The Byzness

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The Byzness: 20 February 2011
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Sophia Research Fellowship, King’s College, University of London

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London is committed to supporting and maintaining research and teaching in all areas of Hellenic Studies, and particularly the study of the post-classical Hellenic world. Thanks to generous external donations and matching funding from the College, we intend to award the Sophia Research Fellowship to an outstanding recent postdoctoral scholar in the field of Byzantine literature, history or thought (c. 300-1500).

For details please see

Post-doctoral research at the Université Libre de Bruxelles
If you have good French, this post-doctoral post in Brussels could well
be of interest.

If you have queries about the post, the person who sent us the
information, Dr Aude Busine, says she is happy to be contacted:

Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, is pleased to announce a NEW FELLOWSHIP and a broader definition of “Italian Renaissance” for all our fellowships. For more information please  contact and see below.

The Outreach Fellowship “is designed to reach out to Italian Renaissance scholars from areas that have been under-represented at Villa I Tatti …  especially those from Asia, Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and   the Mediterranean basin.. Applications and the supporting material must be submitted by April 15.

For all fellowships at I Tatti, and for contributions to our journal I Tatti Studies (welcome also from those with no association with I Tatti), the project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Subjects covered include the architecture, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, science, or visual arts of Italy. Applications would also be welcomed from candidates working on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, including the rebirth of interest in the Renaissance in later periods (see



*The Role*

This job, permitted by a donation, is being created in order to remove

the burden of digitising and data entry from the work of Dr Luke Lavan

in preparing the late antique excavations of Ostia, port of Rome for


The post holder will be responsible for improving the excavation archive

from the Late Antique Ostia Project 2008-210 by digitising plans,

inputting data into the archive, renaming files, ensuring efficient

backup of data. The post holder will work closely with Dr Luke Lavan.

The Digitization Assistant will: i) Scan plans from paper format into

TIFF files. ii) Digitise plans of excavations. iii) Retype context

sheets and registers into the project database. iv) Rename photographic

files. v) Back up copies of the data.

*The Person*

Educated to A-Level standard or equivalent with experience of digitising

archaeological plans for publication, you will have experience of

managing an archaeological archive and of data entry. Previous

experience of using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word and email are

essential as is the ability to use the internet as a research tool and

spreadsheets to monitor and track workflows.

*The Department*

Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent is one of ten departments

within a large School including over 60 academic staff. The current

full-time establishment in Classical and Archaeological Studies consists

of thirteen academic members: seven archaeologists, three ancient

historians, three classical literature specialists, two post doctoral

fellows (epigraphy and heritage management) plus a dedicated

administrator and a 0.5 archaeological technician. The interests of the

Classics and Ancient History staff range from Minoan Crete and

Prehistoric Europe to Late Antiquity, encompassing a full range of

themes, from cities and political life to medicine and dress.

*Further Information*

Closing date for applications: 1st March 2011

Interviews are to be held: W/C 7th March

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to

apply for this post (please do not send your application directly to the

department). How to apply – for this type of position you will be

required to complete the on line application process. Please note we do

not accept CVs for this post.

For queries contact:

Dr Luke Lavan, Email:

*Full Job Description and application details*

search for the reference “HUM0166”

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Masters scholarships at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon for international students

10 scholarships available for students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Closing date for applications : 25th February 2011
You can find conditions for application at:

Directrice du Département des Lettres
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes – BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex O7
Tel : 04 37 37 67 05

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The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Ancient History Session
Panel Title:
“Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World (1st c. BC – 6th c. AD)”

According to the analyses of modern scholars, the Roman Empire developed one of the most successful pre-industrial economies. This said, in what ways and to what extent could the Roman economy perform better than previous (and indeed later) economies? Factors of economic development such as the favourable conditions offered by internal peace and the unification of the Mediterranean World in one empire have often been explored. However, much less attention has been paid to understand what impact the Roman network of infrastructures had on economic growth. Doubtless, the establishment of a network of land, river and sea routes greatly fostered communication between the different areas of the Empire. Yet, what was its bearing on the development of the Roman economy? In the wake of the main theme of the congress, “Exploring the Roots of Development”, this panel aims to demonstrate how the infrastructure built by the Romans helped the economy and especially trade to develop. More significantly, this session will attempt to reconstruct the official policy conceived by Roman rulers and administrators in order to create and constantly improve this network. By combining theoretical and case-study papers with a specific focus on the Eastern part of the Empire, this panel will explore the possibility that an integrated transport system existed in the Roman World and that its establishment and improvement represented major factors of economic development and growth.

We welcome papers that meet either of the following criteria:
a) Theoretical studies. These papers should investigate how public initiative (whether driven by imperial action or promoted by local administrators) aimed to develop a coherent and Empire-wide system of communication and transport which triggered economic growth.
b) Regional studies. Ideally, papers that qualify for this criterion will concentrate on a region within the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Such papers should aim to bring out the economic effects that the development of a network of infrastructures had on the region studied and show how the newly established links contributed to connecting this and other areas thus creating a global economy, albeit in an embryonic stage.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Dario Nappo or to Andrea Zerbini by 31 May 2011.

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The latest newsletter of the AISB – Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini with news and resources of interest to all byzantinists is attached to this email. For further information, please go to their website.
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