The Byzness

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The Byzness: 3 April 2011
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The British Institute in Amman

6 Week Internship Opportunity for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Middle East

Click here for further details.
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Call for Papers, CAA 2012, Los Angeles, February 22–25, 2012

The Interconnected Tenth Century (Sponsored by Historians of Islamic Art Association)
Glaire D. Anderson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Melanie
Michailidis, University of California, Davis
The tenth century is characterized by the political fragmentation of
earlier empires in the Islamic lands and beyond and the multiplication
of major cultural centers. Extensive diplomatic and economic
interactions, both intra-Islamic and international, resulted in the
wide circulation of material goods between such cities as Córdoba,
Aachen, Cairo, Constantinople, Baghdad, Bukhara, Changan, and
Kaifeng as well as along the trading networks of this period. Artistic
creativity is a hallmark of the period, and architecture, objects, and
other elements of material culture exhibit both local diversity and
wide-ranging connections. This panel seeks papers that present new
research on and innovative methodological or theoretical approaches
to the global interconnections of the tenth century. Proposals that
cross traditional disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome.
Paper topics might include, but are not limited to, art, diplomacy,
and trade; material culture and social processes; conscious intercultural
adaptations; or the connection between spatiality, architecture,
and objects.
To propose a paper please submit the following to
and by May 2, 2011:
1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the
end of the CAA brochure (download pdf at
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and
CAA membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and
phone and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone
number, if applicable.
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Afternoon colloquium ‘Rabbis in context: Text and archaeology in late antique Palestine’
Trinity College, Oxford
Tuesday 3 May
Sutro Room

3.30 pm Hayim Lapin (Maryland): “Becoming Provincials: Rabbis in Roman Palestine”
Response: Catherine Hezser (SOAS)

4.55pm Tea/coffee break

5.15 pm Jodi Magness (Chapel Hill): “Going in Circles: Synagogues and Jewish Diversity in Late Antique Palestine”
Response:  Fergus Millar (Oxford)

6.40: Wine Reception

The colloquium is free, but those wishing to attend should register with Neil McLynn <>.
The colloquium is organized by Alison Salvesen and Neil McLynn with the support of Paul Pheby
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