The Byzness

*Special Announcement*

The Oxford Byzantine Society is very pleased to announce our International Graduate Conference 2011: Between Constantine: representations and manifestations of an empire, to be held at the History Faculty on 4 and 5 March, 2011.

As the title suggests, the temporal scope of the conference is envisaged to stretch from the rise of Constantine to the fall of Constantinople. Within this rough time frame, we encourage papers dealing with the Byzantine world as well as those surrounding regions which had direct interactions with it, including the Near and Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, the Eurasian Steppe and Transcaucasia. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Monday, 18 January 2011. This year, we will be accepting papers inEnglish and French.

To view the Call for Papers in English, please click here.

To view the Call for Papers in French, please click here.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Now for the Byzness…

Prerona Prasad

President, Oxford Byzantine Society

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The Byzness: 14 November 2010

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Call for applications: EUME Postdoctoral Fellowship in Berlin for academic Year 2011/12

Researchers in the field of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Material Culture and Museology are welcomed. Fellowships at the Museum for Islamic Art / Pergamonmuseum possible.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten post-doctoral fellowships for the research program

Applications to:<>
Call for applications on:<>

You can apply to one of the interconnected research fields (see call for applications) or apply with a topic directly related to our museum. The program is
– supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East;
– re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and
– 11 rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well their respective canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

More information at Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME)<>

The Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin

The Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamonmuseum Berlin is the only institution of its kind in Germany and one of the major collections of Islamic Art and Archaeology worldwide. The broad spectrum of the collection covers many facets of the material culture of the Muslim world, including archaeological findings, applied arts and crafts and rare illuminated and illustrated manuscripts. The architectural objects represent one of the major attractions, conveying characteristic concepts of space and environments. Among these are the large façade from the palace of Mshatta/Jordan (8th c) archaeological finds from the Califal capital of Samarra/Iraq (9th c), a painted wooden interior of an upper class house in Aleppo/Syria (early 17th c), wall panels and a ceiling from Iran (19th c) and prayer niches from Kashan/Iran and Konya/Turkey (13th c).

The museum will move to another part inside the larger Pergamonmuseum—the most visited museum in Berlin—and will be re-opened with an exhibition space of about 2.800 square meters in 2019. The layout and concept will explore innovative ways of presenting the cultural legacy of Muslim Societies to an international audience. Key ideas include new categories of chronological order, supraregional connections (techniques and trade, taste and esthetics between Europe and China), objects in their spheres of life, the biographies and context of objects (as they were neither created in a vacuum nor arrived in the museum by chance)—thus we look for narratives of material culture as entangled history. Applicants are invited to apply with any project that develops material culture in a wider intercultural perspective. Applications that connect to the EUME program are especially welcomed.


Please, find attached the 2011-12 Fellowship Announcement Poster of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. Though young, the program is already a success.

In addition to the academic program for fellows, ARCS occasionally accommodates and facilitated logistically short-term visits of North American and European researchers. ARCS has hosted fellows and short-term research visitors from the following institutions: Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania; Bilkent University, Turkey; Boston University; City University of New York, Harvard University; Indiana University; Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Pennsylvania State University; Princeton University; University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of California at Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Michigan; University of North Carolina at Asheville; University of Pittsburgh; University of Washington; and Yale University.

If you have further questions regarding ARCS and its academic programs, please address them to Prof. Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS:


NEH Fellowships for research in Greece.

Funding is available for 6 months (January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012) in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies in Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, art, and art history from pre-Hellenic times to the present.

Two awards for recent Ph.D.s, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals in the humanities. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Amount of fellowship stipend is $25,200 for six months.

Deadline for the ASCSA application is December 1, 2010.

For more information link to:

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The University of Kent wishes to appoint a 12 month graduate teaching assistant beginning January 2011, to join the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies to teach 6 hours per week during term on pre-prepared undergraduate courses, relating to Late Antique Archaeology, the Late Antique City and Everyday Life in the Roman Empire. For the department, see

The Centre for Late Antique Archaeology is an active research hub, with easy access to London research libraries, now 50 minutes away by train. It produces its own annual, Late Antique Archaeology, holds frequent international conferences and is engaged in a number of related field projects, on Ostia, Port of Rome, and on the Saxon Shore Forts. The GTA would be enrolled in the Centre and be invited to participate in these activities. For the centre see

Duration: Full-time 12 months
Start date: January 2011

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have some experience of teaching and an established interest in late antiquity or Roman cities. A good MA degree or equivalent is required. International candidates are welcome. Knowledge of one or more modern European languages (French, German and Italian) would be an advantage. Candidates must submit a successful PhD application, pertinent to Late Antique Archaeology or other work of the Centre.

A tax-free scholarship of 12,500 GBP will be offered, to cover fees for one year at Home/EU level of 3,800 GBP and to provide a living allowance of 8,700 GBP. Further postgraduate scholarships are available within SECL, which the successful candidate would be invited to apply for.

Application Process
Applications should consist of a CV, covering letter and research proposal (one side of A4) and an example of written work, made by email to postgraduate secretary Juliette Ashby: To apply on-line for the PhD visit The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2010. Selection will be based on written submissions, with the option of interview by telephone / email.

For queries contact:
Dr Luke Lavan,
Tel: 01227769665
Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies,
SECL, Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Kent CT2 7NF


Comparative History and Theory of Textual Practice (2-Year Position, Junior Scholar)

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Department II; Director: Prof. Lorraine Daston) seeks an outstanding junior scholar for a two-year position to begin no later than 1 September 2011 as Research Fellow in conjunction with the research project Comparative History and Theory of Textual Practices, organized by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and Professor Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Pisa/University of Chicago); details concerning the project may be found here:
Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of the human sciences, history of science or related field at the time the position begins and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. A previous postdoctoral position is desirable but not essential. Research projects may concern any culture or historical period (including the present). Although projects must have a history of science component, both the human and natural sciences are included under that rubric and additional relevant disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Possible topics include: ➢ The methodologies applied to various textual practices (collecting, editing, commenting, translating, transmitting) in one or more periods or cultures ➢ The material culture of selecting, collecting, preserving, classifying, and transmitting literary texts (e.g. libraries, schools, monasteries, universities, and data bases) ➢ The history of key ideas associated with textual practices (e.g. “text”, “author”, “tradition”, “cultural heritage”) ➢ The ways in which textual practices shape and are shaped by the study of the natural world

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, English, French, Spanish, or Italian. The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and minimal administrative duties (most of which will relate to the organization of departmental research projects). It is ranked at the BAT IIA level in the German system, which roughly corresponds to that of Lecturer in Britain, Assistant Professor in North America, and Maître de conférences in France. Salary is set by both the position’s rank and individual factors; please address specific questions to Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), and names and addresses (preferably including email) of three referees (who have already been contacted by the applicant to assure their willingness to submit letters by January 7, 2011 should the applicant be among the finalists for the position) to: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Abt. Personal/WiMi Archives, Boltzmannstrasse 22, 14195 Berlin Germany. Application deadline: December 03, 2010. (Electronic submission is also possible to Regina Held, Department II.

Finalists for the position will be informed by December 22, 2010 and asked to come for an interview on January 25, 2011 (travel expenses covered by the Institute). For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Prof. Lorraine Daston; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Mr. Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator. Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

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Study Day in Memory of Professor Ihor Ševčenko

Saturday, 27 November

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford

Places are limited, so please confirm your attendance in advance. The details of the study day are here.

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