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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 26th August 2015

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
  2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
  3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

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A Greek Day in Aberdeen, Saturday 7 May 2016

The Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society, on behalf of the four Hellenic Societies in Scotland and the Friends of the British School at Athens, is hosting a one day event in Aberdeen on Saturday 7 May 2016.

The format will be similar to the very successful event held in Edinburgh in 2014. The programme will be a mixture of ancient and modern themes. Two of the speakers who have already confirmed are Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, and David Parfitt, a distinguished artist, who will be talking on painting in Macedonia and Crete.

In addition to the day time talks, we will be organising a social evening on the Saturday which will include a performance by three superb musicians from Athens (Giorgios Tsimbouksis, Nickos Sariyannis and Lambrini Gioti) who have been hugely popular guests of the Aberdeen Society for a number of years.

We are intending to have other associated activities, probably including a visit to the University of Aberdeen Museum and a walking tour of Old Aberdeen. Further information will be given when the details are finalised.

Please put the date in your diary now. Expressions of interest (without obligation) would be very welcome so that we can get some idea of possible numbers.

Please also pass on this information to anyone else you know may be interested. Personal recommendations are very helpful in encouraging people to attend.

For any further information, contact Hamish Wilson at aberdeenhellenicsociety@gmail.com

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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“Byzantines and the Bible” (International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, August 22-27, 2016)

For information see here or www.arts.kuleuven.be/byzantium/english

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Workshop “The Postclassical Greek: the Intersections of Philology and Linguistics”, Mainz, Germany: February 15-17, 2016

Website: http://rafiyenko.info/tagung/
Full Version as pdf: http://www.rafiyenko.info/tagung/Postclassical_Greek_Call.pdf

Deadline for the submission of the abstracts: October 1, 2015.

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“The Sophia reading” 26–27 November 2015.

Dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of memory Kyivan Prince Volodymyr the Great and the Saints Boris and Gleb.

For details see here

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making” starting on July 1st 2015 at the University of Münster invites applications for 1 Research Associate Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiter (PhD student position) Salary Scale 13 TV-L 65% in the Project C02 “The Role of the Supernatural in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart at the earliest possible date.

For details see here (in German) or here.

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

 

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 9th August 2015

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Gilbert Dagron died on the fourth of August.

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For the Vienna Bibliography for July 2015 (no 1623 see here

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FIRB CONFERENCE 2015, Moral Agency and its Constraints: Fate, Determinism and Free Will in the Middle Ages31 August – 2 September 2015 [Lecce, Italy]

See here

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A new and expanded version of the Syriac Resources website is now available at its new home address: http://syri.ac. The site, previously hosted by Dumbarton Oaks, is

now hosted by the University of Oklahoma.

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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the publication of four (4) new finding aids. To view the complete PDF finding aids, click on the thumbnail at the top of the following collection-level records in our online inventory, AtoM@DO. You can also check under the “Finding Aids” field for the direct links.

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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Session at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016 [Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)]

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Organizers:

Armin Bergmeier (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)

Andrew Griebeler (University of California, Berkeley)

CFP: Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time

“What then is time?” asks Augustine, the fourth-century bishop of Hippo, “If no one asks me, I know, but if I wish to explain it, I do not know.”  Although intimately familiar, time eludes simple description. For Augustine, it is a single, ever-moving point of the present distended by the soul forward in anticipation of things to come, and backward through memory and recollection. The centuries following Augustine saw the continued emergence of Christian and medieval approaches to time alongside the concurrent appropriation and adaptation of older pagan models, such as Neoplatonic conceptions of time as a moving image of eternity, or Aristotelian understandings of time according to the change and movement of bodies.

This panel examines the relationship between medieval artworks and their viewers’ conception and experience of the present. Scholars of medieval art have mostly concentrated on imagery depicting the past or the future, in particular, those that express anxiety about the end of time. A wide range of images, however, was particularly concerned with expressing ideas of the present and with depicting the relation between the visible human world and the invisible divine realm. This panel, therefore, emphasizes and explores the medieval viewers’ relationship to the present and their current place in the cosmological system. We invite proposals covering a wide range of media (portable objects, manuscripts, sculpture, wall decorations) from Late Antiquity through the late Middle Ages.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to the following:

– How images relate to the conceptualization of the historical present

– How artworks structure or organize the experience of time

– How artworks reflect philosophical concepts of the nature of time

– Notions of temporality in depictions of visions and prophecies

– The visibility and visuality of time-keeping instruments and practices

– Medieval conceptions of change in the physical or natural historical present, including seasons, tides, stages of life, and the movement of stars

Please, send your abstracts (500 words maximum), CV with current information, and completed Participant Information Form (available at http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html) to the organizers:

armin.bergmeier@campus.lmu.de and agriebeler@berkeley.edu

 JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Junior Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge: http://jrf.christs.cam.ac.uk/rf_2016/

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EGSAMP Summerschool, Moral Agency and its Constraints: Fate, Determinism and Free Will in the Middle Ages, 3 – 5 September 2015, Lecce, Italy

See here

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 1st August 2015

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1.NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

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Workshop Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography, Ghent, 16-18 September 2015

For details see here

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For the Vienna Bibliography for June 2015 (no 162) see here

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A call for research support (note – this is a paid opportunity!) for a curatorial project and exhibition on Palestinian embroidery and textiles; please find details attached.

For more details see here

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

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Food, Feast & Fasting, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 4-7 July 2016

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Papers and sessions on any topic or theme in the European Middle Ages are welcome. Each Congress has one particular special thematic strand on an area of interdisciplinary study in a wider context. However, this strand is not intended to be exclusive and submissions from all spheres of medieval research, in any major European language, are welcome.

Food is both a necessity and a marker of economic and social privilege. Who cooks food, who consumes it in the Middle Ages? How and what did people from different social levels or religious commitments eat? How did eating change? How were these issues contested and represented? What does food reveal about differing aspects of medieval society and culture?

The aim is to cover the entire spectrum of famine to feast through multi-disciplinary approaches. Study of the medieval economy raises issues about standards of living and nutritional health. Both archaeological as well as textual evidence have been used to explore crop yields, agricultural methods, transport problems, dearth, and famine. Geographical and social variations in diet are important for understanding medieval taste and the era’s definitions of sufficiency and luxury. Food is an expression of international relations and trade, as shown in the intercultural influences between Christian Europe and Islamic Spain, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and India.

Across medieval Europe the acquisition, preservation, and storage of food was a struggle for much of the population but food consumption was also a means for a clerical and noble elite to display taste and ostentation. In popular culture, feasting is perceived as one of the major activities of the medieval elite. The religious significance of food and fasting in the Middle Ages was part of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish practice. Fasting and food had wide-ranging interconnections with piety and charity, and could involve renunciation of an exceptional intensity. Spiritual and physical nourishment and its absence can be explored in many disciplines from the theological, legal, and literary to the art historical and linguistic.

Areas of discussion could include:

 Agricultural systems
Almsgiving – food as charity
Changing tastes
Cookbooks and cooking practice
Dearth and famine
Drink – wine, ale, and water
Environmental contexts
Feasting
Food and social class
Food in monastic and other religious communities

Food production

Food supply and population
Food supply and transport
Fresh and saltwater fish
Hunting
Medical ideas of food, digestion, and humoral pathology
Medieval haute cuisine
Religious and spiritual feasting and fasting
Spices and other edible luxury trade items
Standards of living

Symbolic/Figurative food

Trading food

Proposals should be submitted online at www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2016_call.html

Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2015; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2015.

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Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination (Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium), 23 – 25 June 2016

Byzantine representation of the cultures outside the Byzantine world had a particular geographical and ethnic aspect that contributed not only to the perception of the non-Byzantine, but also to the construction of the Byzantine self-image.

Byzantine portrayal of these cultures beyond the borders of the Empire was informed by geographic and ethnic elements including climate, flora, language and a certain way of life, which in turn entered into a complex relationship with the history, religious traditions and political state of these cultures as perceived by Byzantines. Examination of the Byzantine encounter with the geographically and ethnically other -from the fairly familiar to the exotic, and from the internal other to the external one- provides clues on how Byzantines related to their own environment spatially and how they differentiated themselves from their neighbors.

It is the aim of the Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium to explore in written, artistic and material evidence this complex relationship between geography, ethnicity and other factors contributing to the formation of the image of the other, and to discover how Byzantines talked about themselves while talking about the others.

Invited scholars will be presenting papers exploring and (re)evaluating the following topics:

  1. The other in geographical and ethnic imagination

– Beyond Byzantine borders (neighbors/outsiders/foreigners)

– Within the Byzantine Empire (ethnic, religious, linguistic communities and foreign visitors)

– The other as seen by Byzantines abroad

  1. Image of the physical universe (oikoumene)

– Geographical imagination and maps

– Limits/extremities of the universe

– Limits of Rhomania

  1. Image of the other world

– Heaven and hell, imaginary/exotic lands

  1. Encounter with and appropriation of the other/exotic
  2. Perception of the pagan, Greco-Roman heritage

– Encounter with the pagan past

– Use of spolia

For more information see http://sgsymposium.ku.edu.tr/

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“Slavery in the Medieval World”: A Call for Papers and Sessions for participation in the 2016 Leeds International Medieval Congress, IMC Leeds 2016 (4 to 7 July 2016, at the University of Leeds)

For more information see here

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International Conference dedicated to the historical province of Tayk’: “Historical Tayk’. History, Culture, Confession”. The Conference will be held on 22-24 June 2016 in Yerevan. On June 25-27

For more information see here

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Pardon Our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo: Call for Papers, May 12-15, 2016

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Organizers: Catherine Fernandez and Henry Schilb (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University)
The Index of Christian Art (ICA) at Princeton University houses the largest archive dedicated to the study of medieval art in the world. It was founded by Charles Rufus Morey in 1917. Created with the intention of cataloguing all known works of medieval art according to subject matter, the Index developed over the course of the twentieth century into an ever-expanding resource for the study of iconography. Although the archive originated as a physical catalogue, the information contained in the subject files began migration to an online database in 1991. Now in its ninety-eighth year of existence, the ICA has embarked on yet another conceptual and technological upgrade that will embrace a more capacious understanding of medieval iconography through improved functionality while preserving the knowledge amassed by Index scholars during the previous century. Ever mindful that the ICA depends on the scholarship of medievalists in order to maintain the database for our researchers, we will sponsor two sessions that underscore this fruitful reciprocity. As we reassess how specific fields are used within our records, we seek the input of scholars who are actively engaged with themes related to medieval iconography in the broadest sense of the term. By focusing on issues related to the medieval program and ornament, the panels address categories that currently merit further consideration as fields of inquiry within the database.

We invite papers that explore new interpretive approaches or historiographical analyses as a means to stimulate a lively conversation on the ICA’s mission as an iconographical archive in the twenty-first century. In mirroring the Index’s wide geographical and chronological spectrum, we welcome proposals that explore any artistic media produced during the Middle Ages in the Byzantine East and the Latin West. Papers may consider specific case studies or address more theoretical concerns.

I: Program

As Michel Pastoureau has observed, the concept of “program” as an art historical term has been anachronistically applied to the study of medieval art. The notion that an assemblage of images adheres to a conceptual unity governed by the explicit wishes of an individual or corporate patron remains a source of debate in the iconographic interpretation of any number of monuments, manuscripts, or individual objects. We seek papers that consider the advantages and limitations in using the idea of “program” as an interpretive approach. We welcome proposals that investigate themes related but not limited to the role of patronage and iconography of medieval art works, the question of iconographic unity in monuments, and the disjuncture between the textual and the visual in the scholarly ekphrases of “programs” in medieval art.

II: Ornament

Ornament occupies an ambiguous position within the study and classification of medieval iconography. Recent scholarship, however, has underscored the significance of ornament as a bearer of meaning. We welcome proposals that investigate the role of ornament as an iconographic element within works of medieval art. Topics of interest include the iconographic function of vegetal ornamentation, the role of ornament as a frame for narratives and portraits, the use of decorative motifs as expressions of archaism or “foreignness,” as well as new approaches in the language of describing medieval ornamentation.

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information Form, available here, to the organizers:

Catherine Fernandez (caf3@princeton.edu) and Henry Schilb (schilb@princeton.edu)

 

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Position Title: Director of Byzantine Studies

Supervisor:    Director

Department:  Byzantine Studies

Grade:            60

Term:             Five years with the possibility of renewal up to an additional five years

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Byzantine Studies reports to the Director of Dumbarton Oaks and oversees the Byzantine Study Program at Dumbarton Oaks. The Director of Studies supports the Byzantine Fellows (who are resident for the academic year, a term, or the summer and pursue their own research) and organizes scholarly meetings such as symposia, colloquia, and lectures.

The individual holding the position has overall responsibility for administering the study program, including: coordinating the three annual meetings with the Board of Senior Fellows that advises the Director on fellowship selection and programmatic activities; supervising the Program Coordinator; ensuring the smooth running of activities in Byzantine Studies (such as research reports by Fellows, one-month research awards, the summer school, summer internships, one-month Visiting Scholars, etc.); and managing budget development, forecasting, and tracking of expenses (including project grants to archaeologists).

Within Dumbarton Oaks, the Director of Byzantine Studies provides input as requested on Byzantine holdings within the library (including Byzantine portions of the image and fieldwork archives); is expected to produce reports, such as the Byzantine portion of the annual report; and participates with other directors of scholarly departments in conducting basic research necessary to evaluate the success of programs.

In the broader scholarly world, the Director of Byzantine Studies promotes the vitality of the field. Outreach activities include regular communication with relevant Byzantine societies, listservs, and academic programs in the United States, Europe, and beyond. The Director of Byzantine Studies also fosters exchanges with closely connected fields such as medieval and Islamic studies.

The Director of Byzantine Studies acts as editor of the Byzantine journal, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, in conjunction with a small editorial board. He or she receives or solicits submissions, sends them out for peer review, relays comments to contributors, and ensures that accepted essays have been revised in accordance with reviewer comments and house style. The Director also serves as the acquiring editor for Byzantine books. This role requires assisting symposium organizers in their capacities as volume editors for proposed symposia volumes, monitoring submissions for other Byzantine series, creating proposals for review, and acting as developmental editor for all such submissions.

 Supervisory Responsibilities

 The Director of Byzantine Studies supervises the Program Coordinator.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and demonstrate strong administrative, editorial and interpersonal skills; a distinguished record of publications; and an excellent command of medieval Greek. They must have broad knowledge of various aspects of the field outside their own specialty and be well acquainted with the American academic setting. They must have the interest, ability, and commitment to join in the general intellectual life of Dumbarton Oaks.

To Apply

The application process is open to strong applicants at all career stages, from early to advanced. The appointment runs for five years, with the possibility of renewal up to an additional five years.

The position remains open until filled. Candidates should submit a detailed CV, cover letter, and list of references by clicking the link below. Questions can be addressed to HumanResources@doaks.org. Please note that interviews will be in Cambridge, Mass. and are likely to be held in the second half of January.

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=36490BR

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Postdoctoral position at Göttingen University for new Research Project at the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) “Education and Religion”, covering classical and late antiquity and medieval time.
Position offered
The Collaborative Research Centre 1136 “Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and Its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to the Classical Islam” at the Georg‐August‐Universität Göttingen (Germany), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), currently invites applications for a
Research Position (Postdoc)

The position (full‐time) starts as soon as possible and lasts for three years with the possibility of extension. The salary is subject to the German TV‐L payscale (TV‐L E 13).
The successful candidate will participate in and contribute to the research conducted within the CRC, including the interdisciplinary collaboration with other sub‐projects and in the CRC’s plenary meetings and workshops. The postdoc will especially take part in the research agenda of sub‐project C 04: Communication of Education in Late Antique Christianity: Teachers’ Roles in

Parish, Family and Ascetical Community

The project focuses on Christian teachers (male and female) in Late Antiquity in different contexts: the catechumenate (bishops and catechetical teachers), the family (particularly women) and the eremitic movement (teachers with charismatic instead of formal authorization). The shape of teachers’ roles will be investigated as well as their interaction and possible conflicts between ecclesiastical and – so to speak – independent communicators of religious education. Finally, the limits of human agency in communicating the faith will be dealt with.
The successful candidate for the research position should have
• Ph.D. in Theology or related subjects
• mandatory: good command of ancient Greek and Latin
• desirable: experience in interdisciplinary collaborative research concerning Late Antiquity
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Peter Gemeinhardt: Peter.Gemeinhardt@theologie.unigoettingen.
de or Dr. Monika Winet: mwinet@uni‐goettingen.de.
We ask all applicants to e‐mail their documents in PDF format by August 17th, 2015 to the CRC office
(sfb1136@uni‐goettingen.de).
The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering
career opportunities for female scholars. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled
persons with equivalent aptitude for the position will be favoured.

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Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, Library Research Fellowship Program, 2015-2016

Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 150-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from Oct. 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. The fellowship application deadline is August 24, 2015. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visithttp://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos/lrfp.asp.html. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (paganelis@csus.edu).

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‘Reading Pleasure, Pleasure Reading’ a Summer School in medieval approaches to reading, 23-28 May 2016 at the Swedish Research Institute Istanbul

For details see here

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Job on Byzantine Philosophy in Athens:

http://www.academyofathens.gr/ecportal.asp?id=3644&nt=105&lang=1

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 20th July 2015

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
    2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
    3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

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Lives, Roles and Actions of the Byzantine Empresses (and Workshop), Prague, 11-12 September 2015

For additional information see here

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Francis Dvorník – Scholar and His Work (A Symposium in tribute to Professor Francis Dvornik), Prague, 10 September 2015

For additional information see here

 

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Inclusion and Exclusion in the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean

A Two-Part Workshop to be held at:

  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in November 2016
  • Emory University, USA in March 2017

 

In a world where old social structures were collapsing awhile new ones were emerging, drawing boundaries between members of groups and outsiders became crucially important.  Questions of exclusion and inclusion, whether of the state or other groups, were a natural facet for societies in late antiquity and the early middle ages.  Both workshops will use the ‘greater’ Mediterranean Basin as spatial purview, including polities immediately adjacent to the ones established on its shores. Chronologically, the main focus will be the period between 450 and 750 CE. The workshops will be divided into thematic strands, each dealing with different aspects of exclusivity and inclusivity.   These may include:

 

  1. Ethnic groups or political communities:  How did groups define themselves and their others as a means of negotiating their place in a swiftly changing society?  How were ethnic and religious identities useful in shaping and legitimating political communities?

 

  1. Defining the Community of Believers: How did both established religious communities and newly emerging groups define their communities of believers?  Could one join an already established community with a strong identity or did one need to born into a faith?  How did newly formed sects and religions they define who was outside their religion?  How were lines between faiths drawn in both theory and in reality

 

  1. Building (and breaking) boundaries within Christianity:  How were initiatives of religious-political reconciliation supposed to work? How did they function in reality? How did mutually anathematizing confessions coexist there and in the Levant?

 

  1. Economic othering and mercantile communities: Were certain economic roles, such as merchants as well as specific crafts, strongly associated with religious, ethnic, or geographic communities in the late antique/early medieval world?  How did such overlap sources of identity come into being and how did they function?  Did economic othering serve to more sharply define the boundaries of communities?

 

  1. The limits of inclusion: What happened when groups were no longer defined simply as the Other but were seen as being particularly dangerous?  How were larger communities manipulated against ethnic, linguistic, or religious minorities?  Did public campaigns against minorities originate with the powerful or among other sectors of society?  How did ideas of othering and the proper means of countering the Other propagate across geographical space and religious lines?

 

While these are some of the potential topics to be discussed, we are also interested in discussions of gender and class-based exclusion, and discussions ofhow women, slaves, freed slaves, and non-elites  were brought into groups and pushed out of them for the purposes of redrawing the boundaries of the community, how ancestry and lineage might serve  as tools for appropriating a past, and how othering members of competing bloodlines or people with ‘inadequate’ parentage might serve to define through exclusion.  Other topics might include explorations of the ways in which Late Antique/Early Medieval experiences of exclusion were recalled as well as discussions of the textual traditions of such actions.

 

The workshops, planned to take place in late 2016 in Israel and in early 2017 in the United States, will consist of a series of pre-circulated paper presentations, followed by discussion. If you are interested in participating, we would be very grateful to receive a paper-title and a 250-word abstract outlining the subject of your presentation.  Please send any submissions or other questions to excludingincluding@gmail.com

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Violence and Politics: Ideologies, Identities, Representations, Athens, 15-16 January

The Postgraduate Association of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is organizing a colloquium devoted to the memory of  Professor Nikos Birgalias. The conference will be under the auspices of the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens.

 

The principal aim is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of new researchers concerned with theories and practices of violence and its relations to politics from a historical perspective. The colloquium will focus mainly on the following topics:

 

Historiographic Approaches of Violence

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence

Archaeology and Iconography of Violence

Violence and “Otherness”

Violence “from above” and Resistance

Revolts and Revolutions

Microhistory of Violence

 

We welcome original papers by holders of a Master’s degree, PhD candidates and early career researchers in History and Archaeology or in any related discipline.

 

The co-organizers invite 15-minute papers in Greek or in English. Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements and to cover their expenses.

 

Interested speakers should complete the application form (in English or Greek) and submit it to postgradsociety@gmail.com by 30 September 2015.

 

Please find a pdf version of the call for papers here and the application form here

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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2 Year Chair at Aix-Marseille Université in Mediterranean Studies

En janvier 2016, LabexMed attribuera un contrat de chercheur en études méditerranéennes au titre de la chaire d’excellence Aristote, pour une durée de deux ans renouvelable une fois.
L’appel à candidatures s’adresse aux jeunes chercheurs de toutes nationalités ayant soutenu leur thèse entre le 31/12/2000 et le 31/12/ 2008. Une expérience de recherche de plusieurs années à l’étranger est exigée.
Les candidats devront proposer un projet scientifique interdisciplinaire et centré sur les études méditerranéennes ainsi qu’un séminaire de 32 heures à destination des doctorants du périmètre.

Les candidatures (par voie électronique, au format pdf) seront adressées au plus tard le 16 novembre 2015 (minuit heure de Paris) à blandine.julien@univ-amu.fr

For details see here

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Turkish Government offers a full government funded Turkish Language Scholarship

Program for academics, scientist, professionals and researchers who are interested to learn Turkish Language.
2015-2016 Scholarship Program is now available for non-Turkish nationals from all countries.
For details see here or email ahmet.kalafat@mfa.gov.tr or guler.altunhan@mfa.gov.tr

 

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

 

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 9th July 2015

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS
    2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
    3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. NEWS & EVENTS

Philippi, From Colonia Augusta to Communitas Christiana: Religion & Society in Transition, 7-10 July 2015

http://jfriesen.net/Philippi2015/Philippi2015/Summary.html

  1. CALLS FOR PAPERS

Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture sponsored panel: “Food, Feast & Famine.” 4–7 July 2016, IMC: Leeds

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2016 IMC is “Food, Feast & Famine.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2016_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/23rd-international-medieval-congress/). The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015. Proposals should include:

Title
-100-word session abstract
-Session moderator and academic affiliation
-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
CV

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.​

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Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages
Session to be held at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Kalamazoo Michigan, 12-15 May 2016

Deadline: Sep 15, 2015

Organizers: Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center, New York) & Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington DC)

 

Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.

 

This session seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages.  Current scholarship on the topic in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.

 

In this session we would like to reimagine the wearable in similarly holistic terms. Bringing together varied forms and different media will help scholars better understand how the surfaces of medieval bodies not only presented social values and norms, but also operated within a designated spatial enviroment. In rethinking the wearable in the Middle Ages, this session has four major aims:

 

  1. The session seeks papers that look past field- and medium-specific divisions to explore the relationship of textiles and jewelry in medieval dress practices in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions.

 

  1. The session welcomes presentations that consider cosmetic elements often omitted from discussions of dress. These might include makeup, tattooing, amulets, prosthetics, and any other modifications to personal appearance.

 

  1. The session seeks papers that situate dressed bodies in their spatial contexts, particularly topics addressing medieval notions of personal space and the relationship of bodies to their surroundings.

 

  1. The session also seeks papers on issues of medium-specificity and materiality, as concerns that arise directly from questions regarding the wearable. Papers dealing with the centrality or marginality of image-making within the practice of the wearable, as well as the reception of the wearable as part of a sensory experience are also welcomed.

 

DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 15 September 2015

Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum)
2. Completed Participant Information Form available at: http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number

ALL PROPOSALS AND INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
Ittai Weinryb: Weinryb@bgc.bard.edu
Elizabeth Williams: williamse@doaks.org

 

  1. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The History of Art department at The University of Edinburgh is looking to hire a teaching fellow for one year. The ideal candidate will be a specialist in pre-1500 arts of the eastern Mediterranean (Byzantine or Islamic) world. It is a half time position and will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. The closing date is July 17th 2015 and interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 27th July.

The reference number is 033626 and the full details are available at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/human-resources/jobs.

For more information contact Dr. Carol Richardson at: C.M.Richardson@ed.ac.uk

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Two PhD candidates in Museology and Archaeology – Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies

http://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/werken-bij-de-uva/vacatures/item/15-260.html

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Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation: Call for expressions of interest for the submission of proposals under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme

Several different kinds of fellowship on offer. Expressions of interest must be submitted to NHRF by 15 July 2015 to mkont@eie.gr

For additional information see here

Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

byzantine.society@gmail.com
https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

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Dear all,
This week the Oxford University Byzantine Society executive committee has changed. On behalf of the incoming committee, I would like to thank the outgoing committee. The new committee is as follows:
President: Matthew Kinloch (University College)
Treasurer: David Barritt (St Cross College)
Secretaries: Sukanya Raisharma (St John’s College) & Joe Dawson (Oriel College)
Best wishes,
Matthew
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The Byzness, 23rd June 2015
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
The Patristic & Byzantine Study Week, Oxford, 3-8 July 2015
The Patristic & Byzantine Study Week, is taking place at Wolfson College and St Gregory House​, Oxford, 3-8 July 2015. The week will be dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the fields of theology and medieval studies with special emphasis in Patristics and Byzantine studies. A series of distinguished lecturers, researchers and artists will offer lectures and seminars dedicated to the Bible, spirituality, sacred art, the study of history, and the way Patristic and Byzantine Studies may be relevant to us today. Among them are: the Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Oxford), Sebastian Brock (Oxford), Hugh Wybrew (Oxford), Andrew Louth (Durham), Richard Price (London), Mary Cunningham (Nottingham), ​Ida Toth (Oxford), Andreas Andreopoulos (Winchester), Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos), Niki Tsironi (Athens), Eirini Panou (Jerusalem), Rebecca White (Oxford), Stephen Platt (Oxford), Nikolaos Asproulis (Volos), George Calofonos (Athens), Theofili Kampianaki (Oxford) and others.
The Study Week will be inaugurated with an event dedicated to “The Sacred in Art”, which will include an exhibition by the celebrated Greek artists Venia Dimitrakopoulou, Pavlos Samios and Vana Xenou; all three of them will be present and will speak about their works.
For further information and registration, see: http://www.ainosculture.org/, The Press Release here; The P​rogramme of the week here; Information about the exhibition “Sacred in Art” here.
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International Symposium: “Inscriptions: Their Contribution to Byzantine and Post-Byzantine History and History of Art”, University of Ioannina, 26-7 June 2015
For poster, details and programme see here
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Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial. Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental, Paris, 25 September
The first meeting of the research programme: IMAGO-EIKΩN. Regards croisés sur l’image médiévale entre Orient et Occident(Labex RESMED, HiCSA et INHA).
For details see here
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For the Newsletter of the Friends of The Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway (2014-2015) see here
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
International Conference: Early medieval Graphicacy in a Comparative Perspective(9–10 June 2016) University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo
Organizers: Prof. Ildar Garipzanov and Dr Romy Wyche
This conference is the last of a series for the Graphicacy and Authority in Early Medieval Europe Project. The aim of the project has been to gather scholars from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the increasing role of non-figural graphic devices across a wide range of media, from manuscripts to architecture and mass-produced objects.
Visual communication in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages is conventionally analysed using methods specific to either figural imagery (and visualcy of the past) or literary productions (and literacy). In contrast, our project focuses on non-figural graphic devices which are intermediaries between texts and pictures, and which appear during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The project operates with a working hypothesis that these graphic compositions attest to early graphicacy, which has been defined as a visual mode of communication of conceptual information and abstract ideas by means of non-figural graphic devices, which may comprise inscribed letters, words, or decorative symbols. For a recent discussion of early graphicacy, click here and for more information about the project, please visit our website.
Our previous conferences have examined functions and contextual usage of graphic devices such as monograms, christograms, the staurogram, the sign of the cross and symbolic ornaments on a wide array of material as well as the monogrammatic and decorated initials, graphic symbols, and ornamental designs that appear in early medieval manuscripts. In this closing conference, we would like to include early non-figural graphic devices that are more familiar to specialists in modern graphicacy, namely maps and diagrams.
The objective of this conference is to gather scholars from a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to art history, archaeology and cultural history of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in the Latin West and Greek East for comparative discussions of early non-figural graphic devices in different media, regions, or chronological periods. We are especially interested in papers dealing with different forms of early graphicacy in a comparative perspective as well as common cognitive mechanisms that enable their deployment in visual communication.
Please submit your proposal (about 300 words) and a short academic CV (no more than a page) at the followinglink by 1 October 2015. Places are limited to allow us to subsidise some costs, including registration fee and refreshments. If you have any question please contact Dr Romy Wyche at r.m.wyche@iakh.uio.no .
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3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in the field Byzantine Studies, with the ability to teach, and supervise, across a broad chronological range from ca. 500 to 1500. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the profile of Byzantine Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies and is expected to be an active member of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS).
 

Volker Menze (
menzev@ceu.edu), director of CEU’s Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, or Niels Gaul (gauln@ceu.edu) would be happy to advise prospective candidates informally on whatever issues may be of interest, such as workload, likely institutional responsibilities, etc.
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A postdoctoral position at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Greek Epigraphy
Supervisors from Ca’ Foscari publish their “expression of interests” containing detailed information on the research themes they would like to develop. Potential fellows can contact them within June 15th, sending a full CV (with experience and publications) and a proposal abstract to research@unive.it. We will regularly update the website with new “expressions of interest”
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Job Vacancy 2 Research Associates
The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making” starting on July 1st 2015 at the University of Münster invites applications for
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen/ Mitarbeiter
(PhD student positions)
Salary Scale 13 TV-L 65%
in the Project C02 “The Role of the Supernatural in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart at the earliest possible date.
The positions will be fixed-term during the first phase of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 until June 30th 2019. Currently, the regular employment time is 26 hours and 33 minutes per week. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.
The Collaborative Research Centre / SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-Making” examines the social prac-tice of decision-making in a historical-comparative and interdisciplinary perspective from the Middle Ages to the present. The SFB addresses decision-making as a form of social action which is neither self-evident nor invariant, but which is based on changing social and cultural conditions. In three Project Areas and 20 Projects different historical “cultures of decision-making” are reconstructed by examining selected social fields, asking: how decision-making was framed, modeled, performed and reflected in different historical contexts; what the culture-specific conditions underlying decision-making were in every case; in what ways it in turn shaped the institutional and power structure of society; and how and why cultures of decision-making changed over the long term. The Collaborative Research Centre com-prises several disciplines (History, Literature, Law, Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Jewish and Byzantine studies) as well as a Graduate Centre.
Project C02 will investigate, how imperial decision-making was supported and influenced by prophetic competency and supernatural expertise (“occult sciences”) in medieval Byzantium.
The scope of duties includes:
• The Research Associates participate in and contribute to the Project C02 by doing research either on the PhD-project A “Occult Sciences and Fortunetellers in Procedures of Decision-making at the Byzantine Imperial Court from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” or on the PhD-project B “Prophets and Divine Afflatus in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries”.
• The Research Associates will also take part in the interdisciplinary collaboration with other pro-jects as well as in workshops, meetings and research groups of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.
 The Research Associates have the possibility for further academic qualification by submitting their the-sis (Promotion) and therefore participate in the syllabus of the Graduate Centre (“Integriertes Graduiertenkoleg”) of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150.
The following requirements must be met:
• Completion of a course in Byzantine studies or similar studies with a focus on Byzantine studies with top grades (Master or Magister)
• Language skills in Ancient/Byzantine Greek
• Experience in coping with and interpreting of Byzantine sources
• The candidates should have a main area of interest in Byzantine history, Byzantine imperial his-tory, Byzantine historiography and Byzantine scientific disciplines (esp. astrology and oneiromancy). In addition candidates should indicate an interest in Byzantine learned culture and knowledge transfer and they should be receptive to interdisciplinary methods as well.
 The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe dis-abilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.
 Please submit your application by post / by e-mail / by post or e-mail together with the usual documents by July 10th 2015 to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart
Historisches Seminar / Abteilung Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
WWU Münster
Rosenstraße 9
48143 Münster
E-Mail-Adresse: gruenbart@uni-muenster.de
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart (gruenbart@uni-muenster).
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Vacancy as a research assistant in Syriac Studies at the University of Manchester

 

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A reminder that ​the society’s Trinity Term Debate will take place tomorrow evening​ on the topic of ‘Was Byzantium the middle ground between east and west? Ideas of state and community’ with Eduardo Manzano and Michael Angold. The debate starts at 8pm in the Saskatchewan Room but we hope to have a wine reception outside, weather permitting, before hand.​

​I apologise in the delay in the sending out of the Oxford Listings this week.
Best wishes,
Andrew

 
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SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 8

Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY 15th June

17.00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls
Malcolm Vale (St John’s, Oxford)
Henry V: a personal portrait revisitied

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TUESDAY 16th June

14.00   KCR Special Lecture
Khalili Research Centre
Corisande Fenwick
Tales of the City: Archaeology, Empire and the Muslim Conquest of North Africa

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17.00   Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
Andrew Roach (Glasgow)
The dynamics of the drug trade: a template for medieval slavery?

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20.00   OUBS Debate
Saskatchewan Room, Exeter
Eduardo Manzano (CSIC) & Michael Angold (Edinburgh)
Was Byzantium the middle ground between East and West? Ideas of state and community

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WEDNESDAY 17th June

17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Irina Shingray (Oxford)
Rule and Religion among the Khazar Nomads: From Mazdean to Muslim World

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17.00   Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Jarred Mercer
The Holy Innocents in Patristic thought

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17.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Professor Carlos Fraenkel (McGill University, Montreal / University of Oxford) and  Yoav Meyrav (University of Tel Aviv)
Themistius’ Paraphrase of Metaphysics 12: Text, Ideas, Reception

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THURSDAY 18th June

11.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Lucy-Anne Hunt (Manchester)
Crusader palace decoration in the Levant between Byzantium and Islam in the 12th–13th centuries

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12.00   Global themes in medieval history
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Oxford)

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17.00   After Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Alessandro Bausi (Hamburg University)
A late antique relic from the Ethiopian highlands: The Ethiopic version of the History of the Episcopate of Alexandria

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FRIDAY 19th June

11.00   Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
Transport, trade and international relations

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY

SEMINARS AND EVENTS: Week 7
Trinity Term 2014

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MONDAY​ 8th June​

17.00 TORCH Public Lecture
Taylorian Hall
Seth Lerer (UCSD)
What was the Late-Medieval English poetry?

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TUESDAY​ 9th June​

17.00 Dirhams for Slaves Seminar Series
Khalili Research Centre
Marie Favereau and Irina Shingiray (Oxford)
The captive, the currency, and the gift in the Khazar and Golden Horde empires

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WEDNESDAY 10th June

17.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Panagiotos Roilos (Harvard)
The Christianization of ancient Greek literature and rhetoric in 11th-12th century Byzantium

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17.00 Patristic Seminar
Lecture Room 2, Christ Church
Carol Harrison
Augustine on Music and the Affections

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17.00 Themistius Seminar: historical and philosophical perspectives
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
Julian’s Letter to Themistius and the 4th-century Philosophical Debate

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THURSDAY ​11th June

11.00 Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Jonathan Shepard (Oxford)
Persons, practices and things in circulation between Byzantium and the British Isles in the Viking Age: a role for slave trading?

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12.00 Global themes in medieval history
Auditorium, Corpus Christi College
Mark Whittow (Oxford)

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17.00 After Roman Seminar
Danson Room, Trinity College
Gesa Schenke (Oxford)
The healing shrines of St Phoibammon: evidence of cult activity in Coptic legal documents

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FRIDAY ​12th June

11.00 Byzantium: the transition from antiquity to the middle ages, AD 500-1100
Ioannou Centre
Ine Jacobs (Oxford)
Enamels, ivories and jewelry

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12.00 Byzantine Literature Lecture
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College, Oxford)
Greek Literature of Southern Italy and Sicily

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 7th June 2015

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1. NEWS & EVENTS
2. CALLS FOR PAPERS
3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

Vienna Bibliography, No. 161

Please find the bibliography here.

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

III International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”, Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the Cultures, Euro-Balkan University, University of Bologna, Skopje, 30-31 October 2015

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN” UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Ravenna Campus-School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Italy

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia

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 year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures”. Ever since the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans, Byzantium was constantly rediscovered and imagined. The invention of “Byzantinism” in Western European discourse in the eighteenth century, served to delimitate and separate “oriental”, “despotic” and “backward” Byzantium from the civilized Europe. This cultural bias in the Western academy and politicians led to the marginalization of Byzantine studies in the scholarly and political discourse in Western Europe. Conversely Byzantium was and still being exploited in Balkans within the projected Slav-Greek struggle for historical and cultural legacy. Byzantium’s multiple reincarnations served different purposes and produced many misconceptions. However, the Real Byzantium was in constant contacts with different cultures and peoples in the wider region of Europe, Caucasus and the Muslim world. Accordingly the aim of the Symposium is to initiate scholarly debate to define Byzantium’s place in the cultural history and imagination, giving it the central role in the relationships between East and West, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval world. Аdressing broader discussions and geographical areas in exploring various aspects of heritage, religion, ideology, identity, political and cultural memory, the Symposium will assess the core challenges of the contemporary scholarly discourse on Byzantium and Medieval Europe and its appropriation in the European history and culture.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

· Byzantium in the European civilizational concept

· Medieval Europe and Byzantium: divisions and interactions
· Byzantium and the West: Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
· Byzantium and the East: Christianity and Islam
· Appropriation of the legacies of Byzantium and Medieval Europe
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe in the modern political discourse
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Politics, war, diplomacy
· Byzantine missions: Spreading the word in Europe
– Justinian and the European heritage
– Projecting the Medieval past in Modern Europe
· Interpreting the Empires: The myth of the Third Rome
· Representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture
· Imagining Byzantium in 19th and 20th century Balkans
· Byzantium in the Eastern Europe: historical and cultural paradigms
· Byzantium and the Medieval Europe: Bridging the East and West
· Preserving the cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection
· Cultural and historical legacy as a factor of interaction and dialogue between different cultures in Europe

PAPER SUBMISSION

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 July, 2015

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 25 September, 2015

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 July, 2015

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 30 September, 2015

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 15 February, 2016

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk;pstevkovski@gmail.com

Euro-Balkan University

Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian and English.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.

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

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium
Petar Stevkovski: pstevkovski@gmail.com
Please check the Euro-Balkan University website: http://www.euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

https://www.academia.edu/12579283/CfP_III_International_symposium_Days_of_Justinian_I_special_thematic_strand_-_Byzantium_and_the_Heritage_of_Europe_Connecting_the_Cultures_Skopje_30-31_October_2015

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov
Organizing Committee:
Euro-Balkan University /
University of Bologna
Prof. Mitko B. Panov
Prof. Giuseppe Maino
Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija
Prof. Vesna Matijaševic – Pokupec
Dr. Aleksandar Daštevski
Dr. Vangel Nonevski
Dr. Damjan Donev
M.A. Dragana Broz
M.A. Petar Stevkovski
M.A. Igor Panev

International Scientific Committee:

Prof. Mitko B. Panov (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje / Institute of National History, Skopje)
Prof. Florin Curta(University of Florida)
Prof. Guiseppe Maino (ENEA and University of Bologna)
Prof. Carolyn S. Snively (Gettysburg College)
Prof. Donatella Maino (University of Bologna)
Acad. Vitomir Mitevski (Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje)
Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova (University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Andrew Roach (Glasgow University)
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje)
Prof. Maja Jakimovska – Tosic (Institute of Macedonian Literature, Skopje)
Prof. Viktor Lilcic (Cultural Heritage Protection Office / University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Aleksandar Spasenovski (Law Faculty, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Damjan Donev (Euro-Balkan University / Leiden University)
Prof. Dragi Gjorgjiev (Institute of National History, Skopje)

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3. JOBS & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology (Warburg Institute, London)

Application deadline: Jul 1, 2015

Research post: “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of
Iconology” – International Research Group

The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group, funded by the German ministry of
higher education and science, realised in cooperation with the Max
Weber-Stiftung, and situated at the Warburg Institute in London,
invites applications for a full-time research post (in principle
post-doctoral) based at the Warburg Institute in London for two years
in the first instance from October 2015 or as soon as possible
thereafter.

The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images,
objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical
context. The aim shall be a contribution to the history of images which
is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the
light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. The project
will reconstruct and develop a rich scholarly approach which addresses
the distinctiveness of images while also studying the language in which
ideas about transfers between cultures (including ideas about images)
are expressed.

The research post is part of the staff in London that contributes
particularly to the overall project of studying the ways in which
images and ideas are transferred between cultures and to the project of
investigating the role of rhetoric in understanding images, ideas and
intercultural relations. The post-holder will conduct own research and
contribute to the larger projects. We are particularly interested in
applicants with high level research skills in art history, trade
between Europe and the Orient, prints and other portable images,
rhetoric, anthropology and comparative religion. Applicants will be
expected to have a good knowledge of the languages relevant to their
field of study and a good speaking and reading knowledge of German and
English.

The post-holder will be employed by the Max Weber-Stiftung and paid on
German government scales for local positions abroad/Ortskraftvertrag.
Place of work is London.

The Max Weber Stiftung is committed to increasing the number of women
in academic posts and would therefore particularly welcome applications
from women.

Applications should include a letter of application indicating
candidates’ interests in and suitability for the projects of the
research group, a curriculum vitae and publications list, the names of
three referees and a writing sample of around 5,000 words of published
or unpublished research. Completed applications must be submitted by
Wednesday 1 July.

Interviews will be held in London at the Warburg Institute in the
second half of September 2015.

Please email your application to the Project-speaker
Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer
Kunsthistorisches Seminar
Universität Basel

beyer@bilderfahrzeuge.org

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2 fully funded PhD positions in Late Roman History, Tuebingen, Germany

Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Collaborative Research Center («Sonderforschungsbereich») 923 «Threatened Order – Societies under Stress», Sub-Project E02 «Agrarian Labour and Political Orders under Stress, 300-900 CE» invites applications for:
2 PhD Positions
starting on 1 July 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Both positions are tenable for four years and will expire on 30 June 2019. They will be remunerated according to the German civil service salary scale (TV-L 13, 65 % = ca. 28.000 € minimum annual salary, supplements depending on previous work experience).

Each of the two holders of the post will write a doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner. The dissertations will explore the economic foundations of élite power in the Later Roman Empire. More specifically, they will look at the legal mechanisms, social practices and political decisions through which property-owners responded to the broader social and economic transformations of their times and resulting threats to their pre-eminence. One case study deals with the late fourth century, the other with the Justinianic period. The holders of the post will be asked to organize a conference on the theme of sub-project E02. They are also expected to participate at workshops and colloquia hosted by the Collaborative Research Center. For further questions, and in order to obtain a detailed outline of the sub-project, please contact the project leaders by email (see below).

Applicants should have an outstanding Master’s Degree and knowledge of Greek and Latin. In the course of the project, they are expected to acquire an ability to read German, French and Italian scholarly literature and specialist skills in economic, monetary and legal history. A joint degree with another university is possible.

In case of equal qualification and experience physically challenged applicants are given preference. The University of Tuebingen aims at increasing the share of women in research and teaching; female scholars are thus especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline is 15 June 2015. Please send your applications (including CV, degree certificates, confirmation of Latin and Greek language skills and writing samples in a single pdf-file) and two letters of reference by email to:

Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstrasse 36
D-72074 Tuebingen
mischa.meier@uni-tuebingen.de and sebastian.schmidt-hofner@uni-tuebingen.de
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen
Phon ++49 / 07071/ 29-78501 oder -76078
Fax ++49 / 07071/ 29-5532

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Ph.D. Scholarships at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) Graduate School – Hamburg

Professor Huck would like to announce that the Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC) / Integriertes

Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa” at the University of Hamburg invites applications for

Ph.D. scholarships (Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD).

Please find the details here.

Deadline is July 15, 2015.

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Editorial Assistant for Speculum

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with a particular specialty in Medieval Studies, and must be available to start work in the fall of 2015 in Cambridge, MA. Strict attention to detail and excellent communication skills are particularly important. Reading ability in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Latin and/or Italian is also highly desirable.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This internship will provide experience with the book review process of Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America. Duties include: sorting books; mailing books to reviewers; compiling information in a database from print books and online resources; transmitting information to the book review editors; receiving, organizing, and proofreading reviews for publication; and using an Excel-based management system (or other appropriate software).

This is a two-stage part-time paid internship. For the first three months the intern will sort and mail the review books while training under the current senior intern (12 hours per week). In January the intern will share the duties of the senior intern, including managing the database of reviews, working with the Book Review Editors, and coordinating and proofreading the reviews (up to 28 hours per week at a higher rate).

The position will begin in September 2015 and run for one year, with a possible renewal for a second year.

Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Boston area during the tenure of the job.

Submit cover letter, together with resume and up-to-date contact information for two referees to Sarah Spence, Editor, Speculum, sspence@themedievalacademy.org. Applications completed by June 15 will be given full consideration.

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The Influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages, 10th-12th September 2015​, ​Taylor Institution, Lincoln College, and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

​Please find details for the conference here.​
There are eight graduate bursaries to attend the conference left and they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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OUBS Trinity Term Debate

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We are pleased to announce our Trinity Term Debate will take place on Tuesday 16th June in Week 8 of term. All are welcome. Any questions, do not hesitate to email us at byzantine.society@gmail.com. Please feel free to pass on the poster to anyone you think who might be interested. Please find here the poster in pdf form.

There will also be a pre-debate dinner at the Makan La, the Malaysian restaurant on St Michael’s street, at 6pm. Anyone interested in coming please get in touch with us. It will be first come, first served as space is limited.

Many thanks,

Andrew, Kirsty and James

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