The Byzness

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The Byzness: 7 November 2010



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The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) aims to promote, sponsor and carry out high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences throughout the countries of the Levant: Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

Applications are invited for the following award schemes:

Pilot Study Awards

These are intended to enable postdoctoral scholars to undertake initial exploratory work or a feasibility study as a preliminary to making applications for major funding to a Research Council, the British Academy or another body. Awards may be used to cover travel, round tables, seminars, or initial exploratory fieldwork and research. In addition, CBRL may assist such feasibility studies through the provision of its facilities and in establishing local contacts. To be eligible under this scheme, a project must involve an element of travel to (or from) the Middle East. Applicants should normally be either a British citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK.

Number varies; offered annually; value up to £7,500

Closing Date: 1 December 2010

Travel Grants

To cover costs of travel and subsistence of students, academics and researchers undertaking reconnaissance tours or smaller research projects (possibly as part of postgraduate degrees) in the countries of the Levant. Such grants are not awarded to assist individuals to join a project, where it could be seen as a hidden subsidy to the project in question. Applicants should normally be either a British Citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK or registered on a full-time degree at a UK University.

Number varies; offered annually; value up to £800

Closing Date: 15 January 2011

Visiting Research Fellowships

To enable established scholars and doctoral students to spend a period of between three and nine months in the Levant, to include a minimum period of one month based at the British Institute in Amman or the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem, in order to undertake research on the countries of the Levant. Applicants should normally be either a British Citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK or registered on a full-time doctoral degree in a UK university.

Number varies; offered annually.

Closing Date: 15 January 2011

Project Completion Grants

CBRL has a policy of ensuring the completion of research projects, including a small number of ‘back-log’ projects inherited from its predecessors, the BSAJ and BIAAH. In some cases this includes support for additional analytical work, in others for support to produce final publication manuscripts, to complete project archives, or to repatriate research materials to the appropriate authorities in the region. CBRL has limited funds available to help such work. At present most of these funds are dedicated to completing projects that have been prioritized by the CBRL Research Committee, but it may be possible to provide some small-scale support to other researchers.

Closing Date: 1 December 2010

Guidance notes and application forms for the above schemes are available at:

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*Semi-Annual Meeting of the Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group*

Saturday, 13th November 2010 in the Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College, Oxford

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Susana Torres-Prieto: “The Slavonic Acta Pilati: an editorial proposal”

12:00 Liubov Osinkina: “The Church Slavonic Ecclesiastes and its textual history”

1:00 Lunch

1:45 Annual General Meeting

2:15 Vera Tchentsova: “The Portaitissa icon in Russia in the 17th century: conflicting evidence on the origins of one of Russia’s Palladiums”

3:15 Sergei Tyulenev: “Tolmachi in the stateinye spiski of Russian embassies in the 16th-17th centuries”

Attendance is free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to take coffee (£2 per head) or a sandwich lunch (£7.20 per head) is kindly requested to email Georgi Parpulov (


Ceremonies and Rituals of Power in the Medieval Mediterranean, University of Cyprus, Nicosia 26-28 November, 2010

Details for this upcoming conference can be found here UCY_CeremoniesAndRitualsConference


7-8 January 2011. “Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: From Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion,” an International Conference to be held at CAARI (the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute) in Nicosia, Cyprus. This event will commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus and the researchers who have endeavored to study its Byzantine history. An international and interdisciplinary group of scholars will present on current knowledge of Byzantine archaeology and art history on Cyprus.

Attendance is free and open to the Public. Click here for programme

For more information contact:

Ms. Vathoulla Moustoukki,


11 Andrea Demitriou Street

1066 Nicosia, Cyprus


Phone: (357) 224 56 414


The Sons of Constantine

A one-day colloquium at Cardiff University

Date: 19th January 2011, 10am-5pm

Place: Room 2.03, Humanities Building , Colum Drive

Provisional Programme:

Nicholas Baker-Brian, Rehabilitating Constantius II: Ancient and Modern Views

Jill Harries, Constans the Hunter: A Late Roman Murder Mystery

Mark Humphries, The Year 350

Michael Saxby, The Coinage of Constantine I and his Sons: Symbols of Power

Alexander Skinner, Constantius II and the Senate of Constantinople

Shaun Tougher, Imperial Blood: Family Relationships in the Dynasty of Constantine the Great

If you wish to attend please confirm by e-mail to either: or


Newberry Library Symposium

Mechanisms of Exchange: Transmission, Scale, and Interaction in the Arts and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean, 1000 to 1500

Friday, February 25, 2011

Organized by Heather E. Grossman, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Alicia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis

This symposium will bring together scholars working in art and architectural history to consider the mechanisms of cross-cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean world and specifically the question of how styles, motifs, and techniques were transmitted in the architecture and the monumental arts versus the portable arts. Speakers include specialists in western European, Islamic, and Byzantine art and architectural history.

For more information, please go to:

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