The Byzness 15/07/2018

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 15th July 2018
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

SCHOOL: Influencers and Followers: Medieval Philosophy Between the Latin

West, The Byzantine Empire and The Islamicate World, Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2018, 16-19 October 2018, Ghent.

Application Deadline: 10 September 2018

This Autumn School is organized for PhD- and MA- students in Medieval Studies (art history, history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, etc.) who did not have a training as philosopher during their regular study programme, but nevertheless need some basic knowledge and methodology for their current research.

The course aims to give an overview of the philosophical problems, concepts, and debates that are specific to the Middle Ages. Equal attention will be paid to three cultural areas: the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamicate world. Hence, the intercultural exchange of philosophical ideas will be an important focus throughout the course. Also, the course will develop insights into the thorny relationships of philosophy with religion in the Middle Ages, and will discuss relationships between philosophy and literature, science, and art. Moreover, time will be devoted to a specifically medieval problem in philosophy, namely the relationship between commenting texts of ancient authorities and developing independent ideas.

The Autumn School consists of four days during which participants will be able to combine plenary sessions with interactive workshops. All sessions will be taught in English by leading experts in the field of medieval Latin philosophy, Byzantine philosophy and Islamicate philosophy.

  • Maximum of 20 participants
  • First-come, first-served.
  • Registration fee of EUR 150, waived for students from Ghent University & The Dutch Research School for Medieval Studies
  • Venue: Campus Book Tower, Blandijn Building, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
  • For registration, full programme and folder see here.

CONFERENCE: XIVe colloque international Grégoire de Nysse, 4-7 September 2018, Paris.

The XIVth international conference on Gregory of Nyssa will take place in Paris, Collège des Bernardins, from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th of September 2018. It will focus on the Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer and their reception in the byzantine world. For all information see here.

CONFERENCE: 44th Annual BSANA Conference, 4-7 October 2018, San Antonio, Texas

Registration for the Byzantine Studies Conference is now open. Early registration fees apply until the 20th of September, two weeks before the conference begins.  The conference will start on the evening of Thursday the 4th of October and conclude midday on Sunday the 7th of October.

For all information and registration see here.

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 2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

“Editing Byzantine Learned Texts: Problems and Prospects”, 4th “Parekbolai” Symposium         on Byzantine Literature and Philology, 14 December 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece.

The editorial board of the e-journal Parekbolai organizes the journal’s fourth Symposium on Byzantine Literature and Philology on Friday, December 14, 2018. The Symposium aims to bring together scholars who work on various aspects of Byzantine texts, in order to exchange research experiences and discuss their projects and results. Specialists, Ph.D. candidates and postgraduate students are invited to deliver a twenty-minute paper in Greek (or in English) on a relevant topic. Prospective speakers are asked to submit a title and a short abstract to Ioannis Vassis (ivassis@lit.auth.gr) or Sofia Kotzabassi (kotzabas@lit.auth.gr) by 30 September 2018.

“Late Antiquity I-III (sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity): ICMS 54”, 9-12 May 2019, Kalamazoo, MI.

Deadline: 15 September 2018

The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the return of its sponsored sessions to the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12, 2019 at Western Michigan University.  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics relating to the history, literature, religion, art, archaeology, culture, and society of Late Antiquity, that is, the European, North African, and Western Asian world, c. 250–750.

Inquiries or Abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (here) should be submitted to Jonathan Arnold (jon-arnold@utulsa.edu) by the congress deadline of September 15.

“Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds”, 2nd Annual International Graduate Edinburgh Byzantine Conference, 30 November-1 December 2018, Edinburgh.

Deadline: 1 August 2018

Reception and appropriation (whether reuse, imitation, or variation) have long been recognised as necessary tools for the interpretation of Byzantine literature, art, architecture and archaeology, while research on innovations is still at a relatively early stage.

The key theme of this conference is dialogue – dialogue between Byzantium and its neighbouring cultures. The conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group of the University of Edinburgh from 30 November-1 December 2018 and will explore all three of the fundamental modes of dialogue and discourse (reception, appropriation and innovation) between Byzantium and its neighbours during any time period from the 5th-15thc. Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Dr. Andrew Marsham (Cambridge), and Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of St. Catherine’s, Mt. Sinai), in addition to confirmed internal speakers, both Byzantinists and Islamicists.

We strongly encourage papers highlighting exchange in both directions: Byzantium receiving from other cultures and/or others receiving from Byzantium. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Before the Christian and Islamic Worlds: reception and appropriation of Classical Greek or Latin heritage within Byzantium – perspectives from culture, text, legislation, gender, symbolism, art, etc.
  • Contemporary exchange and attempts at imitation (concepts of culture, text, gender, legislation, symbolism etc.) between Byzantium, the Islamic World, Latin Europe and imperial courts
  • Artistic similarities (visual art, sculpture, painting, etc.), whether as a result of promotion or prohibition, as an expression or mode of cultural exchange or identification across East and West
  • Production, circulation and demand for luxury goods or household artefacts as evidence for dialogue and/or interaction between Byzantium and its neighbours
  • Urban layout and rural landscape: military, civil and religious architecture in cities and countryside – common links and peculiarities between Byzantium and neighbouring powers
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to interpretations of Byzantine (inter)action throughout the Mediterranean, taking into account multiple types of primary source evidence

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August, and notification of acceptance will be communicated by mid-August. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to edibyzpg@ed.ac.uk with your name and affiliation. There will be a small registration fee of £10 and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area in order to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.

“Days of Justinian I” Special Thematic Strand for 2018: State and Empire, 6th International Scientific Symposium, Ohrid. Organised by the Institute of National History, Skopje University of Bologna, Euro-Balkan University, Skopje.

First Deadline for abstracts: 10 August 2018

Second Deadline for abstracts: 20 October 2018

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This years’ special thematic focus State and Empire is inspired by the 1000th anniversary of the fall of the Samuel’s State and the Ohrid Archbishopric. The association of the city of Ohrid with the Samuel’s State and the Ohrid Archbishopric, predetermined the decision for organizing the 6th edition of “Days of Justinian I” in the UNESCO world heritage site. The city of Ohrid provides additional symbolism with Justinian I, considering that the Byzantine emperor and his Archbishopric Justiniana Prima are incorporated in the traditions of the Ohrid Archbishopric. Thus, apart from traditionally connecting Skopje-Bologna-Ravenna, “Days of Justinian I” this year will link the city of Ohrid, which reflects its key objective for integrating the European cultural and historical heritage and the scholars throughout the world.

The scholars will exchange their latest research and share the ideas on the historical phenomena of the State and Empire. The various issues will be explored related to the nature of the state, the state-building processes in the Middle Ages, the concept of the empire, the relationships between the states and empires. The fundamental problems of definition of the state and empire in Byzantine and Medieval World will be tackled and addressed within wider contexts and contemporary approaches.

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2018.

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2018.

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2018.

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2018.

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2019.

Please send the application form to the following address: days.justinian@gmail.com

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed.

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski (days.justinian@gmail.com).

You can download the Call for papers here.

Please check the Facebook page for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form here.

Workshop on Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Late Antiquity at the Oxford Patristics Conference, 19-24 August 2019, Oxford. 

Deadline: 31 August 2018

We call for papers that investigate modes of knowing and attempts at ordering/organizing knowledge in Christian communities in diverse linguistic and cultural traditions (including Latin, Greek, Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, and Ethiopic) for the period 100-850 CE in relation to three themes:

  • contemporary theological, philosophical, medical and rhetorical discourses
  • institutional structures (of empire, education and catechesis, liturgy, church, holy experts)
  • the materiality and embodied social practices of early Christianity (relics, sacred texts, asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies).

We are also interested in papers that ask how this construction of late antique Christian epistemologies might inform modern theological reflection on Christian traditions engaging with modernity. The aim of this call for papers is to build upon and further the recent interest in outlining the lineaments of “late ancient knowing” from a variety of angles. Some of these are well established, such as the anthological and archival impulse evident in the way late ancient texts relate to older texts, but other aspects of this topic remain understudied, particularly those that involve material culture and embodied experience. Papers may be general or specific in scope and may employ any theoretical or methodological approach appropriate to the subject matter.

A team of researchers at Australian Catholic University is currently in the midst of a 5-year research program under the title “Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity” (2017-2021; Chief Investigators: Lewis Ayres, Michael Champion, Matthew Crawford, Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Jane Heath), and at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society in May 2018, a separate initiative, led by Jeremiah Coogan and Philip Michael Forness, resulted in three sessions of papers on the theme “Organizing Knowledge in Late Antiquity.” We have decided to combine our efforts to sponsor one or more workshops at Oxford on this topic and are circulating a call for papers now in order to allow us time to vet the abstracts and submit the workshop(s) prior to the Oxford submission deadline of 31 December 2018. Depending on the size of the response we will consider putting together multiple workshops on various topics that would fit within this overarching theme. To make sure that we have sufficient lead time, we are asking for interested persons to send their abstracts to modesofknowingoxford2019@gmail.com by 31 August 2018. We will make a decision about which papers to include in the workshop(s) by 31 October 2018. Those persons whose papers we do not select would of course then be free to submit their proposals directly to the Oxford call for papers themselves and should have sufficient time to do so.

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The Byzness 17/06/2018

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 17th June 2018
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

CONFERENCE: Vernacular languages in the long ninth century, 28 June 13:00 to 30 June 14:00, University of Kent.

The long ninth century was an important period for the history of vernacular languages in Europe in both Eastern and Western Christendom. Some of those languages appeared for the first time in written form and others changed considerably. This conference will compare and contrast the different histories of a wide variety of languages in this period including Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, Slavonic, Old Irish and Old High German. We will address questions such as: To what extent were their histories inter-connected? Why was this happening in the ninth century? To what extent was this mainly a religious and elite phenomenon or was it more widespread?

Full programme here

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium, May 16-17, 2019, Dokuz Eylul University (DEU), Izmir, Turkey

Deadline: 1 January 2019
The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing a new international symposium entitled “Terracotta lamps in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia: Production, use, typology and distribution. An international symposium” that will take place on May 16-17, 2019 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this instrument. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on May 18-19 to Samos, Greece through Kusadasi. We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2019. Our e-mail addresses are: gulserenkan@hotmail.com or terracottas@deu.edu.tr
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 Research Associate, Cult of Saints (Greek Hagiography), Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

 Deadline: 12.00 noon on Thursday 21 June 2018.

Location: Oxford

Salary: £31,604 to £33,518 p.a. Grade 7

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed on: 6th June 2018

Job Ref: 135227

We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic researcher to join the flagship project ‘The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’. This is an opportunity to share in a major electronic project, and to familiarise yourself with important, and so far under-used, sources. The post is full-time, fixed-term for 6 months and available from July 2018.

You will work specifically with Greek hagiographical texts to identify early texts (those which can reasonably be considered to date from before AD 700), analyse and describe their probable context (geographical and chronological), summarise their contents and write entries for our database. You will manage your own research, collaborate in the preparation of publications and represent the project and meetings and seminars.

You will have a doctorate in a relevant field (or show evidence that a doctorate is imminent) and an excellent knowledge of Greek, with an ability to work swiftly through untranslated texts.

Very good written English, a good reading knowledge of French and Italian and reasonable background knowledge of the late antique Church are essential. You will also be able to work flexibly and effectively as part of a team.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description, please click on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 21 June 2018.

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=135227

 

6 positions for doctoral research associates, Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Deadline: 22 June 2018.

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 6 positions for doctoral research associates (TV-L E13, 65%) to be filled by 1 October 2018 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Antique Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War and the importance of Byzantium for them from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception (from antique influences in Byzantium to Byzantine models in the post-Byzantine Period) will be explored via four thematic areas:

  1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
  2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
  3. Rituals and worship
  4. Knowledge and infrastructure

The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

Duties include:

  • Further scholarly attainment through the writing of a dissertation
  • Regular participation in the Research Training Group’s structured program of study and its events. The participants are thus required to reside in Mainz.

The Research Training Group offers intensive specialist and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Qualified persons with disabilities will be given preference.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English):

  • A letter of application (one page)
  • An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
  • A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
  • Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesman of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de ; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

The application deadline ends by 22 June 2018.

For further information on the Research Training Group see here

For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch.

 

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: 15 October 2018.

The Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate and who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). Scholars are required to spend the year (late August–May) in residence at Penn.

For the 2019-20 academic year, our topic will be KINSHIP. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $56,225 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents) and a $3000 research fund. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in either the fall or the spring semester in addition to conducting their research.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 2010 and December 2018 are eligible to apply. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2018 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2019).

During their year in residence, Fellows pursue their proposed research, are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Center’s weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting fellows, the Wolf Humanities Center aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty who do not yet have tenure. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn’s intellectual life.

For further information see here

Contrat doctoral (36 mois) en histoire medieval, Projet ERC HornEast / Aix-Marseille Université / Institut de recherches et d’études sur les monde arabes et musulmans – UMR 7310.

Deadline: 15 October 2018.

Le projet ERC Consolidator Grant HornEast. Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages (P.I. Julien Loiseau) propose un contrat doctoral d’une durée de 36 mois.

Le projet ERC HornEast vise à documenter les connexions entre les sociétés de la Corne de l’Afrique (Éthiopie, Nubie) et leur environnement islamique aux échelles locale et régionale (Égypte, Palestine, péninsule Arabique), pour mieux comprendre les modalités du processus d’islamisation à l’œuvre dans la région et la recomposition des chrétientés africaines au Moyen Age (VIIe-XVe siècle).

Sujet de thèse: L’esclavage des Éthiopiens dans le monde islamique médiéval

Le commerce et l’emploi d’esclaves éthiopiens – femmes, hommes, eunuques – sont déjà attestés au Proche-Orient dans l’Antiquité tardive. Le développement de la traite à longue distance au Moyen Age, dans le cadre du monde islamique, leur donne une ampleur sans précédent. L’origine éthiopienne des esclaves était en effet prisée pour certains usages et certaines fonctions sociales, parfois au plus près du pouvoir. Des affranchis d’origine éthiopienne ont ainsi pu accéder à de hautes positions dans le monde islamique médiéval. Mais l’emploi domestique d’esclaves éthiopiens était aussi très fréquent à un niveau plus ordinaire.

La thèse, sous la direction de Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université, IREMAM), aura pour objectif de documenter l’histoire des esclaves et affranchis éthiopiens dans ses différentes dimensions. Les sources arabes d’époque mamelouke (XIIIe-XVIe siècle), produites en Égypte, Syrie et Hijaz, constitueront le corpus central de la thèse.

Titulaire d’un Master recherche en histoire et/ou en études arabes, le candidat ou la candidate aura une maîtrise suffisante de la langue arabe pour pouvoir commencer l’étude des sources éditées. L’apprentissage de l’arabe pourra néanmoins se poursuivre dans le cadre du doctorat.

Intégré à l’équipe du projet à Aix-Marseille Université, il/elle participera aux rencontres scientifiques du projet ainsi qu’à l’animation de son carnet de recherché (https://horneast.hypotheses.org/). Il/elle bénéficiera d’un soutien financier pour effectuer les missions indispensables à ses recherches et participer à toute rencontre scientifique pertinente dans le cadre de son doctorat.
Pour candidate envoyer à mellal@mmsh.univ-aix.fr en un seul fichier PDF avant le 16 juin 2018 :

  • un CV
  • une lettre de motivation
  • le mémoire de M2 ou, à défaut, le mémoire de fin de M1
  • une lettre de recommendation

Période du contrat: 1er Septembre 2018 au 31 Août 2021 (36 mois)
Rémmunération: 2 000 euros brut (à titre informatif, environ 1 500 euros net) par mois
Plus d’informations: https://horneast.hypotheses.org/478
Dossier à envoyer à: mellal@mmsh.univ-aix.fr

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Oxford Listings – Week 8

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 8

Trinity Term 2018
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Dear all,
 
​The full OUBS committee for 2018-19 has now been elected:
 
President: Aikaterini Vavaliou
Secretaries: Philip Atkins, Callan Meynell
Treasurer: Dan Gallaher
 
We would like to wish the new committee the best of lucky for the upcoming year.
 
Adele, Sydney, and Constanta​


MONDAY 11th June

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Andrea Ruddick (Exeter College)
Nationality labels, “identity”, and problems of terminology in late medieval England

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17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Robert Gleave (University of Exeter):
“Rule over them as you do the People of the Book”: Zoroastrians and Zoroastrian customs in early Islamic legal sources

WEDNESDAY 13th June

17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre


Georgi Parpulov
Byzantine scribes and their paratexts

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17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)
[Title to be confirmed]

THURSDAY 14th June

17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Wen Wen (Merton College)
Chinese ceramics found in the Islamic world and contemporary Islamic glazed ceramics during the 8th – 10th centuries CE

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17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Robert Wiśniewski (Warsaw University):
Did the late-antique clergy successfully disengage from society?

FRIDAY 15th June

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone

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Byzness 10/06/2018

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 10th June 2018
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

WORKSHOP: Greek and Oriental Manuscripts, 16-18 October 2018, Paris-Sorbonne

Deadline: 29 June 2018

All details here
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2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Doctoral Positions, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Deadline: 22 June 2018

Participating  in  this  Research  Training  Group  are  the  disciplines  of  Ancient  History, Antique  Church History/Theology,  Byzantine  Studies,  Medieval  History,  Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art   History,   Early   and   Prehistorical   Archaeology (with   a   focus   on   Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The  goal  of  the  Research  Training  Group  is  to  examine  the  Euro-Mediterranean Cultures  of  War  and  the  importance  of  Byzantium  for  them  from  a  transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of  war  are  understood  to  be  the  forms  and  practices  of  war  as  well  as  the  norms, interpretations,  attributions  of  meaning  and  reflections  referring  to  war.

The  mutual processes  of  exchange,  differentiation  or  reception  (from  antique  influences  in Byzantium to Byzantine models in the post-Byzantine Period) will be explored via four thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification and

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legitimation
2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
3. Rituals and worship
4. Knowledge and infrastructure

The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

Duties include:

Further scholarly attainment through the writing of a dissertation
Regular participation in the Research Training Group’s structured program of study and its events.

The participants are thus required to reside in Mainz.

The   Research   Training   Group   offers   intensive   specialist   and   interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating   scholars,   praxis-oriented courses directed at   public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere   of  Digital   Humanities)   and   diverse   opportunities   for  international networking.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English) :

A letter of application (one page)
An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university – level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesman of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr . Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address:grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject – line: grk 2304_ Last Name ).  

Fully funded four-year PhD Position in Ancient Studies, University of Bern

Deadline: 26 June 2018

The Institute of Ancient Studies at the University of Bern invites applications for a four year fully funded PhD position. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018. The  PhD candidate will be a member of the project „Plundering, Reusing and Transforming the Past: Grave Robbing and Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
http://www.hist.unibe.ch/forschung/forschungsprojekte/plundering_reusing_and_transforming_the_past/index_ger.html
In close exchange with the methods of the project (i.e. digital visualizations, spatial turn theories and field surveys in Italy and Turkey) the successful candidate is expected to write his  thesis focusing on the transformation and urban embedding of water features and related buildings (especially nymphaea and fountains) in the late imperial world.
Qualifications:
Applicants for this position must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree within ancient studies (preferably Classical Archaeology, Late Antique or Byzantine Studies or Ancient History). The candidate  should have good knowledge of Italian and English and preferably also German and French. Latinum or Graecum or equivalent level in one of the languages is required.
We offer:
–       a four year fully funded (100%) PhD position according to SNF salary  requirements
–       the University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation sponsors travel expenses
–       strong national and international networking
–       survey participation in Italy and Turkey
–       co-organisation of an international conference and workshop
–       furthermore, a 3 months stay at the University of Oxford and an 8 month  stay in Rome is intended
Application:
Please send your application written in English or German as a single PDF file to the following email address: cristina.murer@hist.unibe.ch by  June 26, 2018.
The application should include a CV, transcript of records and language certificates (copies), one reference letter, a writing example (max. 20 pages preferably from the MA thesis or a significant seminar paper).

Visiting Fellowships, All Soul’s College Oxford

Deadline: 24 August 2018

All details and application form here

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Oxford Listings – Week 7

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 7

Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 4th June

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Zubin Mistry (University of Edinburgh)
Embodying penance: rereading the body in early medieval penitentials

TUESDAY 5th June

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

Claire Macht (Kellogg)
How to be a Successful Abbot: peacemaking as a virtue of monastic leadership

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17:00 Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Moulie Vidas (Princeton):
Talmudic scholarship in late ancient Palestine: ideology and practice

WEDNESDAY 6th June

17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Ine Jacobs
Old statues, new meanings. Literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary

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17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Jay Bregman (University of Mayne):
Synesius among Hellenes and Christians in early fifth-century Alexandria

THURSDAY 7th June

17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Maria Kiprovska (Sofia University)
Altered empire-building: an assessment of the frontier dynasties’ architectural patronage and landed estates in the early Ottoman Balkans

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17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Philip Wood (Aga Khan University):
Community boundaries in an Islamicate church: the legislation of the Jacobite church in the ninth century

FRIDAY 8th June

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone

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

Daniel Reynolds (Birmingham)
Beyond the Bible: Pilgrimage in Late Antique and Early Islamic Palestine

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Byzness 03/06/18

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 3rd June 2018
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS AND EVENTS

EXHIBITION: ‘Picturing a Lost Empire: An Italian Lens on Byzantine Art in Anatolia, 1960–2000’, Istanbul

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and Sapienza University of Rome are proud to present the result of their collaborative efforts: ‘Picturing a Lost Empire: An Italian Lens on Byzantine Art in Anatolia, 1960–2000.’ This exhibition focuses on the research on Byzantine art carried out by Italian scholars in the second half of the twentieth century and examines its mutual relationship with the history of Byzantine art historiography in Turkey. Featuring a selection of previously unpublished archival photographs of extraordinary monuments preserved in Anatolia, the exhibition can be visited at ANAMED in Istanbul from 1 June to 31 December 2018.

Between 1966 and 2000, Italian art historians traveled across the historical regions of Turkey in order to explore Byzantine monuments and works of art. These trips resulted in a substantial number of photographs, later collected in the Center for Documentation of Byzantine Art History of Sapienza (CDSAB). Curated by Livia Bevilacqua and Giovanni Gasbarri, the exhibition draws extensively on the photographs and other archival materials of the CDSAB, focusing especially on four historical regions: eastern Turkey; Lycia; Mesopotamia and Tur ‘Abdin; Cilicia and Isauria. Visitors are invited to follow this unique route from Rome to the East, to rediscover the remains of a lost empire and to step into the scenic landscape that surrounds them.

In conjunction with the opening, ANAMED will publish a bilingual volume under the same title, edited by Bevilacqua and Gasbarri and translated by Yiğit Adam. The book includes all of the photographs on display and features contributions by the curators and by other prominent specialists in Byzantine art and archaeology, such as Alessandra Guiglia, Antonio Iacobini, Engin Akyürek, Claudia Barsanti, Andrea Paribeni, Enrico Zanini and Lorenzo Riccardi.
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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (c.1300-c.1550), 5-6 April 2019, Princeton University

Deadline: 15 August 2018

In response to the global turn in art history, this two-day symposium explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe. Serbia, Bulgaria, and the Romanian principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, among other centers, took on prominent roles in the transmission and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic traditions, as well as the continuation of the cultural legacy of Byzantium in the later centuries of the empire, and especially in the decades after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

This symposium will be the first such initiative to explore, discuss, and focus on the art, architecture, and visual culture of regions of the Balkans and the Carpathians (c.1300-c.1550). We aim to raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic 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 from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This event will offer a comparative and multi-disciplinary framework, ranging from art history to archeology and from material culture to architectural history. We aim to create a platform where scholars at various stages of their careers can discuss their research and engage in dialogue regarding the specificities but also the shared cultural heritage of these regions of Eastern Europe that developed eclectic visual vocabularies and formed a cultural landscape beyond medieval, byzantine, and modern borders.

Papers could address topics that include, but are not limited to:

· How cross-cultural contact facilitated the transfer, appropriation, and transmission of ideas and artistic traditions across geographical and temporal boundaries in Eastern Europe (c.1300-c.1550)

· Artistic and iconographic developments as expressions of particular social, political, and ecclesiastical circumstances and dialogues in the Balkans and the Carpathians

· The intentions and consequences of diplomatic missions and dynastic marriages in the visual agenda of eastern European centers

· Workshop practices and traveling artists beyond medieval political and religious borders

· Patronage and new constructs of identity before and after 1453

Interested scholars should submit a paper title, a 500-word abstract, and a CV by August 15, 2018 to the organizers at: eclecticism.symposium@gmail.com

Funds will be available to defray the cost of travel and accommodations for participants whose papers are accepted in the Symposium. So far, this event is supported in part by the International Center of Medieval Art (www.medievalart.org), the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (www.shera-art.org), as well as The Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University.
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3. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Deadline: 20 June 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Museum focusing on the disciplines of Mediterranean island identity and insularity.

This is a 2-year research project based in the Antiquities Department, Fitzwilliam Museum, supported by international collaborations. The project will culminate with a large exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, planned between October 2021 and January 2022, as well as a programme of public-engaging activities, seminars and workshops centred around the theme of insular cultural identity in the Mediterranean and other European regions (for example, Britain’s own -perceive or not- island identity).

This project will explore how insularity affects and shapes cultural identity in the examples of Cyprus, Crete and Sardinia. In addition, it will provide a platform to debate cultural evolution in the islands as opposed to their surrounding mainland. The cultural history of the large Mediterranean islands, from Antiquity to the present day, is very complex and can narrate – as well as explain – many complex social phenomena. Islands such as Cyprus, Crete and Sardinia demonstrate through their art and material culture production a continuous battle (or influence and assimilation) between indigenous forms and representations with patterns, art techniques and forms travelling from their surrounding mainland regions. These large Mediterranean islands have not just been a place with expansive contacts by sea, but also loci for the transmission of many products and ideas across a variety of people from the Near East and the rest of the Mediterranean.

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers with a specialism in either the fields of Mediterranean/Island Archaeology or Greek and Roman Archaeology (with a diachronic perspective).  Previous Museum experience is desirable, but not necessary, as the Museum considers this post as a training opportunity for young professionals considering a Museum career.  Knowledge of either Greek and/or Italian is desirable as well, as the project entails extensive communication with the Greek, Cypriot and Italian archaeological authorities and relevant research organisations.

To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience. Fellows may come from any country except the UK, or if the Fellow is already in the UK, have been resident for less than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline.

Applicants are expected to have significant research recognition and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will need to submit a CV and 1-2 page summary of your project by  June 20, 2018 to researchfacilitator@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk We will let you know whether you have been selected by mid-July. Our Research Facilitator will support you to complete your application by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie deadline of 12 September 2018.

If you would like more information, contact researchfacilitator@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

PhD Position in Ancient Studies, University of Bern

Deadline: 26 June 2018

The Institute of Ancient Studies at the University of Bern invites applications for a four year fully funded PhD position. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018. The PhD candidate will be a member of the project „Plundering, Reusing and Transforming the Past: Grave Robbing and Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

http://www.hist.unibe.ch/forschung/forschungsprojekte/plundering_reusing_and_transforming_the_past/index_ger.html  

In close exchange with the methods of the project (i.e. digital visualizations, spatial turn theories and field surveys in Italy and Turkey) the successful candidate is expected to write his thesis focusing on the transformation and urban embedding of water features and related buildings (especially nymphaea and fountains) in the late imperial world.

Qualifications:

Applicants for this position must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree within ancient studies (preferably Classical Archaeology, Late Antique or Byzantine Studies or Ancient History). The candidate should have good knowledge of Italian and English and preferably also German and French. Latinum or Graecum or equivalent level in one of the languages is required.

We offer:

–       a four year fully funded (100%) PhD position according to SNF salary requirements

–       the University of Bern/Swiss National Science Foundation sponsors travel expenses

–       strong national and international networking

–       survey participation in Italy and Turkey

–       co-organisation of an international conference and workshop

–       furthermore, a 3 months stay at the University of Oxford and an 8 month stay in Rome is intended

Application:

Please send your application written in English or German as a single PDF file to the following email address: cristina.murer@hist.unibe.ch by June 26, 2018.

The application should include a CV, transcript of records and language certificates (copies), one reference letter, a writing example (max. 20 pages preferably from the MA thesis or a significant seminar paper). 

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Oxford Listings – Week 6

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 6

Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 28th May

17:00 Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Clive Burgess (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Whittington, the Two Carpenters and Canynges: Fashioning Late Medieval Urban Piety

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17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Jaakko Hameen-Anttila (University of Edinburgh):
What was the Middle Persian Book of Kings (Khwadaynamag)?

TUESDAY 29th May

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

Sarah Bridge (St Cross), Lily Armstrong (Worcester)
Anglo-Norman French in fourteenth-century England: the works of Nicole Bozon in MS Bodley 425 & The Changing Face of Aelfric’s Grammar: orthographic changes and scribal error in the Aelfric fragment of MS Barlow 35

WEDNESDAY 30th May

17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

Raul Estangui
The officium stratoris in the Palaiologan period. New reflections on the nature of

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imperial power in the 13th-15th centuries

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17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Roma Tre University)
Porphyry and Alexandrian Neoplatonism

THURSDAY 31st May

17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Gizem Tongo (KRC)
War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire

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17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt University)
Creating a city of believers – Rabbula of Edessa

FRIDAY 1st June

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone

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Byzness 27/05/18

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 27th May 2018
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1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Post-Doctoral Research Scholarship, Koç University

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Koç University AKMED is seeking a highly motivated candidate for one post-doctoral position. Candidates applying for the position must submit a proposal for a research project targeting the city or province of Antalya regarding archaeology, art history, history, or cultural heritage.

The successful candidate will be employed full-time at AKMED in Antalya by 1 October 2018 for a 6-month period. A monthly amount of 1000 Euro or its equivalent in Turkish Liras (net) will be granted as a scholarship. The candidate is expected to contribute to the academic activities at AKMED during his or her stay. Candidates eligible to apply must have completed PhD studies in archaeology, history, art history, or cultural heritage within the last 5 years and be under 45 years of age. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.

Application document:

· Letter of intent
· Resumé that includes contact details and a list of publications
· Project/research proposal (Max. 1000 words)
· 2 reference letters
· Applications should be digitally sent to akmed@ku.edu.tr by 31 May 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
· Receipt of delivery for the application is the applicant’s responsibility.
. For questions on the application process, please contact Ms. Tuba Demirtaş (tdemirtas@ku.edu.tr)

Doctoral Fellowship in (Byzantine) Greek Literature, Ghent University

Deadline: 10 June 2018

The Greek Section of the Department of Literary Studies of Ghent University is seeking one well-qualified research fellow at the level of PhD student. The successful candidate will work in the framework of a project on the reception of the Psalms as poetry in late antique and Byzantine literature. The project is generously funded by the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO) and involves the collaboration of a team of scholars affiliated with several institutions: Ghent University (prof. Floris Bernard, prof. Kristoffel Demoen, dr. Rachele Ricceri), KU Leuven (prof. Reinhart Ceulemans), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (PD dr. Andreas Rhoby, dr. Anna Gioffreda).

Research project and job description

The overarching project aims at studying the afterlife of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry. A major focus of the project is the analysis of the reception of the poetic nature of the Psalms, and of the appreciation of their literary qualities by Christian poets. A first step of the research will be collecting and discussing sources in prose that indicate if and how Byzantine readers appreciated the poetic nature of the Psalms. Patristic and exegetic literature is actually an intermediate step between the biblical text and its Byzantine reception, as well as an important part of the cultural background of Byzantine poets, as they are meant to provide the reader with indications on how to read the Bible. The research also includes the study of the actual influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry. Special attention will be devoted to the identification of peculiar elements related to the self-expression, as to be found in some Byzantine poems (e.g. catanyctic and eis heauton poems). An important goal of the research will be the investigation of the role played by the Psalms (and the Psalm-related literature) in the composition of such poems.

Within the framework of this project, the PhD candidate will be expected to complete a doctoral dissertation after four years of research. The topic of the dissertation will tie in with the candidate’s  interests and will be determined in dialogue with the supervisors. (S)he will also be expected to actively contribute to the scholarly activities of the research group (co-organizing conferences, participating in joint publications, etc.) The dissertation will be supervised at Ghent (prof. Floris Bernard and dr. Rachele Ricceri; main institution) and Leuven (prof. Reinhart Ceulemans; additional institution).

Envisaged profile

The successful candidate will have:

§  an Ma degree in Classics (with an emphasis on Greek) or in Byzantine philology;

§  a broad competence in classical, biblical and/or Byzantine Greek literature;

§  a strong command of classical Greek, and at least good notions of medieval Greek;

§  demonstrable interest in (research into) late antique and Byzantine poetry, and/or in patristic and exegetic literature;

§  very good knowledge of English and at least good reading skills of several other languages relevant to the field (primarily German, Italian, French, Modern Greek);

§  the attitude to contribute to a research team.

What we offer

§  a full-time, four-year PhD fellowship, continuation being subject to positive evaluation after one year;

§  a competitive salary as established by the Flemish government (ca 2,000€ net / month), as well as a travel allowance for research purposes;

§  office space at the University, membership of the Department of Literary Studies (http://www.letterkunde.ugent.be) and a stimulating and lively academic working environment with a strong international profile;

§  the possibility to work in close collaboration with a team of specialists from different top institutions.

Application procedure

Applications should consist of a cover letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV (including accurate information on grades and study results), and two recommendation letters that should be sent by the referees directly to floris.bernard@ugent.be, reinhart.ceulemans@kuleuven.be, and rachele.ricceri@ugent.be.

Applications should be submitted to prof. Floris Bernard (floris.bernard@ugent.be), prof. Reinhart Ceulemans (reinhart.ceulemans@kuleuven.be), and dr. Rachele Ricceri (rachele.ricceri@ugent.be) by 10 June 2018 (preferably as one PDF file).

A selected number of candidates will thereafter be asked to produce a short research plan which will include their views on how to carry out the PhD research. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which will take place in the second half of August, either in Ghent or through videoconference.

6 Doctoral Positions, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Participating  in  this  Research  Training  Group  are  the  disciplines  of  Ancient  History, Antique  Church History/Theology,  Byzantine  Studies,  Medieval  History,  Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art   History,   Early   and   Prehistorical   Archaeology (with   a   focus   on   Medieval

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Archaeology) and Musicology.

The  goal  of  the  Research  Training  Group  is  to  examine  the  Euro-Mediterranean Cultures  of  War  and  the  importance  of  Byzantium  for  them  from  a  transcultural

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perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of  war  are  understood  to  be  the  forms  and  practices  of  war  as  well  as  the  norms,

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interpretations,  attributions  of  meaning  and  reflections  referring  to  war.

The  mutual processes  of  exchange,  differentiation  or  reception  (from  antique  influences  in Byzantium to Byzantine models in the post-Byzantine Period) will be explored via four

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thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification andvlegitimation

2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups

3. Rituals and worship

4. Knowledge and infrastructure

The prospective dissertation project must address at least

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one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

Duties include:

Further scholarly attainment through the writing of a dissertation
Regular participation in the Research Training Group’s structured program of study and its events.

The participants are thus required to reside in Mainz.

The   Research   Training   Group   offers   intensive   specialist   and   interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the

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participating   scholars,   praxis-oriented courses directed at   public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere   of   Digital   Humanities)   and   diverse   opportunities   for  international networking.

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Oxford Listings – Week 5

OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
OXFORD LISTINGS: Week 5

Trinity Term 2018
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MONDAY 21st May

13:00 Oxford Epigraphy Workshop
Ioannou Centre

Geoff Smith and Brent Landau (University of Texas at Austin)
The First Apocalypse of James at Oxyrhynchus

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17:00  Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls

Ingrid Rembold (Hertford College),
Widows, orphans and the church: protection and virtue signalling in the Carolingian world

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17:00 The Iranian World from the Sassanians to Islam
Wolfson College

Kianoosh Rezania (Ruhr-Universität Bochum):
The Zoroastrian goddess Dēn in Islamic robe: her figure in Zoroastrianism and its transfer to Islam

TUESDAY 22nd May

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

Eduardo Benitez-Inglott y Ballesteros (St Catherine’s), Kai Dowding (Balliol)
A Lollard Preacher and the Eucharist: De oblacione iugis sacrificii & Categorization of Religious ‘Others’ under Innocent III

WEDNESDAY 23rd May

11:15 New Perspectives in Mediterranean History
Old Common Room, Balliol

Dr Avner Wishnitzer (St Antony’s and Tel Aviv University)
Candlelight politics: Illumination and its shades in eighteenth-century Istanbul

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17:00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Ioannou Centre

David Blackman and Carlos Tejedor:
A Muslim contribution to the development of naval arsenals

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17:00 Late Antique Alexandria: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Neil McLynn (University of Oxford):
The subtleties of Synesius: on heretical preachers and reprobate governors

THURSDAY 24th May

17:00 Khalili Centre Research Seminar
Lecture Room Khalili Research Centre

Hillal Uğurlu (KRC)
Social nuclei to scene of spectacle: changing imperial mosques of Konstantiniyye in the long 19th century

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17:00 After Rome Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College

Judith Herrin (King’s College London):
The Cosmographer of Ravenna: a seventh-century world view

FRIDAY 25th May

10:00 Byzantine Text Seminar – Constantine VII and Theodore Metochites
Ioannou Centre

Michael Featherstone

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

David Lambert (Oxford)
The Sudden Rise of Trophimus of Arles  

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Byzness 20/05/18

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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 20th May 2018
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS
2. JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages, July 20 – 21 2018, Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Deadline: 16 June 2018

The International Conference “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Mount Athos – Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages” is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the revival of monastic life in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the 1035th anniversary of the birth of St. Anthony the Pechersk and the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus’.

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It is conducted with the blessing of Onuphrius the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.

The forum is intended to become a platform for the exchange of experience, systematic and comprehensive discussion, study and popularization of the heritage of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, its role and significance in the history and culture of Ukraine, the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe and the Christian East. The representatives of Local Orthodox Churches, theologians and scientists from different countries of the world are expected to participate in the forum.

The following topics of the conference are suggested for discussion:

1.       St. Anthony the Pechersk and the Ancient Monasticism in Rus’.
2.       Orthodox monasticism in the history and culture of different peoples of the world.
3.       The role of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the Christianization and enlightenment of Rus’, as well as the development of monasteries and monasticism.
4.       Links of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with Mount Athos, Constantinople, Jerusalem and other centers of Universal Orthodoxy, as well as the Local Orthodox Churches.
5.       Mount Athos heritage in the history and culture of Ukraine and the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe.
6.       Cave monasteries in Kiev and Eastern Europe: history, archeology, spiritual traditions.
7.       Outstanding ascetics, abbots and monks of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
8.       Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as a center of science, education, writing, literature, book printing and art.
9.       Archaeological, architectural, literary and artistic monuments of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
10.   The role of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the national and spiritual and cultural revival of Ukraine in the XVII century.
11.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as an international pilgrimage center in Central and Eastern Europe.
12.   Liturgical features and traditions of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
13.   Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the XX century: from persecution to rebirth.
14.   Contemporary interpretation of the heritage of Orthodox monasticism.

Report time: up to 20 minutes.

To participate in the conference, it is necessary to send an application form to the following e-mail lavracommittee@gmail.com

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of the organizing committee by June 16, 2018, in which it is necessary to indicate the topic of the report and information about the author (first, second and patronymic names, academic degree, academic rank and (or) clergy order, affiliation, company name and position, address, home or mobile phone, email address, etc.).

Migration and Mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier, 3rd-7th c. A.D, 13-15 December 2018, Tübingen University, Germany


Deadline: 1 July 2018

We would like to invite historians and archaeologists to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at a two-day conference (December 13-15, 2018) at the University of Tübingen on migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier in Late Antiquity.

The conference will be organised by Ekaterina Nechaeva and Alexander Sarantis as a part of the research activities of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Centre for Advanced Studies Project on Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Project (Directors: Mischa Meier, Steffen Patzold and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner).

While studies of cross-frontier migration in Late Antiquity tend to focus on the northern Rhine and Danube frontiers, the Roman-Persian frontier, running from the Transcaucasian Black Sea coast to the Syrian Desert, also witnessed regular population movements. Whereas the former concentrate mainly on the long-term migration into the empire of groups of ‘barbarians’, recent social scientific models include a greater variety of types of migration and mobility which can be applied to more flexible discussions of this topic in Late Antiquity. Indeed, where the Near Eastern Roman-Persian frontier was concerned, a wide array of population movements took place, into as well as out of the Eastern Roman empire. Some of these movements could be temporary (whether recurrent or not), others permanent, some voluntary, others involuntary (including forced/coerced migration), some sponsored or controlled by the state, others driven by migrants’ aims. Involving large communities, smaller groups, or individuals, this mobility could result from political, cultural or economic contexts. Studying these various types of migration and mobility can in turn provide multiple insights into socio-economic and political conditions and cultural trends in the Roman and Sasanian Persian empires, in particular, in communities on both sides of the frontier in the Near East. It will also offer a fresh perspective on Roman-Sasanian Persian political relations.

Geographical scope

Syria, Mesopotamia, Armenia and Lazica, Sasanian Persia

Themes concerning migration and mobility across the Roman-Persian frontier
Individual case studies and longer-term, macro regional patterns
Movements of armies
Diplomatic exchanges
Professional mobility
Mobility and economic exchange
Mobility and religious and cultural exchanges
Forced migration/population movements
Migration driven by religious or political persecution
Return (voluntary and forced) of migrants
Exit and entry policies (mobility and state security)
Reactions to migration and mobility (state and society)
Wider contexts/explanatory frameworks (papers dealing with wider contexts could also discuss other, especially borderland, regions in Late Antiquity)
Settlement patterns, communications and natural landscapes
Environmental/climatic conditions
Socio-economic context
State control/administration (centre-periphery relations)
Cultural/religious life and institutions
Great power war and diplomacy
Military mobility
Legal framework (status of migrants, deserters, refugees, displaced people etc.)
Modern anthropological models

Submissions

Abstracts of ca. 300 words should be submitted with a CV to

luisa.luiz@uni-tuebingen.de by 1st July 2018

Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds, 30 November-1 December 2018, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: 1 August 2018

Reception and appropriation (whether reuse, imitation, or variation) have long been recognised as necessary tools for the interpretation of Byzantine literature, art, architecture and archaeology, while research on innovations is still at a relatively early stage.

The key theme of this conference is dialogue – dialogue between Byzantium and its neighbouring cultures. The conference will be hosted by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Research Group of the University of Edinburgh from 30 November-1 December 2018, and will explore all three of the fundamental modes of dialogue and discourse (reception, appropriation and innovation) between Byzantium and its neighbours during any time period from the 5th-15thc. Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Claudia Rapp (Vienna), Dr. Andrew Marsham (Cambridge), and Fr. Justin Sinaites (Librarian of St. Catherine’s, Mt. Sinai), in addition to confirmed internal speakers, both Byzantinists and Islamicists.

We strongly encourage papers highlighting exchange in both directions: Byzantium receiving from other cultures and/or others receiving from Byzantium. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

– Before the Christian and Islamic Worlds: reception and appropriation of Classical Greek or Latin heritage within Byzantium – perspectives from culture, text, legislation, gender, symbolism, art, etc.
– Contemporary exchange and attempts at imitation (concepts of culture, text, gender, legislation, symbolism etc.) between Byzantium, the Islamic World, Latin Europe and imperial courts
– Artistic similarities (visual art, sculpture, painting, etc.), whether as a result of promotion or prohibition, as an expression or mode of cultural exchange or identification across East and West
– Production, circulation and demand forluxury goods or household artefacts as evidence for dialogue and/or interaction between Byzantium and its neighbours
– Urban layout and rural landscape: military, civil and religious architecture in cities and countryside – common links and peculiarities between Byzantium and neighbouring powers
– Interdisciplinary approaches to interpretations of Byzantine (inter)action throughout the Mediterranean, taking into account multiple types of primary source evidence

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August, and notification of acceptance will be communicated by mid-August. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to edibyzpg@ed.ac.ukwith your name and affiliation. There will be a small registration fee of £10,and lunch will be provided on both days. We will aim to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed volume that will bring together the strongest contributions in each area in order to produce an edited volume of high-quality, deep coherence and rich variety.
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