The Byzness

The Byzness, 23 October 2011
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“Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2012
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) offers a limited number of two-month pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for outstanding junior scholars in the final stage of completing their dissertations or within 4 years of having received the doctorate. Dissertation topics should be related to the ongoing research project in Department II “Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” (Organizers: Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most).
This research project examines historically and comparatively the scholarly practices associated with canonical texts especially in the following linguistic traditions: ancient Greek; Latin; Hebrew; Arabic; the languages of the Indian subcontinent; Chinese. Approximately six senior and six junior scholars (the positions advertised here are for the latter six) will constitute a Working Group at the MPIWG in Berlin from 6 July 2012 to 17 August 2012. Each participant will arrive with a preliminary version of a chapter on one aspect of this topic for a collective publication, to be presented to and discussed by the other members of the group. All participants will then spend those six weeks working together to turn these chapters into a more unified book. The topic of the dissertation or postdoctoral research project must be pertinent to the research project and should come from the linguistic traditions indicated. Applicants working on non-European topics are especially encouraged to apply.
The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.s of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. The colloquium language is English and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, French, Italian, Spanish, or English. The fellowships will run from 1 July 2012 – 31 August 2012 and will include funds to cover round-trip travel between the fellow’s home institution and Berlin and a stipend for living expenses during this period. The MPIWG offers all resident scholars office space, computer and library support.
Applicants should send the following materials by 2 January 2012:
1. Curriculum vitae and list of publications.
2. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation, in which its relevance to this ongoing MPIWG research project is made clear.
3. One chapter of the dissertation or a scholarly article, pertinent to the project (no longer than 40 pages), preferably in pdf form.
4. One letter of recommendation from dissertation advisor endorsing the candidate and his/her involvement in the MPIWG Working Group. (Letters should be sent separately.)
Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung (PrePostdoc Dept.2)
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin
(Electronic submission is also possible: Ms. Regina Held <>)
Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2012. Questions concerning stipends and the MPIWG should be addressed to the MPIWG Research Coordinator, Mr. Jochen Schneider <>. Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.
ISAW Now Accepting Visiting Research Scholar Applications for Fall 2012

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 7-10 appointments of visiting research scholars. We are now accepting applications for fellowships beginning in fall 2012. ISAW’s scope embraces the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. They are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the academic terms for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.

For details about the categories of fellows, financial support, and the application, please visit The deadline for applications is December 10, 2011. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Classics
A number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are offered for one year (renewable for another) in the Department of Greek and Latin Studies, University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. Areas of specialization in the department include Greek tragedy, gender, Roman epic and tragedy, Greek lyric poetry, the New Testament, Post-Modern Christian theology. Candidates’ research can be in any area of Classics and the final choice of candidate will not be influenced by their choice of research topic. The stipend is set at the UJ’s rate for postdoctoral fellowships, currently R170 000 per annum, sufficient to cover living expenses. Successful candidates would be expected to commence their fellowship either in February or September 2012 (although the start date may be negotiated). There are therefore two deadlines for applications: 30 November 2011 (to start in February 2012) and 31 May 2012 (to start in September 2012). Candidates are only eligible if they have been awarded a doctoral degree within the last five years; and, if they have yet to receive the degree, they must have it in hand by the time they take up the position, or preferably by the end of 2010.  Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae, the names of two referees, an example of their written work (preferably published) of about 10 000 words, and a one-page summary of their proposed postdoctoral research to Dr Andrea Doyle at Applicants should also request that their referees send their references to the same email address. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their references arrive by the deadline.  Applications can also be posted to: Dr Andrea Doyle, Department of Greek and Latin Studies, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa, making sure they arrive by the deadline. The successful candidate will be informed by phone.
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Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography 13-18 August 2012
Purpose: The school is intended for students of Classical, Biblical, Patristic and medieval Greek literature, for historians of Byzantine art and culture, and for custodians of manuscripts and rare books. Its aim is to introduce them to research work with medieval Greek manuscripts.
Structure: Over the course of five days, students will have ten reading classes, participate in four manuscript viewing sessions in Oxford libraries, and attend ten lectures (listed below).
Tutors: Ilse de Vos (M.A., Ghent; Ph.D., Leuven); Charalambos Dendrinos (M.A., Ph.D., London); Dimitrios Skrekas (M.St., D.Phil., Oxford); Georgi Parpulov (M.A., Sofia; Ph.D., Chicago); Nigel Wilson, F.B.A.
Lecture speakers: Andrew Honey (Care and Conservation of Byzantine Manuscripts), Nigel Wilson (Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts; Editing Classical Texts), Ilse de Vos (Editing Patristic Texts), Marc Lauxtermann (Editing Byzantine Poetry), Elizabeth Jeffreys (Editing Byzantine Prose), Michael Jeffreys (Editing Vernacular Texts; Early Printing in Greek), Alexander Lingas (Greek Liturgical Manuscripts), Maja Kominko (Byzantine Manuscript Illumination)
Fees: £ 200
Accommodation: Accommodation will be available at Lincoln College at the cost of £ 263 (prices current as of December 2011), but students may choose to make their own living arrangements in Oxford.
Financial assistance: Bursaries of £ 463 will cover the fees and accommodation expenses of at least five students. At least two more students will be able to attend the school without paying a £ 200 fee. Active efforts are being made to raise funds for further bursaries.
Applications are due on or before 8 January 2012 and are to be submitted by e-mail to . Please, explain in detail your reasons for wishing to attend the school and attach your current CV. Indicate whether you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Arrange for one letter of reference from an established academic to be sent to the same e-mail address by 8 January 2012. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 January 2012.
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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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