The Byzness

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The Byzness, 27 November 2011


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LAND and SEA in the Early Medieval World, ca. 300-1100

Australian Early Medieval Association Eighth Conference – Friday 27 to Saturday 28 April 2012, University of Queensland

Call for Papers
Papers are invited which explore the persistence of contact by sea across coastal and riverine landscapes from Late Antiquity into the Middle Ages, in areas ranging from Ireland to the Levant, Scandinavia to the shores of North Africa. The early Middle Ages were a dynamic era of seaborne travel which enabled important advances in technology, distributed new religious ideas and laid the foundations of the modern globalized world. Loss of some communications routes and cohesive aspects of ancient civilization happened alongside the expansion of the Vikings or the establishment of the Islamic hajj. Around the shores of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, along the English Channel and down the Red Sea, coastal communities built boats, imported and exported raw materials, manufactured and traded in goods and services and interacted with people across the waters.
Papers on any aspect of the continuing historical, cultural and social impact of trade and travel networks throughout Late Antiquity and into the Middle Ages are invited. Topics of focus could include, for example, travel literature, shipwreck archaeology, piracy, trade routes, fishing or pilgrimage.
Abstracts on the conference theme, of about 300 words for papers of 20 minutes are now sought from interested participants. Panel proposals of three 20-minute papers are also welcome. All submissions should be sent to the organizers by email to by 12 January 2012.
Enquiries and submissions should be directed to the conference convenor, Amelia R. Brown, at the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072,
Limited travel assistance may be available upon application, to support visitors to Brisbane for this conference. The Australian Early Medieval Association encourages and supports the study of the early medieval period by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information amongst members. Membership of AEMA is encouraged, but not required, to attend this conference. To join AEMA, send an email to


Call for papers: Mimesis in Byzantine Art: Classical, Realistic or Imitative
Pontifical Unviersity of John Paul II, Cracow, September 5-7 2012

Full announcement may be found here.


“St Gregory Palamas: The Theological and Philosophical Significance of his work”.
University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, 7-15 of March 2012
(to include Sunday of St Gregory Palamas on March 11, 2012).

The University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki in association with the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies in Thessalonica (at the Holy Monastery of Vlatadon), the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge, UK), the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki, the Friends of Mount Athos (UK-USA), other Orthodox Christian Institutions and Hellenic Republic organisations invite you to participate in the International Conference on St Gregory Palamas that is going to take place in Thessaloniki from the 7th till the 15th of March 2012.
The Conference will have as a focus the important contributions of St Gregory  Palamas in the theological and philosophical debates from the 14th century till today.
You can see the list of Speakers and the titles of their presentations (with abstracts) by clicking here .
The Conference participants will be able to visit Monasteries related to St Gregory Palamas in Thessaloniki, Veroia and the Holy Mount Athos (the dates of the visits are included in the above indicated dates of the Conference). Further details about the programme of the Conference will be circulated shortly. There will be a simultaneous translation of all Sessions in English and Greek.
Fees and Registration forms you can find by clicking (PDF file) here.
For all further information you can contact the Secretary of the Conference at:


2012 Center for Ancient Studies Symposium – MASONS AT WORK
Architecture and Construction in the Pre-Modern World at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), 30 March-1 April 2012

The symposium aims to assemble specialists in various fields to examine building practices in the pre-modern world, with an emphasis on aspects of construction and structure in ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and early-to-middle period Islamic architecture. While some technologies and built forms may be shared across pre-modern cultures (such as vault construction or the use of centering), other may be specific to a single period or region (such as the use of concrete or structural ribs in vaulting). In addition to a panel of invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems pre-modern masons commonly encountered – and the solutions they developed – in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, including written evidence and the archaeological record, but for the purpose of the symposium we encourage studiesbased on the analysis of standing buildings.
Keynote Address: Lynne Lancaster (Ohio University) Featured Speakers: John Ochsendorf (MIT), Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt (DAI-Berlin), Katia Cytryn-Silverman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Lorenz Korn (University of Bamberg), Gionata Rizzi (Milan), Dimitris Athanasoulis (Ephoreia of Byzantine Antiquities, Corinth) Commentator: Kostis Kourelis (Franklin and Marshall College) Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout
Call for papers: Those wishing to speak at the symposium should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser.
Deadline: 15 December 2011; the final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to with “Masons at Work” in the subject line.

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Temporary lecturer

The Dept of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, is looking for a temporary lecturer to replace Dr Peter Pormann from 1st Feb next year, when he moves to Manchester. We need someone willing to offer lectures and seminars for the module ‘The World of Late Antiquity’, for a group of eleven 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates. The current syllabus is available:
We need someone to cover weeks 8-10 of the spring term and weeks 1-4 of the summer term. The syllabus can be altered to suit the research interests of the lecturer (eg Byzantine world; late antique urbanism/ art and architecture) – the current emphasis on the Islamic world is not essential. Hourly rates will be paid for the teaching.
Please contact to express interest, enclosing a c.v. and suggested syllabus.

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