The Byzness

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The Byzness, 16th October 2011







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2nd Interna,tional Symposium on the History, Culture and Civilization of Western Anatolian Principalities (Menteshe Principality)

Mugla 25-28 April, 2012


The series of symposiums on the Western Anatolian principilaties, a joint project of the universities of Aegean region and supported by the Turkish Historical Association, aim to present and promote research about each single principality of Western Anatolia. The second symposium of series, dedicated to the Menteshe principality will be held in Mugla on 25-28 April, 2012. Mugla University, founded in the Menteshe region, will host the symposium.

The symposium subjects are as follows:
Origin and foundation of the Menteshe principality
The place and importance of Menteshe principality among the Western Anatolian principalities
Relations of Menteshe principality with other states and principalites
Architecture and art of Menteshe principality
Wakfs and Wakfiyyes of Menteshe
Religious and Cultural life in Menteshe period
Trade and maritime life in Menteshe Principality
Historical geography of Menteshe Principality

Other subjects, if proposed, will be reviewed by the Scientific committee and could be included in the programme.
Symposium Language: Turkish and English
Deadline for sending the title and summary of papers: 30 October 2011
Symposium Date: 25-28 April 2012

Contact for sending papers and all other communications:
Accomodation and travel: The travel and accomodation expenses of persons presenting papers in the symposium will be met by the University of Mugla.




20-22 July 2012, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia


Our understanding of Byzantium’s external and internal interactions has shifted significantly as a result of recent scholarship. The significance of this state to a millennium of developments throughout Eurasia has been examined; more importantly, the nature of contacts between Byzantium and its Eurasian neighbours has been reconceived. Models for understanding Byzantium’s interactions with its neighbours have moved from imperial centre and periphery, to ‘commonwealth’, to ‘overlapping circles’, to parallel and mutual developments in political and cultural identity. The Byzantine millennium now seems more connected, by commerce, diplomacy and common cultural heritage, than before. Artefacts and ideologies were acquired, appropriated or mediated amongst Byzantium and its neighbours in the Latin West, southeastern and central Europe, Iran and Dar al-Islam; even prolonged conflict did not preclude exchanges and indeed sometimes sprang from shared developments. At the same time, what we think of as the distinctively Byzantine milieu of Constantinople also interacted with regional cultures that at various times formed part of its empire. Coptic and Syriac cultures in Late Antiquity, Latin and Arabic regions in later periods, displayed both ambivalence and engagement with the culture of Constantinople and with its imperial and ecclesiastical leaders. As with Byzantium’s external connections, ‘centre and periphery’ models of internal interactions are giving way to more dynamic models seeing metropolis and regions as parts of broader, common developments. The conference aims to explore these developments.


Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge, former Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Selwyn College and of Peterhouse; his major publications include inter alia: Jonathan Shepard and Simon Franklin, ‘The Emergence of Rus, 750-1200’ (1996), Jonathan Shepard and Simon Franklin (eds), ‘Byzantine Diplomacy’ (1992), Jonathan Shepard, ‘Byzantium’s Overlapping Circles’, Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies (2006), Jonathan Shepard (ed.), ‘The Expansion of Orthodox Europe: Byzantium, the Balkans and Russia’ (2007), Jonathan Shepard (ed.), ‘The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500-1492′ (2008).

The Biennial General Meeting of the Association will be held during the conference.


Papers exploring any aspect of cultural and political interactions between Byzantium and its neighbours, or within regions of the Byzantine empire, are invited. Abstracts of up to 300 words for papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be sent by 31 March to

Postgraduate and Post-doctoral Conference Bursaries

The AABS committee will give a limited number of bursaries of $500 each to postgraduate and postdoctoral members of AABS from outside Sydney who wish to present a paper. Please send an application letter with details of your circumstances along with your abstract to


Conference Organisers
Andrew Gillett
Danijel Dzino
Ken Parry





INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: The Archaeology of Late Antique and Byzantine Cyprus (4th – 12th centuries AD): Recent Research and New Discoveries
Nicosia, October 19-21, 2012


This conference aims to serve as an international scientific forum for archaeologists and other researchers, to present, in some cases for the first time, the results of their recent work. This could include archaeological excavations and field surveys, analyses of archaeological data using new analytical techniques and methodological tools, and new research projects on various aspects of the culture of Late Antique and Byzantine Cyprus, from architecture, painting and epigraphy to ceramics and numismatics. Contributions dealing with the period from the 7th century up to the 12th would be particularly welcome, considering the many grievous gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the material culture of the island following the end of Late Antiquity.

We plan a three-day event, with individual contributions up to 20 minutes in length. The conference will take place at Nicosia between the 19th and the 21st of October, 2012. There is no registration fee.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit a title and a 500-word abstract for consideration electronically, by January 15, 2012. Please send all materials and address all queries to Demetrios Michaelides ( and Maria Parani (

The Organizing and Scientific Committee
Prof. Demetrios Michaelides, Director of Archaeological Research Unit
Assist. Prof. Maria Parani, Department of History and Archaeology
Maria Parani, D.Phil. Assistant Professor in Byzantine Art and Archaeology




Byzantine authorship: theories and practices
An international conference to be held at Durham University, 23th-25th July 2012

Confirmed speakers: Margaret Mullett (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection/Washington DC); Ingela Nilsson (University of Uppsala); Stratis Papaioannou (Brown University), Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina Greensboro).

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on Byzantine literature from many different angles in order to investigate explicit theories and actual practices of authorship in the Middle Byzantine period. The aim is to understand how a culture obsessed with tradition faced and conceptualized its own ideological shifts. Is it possible to single out new tendencies in the way classical authors were approached and valued? Does the emergence of new genres affect the notion of literary creation? Do contemporary textual practices promote a new attitude in reading the past tradition? Can we detect a more subjective approach to canonical authors? Can we outline one or more «implicit poetics» in texts describing the production and consumption of literary works? Do the way Byzantine commentators engage with their texts (both profane and sacred) change according to their social, religious, political or geographical background? Can we speak for Byzantium of «textual harrassment», as has been done for the latin Middle Ages? And, more importantly, how do commentators describe their strategies of interpretation or even manipulation? Finally, how do they posit themselves as compared to previous hermeneutical traditions?

Please submit proposals for 40-minute papers, including a title and an abstract of no more than 400 words, by 6 January 2012; submissions from postgraduate students are also welcome.
All enquiries and submissions: Dr Aglae Pizzone (, Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham University, Durham, UNITED KINGDOM, DH1 3EU.


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CLAMS Study Day

KCL, Thursday 10th November 2011


‘The Dynamics of the Medieval Codex: Text and Image Study Day’ program is available here.




Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection: Byzantine Studies Public Lecture

Thursday, November 10, 2011 At 5:30 p.m.


A public lecture by Averil Cameron, “Dialogues in Byzantium: the long history of literary form”. To attend, please RSVP to:  202-339-6940.
The lecture will be held in the Music Room at Dumbarton Oaks’s Main House located at 1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington DC.




Memorial Lecture on Byzantine Scholars and the Union of the Churches by Professor Costas N. Constantinides

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS on Tuesday 18th October 2011, at 7pm


You are warmly invited to a Memorial Lecture on Byzantine Scholars and the Union of the Churches by Professor Costas N. Constantinides (University of Ioannina), on the occasion of the third anniversary of the passing away of Julian Chrysostomides (21.IV.1928-18.X.2008), Emeritus Reader in Byzantine History at the University of London and former Director of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Co-organised by The Hellenic Centre and RHUL Hellenic Institute the lecture will take place at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS on Tuesday 18th October 2011, at 7pm. The lecture will be followed by a reception. For further information please consult:



“A wonderful aspect and of abundant avail? Man and his Environment in the Byzantine Empire”

Conference: November 17th and 18th in Mainz


Program (in English and German) is available here.


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2012 Greek Language Summer School at Dumbarton Oaks

June 4 – 30, 2012


Dumbarton Oaks will again offer an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and paleography in the early summer of 2012. A limited number of places will be available for students from North America and Europe.

Course Offerings
The principal course will be a daily 1 ½ hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Students will also have the opportunity to view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine
Collection. Thus approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. It is anticipated that students will require the remaining hours of the week to prepare their assignments. If they should have extra time, they may conduct personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library.

Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks, emerita; Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University

Accommodation and Costs
No tuition fees will be charged. Successful candidates from outside the Washington area will be provided with housing at no cost and lunch on weekdays. Local area students will not be offered accommodation, but will receive free lunch on weekdays. Students are expected to cover their own transportation expenses.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies (or advanced undergraduates with a strong background in Greek) at a North American or European university. Two years of college level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test will be administered to finalist applicants before the final selection of successful candidates is made.

Application Procedure
Applicants should send a letter by January 16, 2012, to Dr. Margaret Mullett, Director of Byzantine Studies, describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. The application should also include a curriculum vitae and a transcript of the graduate school or undergraduate record. Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately, one from the student’s advisor, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate’s present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek. Principles of selection will include three considerations: previous meritorious achievement, need for intensive study of Byzantine Greek, and future direction of research. Awards will be announced in late February 2012, and must be accepted by March 15.
Please send all required materials to:
Dumbarton Oaks
Program in Byzantine Studies
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel.: 202-339-6940 FAX: 202-298-8409, E-mail:




Council for British Research in the Levant Awards 2012-13


The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) aims to promote, sponsor and carry out high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences throughout the countries of the Levant: Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

Applications are invited for the following award schemes:


Visiting Research Fellowships
To enable established scholars in university posts (Senior Visiting Fellowships), early career postdoctoral candidates within three years of the award of PhD (Visiting Fellowships) and students conducting PhD/DPhil research (Visiting Scholarships) to spend a period of time based at one or more of the CBRL’s overseas institutes to conduct primary research, develop contacts, give lectures, and write up project results/publications derived from a thesis/research. Applicants for Senior Visiting Fellowships must be employed at a UK university, applicants for a Visiting Fellowship must be British or normally resident in the UK, applicants for Visiting Scholarships must be registered on a full-time doctoral degree in a UK university.
Number varies; offered annually.
Closing Date: 16 January 2012


Pilot Study Awards
These are intended to enable postdoctoral scholars to undertake initial exploratory work or a feasibility study as a preliminary to making applications for major funding to a Research Council, the British Academy or another body.  Awards may be used to cover travel, round tables, seminars, or initial exploratory fieldwork and research. In addition, CBRL may assist such feasibility studies through the provision of its facilities and in establishing local contacts. To be eligible under this scheme, a project must involve an element of travel to (or from) the Middle East. Applicants should normally be either a British citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK.
Number varies; offered annually; value up to £7,500
Closing Date: 1 December 2011


Travel Grants
To cover costs of travel and subsistence of students, academics and researchers undertaking reconnaissance tours or smaller research projects (possibly as part of postgraduate degrees) in the countries of the Levant.  Such grants are not awarded to assist individuals to join a project, where it could be seen as a hidden subsidy to the project in question.  Applicants should normally be either a British Citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK or registered on a full-time degree at a UK University.
Number varies; offered annually; value up to £800
Closing Date: 16 January 2012


Project Completion Grants
CBRL has a policy of ensuring the completion of research projects, including a small number of ‘back-log’ projects inherited from its predecessors, the BSAJ and BIAAH. In some cases this includes support for additional analytical work, in others for support to produce final publication manuscripts, to complete project archives, or to repatriate research materials to the appropriate authorities in the region. CBRL has limited funds available to help such work. At present most of these funds are dedicated to completing projects that have been prioritized by the CBRL Research Committee, but it may be possible to provide some small-scale support to other researchers.
Closing Date: 1 December 2011


Guidance notes and application forms for the above schemes are available at:
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Cornell University, Department of the History of Art

The Department of the History of Art invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin fall semester 2012. We are searching in two areas and plan to conduct interviews at the College Art Association for candidates in both fields. Comparative and interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The PhD must be completed by Fall 2012. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until November 21st. The first area is Ancient and/or Colonial Latin American Visual Culture with emphasis on the visual arts of South America and the Caribbean. Ideally, the successful candidate would teach courses in both time periods. The chronological frame is flexible. We are especially interested in applicants with broad theoretical knowledge and interest in issues of indigeneity. The second area is the Visual Culture of Byzantium in the Mediterranean World, 500-1200 A.D. The department seeks a specialist in the visual culture of Byzantium with broad-ranging interdisciplinary and comparative interests, with a desired chronological spectrum of specialization from 500-1200 A.D. We are particularly interested in candidates who consider Byzantium and its culture in relation to the Islamic world, and/or to the ‘Catholic West,’ and who possess the linguistic portfolio to carry out in-depth research in the area of comparison. Priority will be given to those applications received by Nov. 15th.  Electronic applications are required.  Applicants may apply at  All required elements of the application may be uploaded to the online site. Cornell is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

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