The Byzness

The Byzness, the 8th of January 2012


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COMSt Opportunities

Please visit our website to find out more about the current and forthcoming calls. The two current open calls provide young scholars associated with COMSt with the possibility to attend the workshop on Methods and means for digital analysis of ancient and medieval texts and manuscripts (Leuven, 2-3 April 2012; application deadline 15 January 2012) and the Syriac manuscripts session within the framework of the Syriac Symposium and Christian Arabic Conference (Malta, 16-18 July 2012; application deadline 28 February 2012). Please contact the respective organizers if you would like to apply. Funding is reserved for those presenting a paper.

I would like to use this opportunity to remind you of the forthcoming COMSt workshop on Legal and Illegal Circulation of Library Collections (Paris, 12 January 2012), please visit for programme details.

In this connection I would like to also inform you of some other COMSt-related opportunities that may be useful to you or your students and colleagues:

– Workshop Introduction into Arabic Codicology, Berlin, 19-23 March 2012 (100 Euro participation fee)

– Course in Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, London 23-27 April 2012: participation is free; funding (bursaries) is additionally available via COST Action (Medieval Europe) scheme, application deadline 13 January 2012; visit for more details

– 10 doctoral scholarships for Ancient Languages and Texts at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies, application deadline 15 January 2012

– New blog on manuscript studies launched by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library:

Please feel free to forward the message to anyone who may be interested – and do feel free to invite others to subscribe to the Mailing list at


Santander Academic Travel Awards

Santander Academic Travel Awards have been established to enable postgraduate students to travel to Santander Network countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela) for academic-related activities; including short visits to Santander universities to do collaborative work, to conduct fieldwork, or to engage in other study projects.

Perhaps some of you may wish to look at eligibility and terms (they do cover Portugal and Spain). For details, go to

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Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium
5-7 July 2012, University of Oxford

Call for Papers The Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) is a biennial conference devoted to the interdisciplinary study of historical and related texts in the medieval and Early Modern periods.

The theme for the 2012 conference is ‘Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles’. Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes must be submitted to the organizers via e-mail (at by 31 January 2012.

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XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae

The Congress will open on Monday 27 August 2012 at 17.00 and end on Friday 31 August around 13.00. We have engaged an agency to handle registration and the collection of the Congress fees, which can be reached through this link:
The agency will also provide information about hotel accommodation.  We ask you to make your own hotel bookings; this is the simplest way for you to make arrangements that suit your individual needs.  There are numerous hotels in Berlin, including many near the Humboldt University, where almost all the Congress events will take place. We would nevertheless urge you to book a hotel in good time.
We would also be very grateful if you could register soon, so that we can make our own plans accordingly.  To encourage early registration, a reduced Congress fee will be available until 30 April 2012.


Announcement and Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies
March 8 -10, 2012, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts

The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its eighth annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 8-10, 2012. The purpose of the conference is to bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer research.  The conference will begin on Thursday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m., and ends with dinner on Saturday, March 10.

We now call for paper proposals.  We encourage all doctoral and masters students with research interests in Patristic Studies, Historical Exegesis or Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity, to submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words.   Topics relating to eastern Christianity, including Syriac-speaking Christianity, are particularly encouraged.  Each presenter will have up to 20 minutes to present her or his paper, followed by a respondent’s prepared comments and group discussion.  Please send abstracts to the Institute’s Director, Dr. Bruce Beck, at by January 31, 2012. Participants will be informed about the status of paper proposals by February 10th. The deadline for completed papers for distribution to the respondents is March 1st.

For those who live outside the Boston area that need financial assistance to attend the conference, partial financial aid is again available upon request to assist with your expenses.  To request aid, please pre-register for the conference at your earliest convenience (but no later than February 1st) and please mention that you need financial assistance in order to participate.  Note that due to economic conditions these last two years, we will be limited again in the amount of aid that we can provide each person.

To help with our planning, please pre-register at your earliest convenience. The registration fee is $25 to help offset the cost of meals during the conference, and will be collected at registration upon arrival. To pre-register, please send an email to Dr. Beck ( with your personal information, including address, phone number, institution, degree program, area of study, and dissertation topic (if applicable).

Conference lodging will be at the Needham Sheraton.  If you will need lodging, please register as early as possible to facilitate reserving a place for you to stay.  We will make the reservation for you at the hotel in order to facilitate sharing of rooms. The discounted conference rate per night is $95 plus taxes, or $55 for those who wish to share a room. Let us know if you there is someone with whom you would like to share a room.


Call for proposals for BSANA-sponsored sessions at Kalamazoo 2013

In its efforts to increase the visibility of Byzantine studies and to encourage interaction with scholars in related fields, the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) is eager to sponsor one or more sessions at the 48th Congress on Medieval Studies that will take place at Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12, 2013.
To this end, the Governing Board of BSANA invites members of the organization to submit proposals for BSANA-sponsored sessions on any theme relating to Byzantine studies to be given at Kalamazoo in 2013.
For details about Kalamazoo, sponsored sessions, and deadlines for the conference, please see:
In order to achieve BSANA-sponsorship, proposals for sessions should be submitted by email to Derek Krueger, BSANA President ( by January 25, 2012. The proposal should include the panel organizer’s call for papers (approximately one page in length) and it may cite suggested speakers. The proposals will be reviewed by members of the Governing Board, and the organizer(s) of the panel(s) selected for sponsorship will be notified by BSANA in early February.
Final proposals for BSANA-sponsored sessions(s) must be submitted to the Kalamazoo organizers in May 2012 for the 2013 conference.
Only proposals from BSANA members in good standing—those who have paid their 2012 dues—can be considered. To pay 2012 dues, please download the dues form from the BSANA website ( and submit it with your check in US dollars to the BSANA Treasurer listed at the bottom of the form.

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Fixed term from 1 September 2012 to 31 July 2014, £33,154 – £38,072 inc London Allowance

Following Dr Antony Eastmond’s award of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, The Courtauld seeks to appoint a fixed term full-time lecturer in Byzantine art. The minimum requirements for the post are a DPhil or PhD and some teaching experience. Full announcement and further information is available here.

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Pyle: A Gateway to Greek Manuscripts

An updated version of “Pyle. A Gateway to Greek Manuscripts” is now available at the new address Among other additions, it includes the complete searchable edition of K. Lake – S. Lake, Dated Greek Minuscule Manuscripts to the Year 1200.

“Pyle” has been conceived as a collaborative tool for teaching and scholarly research in the field of Greek palaeography and codicology; it aims to collect scattered resources from various individuals and institutions, gradually adding new information, materials and services. Pyle also aspires to promote interaction among scholars, students and all other persons interested in ancient and medieval Greek manuscript books, providing a place to share knowledge, ideas, projects and news.

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