The Byzness

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The Byzness, 4 December 2011


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MPhil Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

St Cross College invites applications for this MPhil Scholarship from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2012-2013 for an MPhil degree in any of the humanities and social science disciplines. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application in order to be eligible to apply for this Scholarship.
The Scholarship has the value of the annual College fee, currently £2426 per annum for 2011-2012, and is tenable for two years coterminous with college fee liability. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course. Applications should be received by the application deadline of Friday 9th March 2012.
The Scholarship is tenable at St Cross College only. Application forms can be downloaded from this site or requested by email using the Contact Form (choose the category Academic and Admissions). Written requests should be sent to the Admissions & Academic Secretary, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ.


Research Grant Announcement 2012

The Orient-Institut Istanbul offers a research grant for PhD students. Grants are available to support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences on the region, its history, culture, languages and contemporary affairs. The award consists of a monthly stipend of € 1000 for the duration of up to a maximum of one year.
Prospective applicants are expected to hold an M.A. degree in a Middle East-related discipline. The proposed research project should have a regional focus on, either, Turkey, the Balkans, the Volga or Caucasus region as well as Central Asia. The complete application should specify the necessity of conducting research in Istanbul, or Turkey, respectively, and include a detailed time frame for the envisioned research.
A basic command of German and Turkish is expected of all applicants. Participation in colloquiums at the institute is expected. Research stays outside of Istanbul have to be coordinated with the director.
Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2012, to the:
Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul
Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika
Susam Sokak 16-18, D. 8
34433 Cihangir – Istanbul
We also request that applications likewise be submitted by e-mail, please, to:
Applications must include the following documents:
(1) Cover letter
(2) CV
(3) Outline of the proposed research
(4) Letter of recommendation written by an academic supervisor
(5) Copy of the M.A. diploma
(6) Documentation of Turkish language skills


PhD scholarship

In the Department of History of Ghent University (Belgium), a four-year PhD studentship is available as part of a research project on early Byzantine historiography. The project focuses in particular on the transmission of historiographical texts and the complex processes of updating, summarising, adding and excising. In particular, it asks how these processes impact on the concepts of “text” and “authorship” with which we approach early Byzantine histories.
You possess a good master’s degree of History or Classics (or will possess one by 30/9/2012) and a good knowledge of Latin and Greek. You have an interest in historiography, literature, and in conceptual issues. You are able to work independently, whilst also a team player. Your tasks include: completion of a PhD within four years, the co-organisation of workshops and a conference, limited amounts of teaching, and occasional assistance with other research carried out in the project. Acquaintance with Byzantine Greek and a willingness to learn Dutch constitute advantages.
We offer you the possibility to work as part of a high-quality and large group of scholars working on late antique and Byzantine history and literature at one of Belgium’s leading universities, a scholarship of approx 1600 euro (net) per month, further training in our Doctoral School, and the possibility to study one year or semester abroad (depending on additional funding).
The succesful candidate is expected to start in 2012, preferably 1 October  at the latest.
For enquiries, please contact Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen ( Please submit  your application, consisting of a CV, personal statement, and the names of two referees, before the 1st of January 2012.


Columbia University Libraries Research Awards

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries’ Area Studies Collections.
Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2012. Awards will be made by April 1, 2012 for research at Columbia during the period July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Eligibility: The program is open to all US citizens and to resident non-citizens who are legally able to work in the US. However, preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area.
Application Guidelines: Applications will be accepted by e-mail only. Applications must include the following as attachments (Word or PDF):
Completed application form: A two-page (maximum) statement of the nature of the research project and its direct relationship to specific materials in Columbia’s libraries. It will be important to understand how holdings unique to Columbia will play a special role in accomplishing the research project. A brief CV (two pages maximum) Two letters of support from persons familiar with the applicant’s work Applications should be sent to: Please note that only applications submitted via e-mail will be accepted.
Conditions of the Award: Awardees will receive a lump sum payment of $2500, to be used in any way that best facilitates their use of collections at Columbia. At the conclusion of their research, awardees are expected to produce a short report (no longer than five pages) on the nature of their work and findings while at Columbia.
Deadlines and Timelines: Applications must be submitted no later than: January 31, 2012. Awards will be made on or before: April 1, 2012. Awardees will be expected to conduct their research at Columbia between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
For information on the Columbia University Libraries and its collections, please consult our website:


Residential Awards for Research in the Archaeology, History, Art History, Society and Culture of Italy from Prehistory to the Modern Period

The British School at Rome is a leading humanities research institute with outstanding facilities and an international reputation for research and interdisciplinarity in Italy and across the Commonwealth. Our highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers.
Applications are invited for a number of residencies at the British School at Rome. These awards, tenable for three or nine months, give scholars at different stages of their careers a valuable opportunity to pursue their research in Rome. They offer accommodation, food, 24-hour access to our historic library collection and, in some instances, a research grant.
Application deadline: 17 January 2012
For further details and application forms, please visit
or contact The Registrar, The British School at Rome, at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace,London, SW1Y 5AH; E
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that, if you are able to find funding from elsewhere, we have some accommodation available throughout the academic year. As a resident you are able to enjoy access to the BSR library 24-hours a day, seven days a week; free wi-fi; and a lively interdisciplinary community. For further information see our website or contact
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Birmingham postgraduate colloquium
26th May 2012

At the following links, you may find the call for papers and the colloquium poster.


Symposium on the work and life of Nikophoros Kallistou Xanthopoulos
Wohllebengasse 12-14, 1040 Vienna, 15-16 December 2011

The Institute for Byzantine Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences organizes – within the framework of the new edition of the historia ecclesiastica (together with the Institut für Byzantinistik, Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte und Neogräzistik of the University of Munich) – a symposium on the work (esp. the historia ecclesiastica) and life of Nikophoros Kallistou Xanthopoulos (including the reception of Greek historians in the work of Xanthopoulos).
Place: Wohllebengasse 12-14, 1040 Vienna
Time: 15th-16th December 2011.
Please find the programme of the symposium here.



Amsterdam, 22-26 July 2012

At this link you will find a call for papers for a section I and my colleague Ophir Muenz-Manor (The Open University, Israel) are organizing at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature / European Association for Biblical Studies to be held in Amsterdam between 22-26 of July 2012. The section, which will include twenty-minutes-papers session(s) and a textual workshop will focus on the dynamics between poetry and prose in late antiquity.

It would be great if you could join us at the meeting and we would be grateful if you could pass it along to people who might be interested in the topic. Please note that although the section appears under ‘Early Judaism and Rabbinics’, it as a comparative venture that includes contemporary Christian and pagan literatures as well.


Syriac Symposium in Mardin/ Turkey
20–22 April 2012

We cordially invite you to contribute to the first Syriac Studies Symposium of Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey. With great pleasure, we organize this symposium in Mardin, a city integral to Syriac culture, history, archaeology and architecture.
From ancient to modern times, Syriac-speaking communities have been in contact with various cultures and religions, covering a geographical area stretching from the East Asia to Europe and the Americas. By way of exploring the Syriac Culture in its wider multi- cultural context throughout the history, this conference aims to focus on the richness of the Syriac culture.
The Organizing Committee will give preference to papers focusing on the Syriac language, literature, art, architecture, archaeology, epigraphy, history, theology and liturgy within the framework of seminar’s theme.  Papers with suggestions for the enrichment of the Syriac Studies Program at Mardin Artuklu University are also encouraged.
The conference will take place on 20-22 April 2012 and travel and accommodation expenses of those whose papers are accepted will be paid by the organisation committee.
Please send your title and abstract (max. 300 words) together with your name, address, academic affiliation and e-mail address to by 31 December 2011.
Application Deadline: 31 December 2011
Acceptance Notification: 15 January 2012 Deadline for the submission of the texts: 15 April 2012 Announcement of the Programme: 16 April 2012 Symposium Date: 20–22 April 2012

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Numismatics course at the British School at Athens

Please find here details of a postgraduate training course in Greek numismatics to be held at the British School at Athens, 20th May – 3rd June 2012.
For further details see

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The Nicholar Artamonoff Collection at Dumbarton Oaks

The Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection includes 543 photographs taken in Istanbul and five archaeological sites in Western Turkey (Ephesus, Hierapolis, Laodicea on the Lycus, Pergamum, Priene) from 1935 to 1945. The high quality photographs are of great value as they show buildings, sites, and objects that no longer exist or are in a better state of preservation than today. As Ernst Kitzinger (a former director of Dumbarton Oaks) informed Artamonoff himself in a letter of December 13, 1962, the collection has “great documentary value […] because of the subsequent vicissitudes that have befallen some of the monuments concerned.”
The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks holds the original negatives of these photographs. They were acquired on July 11, 1962, through the support of Robert Van Nice, a Research Associate at Dumbarton Oaks who had worked in Istanbul conducting a large scale survey of the architecture of Hagia Sophia. Since coming to Dumbarton Oaks, Artamonoff’s photographs have been used in publications and research by many distinguished scholars.
In 1980 all of the original Artamonoff negatives were copied to safety film negatives by ICFA for their preservation, and are housed in ICFA cold storage. All Artamonoff negatives were digitized in 2010 by ICFA interns Sharon Ke, Sara Wendell, Erica Abbey, and Luiza deCamargo and are now stored on a hard drive.
This online exhibit has been created by Günder Varinlioğlu, Byzantine Assistant Curator of ICFA, and Alyssa DesRochers, ICFA intern. The project is ongoing; research continues and the site is a work in progress. Comments or questions about the photographs, photographer or project are welcome.

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