The Byzness

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The Byzness, 19th of February 2012


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OBS Conference a Success!

The 2012 International Graduate Conference Reality and Illusion: Seeing through the “Byzantine Mirage” concluded successfully this weekend. There were some 50 presentations in 17 sessions, making it the largest affair yet! The Organizing Committee would like to thank the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, the Oxford Centre for Medieval History, the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, and the Oxford Sub-Faculty for Medieval and Modern Greek for their generous support, without which none of this would have been possible. Thanks also for the support and patronage of Oxford University Press, Liverpool University Press, and Brepols Publishers. Special thanks to the presenters, volunteers, chairs, and attendees, who made the whole thing work.


New Exhibit: Biblias de Sefarad : Las vidas cruzadas del texto y sus lectores

The National Library of Spain is hosting a new exhibit on the Hebrew bible and its place in Medieval Judaism in the Iberian Peninsula. It is running from 27 February through 13 May, 2012. Please visit the website for more details.

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Applied Ceramics in a Byzantine Context
The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, Saturday, 25 February 2012

Available here is a programme of talks to be given on Saturday, 25th February, at King’s College, London, entitled ‘Applied Ceramics in a Byzantine Context’. It is part of a series of workshops at KCL celebrating Early Applied Arts. See also online at:

The objective of the meeting is for participants to develop an understanding of how ceramics can be used as sources of information about the societies that create and employ them. It is not about taxonomy or chronology. Rather, the speakers are endeavouring to present problems that can be investigated through ceramics and although ‘Byzantine’ pottery is called on to demonstrate how the discipline of ceramic studies can be used to produce important new information, the methodology has a wider application than the Byzantine world. It is hoped that graduate students will benefit through adding another skill to their research tools, and will leave with a newly-acquired enthusiasm for reading excavation reports.

The cost to attend is £15, which includes tea/coffee and lunch. Registration is essential to provide adequate catering.

To register, please follow this link:

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University of California, Berkeley

The Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to invite applications for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, established by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Four fellows will be appointed for 2012-14, to teach and carry out research in a sponsoring department in the Humanities.  Mellon Fellows must have received the PhD no earlier than July 1, 2009 and no later than June 30, 2012. Compensation will be approximately $60,000 annually, and will include medical benefits.

Further information and application instructions may be found at the Berkeley Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship website,  Questions may be addressed to
Applications must be received by March 2, 2012.


Hellenic Studies Library Research Fellowship Program Announcement
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, California State University, Sacramento, Library Research Fellowship Program, 2012-2013

Thanks to generous funding from the Elios Society, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to inaugurate a three-year Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 150 mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between one week and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the first year will be tenable from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The fellowship application deadline is March 13, 2012. No late applications will be considered.

Comprising the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, currently numbering some 75,000 volumes, was donated to Sacramento State in December 2002 and named in honor of its benefactor and alumnus Angelo Tsakopoulos. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, its neighboring countries and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in post-Classical Hellenism. There is a broad representation of languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the Collection has experienced dramatic growth with the gift acquisition of the libraries of the late Pyrrhus J. Ruches and the late Dr. Steve A. Demakopoulos, which together are adding over 5,000 volumes to our holdings in the areas of Greek language, folklore, history, literature, music, and anthropology. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and on-line application, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (


Teaching curator posts in the Ashmolean
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator (3 Positions)

Salary Grade 7: £29,249 – £35,938 p.a. Full time; 3 year Fixed Term

The Ashmolean Museum completed its redevelopment in November 2009. This delivered 39 new permanent galleries together with new temporary exhibition galleries, study and teaching facilities, conservation studios and significantly enhanced visitor facilities, including Oxford’s first roof-top restaurant. Visitor numbers now exceed one million per year and the Museum opened its refurbished Egyptian galleries in December 2011.

The Museum is initiating a new University Engagement Programme, aimed at promoting the use of the museum’s collections for teaching within the University. A partnership project between the museum and the University’s faculties, the programme is funded for three years by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will result in a significant expansion of the role of the museum’s collections in teaching. The initiative will focus both on improving the use of objects in the traditional subjects of history, archaeology, languages and literature and in developing ways for object-based learning to take place in non-traditional subjects such as medicine, law and business. It is intended both to reinforce the practice of teaching with objects and to break new ground in the use of this key University resource.

As part of the programme, three Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curatorships will be established and funded for the duration of the project (3 years). The Teaching Curators will come from backgrounds in History, Art History or Archaeology and will be responsible for developing classes, seminars and lectures that will be offered to the faculties. As the Teaching Curators are a team that will be responsible for covering all of the museum’s collections, it is important that their specialty and general knowledge areas are as complementary as possible. Based in the museum and led by the Director of University Engagement, the Teaching Curators will be engaged with investigating and exploring ways that object-based teaching can be incorporated into current teaching. Working closely with curators and faculty members, they will facilitate the dialogue and identify key opportunities for making the museum’s collections available for teaching.

Successful candidates for the Teaching Curator posts will need to have completed their doctorates in History, Art History, Archaeology or related subject. They will have superlative communication skills, be extremely pro-active and motivated by the project mission and be comfortable presenting complex ideas to senior academics. They will need to be creative in how they encourage the use of the collections, and broad-minded and cross-disciplinary in their approach. Most of all, they need to have a strong desire and ability to teach with objects, and an ability to learn quickly the museum’s collections with an eye for selecting objects suitable for teaching.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please follow this link

Closing date: 23rd March 2012

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