The Byzness

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The Byzness, 12th of February, 2012


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Armenian Miniatures now online

The Index of Armenian Art: Armenian Miniatures is available online at  IAA is an interactive database of all Armenian illuminations from ca. 600 to 1100 AD with a few twelfth century manuscripts.  Two fascicles have been published, D. Kouymjian, I. Armenian Manuscript Illumination to the Year 1000 A.D. (1977); II. Illuminated Armenian Manuscripts of the 11th Century, Preliminary Report and Checklist (1979).


Please Support Byzantine Research in Vienna

The Institute for Byzantine Research (Institut für Byzanzforschung, IBF, of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is threatened by severe cuts. Faced with a reduction in its budget, the Academy leadership has decided to target the Institute for Byzantine Research for a reduction in funding of approximately a third of its budget that would seriously imperil its research mission. We are now asking for your support in the form of letters addressed to the Academy leadership.
In the last 50 years, the ‘Vienna School’ of Byzantine studies has been consistently in the forefront of path-breaking research and enjoys world-wide recognition for its achievements. This is largely due to a number of long-term collaborative projects that require sustained and engaged work by highly trained researchers with specialized skills. The support of such work has traditionally been the mission of Academies. Thanks to the support of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Dictionary of Byzantine Greek (Lexikon der byzantinischen Gräzität), the Tabula Imperii Byzantini (a historical geography of the regions of the Byzantine Empire), the edition of the Register of the Patriarchate of Constantinople (Patriarchatsregister, covering ecclesiastical politics of the 14th to early 15th century), as well as the work on Byzantine lead seals and Byzantine epigrams, have created foundational tools for further research not only in the study of Byzantine history, literature and culture, but also more widely in classical philology, medieval studies, and regional studies of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The facts:
—The external evaluation of the IBF by a small group of international scholars in adjacent disciplines in June 2011 called it ‘one of the world’s greatest centres for Byzantine Studies… No other research institute in the world has such long-term projects or provides such a service.’ It was noted that ‘The major, long-term projects produce editions and series (…) are deemed essential by all medievalists and Byzantinists throughout the world (…).’ These projects are a ‘precious international research resource, valued wherever Byzantium is studied, complementary to and enabling of the work of other long-standing research institutes.’ The report concluded that the IBF brings ‘glory to the Academy.’
—The IBF is successful by all indicators: in research output, international collaborations and in attracting external support (see chart)
—The research of the IBF is of crucial relevance to a wide range of other disciplines, from regional studies of Turkey and the Balkans and medieval studies to ecclesiastical history, Greek palaeography and classical philology
—The suggested cuts for the IBF would amount to a reduction of scholarly staff by one third, and would imperil the continued existence of a research unit with a proven record of success.

Immediate response from the international scholarly community will impress upon the Academy leadership the central importance of the work of the Institute for Byzantine Research far beyond the chronological and geographical boundaries of Byzantium, for the humanities and social sciences in general.

Letters of support may be sent to:
Vice-President of the Academy
Sektionschefin im BMWF

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Fifth Annual International Meeting of Doctoral Students in the Field of Byzantine Studies
Paris, Institut National d’Histoire de l’art).

Call for papers (until 15.II.2012). – Info :


Byzantine Cermaics
A day workshop on 25 February

Programme available and booking open at:


29 July – 26 August, at the University of Birmingham

The Byzantine Greek Summer School, which was held at Queen’s University Belfast each year from 2002 to 2011, has now moved to the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham. It is offered at three levels: Level-1 (Beginners) 29 July to 12 August; Level-2 (Intermediate) 12-26 August; Level-3 (Advanced Reading) 12-26 August. The cost is 442 GBP per two-week course including fourteen nights accommodation. A limited number of bursaries is available. Further details, including course descriptionsand the Application Form, can be found through these links.


Forthcoming Training in Journal Publishing and Giving Presentations

Journal Publishing
A two-part workshop for advanced DPhils and postdocs.
Dates: Tuesday 28 February AND Thursday 8 March 2012, 10:30am – 12:45pm
For more details and to register your interest in attending:

Giving Presentations: For Absolute Beginners
A workshop aimed at developing skills and strategies for giving seminar papers, conference papers and other presentations.
Date: Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:00am – 1:00pm
For more details and to register your interest in attending:


First Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature.
Strasbourg, France, 24-27 June 2012

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Doctoral Studenships:
Lund University, Sweden:

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Post-Doc “Research in Paris”
Application deadline: Thursday March 1, 2012

From Arietta Papaconstantinou: In an attempt to ‘internationalise’ research in Paris, the Municipality offers post-docs in all areas in order to attract foreigners to Parisian research centres for up to a year. The Municipality has an agreement with the Cité Internationale for housing, which is essential in Paris, and also very well situated. One has to contact one of the certified research centres in order to be hosted. If anyone is interested, please contact Arietta and she can put you in contact with the Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, located right in the centre of Paris.


Lecturer in The History of Art, – Ref:1232313

UCL Department / Division: History of Art
Grades: 7-8
Hours: Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance): Grade 7 £35,707 – £38,744 per annum OR Grade 8 £39,818 – £46,972 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities: UCL’s Department of History of Art is one of the most successful History of Art Department’s in the country for its teaching and research. We are seeking to appoint a full-time lecturer in ONE of the following areas:
The history/theory of Architecture, Urban Space and the Built Environment (preferably before 1900) OR Byzantine-and/or Medieval art broadly defined
The successful candidate will carry out teaching at Undergraduate and Graduate levels, conduct research and take on an appropriate share in the administrative work of the department.
Key Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD, specialist knowledge in one of the two areas listed above and a command of relevant historical, theoretical and historiographical issues. Previous teaching experience and a track record of scholarly publications is essential

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Jessica Dain,, 0203 108 4012.


Niarchos Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Columbia Global Centers│Europe invites applications for its 2012–2014 postdoctoral fellowships, made available by a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. These fellowships are open to Greek nationals with recent doctoral degrees from European universities, and will allow fellows to spend two years in residence at the CGC│Europe at Reid Hall in Paris. Niarchos Fellows will carry out their own research, liaise with other scholars with the support of CGC│Europe, and gain teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Fellows will be encouraged to establish contacts with other research institutes across Europe, as well as with Paris-based institutions, and to draw on the resources of CGC│Europe to run workshops and seminars connected to their work. Fellows will have access to all of Columbia’s resources, local university and research connections, as well as to the wider network of Global Centers. They will be enabled to stay in New York for the fall semester of their second year at the main Morningside campus of Columbia University, where they will be supervised by faculty mentors as they pursue their own research.

· Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements between September 2009 and September 2012.
· Applicants must be Greek nationals with a Ph.D. from a European university. (Note: Applicants with doctoral degrees from the U.S. or Canada are not eligible.)
· Ph.D. must have been focused on the humanities or social sciences. (Note: Applicants need not have worked on topics connected with modern Greece.)
· Fluency in English is essential. A demonstrable ability to teach is desirable, as is competency in French.

Application Components
· Completed application form (below)
· Curriculum vitae
· Research proposal
· 2-3 page proposal for one undergraduate course to be offered at Columbia University
· 3 letters of reference (signed and sealed or directly sent via email to

Please return completed applications to:
Blinken European Institute
Columbia University
1205 IAB, MC 3337
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

For more information about this program, please contact Lily Glenn at
Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form

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