The Byzness

The Byzness, September 11, 2011

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Greek Language and Culture Programs in Athens
Start dates: 6 February 2012, 2 April 2012

For information, please visit or download the flyer.
INDIVIDUAL GRANTS by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Union are available for all levels. School teachers, Educators of adults or professionals involved in adult education programmes in various organizations can get an individual grant to cover all their expenses.
Contact us to guide you to fill in your application to the National Agency of your country (


Launch of the beta version of “Pyle. A Gateway to Greek Manuscripts”

“Pyle” has been conceived as a collaborative tool for teaching and scholarly research in the field of Greek palaeography and codicology; it aims to collect scattered resources from various individuals and institutions, gradually adding new information, materials and services.

Pyle also aspires to promote interaction among scholars, students and all other persons interested in ancient and medieval Greek manuscript books, providing a place to share knowledge, ideas, projects and news.


Prosopography of the Byzantine World expanded!

The revised and expanded edition of the Propography of the Byzantine World has just been published, in time for the Byzantine Congress: you will find it at the old address,, replacing the beta version issued for the last Congress.

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International Conference on Imperial Legacies in a Cross-Cultural Mediterranean Context
Istanbul, RCAC, Istiklal Cad. No: 181 (Merkez Han) Beyoğ
ly, September 23-25, 2011

Program is now available here. From the website, further information is available on selected conference abstracts, and directions to the venue.


Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies

The Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies will take place in Rome from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 September 2012. The Congress will be hosted at first in the Sapienza University of Rome (Monday, opening session), and then, from Tuesday to Friday, in the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum and in the Vatican Library, near Saint Peter’s Basilica.

The program will be arranged as follows:
1. Plenary sessions, during which invited specialists will give reports on recent developments in the major domains of Coptic studies: Alessandro Bausi, Heike Behlmer, Heinzgerd Brakmann, Andrew Crislip, Alain Delattre, James E. Goehring, Johannes den Heijer, Karel C. Innemée, Gertrud J.M. van Loon, Tonio Sebastian Richter, Sofía Torallas Tovar, Gregor Wurst.
2. Short papers by IACS members and other scholars.
3. Workshops or panels devoted to special themes which have been prepared in advance by a group of scholars.

The provisional arrangement of thematic sections in which the papers will be distributed is as follows: Archaeology, Art, Bible, Codicology and Paleography, Coptic Literature, Copto-Arabic Studies, Documentary papyrology, Ethiopic literary production related to the Egyptian culture, Gnosticism and Manichaeism, History, Linguistics, Liturgy, Monasticism, Shenoutean studies.

For more information and registration, please visit the Congress web site.


International Conference on Riforma della Chiesa: esperienze monastiche e poteri locali
Badia di Cava, September 15-17 2011

A full program, in Italian, complete with contact information, is available here. It’ll probably be easiest to print it off, since it’s meant to be a three-sided pamphlet.


Call for papers for Italian Art Society CFP: Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures, I–IV
Kalamazoo 2012

The membership of the Italian Art Society seeks papers for the 47th International Congress of Medieval Studies, to be held May 10–13, 2012, at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.  Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures, I–IV comprises four linked sessions dedicated to the study of the rich cultural exchanges that lie at the foundation of Italy’s medieval art.  Building upon ideas that emerged during the IAS’s 2011 series Italian Art, a Reassessment of the Discipline, the IAS’s 2012 sessions will seek to direct attention to areas and periods so far neglected by American scholarship and at the same time to challenge received notions about periodization and geographic taxonomies.  Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures encompasses a broad range of topics and materials, divided across the following sessions:

Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures I. Early Medieval Art in Italy.  This session seeks papers that deal with the rich cultural exchange across the Alps and across the seas during the early centuries of the Middle Ages.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Brescia during the Longobard reign, Pavia as a Carolingian capital, and Milan as a center of Ottonian artistic production.
Chair: Eliza Garrison, Middlebury College.
Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures II. “Latin” and “Greek” Visual Cultures in the Italian Peninsula.  Byzantine art has often been invoked in regard to Italian art as an energizing foreign influence.  The session welcomes papers that explore the inextricable links between the two cultures on Italian soil: from early Christian icons to the maniera Graeca, from mosaics to cave paintings.
Chair: Linda Safran, University of Toronto.
Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures III. The Art of Islands and Islets.  The artistic panorama of islands presents peculiarities of exchange that set them apart from developments on the mainland.  This session seeks papers that explore the artistic production of the Italian islands as microcosms of cultural exchanges: from Sardinia to Sicily, Elba to the Tremiti.  Chair: Cathleen Fleck, Saint Louis University.
Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures IV. Cross-Cultural Exchanges Within and Beyond the Peninsula.  For centuries, Italy’s geographic position has favored productive exchange with countries bordering the Mediterranean basin.  This session seeks papers that explore the impact on Italian art of the circulation of objects, models, and artists from across the Mediterranean as well as the influence of Italian art in other countries.  Chair: Lisa Mahoney, De Paul University.

For submissions and inquiries, please contact Martina Bagnoli, the IAS’s Vice President for Program Coordination, at  Submission forms and instructions are available on the conference website,  The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011.

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Classicist Search at M.I.T.

Apparently, there is a special interest in attracting someone for this position who specializes in Late Antique and/or Byzantine literature.

The Literature Faculty at MIT seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in Classical Literatures. Evidence of the likelihood of a distinguished research and teaching career required. Research and teaching interests in digital humanities desirable. All members of the Literature Faculty teach in a wide-ranging undergraduate curriculum. Please submit cover letter, CV, dissertation abstract (2 pp. maximum), and letters of recommendation by October 21, 2011. Address applications to James Buzard, Head, Literature Faculty MIT.   Please submit applications via Academic Careers Online.  Electronic submission of applications strongly preferred; please direct questions to Hannah Carpenter, Administrative Assistant at To learn more about our program, go to

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Fellowships available through the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia

The flyer announcing the annual fellowships available through CAARI is now available here. If you have any questions, please get in contact with the new chairman of the CAARI committee, Stephen Falconer ( or with the committee’s general email,

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