The Byzness

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OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness: 6 March 2011
1. STUDENTSHIPS
2. CONFERENCES
3. SUMMER PROGRAMMES
4. EXHIBITIONS
5. PUBLICATIONS
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1. STUDENTSHIPS

STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION SCHOLARS’ FUND

The Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

established the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholars’ Fund in June 2009 in support of doctoral research on any aspect of Hellenic Studies, carried out in either the Department of Classics or the Centre for Hellenic Studies. The first scholarship was awarded in 2010, and a second is now offered to a student beginning a programme of study leading to the PhD in September 2011 (or at the latest January 2012).

The scholarship is to the value of £30,000 per year for a maximum of three years. It may not
be held concurrently with any other award. Preference will be given to Greek students, although non-Greek students are also eligible.

The funds are intended to be used for any of the following purposes, up to the full annual
amount of the scholarship:

• Tuition fees for a research degree (PhD) at either Home/EU or Overseas rate
• London living allowance
• Field research, travel to international libraries, participation on archaeological excavations
• Travel within London
• Book allowance
• Conference attendance (travel, accommodation, registration fees)

A recipient of a scholarship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholars’ Fund must agree to work
with the King’s College London Development Office to produce a short annual report on
his/her research activities for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. This report will also account
for the full annual expenditure of the scholarship, and hence, will require some financial record keeping on the part of the scholarship holder.

The deadline for the second scholarship is 18th March 2011. Further details, guidelines and application forms may be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/hrc/chs/niarchos.html.

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Professor Charlotte Roueché
Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies
Department of Classics
King’s College London
Strand
London WC2R 2LS
chs@kcl.ac.uk

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2. CONFERENCES

12th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium for the Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

Saturday 28th of May 2011, ERI Building, University of Birmingham

The Shadow of the Past: Legacy and Heritage from Byzantium to the Modern World

This colloquium will examine legacies and heritage in the East Mediterranean, between the Byzantine, Ottoman and post-imperial age. Legacy can be seen as a survival of institutions, practices, communities and mentalities but also as a symbolic resource for the construction of historical narratives, literature, visual representation and boundaries of identity. What role, if any, did legacy play in the transition between past traditions and later innovations? And do the legacies we inherit (whether real or perceived) impact on how the past is interpreted and approached in the 21st century? We welcome contributions from postgraduate speakers of all disciplines with research interests associated with ‘legacy’ in the Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern East Mediterranean.

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The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) is pleased to announce its Second International Graduate Student Day, which will take place on June 3-5, 2011 at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Graduate students are invited to present their papers on imperial, intellectual, and religious practices during the late antique Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.

Please find the Graduate Day Poster here.

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Les juifs dans les droits ecclésiastique, romano-barbare, et byzantin, VIe-XIe siècle

Évolutions, ruptures, adaptations

Jews in the ecclesiastical, Roman-barbarian and Byzantine law, sixth to eleventh centuries

Changes, ruptures, adaptations

A propos des juifs dans les royaumes barbares d’Occident et des modifications survenues dans leur statut personnel par exemple, un aggiornamento de la thèse de Bernhard Blumenkranz (Juifs et chrétiens dans le monde occidental. 430-1096, Paris, 1960) paraît souhaitable au regard, notamment, des avancées réalisées depuis ces dernières décennies dans la connaissance des régimes de la personnalité et de la territorialité des lois en place dans les royaumes franc, goth et burgonde. Bernhard Blumenkranz critiquait l’idée selon laquelle les juifs, dès le Premier Moyen Age, auraient reçu un statut juridique à part les plaçant en marge de la société tels des étrangers. Mais faut-il pour autant conclure avec lui que, depuis la dissolution de la partie occidentale de l’Empire, ils avaient partout conservé le statut personnel de « romains », quand on sait maintenant que le pluralisme juridique ne fut jamais appliqué que par les Francs ?

Concernant la situation à Byzance, nous souhaitons introduire une double problématique, diachronique et synchronique : il faudra évaluer ce qui dans les lois byzantines dérive du droit romain et ce qui est nouveau ou a fait l’objet de modification ou d’adaptation. On traitera par exemple des interpolations plus ou moins révélatrices des constitutions du Code théodosien que l’on trouve dans le Code justinien. Parallèlement, on ne pourra éviter de comparer la situation orientale avec les informations et données dont nous disposons pour l’Occident. Ainsi pourra-t-on aborder la question de l’influence de la politique byzantine sur les juifs dans le cas 1) des baptêmes forcés en terre franque et wisigothique — thème qui fait toujours l’objet de débats, 2) du droit byzantin en Italie tel qu’on le perçoit au travers des épitomés du Code justinien qui y circulent.

L’évolution de la situation juridique des juifs peut aussi se donner à lire au travers des tendances, plus ou moins sévères à l’encontre des juifs et du judaïsme, qui traversent les collections canoniques. Il s’agirait de persévérer dans la voie tracée par John Gilchrist (Jewish History, vol 3/1, 1988), qui a déjà proposé une nouvelle césure chronologique fondée sur cette source, fixant au Décret de Burchard de Worms de 1012 le point de départ d’une détérioration de leur condition, soit près d’un siècle plus tôt que la date traditionnellement admise de la Première Croisade.

Un autre biais pour appréhender l’évolution de la condition juridique des juifs dans son ensemble nous est fourni par l’analyse des thématiques abordées par ces législations, thématiques que, suivant le découpage tripartite proposé par Amnon Linder (The Jews in Roman Imperial Legislation, 1987), nous pouvons classer ainsi :

  • lois portant sur les rapports entre juifs et gouvernements ;
  • lois concernant les relations juifs/non-juifs ;
  • lois sur les rapports existant entre les juifs mêmes.

Ainsi, on aimerait voir aborder des sujets comme le statut des synagogues et les prescriptions liturgiques, les interdits pesant sur la mixité sexuelle ou commensale, le problème des conversions au judaïsme, du prosélytisme, de l’apostasie et du crypto-judaïsme ou encore le thème de l’exclusion des fonctions publiques ou les lois concernant la propriété (domaine terrien, esclaves) et les pratiques usuraires. Dans leur immense majorité, ces mesures trouvent leur origine dans le droit romain. L’analyse de leur réception dans les droits tant ecclésiastique que séculier du Haut Moyen Age et de Byzance, permet de déceler les permanences, des inflexions, des modifications ou des ruptures et adaptations tout aussi instructives sur l’état du droit.

Ces propositions ne sont évidemment pas limitatives ; elles se bornent à exposer quelques directions de recherche et ne demandent qu’à être enrichies.

Les communications se feront en français ou en anglais. Leur durée sera de 30 mn.  Les organisateurs se chargent des frais de transport et d’hébergement des communicants.

Si vous souhaitez prendre part à cette rencontre, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir nous envoyer

avant le 10 avril 2011

un résumé d’une page de votre proposition de communication ainsi que vos coordonnées complètes, personnelles et professionnelles par courriel (à laurence.foschia@univ-nantes.fr ).  Nous encourageons les étudiants en thèse à faire candidature (veuillez joindre à votre mél un curriculum vitae).

Comité scientifique :

  • John Tolan
  • Nicholas de Lange
  • Capucine Nemo-Pekelman
  • Laurence Foschia
The call for papers in English can be found here.
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‘The Economy of the Western
Mediterranean in the 7th Century’.
Corpus Christi
College, Oxford on 12 & 13 March
Please note that, although attendance is free, it is essential to
register (details here).

The conference, organized by Dr. Vivien Prigent and Dr. Arietta
Papaconstantinou, is the first of a series on the seventh century, which
will explore the various micro-systems of exchange during the ‘long’
seventh century in the vast area from northern Europe to the Indian
Ocean, focusing successively on several seas and the coastal areas that
surround them.

This involves investigating the Mediterranean in three separate sections
(western, central and eastern), followed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of
Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf; the Black Sea; the Baltic
Sea and North Sea; the Caspian Sea. The choice to focus on coasts and
maritime exchange stems from the fact that this approach has been
hitherto neglected for this period, generally dismissed as one of
decline, and that any work done to date has centred on geographical
units that were political, and thus confined to the mainland.

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Harbors and Harbor Cities in the Eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity to Byzantium: Recent Discoveries and New Approaches
Istanbul 30 May to 1 June 2011
Details here.

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“Reading between the Lines:  Word, Image, and Architecture.” This colloquium is being proposed for the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 5th-8th, 2012

Roman imperial and late antique architectural monuments (1st century BCE-7th century CE) not only were adorned with statues, paintings, and mosaics, but also were inscribed with texts ranging from carved dedicatory inscriptions to carefully painted electoral notices to hastily scrawled graffiti.  No commemorative statue was complete without an honorific inscription, no funerary altar was complete without an epitaph. As viewers moved through cemeteries, sanctuaries, civic centers and eventually the sacred spaces of Christianity, monuments combined words with images that demanded to be understood as a single entity.  And yet in modern scholarship inscriptions are too frequently divorced from their architectural contexts, and the visual and textual elements are often discussed in isolation from one another.  This session focuses on the juxtaposition of built forms and written words, exploring what happens when the images, texts, and architecture associated with individual monuments are studied together as an integrated visual unit.  We are soliciting case studies that consider how the words and images of an individual monument worked together to engage audiences, from the Atlantic to the Indus River, in the late ancient world.  A paper might explore any number of themes, including but not limited to memory spaces, orality and literacy, ritual responses, and visuality and viewing.

 

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 250 words to BOTH Amy Papalexandrou ‎(apapalex@yahoo.com)‎ and Brenda Longfellow (brenda-longfellow@uiowa.edu).  These should include your name, profession affiliation, title of the paper, and word count. Deadline is March 7, 2011. Further details can be found here.

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44th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

University of Newcastle

8-10 April, 2011

There is only one week left to register for Experiencing Byzantium, the 44th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies,  at the reduced rate. After March 9th the cost of registration will increase, so book in the next week to get the lower rate, follow this link to register:

There is an exciting programme which you can see below and discounted accommodation is still available by booking through this web link https://www.conferencebookings.co.uk/delegate/NGIBYZANTINE

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3. SUMMER PROGRAMMES

Summer School SERRES 4th-13th July 2011

The Byzantine Monastery
Call for applications and scholarships here

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4. EXHIBITIONS

For details on an exhibition of Byzantine manuscripts in the Biblioteca Laurenziana, Firenze, entitled “Voci dell’Oriente”, click here.

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5. PUBLICATIONS

If the serious business of Byzantium leaves you wanting more, a recent graduate of St Anthony’s College, Oxford has published a historical novel on the fall of Constantinople. The flier for Andrew Novo’s, Queen of Cities can be found here.

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