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The Byzness, 30th October 2011


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Prosopography of the Byzantine World meeting, 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 (immediately before the Late Antique and Byzantine seminar)

The research arm of the Prosopography of the Byzantine World (1025-1180), has just moved to Oxford, though administration will be shared with King’s College, London, which will continue to provide technical support and a server for its database. At the same moment PBW has published a major new edition ( Please glance at the site to see what it does. The project needs to apply for money to increase its rate of growth. It also needs to extend its linguistic range, which has begun to spread from Greek and Latin into Armenian and Arabic. Looking at the personnel in Oxford teaching Byzantium and neighbouring areas, the following areas of interest have been identified which are of importance to PBW:

1. Arabic, especially historical works
2. Syriac, especially Michael the Syrian
3. Armenian, especially Matthew of Edessa
4. Georgian
5. Greek: literary sources, particularly poetic texts
6. Greek (and other?) epigraphy
7. Greek (and other?) book colophons
8. Lead seals
9. Western European pilgrims passing through Byzantium
10. Third crusade (a later extension)

There may well be others.

PBW needs editors to join and eventually replace Professor Michael Jeffreys, who is currently the only (honorary) member of staff. The people available in Oxford include a large number of hard-pressed but very distinguished members of staff (in post and retired), and a most impressive number of excellent postgraduate students, also hard-pressed and in many cases short of money. The latter have limited time available until they submit, but then often have several months of enforced inactivity (or nearly so) till they are confirmed in the doctorate. In principle, we need a senior and a junior member for any of the areas above which is to take a full part in the project.

The senior members are needed to guarantee the work done by the postgraduate  students, by allowing their names to be used in applications (or even signing them). They  will also need to choose  suitable postgraduates for the tasks concerned: if they do this  well, the occasional spot checks needed for quality control may be very undemanding.  Postgraduate students have worked for PBW in the past as PBW research scholars (6  hours p.w., before PhD) and PBW research fellows (a larger fraction, or full-time) after  submission of PhD. There will be financial incentives for those willing to train to undertake  editing work. The number of positions and the overall size of the project will depend on the  interest shown in Oxford and the amount of money (if any) the project can raise from  funding bodies.

There will be a meeting in fourth week at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 in the  Lecture Theatre of the Ioannou Centre, under the auspices of the Oxford Centre for  Byzantine Research. Michael Jeffreys will present more details and answer questions.


Lecture: ‘Current trends in Greek church music’
Hellenic Center, 15th November 2011

The Ionian Society cordially invites you to a special talk on ‘Current Trends in Greek Church Music’ held by Dr Dimitrios Skrekas. Dr Skrekas wrote his doctoral thesis on Byzantine hymnographical texts of the 8th Century at Oxford and is a professional cantor. Since 2008 he has worked at the British Library as a cataloguer on the Greek Manuscript Digitization Project. The event will take place on the 15th November 2011 at the Hellenic Center at 7pm followed by a drinks reception.The talk will be held in English.

For further information contact:
Maria Andipa on 07808 777 946 or 0207 589 2371
Anastasia Savidu at


“Of Vines and Wines: The Production and Consumption of Wine in Anatolian Civilizations Through the Ages”

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) Annual Conference, December 3-4, 2011

Keynote speaker: Patrick McGovern, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Applied Science Center for Archaeology,  author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture
Full program to follow
Conference will have simultaneous translation for Turkish and English
Place: Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, 181 Istiklal Cad.  Merkez Han Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsored by Koç University and Doluca




From Antiquity onwards, florilegia have played an important role in the preservation and reception of the work of influential authors. For various reasons, extracts from their work have been selected, rearranged and assembled to form new entities. These, in turn, were often disseminated widely, for instance through translations. As a consequence, florilegia are crucial in the process of the transmission of knowledge.
Because the florilegium as a genre is inherently connected with value judgements, it also has close ties with the issue of authority. Florilegia exert an influence on the canonization of texts and authors, while their perceived importance is itself often based on the authority of their compilers. Conversely, the work itself regularly acquires a certain status that can reflect on the compiler, witness the many ‘pseudo’-florilegia. Not only are florilegia sometimes strategically or erroneously attributed to an authority, the same can be observed with regard to the texts that have been included in them.
However, the different instances of authority that can be related to florilegia do not necessarily lead to a completely stable text. Indeed, this genre is – even more than others – characterized by an intriguing openness: it is not only impossible to strictly distinguish the genre from related forms; the variability of the text is to a large degree also due to the fact that parts of it can easily be added, moved or omitted during transmission. This process of selection and (re)arrangement is obviously a typical feature of florilegia both at the time of their creation and during various stages of their transmission.
During this two-day workshop we will study the constants and evolutions with regard to the creation, function, public and context of a large range of florilegia from Antiquity to the Renaissance, from the Byzantine, Latin and vernacular traditions. The contributions will combine various disciplines: philology, history, codicology, philosophy, literary studies, etc. Specific case studies will be combined with broader surveys, with the issue of authority functioning as a shared focal point.
Participation is free, but registration (before 21 November) is required:
Pauscollege, Conferentiezaal
Hogeschoolplein 3, 3000 Leuven
The workshop is organized by the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS) and LECTIO.
Organizing committee
Rita Beyers, Reinhart Ceulemans, Pieter De Leemans, Kristoffel Demoen, An Faems, Jan Papy, Peter Van Deun, Gerd Van Riel
Scientific committee
Rita Beyers, Kristoffel Demoen, Russell Friedman, Jacqueline Hamesse, Johan Leemans, Glenn Most, Antonio Rigo
With the generous support of
– FWO-Vlaanderen
– vzw Graecitas Christiana
– Leuven International Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences
– the research committee of the Faculty of Arts (K.U.Leuven)

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The Chronicle of Theophanes: sources, composition and transmission. An International Workshop

@ Institut d’études byzantines & UMR 8167, Collège de France, Paris, September 14-15, 2012
Paper proposals due February 15, 2012

The Chronicle attributed to Theophanes the Confessor († 817 or 818) is an annalistic compilation spanning more than five hundred years of Byzantine history, roughly from Diocletian’s Great Persecution to the onset of the Second Iconoclasm. It stands as the major Greek source on Byzantium’s “Dark Centuries”, for which period its compiler relied on now lost sources covering, notably, the Arab conquest, the Monothelite controversy, the emergence of Bulgaria and the First Iconoclasm.

The fifteen years of research since Mango and Scott’s groundbreaking English translation have witnessed challenges to the traditional view of the Chronicle’s authorship and steady advances in tracking and assessing its individual sources. In this regard, one source of the Chronicle, clearly related to the Western Syriac tradition, has received a particularly large share of attention. On this and other matters, however, opinions differ, while numerous questions, concerning for example the compiler’s method and biases, the Chronicle’s manuscript tradition or its Latin adaptation by Anastasius, Librarian of the Roman Church († ca. 879), wait to be reformulated in light of recent research.

We invite papers considering aspects of the composition of the Chronicle, its sources and its early transmission, to be presented and discussed in Paris, on September 14-15, 2012. Please send proposals (up to 500 words) by February 15, 2012 to

The organizers: Marek Jankowiak (Oxford), Federico Montinaro (Paris)
Confirmed speakers include: Dmitry Afinogenov (Moscow), Wolfram Brandes (Frankfurt), Błażej Cecota (Łódź), Maria Conterno (Princeton), Salvatore Cosentino (Bologna), Muriel Debié (Paris), Réka Forrai (Budapest), James Howard-Johnston (Oxford), Robert Hoyland (Oxford), Andrzej Kompa (Łódź), Roger Scott (Melbourne), Panos Sophoulis (Athens), Constantin Zuckerman (Paris)


The IEECS I International Congress of Middle Ages for Predoctoral Researchers

University of Almeria, June 18 to 22, 2012

The purpose of the congress is twofold:
The creation of an international meeting and debate forum to promote the exchange of ideas among predoctoral researchers on the Middle Ages, be it History, Art History, or Archaeology.
To report the different research lines being developed, with an emphasis on:
-The subject of thesis projects
-Research methodology
-Computer assisted data processing
-Field work
The call for papers is open to any researcher working on a doctoral thesis in History, Art History or Mediaeval Archaeology. Besides, proposals will be accepted from researchers expected to defend their doctoral theses on after 1 March, 2012.
Proposals of papers can be sent to the Organizing Committe until November 11 (  After evaluation, the acceptance of proposals will be communicated until November 25.
For further information, please go to

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Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Berlin, 01.10.2012

Bewerbungsschluss: 30.11.2011

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will admit fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin October 1, 2012. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant (ca. 1.400 Euro per month); the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.

The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. It invites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas. Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and grant can be extended for a total of three years.

For more information visit our website at <>

The application package needs to include the following documents: a completed and signed application form; an outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief summary); a signed curriculum vitae; two letters of reference; certified copies of degrees received; evidence of proficiency in the language(s) relevant to the dissertation project; and for non-native speakers of English, proof of proficiency in English. Holders of PhD scholarships that were awarded on the basis of academic references for the same project with which applicants apply to the Graduate School can submit copies of these references.

Applications will be reviewed by the School’s Admissions and Grants Committee.

The complete application package must be submitted by November 30, 2011 to:

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Altensteinstr. 48
14195 Berlin

For further information, please contact the Graduate School’s office at <>

Homepage <>

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Art & Archaeology

Koc University, Department of Archaeology and the History of Art is accepting applications for a full-time position in either Archaeology or  the History of Art, to begin in September 2012.
Full announcement is available here.

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