The Byzness

OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, August 7, 2011

1. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
2. CALL FOR PAPERS
3. SUMMER SCHOOL

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1. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Princeton University
Art Historian: Byzantine Medievalist, Associate Professional Specialist
Begin date November 2011 (or before)
Associate Professional Specialist-scholar/cataloguer in the Index of Christian Art. PhD preferred. Knowledge of Byzantine / Early Christian art essential. General duties include cataloguing works of medieval art from the existing paper files into an electronic database as well as original research in different media. Reading knowledge of foreign languages required. Ability to work with databases essential. Applicants should apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu and submit a CV, cover letter and contact information for three references.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

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University of Cyprus
Position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Lecturer in Byzantine History
The University of Cyprus announces one (1) academic position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Lecturer. For all academic ranks, an earned Doctorate from a recognized University is required. Requirements for each academic rank depend on the candidate’s years of academic experience, the research record and scientific contribution, involvement in teaching and in the development of high quality undergraduate and graduate curricula. Interested applicants should check additional information available here.
The official languages of the University are Greek and Turkish. For the above positions knowledge of Greek is necessary. Holding a citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus is not a requirement.

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

Whose rules? Medieval conventions for dealing with outsiders
Session: International Medieval Congress, Leeds 9-12 July, 2012
All societies operate according to rules, both written and often unwritten. Medieval societies were no exception. Rules affected kingship and lordship; urban and rural communities; secular church and regular monastic life, as well as social groupings, aspects of economic, religious, legal and intellectual life, and even literature and the other arts. People made rules, lived by the rules, and broke rules. In view of the fundamental importance of this topic, the IMC has chosen as its special thematic focus in 2012: Rules to Follow (or Not)
Dealings with the outside world, settled or nomadic, always carried with them the potential for disordering the carefully cultivated image that medieval rulers and ruling regimes wanted to project to their subjects and clients. In states with sophisticated court ritual and a developed sense of protocol, all attempts were made to ensure that foreign legations played their assigned roles – paid requisite obeisance, were addressed and spoke in formulaic phrases, sat at their designated place at the banquet table, and were displayed to the populace in order of precedence. Commentators and treatises on foreign policy warned against allowing outsiders privileges and honors that might weaken the state’s assumed position of omnipotence or, at the very least, superiority over others. However, compromises were necessarily made in response to realpolitik, often in complete contravention of the rules of engagement espoused. This session aims to explore the rules governing relations with the outside world, and the ways in which they were followed, adapted or bypassed in pursuing the medieval state’s external aims in the ninth, tenth and eleventh centuries.
The IMC rules require a formal abstract of 100 words, but please write in with further details of the paper you would like to propose alongside the formal abstract. The duration of the final paper will be between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on whether it is a three or four speaker session. All abstracts must be sent to prerona.prasad@history.ox.ac.uk by no later than 20 August 2011.
Additional information available here.

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3. SUMMER SCHOOL

Georgian National Center of Manuscripts is organizing a Summer School – “Georgian Script” from 5th to 15th September 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The school program is intended for the foreigners, interested in Georgian culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript inheritance.
The target groups of the program are: foreign researchers and students. Working language of the Summer School is English. The aim of the summer school “Georgian script”, is: spreading Georgian script, as an important achievement of Georgian culture, on the international arena, popularizing sciences, focusing the versatility of Georgian manuscript culture, as the product of relations among cultures, preparing the basis for future contribution of Georgian and foreign scientists and students, supporting the development of the cooperative relations.
All costs regarding to the accommodation, food and traveling within Georgia of the Summer School’s participants, EXCEPT OF THE TRAVELLING COSTS TO AND FROM GEORGIA will be covered by the National Center of Manuscripts.
Please fill in the application form and send it to the National Center of manuscripts no later than:  19th of August, 2011, on this e-mail address: makaradze@manuscript.ac.ge
Successful applicants will be notified about the final decision of the selection process due to 24th of August, 2011.
National Center of Manuscripts kindly asks you to distribute this information to the prospective target groups of the SS “Georgian Script”.

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