The Byzness

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The Byzness: 5 September 2010


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INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington, Department of Religious Studies and Russian and East European Institute, invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Orthodox Christianity. Ph.D. or equivalent required. Applicants should demonstrate engagement with wider issues in the study of religion.  The successful applicant must maintain ongoing research, a record of creative and effective teaching, and an active professional profile. Teaching obligations will extend from introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses to graduate training at the master’s and doctoral levels.  Deadline for applications: Friday, October 8, 2010 for applicants wanting to be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (October 30-November 1 in Atlanta), and October 22, 2010 for all other applicants.  Applicants can also anticipate the possibility of a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (November 18-21 in Los Angeles). Applicants should send a cover letter, C.V., and a dossier with at least three letters of recommendation to: Professor J. Albert Harrill, Chair, Orthodox Studies Search, Department of Religious Studies, Sycamore Hall 230, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-2601. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Graduate Scholarship in Byzantine Philology

The ‘Calypso and Gregorios Gregioriades Foundation’ proposes to offer one graduate scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year in the memory of the philologist-byzantinist Iordanes Gregoriades. The award is open to both men and women who meet the following criteria: all candidates must be Greek nationals who are working towards a doctorate in Byzantine Philology at any university, but will receive no funding from any other source for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Secretary of the Center for Byzantine Research, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Vasilissis Olgas 36, 54641 Thessaloniki, Greece, by 15 October 2010 at the latest: curriculum vitae, certificate of enrolment in a doctoral program in Byzantine Philology, two recommendation letters, certificates of foreign language knowledge, a statement confirming that they will not be supported by another source for the 2010-2011 academic year, and a tax return statement. Details of the award may be obtained from the Secretary of the Center for Byzantine Research (tel. 2310-992002).

V. K. Katsaros
Chairman of the Foundation’s Trustees
Professor of Byzantine Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Please find below a call for papers for a series of sessions  to be held at next year’s Leeds International Medieval Congress (11-14 July 2011).

The sessions will be organised under the umbrella of the ‘Rulership in Byzantium, Islam and the West’ strands that have, for the past five
years, been running at Leeds, and the working title is:

‘Rulership in Byzantium, Islam and the west: the material dimension of power’.

If you would like to offer a paper, could you please send a short e-mail with a (provisional) title, your name and institutional affiliation, and no later than 25 September 2010, to Björn Weiler (<>). If you have questions, pleased feel free to contact:

On matters Byzantine  Jonathan Shepard (<>) and Catherine Holmes (<>) On matters Islamic Jo van Steenbergen (<>) On matters Latin Björn Weiler (<>)

For those who have not participated in one of the Leeds sessions before: while the overarching theme of the strand is comparative, and while we would ask you to structure your paper around the questions outlined below, individual papers do not have to attempt direct comparisons (comparisons are of course welcome, but .). Parallels and differences are meant to emerge during discussion, and by setting alongside each other papers, which, their geographical and cultural distinctiveness notwithstanding, share a common framework of enquiry. So, westerners do not have to pick up classical Arabic just for at Leeds, and those working on Islam do not need to add Latin to their Arabic and their Persian. The aim is to encourage comparisons, and to facilitate a dialogue on themes and methods that transcends sphere-specific conventions and perspectives.

Thanks and all the best,

Björn Weiler
Catherine Holmes
Jonathan Shepard
Jo van Steenbergen

These sessions assess the material dimension of power. This is not an exercise in economic history, but rather in highlighting the role of wealth and of the material context of power in the conduct of medieval politics. We envisage that papers will approach the topic from a variety of angles, loosely connected to three broad, overlapping categories of inquiry. There was, for instance, the role of wealth in politics, its display both internally (to one’s subjects) and externally (to neighbours, peers and distant rulers) – embassies, ceremonial, charity, the organising of festivities and feasts, court culture and similar topics would fall into this rubric. Equally significant were the sources of wealth: how did rulers acquire the means to display wealth? Do the sources of wealth tell us something about the political culture of specific spheres – what, for instance, were the sources of imperial power in Byzantium, of the Caliphate in Cairo and Baghdad, of western monarchs, towns and communities (the list of entities can easily be expanded)? Were there rival claimants to these material resources, how did they interact with one another, with those of greater and those of lesser might? A third category of papers may deal with the moral framework of material power: what were the limitations imposed upon both the acquisition and the exercise of material wealth? What was and what was not permissible? Equally, were there expectations as to how wealth should be spent? What were these expectations, how did they change over time, and how were they met in practice?


The Society for the Study of the Crusades invites abstract proposals for papers to be delivered at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 12 to 15, 2011. Papers on all aspects of the crusades and the Latin East are welcome. Please send a short abstract and a Participant Information Form (available at<> ) to:

Thomas F. Madden
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Saint Louis University
3800 Lindell Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63108
or via email (<>) or fax (314-977-3884).
Proposals must be received no later than September 15, 2010

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Kings’ College Seminar Series, Strand Campus, Room B6

Tuesday 5 October 2010
Benjamin Arbel (Tel Aviv):
The maintenance of Famagusta’s harbour under Venetian administration (1473-1571).

Tuesday 19 October 2010
Diana Newall (Open University):
The city of Candia, capital of Crete: From Byzantium to early modern port.

Tuesday 2 November 2010
Vassiliki Penna (Athens):
Byzantine coins: imperial images and their reflections.

Tuesday 23 November 2010
Nadine Schibille (Oxford):
What can the chemical analysis of glass reveal about Byzantine material culture?

Tuesday 7 December 2010
Tassos Papacostas (King’s College London):
The architecture of pilgrimage in medieval Cyprus.

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