The Byzness

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The Byzness: 17 April, 2011
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University of Chicago
Harper Schmidt Fellowship

The University of Chicago is accepting applications for a four-year postdoctoral teaching appointment as a Harper and Schmidt Fellow who holds the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor. The Fellow is a member of the College Faculty whose primary responsibility will be to teach art history classes in the College’s general education (Core) program. We are accepting applications in one of the following fields: medieval European and/or Mediterranean art; early modern European art; or colonial Latin American art.
The position is open to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree no later than August 31, 2011. In most years, the Fellow will teach two sections each of three Core courses, making a total of six, each limited to no more than 25 students. Of the three distinct courses, one will be Art History 101, one a survey class in the Fellow’s own field, and one a thematic, discussion-based “Art in Context” class designed to introduce beginning students to art historical thinking through a focused examination of a particular set of materials. (For more information about the types of courses offered, see The Fellow will be a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts (see S/he will be eligible for one quarter of research sabbatical, typically in the third year of residence. The annual salary for 2011-12 will be $56,500 plus health benefits and an annual research fund of $2,500. The effective date for this appointment is September 1, 2011.
Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities web site at and select requisition #00787.
Applicants are required to upload the following materials: a letter of application introducing teaching and research interests and detailing progress toward completion of PhD if not in hand; a current curriculum vitae; a description of the most recent major research project, preferably the dissertation, of not more than 2500 words; a course description for an Art in Context course in the applicant’s field; and names and contact information of three recommenders. Interviews will be conducted by phone and/or Skype.
Application deadline is May 8, 2011.

Teaching Fellowship
University of York
Applications are invited for a nine-month Teaching Fellowship in History of Art starting 1st October 2011
The post replaces Dr Tom Nickson, who is on research leave in the academic year 2011-12.
We shall consider seriously highly qualified candidates specialising in medieval art and architecture c.350-1550 (including Byzantine and/or Islamic art and architecture), with a particular preference for those whose research has an international focus.
Informal inquiries about the posts may be made to the Head of Department, Professor Mark Hallett  or Dr Tom Nickson
For full details and to apply online please visit the University of York jobs website (search under ‘Teaching’).
Nantes’ Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA)
Residential Fellowship

Nantes’ Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) is now accepting applications for residential fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The Institute provides an office, housing and up to full replacement of salary for up to 10 months.  The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is May 31st 2011.  Full information (in French, English, Spanish and Arabic) and application materials can be found at .  The IEA welcomes applicants in the Social Sciences and Humanities from all countries; residents range from young postdocs to confirmed intenationally-acclaimed scholars.
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Das Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien der Ruhr-Universität Bochum lädt vom
25.11. bis 26.11.2011 zum “Zweiten Bochumer Nachwuchsworkshop für
MediterranistInnen” ein.
Einladen möchten wir DoktorandInnen aus den Geschichts-, Sozial- und
Literaturwissenschaften, den archäologischen Wissenschaften, den
Religionswissenschaften, der Orientalistik, der Geographie, der
Ethnologie und angrenzenden Fächern. Der Workshop gibt Gelegenheit zur
Vorstellung eigener Forschungsarbeiten und zum interdisziplinären
Austausch aktueller Forschungsperspektiven im Bereich der
Im Fokus des diesjährigen Nachwuchsworkshops stehen Akteure und Agency
im Mittelmeerraum. Unter der Leitfrage mediterraner Agency sollen
Handlungsspielräume unterschiedlicher AkteurInnen im Mittelmeerraum
diskutiert werden: Welche Rolle spielen beispielsweise Ensembles
menschlicher Subjekte und materieller Objekte für den Mittelmeerraum in
unterschiedlichen historischen Epochen und in der
Gegenwart? Über wieviel Agency und Handlungsmacht verfügen die
AkteurInnen jeweils? Wie wirkt sich ihr struggle for agency auf die
Verteilung von Macht und Ressourcen, die Entstehung von Netzwerken und
Kontakten sowie die Deutung von Ordnungssystemen im Mittelmeerraum aus?
Haben diese Aushandlungsprozesse
materielle Spuren hinterlassen? Welche Kontinuitäten und/oder Umbrüche
kennzeichnen diesen Kampf um Handlungsmacht (z. B. im Wechsel von der
kolonialen zur postkolonialen Zeit) und inwiefern beeinflusst die
unterschiedliche Verteilung von Agency zu verschiedenen Zeiten das
Verhältnis der nördlichen und
südlichen, westlichen und östlichen Ufer des Mittelmeers?
Bitte übersenden Sie Ihre Bewerbung bis zum 30.06.2011 elektronisch oder
auf dem Postweg.
Die Bewerbung sollte neben dem Exposé (ca. 500 Wörter + 5 Keywords für
einen Vortrag von insgesamt 15-20 Min) ein kurzes aussagekräftiges CV
Die Kosten für die Anreise und die Übernachtung werden vom Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien getragen.
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“The Umayyads: History, Art and Culture in the First Century of Islam”
University of Edinburgh, 24-25 June 2011
For further information, and to register, please visit:
Note that a discount applies to registrations made before May 24th.
Updates will be added to the website in the next few weeks.
Confirmed Participants & Titles
Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland)
Historical Writing under the Umayyads
Teresa Bernheimer (SOAS, University of London)
Friends or Foes? ‘Alid and Umayyad family relations in the later Umayyad period
Dominic Brookshaw (University of Manchester)
Persian Traces in the Umayyad Khamriya
Nicola Clarke (Oxford University)
Caliphs and conquerors: images of the Marwanids in narratives of the conquest of Spain
François Déroche (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
A Qur’anic script from Umayyad times Around Marcel 13
Denis Genequand (University of Geneva)
Building E at Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi: Form, Decoration and Function
Alain George (University of Edinburgh )
Paradise or empire? On a paradox of Umayyad art
Robert Hillenbrand (University of Edinburgh)
Hisham’s balancing act: the decoration of Qasr al-Hair al-Gharbi
Robert Hoyland (Oxford University)
Papyrus Nessana 77 and the concept of dhimmat Allah
Hugh Kennedy (SOAS, University of London)
Private landownership in the Umayyad period: the uses and abuses of the “qati’a”
Derek Kennet (Durham University)
The archaeology of the 8th century AD in the Gulf
Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh)
‘God’s Caliph’ Revisited: Umayyad Political Thought and its Late Antique Context
Petra Sijpesteijn (University of Leiden)
Title TBC
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen)
Title TBC
Jack Tannous (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University)
All Mixed Up: Thinking about Christians and Muslims in the Umayyad Period
Philip Wood (University of Cambridge)
The Church of the East and Umayyad Iraq: Decentralisation and expansion (660-750)
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24-26 June 2011

Ivory Analysis Combined: Art History and Natural Science
Several groups of Medieval ivory carvings have been the object of a century-long debate with regard to their cultural context, original function and secondary use, and chronology. So far only a few objects have been subjected to scientific testing and the recently published data of Radiocarbon analysis of a number of plaques of the ‘Grado’ group offer a new solid basis for establishing their productive context and the cultural relationship with other artistic media. It is obvious that scientific and technical investigations alone cannot provide ultimate answers to the many questions involved in artistic production; however, it is promising to combine the various scientific methods of analysis with the traditional art historical approach.
The workshop aims to evaluate and integrate technical and scientific analysis in the art historical study and research of Byzantine and Byzantine influenced Western artworks of ivory and bone. The workshop will bring together scientists and art historians who are specialists in the relevant fields to explore the challenges and chances of art historical, technical and scientific methods to determine the date, species, and technical characteristics of the objects under discussion. The workshop aims also at stimulating further scientific and technical analyses, especially, but not exclusively, on plaques belonging to the ‘Grado’, ‘Amalfi’ or ‘Salerno’ groups. It will provide an ideal frame for learning about existing sophisticated methods of analysis, discussing the pros and cons of possible investigations and for exchanging experience with respect to scientific methods.
The workshop may serve as a pilot meeting for an international co-operation between museums, art historians and natural scientists to establish valuable links between scientific and cultural aspects of ivory.
At the same time, it will provide a frame to continue the exchange of specialists who are related with an international research project called “Mediterranean Cross-Currents: The So-called ‘Salerno ivories’ as Examples of Artistic Interaction in the Middle Ages,” initiated as a cooperation of scholars affiliated with the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, the Johns Hopkins University, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Munich, and the University of Salerno. Generously hosted by the Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana, this project’s first meeting took place in Amalfi in December 2009 and aimed at involving a large number of young, promising scholars who plan specifically to concentrate on the Salerno/Amalfi ivories and the Mediterranean environment in the 11th – 12th c.
The workshop at Dumbarton Oaks is planned to take place on the 24th – 26th of June 2011 while the Dumbarton Oaks Museum shows a special exhibition entitled “Cross References” which will present about twenty works of ivory, several of them proven to be difficult to place chronologically or in the correct cultural context, providing a favorable ‘case studies’ background.
For infos, please write to:
BANDO PER DUE “TRAVEL GRANTS” – WORKSHOP A DUMBARTON OAKS: “Ivory Analysis Combined: Art History and Natural Science”
Nell’ambito del progetto di studio Mediterranean Cross-Currents: The So-called “Salerno ivories” as Examples of Artistic Interaction in the Middle Ages  (, nei giorni 24-26 Giugno 2011 presso il centro di studi bizantini di Dumbarton Oaks-Trustes of Harvard University, Washington DC, si terrà la seconda workshop sugli avori di Grado/Amalfi/Salerno, organizzata da Gudrun Buehl (Direttrice, Dumbarton Oaks Museum) e Francesca Dell’Acqua (Università di Salerno), dal titolo “Ivory Analysis Combined: Art History and Natural Science”.
Il Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana, tra i principali promotori del menzionato progetto di studi, e ospite della prima workshop (Dicembre 2009), mette a disposizione di giovani studiosi (specializzandi, dottorandi, dottori di ricerca, assegnisti) due “travel grants”di 500 euro l’una, al fine di contribuire alle spese di viaggio aereo per raggiungere Washington DC in occasione della workshop del 24-26 Giugno 2011.
Si pregano i giovani studiosi interessati di inviare entro il 15 Aprile a mezzo e-mail all’indirizzo o la seguente documentazione:
1 – Breve curriculum e lista delle pubblicazioni
2 – Lettera in cui si spiegano le motivazioni a partecipare alla workshop a Dumbarton Oaks, corredata di indirizzo postale, nonché di e-mail e numero di telefono per comunicazioni da parte del Centro.
Un’apposita commissione stabilirà l’assegnazione delle “travel grants” a seguito di una valutazioni di merito della documentazione inviata. La comunicazione dell’assegnazione verrà effettuata via e-mail entro il 30 Aprile  2011.
Per informazioni:
Tel. 089-871170 – Fax n. 089-873143
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