The Byzness

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The Byzness: 21 November 2010


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The Amsterdam Archaeological Centre has a vacant PhD position per March/April 2011 as part of the NWO funded VIDI-project Material Culture, Consumption and Social Change: New Approaches towards Byzantine and Ottoman Archaeology in the Mediterranean. The PhD candidate will be based in Amsterdam (with substantial periods of study in Turkey, especially in Istanbul and Tarsus), and will be supervised by Dr J.A.C. Vroom (UvA) in collaboration with Prof. F.C.W.J. Theuws (UvA) and Prof. V.V. Stissi (UvA).

The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of four years (full time), starting in March/April 2011 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first instance for one year, with an extension for the following three years on the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, and will range from €2,042 (during the first year) up to a maximum of €2,612 (during the final year) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. The collective employment agreement of the Dutch universities will be applicable.

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17th Foreigners’ Fellowships [2011-12] from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation for Members of Academies of Sciences, scholars, researchers, elementary and secondary school teachers of Greek Language, artists and postgraduate students. Details can be found here.


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research project


Please find the call for applications below, or as a PDF document attached to this message or via the following link:

I kindly ask you to spread the information about the fellowships among scholars interested in primary textual scholarship and in varieties of philology in Asia, Africa, the Middle East as well as in Europe beyond the medieval/modern divide. For the year 2011/12, research projects focusing on major intellectual debates, polemics, correspondences, and transregional encounters are especially welcome.

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform of the Land of Berlin designed to promote research connecting systematic and region-specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of the directors of research institutes and networks mainly based in Berlin. It started its activities in 2010 by supporting three research projects in the fields of law, philology, and urban sociology. The Forum Trans- regionale Studien is funded by the Senate of Berlin.
For more information, please see our website (under construction)

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Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the 2011 summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek.

The Gennadius Library, which houses 117,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization, and will offer a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate Level from June 27 to July 26, 2011.  The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy as well as bibliographic and electronic tools, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The program will also include site and museum visits.  The session will have 12 members. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Eustratios Papaioannou, Brown University.

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Experiencing Byzantium

On 8th-10th April 2011 the 44th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies will be a hosted by Newcastle University as a Durham University/Newcastle University collaboration.

The theme of the symposium is Experiencing Byzantium. Our vision for the event is to facilitate a dialogue that will encourage engagement with the affective and emotive aspects of life in Byzantium. From the reception of imperial ekphraseis in Hagia Sophia to the sounds and smells of the back streets of Constantinople, the sensory perception of Byzantium is an area that lends itself perfectly to an investigation into the experience of the Byzantine world. What was it like for a person to experience not only the monuments and places of Byzantium, but also Byzantine ideas? How are we to appreciate an experience of Byzantine landscapes, stories or of self?

The plenary sessions will each focus on one of several themes which will be
• Experiencing Landscape
• Experiencing Art
• Experiencing Stories
• Experiencing Faith
• Experiencing Self in Byzantium

Speakers include: Paul Magdalino, Jim Crow, Liz James, Warren Woodfin, Leslie Brubaker, Margaret Mullet, Alexander Lingas, Beatrice Caseau, Scott Ashley, Dion Smythe, Andrew Louth, Nikolaos Karydis, Nikolas Bakirtzis

Symposiarchs: Claire Nesbitt (Durham University) and Mark Jackson (Newcastle University)

We invite communications (maximum 13 minutes) to be delivered during the symposium. We invite communications on the theme of ‘Experiencing Byzantium’. Please send offers of communications (title and 150 word abstract) to Dr Claire Nesbitt by Monday 10th January at

For more information and to register see the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Website





21-22 octobre 2011

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art – Paris

Call for Papers


The Language of Maps

Communicating through cartography during the middle ages and renaissance


A colloquium and exhibition at the Bodleian Library,
University of Oxford
Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25 2011


A CALL FOR PAPERS (download this CfP in PDF format)

Historic maps have broad appeal in contemporary cultures around the world. One reason for this – it might be thought – is because the ‘language of maps’ is universal and straightforward, but is it? How do maps communicate to us? How do they work? This Colloquium seeks to explore these important questions by bringing together scholars whose interest lies in the visual and textual ‘languages’ of manuscript and printed maps from the medieval and Renaissance periods of European history. Original paper contributions on the theme of ‘communicating through cartography’ are sought that will help further our understanding and appreciation of the complexity of medieval and Renaissance maps and map-making. Papers may be theoretical, empirical or methodological in orientation, as long as they address ‘how maps work’. The Colloquium is intentionally multidisciplinary, so contributions will be welcomed from art, linguistic and literary historians, geographers and archaeologists, as well as cartographers and historians of cartography. The emphasis will be on the artistic, linguistic and palaeographical aspects of historic maps and processes of their production and consumption across medieval and Renaissance Europe. We aim to draw connections between cartographic representations of all kinds, whether manuscript or printed maps, including those of regions, countries or local landscapes. The technologies of map-production – including surveying and draughting – will be under scrutiny too, for the scientific and artistic expertise involved in making maps in the past was integral to communicating through cartography, as indeed it still is today.

The Colloquium marks the ending of an AHRC-funded research project on the renowned “Gough Map of Great Britain”, the earliest map to show Britain in geographically-recognizable form, dating to the end of the fourteenth century. To celebrate the project’s conclusion, the Bodleian Library will be holding an exhibition displaying the Gough Map at the same time as the Colloquium presents the findings of the research and sees the launch of the project’s online resource, a searchable digital version of the Gough Map.

For further information on “The Language of Maps” and to submit a paper proposal (an abstract of 250 words), please email Dr Keith Lilley at, or mail to School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, BT7 1NN. All paper proposals must be received by 10 January 2011. Further details on the Colloquium, Exhibition and “Linguistic Geographies” Research Project can be found at

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LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE STUDIES SEMINAR, KING’S COLLEGE LONDON Seminars will be held at 5.30 on alternate Tuesdays at the Strand Campus in Room B6 of the North Wing (Classics Department).

Tuesday 18 January 2011

Kostis Smyrlis (New York): Courting the commons? Imperial grants to ordinary citizens in Byzantium, 13th-mid 14th c.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Staffan Wahlgren (Trondheim): The chronicle of the Logothete: the sequel

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Michalis Olympios (Nicosia): Stripped from the altar, recycled, forgotten: the altarpiece in Lusignan Cyprus

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Irene Giviashvili (Florence): Oshki monastery church as the reflection of political and cultural history of Georgia

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