The Byzness 25/09/16

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The Byzness, 25th September 2016


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 ‘From deserts to museums: Tracing the Provenance of Late Antique Egyptian Textiles’ University of Gothenburg, International Workshop, 28th September, 2016


For the full programme click here.


Additionally, for more information about the guest lectures taking place at the university on Burial Practices in Roman and Late Antique Egypt and the Ceasarea Gold Coin treasure on 29th September, please click here.


Mount Athos – the Light of Orthodox Christianity, 5-7th October, Conference Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts, St Petersburg

For a full timetable and more information click here.



Late Antique and Byzantine Seminars at King’s College, London, 2016-17

Please find the full timetable of Late Antique and Byzantine Seminars held at King’s College, London from October through to march here:





Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar, University of Oxford, Autumn term 2016

Please find the full timetable of Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art seminars this coming term at the University of Oxford, by clicking here.




‘An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads’ public Lecture by Florin Curta at Dumbarton Oaks, 17:30pm, 13th October, 2016

The Oak Room, Fellowship House

1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Although the relations between the nomads and Byzantium have been the subject of many studies, there is to date no comprehensive treatment of the topic. Byzantine sources provide abundant information about how the imperial government in Constantinople dealt with the peoples inhabiting the steppe lands north of the Black and Caspian Seas. Conclusions drawn on the basis of written sources, however, differ from those resulting from archaeological excavations. New evidence from excavations has enriched our understanding of relations between nomadic and settled communities and has questioned the pigeonholing of diverse communities into preconceived ethnic categories such as “Pechenegs,” “Oghuz,” and “Cumans.”


Recent research has moved beyond the study of burial mounds to focus on the cultures of those nomads who moved into areas neighboring the Byzantine Empire or into Hungary between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. These studies have emphasized the processes of sedentization, conversion to Christianity, and eventual assimilation. The study of local settlements in the Balkans has revealed great differences between their relations with sedentary populations north and south of the Danube. Pioneering research in bioarchaeology has only begun to enrich the already complex picture of the archaeology of medieval nomadism in Eastern Europe.


Florin Curta is professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida. His books include The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, ca. 500–700 (Cambridge, 2001), which received the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association; Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1250 (Cambridge, 2006); and The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050 (Edinburgh, 2011).


To register click here.




Call for papers: Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 19-21st June, 2017

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.


We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome. The deadline for proposals submissions is December 31.


The plenary speakers for this year will be Christopher Baswell, of Barnard College and Columbia University, and Bruce Campbell, of Queen’s University, Belfast.


The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.


All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.


During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L’Engle ( by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library’s regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.


All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.


To submit a proposal click here:





Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road Conference, 12th October, 2017, Portland, Oregon

The deadline for proposals is 15th January, 2017.

Details can be found here:






Permanent Post at the Department of Classics at University College Cork, Ireland


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Dept. of Classics at UCC has recently advertised a full-time permanent post in Roman Art, broadly understood to include Late Antique Art. In date terms, I tell the administration that I will be applying the same criteria as the Journal of Roman Studies, i.e. that Roman means down to ‘about AD700’. In effect, this could include those who might prefer to see themselves as specialists in early Byzantine rather than Roman Art.


See the details of the job here:


I would be grateful if you would please forward this link to anyone that you think might possibly be interested in the job, former students or colleagues, etc.


I should stress here that there are no internal candidates, and this will be a genuinely open competition.


At present, the two permanent academic members of the department, myself and Dr. Catherine Ware, are both late antique specialists, so a third appointee in the area of late antiquity would hopefully not feel too isolated.


It is very important that we get as many applications as possible, as failure to fill the post on this occasion might result in its loss.



Best Wishes,

David Woods,


Dept. of Classics,

University College Cork,







Research Scholar at the British Institute at Ankara, 2017

The British Institute at Ankara is advertising for the 2017 Research Scholar.   For further information about the Institute, please visit the website


Applications are invited for a Research Scholarship tenable for 7 months (with the possibility of extending for two extra months) from 2 January 2017 and based at the Institute in Ankara.  The Research Scholar will work with the Director and Assistant Director on enriching the extensive digital archive of BIAA projects and events. The scholar will also work as part of the library team and will be involved in updating the library’s digital records (reorganisation of subject headings and keywords, content information, etc).


The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute related work and a third conducting their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.


Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD.


Basic knowledge of database building, good command of Excel, basic to moderate skills of image and video processing and good communication skills are essential criteria for this post. Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.


The salary for the position will be £800 per month.  The BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey. The scholar will be expected to reside at the BIAA residential accommodation at a discounted fee.


The closing date for applications is Friday 21 October and interviews will be held in London in November.


Application procedure

Applicants should send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references. The length of the research proposal should not exceed one page. Note: Applicants must advise their referees to have references sent to the London office electronically by the closing date. Please only send electronic applications and references to the London office of the BIAA ( ). For further information also contact this email address.





NEH Fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: October 31st

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 126,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.



Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 50 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.


Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application. The ASCSA encourages younger scholars to apply.


Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, partial board, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.


NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece), contribute to and enhance the scholarly dialogue, as well as contribute to and expand scholarly horizons at the School.


Application: Submit Senior Associate Membership application with fellowship online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to:



The following items should be attached to the Associate Member application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

  1. Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
  2. A statement of the project (up to five pages), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
  3. Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest.  These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.  Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to by November 4.


The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.

  1. Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
  2. Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
  3. Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
  4. Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
  5. What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
  6. Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?
  7. Will residence at the School contribute to, and enhance, the scholarly dialogue at the ASCSA?
  8. In what ways might this project expand scholarly horizons at the ASCSA?


NEH Fellowships

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

6-8 Charlton Street

Princeton, NJ  08540-5232


Web site: or




The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

The Byzness 18/09/16

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The Byzness, 18th September 2016


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Late Antique Archaeology Conference: Environment and Society in the First Millennium A.D. , 8th October, 2016, The Society of Antiquaries, London

Convenors: John Haldon (Princeton), Adam Izdebski (Krakow), Luke Lavan (CNRS Paris)


The time is ripe to place environmental issues at the heart of debates about Late Antiquity.

This conference takes a Mediterranean-wide approach, setting climate or pollen data into the wider historical context of the 1st millennium A.D., greening our narrative of Late Antiquity.


For a full timetable and poster please click here.


All are welcome.  Admission 25 GBP; Students / OAPs 12 GBP.

To register write to  before 5th October.




Announcement of the 42th Annual BSANA Byzantine Studies Conference, October 6-9th 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Please find the poster attached here.


Registration closes on 22nd September. For more information: htttp://




Lecture by Dr Elena Papastravou: The Virgin Singing the Magnificat, the Virgin Carrying the Divine Word: Symbolism and Signs between Byzantine and Western Art, 2nd November, 2016, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


The message received by the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation led to the conception of the divine Word, the union of God with humans. The dogmatic importance of Salvation related to this event is expressed by the singing of the Magnificat (Luke 1: 44-55) in sequence with the Annunciation and the Visitation. This paper explores similarities and divergences between Latin and Greek artistic traditions, focusing on representations of the Virgin Mary carrying the divine Word in Byzantine and Western art. First, I shall show how different signs (objects or poses) in Magnificat narratives from the Early Christian period were appropriated by later iconographies of the Annunciation. Second, I will analyse different iconographical types deriving from both the Magnificat and Annunciation scenes: the Virgin praying, the Virgin of the Annunciation (l’Annunciata), and the pregnant Virgin (Maria gravida).


Open to all and free admission.





Call for papers: Byzantium and Islam: in memory of Alessandro Angelucci, Issue XXV

Deadline: 1st December 2016


The interaction between Byzantium and Islam is a fascinating topic, and yet it remains a little-studied one. While on the one hand we have several original sources, both Byzantine and Arabic, which describe heated exchanges between the two sides, on the other hand we have timid attempts of establishing, if not friendly relations, at least a peaceful coexistence. The first phase of expansion undertaken by the followers of Muhammed succeeded in conquering a large part of the Eastern Mediterranean at the expense of the Byzantine Empire and embodied the idea of Jihad, i.e. Holy War. The Byzantines did not delay their response, but they did not substantiate their fight against the Muslim expansion with fanatical religiosity as was the case some centuries later in Europe. Despite the first centuries of almost continuous warfare, the relations between the two great monotheistic religions began to appease enough to permit the first diplomatic relations. With the coming of nomadic populations and the consequent fall of the Abbasid dynasty, these relations again changed and subsequently led to the arrival of armed pilgrims, known as Crusaders,  that greatly destabilized the political situation of the Middle East, creating issues we can witness to this day. The successive rise of the Ottoman Turks and their quick conquest of the deceasing Byzantine Empire, inhibited any possible cooperative relations, but this did not prevent other ideas, such as in the famous case of Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus. With the final conquest of Constantinople the interaction between Byzantium and Islam ceased to exist, at least from the political point of view, but continued in the religious sphere.


This issue of Porphyra proposes to investigate the many aspects the named topic presents. The fields of research can range from art history to religion, from history to sociology, from a study of politics to international relations. A profound examination of the idea of Jihad and Holy war is desirable in order to better understand the different positions regarding this question. Studies on the particularities of the relations between Constantinople and Baghdad, possibly referencing the De Administrando Imperio, are welcomed, as well as on the commercial relations between them. The journal is particularly interested in articles examining the populations living on the frontiers between the two empires, as made famous by the story of Digenis. Papers can also focus on political questions, as well as on the various administrative and legislative differences between the two super-powers. These are only some of the possible approaches regarding this topic and Porphyra will consider other themes of research.


Papers may be submitted in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Modern Greek. Contributions must be complete upon submission – a proposal is no longer sufficient for a contribution. Editorial rules must be followed precisely; otherwise the contribution will be rejected. To be accepted the article in full must comply with general scientific standards of research and publication, and be formatted according to Porphyra editorial rules (found on the website). Every article must be accompanied with a short English abstract (250-300 words max) and 10-15 keywords. It is also possible to submit monograph reviews (1500 words max).


Proposal and reviews must be sent to:





Call for papers for the Comparative Re-conquests Sessions at the Leeds Medieval Congress 2017, organised by Historians of Medieval Iberia


Please see the call for papers here.

The deadline for abstracts is 29 September 2016.





Call for Papers for the First Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, 13-14th January, 2017, Nicosia, Cyprus

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the First Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14 of January 2017.


Honorary President: Athanasios Papageorghiou, Director Emeritus, Dept. of Antiquities

Keynote Speaker: Ioli Kalavrezou, Professor, Harvard University


Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.


The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

For more details:

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is: 1st October, 2017.

To submit an abstract email: .





Opportunities for Scholars at Dumbarton Oaks


Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.


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


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


Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.


Summer Fellowships are awarded to scholars at any level beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study.


Additional Research Opportunities

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.


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


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


More information is available on our website.




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

The Byzness 09/09/16

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The Byzness, 9th September 2016


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Voices on Late Latin Poetry: European Scholarship in Context, Friday 16th September 2016, 9am-4pm, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

This study day aims at giving a survey on European scholarship on late Latin poetry. It features six papers, each on the scholarship tradition of one language (French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch) or region (Central European). The speakers will present the most important scholars of their language/region, past and present, and situate them in the context of Classics as a discipline as well as explore the educational, historical and social roots from which the individual research traditions have emerged.


Everyone is welcome! Please email  to book your place.


For the full event programme and more on the event context see




Webinar: Greek Documentary Practice in Egypt from Byzantium to Islam (6th-8th c.)


Lajos Berkes (Institute for Papryology, University of Heidelberg) is offering in Winter Semester 2016/17, in cooperation with Heidelberg’s Center for Cultural Heritage, an online seminar on Greek Documentary Practice in Egypt from Byzantium to Islam (6th-8th c.). The course is free of charge and will take place Thursdays, 16:15 – 17:45, Central European Time. The first meeting will be October 20, 2016 and the course will run until February 9, 2017. The language of instruction is English, and good knowledge of Greek is required.  Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the class.


Those wishing to take part should send a statement of interest and CV to Michaela Böttner ( ) by September 30. Questions about the course can be directed to Lajos Berkes ( ). Please be advised that the number of people who will be permitted to participate is limited to ten.


Course Description

Papyri from Egypt are extraordinary sources of information about documentary practice of the early Byzantine empire. Tens of thousands of letters, contracts, receipts and other documents shed light on aspects of everyday life that can barely be seen elsewhere around the Mediterranean. After the Islamic conquest in 642, Greek continued to be employed both in the private sphere and administration, where it was used probably up to the early 9th century. In this webinar we will decipher, translate and interpret documents both on papyrus and other writing materials (ostraca, parchment, etc.) written in Greek from a variety of genres and contexts from Byzantine and early Islamic Egypt. Discussion of the documents will include paleographic, historical and linguistic aspects. Through comparison with parallel material from other provinces we will look at the problem of the uniqueness of the Egyptian papyri: to what extent do they represent realities of the Byzantine empire? Special emphasis will also be placed on the status of the Greek language and Hellenic culture under Islamic rule.




 Armenian Language Winter School, 05 Dec – 16 Dec, 2016, Yerevan, Armenia

Please find all application details:

The deadline for applications is October 10, 2016.



Upcoming events at the Harvard Faculty Club organized by East of Byzantium


East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.


All events will be at: Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

The Late Medieval Anatolian City: Urban Self-Governance and the Question of Democracy

A workshop for students considering the development of the city in late medieval Anatolia. Led by Rachel Goshgarian, Lafayette College

RSVP required. Additional information and registration at


Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Workshop: Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians during the First Centuries of Islam, led by Aaron M. Butts, The Catholic University of America. Registration opens September 23, 2016.


Friday, November 18, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Workshop: Which Nubia and Which Byzantium?, led by Giovanni R. Ruffini, Fairfield University. Registration opens October 21, 2016.


Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:30 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Symposium: Cultural Heritage Across the Christian East


Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Workshop: East Syriac Christianity in the Mongol Empire, led by Mark Dickens, University of Alberta. Registration opens March 10, 2017.


For more information, please visit .





Grey-zone saints in Late Antiquity and early Middle Ages (IMC, Leeds 2017)


The Cult of Saints is a major five-year research project, based at the University of Oxford, which is investigating the origins and development of the cult of saints in all cultural zones of ancient Christianity up to around AD 700. At the forthcoming Medieval Congress in Leeds (3-6 July 2017) the project-team is organising a strand on grey-zone, or marginal, saints in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. A limited number of Christian heroes, mostly New Testament figures and martyrs, were renowned across Christendom. Many more struggled hard to gain a wider prominence, or even local recognition, and often remained saints only in the eyes of single partisans or restricted groups. Their sainthood was suggested but not fully accepted, or promoted but contested; their cults almost succeeded, but finally failed. Sometimes their very existence was put into question.


Those interested in presenting papers on such saints and their cults, particularly if focused on the period before c.900, are requested to send title and short abstract (c. 100 words) to Bryan Ward-Perkins ( ) or Robert Wiśniewski ( ) by 20th September.  Please, note that, sadly, the project is unable to fund speakers’ expenses.




Clerical income and property in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages (IMC, Leeds 2017)


At the forthcoming Medieval Congress in Leeds (3-6 July 2017) the team of the ‘Presbyters in the Late Antique West’ Project, based at the University of Warsaw, organises a strand on the income and property of clergy. In most literary and normative sources we usally see clerics entirely dependent on diverse types of subsidies related to their ecclesiastical office. But some casual remarks and documentary evidence show that the reality was more complicated. The actual sources of income of clerics were diverse. This session will seek to answer the following questions:


  • How much did the clerics rely on church property and revenues?
  • What were other sources of their income, either those linked with the religious expertise or unconnected with ecclesiastical activity?
  • How the frontiers were fixed between the private property and revenues of clerics and those of the church, but also between the resources of diverse groups of clerics?


Those interested in presenting papers on such topics, particularly if focused on the period before c. 900, are requested to send the title and a short abstract (c. 100 words) to Robert Wiśniewski ( by 20 September. Please, note that unfortunately the project is unable to fund speakers’ expenses.




In Search of Crusader Art: Current Approaches and New Perspectives at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, Berlin (20-23 September 2017)


Paper proposals of max. 1 paper are due by 31 October 2016 for the session organized by Ioanna Christoforaki at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, to be held in Berlin (20-23 September 2017). Send proposals at


Although the concept of crusader art is effortlessly understood by scholars, its precise definition is notoriously elusive. Crusader art has traditionally been described as the figural art and architecture produced for the Crusaders in the Holy Land. The patrons were men and women, laymen as well as clergymen, who arrived to the Holy Land as pilgrims, soldiers, settlers, rulers, or merchants, while the artists were Franks and Italians who were residents in the Outremer, Westerners who travelled to the Latin East, or Eastern Christians who worked for Crusader patrons.


In recent decades, however, this conventional definition of crusader art has been challenged. Since it sits on the boundaries of many artistic traditions, its borders have become more porous. The centres of production have shifted beyond the Holy Land, to include places like Cyprus. From Sinai to Cilician Armenia, multifold artistic traditions have converged and numerous people have interacted in the production of what is recognised as crusader art.


The aim of this session is to reflect critically on the limitations of terminology, while addressing issues of artistic transmission across the fluid borderland of the Medieval Mediterranean. It will seek to expand the cultural dialogue between the various religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean, by examining how Islamic, Syrian and Jewish artistic traditions interacted with the Byzantine and Western paradigms. It will attempt to identify the varied forms of crusader art that have emerged in recent years and explore how this revised corpus of crusader material challenges accepted notions. Finally, it will inquire whether crusader art, as an essentially transcultural contact zone, acted as an agent of separation, communication, or convergence.


This session invites papers which re-evaluate traditional approaches to crusader art, artefacts and architecture and seek to re-examine the interplay between material culture, patrons and artists. Participants are expected to explore the artistic interaction between the different ethnic groups in the region and are encouraged to explore a novel approach in defining the notion of crusader art.


  1. Forum Kunst des Mittelalters / Forum Medieval Art – 360° – Verortung, Entgrenzung, Globalisierung, 20-23rd September 2017, Berlin and Branenburg


Please visit the website of the Forum for full session details:—4th-for um-medieval-art—english-48.php


Please send your paper proposals of max. 1 page to:

Deadline: October 31, 2016


Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus: New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives, 11th– 15th October, 2017, Pafos, Cyprus

Please see the call for papers attached here. The deadline for submission is 31st October 2016.



Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant 4th cent. BC – 7th cent. CE, 10th – 11th July 2017, (Oxford University)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Fourth International Conference on the Greek Culture and Interaction in the Levant 4th cent. BC – 7th cent. AD, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 10th – 11th July 2017.


The conference will start on Monday 10th July at 9am, finishing on Tuesday 11th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.


If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.


Tel. 01865-514041 Email: The participation form is attached here.




Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria), 1st – 19th Centuries, 12th – 14th July 2017, (Oxford University)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Fifth International Conference on Melkite Christianity (the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria), 1st – 19th Centuries, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 12th – 14th July 2017.

The conference will start on Wednesday 12th July at 9am, finishing on Friday 14th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.


If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.

Tel. 01865-514041 Email: The Registration form is attached here.




Arabs Before Islam, 17th – 19th July 2017, (Oxford University)

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Sixth International Conference on Arabs Before Islam, to be held at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, on 17h – 19th July 2018.

The conference will start on Monday 17th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.


If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.

Tel. 01865-514041 Email: The Registration form is found here.




Call for Papers: “Barbarians and Barbarians Kingdoms I-III”: ICMS 52, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017

Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms.  Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of three sessions at ICMS 52 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.”  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for a disparate range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event.  What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 350-700.


Please direct inquiries or abstracts with a completed Participant Information Form (here: ) to Jonathan Arnold ( ) by September 15.



Call for Submissions for Limes Plus Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities

Title of the Issue: Making and Remaking of Byzantium

Editors: Milena Repajić, University of Belgrade (Serbia), Larisa Vilimonović, University of Belgrade (Serbia)

Deadline for Submissions: 30th September


Byzantine history is crucial in understanding geopolitical, economic and cultural development of medieval Balkans, and consequently, how the present state of affairs came to being. More importantly and more precisely, it was crucial in shaping and creating traditions in the entire formerly Byzantine world from the Danube to the lake Van. Political, cultural and territorial claims to Byzantine and medieval heritage, moreover, are a common currency in modern political, as well as scholarly discourse. Therefore, Limes Plus and Seminar for Byzantine Studies (University of Belgrade) came to an agreement that at least one issue on Byzantine history would be mutually beneficial. For a journal focused primarily on modern and contemporary geopolitical and economic issues in the Balkans, a look into premodern history of the peninsula and its Mediterranean framework, often used and abused in modern political context, would mean a fresh perspective. For Byzantine studies, traditionally isolated and reiterrated for and amongst its own specialists, it is a chance for visibility outside of the narrow circle of byzantinists. This unusual cooperation also led to such a general topic, rather than focusing on a single more specific subject of Byzantine history.


Possible themes may include perspectives on:

– Discourse and discourse-making in Byzantium and the medieval Balkans, perceptions of Byzantium in different spatial and chronological frameworks, modern scholarship on Byzantium and the medieval Balkans.

– Geopolitical issues in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, the place of Balkans in the Byzantine world, intercultural exchange, centers and peripheries in Byzantium, social history, Byzantine and Slavic medieval narratives, Byzantine art and literature.

Contributions from all fields of Byzantine and medieval political, cultural, social, economic history, art history, and literature are encouraged. Papers from other humanities and social sciences are welcome as well as multidisciplinary approaches.


For additional information about the journal, a style guide and the deadlines for publication please see the call for papers here.




Director, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute


Position Opening: Director, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute

(CAARI), Nicosia, Cyprus. To begin 1 July 2017.


The Institute: Founded in 1978, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) is an American not-for-profit organization located in Nicosia, Cyprus. The mission of CAARI is to promote the study and knowledge of Cypriot archaeology and related disciplines. With a newly expanded and technologically outfitted library space, CAARI is one of the most important centers for the study of archaeology and related history and culture in the eastern Mediterranean. Affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), CAARI offers international and Cypriot scholars comprehensive research facilities through its world-class library and technical support facilities. CAARI also conducts lectures, seminars, and symposia for professional and lay audiences; offers fellowships for U.S. and international students and established scholars; and maintains a residence for overseas students and scholars. See our website  for further information and job description.


Responsibilities of the Director: The Director directs and manages CAARI’s research

center, its staff, and its residence in line with the policies and decisions of the Board of

Trustees of CAARI. Responsibilities of the Director include the on-going development of its library, preparation and implementation of scholarly and public programs and events, facilitating and supporting the work of fellows and visiting scholars, and providing services for archaeological projects in Cyprus.  The Director reports to the Executive Committee of CAARI and works with the Board of Trustees in broadening U.S. and international interest in Cypriot studies and on strengthening bonds with the Cypriot community, as well as with U.S. and European research institutions.  Along with the Board of Trustees, the Director prepares strategic plans for CAARI and assists in fund raising.


Qualifications: Must have substantial knowledge of archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean with research experience in Cyprus. Ph.D. in archaeology or related field is preferred, but equivalent academic experience will be considered. Knowledge of modern Greek an asset. Administrative management experience, leadership skills, ability to converse with U.S. and international academe, strong people skills, good private and public speaking ability are requisite. Essential is capable interaction with government agencies of the Republic of Cyprus.


Compensation: An attractive package of salary and benefits is offered. Specific terms negotiable.

Terms of Service: Three year initial contract preferred, with renewal possible.


Deadline for Application: Application comprising a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of not more than two pages setting out the candidate’s vision of CAARI as an American overseas research center, as well as names and contact information for three references must be received by September 20, 2016.


Email application to CAARI at following email address: . Shortlisted andidates will be interviewed at the annual meeting of ASOR in San Antonio, Texas in November.


CAARI is an equal opportunity employer.



Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

The Byzness, 29/08/16

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The Archaeology of the Latin East: a conference in Honour of Professor Denys Pringle, 17-18th September, University of Cardiff

Over the weekend of 17th – 18th September 2016, Cardiff University is hosting a conference in honour of Professor Denys Pringle. The conference will mark the publication of a Festschrift entitled Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant: The Archaeology and History of the Latin East, and Professor Pringle’s 65th birthday.


This conference will bring together experts on the medieval Levant from across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, to discuss recent advances in research regarding the material culture of the Latin East and nearby Islamic states.  It will represent the breadth of international scholarship that Professor Pringle has inspired throughout his career.


The conference will be held in the Committee Rooms of the Glamorgan Building, at Cardiff University. For the full conference programme and travel information please see our pages on the right.


Registration: To attend the conference please register at  Please note registration closes on 1st September 2016.




Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (8th Cent. B.C.-5th Cent. A.D.), May 17-18, 2017 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey

The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing a symposium entitled „Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (8th Cent. B.C.-5th Cent. A.D.)” that will take place on May 17-18, 2017 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. Lydia was an ancient region, located in inner western Anatolia, and compared to the coastline of western Asia Minor its archaeology is not well-known. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of research concerning Lydia between ca. 8th century B.C. and 6th century A.D.

Please see here for additional information.




BSANA Byzantine Studies Conference Registration Deadline, 2016


Dear all,


As the international congress in Belgrade gets underway, just a brief reminder that the deadline for online registration for BSC 2016 is one month from today – September 22. The form may be found at , together with the provisional program and information on travel and accommodation.


We look forward to welcoming BSC to Ithaca, October 6-9!


The Local Arrangements Committee




Greek Manuscripts in the British Library Launch – One Day Conference, 19th September, 2016, British Library Conference Centre


To mark the completion of the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project and the launch of the Greek Manuscripts Online web resource, the British Library is hosting a one-day conference devoted to Greek Manuscripts on 19 September, 2016. Confirmed participants include Sebastian Brock (Oriental Institute, Oxford), André Binggeli (IRHT, Paris); Maria Georgopoulou (Gennadius Library, Athens); Elizabeth Jeffreys (Exeter College, Oxford), Scot McKendrick (British Library); Georgi Parpulov (Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London), Christopher Wright and Philip Taylor (Royal Holloway, University of London). Speakers will discuss a variety of topics related to the Library’s digitised Greek collections, such as Greek-Syriac palimpsests, Byzantine illuminated manuscripts, Greek written culture and the digital humanities as well as cultural interactions between Greece and Britain.


The conference will be accompanied by an evening lecture by Michael Wood on ‘The Wisdom of the Greeks’. Michael will be looking at how the legacy of Greece and Byzantium in science, religion and literature was transmitted to the Latin West.


Please book your place in advance and register online at . The full programme can be found here:




TΑΠΑ Publications online

All the publications of the Greek Archaeological Receipts Fund (ΤΑΠΑ) are now available in PDF form (and for free) online:



The American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Seminars programme, 2017

12-30 June, 2017 – Greek Sculpture Up Close

6-24 July, 2017 – Myth on Site


For more details see here.





 International Medieval Congress 2017 – Special thematic strand: ‘Otherness’

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome.


However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.


‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court).


One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution.


The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.


Possible entities to research for ‘Otherness’ could include (but are not limited to):

  • Peoples, kingdoms, languages, towns, villages, migrants, refugees, bishoprics, trades, guilds, or seigneurial systems
  • Faiths and religions, religious groups (including deviation from the ‘true’ faith) and religious orders
  • Different social classes, minorities, or marginal groups
  • The spectrum from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’.
  • Individuals or ‘strangers’ of any kind, newcomers as well as people exhibiting strange behaviour
  • Otherness related to art, musics, liturgical practices, or forms of worship
  • Any further specific determinations of ‘alterity’


Methodologies and Approaches to ‘Otherness’ (not necessarily distinct, but overlapping) could include:

  • Definitions, concepts, and constructions of ‘Otherness’
  • Indicators of, criteria and reasons for demarcation
  • Relation(s) between ‘Otherness’ and concepts of ‘Self’
  • Communication, encounters, and social intercourse with ‘Others’ (in embassies, travels, writings, quarrels, conflicts, and persecution)


  • Knowledge, perception, and assessment of the ‘Others’
  • Attitudes and behaviour towards ‘Others’
  • Deviation from any ‘norms’ of life and thought (from the superficial to the fundamental)
  • Gender and transgender perspectives
  • Co-existence and segregation
  • Methodological problems when inquiring into ‘Otherness’
  • The Middle Ages as the ‘Other’ compared with contemporary times (‘Othering’ the Middle Ages).


The IMC online proposal form is now available.

Proposals should be submitted online at:

Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2016.

Session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2016.

The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages.





Call for papers – Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations (Sponsored by the Italian Art Society) May 11-14, 2017, Western Michigan University

Organizers: Amy Gillette (Temple University) and Kaelin Jewell (Temple University)

The Italian Art Society is sponsoring one session on Digital Reconstructions of Italian buildings at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017.


Session Title: Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations


Historians of medieval architecture have productively used digital technologies to reimagine lost monuments or furnishings, reveal aspects of correspondence in pictorial and architectural iconography, decipher construction techniques, determine the nature and scope of collaboration between architects and decorators, and grapple with the ways in which medieval people experienced their three-dimensional, functional spaces. Digital reconstruction is also useful for bridging monuments and their modern publications for instance, the Scuola San Marco in Venice has installed  virtual copies of dispersed paintings in the Albergo, so that visitors can readily apprehend its original presentation. This panel seeks a program of digital reconstructions of medieval Italian architectural spaces, ranging from the 4th to the early 15th centuries CE, including chapels, refectories, churches, palace rooms, libraries, and/or villas. We welcome projects that digitally reconstruct vanished monuments, interiors of standing churches with reconstituted medieval screening systems, liturgical furnishings, and/or picture programs. We are particularly interested in projects that take a critical approach to these virtual spaces and address the choice of historical moment(s) and types of monuments, in addition to the reconstructions’ purpose and technological considerations. Speakers are encouraged to comment on the impact on the scholarly process, collaboration (including with non-art historians), teaching, museum practice, and conservation or preservation.



*The deadline for 15-minute paper proposals is: September 15, 2016*

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information

Form, available at to the organizers:

Amy Gillette ( ) and Kaelin Jewell ( )





 Two PhD Positions at the University of Liverpool in Ancient Textiles

The application deadline has been prolonged to the 9th of Sept, and the positions are to start in Oct. 2016 (see link: )




Positions available at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens



One or Two Positions for 2017-2018

Deadline: October 31



Early September to June 1.



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



Advancing research on a project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Whitehead Professors are encouraged to present a seminar, workshop, or other significant contribution to the academic program and to contribute to the intellectual life of the School in other ways, such as mentoring or advising students and participating in School trips, excursions, and conferences.



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



Applicants should submit the following materials online at:

  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
  • Statement of current and projected research.
  • One page description of proposed seminar or other contributions to the academic program.
  • Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece.


Applicants should ask three recommenders to send letters directly to the address below or via email to .


Committee on Personnel

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

6-8 Charlton Street

Princeton, NJ 08540-5232


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


The appointments will be announced by January 15.


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation,

color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment





Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

Oxford Listings at the International Byzantine Studies Congress, Belgrade


Dear all,

In light of the forthcoming International Congress, I have put together a (hopefully comprehensive) list of the times of all sessions in which Oxford scholars are involved (speaking or chairing). Unfortunately, the programme does not always supply the institutions of Free Communications speakers, so apologies in advance for any omissions.

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MONDAY 22 August

TUESDAY 23 August
11:00 Round Table:  The Episcopal Palace in Early Byzantium: Historical Development, Architectural Typologies, Domestic Spaces


Convener: Isabella Baldini


Heleni Saradi,

The Episcopal Palaces: Worldly Splendor in the Style of the Ruling Class Versus Monastic Virtues


Natalia Poulou,

Everyday Life and Production in Early Byzantine Episcopeia from the Aegean and the Mainland, Greece: The Material Culture Evidence


Alessandro Taddei,

The Episkopeion of Constantinople in the Early Byzantine Period


Philipp Niewöhner,

The Bishop’s Palace of Miletus in Caria (Turkey)


Efthymios Rizos,

An Archiepiscopal City: Justiniana Prima as the Seat of the Primate of Dacia


Pascale Chevalier,

Les espaces domestiques et économies de la résidence épiscopale protobyzantine de Byllis (Albanie)




11:00   Round Table: Les relations diplomatiques byzantines (ive-xve siècles): permanence et/ou changements


Conveners: Elisabeth Malamut, Nicolas Drocourt


Jean-Pierre Arrignon,

La diplomatie byzantine à l’origine de la Kievskaja Rus


Alexander Beihammer,

Innovative Features and New Strategies in Byzantine-Seljuk Diplomacy


Azat Bozoyan,

L’Arménie cilicienne dans la documentation diplomatique byzantine du douzième au quatorzième siècle


Christian Gastgeber,

Language Change in West Directed Correspondence of the Constantinopolitan Chancelleries during the Palaiologan Period


Nike Koutrakou,

Summit Diplomacy with a Female Face: Women as Diplomatic Actors in Late Byzantium


Ekaterina Nechaeva,

Freedom of Conscience by Treaty: The Return of the Seven Philosophers and the Protection Clause (Agathias 2.31)


Nebojša Porčić,

Permanence and Change in Serbian Medieval Diplomacy


Jonathan Shepard,

The Emperor’s Long Reach: Imperial Alertness to ‘Barbarian’ Resources and Force Majeure, from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries


Jakub Sypiański,

Une mention de l’ambassade « assyrienne » de Photius dans un manuscrit arabe?




15:30 Thematic Session of Free Communications: New Feasts, New Sermons: The Cult of Mary on the Eve of Iconoclasm, in Byzantium and Beyond


Conveners: Beatrice Daskas, Francesca Dell’Acqua


Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi,

The Introduction of Marian Feasts in Byzantium


Mary B. Cunningham,

From Palestine to Constantinople: Seventh- and Eighth-Century Greek Homilies on the Dormition


Maria Lidova,

The Chalkoprateia Image of the Annunciation and Material Evidence for a Lost Iconography


Beatrice Daskas,

The Akathist Hymn in the Early Medieval West


Diego Maria Ianiro,

“Credere virginem in corde per fidem.” Images of Mary in the Libri Carolini


Natalia Teteriatnikov,

On the Iconography of the Hypapante in Byzantine Art


Francesca Dell’Acqua,

On the Iconography of the Hypapante in Western Art (And the Earliest Latin Homilies on the Feast)




15:30 Special Session 2: Instrumenta Studorium II: The Future of Editing Byzantine Texts


Chairs: Andreas Rhoby, Alexander Riehle


Alessandra Bucossi,

Addenda et corrigenda ad libitum


Christian Gastgeber,

Byzantine Philology. Joining New Standards and Daring Innovative Approaches, or What?


Antonia Giannouli,

Title to be announced


Martin Hinterberger,

John Davis, Editing the Metaphrasis of Niketas Choniates’ Χρονικὴ Διήγησις


Michael Jeffreys,

Correct Editions, Standard Editions, Well-Punctuated Editions: The Myth of Editorial Uniformity


Raimondo Tocci,

Title to be announced


Staffan Wahlgren,

The Mid-Byzantine Chronicles


Nikolaos Zagklas,

Editing Byzantine Poetry: Neglected Works, Overlooked Editorial Aspects and Future Challenges





18:30 Special Session 3: Digital Humanities and Byzantine Studies


Chair: Staffan Wahlgren


Mihailo St. Popović,

Bringing Byzantine Studies to the Public: Web-Based Visualizations for the Dissemination of Scholarly Content


Claudia Sode,

A Digital Corpus of Byzantine Seals, or How to Improve the Presentation and Analysis of the Sigillographic Material?


Efthymios Rizos,

The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity: A New Online Searchable Corpus


Charlotte Roueché,

Linking Byzantium


Johannes Preiser-Kapeller,

Entangling Byzantium. Networks of Individuals, Objects, Places and Narratives


Tara L. Andrews,

The Digital Edition as a Tool for Historians: The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa


Christian Gastgeber,

New Approaches in Text Edition, Text Interpretation


Albrecht Berger,

The Perils of Electronical Information





21:00: Oxford Drinks Event

Location TBC,


I will send out an email once I am in Belgrade.







11:00 Thematic Free Communications: Byzantine Literary Models and Patterns of Reception: Translation and Transformation in the Slavonic and Middle Eastern Traditions


Conveners: Anissava Miltenova, Vassya Velinova


Anissava Miltenova,

Divergenced Myth and Transformed Genre


Ilse De Vos,

Bridging the Gap: How to Edit the Slavonic Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem?


Lara Sels,

The Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem in Greek and Slavonic


Ida Toth,

The Book of Syntipas the Philosopher: Questions and Answers on Kingship, Morality, and Fate


Olga Grinchenko,

Literary Patterns in the Slavonic Anthologies Excerpting the Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem


Yavor Miltenov,

The Making of the Chrysorrhoas Collection


Dieter Stern,

Double Translations of Byzantine Hagiographic Texts – Reflections on the Slavonic Translations of the Life of St. Eupraxia of Thebes


Diana Atanassova-Pencheva,

Multiple Translations and Their Context: Praxis de stratilatis in the Medieval South Slavic Tradition


Ivan Iliev,

The Old Church Slavonic Translation of Hippolytus of Rome’s Commentaries on the Book of Prophet Daniel


Ljubica Jovanović,

Byzantine Historiography in Slavonic Disguise





11:00 Thematic Free Communication Sessions: The Early Byzantine Empire ‒ Part 2


Chairs: Katerina Nikolaou, Eirini Chrestou


Adrian Szopa,

The Barbarians in Service of the Late Roman Empire in the East


Aleksandr Aibabin,

Fortresses of Gothia in the Crimea in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries


Eirini Chrestou – Katerina Nikolaou,

Popular Resistance to Authority: From the Circus Factions to the Citizens


Hugh Jeffery,

Angel Cult and the Transformation of the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias


Andrzej Kompa,

The Constantinopolitan Authors, the Constantinopolitan Point of View? – Groups and Individuals as Seen by the Authors Active in the Early Byzantine Capital


Qiang Li,

Review on the Research about the Age of Justinian in China


Vadim Serov,

On the Modern Research Methods of Early Byzantium: New Prospects for Old Theme (The Imperial Finances from the Late 6th to the Middle of the 7th Centuries)





15:30 Round Table: The Agency of Inscriptions in Byzantium, in the West and in the Slavonic World


Convener: Andreas Rhoby


Ida Toth – Efthymios Rizos,

Consecrated to God, Written for the Salvation of His People: The Agency of Normative Epigraphy Across Space and Time


Salvatore Cosentino,

Epigraphy and Society in Byzantine Sardinia (7th– 10th Century)


Vincent Debiais,

In Kendall’s Footsteps: Verse Inscriptions and Romanesque Doors


Ivan Drpić,

Jefimija the Nun: A Reappraisal


Sophia Kalopissi-Verti,

Language and Identity in Medieval Greece: The Epigraphic Evidence


Georgios Pallis,

Legible and Illegible Inscriptions in the Middle Byzantine Churches of Greece


Emmanuel Moutafov,

Translating Encrypted Messages: Greek and Slavonic Tetragrams as a Mixture of Languages or as a Universal Code


Maria Xenaki,

Graffiti in Medieval Times: A Case Study from Byzantine Cappadocia


Andrey Vinogradov,

Inscriptions of the North Caucasus: Greek Literacy on the Periphery of Oikoumene




18:30 Thematic Free Communications: Literature and Politics


Chairs: Sysse G. Engberg, Ida Toth


Georgios Kalafikis,

Orationes parallelae: The Laudations of Q. Aurelius Symmachus and Themistius to the Brother-Emperors Valentinian I and Valens; Propagating Common Principles for Governing and Defending Both “partes imperii” ca. 365-370 A.D.


Mattia C. Chiriatti,

Gregory of Nyssa’s Funeral λόγοι as an Early Model of Byzantine Rhetoric and Imperial Propaganda


Ryan W. Strickler,

Wolves and Centaurs in Byzantium: Dehumanizing the Enemy in the Seventh-Century Byzantine Literature


Oscar Prieto Dominguez,

Writing during the Iconoclasm: Literature as a Political Weapon


Sysse G. Engberg,

The Political Use of the Old Testament in Byzantium


Dimitrios Georgakopoulos,

Spaneas at the Court of the Lusignan  


THURSDAY 25 August


11:00 Round Table: Icons of Space, Icons in Space. Iconography or Hierotopy?


Convener: Alexei Lidov


Alexei Lidov,

Hierotopy and Iconicity. Spatial Icons versus Iconographic Devices


Michele Bacci,

Sacred Spaces vs Holy Sites: On the Limits and Advantages of a Hierotopic Approach


Nicoletta Isar,

The Iconicity and Tropes of Spatiality: When Architecture/ Iconography Dissolves into Transparency


Jelena Bogdanović,

The Iconicity of Byzantine Architecture: Iconography or Hierotopy?


Maria Cristina Carile,

The Great Palace as an “Icon of Space”? On the Iconicity of the Spatial Representation of Power in Byzantium


Fr. Maximos Constas,

Rapture, Ecstasy, and the Construction of Sacred Space: Hierotopy in the Life of Symeon the New Theologian


Andreas Rhoby,

Speaking Icons: The Mediation of Inscriptions in Byzantine Sacred Space


Annemarie Weyl Carr,

Reference, Presence, Place: Seeing Toponymic Icons Hierotopically


Maria Lidova,

The Adoration of the Magi: From Iconic Space to Icon in Space



11:00 Thematic Sessions of Free Communications: Venetian Historiography (and Byzantine Studies)


Conveners: Andrea Nanetti, Șerban V. Marin


Andrea Nanetti,

Engineering Venetian Historiography: A Case Study towards an Algebra of Highly-Crossed-Linked Events and Transformation Processes


Șerban V. Marin,

Propagandistic Usefulness or Means to Reconstruct the Past? Few Aspects on the Importance of the Venetian Chronicles


Roberto Pesce,

The First Venetians: The Chosen People


Andrea Beretta,

The Life of Attila in the Venetian Chronicles


Daniele Dibello,

The Art of Mystifying: The Venetian Chronicles and Events that Never Happened


Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu,

The Church of San Marco in the Eleventh Century


Chiara Frison,

The Account of Byzantium and Its Fall in the Cronicha of Giorgio Dolfin


Katerina B. Korrè,

Stradioti Mercenaries of Venice and the Virtual Library of Venetian Chronicles: A Case-Study


John R. Melville-Jones,

The Battle of Gallipoli 1416: A Case of Irrational Exuberance


Dmitry Vozchikov,

Laonikos Chalkokondyles and the Late Byzantine Feedback of the Venetian Myth
11:00 Thematic Sessions of Free Communications: The Age of the Komnenoi

Chairs: Paul Magdalino, Leonora Neville


Ayana Saeki-Katakura,

The Porphyra in the Alexias


João Vicente de Medeiros Publio Dias,

The Insubordination of Gregorios Taronites: A Precedent for the Future Fragmentation of the Byzantine Empire?


Toni Filiposki,

The Dispute between Theophylact, the Archbishop of Ohrid, and the Paroikos Lazar: An Example of “State Interventionism” during Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos’ Reign (1081‒1118)


Maximilian Lau,

Emperor John II Komnenos and the Imperial Crisis of 1126


Jack Roskilly,

Reconstituer le réseau d’un évêque : Michel Chôniatès, métropolite d’Athènes (1182-1205). Sources et problèmes


Angelina Volkoff,

The Figure of Alexios III Angelos Komnenos in History and Historiography. A Reassessment


Stefan Lazić,

On Dating the Last Norman Invasion of the Byzantine Empire


Leonie Exarchos,

Tuae provideas civitati: Identifications and Identities of Latins in the Twelfth-Century Byzantium





15:30 Round Table: Byzantine World Chronicle as Open Text


Conveners: Zoltán Farkas, László Horváth


Elizabeth Jeffreys,

Plus ça change …


Juan Signes Codoñer,

Movable History: The Author of Theophanes Continuatus I-IV and the Reuse of Ancient History for the Iconoclast Period


Sergei Mariev,

Defining Byzantine Chronicles: A Challenge for Historians of Byzantine Literature


Tamás Mészáros,

Studying the Byzantine Chronicles: Some Preliminary Remarks


Christian Gastgeber,

Open Text Problems of a Chronicle


Erika Juhász,

An Intriguing Passage in Chronicon Paschale


Iván Tóth,

Plutarch’s Vita Alexandri as ‘Open Text’ in Zonaras’ Epitome Historiarum – Some Minor Observations on Zonaras’ Source Handling




18:30 Thematic Free Communications: Literature in the Age of Komnenoi


Chairs: Elizabeth Jeffreys, Nikolaos Zagklas


Varvara Zharkaya,

Lexical Innovations and Literary Networks in the 12th Century Byzantium


Luisa Andriollo,

Le roy est mort, vive le roy: Imperial Succession and Imperial Legitimacy in Kallikles’ Funerary Poems for Alexios I and John II Komnenoi


Dmitri Chernoglazov,

Whether Theodoros Prodromos Invented the Russel Paradox?


Katarzyna Warcaba,

A Transtextual Analysis of the ‘Katomyomachia’


Ranko Kozić,

Il concetto pittorico e il drammatico nel romanzo del Macrembolita


Dušan Popović,

Drosilla and Charicles: An Instance of the Ambivalent Conception of Literary Emulation in Middle Byzantine Context


Alexey Kryukov,

Byzantine Homilies of the Comnenian Time: Atticism and Asianism





18:30 Thematic Free Communications Session: Theatre and Liturgy: Performance and Ritual in Christian Worship Part 2


Conveners: Andrew Walker White, Niki Tsironis


Ouresis Todorovich,

Analogies between the Transition from the Ancient Performative Image to the Byzantine Liturgical Image and Evolving Contemporary Concepts of Digital Imagery


Jaakko Olkinuora,

Re-Defining the Liturgical Functions of Canon Poetry


Przemysłav Marciniak,

Hypokrisis and Mimesis – Byzantine Concepts of Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Imitation


Ida Toth,

Reading Performance: The Late Byzantine Rhetorical Theatron, Reconsidered


Margaret Mullett,

Contexts for the Christos Paschon



FRIDAY 27 August


11:00 Thematic Free Communications: Byzantine and Medieval West Literature


Chairs: Michael Jeffreys, Peter Toth


Aleksandra Smirnov Brkić,

Greek Tradition on Pannonian Martyrs


Daria Penskaya,

“Navigatio Sancti Brendani” and “Narratio Agapii”: Possible Interconnections


Anastasia Sirotenko,

The Restoration of the Holy Cross by Heraclius in the Eastern and Western Medieval Traditions


Isabela Stoian,

The Veiled Influence of Byzantium on Alcuin of York Byzantium at the Frankish Court


Angela Prinzi,

Rapporti tra l’innologia greca di Bartolomeo di Grottaferrata per i santi Savino e Vitale e la relativa agiografia latina


Ioannis Kioridis,

Η σύζυγος προσεύχεται για τον σύζυγο: δύο περιπτώσεις εκτενούς προσευχής στο βυζαντινό έπος του Διγενή Ακρίτη (χφ. Εσκοριάλ) και στο καστιλιανό Τραγούδι του Ελ Σιντ


Tikhon Pino,

Late Medieval Spiritualities: Gregory Palamas and Francis of Assisi


Aleksandr V. Vitol,

Отражение в романе «Тирант Белый» падения Византии





15:30 Thematic Free Communications: Rhetoric and History – Rhetirc in History. Creating Discourses in Byzantium – Part 2


Conveners: Stratis Papaioannou, Anthony Kaldellis


Larisa Vilimonović,

The Importance of Being Doukas – Creation of an Alternative Imperial Discourse in the 12th Century Byzantium


Tomasz Labuk,

Niketas Choniates and the “Silence of History”: Historical Discourse on the Fringe


Milan Vukašinović,

Whose Ideology? Whose Rhetoric?


Matthew Kinloch,

Narratives, Significance, and Nodal-Points: The Many Battles of Pelagonia (1259)


Bojana Pavlović,

Rhetoric in History: Nikephoros Gregoras and His Portrayal of Andronikos II Palaiologos




15:30 Thematic Free Communications: Political Ideology and Heresies


Chairs: Demetrios Kyritses, Jonel Hedjan


Boris Milosavljević,

The Byzantine Empire in the Typology of States (Typical Medieval State, Byzantine Republic, Modern Absolute Monarchy)


Demetrios Kyritses,

The Palace and the City as Political Stage: The Theatrics of Public Deliberation in Byzantium


Ioannis Smarnakis,

Plethon’s Reformatory Proposals of the Despotate of Morea. A Paradigm of Early Modern Political Thought?


Stefan Staretu,

Two Models of Byzantine Monarchy


Carl Stephen Dixon,

Innovation, Intrigue, and Intertextuality: The Paulicians and Byzantine Heresiology


Nicholas Matheou,

Heresy and Society in East Roman Caucasia, c. 1000-1071: Re-Imagining ‘Paulicianism’ and the ‘T‘ondrakian Movement’


Mirela Ivanova,

Bogomils and Moral Instruction: Rethinking Kozmas’ Discourse against Heretics



Maja Angelovska-Panova,

Heresy and Social Structure: The Case of Bogomil Communities








Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies,
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society




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Open Letter Condemning the Purge of Academic Institutions in Turkey


Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported on 20 July that the country’s Higher Education Council had ordered the resignation of all deans from both public and foundation universities: 1,176 from state institutions and 401 from foundation institutions. Further, over 15,000 education staff had been suspended from their posts. The government is reported to have instituted a travel ban on all academics, and a three-month long state of emergency has been declared. On the same day the European University Association issued a statement condemning ordered resignation of university deans.


For those who wish to, an open letter condemning the purge of academic institutions with over 8,000 signatures can be found and signed here.






Global Byzantium, 50th Spring Symposium of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies,  Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, 25-27 March 2017

The call for communications is now open. See full CfP here.


 If you would like to offer a 10-minute communication on the theme of the symposium, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Daniel Reynolds at by 1 September 2016.


Successful submissions will be informed no later than 1 October 2016. Some bursaries will be available to selected speakers, especially to attendees from outside the UK. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please indicate this on your abstract and we will send you further information about the application process if appropriate.





Light and Darkness in Medieval Art, 1200–1450 (I–II), Session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 2017

Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art, (Convenors: Stefania Gerevini and Tom Nickson)


Light has occupied an increasingly prominent role in medieval studies in recent years. Its perceptual and epistemic significance in the period 1200-1450 has been scrutinized in several specialised research projects, and the changing ways in which light and light-effects are rendered and produced in the arts of the Middle Ages, particularly in Byzantium and Islam, are routinely evoked in literature. However, scholarship on these topics remains fragmented, especially for the Gothic period, and comparative approaches are seldom attempted. New technologies of virtual reconstruction and changing fashions of museum display make it an opportune moment to consider these issues in a more systematic manner.


These two sessions will investigate how perceptions of light and darkness informed the ways in which art across Europe and the Mediterranean was produced, viewed and understood in the period 1200–1450. In the late 12th century a key set of optical writings was translated from Arabic into Latin, providing new theoretical paradigms for addressing questions of physical sight and illumination across Europe. At this time theologies of light also gained renewed popularity in the eastern Mediterranean – particularly as a result of the Hesychast controversy in Byzantium, and in connection with Sufi notions of divine illumination in Islam. What correlations can be traced between theories of optics, theologies of light, practices of illumination, and modes of viewing in the Middle Ages? Are there similarities in the ways different religious or cultural communities conceptualised light and used it in everyday life or ritual settings?


These sessions invite specialists of Christian, Islamic and Jewish art and culture to explore the status of light in broader discourses around visuality, visibility and materiality; the interconnections between conceptualizations of light and coeval attitudes towards objectivity and naturalism; and the ways in which light can articulate political, social or divine authority and hierarchies. The session will also welcome papers that address such broad methodological questions as: can the investigation of light in art prompt reconsideration of well established periodizations and interpretative paradigms of art history? How was the dramatic interplay between light and obscurity exploited in the secular and religious architecture of Europe and the medieval Mediterranean in order to organise space, direct viewers and convey meaning? How carefully were light effects taken into account in the display of images and portable objects, and how does consideration of luminosity, shadow and darkness hone our understanding of the agency of medieval objects? Finally, to what extent is light’s ephemeral and fleeting nature disguised by changing fashions of display and technologies of reproduction, and – crucially – how do these affect our ability to apprehend and explain medieval approaches to light?


Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2015 to the session organizers: Stefania Gerevini ( ) and Tom Nickson ( ). Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.




 The Reproduction of Medieval Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood session at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2017

‘The long history of identity, ethnicity and nationhood’ research network, hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC), is organising a series of sessions at the IMC 2017, focusing on the reproduction of collective identities in the middle ages.


While a generic constructivist approach is widely shared in research on pre-modern identities, it often remains uncritical. On the one hand, it sometimes conceals latent essentialism (best represented by the formula ‘identities are constructed, but having been constructed become real’), and, on the other hand, restricts our capacity to arrive at a systemic understanding of how exactly collective identities are asserted and reproduced over long periods of time. Hence, our main goal is to tackle the difficult question of long-term reproduction of the same projected identities, often alongside broadly similar constructs, without resorting to essentialist or objectifying explanations.


We invite paper proposals focused on any period and region of medieval history exploring how a particular concept of identification, collective identity or polity was reproduced, imposed and reimagined over a long period of time. What were the material, political, intellectual and cultural conditions in which a particular identity can be reasserted and reinterpreted in the longue durée? What theoretical lenses can we use to make sense of certain identities’ persistence, if we accept the contingent and constructed nature of any collective identity and political organisation? Paper proposals addressing these and related questions should be sent to  by Monday August 22.


The Virgin as Bridge. Cultural Exchange and Connection through Images of the Virgin Mary,  Session at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI

Organizers: Diliana Angelova (University of California, Berkeley) and Amanda Luyster (College of the Holy Cross)

Across the medieval Mediterranean and beyond, people of many faiths and backgrounds sought the succor of the miraculous virgin and mother, Mary. Christians venerated Mary as the holiest figure of Christianity after Christ, the one thanks to whom the divine mystery of the Incarnation was fulfilled. The Koran also hailed her as chosen by Allah. Converts to Christianity from paganism or Islam were often said to be motivated by their great love of the Virgin. Byzantine churches were incomplete without her image in the holiest of holies, the apse of the sanctuary. In the West, the grandest Gothic cathedrals rose in her honor. Objects such as the thirteenth-century Freer canteen, as well as shared shrines, suggest that Marian images could be appreciated by audiences professing different faiths. Images of the Virgin acted as a shared touchpoint between people of many different backgrounds, socio-economic strata, and faiths.


This panel invites 15-20 minute papers that focus on the capacity of the Virgin to act as a bridge or cultural mediator: between regions, between genders, between political factions and cities, and between belief systems. Panel participants could focus on representations of the Virgin as well as references to religious practices associated with images of the Virgin. Icons, cult centers, personal objects such as jewelry, metalwork more broadly, manuscripts, monumental sculpture, wall-painting, architecture, as well as practices associated with all of these, might be considered.

*The deadline for paper proposals is September 15, 2016.

**Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information Form, available at to the organizers, Diliana Angelova and Amanda Luyster, at  and


***All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions.



Assistant Professor in Late Antiquity at the University of Mannheim

Please see further details about the position here. Deadline for applications is August 10, 2016.




Two Research Associate positions at the University of Cambridge

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be one of four postdoctoral researchers on the ERC funded ‘Impact of the Ancient City’ project led by the Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. The project will re-examine the impact of the ancient, Greco-Roman city on subsequent urban history in Europe and the Islamic world, investigating both the urban fabric and urban ideals. Bringing together researchers trained in historical, archaeological and literary analysis, the project spans the entire Mediterranean region from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. The research team will investigate case histories in the western and the eastern Mediterranean, and pose a set of questions about how urban forms responded to changing social needs.

1.      Research Associate: Impact of the Ancient City ERC Project (Eastern Mediterranean)

A full description of the position is found here.


2.      Research Associate: Impact of the Ancient City ERC Project (Urban Ideals in the Islamic World)

 A full description of the position is found here.

 The deadline for applications for both is noon September 12th, 2016.






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MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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Oxford Summer Workshop on the Sacred in Life and Art, 14-17th July


Please find the poster here and here.





42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 6-9th October, 2016

Dear Colleagues,


Attached here you will find the Program draft for the 42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The conference is from October 6th – 9th.


The local arrangements committee urges all attendees and participants to register for the conference, book hotels and flights sooner rather than later.


The hotel options in Ithaca are limited. Please consult the website for that information: Questions about local arrangements may be directed to the Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Benjamin Anderson ( ).


Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in Ithaca.

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Chair, Program Committee





Intertextuality in Greek and Roman Literature Workshop, 10-11th October, University of Oslo

Please find more information here. The deadline for registration is 15th September 2016.




7th Sudak International Research Conference “Black Sea region, Crimea, Rus’ in history and culture” 29-30th September, 2016.


Please find more information here. The deadline for registration is 15th August, 2016.




Χειρόγραφα: Four Summer Lectures about Greek Manuscripts, University of Oxford

Monday 1 August – NIGEL WILSON, The Rewards of Palaeography

Tuesday 2 August – MARC LAUXTERMANN, Byzantine Poetry: Collecting and Copying

Wednesday 3 August – PETROS BOURAS-VALLIANATOS, Byzantine Scientific Manuscripts

Thursday 4 August – MARJOLIJNE JANSSEN, Vernacular Texts and Editions

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

66 St Giles’, Oxford

All welcome




4th International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”: ‘The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe’, Euro-Balkan University, University of Bologna, Skopje, 11-12 November 2016

Please find the call for papers here.




First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 5 August, 2016

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 October, 2016

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 10 August, 2016

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2016

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2017


Please send the application form to the address: ;




‘Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era’, One day and a half Symposium & Workshop, 24-25th February 2017, University of Birmingham


Please find the call for papers attached here.


Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – and Andrea Mattiello – by 30 September 2016.




‘Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity’ Workshop in Oslo, in December 2-3, 2016.


The Workshop is an opportunity especially for early career researchers (PhD, postdocs, young scholars). All information is available here:


The deadline for submitting Abstracts is: August 10, 2016.




Hospes eram et collexistis me: Crisis and Migration in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe and Byzantium, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 4-5th November, 2016



Migration seems to be one of the unifying aspects of human societies: whether in one epic journey to a new homeland or in seasonal trips, whether in search of security or employment, people are often on the move. As we go, we bring objects, foods, diseases, and ideas; opportunities and crises follow. The theme of the Crisis and Migration colloquium is ‘migration’ writ large, incorporating the movement of people, objects, texts, and ideas. The colloquium focuses especially on movements prompted either by crises (e.g political collapse of the Roman or Byzantine Empire) or by boons (e.g. early Carolingian Empire). Were crises connected with large population movements? Was there any cultural flourishing and change brought on by the immigration of new groups? Did the trade and movement of relics and commercial objects remain prevalent during periods of crisis? The colloquium hopes to answer some of these questions, bringing into debate the impact of mobility throughout the period.


We would like to invite offers of twenty-minute papers on any aspect of mobility of people, ideas, and objects in the Late Antiquity and Early medieval period. Papers dealing with later periods addressing the topic will also be considered. Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to Grant Schrama at  by September 16th, 2016. Both established scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.


Conference Organizers: Grant Schrama (Queen’s University) and Dr. Eduardo Fabbro (University of Toronto). Generous financial contributions have been made to this colloquium from the Nugent Fund at Queen’s University and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Toronto. Questions and queries about the conference can be sent to the email above or to Eduardo Fabbro at .




Natural Disasters, Sacred Time, and Eschatology in the Eastern Mediterranean, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 15 – 18, 2017


Chairs: Armin Bergmeier (Leipzig University), ;

Heba Mostafa (University of Kansas),


The impact of the environment and the natural world on the human condition has incited a growing scholarly interest in recent years. This panel examines representations of natural disasters (fire, earthquakes, plagues, etc.) marking sacred time and asks how catastrophic events in the natural world structured the historical perception of sacred time. In many cultures, the eschaton or the end of time was a crucial moment in sacred time, intimately linked to destructive forces in the natural world. In Judaism, theophanies were often accompanied by frightening natural phenomena. In Middle Byzantine times, Last Judgment scenes began to incorporate a river of fire that leads to hell and opens up into a fiery abyss; while in Islam, the Day of Judgment would be announced by a massive upheaval of the natural order of the world, from cataclysmic earthquakes to the parting of the heavens.

The panel queries how the relationship between natural disaster and any moment in sacred time was visualized and materialized in artifacts, architecture, and the design of specific sites. Some of the questions may include how natural disasters triggered expectations of divine agency or the advent of the eschaton. How were these events imagined, represented, or even counteracted? Which natural sites were associated with events in sacred time, and how were they architecturally and ritually framed or represented visually across various media.




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Two Teaching Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

1) Teaching Fellowship in Late Roman History


The Classics Subject Area seeks to appoint a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Late Roman History from 1 September 2016, for a period of 12 months. Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in later Roman and late antique history.


The appointment is a full time, fixed-term post.

Salary scale: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 29th July 2016.


For the Further Particulars, please consult



2) Teaching Fellowship in Byzantine Archaeology


The Archaeology Subject Area seeks to appoint a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Archaeology (0.9 FTE) from 1 September 2016, for a period of 10 months. Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology.


The appointment is part-time, 31.5 hpw, and is fixed-term for 10 months from 1 September 2016.

Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum (pro-rata)

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Monday 1 August 2016


For the Further Particulars, please consult





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MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
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Oxford Summer Workshop on the Sacred in Life and Art, 14-17th July


Please find the poster here and here.





42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 6-9th October, 2016


Dear Colleagues,


Attached here you will find the Program draft for the 42nd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The conference is from October 6th – 9th.


The local arrangements committee urges all attendees and participants to register for the conference, book hotels and flights sooner rather than later.


The hotel options in Ithaca are limited. Please consult the website for that information: Questions about local arrangements may be directed to the Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Benjamin Anderson ( ).


Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in Ithaca.

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Chair, Program Committee



Concert: ‘Cyprus Between Greek East and Latin West’, Friday 1st July, 7.30 PM in the church of St Giles Cripplegate, Barbican


City University London presents the world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, directed by Alexander Lingas, in a one-night-only performance of ‘Cyprus: Between Greek East and Latin West’. This concert will take place on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 7.30 PM in the church of St Giles Cripplegate, located in the middle of the Barbican.


Students may obtain free tickets to this event by using the discount code UNI or by booking directly using this link:


More information is available here:


This concert takes place prior to engagements in the Festival de Wallonie in St-Hubert and Namur (Belgium) and the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands). The ensemble has been presented multiple times at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Center, and Stanford Live at Stanford University. UK engagements have included St Bartholomew-the-Great and St Paul’s Cathedral London.


This programme explores the repertoires of Byzantine and Latin sacred music that coexisted on the island of Cyprus in the late Middle Ages. The Crusades brought to Cyprus French kings, whose imported musical traditions flourished alongside those of their Greek subjects. The vibrancy of their Mediterranean soundscape is captured in this programme, which traverses the diverse range of sacred music heard during the fifteenth century in Nicosia’s Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals: Greek and Latin hymns celebrating the divine patronage of St Hilarion of Gaza, lavish prayers for French royalty set to Ars Nova polyphony from the codex Torino J.II.9, and virtuosic Byzantine chants by Constantinopolitan and Cypriot composers.






4th International Symposium “Days of Justinian I”: ‘The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe’, Euro-Balkan University, University of Bologna, Skopje, 11-12 November 2016


Please find the call for papers here.




First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 5 August, 2016

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 October, 2016

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 10 August, 2016

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2016

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2017


Please send the application form to the address: ;




‘Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era’, One day and a half Symposium & Workshop, 24-25th February 2017, University of Birmingham


Please find the call for papers attached here.


Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – and Andrea Mattiello – by 30 September 2016.




‘Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity’ Workshop in Oslo, in December 2-3, 2016.


The Workshop is an opportunity especially for early career researchers (PhD, postdocs, young scholars). All information is available here:


The deadline for submitting Abstracts is: August 10, 2016.















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President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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“Greek Studies in 15th century Europe” – Conference, 14-15th June, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Website Launch


“Greek Studies in 15th Century Europe” is a Marie Curie individual research project held by Dr. Paola Tomè and financed by the European Union at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in Oxford. A new website of the project has been launched, featuring the most important research topics and information about ongoing events, activities, resources and people involved”:


The conference for the launch of the project will take place at Corpus Christi College on 14th-15th June. The title is “MAKING AND RETHINKING RENAISSANCE BETWEEN GREEK AND LATIN IN 15th – 16thc EUROPE“, programme and more detail available here:





Armenia: Life and Study of an Enduring Culture – Final reception and lecture, 17:30, Thursday June 16th, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, Oxford


Robert Thomson and the Quiet Revolutionaries of Armenian Studies

Dr Levon Avdoyan

(Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)


The timetable is as follows:

5:30 Reception

6:15 Oxford Armenian Choir performs Komitas & Shnorhali

7:00 Lecture


For full details of the lecture click here.






International Conference on the Importance of Byzantine Studies and Heritage Radboud University, 16-17 June 2016, Nijmegen


Please find all details regarding the conference here.






Call for Papers: From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture


Please find here a link for the Call for Papers for the Conference “From the Human Body to the Universe – Spatialities of Byzantine Culture” to be held in Uppsala University on May 18-21, 2017.


If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to by September 30, 2016.




Narrative exchanges between Byzantium and Armenia: contact, conflict, & connotation. A workshop for postgraduate and early-career scholars. March 16-17, 2017, Uppsala University, Sweden


The shifting borderland between Byzantine and Armenian culture-complexes in Eastern Anatolia and the Armenian plateau was a site of contact and conflict, alliances made and discarded, cultural exchange and cultural imperialism. This two-day workshop will explore narratives of exchange and conflict between Byzantium and Armenia, broadly defined: narrative in its largest and most productive sense of telling stories; and ‘Byzantium’ and ‘Armenia’ encompassing the encounter in the frontier zone, the presence of Armenians in Byzantine society, the exchange of ideas, relics, language, and persons over cultural and cultic boundaries, and the perils and problems of annexation, imperialism(s), and survival.


Papers given at this workshop should explore the narrative process behind these moments of contact and conflict. Possible angles of approach might include: the enshrinement of memory (in historiography, relics, art); self-fashioning of Byzantine and Armenian ‘border-crossers’; the process of translation; narratives of enmity or of conversion; nationalist narratives (their problems and their benefits); self-fashioning of modern ‘Armenologists’ and ‘Byzantinologists’ with reference to what we might gain from one another – amongst other topics.


Abstracts should be sent to AnnaLinden Weller ( ) by September 30, 2016.




Call for Sessions:  Mary Jaharis Centre Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2017


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 24th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2017. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.


The thematic strand for the 2017 IMC is “Otherness.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( ) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.


Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( ).

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2016. Proposals should include:


**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



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 $600 maximum for EU residents and up to $1200 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 ( ), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.







Post-doc in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging (HMML, MN)


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library invites applications for a two-year, full-time, benefit-eligible position of Post-doctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging. The Fellow will provide vital support for HMML’s efforts to catalog recently digitized Eastern Christian manuscripts. Under the guidance of the Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts, the Fellow will undertake original cataloging of digital surrogates at HMML as well as revision of existing cataloging.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Original cataloging of Arabic (including Garshuni), Syriac, and possibly Coptic manuscripts from HMML’s digitization projects in the Middle East, India, and Africa.
  • Correction and standardization of existing cataloging.



  • Earned doctorate in history, theology, classics, Semitic languages, or cognate field.
  • Knowledge of Arabic (including Garshuni) and Syriac, and associated literatures; familiarity with Arabic literature beyond the Christian tradition is desirable. Coptic is not required but would be a desirable asset.
  • Direct experience of research using manuscripts, and ideally of description/cataloging of manuscripts.
  • Experience with digital research in the humanities; ease with the use of common software and ability to understand and work with HMML’s digital platforms and tools.
  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English. Attention to detail; accuracy and thoroughness in work habits; ability to manage multiple, complex tasks.


For more information or to apply, visit the Saint John’s HR website (link below); scroll down to the Post-doctoral Fellow position.




Position at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens



Full-time position in Princeton, NJ.

Deadline: June 22, 2016


Established in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is “the pre-eminent center for the study of the Greek world.”  It is not only the first but also the largest American overseas research center. The ASCSA is a consortium of 192 educational and research institutions and it pursues a broader mandate to advance knowledge of Greece in all periods, train young scholars, sponsor and promote archaeological fieldwork, provide resources for scholarly work, and disseminate research. Virtually all departments of classical studies at the leading institutions of higher education in the United States have benefited from the research and teaching opportunities offered by the School.  Generations of Hellenic scholars have spent time at ASCSA and have taken their formative experience into their academic careers. Although the American School’s physical campus is in Athens, Greece, its central administrative offices are located in Princeton, NJ and it is a U.S.-based 501c3 non-profit organization.



Reporting jointly to the faculty director (Chair, ASCSA Managing Committee) and to the Executive Director of the American School, the Program Director provides critical administrative support to the faculty leadership and to the standing committees. The Program Director also serves as the key liaison to representatives of affiliated institutions. Specifically, this position requires an experienced administrative manager to support many of the School’s programs, fellowships, meetings, member application processing, communicating with members, potential students, and affiliated institutions.


Position Requirements

– Excellent written communication skills for preparing correspondence, documents and reports.

– Excellent oral communication and pleasant interpersonal skills for effectively dealing with a broad range of individuals at various levels within an academic organization.

– Administrative experience with the ability to prioritize competing issues, anticipate needs, work under the pressure of deadlines and exercise good judgment, particularly with sensitive or confidential matters.

– Strong self-motivation skills for establishing effective working relationships with member organizations and faculty and staff at all levels of the organization. Liaise with Athens administrative office.

– Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.

– Experience in non-profit administration and general business and accounting practices.

– Experience with standard electronic word processing, spreadsheet, database software, online surveys, calendar, and email programs.

– A BA degree is required; a major in in classics, art history, archaeology, or related field is preferred.


Application requirements.

Complete online form by linking to:  and attach your statement of interest including salary requirements, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references.


Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions, salary commensurate with experience.

ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.


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




Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

Posted in Byzness

Oxford Listings – Week 8

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Trinity Term 2016

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Message from OUBS Committee


Dear all,


Please note that the full OUBS Committee for 2016-7 has now been elected.

The new committee positions are as follows:


President: Mirela Ivanova

Secretary: Hugh Jeffery

Treasurer: Adele Curness


We extend our warmest thanks to the outgoing committee, Matthew, Anya, David and Joe for all their hard work in 2015-6, and can only hope to match their commitment and success in the year to come.


Expect to hear more from us.


All best,

OUBS Committee, 2016-7


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MONDAY 13 June
17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham)

The cult of the Virgin, 400–1200: a comparative perspective (Catholic, Orthodox, Islam)



14:30   Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Kenneth Atkinson (Northern Iowa):

The perplexing reign of John Hyrcanus in the War and Antiquities of Josephus




16:00   Patristic Seminar

Christ Church, Room 2

Susanna Elm:

Augustine and the Extra-Ordinary




10:00 Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies: “Israel in Egypt: The land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period”

Clarendon Institute

DrMarie Legendre (Aix-Marseille Université):

Jews in Egyptian papyri of the early Islamic period




13:00 Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology

Dr Antionio Jakimovski (Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje,

Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje):

The Roman theatre in Scupi: recent finds from excavations



17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu (Oxford):

Cappadocian churches: hubs of monasteries or civic shrines?




17:00   Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

Susanna Elm (University of California Berkeley):

New Romans: Gregory of Nyssa’s life of Moses



11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
New Seminar Room, St John’s College
Andrea Zerbini and Michael Fradley:

Endangered Archaeology in Yemen: the role of satellite imagery analysis in surveying the inaccessible


17:30 Armenia: Life and Study of an Enduring Culture – Reception and Lecture

Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

Levon Avdoyan (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)

Robert Thompson and the Quiet Revolutionaries of Armenian Studies


Please note that the reception will begin at 17:30, followed by a performance by the Oxford Armenian Choir at 18:15. The lecture will begin at 19:00.


17:00 After Rome: Aspects of the History and Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries – OCLA Special Lecture


The OCLA Special Lecture has been cancelled.


FRIDAY 17 June
There will be no Byzantine Text Seminar or Byzantine Literature Lecture this week.




Mirela Ivanova

MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies,
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society




Posted in Byzness