20th and 21st centuries.
‘Faith, Heresy, Magic: Manifestations of Deviant Beliefs and Magical practices in the Material Culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’, 10th German Archaeology Congress, 22-23 September 2020, Kiel.
Deadline: 8 March 2020
The recording of beliefs beyond official Christian doctrines and confessions has a long tradition in the various disciplines dealing with Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. A key question is whether and how such notions of conflicting religious currents or of ‘lived religion’ are reflected in material culture. In addition, there are manifestations of magical practices that play a major role outside the actual sphere of religious practice. Their manifold traces are moving increasingly into the focus of archaeology. It is often difficult to separate them by definition: What is faith, what is superstition, and what is magic? Where are the dividing lines between the various competing Christian confessions? How much paganism is there in magic?
The basic assumption in early historic archaeology that objects with a certain decoration could per se say something about the beliefs of their owners is increasingly being questioned. The reconstruction of religious and magical practices is difficult in view of the few, often distorted written sources.
This year’s meeting of the study group Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages (AGSFM), and the study group Christian Archaeology (AGCA) on 22nd and 23rd September 2020 in Kiel on the topic of ‘Faith – Heresy – Magic – Manifestations of deviant beliefs and magical practices in the material culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’ will examine these various questions. The contributions are intended to present new research results taking into account the following aspects:
· Beliefs in the world of images – manifestations of (lived) piety and magic
· Appearances of sacred places beyond organisations institutionalised by the church
· Indications for dealing with ‘heretical’ or ‘deviant’ religious ideas
· References to non-liturgical rituals and magical practices in the archaeological evidence
We gladly accept contributions from your work on this topic and welcome contributions in German and English. The length of your presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals for papers with a half-page written summary are requested by 8th March 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also inform colleagues who may not have been contacted or invited directly by us. There is also the possibility of a poster presentation. It should be noted that the study groups do not have their own funding and cannot pay for travel or accommodation costs. Participants are therefore kindly asked to cover their own expenses and to register for the conference.
‘Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Rivals, alliances, or merely a continuum?’, 18th International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference, 10-14 June 2020, Athens.
Deadline: 21 February 2020
In Plato’s Timaeus man’s capacity for receiving is substantial for advancing in the knowledge of the cosmos and the first principles. In the Gospel of St. John, human receptivity is proclaimed as the paramount virtue that allows the Logos to transform human beings into sons of God. Yet, the discussion on similarities, differences, and the multifaceted, complex relation, between Platonism and Christianity remains most challenging; has Platonism bequeathed Christian thought with anything more than its language and philosophical tools, anything new to the Christian ecclesiastical experience and teaching? Is there any influence of Christianity on Platonism, and, if yes, of what sort? Are there any grounds to speak about a genuine unification of, or even a continuum between, the two movements? Is there such a thing as Christian Platonism at all?
The aim of this panel is to dive– systematically, historically and with a view to modern relevant debates – into fundamental notions and accounts central to the Platonic and the Christian tradition, such as: autexousion, consubstantiality, essence (ousia), hierarchy, hypostasis (substance), logos, person, freedom and necessity, time and eternity; shedding new light on aspects of anthropology, Christology, cosmology, metaphysics, and trinitarian theology. Special attention, not exclusive though, will be paid to Plotinus, the Cappadocians, Proclus, Dionysius the Areopagite, Philoponus and Maximus the Confessor. The panel is open to papers that expand the above research questions and focus on transmissions, receptions, rejections, appropriations, transformations, continuities, discontinuities, bifurcations and novelties occurred in Platonism and Christian Thought during their development and encounter in Late Antique and early Byzantine times.
Paper abstracts (up to a single-spaced page long) should be sent to Vladimir Cvetkovic (email@example.com) and Panagiotis G. Pavlos (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 21, 2020.
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School, 12 July – 8 August 2020, University of Birmingham.
Deadline: 29 May 2020
The Department of Classics and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce The Classical and Byzantine Greek Summer School, which will take place from 12 July to 8 August 2020. This Summer School offers participants the opportunity to study either Classical or Byzantine/Medieval Greek at all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced).
The courses will take place on the beautiful Edgbaston Campus, and affordable accommodation is available within walking distance. The course is aimed at undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and at teachers who wish to learn Ancient Greek or improve existing skills. As well as intensive tuition over up to four weeks, the summer school offers a range of workshops and evening lectures, and opportunities to work with the outstanding collections of ancient artefacts and coins housed in the Archaeology Museum, and at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020. For more details on the application process and the Summer School in general, please see here. For further enquiries, please contact Dr Theofili Kampianaki at: T.Kampianaki@bham.ac.uk.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University.
Deadline: 1 March 2020
For a second year in a row, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies (SNF CHS) at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a one-year Post-doctoral Fellowship focused on Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global. Our search committee welcomes proposals that span disciplinary boundaries from candidates working on comparative approaches to the advertised fellowship theme. Applicants from all fields of the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply.
Situated atop Burnaby Mountain, east of downtown Vancouver, the Centre is a major site for Hellenic Studies in North America. Affiliated faculty have expertise in Ancient, Byzantine, Early Modern and Modern Greek history, archaeology, literature and language. The successful applicant will join the faculty and students who make up our intellectual community and participate in the Centre’s day-to-day activities. In this context, they will take an active part in the SNF CHS seminar series, offering two formal talks on campus. The SNF CHS Post-doctoral Fellow will also offer one talk for a lay audience as part of the Centre’s community outreach activities. While at SFU, the SNF CHS Post-Doctoral Fellow will have opportunities to engage with the content development activities of the SNF New Media Lab. The successful candidate will receive $50,000 CA to support themselves for the duration of their fellowship.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Simon Fraser University is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.
Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within a maximum of FOUR years before the appointment date (September 1, 2020) and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research project outline, and THREE letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted to the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Dr. Dimitris Krallis: email@example.com. Applications received by March 1, 2020 will be given priority.
For additional information, please see here.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, ‘Archaeology of the Mediterranean (200-1000 CE)’, University of Puget Sound
Deadline: 1 March 2020
The University of Puget Sound invites applications for the Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Archaeology starting in Fall 2020. This is a nonrenewable one-year position.
The Redford Fellow will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses over the year: an introduction to archaeology (including archaeological methods) course in the fall and two more specialized courses in the spring, chosen in consultation with the faculty mentor. The Fellow will also deliver a public lecture and serve as a campus resource for those interested in archaeology; this may include advising students, identifying summer excavations or field schools in which to participate, or finding graduate programs that meet students’ interests. The Fellow will be assigned to an appropriate department (e.g. Art and Art History, Classics, History, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology), where faculty will assist with professional development.
We invite applications from scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in archaeology within the last three years. We seek a candidate who has expertise in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, broadly understood, from c. 200 to c. 1000 CE. Specializations might include the late Roman world, Sassanian Empire, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine Empire, or early medieval western Europe. Candidates with interests in cross-cultural encounters, gender roles, or religion are especially encouraged to apply. Scholars who are able to make connections across disciplines and demonstrate the impact of archaeological work on a variety of fields in an undergraduate liberal arts setting are especially encouraged to apply.
The position offers a salary of $40,000 and comes with health and professional development benefits. Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, see here.
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 1, 2020 to ensure consideration.
Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without the documents requested below will not be considered:
· Curriculum vitae
· Letter of Interest
· Diversity Statement
· Three (3) letters of reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.
AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School, 6-11 July 2020, Antalya.
Deadline: 10 April 2020
AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School is an intensive one-week summer school offering a broad chronological survey of monetary history and numismatics from Ancient to Byzantine periods (c. 650 BC– AD 1453). It is taught by Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED and Dr. Peter van Alfen of the American Numismatic Society. The program, designed for newcomers to numismatics, will give students an introduction to Greek, Roman and Byzantine numismatics. It also aims to give them the tools to apply numismatics to their studies in the fields of archaeology, history and art history.
The program will cover the basics of numismatics as well as offer an introduction to the rich contribution of numismatics to the economic and monetary history of the Ancient and Byzantine worlds. Combining lectures and thematic explorations, the program will include guided tour the Antalya Museum. Students will have the opportunity to visit Sagalassos archaeological site. They will also learn how numismatists and archaeologists process excavated coins.
The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Koç University, other universities in Turkey and abroad as well as to some non-student applicants. Priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students. A number of full and half scholarships will be provided for qualified students.
Since the language of the program is English, a working knowledge of English is required.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes as well as visits to the museum and excavation site. Reading, summarizing and discussing the articles from the reading list is another required component of the course.
After the participants are selected, they will receive a course package with a list of select articles and texts about numismatics. The package will also include a list of important numismatic websites with catalogues and materials available online.
A limited number of full scholarships are available for highly qualified participants. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material, welcome dinner, and flight ticket up to 1500 TL. Please note that flight tickets must be purchased by participants, and the ticket cost will be reimbursed by AKMED up to 1500 TL.
Other participants may be offered a half scholarship that includes tuition, accommodation, lunches and site visits during the program as well as course material and a welcome dinner.
IMPORTANT: International students will be responsible for the following expenses: Health and travel insurance as well as their visa costs. Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.
Non-student applicants must pay a program fee of 3400 TL. They are also responsible for purchasing their own flight tickets to Antalya.
Please complete the online application form and send the additional required documents by scanning to firstname.lastname@example.org on the day of submission.
· Application form (Online submission)
· Copy of your passport
· Official transcript (If you are undergraduate or graduate student)
· 1 Passport size photo
· 1 Reference Letter (If you are undergraduate or graduate student)
· Copy of travel insurance policy (For international students)
For more information, see here.
Research and Teaching Position in the Medieval History of Religions, University of Konstanz.
Deadline: 15 June 2020
The Chair for the History of Religions (Prof. Dr. Daniel G. König) in the Department of History, Sociology, Empirical Educational Research and Sport Science advertises a Research and teaching position in the medieval history of religions (f/m/d) (E13 TV-L, 1 x 100 % or 2 x 50 %)
The position is available for a period of three years. It can either be filled by one post-doctoral researcher (100%) or two doctoral researchers (50% each).
· Participation in the research activities of the chair for the medieval history of religions, whose particular focus lies in the field of Christian-Muslim relations and transmediterranean entanglement. The applicant is expected to contribute to the project of producing an anthology of primary sources on trans-Mediterranean history.
· Teaching of undergraduate courses, either 4 (100% employment) or 2 (50% employment) teaching units in the field of medieval history.
· The 50%-position as doctoral researcher requires a Master degree in the field of history. Its holder should pursue the goal of writing a PhD-thesis.
· The 100%-position as post-doctoral researcher requires a PhD-degree and an appropriate number of academic publications depending on the candidate’s experience.
· Excellent reading skills in Latin and modern European languages, specifically English and Romance languages. Reading skills in Arabic, Hebrew or other languages are not obligatory, but highly welcome. German skills are not required but will facilitate communication in and outside the university.
· A general interest in wider questions of religious and social history, in particular the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims as well as the current repercussions of these historical relations.
More detailed information is available from Prof. Dr. Daniel G. König. We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, list of courses taught, and copies of your respective academic degree[s]) in one single pdf-file until 15 June 2020 via E-mail to Mrs Heidi Engelmann, email@example.com, and Professor König daniel.g.koenig@uni- konstanz.de.
Research Associate in Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago is searching for a Research Associate in Byzantine art to work on an upcoming collaborative project with the Art Institute’s Department of Textiles. Under the direction of the Associate Curator of Ancient Art, the Research Associate assists with research and writing related to Byzantine textiles and objects. This includes research related to temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent installation, labels, CITI updates, web records, and inquiries from the public. This is a full-time, two-year position.
· In consultation with the Chair of the Department of Textiles and the Associate Curator of Ancient Art, undertakes research and writing on examples of Byzantine textiles and objects in the Art Institute’s permanent collections of textiles and ancient and Byzantine art, respectively; enters and ensures accuracy of information presented in the galleries, online, and in the museum’s object files and CITI and LAKE databases; assists with metadata tagging in CITI; generates and verifies histories of exhibition, publication, and ownership; fields requests for assistance from scholars and the general public pertaining to Byzantine holdings.
· Assists in the development of a plan for future exhibitions of Byzantine textiles within the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art; compiles a report summarizing the approaches that museums have adopted for integrating and creating connections between textiles and other media in their permanent collection displays.
· In collaboration with the Department of Textiles and Textiles Conservation, develops research and documentation schedule and strategy for relevant textiles in the permanent collection.
· Researches and drafts labels for temporary exhibitions and permanent installation of Byzantine art, as well as other in-gallery didactic materials, web content, and audio tour stops.
· Maintains up-to-date research on incoming loans and assists in drafting justifications for loan requests.
· Liaises with staff in Conservation, Learning and Public Engagement, Imaging, Publishing, and other departments.
· Gives public gallery tours on temporary exhibitions and permanent installation of Byzantine art.
· Attends scholarly symposia, conferences, and lectures related to exhibition research.
· Supports the department and the museum in the work of creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.
· M.A. in Art History, Ph.D. or ABD preferred; specialization in Byzantine art required, preferably with a knowledge of the production and use of textiles in the ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine worlds. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are especially encouraged to apply.
· Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, German preferred.
· Impeccable research skills and a record of object-based inquiry.
· Highly detail-oriented and meticulously organized.
· Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of staff, scholars, and visitors.
Information on how to apply can be found by going to the Careers page, clicking “External Applicants”, and searching: “Research Associate in Ancient and Byzantine Art”: Employment | The Art Institute of Chicago.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University.
The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World. Exceptional junior scholars who enhance the diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and our commitment to inclusive education and research, are particularly encouraged to apply.
We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research, engaged scholarship, and cross-disciplinary thinking. We are interested in individuals whose work focuses on any aspect of or time period in Mediterranean archaeology, and who have significant fieldwork experience in that region. Of particular interest would be applicants working on Egypt, Classical Greece, broadly defined, or Late Antiquity.
In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time, i.e. one course per semester. Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable. Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute, through the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary or community connections.
This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2020. Applicants must have normally received their doctorate from an institution other than Brown within the last five years, and the Ph.D. must be in hand prior to July 1, 2020.
All candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses (150-300 words each), and contact information for three references by March 22, 2020. Applications received by March 22, 2020 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.
Please submit application materials online here. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.
For further information, contact:
Professor Peter van Dommelen
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Full Professor of Medieval History, Leiden University.
The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a professorial chair in Medieval History, with a focus on the European Middle Ages (1000-1550). The position is to be taken up on August 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Professor in European History will be appointed at Leiden’s Institute for History (LUIH).
· Plays a leading role in (re)developing the research programme Europe 1000-1800: Collective Identities and Transnational Networks;
· Uses her/his wide-ranging research experience to (co-)supervise doctoral research across the field of Medieval History;
· Teaches students in the BA and MA programmes in History, and contributes to improvement and innovation of Medieval History in the BA and MA programmes. A tertiary teaching qualification (BKO or equivalent) is expected;
· Develops ambitious research projects, writes national and international grant proposals, and support colleagues in developing theirs;
· Has a management responsibility for the staff in the section of Medieval History, and plays an active and engaged role as supervisor in the section;
· Is willing and able to undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks in the Institute, the Faculty and the University;
· Has an excellent command of English, as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch;
· Is willing and able to be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.
· A historian of international repute, with an excellent track record of research and publication regarding the late Medieval European History;
· Promotion in the field of Medieval History;
· Wide-ranging expertise in cultural, political or socio-political history. Preference may be given to applicants with (comparative) research experience in different European countries, and a global perspective;
· An experienced, committed and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods and curriculum development;
· A team player with a demonstrable interest and experience in academic leadership, administration and governance;
· Experience and success in obtaining research funding, and in helping others to do so;
· A scholar with an extensive international academic network and collaborations.
If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if she/he has successfully completed a tenure track, she/he may be eligible for a permanent, fulltime appointment. In other cases, the appointment will initially be for a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. Salary range from €5.582,- to €8.127,- gross per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales under the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for teaching, administrative and social purposes; the University will fund his/her Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.
Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years.
Please submit your application no later than 15 March 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following in this order:
· A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and teaching evaluations;
· A letter of motivation;
· A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO, ERC etc. (max 2 pages);
· A teaching statement (1 page);
· Two sample course descriptions;
· A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words;
· Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).
· A teaching presentation and an assessment may be part of the procedure.
For more information, please contact the Academic Director of the Institute for History, Manon van der Heijden, email firstname.lastname@example.org.