The Byzness

The Byzness, September 18, 2011


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Later Byzantine History. Assistant Professor, Tenure Track.
Anticipated start date, September 1, 2012.

The Department of History of Princeton University, in conjunction with the Program in Hellenic Studies, invites applications from scholars who specialize in the history of the later Byzantine Empire, with expertise in one or more major aspects of Byzantine-Western relations (diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, etc.). Teaching responsibilities include an undergraduate lecture course surveying the later Byzantine Empire and its legacy and upper level undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in specialized aspects of the field. Review of files will begin October 15, 2011, but applications will be considered until the department chooses to close the search.

You may apply online at Applicants should provide a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, and dissertation chapter outline. Applicants should also provide contact information for at least three recommenders as part of the online application process. AA/EOE.

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‘Byzantium’ in Transition
1st International Workshop: The Byzantine Early Middle Ages, 7th-8th Centuries
October 28-30, 2011, Nicosia, Cyprus

The first of a trilogy of international workshops, organized by the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, designed to intensively investigate Byzantine history throughout the middle ages. A full announcement (and schedule) is available here.


Public Lecture by Nancy Sevcenko
September 29, 2011

If you’re in the DC area, she’ll be lecturing at the Dumbarton Oaks Library on A Prince and his Monastery: Isaac Comnenus and the Church of the Virgin Kosmosoteria in Thrace (1152). For full announcement, and registration information, please see the poster.


Monday 16th April – Wednesday 18th April 2012

A Three-Day International Conference concerned with Romanesque, Byzantium and Islam. There is also an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to medieval sites in and around Palermo from 19-20 April. A number of student scholarships are available; deadline for scholarships and for registration is 10 November 2011. Full announcement is available here.


Figure and Ornament: Aesthetics, Art and Architecture in the Caucasus Region, from 400 to 1700
Tbilisi, Georgian National Museum, September 29 – October 1, 2011

The conference will be dedicated to the various relationships between figure and ornament in the arts of the Caucasus from the Middle Ages until the early 17th century, in particular in Georgia, Armenia, Eastern Anatolia and Azerbaijan, also including Iran. While the current debates on the coexistence of and the cultural exchange between Christianity and Islam are mainly concentrated on the Mediterranean, the conference will take a closer look at the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, which has hardly been considered from this perspective. From early times, the Caucasian area has been characterized by an encounter and conflict between the Greco- Roman and Persian or Central Asian worlds of the Middle Ages and by the formation of Georgian and Armenian Christianity relating to Byzantium on the one hand and various Islamic cultures on the other. Please visit the conference website for further information and a full schedule.


37th Byzantine Studies Conference
DePaul University, October 21-23, 2011

This year’s Byzantine Studies Conference, held at DePaul University, is rapidly approaching. In order to plan the logistics for our events, on-line registration will be closing on October 1st. We especially urge you to register now if you are planning to attend the special events or if you will require a vegetarian option at the business lunch (the conference website is accessible at If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at:

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