THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 17th September 2017
- NEWS AND EVENTS
- CALLS FOR PAPERS
- JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- NEWS AND EVENTS
Lecture: ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites’, 21 September, British Academy, London
Aylin Orbaşlı will be telling us all about ‘Changing Patterns of Tourism at Turkey’s Archaeological Sites.’
There is plenty of availability. More information here.
Workshop: Language Contact in Central Asia, September 29, 2017, Cambridge MA
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, are pleased to announce the first workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium III workshop series:
Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Language Contact in Central Asia
A workshop for students offering the opportunity for a broad look at the linguistically diverse textual witness to life on the Silk Road(s), or Central Asia, during the 9th–13th centuries. Led by Adam McCollum, University of Notre Dame
RSVP required. Registration closes September 27. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/language-contact-in-central-asia/.
Program: ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast), a regional workshop on Late Antiquity, October 19-20, 2017, Vanderbilt University
The workshop is free and open to all interested scholars.
A full program and registration information can be found at: https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/news/relacs2017.php
- CALLS FOR PAPERS
“Transformations of the Seventh Century I: Connected Cultures” and “Transformations of the Seventh Century II: Disciplines in Dialogue”, International Medieval Congress, 10-13 May, University of Western Michigan Kalamazoo MI.
Deadline: 20 September 2017
The seventh century saw significant transformations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East, resulting in profound religious, political, cultural, social and economic changes which affected communities and societies in diverse ways. These sessions seek to examine specific moments of transformation within the seventh century, and the ways in which scholars can bring together different kinds of disciplines to investigate the evidence for these changes. The seventh century is also crucial in considering periodisation of late antiquity and the early middle ages. The Italian peninsula in AD 600 is usually understood to be firmly part of ‘late antiquity’ while northern Europe in the same period is generally perceived as the ‘early middle ages’; at the same time, some recent scholarship argues that ‘Byzantium’ begins only in the seventh century. However, all these areas were connected via political, economic, cultural, religious and other networks and these varying periodisations are problematic if not considered as part of a whole. A similar issue is seen in terms of methodological approaches. Scholarship of the seventh century often uses a range of different types of evidence or disciplinary approaches, but interdisciplinary study presents challenges as well as offering potential for new discoveries. Moreover, even the concept of ‘interdisciplinary research’ is taken in substantially different ways by practitioners who operate within the frameworks of different scholarly traditions, disciplines or departments, and with unspoken disciplinary assumptions.
Session one will consider how different societies and cultures experienced and negotiated these changes, and the ways in which different cultures came into contact with new networks of trade, exchange, knowledge and communication which were built up across Europe and the Mediterranean. Papers might investigate, for example, how new ideologies were developed or responses to the growth of Christianity and the initiation of Islam; how the disintegration of old structures and the establishment of new ones affected political, social and economic life; or technological developments and associated new ways of thought and practice resulted in transformations in the seventh century.
Session two will examine the disciplinary structures, approaches and assumptions which underpin research into the seventh century, and in particular will focus on how to bring different disciplines together for fruitful dialogue. Papers might explore, for example, how to approach conflicts in different types of source material (such as historical and archaeological evidence, or visual and textual evidence); or the problems and opportunities presented by interdisciplinary study of the seventh-century past with reference to specific case-studies or contexts; or how to use non-traditional or new methodologies to shed light on the changes of the seventh century.
If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract to email@example.com by September 20.
- JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Tenure-Track Position, Islamic Studies, Colgate University
Deadline: 1 October 2017
The department of Religion at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2018. Ph.D. degree is expected prior to or shortly after the start date.
Candidates with expertise in Islam in any period or region are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with the wider discipline of Religious Studies and issues in the Study of Religion is desirable.
All Colgate University faculty are also expected to maintain an active research agenda and participate in all-University programs, which include the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Many faculty also serve in off-campus study and interdisciplinary programs, such as Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Africana and Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, among others. An annual five-course teaching assignment may include an introductory course in Religion and a course in the Core Curriculum.
A cover letter, CV, three current reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample must be submitted through http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9639.
Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, November 18-21, 2017, or via remote technologies, as needed.
Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching and scholarship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.
Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at http://www.upstatenyherc.org.
Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university with an ambitious study-abroad program. It comprises 2900 students and is situated in rural New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Religion department can be found at http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/religion.
Tenure-Track Position, Ancient History, University of Albany
Deadline: 4 October 2017
The University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ancient History, with a research concentration on any aspect of Hellenistic culture (including material culture) from the Classical Period to Late Antiquity. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first part of the Western Civilization introduction course, surveys of Greek and Roman History, as well as more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in an area of expertise. Proficiency with digital methods in teaching and research is desirable, as is the potential to complement existing departmental thematic strengths such as: Environmental History, Religious Studies, and Business and Public History.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in hand by August 15, 2018.
Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct culturally diverse populations.
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor
Start date: September 1, 2018
Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature, King’s College London
Deadline: 9 October 2017
King’s College London is looking to appoint a leading scholar with an international reputation and research record to the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature. The appointment is to start on 1 September 2018, following the retirement of Professor Roderick Beaton. The chair was established in 1918, and is unusual in covering three academic disciplines (history, language, literature), as well as a chronological span of some 1700 years. The Koraes Professor provides academic leadership to a group of scholars who collectively have been responsible for developing and delivering high-quality teaching and research in the fields designated by the Chair. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Classics, and will play a leading role in the Faculty’s Centre for Hellenic Studies.
The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.
Interviews are scheduled to be held soon after the closing deadline.
The salary will be paid at Professorial Grade, tba (the minimum professorial salary is £64,979 p.a.), plus £2,923 p.a. London Weighting Allowance.
This post will be based on a full time, indefinite position.
NEH Fellowships, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: October 31, 2017
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 146,000 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 Sports 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 53 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.
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 2018-2019. 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). Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer of 2019. Fellows will have access to other libraries of foreign Schools in Athens but should plan accordingly.
Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/post-doctoral-and-senior-scholars.
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.
- Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. If not aUS citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
- Names of three recommenders who will write letters of reference and are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees. Instruct recommenders to submit letters to firstname.lastname@example.org November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.
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?
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.
Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: October 31 2017
Term: Early September to June 1.
Eligibility: 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.
Project: A research project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Word limit for project description: 1500 words.
Seminar: Whitehead Professors offer a seminar during the winter term (late November to late March) and contribute to the academic program in other significant ways, such as mentoring or advising students at the School and participating in School trips and excursions. Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer 2019. School faculty and students will have access to other libraries in Athens, and the Whitehead Professors will be able to work with the Blegen librarians in planning seminar activity while the Blegen library is inaccessible. Word limit for seminar proposal: 300 words.
Compensation: 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 five School trips.
Application: 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.
· 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 email@example.com.
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.
Tenured/Tenure-Track Position, Early Christianity, Duke University
Deadline: 1 November 2017
The Department of Religious Studies within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a position in the study of Early Christianity, at the rank of (tenure-track) Assistant or (tenured) Associate Professor. Candidates with expertise in any aspect of Early Christianity in the late ancient world (ca. 3rd to 10th century) are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be familiar with critical methods in Religious Studies and will combine excellence in undergraduate instruction with teaching and mentoring in the Graduate Program in Religion. Collaboration with other programs and departments at Duke as well as with colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is expected.
Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of innovation and expertise in teaching (e.g. teaching evaluations, a teaching statement, a list of proposed courses), and the names and contact information (email, phone, and postal address) of three references to http://academicjobsonline.org . Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2017. Informal queries should be addressed to Professor Marc Brettler, chair of the search committee, at MZB3@Duke.edu. Consideration will continue until the position is filled. Start date is August 2018.
Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
DPhil Candidate, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society